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Old 03-05-19, 09:34   #1621
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No I haven't looks like one for the list though.
For gettting away from it all it’s excellent and the food and local walks are really nice. Bento box on one night and tasting menu the next if you stay for a weekend. No phone coverage and no TVs anywhere also.
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Old 15-05-19, 11:18   #1622
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Visited Two Cooks in Sallins last night with Strewelpeter. Excellent food, can highly recommend. Worth a trip for it.
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Old 15-05-19, 19:33   #1623
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Noticed Nico's Italian restaurant on Dame Street had given way to a new Bunsen, currently being fitted out.

Not many places in Dublin left that can lay claim to being over 50 years old.

Great news for the stag parties that there's another hot meat sandwich joint right beside Bobo's Burgers and opposite Rick's Burgers.

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Old 15-05-19, 19:43   #1624
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Noticed Nico's Italian restaurant on Dame Street had given way to a new Bunsun, currently being fitted out.

Not many places in Dublin left that can lay claim to being over 50 years old.

Great news for the stag parties that there's another hot meat sandwich joint right beside Bobo's Burgers and opposite Rick's Burgers.
Scandalous to try and lump Bunsen together with those establishments!!
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Old 15-05-19, 20:13   #1625
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Scandalous to try and lump Bunsen together with those establishments!!
It's a better burger, sure but it's still just something to eat before or after a rake of pints (at least where it's situated that'll be the draw).

I'd imagine the rent is pricey and given Crackbird closed just a few doors up not that long ago - at least in part due to rent pressure - Bunsen will need to sell a lot of burgers to make it work.

In saying that Thunder Road, TGI Friday, Bad Ass Cafe and Hard Rock are all within a tourist/stag stroll and all charge premium wonga for fairly ordinary fare so Bunsen could be a beacon in the fast food pea-souper that the Temple Bar/Dame Street area has become.
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Old 16-05-19, 09:09   #1626
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In Ananda last night.

Still there.
Still busy.
Still churning out top class food.

Still a podium Indian in Dublin imo.
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Old 16-05-19, 14:38   #1627
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In Ananda last night.

Still there.
Still busy.
Still churning out top class food.

Still a podium Indian in Dublin imo.
I have never been.

Still putting in a good word for Kerala Kitchen though. Great spot.
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Old 16-05-19, 15:02   #1628
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In Ananda last night.

Still there.
Still busy.
Still churning out top class food.

Still a podium Indian in Dublin imo.
Have never been, but Kinara, Pickle, AN Other IMO...
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Old 16-05-19, 15:35   #1629
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Ananda and Kerala are two different experiences imo.
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Old 16-05-19, 17:17   #1630
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In Ananda last night.

Still there.
Still busy.
Still churning out top class food.

Still a podium Indian in Dublin imo.
Yeah I wrote a review of them on here a while back, it was absolutely amazing and they just had whipped the menu up for one night.
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Old 17-05-19, 02:01   #1631
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Ananda is superb, but even still, slightly ashamed to say I once went there three times in six days...
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Old 17-05-19, 17:54   #1632
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Visited Two Cooks in Sallins last night with Strewelpeter. Excellent food, can highly recommend. Worth a trip for it.
There was a lovely restaurant in Naas once upon a time too, La Maison perhaps. Ever eaten there, how would it compare?

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It's a better burger, sure but it's still just something to eat before or after a rake of pints (at least where it's situated that'll be the draw).

I'd imagine the rent is pricey and given Crackbird closed just a few doors up not that long ago - at least in part due to rent pressure - Bunsen will need to sell a lot of burgers to make it work.

In saying that Thunder Road, TGI Friday, Bad Ass Cafe and Hard Rock are all within a tourist/stag stroll and all charge premium wonga for fairly ordinary fare so Bunsen could be a beacon in the fast food pea-souper that the Temple Bar/Dame Street area has become.
Bunsen is the best you can get in burgers for me, puts FergBurger to shame, Wahlburger probably comes closest but not as good. It’s just to fresh and no nonsense.
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Old 22-06-19, 23:12   #1633
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Wife booked us into Forest and Marcy for the anniversary tonight. Walked in and was a bit sketchy that it was all high stools and we were seated at the counter. Food was great though, way above expectations. Major miss with the wine though. Saw a 2005 Bordeaux in their 'cabinet' section that looked great value (ie much less than the usual restaurant 3x markup on shop prices) and as we go out so rarely I said feck it we'll give it a go. We're subsequently presented with the 2015 which sells for half the price. I brought it to the waiter's attention and he's like 'oh I never noticed that on the menu, it's a mistake'. If I wasn't the meekest fucker in the world when it comes to confrontation I would have made something of it as they basically conned me out of €30 or so.
Anyway, good food if your back can stick 2 hours on a stool.
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Old 24-06-19, 12:20   #1634
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Went for lunch in Forest Avenue a few weeks back, had the tasting menu with wines and it was absolutely top drawer. Great selection and variety of courses, should have taken better notes at that time but I’d certainly go back. It isn’t cheap but still felt like decent value.
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Old 24-06-19, 16:08   #1635
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Was bought a dine in the dark tasting menu with wine pairing in Barcelona for my birthday, will be going in a few weeks can't wait. Anybody done any before? Always wanted to try that.

They mentioned how much trouble people have to tell the difference between red and white wine, even rose. Looking forward to that!
Without sight I'll be fecked for the food too.


I was using a friends sommellier training kit recently, just a box of vials of tonnes of vials of liquids that smell of a different food each. If you smell them without looking at the names you are there smelling and it is so familiar but you can't name what it is for most of them.
Then when you are told all your memories come flooding to you and it was so obvious all along, very cool.
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Old 25-06-19, 19:07   #1636
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M & L Szechuan Chinese
13/14 Cathedral St, North City, Dublin City


Royal Ascot was the centre piece of the day or so we thought. Harder and harder to get a pub in Dublin to show the racing without restriction. Either they have pop music pervading the whole place reducing the racing to pictures only or they arent on the ball with the switch over from channel to channel when needs be. Take the Epsom Derby recently. Cassidys Camden St who pride themselves on the racing around Cheltenham yet 20 minutes to the off no racing instead sky sports news!. Are they for real!.

Anyway the day was spent in the trusty yet diminishing stronghold of Marlborough Street on the northside of the Liffey. Before long the racing was over and the stomach rumbling and I had a card up my slieve that ive been meaning to make a visit to for a long time M&L Szechual Chinese on the adjacent Cathedral Street. In nice and early and didnt see anyone seated yet I got a withering look from the counter woman when I asked about the availability for a table for 2. A waiter played broker and paved the way for a distant table and asked us to mind out step because of a crude intersection you need to be wary of. I presume its the remnants of a butress between address 13/14 which they didnt smooth over but instead just carpeted over like it shouldn't be a big thing. I would imagine there are a few under/over bets on how many fallers/sprained ankles there are there. At least out waiter was an unders man as he went to lenghts to tell us to mind the step.

We disported ourselves in the east wing as we tried to get to grips with the menu. The menu was immense and impressive. It was more like a novel than a menu. Delighted the young Chinese waiter that earlier interjected to take us from safety from the Chinese Matriarch was still with us for menu perusal advice. I asked him is this the menu or the real menu with a knowing wink as I think I heard tell they have an underground menu for those in the know. Dont think I needed to ask as the menu was so over whelming I was doing well with this and not reading chinese and when you've a few drinks on you you are even more at sea, yet keeping a lid on it on the outside. His answer to my real menu question was 'To a certain extent' which was a hell of an answer. He said he was working only 2 weeks there so he was tentative in his reply but what a reply. He looking at you in a way that says forvive my english yet all conversation he answered in classic english.

There was a 10-12 seat table beside us with nobody seated and soon enough food came that began to populate the table!. Myself and the brother remarked on how unusual this was and no sign of anyone yet. Pretty soon more food for the table yet still nobody at the table. Despite of the ups and downs of the afternoon racing we were soon under pressure with worry on who this food is for, where are they and I hope it doesn't go cold. Its not usual for me to see a table bedecked with food and no sign of anyone. We needn't have worried, ver soon a troop of Chinese old timers decended upon the feast and they didnt stand on ceremony. Within 5 minutes they had come and gone, eating like pirhanas in an impressive clearance you've ever seen. It was quite remarkable.

In the heal of the hunt we must have turned up when the staff were in the horrors that the food was ready for the large table cohort and communication was ongoing. We werent even there that long ourselves yet by the time we were leaving the place was heaving with punters.
The prices seemed remarkably low but maybe it didnt include race. Word of warning its cash only no cards. The meal was thoroughly enjoyable bordering fantastic but I will be better much prepared next time.
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Old 25-06-19, 20:54   #1637
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Chinese guy in work has brought us there a few times rounders.

Fires out the orders without any menu and then you get the table coverage as described. Good auld food although you do get the odd bit of animal that we fussy gweilos would be adverse to.
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Old 25-06-19, 21:20   #1638
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Yamamori is a fantastic spot. Some great wines and beers.

Quite pricey to be sure, but truly decent food.
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Old 26-06-19, 15:06   #1639
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Chinese guy in work has brought us there a few times rounders.

Fires out the orders without any menu and then you get the table coverage as described. Good auld food although you do get the odd bit of animal that we fussy gweilos would be adverse to.
The cheeky little bollix imo
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Old 17-07-19, 14:36   #1640
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Restaurant Name: Es Raco D'es Teix

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Website: http://esracodesteix.es/en/

Price Range: (from 1 to 5 €€€€€) - €€€€€

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Myself and Mrs Lao Lao headed off for a few days after the wedding for some much needed R&R (they call it a mini moon nowadays which I'm sure will have a few people on here grimacing ) Anyway, when we do go away, we usually try to see if there is any Michelin stared places and if we can get a table so we were delighted to see there was a 1 star restaurant in Deia, about 25-30 minutres drive from where we were staying in Port De Soller and booked a table for 8:45 pm on the Thursday night.

The restaurant is housed in a lovely stone built house with a large terrace giving views of the mountains around Deia and is run by huband and wife team, Josef Sauerchell (head chef from Germany) and Leonor Payeras (Maitre'd from Deia)

We opted for the 6 course tasting menu to be accompanied with matching wines which was titled as 'The Journey from Germany to Mallorca' - There was another wine pairing option but we chose this one as neither German nor Spanish/Mallorcan wines would be high on our list of wines we drink so thought it would be a good introduction to them both.

We started off with a glass of cava each along with some bread, alioli and olives which was followed by a trio of hor d'oeuvres - a morsel of pate and toast, a small deep fried pumkin ball and a cold soup, each one delicious and tasted way better than I've just described them.

Our first course was Lobster and prawns cocktail with melon and cucumber served with a seperate hot lobster bisque. We were advised to drink the bisque first and then tuck into the rest. The bisque was creamy and delightful and was something that you would take great pleasure pouring over a fully cooked lobster. The cocktail, while sounding like it came firmly out of the 1980's was very tasty and they weren't shy with the lobster and prawns. This was all washed down by a Donnhoff Riesling 2016 which was very nice.

Our 2nd course was scallops and octopus with chanterelles. I thought that this was an odd mix when I read it first but it totally worked. There was a lovely sauce with it that just combined everything perfectly. The fish was cooked just right and while not a massive fan of mushrooms, I could have eaten a plate of them on their own in the sauce. This was washed down by Ekam Albarino 2018 which was one of the better Albarino's that i've had.

The 3rd course was Turbet with Lemon and this was fantastic. As it was a tasting menu, the portion size of the turbet wasn't huge but it was cooked to perfection and I could have eaten a full sized fillet of it and still come back for more. This was washed down by Vina Tondonia White Rioja 2005. I'm almost a little embarressed to say that until about two years ago, I didn't realise that you could get white Rioja as I always thought that there was only red Rioja but having tastied it two years ago, I was delighted to see it come to the table as it matched the meaty turbet really well.

Onto the 4th course, which was the main course, of lamb with an olive crust - The lamb was melt in your mouth stuff and again, while I wouldn't be a big fan of olives (mushrooms and olives are the only two things I'm not mad about food wise) I would have eaten a full plate of it, quite easily as the olive crust was in no way overpowering. This course was washed down by Finca Biniagual 2015 which is a blend of Shiraz, Cab Sav and Manto Negro, somewhat akin to a Bordeaz blend and very drinkable.

Our penultimate course was a chesse board and the options were almost overwhelming. We eventually opted for some manchego, brie, a cheese from menorca and a soft goats cheese. Nothing out of the ordinary and I can't for the life of me remember all their names but they were snaffled down with bread and crackers along with a Martin Codax Albarino 2015. Now, this albarino was very different from the first one and was much darker and sweeter, to the point of almost being a dessert wine, it was great with the cheeses.

Our final course was dessert, which was a chocolate foam and ganache with blueberries sorbet. This was devine. I have a bit of a sweeet tooth for chocolate deserts and this hit the mark, 100%. Had I not being in a restaurant, I would have picked up the bowl and licked it clean. The dessert was washed down by a Rota Merlot (missed the year), which was a new one on me. The merlot was served cold and was much sweeter than a merlot usually is but again, it matched well with the chocolate and the blueberries.

The meal was a very leisurely 3.5 hour affair which for me is perfect for a tasting menu but at the same time the staff were extremely pleasant and attentive. We did find it funny that despite it being clear from the very start, that we hadn't more than two words of Spanish between us, the maitre'd always came to us after each course and spoke to us in Spanish asking us (presumably) if we enjoyed the meal, if everything was ok, etc. Our puzzled looks followed by awkward smiles and nods generally got her to converse in English with us

Total including a 12.5% tip came to €491 but the spending didn't stop there. When we tried to book a taxi home, we discovered that there was only one taxi driver in Deia and he had gone to bed and wasn't answering his phone. One of the junior chefs offered to take us home but as it was an hour round trip out of his way, we had to throw him a few quid, he and we were happy with a fee of €40 and off we went.

We got back into the hotel just in time for a Roku G&T nightcap before the bar closed.
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