Restaurant Reviews from xjr

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 07 December 2008

Last Visit: 24 September 2014

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The Larder Restaurant

8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
International

Price Range:

Good
171 reviews

Reviewed 07th July 2013 ( visited 05th July 2013 )

We ate here on an early bird Friday evening. I had Crab to start and my partner the chicken wings, both were good but the chicken wings were definitely the best either of us has ever had. For main I had pork belly roulade which came with lentils. While not at all what I had expected it was delicious and my partner had no complaints about his steak. This all was accompanied by a bottle of cabernet sauvignon – great value at €20. Cheese board to finish followed by a couple of Irish coffees. The food was great the atmosphere pleasant and the staff friendly – well worth a visit if you’ve not been before; we’ll be going back.
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South Street Restaurant

Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Average
44 reviews

Reviewed 15th August 2013 ( visited 11th August 2013 )

South Street used to be a regular eaterie for me and my partner, but we stopped going here many years ago. So when this venue was suggested by one of my friends for a Sunday afternoon meet I was curious what it would be like. I arrived at three and found myself to be the only person in the restaurant until I was joined by my two companions. We started with a nice peroni and after faffing about for a bit we settled on the food and a bottle of the house red which was well drinkable and good value at €19. We all had the lunch deal; salads and a pizza which came in around €11 or so a head. The salads were pretty run of the mill and nothing to write home about, while the pizza’s were large and reasonably tasty but with too much cheese - some might like that but I don’t. The restaurant itself didn’t give off any particularly welcoming vibe and the staff while not unfriendly didn’t appear to be overly excited about being there. That said one of my companions engaged a server in conversation and she did finally seem to be able to smile and display a degree of warmth which was pleasant. Overall I would say the food is decent value for money, but the restaurant lacks ambiance and the staff could be a little more engaging. My experience says that you can find a better pizza joint in the area for similar money.
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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Things didn't start well – I visited the website the before our visit and was irritated by the descriptions such as “High in protein and low in calories. . . “ and “… it will give you a natural energy boost....” Seriously - I'm going for lunch not on a training session, anyhow once I got over that hump things improved when four of us visited for a late lunch on a Friday afternoon. The food is good – I had crab to start and it was very enjoyable though bizarrely it had the feeling of something that had been prepared earlier and unwrapped for serving. I say this because the the crab had a different complexion on the outside to the inside and the toast was a somewhat limp, that said I did enjoy it. My companions variously had chicken wings and minestrone which by the way looked fantastic. It arrived in a wooden bowl with parmesan dripping from it like icicles; certainly artistic and I'm told the taste matched the presentation. Mains were halibut, tuna and steak and were all pleased with what we got, taste and presentation fitted the bill. All came with sides of polenta chips and the tuna came with a side of ginger and orange very fresh and tasty. I had a side of “green relish with peas, broad beans and spring onion“ which was disappointing. You see, I don't eat peas but I was willing to give this a try; it was billed as “My favourite vegetables made into a purée” but what I got was a bowl of peas and spring onion which I didn't eat – one of my companions did and declared them “lovely”. For desert two shared the strawberry knickerbocker, there was loads of it and they seemed to enjoy. I had the Brulee pan d'epice which was more interesting than it was desert like, but enjoyable all the same. Service was a little slow which irked my companions - I was fine with it but that said that on two occasions getting a beer more trouble that it should have been. Would I go back ? Yes but next time I'll order from the set lunch - amazing value at €25 for three courses.

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South Street Restaurant
Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

South Street used to be a regular eaterie for me and my partner, but we stopped going here many years ago. So when this venue was suggested by one of my friends for a Sunday afternoon meet I was curious what it would be like. I arrived at three and found myself to be the only person in the restaurant until I was joined by my two companions. We started with a nice peroni and after faffing about for a bit we settled on the food and a bottle of the house red which was well drinkable and good value at €19. We all had the lunch deal; salads and a pizza which came in around €11 or so a head. The salads were pretty run of the mill and nothing to write home about, while the pizza’s were large and reasonably tasty but with too much cheese - some might like that but I don’t. The restaurant itself didn’t give off any particularly welcoming vibe and the staff while not unfriendly didn’t appear to be overly excited about being there. That said one of my companions engaged a server in conversation and she did finally seem to be able to smile and display a degree of warmth which was pleasant. Overall I would say the food is decent value for money, but the restaurant lacks ambiance and the staff could be a little more engaging. My experience says that you can find a better pizza joint in the area for similar money.

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Five of us visited for lunch and had a great time. We started off with a few beers while we decided what it was we wanted to eat and were left sufficiently alone for us drink in peace until we really needed to order food. So to get us going we had olives and antipasti we ordered to nibble on to accompany what was generally agreed to be decent enough bottle of house red at €22 or so. As I've been here before I knew the pizzas were really good so I ordered a capricosa and another a Calzone – it looked like the biggest Cornish pastie I have ever seen. He raved about it! The otherers had spaghetti, steak and one the risotto and asparagus. All were happy with their meals but none I suspect as the pizza eaters and in particular the calzone eater. We rounded off the meal with serveral more beers and bottles of wine and were eventually turfed out (no doubt quite rightly so though I denied it at the time). We'd all reccommend this place as the prices are good as is the food, service a little tardy at times but in fairness this is balanced by the patience they showed in dealing with a boisterous winefilled bunch such as us.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Visited on a Friday lunchtime with a work colleague as we both fancied something nice and a bit of a treat so we eventually settled on The Winding Stair. It's a place we've been to numerous times and do enjoy. We were a little stuck for time so we went straight to mains and both had the free roaming chicken with black pudding and boy was it good. I don't have a huge appetite but I managed to almost finish the plate. My colleague as usual all but licked his plate clean. I particularly liked the creamed corn but I did think the bacon could be a little more crisp. That said I'm a little pickie and if I'm honest it was a really tasty dish. We skipped desert and I had second glass of a reasonable house red while my colleague had a coffee. The service was friendly and efficient, in my book it was nicely casual while being professional. I don't know what the bill was as I wasn't paying and while I'm sure you'll get a cheaper lunch in the vicinity you won't go far wrong if you visit here.

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

We ate here on an early bird Friday evening. I had Crab to start and my partner the chicken wings, both were good but the chicken wings were definitely the best either of us has ever had. For main I had pork belly roulade which came with lentils. While not at all what I had expected it was delicious and my partner had no complaints about his steak. This all was accompanied by a bottle of cabernet sauvignon – great value at €20. Cheese board to finish followed by a couple of Irish coffees. The food was great the atmosphere pleasant and the staff friendly – well worth a visit if you’ve not been before; we’ll be going back.

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Frederick’s Restaurant
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Carlow

I was here less than a week ago in a group of 6 adults and 2 kids and remember very little of the visit which speaks for itself. I do remember feeling that the food was ok but not great nor was it value for money. On the plus side the strawberry creme brulée was gorgeous - so much so that I ordered it in the bar a few days later. I'd visit Mount Wolseley again but next time I'll eat in the bar as it has a good and reasonably priced menu.

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La Dolce Vita (Kilmainham)
758/760 South Circular Road, South Dublin, Kilmainham, Dublin

A fairly bad experience. none of the food is "fresh" so we decided to just share a pizza - it was less than average and the service was very rushed. Our starter of garlic mushrooms arrived in less than 5 minutes and our main arrived before we had finished the starter. We had a bottle of house red which was ok but getting our servers attention for another glass proved very difficult. It took quite some time despite the fact that there were no more than 20 or so people in the place. Things went from less than average to worse when we tied to pay. The card machine was bust and we had not been told - neither of us had sufficient cash on us. We will not be going again

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We went here with a grabone deal 2 starters, 2 mains and a bottle of vino for €29 - it seemed like a good deal, but our experience wasn’t good enough to be described as average and we won’t be in a rush back. To get into the swing of things we ordered two G+Ts on arrival, but they didn't have a spirit licence. The menu was rather limited, whether that was to do with the deal or not I don’t know. Anyway despite this we ordered, I had Ham Hock terrine which although hearty enough certainly didn’t get me excited. My partner ordered chicken wings but was given pork ribs though the chicken showed up shortly after our mains of rib eye and confit of duck were decent enough. After mains I fancied cheese and port or maybe a brandy but without the spirit licence I resigned myself to be happy with just the cheese. Unfortunately I was disappointed here too – no cheese board. To sum it up, food average, menu limited, service pleasant, house wine pretty good, ambiance almost, I’m glad we weren’t paying full whack.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Visited on a busy Friday evening and were asked to wait a couple of minutes, the table was ready within 5 minute or so and the waiter got down to the business of drinks orders right away. I always like to have a glass of something as soon as I sit, so a prosecco to start the proceedings was very welcome. I asked for prawn puri and was a little disappointed to be told they don’t do it, but I was straight away steered toward another prawn starter which I ordered. My partner had the guinea fowl and it was just great – I wished I’d had it now! For mains I had Lamb Roganjosh and my parner had Pork Vindaloo - what a huge portion. We ordered a basket of bread and raita sides and a bottle of De Martino Merlo which I thought remarkably good value at €29. I finished off with crème brulee which really was great while my partner wasn’t too happy with his Irish Coffee. Overall the experience was good – staff had the right mix of attention to our needs and keeping a distance and the food was very good. If I had one complaint it would be that the restaurant looked a little down at heal. The prices are higher than middle of the road yet there were tiles missing from the toilet wall and in the restaurant there were electrical cables trailing along the floor and the banquette seating needed to be re-sprung. The carpet too looked like it had seen a really busy day. That said we’ll probably go again despite the fact that we could have had as an enjoyable a meal for a good deal less if we’d travelled just half a mile up the road.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

When we booked we were told that if we arrived at 8pm we might not be served until 8:30 or 8:45 - a very strange and inauspicious start. In the end we arrived at 8:45 and it worked out fine. Mind you my father made the booking so it might not be all their fault ! The service is great here if a little too attentive at times, that said they are all very pleasant. We found the food only average - a number of us had the crab starter which looked fabulous but just didn't deliver. It reminded me of Heinz sandwich spread - that said I did finish it. On the other hand one of the group had the venison to start and it really was fantastic. I tried it and it was a real treat but that was the high light of our eight person visit. I had duck main which was ok but nothing to write home about and that was pretty much the view of all of us. Would I go back? maybe, would I recommend it? perhaps, am I impressed? not particularly.

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