Restaurant Reviews from ymck

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 02 October 2013

Last Visit: 12 November 2016

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Canal Bank Cafe restaurant

146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
165 reviews

Reviewed 29th August 2016 ( visited 26th August 2016 )

Dined here for the first time last Friday - had been planning on eating here for some time but only got around to it when a friend suggested an overdue catch up. Despite the large number of us (8), service was friendly and efficient and the waiter was very attentive. Two words - chicken wings - one of the best in Dublin I have to say. I would come here again just for these alone! Main courses were a mix of salads and burgers, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed. The cocktail menu is extensive, and very tasty. Recommended for groups of friends or a casual date.
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Bagots Hutton restaurant

6 Upper Ormond Quay, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Average
18 reviews

Reviewed 02nd October 2013 ( visited 28th September 2013 )

While on a bit of a saturday afternoon catch up with some girlfriends, we strolled into bagots hutton on the recommendation of some other friends. Initially, I was surprised at its size, like being in someone's living room, and full of ladies doing the same thing as us. As we were only staying for one, we settled on the house white and the house red wines. The white wine went down a treat, the red wine unfortunately did not. We also ordered a mixed cheese and meat board which also came with bread and was delicious. The bill came to €44 (for the food and x4 glasses of wine) which was reasonable enough between four of us. However the waiter decided not to come back with our change.....€11! Now in this day and age when the celtic tiger is dead and buried, who leaves a 25% tip when you've literally been there for less than an hour. When we questioned the waiter, he came back with a face on him saying he thought we were leaving him a tip. Now don't get me wrong, we had every intention of leaving him a tip, but thought it was quite rude to be as presumptuous as he was. Yes, this place is a tad pretentious, but we knew what we were getting when we decided to go there.
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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Dined here for the first time last Friday - had been planning on eating here for some time but only got around to it when a friend suggested an overdue catch up. Despite the large number of us (8), service was friendly and efficient and the waiter was very attentive. Two words - chicken wings - one of the best in Dublin I have to say. I would come here again just for these alone! Main courses were a mix of salads and burgers, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed. The cocktail menu is extensive, and very tasty. Recommended for groups of friends or a casual date.

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Twenty2
22 Sion Hill Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

First time here with a party of 10 for a work lunch. I cannot fault the food. The bruschetta (without prawns) was very tasty, a lot of garlic and could have had a bit more basil but it was lovely all the same. The breast of chicken with potato cake was lovely (the potato cake would even be lovely without the bacon but this is just personal taste) and just the right portion size. This restaurant is small and cozy and the tables are close together. Grand for lunchtime, but maybe not for the romantic date night if you don't want your conversation overheard! The service was a tad slow as well. Granted we were a fairly big table, and we ordered starters and mains, but we were close to 40 minutes waiting on first courses. We also weren't offered drinks when we placed our food orders. I'm not sure how long the restaurant has been opened but perhaps this is just teething issues. I will be back as the food was good, but with a smaller party so that we might get food quicker next time!!

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Gotham is always my 'go-to' place in the city centre when looking for somewhere casual to go. Saturday last was no exception when me and my boyfriend went into town looking for something to eat before the rugby match. We arrived with no reservation for lunch on a very busy day (Valentines Day in addition to a rugby international), and the host did his best to accommodate us. My boyfriend stuck to his old reliable upper east side pizza, while I had one of their lunch specials of jerk chicken and sweet potato fries. The chicken and fries were amazing and my boyfriend enjoyed his pizza. It was all really good value also! I'll keep returning to Gotham!

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was really looking forward to giving Crackbird a try having heard lots of really good things about it. A group of 5 of us decided to chance going in early on Saturday evening around 6:30pm to try and get a table and we were seated straight away which was great. We would have been happy to sit at the bar either way, but I'd say this area gets a bit crowded if there are a few groups waiting to be seated - okay for couples though! We each ordered a main course and shared a few sides. The croquettes were amazing as were the sweet potato noodles (although the name is a tad misleading as it sounded like it was going to be noodles of sweet potato, but instead was just noodles made from sweet potato flour), the carrot salad was also really tasty. We also ordered the portion of 3 sauces - the feta and burnt lemon is really good. If there hadn't been a few of us getting things between us, this would have gotten a little pricy, but it was nice to be able to sample all of the dishes. The atmosphere was very relaxed and buzzy, the music was a little loud, but it seemed like a place you would go before going on somewhere else so it gets you in the mood! The bill was €24 each including service, this included x2 carafes of wine and one of their non-alcoholic spritzers. We thought this was reasonable as we'd had a load of food. Striking a couple of marks off for service though. Our server was a nice guy, attentive and was helpful with the dishes, but I think he was probably having an off day! He brought us the wrong bill initially, and then charged us for one of the sides we ordered but didn't turn up (we didn't question it because there was a tonne of food on the table), and then said we left him short of money, but when he added again, realised that we were right! It wouldn't put me off revisiting and hope to do so in the future.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Having enjoyed eating here previously, I was organising a dinner for some visiting colleagues and suggested here. This restaurant looks nothing from the outside, you would easily walk by it if you didn't know it was there and even though it is located in the heart of the tourist area of temple bar, it is located far enough away so as not to be over run! Upon arriving, we were seated promptly (having booked the low tables in the Opium room). We were then offered bellinis to start which was a nice touch and the waitress then returned promptly to take our drinks order and recommended a wine to suit a particular taste. Having been the only one to dine here before, I asked the waitress to explain how the menu worked and she explained that as there were several of us (6) that we were better off ordering at least 2 of the same menu. We settled for x2 lombok and x2 komodo and added x1 fish for good measure. There was so much food and x5 menus was definitely enough for 6 of us, even with x2 'growing lads!' in our party. The best thing about this restaurant is the food, which is what you're paying for I guess, but I really can't get enough of it! Also thinking of organising a friends hen party here next year in their larger bali room! Highly recommended.

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Bagots Hutton
6 Upper Ormond Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

While on a bit of a saturday afternoon catch up with some girlfriends, we strolled into bagots hutton on the recommendation of some other friends. Initially, I was surprised at its size, like being in someone's living room, and full of ladies doing the same thing as us. As we were only staying for one, we settled on the house white and the house red wines. The white wine went down a treat, the red wine unfortunately did not. We also ordered a mixed cheese and meat board which also came with bread and was delicious. The bill came to €44 (for the food and x4 glasses of wine) which was reasonable enough between four of us. However the waiter decided not to come back with our change.....€11! Now in this day and age when the celtic tiger is dead and buried, who leaves a 25% tip when you've literally been there for less than an hour. When we questioned the waiter, he came back with a face on him saying he thought we were leaving him a tip. Now don't get me wrong, we had every intention of leaving him a tip, but thought it was quite rude to be as presumptuous as he was. Yes, this place is a tad pretentious, but we knew what we were getting when we decided to go there.

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