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Buenos Aires Grill restaurant

Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
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466 reviews

Reviewed 29th October 2014 ( visited 25th October 2014 )

Oh how I love Buenos Aires Grill. We were paying a return visit with friends who are becoming as ardent fans as we are and had a great night. Once again we had a deal and felt the value was top notch. The chicken liver pate was like velvet cream. The soup (cauliflower & cheese) got a big thumbs up too. the fourth starter was the bread with dips and that too was as good as ever. All four of us had ribeye steaks which were cooked to perfection. Three of them were accompanied by Pepper sauce while I chose the Madeira Jus (which was very good). Creme Brulee, Banoffee, Crepe & Chocolate Lava cake and coffee/tea finished off the evening with the only complaint being that the Chocolate cake was a little dry. Two bottles of Argentinian Malbec accompanied our meal. The service was excellent, as always. Another successful visit to Buenos Aires Grill.
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Buenos Aires Grill restaurant

Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Argentinean

Price Range:

Good
466 reviews

Reviewed 29th October 2014 ( visited 25th October 2014 )

Oh how I love Buenos Aires Grill. We were paying a return visit with friends who are becoming as ardent fans as we are and had a great night. Once again we had a deal and felt the value was top notch. The chicken liver pate was like velvet cream. The soup (cauliflower & cheese) got a big thumbs up too. the fourth starter was the bread with dips and that too was as good as ever. All four of us had ribeye steaks which were cooked to perfection. Three of them were accompanied by Pepper sauce while I chose the Madeira Jus (which was very good). Creme Brulee, Banoffee, Crepe & Chocolate Lava cake and coffee/tea finished off the evening with the only complaint being that the Chocolate cake was a little dry. Two bottles of Argentinian Malbec accompanied our meal. The service was excellent, as always. Another successful visit to Buenos Aires Grill.
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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

We had passed Bellagio several times and it always looked busy which we took as a good sign. Not so. We were greeted rather indifferently. It appeared to all 4 of us that if you weren't a regular you didn't matter. Service was poor. The food was ok but nothing special and overpriced. We had to ask for the menu for dessert, no one came back to us once the table had been cleared. Next time we pass by...we'll keep walking. There are far better places to eat in Terenure

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Platform 61
27 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

If we hadn\'t had a voucher this visit would have rated 3 star in every category. As a previous review stated, you got what you paid for. Portions were a bit on the small side. My husband doesn\'t have a huge appetite but he suggested that we might need to stop at a chipper on the way home. We were seated at a table right beside the busy kitchen door so it didn\'t make for a relaxing evening. The chicken skewer starter was meant to have a chimichurri sauce but there appeared to be a creamy type sauce instead. The chicken and hake mains were nice but small. We skipped dessert and headed home disappointed. While we were dining the table beside us had 2 separate parties occupy it. The first party was 2 girls who ordered a glass of wine each whole they looked the menu. They drank up, left the cost of the drinks and left. The 2nd party was a family group. They again only ordered drinks. As we left just after their drinks arrived I don\'t know if they ordered food either. Wouldn\'t go back.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Every time we go to JD\'s we thoroughly enjoy it and last night was no exception. The chicken caesar salad was gorgeous and I felt like running my finger around the bowl to get the last of the dressing! All 6 of us had the rib eye and no one was disappointed by their choice. Sevice was fantastic as always. Well done to everyone there. To be recommended for a great meal.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

It must be 5 years since I last dined at Rolys and as I had planned a night out with a friend who loves it when a deal came up on Menupages I jumped at it. We had a pleasant evening with good food but it was a bit noisy so the night out for a catch up was derailed a little. This was due to an event in the RDS but could not be helped. We both nearly fell into the breadbasket. The Apricot & Walnut bread was very good. Thai fishcakes for both of us to start which I found a bit overwhelmed by the spicy sauce. Our mains were Chicken for my pal & Salmon for me. The salmon was perfectly cooked. Not a morsel was left on our plates so I reckon the chicken was good too! Strawberry meringue and Pear tart were our desserts. Yummy. Tea, coffee & petit fours ended our meal which was accompanied by a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Then we asked for the bill. It took 3 attempts to get the correct one. First we got one for €122. When i called the waiter back to point this out I was asked "What's wrong with it?". I pointed oit that it was for 4 people but there were only 2 of us he went off to get the right one. Again we got a bill for 4 covers with the food removed but still showing drinks which we never had. Eventually we got our bill showing the wine & a service charge of €2.72 on a €25 bottle of wine. My friend was paying for the wine and she paid up. By the time we finished our meal the room had emptied considerably so the mix up with the bill was strange as we were well over 2 hours there and not many of the original diners remained so whose bill did we get? Still, €50 for 4 courses for 2 made for an affordable night out midweek.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Oh how I love Buenos Aires Grill. We were paying a return visit with friends who are becoming as ardent fans as we are and had a great night. Once again we had a deal and felt the value was top notch. The chicken liver pate was like velvet cream. The soup (cauliflower & cheese) got a big thumbs up too. the fourth starter was the bread with dips and that too was as good as ever. All four of us had ribeye steaks which were cooked to perfection. Three of them were accompanied by Pepper sauce while I chose the Madeira Jus (which was very good). Creme Brulee, Banoffee, Crepe & Chocolate Lava cake and coffee/tea finished off the evening with the only complaint being that the Chocolate cake was a little dry. Two bottles of Argentinian Malbec accompanied our meal. The service was excellent, as always. Another successful visit to Buenos Aires Grill.

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Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin

Four of us had dinner in Baan Thai Leopardstown last Saturday using Menupages vouchers. We all had starters, main courses and tea/coffee and 3 of us had dessert. There was also a coke and 2 bottles of wine. The total with supplements came to €137. It was a great deal and the food was lovely. Honey Roast Ribs, Tempura Prawns, Chicken Lollipops & the Mixed Platter started our evening. All were great. Then the main courses arrived. 2 Red Curries (1 chicken, 1 duck), Beef with Garlic & Roast Duck with Chilli sauce, accompanied by a good portions of Steamed & Fried Rice. We all declared our dishes to be gorgeuos. Desserts were 2 Affogatos (better than some Italian restaurants I've been to-it's such a simple dessert you'd think it would always be good but sometimes I've been disappointed) and Homemade Truffles finished off our meal. The Truffles were very rich but beautiful. It was fairly busy but service was spot on.

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Fiorentina
40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

When we ate in Fiorentina in August it was a very quiet Sunday night but what a difference last Saturday! It was incredibly busy and had a great atmophere. There were 6 of us there for a birthday celebration. We had quite a selection from the menu which gave everyone a chance to try a lot of dishes. Overall we all enjoyed our choices. The verdict on the Squid ink risotto starter was that it was a bit too rich. Other starters were Wild Boar meatballs, Crab Linguine, Bread with pesto and a crabmeat dish. All of them disappeared so no complaints there. Mains were Lamb, Tuna, Fish stew & Steak. My husband was a bit disappointed with his steak but cleaned his plate anyhow. The lamb was a big hit as was the tuna. The best of the desserts were the Lemon tart & the Chocolate Nemesis.The Tiramisu was too creamy and lacked the coffee flavour so I wouldn't order it in future. We ordered a bottle of Rose Prosecco to start the night but the one we ordered was out of stock and they gave us the more expensive option at the cheaper price. We also had 3 bottles of wine, some cocktails and coffees. Total bill for 6 was €404.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Jd's is a great place to meet friends for a bite to eat. The steaks are very good and the service is so friendly. We had a fantastic meal here. The restaurant was very busy but there was no compromise on service. The waiter who looked after us was really helpful. One of our party was sorry that she hadn't ordered vegetables. Within a couple of minutes a dish of veg arrived on the table with a remark from the waiter that they were on the house. My husband doesn't like the chunky chips that accompanied the steak deal and a substitution of skinny fries was made with no quibble. from the moment we arrived til the moment we eventually departed it was a joyful experience.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Go hungry! We dined here last night using Menu points. Luckily we skipped starters because the portions are huge. Some lovely crusty bread was served while we were waiting and we almost regretted eating it. Both of us ordered the Rotisserie Pork which was served with a side salad topped with toasted hazelnuts. I had lovely paprika potatoes with mine and my husband had skinny fries with his. The slice of pork was more than substantial with gorgeous crispy crackling. We still managed to share the Lemon and Chocolate Eton Mess but only after waiting half an hour before ordering. We also had 2 cocktails apiece, a bottle of wine and 2 coffees. The bill came to a reasonable €90. Service was excellent. Most of the other diners appeared to be visitors to the city judging by the accents around us. I hope they go home with a positive memory of their dining experience in Brasserie 66.

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Fiorentina
40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

A work colleague mentioned a little while ago that she'd read a great review for a new Italian restaurant on Parliament Street and I thought it sounded like a good night out so i filed away the information for future reference.. We'd eaten in the both Da Pino and Salamanca restaurants which occupied this site in the past so were intrigued to see what the latest incarnation served up. When a deal turned up online I felt it was time to give it a whirl. It was a miserable wet Sunday night but once we entered the door all that was forgotten. We were welcomed and seated straight away by Antonio (unfortunately it wasn't too busy-shame- as I'm sure it would have added to the atmosphere but that was my only gripe). We had a Prosecco and Caramelised Apple Bellini while we looked over the set menu. My husband chose the Parma Ham and Mozzerella starter followed by Chicken with Mozzarella in a creamy basil sauce for main course while I had Asparagus and Crispy fried egg followed by Sea Bass with a tomato sauce. Both were accompanied by Rosemary roast potatoes. Clean plates all round! We had to ask our waiter to hold off for a while before we ordered desserts and coffee, I had grilled peaches and my husband had the lemon tart which was amazing. Two house Mojitos washed all of that down, followed by Limoncellos offered to us on the house by the very charming Massimo. I would definitely recommend Fiorentina for a great night out. fantastic food and gorgeous decor. Looking forward to returning soon.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Eight of us had a fantastic night in Pinocchio for a special birthday celebration. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their starters and mains (we had birthday cake for afters). We had Bruschetta, Baby Octopus and Mackeral (in lieu of the grilled sardines) for our first courses. The only complaint? The mackeral was very bony which took away from my enjoyment. The waitress recommended gnocchi for the main course and three of us went with her suggestion. Good choice! Absolutely gorgeous. The other mains-the only ones which I can remember were Pasta with grilled chicken and tomato sauce- were all demolished so must have been good too. The waitress also made excellent wine suggestions. This was our second visit for a birthday celebration and it could well become THE place to go for family parties.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

Once again we enjoyed our visit to Jamie's Italian in Dundrum. Lots of atmosphere but as the restaurant wasn't quite full it wasn't too noisy. We shared the bread with oil and balsamic vinegar for starters. The bread was so delicious-particularly the rosemary bread- you didn't really need the dip. If I had one complaint it would be that our mains arrived before we'd finished our starter. My husband had the Turkey Milanese which he demolished (with a little help from me). I had the Polpettes which melted in your mouth. I wasn't able for a dessert but my husband manfully cleared his Lemon Cheesecake tho he did allow me to have a taste. We each had a coffee and shared a litre of house red during dinner. The bill was a very manageable €85. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We've eaten here on several occasions and have enjoyed it every time. Our most recent visit was no exception. We had a voucher for 2 steaks and 2 glasses of house wine but also chose to have the delicious Bread & Dips for starters and a bottle of Portillo Malbec which was lovely. The Ribeye steaks were exceedingly good. Service was very efficient and discreet. Once again, we left the restaurant looking forward to our return visit.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I woke up yesterday wondering how soon I could return to Buenos Aires grill for a steak. We ate here on Saturday night on a Menupages deal so the value was fanatstic. The downside was the chicken wings being finished & also the wine we ordered being out of stock. These little blips didn't spoil our enjoyment of a gorgeous meal. My husband had the duck leg starter & I had the grilled provolone cheese. Both were good choices. We both went for steaks (after much deliberation by me as I was drawn to the fish choices). The ribeyes were outstanding. 10/10. We finished with great Creme Brulees & coffees. The bill total was €108 but as we had a deal we only paid for the wine & 2 sides. Total outlay was €78. Can't wait to go back soon.

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Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

I met up with 3 friends on Monday last for lunch in Dundrum and we chose to eat in Douglas & Kaldi on my recommendation as one of the party is coeliac.As we had a baby in tow & several buggies & a wheelchair had gone in ahead of us we asked if we could be accommadated with a table for 5 as we were being joined later by another friend who was just having coffee and a scone. We were told to come back at 1.30 after the rush , only which we did to be seated at a table for 4. We mentioned that we had asked for seating for 5 but as the fifth person hadn't arrived we declined a move. When food was ordered for the baby we were asked not to let her make a mess! The waiter explained that they had a child in earlier who made a lot of mess & someone complained. Our little one was only 10 & a half months old. How to you explain to her that athough the restaurant provide both a baby's and a kid's menu and highchairs they really didn't want children eating there unless they didn't drop food. A woman sitting beside us knocked over a glass of water. Does that mean the next person ordering water will be warned not to spill it as someone had already done so? Poor service. We will not return. there are lots of places to choose from in Dundrum with better service & superior food.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This was our second visit to La Caverna. It was a special occasion & while we had a good night it wasn't a brilliant one. The restaurant was far from full so the atmosphere was lukewarm. At the start of the evening the service was fine but it petered out as the night progressed. Starters were Italian Bread & Dips which was a Ciabatta roll served with olives & 2 dips (good) & Deep Fried Brie which to me seemed to be a commercially prepared portion. It didn't float my boat. Mains were Duck which was quite good but the sauted vegetables on the side were swimming in oil & Salmon & Prawn Skewers which again was heavy on the oil. We ordered 'Shoestring Fries' which were anything but! The Creme Brulee to finish was very good. The bill was €92 including wine & coffees. A pleasant evening but we'd be in no rush to return.

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Beaufield Mews Restaurant
Woodlands Avenue, Dublin 18 , Stillorgan, Dublin

We hadn't been in Beaufield Mews for a number of years but based on our visit it won't be long til we return. We had Chicken Croquettes ( a little dry for my taste) & Fig with Pancetta for starters.followed by Venison for both of us which was fantastic. A shared chocolate terrine rounded off the meal. It was absolutely divine. A bottle of wine, an espresso, a Baileys coffee, a pint of Guinness & a glass of Cava brought the bill to €120 which was great value for what was a fantastic meal with terrific service,

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My Menupoints were building up so decided to use them on a 'long-threatened' visit to Brasserie66. It's been one of those places we passed on a regular basis & kept saying "we must go there". Are we glad we finally got around to it! We used the buy one main course, get one free voucher & because we mentioned Menupages we also got a cocktail each on the house. Service was excellent from the moment we got to the front desk til the time we left. It was heaving but we were never made to feel rushed in any way. We shared the Cold meat & bread starter. It was a huge portion so we were glad we hadn't ordered one each. My fiance had the Rib Eye steak with fried onions on the side (the chips served with the steak were amazing!) & I had a gorgeous Tuna steak cooked to perfection.My fiance then had a double espresso & Eton Mess which was very thoughtfully served with two spoons so I had a taste..for research purposes of course! Mmm-beautiful. Our cocktails were Espresso Martini & a Colonel. The house red from Portugal was a great choice.Taking the free cocktails & the voucher into account our bill came to a very reasonable €70. Can't wait to go back.

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Met a pal here for dinner last Thursday. It was my first visit so wasn't too sure what to expect. It proved to be a very pleasant evening. The atmosphere was fantastic. Buzzy & warm. Service was terrific And even though it was a very busy evening there was no pressure on us to move. We each had 3 dishes (Patatas con Mojo, potatoes with an egg on top, chicken wings, chicken skewers, steak on toast & foie gras on toast(. All were fantastic.Had a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Northern Spain to accompany our meal-very moreish but as it was a work night we stopped at 1 bottle. My pal had Churros (to die for), I had the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake ( a bit disappointing) & 2 mochas to round it all off. Just under €70 for the lot. An experience to be repeated!

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The Meridian Restaurant
The Westwood Hotel, Dangan, Upper Newcastle, Newcastle, Galway

Dining here on Easter Monday was a pleasant experience.The service was excellent. Our first choice of starter wasn't available so we had to do without our Pork Belly! I had Seafood Chowder & my fiance had the goat's cheese croquettes. The chowder wasn't great-plenty of fish but the base was a bit 'gloopy'-not creamy. The croquettes were tasty. Main courses were Steak for my fiance & Salmon for me. Both well cooked & delicious. Deserts were chocolate pudding & profiteroles. Again-both were delicious. We had a bottle of Rioja & finished the meal with an Irish coffee & espresso. As we were on a package we only had to pay for the wine & a supplement for the steak but looking at the menu there's great value to be had. A good experience.

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Il Folletto Restaurant
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

We visited here on a wet night last week with no booking but were shown to a table immediately. The menu was varied & I went for a Mozzarella & Spinach pastry & my fiance went for Bruschetta. Both were lovely tho I favoured the Bruscetta in the end. Main courses were both pasta based- Spaghetti Bolognese & Fusilli with chicken & broccoli. Nothing out of the ordinary. Desserts were another matter. The affogato was the best I'd ever tasted. A bottle of red wine,a Baileys coffee & a double espresso completed the evening's dining. The only downside was the service. The lady who served us first was a bit brusque & we heard her speaking to other diners in quite a sharp tone. The young man who looked after us at the end of the evening when the lady had gone home was the opposite-very friendly. Total was €90.

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Asian Tea House
15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

Saw Asian Tea House mentioned in an article in The Galway informer & decided we had to eat there. It was terrific. Food was exceptional. Starters were Pork Belly for himself & Butterfly Prawns for me. Both were delicious. I would go back for the Pork Belly alone. My fiance had Thai Sweet & Sour Chicken for mains & I had Vietnamese Lime Pork-which was amazing. The flavours in my dish were incredible. We had a bottle of their Wine of the Month ,a double espresso & a Baileys coffee to complete the meal. The wine was a very reasonable €17.50-take note other restaurants! Next time we're in Galway we shall definitely go back to Asian Tea House

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Paid my first visit to Fallon & Byrne's on Sunday last with 3 girlfriends on a recce. I'm on the hunt for a wedding venue & was interested in having a look at the room as well as trying out the menu. We had Bellinis & Kir Royales for starters! Just to get in the mood, you understand :-). We all went for the Veal Bolognaise for main course so it looks like we'll need a return visit to sample some more of the delicious sounding dishes on the broad menu.Two of us had scones with cream & jam for dessert. Another round of Bellinis & some coffees rounded of a very pleasant Sunday lunch. Bill was €116 which seems reasonable enough as it included 8 cocktails. A second visit is definitely in the offing.

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday recently.I had been several times but it was his first visit so expectations were high. We arrived to a very full restaurant bang on time for our booking. We were greeted warmly & asked to wait at reception while the manager went to check on the table. He came back & told the receptionist not to send us to the bar as our table was ready. It was 35 minutes later before we were seated & another 30 minutes before our starters were served.That set the tone for the evening as service was incredibly slow. Bf had fried brie & I had the crab pot to start. Brie was ok- he said he's had better.. Crab pot was delicious.We both had steak (fillet for him, tbone for me) They were very good. I chose champ for my potato side- disappointing as what arrived was a dish of mash with about 5 pieces of scallion on top.Our chosen wine wasn't available & neither was my dessert. We shared profiteroles which were delicious I had a Baileys coffee & himself had espresso. Bill was just over €130. Not too painful. When I asked my bf if he'd return he was very hesitant saying that the slow service was off-putting.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

We had dinner here last night on our Menupoints & were absolutely delighted. From the moment we entered the service was top class. Our waiter was one of the most efficient we ever encountered. Starters were Chicken Caesar salad & Smoked Salmon then 2 Steak sandwiches for main course. Portions were huge but we still managed to put away a Knickerbocker Glory & an Orange Pannacotta for dessert. We also had Lemondrop Martinis, a bottle of red wine & 2 espressos. The total was €85 but would have been well worth the full price if we hadn't used our Menupoints voucher for a free starter, main course & dessert.Can't wait for a return visit.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

We arranged to meet friends for dinner a couple of weeks ago & were delighted when they suggested Siam Thai in Dundrum as we'd been here several times & always enjoyed it. It was a very busy night (as usual) & people were being turned away. But we were never hurried in any way. We had a fantastic meal-starters were Dim Sum, Crispy Duck & Wan Tons. All were deemed delicious. Main courses were Duck 3 Flavours, Duck with Tamarind, Chicken Penang Curry & Beef in Oyster Sauce, all served with jasmine rice. Every plate was cleared so only 2 of the party could manage dessert- Eton Mess & Gateau Diane. 2 bottles of wine & several bottles of beer all added to the bill which was €226. A bit steep but it was such a gorgeous meal we didn't mind too much. It was our friends first visit to Siam Thai and they are looking forward to going back as they really enjoyed the experience..

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Dropped in for dinner here with my boyfriend on Sunday evening. We went for the summer set menu @ €25 per head. It included 3 courses & tea or coffee. We had Crispy Chicken with Spicy Salt & Sweet Potato Norimaki to start, followed by Teppan Steak & Grilled Salmon Miso. Desserts were Mount Fuji Chocolate Mousse & Baked Vanilla Cheesecake. The starters were very generous & as it was my 1st experience of Sushi ( although I had visited Yamamori a couple of times before) I was a bit apprehenive but the combination of crisp Sweet Potato Tempura & soft rice was fantastic. The chicken starter was also very good. Both main courses were excellent. The cheesecake was ok & the chocolate mousse was quite good. A great value dinner on a beautiful Sunday evening! The restaurant was humming-both when we arrived & when we left almost 2 hours later.

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Eco Pizzeria & Restaurant
50 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

I took a friend here on Tuesday night for her birthday on her recommendation. We got a lovely warm welcome. The restaurant had a good buzz going as there was a large group already seated who were celebrating. We shared a starter of Thai fishcakes which were a bit dry. The birthday girl had Chicken Boscaoila & I had Rigatoni Frank Sinatra. She had a sparkling water to accompany her mains & I had a glass of nice Sauvignon Blanc. Desserts were ice cream & Death by Chocolate. Although service started off well by the time we ordered the desserts & wanted to pay the bill it had slowed a little. Total =€54. Not bad. Would definitely return

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Salamanca Fusion
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We had dinner here on Saturday night-our first visit since it became Salamanca. It was nice to see some of the old Da Pino staff still here.The restaurant itself has certainly changed. It felt a lot more cramped than before-even with the removal of the pizza oven. It was extremely busy which made for a good atmosphere if you were in a group but not for couples.Himself had Pollo al Ajillo & I had Atun a la Plancha. We also ordered Patatas al Ajillo & Patatas Bravas. It wasn't the best value Tapas menu I have ever seen but the food was delicious. We shared a Creme Brulee for dessert which alone was worth the vist.The bill came to €70 (2 mains, 1 dessert, 1 espresso, 1 liqueur coffee & a bottle of house wine). The food was good but a bit overpriced considering the concept of Tapas.

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Called in here last night on way to NCH. The early bird menu is fantastic vavue. All starters €2.95 & all mains €6.95. We skipped the starters and went for pizza & penne arrabiata for main course. Both were delicious. Service was very good considering there was only one waitress & the manager on duty. In spite of the fact it was early on a Wednesday evening there was a good number of diners including a James Joyce look-a-like partaking of a bottle of red wine!We rounded off our meal with icecream & profiteroles. Good but not outstanding. Bill was €27 including a coffee & a coke. Will definitely return.

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Aprile Ristorante
10 Lower Kilmacud Road, SET MENU ALL NIGHT MONDAY TO FRIDAY, Stillorgan, Dublin

Although I've lived in the area for a long time I didn't even know this restaurant was here until I saw it on Menupages. We went for an impromptu dinner last Sunday night & really enjoyed our meal. We shared a Bruschetta for starters then had Penne Amatriciana & Tagliatelle Bolognese for mains. Dessert was Profiteroles & warm Chocolate cake-both gorgeous!.We also had bottle of beer & a couple of coffees. Total= €56. The restaurant was very quiet so the atmosphere was a bit lacking. Would like to return on a Saturday night when there might be more of a buzz.

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

We hadn't been to Howard's Way for a few months so were worried that things might have changed. Delighted to report that all's well! We went for the 'Early Bird' which is available all night every night.We shared the chicken salad starter which is very tasty & filling. Bf had the pork & I had the pan-fried cod. Both were plentiful & delicious. The fires were piping hot & a generous portion. The vegetables were cooked just the right side of al dente.The house special wine was a lovely Chilean cabernet suvignon-reasonably priced at €18. No room for even a shared dessert so an espresso & a cafe mocha finished off a very satisfactory evening. It's nice to know that such local treasures are doing well in the current time as it was fairly thronged.

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Botticelli
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Two of us dropped in here last Sunday evening & had the set menu.My boyfriend was only ordering a main course when the waiter pointed out that he could have the set menu for €1 more! Bruschetta for himself & crostini with mozzarella & prosciutto for me to start with.. Mains were fettucine bolognese & rigatoni al'arrabiata. A glass of really nice white for me. a shared icecream, a double espresso & a cappuccino brought the bill to a reasonable €45. Not bad at all. Would definitely return

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a gem! I'd been browsing on Menupages looking for somewhere new for last weekend & came across The Larder. Have passed by a few times but hadn't ventured in til last Saturday.I was delighted with it. Three of us ate here-3 starters (bread with dips, tarragon chicken & the sausage dish), 3 mains (pork & pineapple casserole with steamed potatoes on the side, pork belly & a burger). I was stuffed so left it to the 2 men when it came to dessert. They both had the chocolate fondant. It was amazing & well worth the short wait (which had been explained in advance so there was no confusion). 3 beers, a bottle of Sangiovese, 2 double espressos & a cappuccino completed the night. Total was €125......well worth it. Will definitely eat here again.

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China Buffet King
Cinema Building, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Went here last Monday night. I've been to chinese buffet style restaurants twice before though not this one. We've been lacking a chinese restaurant in Dndrum for some time now but don't think this will become a favourite of mine so there's still room for someone to step in & open one. As it was a Monday night the place lacked atmosphere. Food was plentiful & piping hot. Lots of choice though beers were off the menu that evening. Wine was being served so licence problem seems to have been sorted. And they have the problem with the ice-cream machine licked (sorry, I couldn't resist that remark!). All in all a good value evening. €15.90 per head for all you can eat. Soft drinks way overpriced (as in most establishments)

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Ripleys Steak House
Butterslip Lane (off Kieran St), Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Had a nice meal here a couple of weeks ago. Menu is varied enough to keep most people happy. There were 2 Caesar salads, 1 chicken burrito & a soup to start. Mains were 2 steaks, a steak hot pot & a chicken stirfry. All washed down with a couple of bottles of reasonably priced wine. Two of us shared the brioche & malteser pudding & almost came to blows over the last piece! Mmm!!!! There was also a portion of profiteroles which lacked sauce-it was barely drizzled over the plate. But overall it was a pleasant evening which didn't cost the earth.

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Ristorante Rinuccini Restaurant
No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Four of us had the Early Bird menu & were delighted with the choice & value available. The service in Rinuccini's is excellent. The waiters know their job & delight in sharing their knowledge with the customere. Starters were mussels, bruschetta x 2 & pate. Mains were Duck x 2, catch of the day & pork. Again, no faults here. There were only 2 takers for dessert- the gorgeous raspberry & zabaliogne concotion went down a treat with my boyfriend. It was the main reason we booked! He's not a foodie but it struck a chord with him on our last visit 2 years ago. 3 half litres of wine,a cognac & coffees for all & the bill was a reasonable €152. Now-how soon can we return?

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Bodega
23 Johns Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

We found this restaurant through Menupages & it didn't disappoint. We had mussels & deep fried Brie to start. Both were well presented & very tasty. Mains were Chicken StirFry & A Chicken pasta dish. Delcious & generous. The Lemon & Lime cheescake unfortunately let the side down. No flavour of either was present & the base was quite thick & bland. We had a bottle of red wine along with a couple of espressos. The total was €79. Not bad. I will say that although the restaurant decor was very welcoming it was very cold the night we were there.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Hadn't been here since October so decided to redeem my Menupoints voucher. I also had a gift voucher & some loyalty vouchers to use. There were 3 of us in the party. Two of us had caesar salad starters while my son had the nachos. He was starving which was just as well as the portion was quite generous. Mains were pizza, prawn & chicken jambalaya (made with pasta which was very unusual, but tasty) & garlic chicken. All of these meals went down a treat. I cried off when it came to dessert but my two male companions soldiered on with the strawberry pavlovas.It was a struggle for them to finish. We also had a bottle of red wine, 2 beers, atea & 2 double espressos. The total was a very reasonable €125.As I mentioned we had several vouchers so only paid €30! Best night out in ages ;-). Before I finish I have to mention the waiting staff- a credit to Luigi Malone's. They're obviously treated well as the same faces are there month after month.

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Five of us had a very pleasant pre-Christmas night out here though it wasn't exceptional. Food was good-one of our party was chinese & she ordered for all of us so we had a selection of dishes that were not our usual chinese fare. The one thing that lets this restaurant down is the atmosphere. This is the third time I've eaten here & there has never been a 'buzz' about the place no matter how full it is. Prices are reasonable but not attractive enough to stop me looking for another chinese restaurant in the city centre.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here last Saturday. It was snowing heavily but we got a nice warm welcome when we arrived. We shared the bread & dips starter which was plentiful & very tasty. Mains were fillet steak (for himself) & sea bass for me. Both were good but a side order of fries proved disappointing. They were dry & tasteless. Creme brulee was the better of the two desserts-the chocolate fudge cake was nothing special. Shop bought & served cold & un-accompanied by any thing except half a strawberry. We will return but not for a little while yet.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here last night for dinner with 2 friends, one of whom is coeliac. She was delighted to have a full menu to choose from. We had a terrific night here. Food was excellent. Smoked salmon for 2 of us (generous portions) & stuffed mushroom for the remaining member of our party (note the use of the word 'mushroom' singular) which was tasty but a bit small. Beef medallions for my 2 pals & roast salmon fillet for me proved to be winners. My coeliac friend had Plum Flan for dessert which she heartily enjoyed while the Chocolate mousse profiterole was the icing on the cake for the 2 of us. Service was friendly if a teeny weeny bit slow when it came to ordering more wine. Overall it was a fantastic meal & we would definitely return.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Two of us had dinner last night. Food was very good-only complaint was the pasta was slightly too al dente for my taste. Great value-3 courses & coffee for two along with a bottle of wine totalled €69. Worth a return visit!

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Eddie Rockets (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Unit K (cinema block), Level 2M, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Had a meal here last night & really enjoyed it. Service was good, food piping hot & delicious. New Smokestack burger is so tasty. Chocolate malts were very more-ish. I think ER dundrum has upped it's game recently. Maybe because there are lots of new restaurants open in the Town Centre now. It certainly has improved since my last visit a few weeks ago.

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TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday. Average. Food wasn't very hot-fries were almost cold. Why they serve a burger in a bowl is beyond me. Would only return for the cheap cocktails.

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Noble House
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had been trying to get a booking for this restaurant for ages but every time I rang it was booked out so when I eventually got a table I was delighted.But,be careful what you wish for. The service was very good but OMG......the noise! It was uncomfortably loud. That's the thing I remember most about Noble House.I know we enjoyed our food tho I can't remember exactly what we had. Prawns & chicken starters. We both had chicken mains. Would go back but maybe mid-week. Definitely not on a Saturday night.

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