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    Originally posted by Western_Sean View Post
    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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      Visited Two Cooks in Sallins last night with Strewelpeter. Excellent food, can highly recommend. Worth a trip for it.

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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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          Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post
          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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            Originally posted by ghostface View Post
            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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              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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                Originally posted by Silver-Tiger View Post
                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.
                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                  Originally posted by Silver-Tiger View Post
                  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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                    Ananda and Kerala are two different experiences imo.

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                      Originally posted by Silver-Tiger View Post
                      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.
                      Last edited by Tar.Aldarion; 16-05-19, 16:20.

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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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                          Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
                          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?

                          Originally posted by BennyHiFi View Post
                          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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                            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.
                            “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” - Bertrand Russell

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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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                                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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                                  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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                                    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.
                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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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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                                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                        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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                                          Restaurant Name: Es Raco D'es Teix

                                          Location: Deia, Mallorca

                                          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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                                            Anyone recommend a top restaurant for the missus birthday in a couple weeks. Chapter One on hols for the dates and Patrick Gilbauld booked. Did L'Ecrivain last year so dont wanna do it again.

                                            Price not an issue once it's not totally outrageous lol

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                                              All the below worth a look IMO

                                              Bastible
                                              Uno Mas
                                              One Pico
                                              The Green House
                                              Pearl Brasserie
                                              Forest Avenue
                                              Forest & Marcy

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                                                We were talking about having wines blindly on here recently, and telling the difference. So I did a blind tasting menu in Barcelona with paired wines this week, an amazing present from a wonderful girl I met a couple of months ago. I've always wanted to do one! I didn't know what to expect from the experience, I thought I'd be blindfolded but I wasn't. It was so much more than that.

                                                We arrived to the swanky looking upstairs area to be greeted by a glass of Cava and an explanation of everything that would happen from the host. Being the only person there that did not speak Spanish (my partner in crime is Brazilian and they appear to get Spanish as a bit of a freebie, mildly kidding, she is great with languages but they have an easier time of it) he explained once to everybody and then stared directly at me, the gringo, to explain everything again while all and sundry stood waiting, hangry eyes boring into me. He seemed to give up at some point but she told me the rest.

                                                The serving staff member came to greet us, she was blind, all the serving staff there are. It was to be an experience of what it was like for them. We were to forgo all things that could possibly emit light and were to stand in a particular order so that you could be matched sitting across a table with your dinner partner.

                                                We lined up and started to go down a ramp underground, with no source of light whatsoever for the rest of the evening. To even navigate to dinner I had to put my hand on a girls shoulder, as we conga'd our way deeper.

                                                It was an interesting experience even getting seated at that point, and hearing a full dining room of people that you can't see, being led by a blind woman that couldn't speak English, with no idea of the layout of the room was quite intriguing. I eventually found my seat, alongside a wall. I was quite happy to even touch anything around me after the void.

                                                I could hear my partners voice from a mere few feet away but yet could see nothing, a voice with no source. I love it. It's quite funny how you act with each other at that point, unbridled of anybody seeing you. Reaching out for contact, touching faces and so on. You certainly feel a lot more free to do whatever you want. If you are into exhibitionism, this dinner is for you.

                                                Over the next few hours we had an amazing time, each plate would come out with an assortment of "things" on it that you would gleefully stick your hands into, cutlery ignored. Initial confusion sets in as our plates seem different, only to quickly realise one of us will have to invert ours so that they are matching. Discussing what things are together is the most fun, to be hilariously wrong about some at the end! Especially as it is fine dining and they trick you, an aged tomato tastes of aubergine, a snap pea of a bamboo shoot, wtf is fennel anyway?

                                                Glasses of wine are brought, instructions are relayed to me in Spanish and I hope for the best, my partner helping out a lot at this stage. Raise your hand, move your plate, a glass is coming! Lucky to have her or I wouldn't have a clue. Even setting the glass down becomes an endeavour. We settle for placing both glasses on one side of the table, leaving the other side open for contact.

                                                Proprioception becomes apparent as you know exactly how your hands are shaped, where they are positioned, but nothing outward of yourself. A chair scrapes 30 feet away, a glass of wine falls to the floor next to us, that was destined for me. To the servers, this is all aspects of their life - you get an awareness of how hard it is for them, but mostly you get drunk.

                                                For the wine colour taste test 3 glasses of wine are brought - one per two courses, we agree on the first. At the second, and I hoped this would happen, there was disagreement! I think one, she thinks another! We talk about why each of us thinks the way we do, she says she can nearly name the grape, she has a lot more experience in fine dining restaurants and with wine, I panic! Am I so sure of myself after all?! On the third wine we rosé again, agreeing. It makes me think that my second choice was wrong.

                                                Once the dinner was complete we stood up and conga'd our way back out of the cavern. When I hit light my eyes exploded, and it took a little while to adjust. We were then shown pictures of what we ate which was very funny and finally all were gathered to guess about the wines. From the first wine reveal there were groans, already so many people had failed at the first hurdle, and these looked like people that drink wine for their living. The second one is the hardest we are told, it is chosen on purpose to confuse you. I am so smug when be brings the bottle up from behind the counter! A few hours of well earned jesting will ensue. On the third we get that one correct also, I'm not sure even one other person got them right and tbh, I was wavering with a lot of doubt. In general, over 90% of people get it wrong we are told. It's definitely more a paring and specific wine thing trying to trick you than anything. Headed off to our airbnb to play drunken Brazilian card games.

                                                I ate a lot tasting menus in Barcelona, and other good meals - there was better food to be had but this was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. A full body sensory experience as they had told us from the outset.

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                                                Last edited by Tar.Aldarion; 23-07-19, 14:19.

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                                                  Great Trip Report.

                                                  Probably says something about me, but the first thing I thought of was what happens when you need to go to the toilet....
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                                                    Originally posted by Tar.Aldarion View Post
                                                    Reaching out for contact, touching faces and so on. You certainly feel a lot more free to do whatever you want. If you are into exhibitionism, this dinner is for you.
                                                    Manuel in the corner putting the guts out of himself in his night vision goggles
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                                                      THey probably have night vision cameras no? (I always presumed cinemas do too?, maybe Emmet knows.)

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                                                        Sure look, I already knew it wouldn't stop me from becoming president

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                                                          Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
                                                          All the below worth a look IMO

                                                          Bastible
                                                          Uno Mas
                                                          One Pico
                                                          The Green House
                                                          Pearl Brasserie
                                                          Forest Avenue
                                                          Forest & Marcy
                                                          Thanks for this. Some fantastic looking restaurants that we will definitely try out but she caught me browsing this evening and when I told her what I was up to she mentioned she had tickets booked for some play in the gaiety in September so I booked Chapter One for the same evening.

                                                          Thanks again for the post, much appreciated.

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                                                            Originally posted by Rufio View Post
                                                            Great Trip Report.

                                                            Probably says something about me, but the first thing I thought of was what happens when you need to go to the toilet....
                                                            A member of staff comes and brings you off somewhere, where I imagine you wreck the gaff. I should have went and tried the piss in the dark experience.

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                                                              Myself and the GF are entertaining her uncle and aunt on Monday in Dublin. GF and family are Brazilian so they're looking to get to an "Irish" cuisine experience. I'm thinking good beef, lamb, steak and seafood options. The Chop House was suggested to me already.

                                                              Any recommendations that would match this criteria?

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                                                                For an Irish feel to it, The Winding Stair springs to mind first as they very much promote the Irish angle. That said, the last time I was there (a few years ago), I thought the quality had dropped off but it may have improved since then, they seem to be generally busy.

                                                                For something very different, L Mulligan Grocer in Stoneybatter might be something to look at.

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                                                                  If you're driving, Johhny Foxes?

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                                                                    Originally posted by Dice75 View Post
                                                                    If you're driving, Johhny Foxes?
                                                                    he said good food

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                                                                      Originally posted by shrapnel View Post
                                                                      he said good food
                                                                      No idea...think the restaurant is mostly seafood. Ticks the touristy box though.

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                                                                        Was in The Corkscrew at the weekend, exchanging some Champagne (that we had bought for the wedding and not used) for wine.

                                                                        I've said before that the lads in there are second to none. If you are ever about town and want wine or even if you aren't around town, you should head in anyway.

                                                                        Anyway, I was having a good browse as I wasn't sure what I wanted when I noticed this


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                                                                        It's one of the wines we had the Michelin restaurant in Mallorca, same vintage and all. Was surprised it was only €45 bottle so picked up a bottle.

                                                                        They've also a good selection of Chateau Musar vintages in there at the minute.

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                                                                          Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                          that butter is deranged but they have been doing it ever since they opened....why, I have no idea.
                                                                          Butter cliffs?
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                                                                            Originally posted by Frank Gibney View Post
                                                                            Butter cliffs?
                                                                            Cabbage butter Frank.

                                                                            You couldn't make it up.
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                                                                              Prado in Clontarf is well worth a diversion (definitely better than the hyped-up Pigeon House next door), some very nifty Spanish cooking going on and the front of house staff are all positively evangelical.
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                                                                                Didn't even know Moloughneys was gone.
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                                                                                  Originally posted by zuutroy View Post
                                                                                  Didn't even know Moloughneys was gone.
                                                                                  Yeah it got a bad name after Deadparrot and family took a visit and never recovered unfortunately.

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                                                                                    Originally posted by rounders123 View Post
                                                                                    Yeah it got a bad name after Deadparrot and family took a visit and never recovered unfortunately.
                                                                                    Ha!
                                                                                    Sadly never made it there, we ended up in the castle which as reviewed at the time was pretty shit.
                                                                                    Maybe losing a 10 top cover did them in
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                                                                                      Looking for suggestions for a restaurant in Dublin please for Mrs Lao Lao's birthday

                                                                                      Over the last few years, we've been to the following for birthday/anniversary so am thinking of trying somewhere new/different - I had looked at Uno Mass and Etto but both are booked out for the date / time I want

                                                                                      Dax
                                                                                      Bastible
                                                                                      Clanbrasil House
                                                                                      One Pico
                                                                                      Glovers Alley
                                                                                      The Greenhouse
                                                                                      Heron & Grey
                                                                                      Chapter One
                                                                                      Pearl Brasserie
                                                                                      L'Ecrivian
                                                                                      Forest & Marcy
                                                                                      Forest Green


                                                                                      Any suggestions?

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                                                                                        Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
                                                                                        Looking for suggestions for a restaurant in Dublin please for Mrs Lao Lao's birthday

                                                                                        Over the last few years, we've been to the following for birthday/anniversary so am thinking of trying somewhere new/different - I had looked at Uno Mass and Etto but both are booked out for the date / time I want

                                                                                        Dax
                                                                                        Bastible
                                                                                        Clanbrasil House
                                                                                        One Pico
                                                                                        Glovers Alley
                                                                                        The Greenhouse
                                                                                        Heron & Grey
                                                                                        Chapter One
                                                                                        Pearl Brasserie
                                                                                        L'Ecrivian
                                                                                        Forest & Marcy
                                                                                        Forest Green


                                                                                        Any suggestions?
                                                                                        What about Host? Ate there recently and really enjoyed, different atmosphere than a lot of that list though so may not be quite what you are looking for.
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                                                                                          Manifesto in Rathmines is a hidden gem.

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                                                                                            Shame Etto and Uno Mas are booked.
                                                                                            +1 for Host but think you live in Ranelagh.
                                                                                            Delahunt?
                                                                                            Or their new place, Franks?
                                                                                            Pickle?
                                                                                            Michael's or Little Mike's in Mount Merrion? amazing seafood.

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                                                                                              Cheers lads.

                                                                                              Yeah, living in Ranelagh and was only in host a few months ago. Not that it's not worth a return visit straight away but thinking of something new.

                                                                                              Manifesto looks like a right little gem, that has definitely gone on the list.

                                                                                              I like the look of Frank's and the reviews for the food that I've seen are all good but the only off putting thing about it is that you can't book and you can't rock up, leave your name on a waiting list, grab a drink and get a call when the table is free as they don't have a phone apparently!

                                                                                              Had a complete brain fart and forgot all about Delahunt and haven't eaten there yet (only had drinks upstairs) so have booked there.

                                                                                              Thanks again for the suggestions.

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                                                                                                Manifesto would be a serious step down from Mrs Lao Lao's previous birthday excursions imo
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                                                                                                  Originally posted by DeadParrot View Post
                                                                                                  Manifesto would be a serious step down from Mrs Lao Lao's previous birthday excursions imo
                                                                                                  It's grand, we're married now, I no longer need to impress her

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                                                                                                    Some news on Manifesto

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                                                                                                      Took the train up to Belfast on Saturday to try out Ox restaurant.

                                                                                                      Went with the 6 course tasing menu lunch with wines, they have two options and we went for the standard over the “prestige” as the waiter told us the standard was better matched, the prestige was brought in for the open to have some recognizability.

                                                                                                      Opened with a customary glass of champagne, and lovely fresh sour dough bread served warm. First course was best described as a cheese profiterole, delicious. A tomato salad created by making a gelatins-like substance from tomato consommé was a fresh follow up. Next was scallops served in lobster bisque, wasn’t bad although the scallop was a little tough. Monkfish in a pea veloute followed and was tasty, if unremarkable. It was rounded off with a creme anglais/ ice cream mix which shouldn’t have been as nice as it was, very tasty. Petit fours etc.

                                                                                                      Some interesting wines came from Hungary, Croatia and Czech Republic.

                                                                                                      Overall I’d say it’s nice for lunch, we certainly envied the A La Carte diners as the lamb in particular looked amazing. 7/10, not worth a trip on its own but pretty pleasant day out if you’re there anyway.

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                                                                                                        Went out to Pickle last Friday, having booked a few weeks previously (hard to get a booking these days it seems); was a very nice meal, quality Indian food, but definitely a step down from Ananda in terms of quality of both food, service and in particular ambiance. Was very busy in there and more noisy than I would prefer as a result.

                                                                                                        Had the scallops starter, this was exceptional I thought and with three full scallops was a bigger starter than most; of course, at €15 compared to sub-€10 for most other starters you'd expect something special and/or more substantial.

                                                                                                        Had an interesting lamb curry for my main; can't recall the name of the dish, lots of meat in a metal dish, came with a very thick dark red curry/sauce. Thick enough to eat with a fork! Also came with a new-to-me flat bread, I would almost think this was potato-based somehow, seemed midway between a flat bread and a fried potato cake Nice dish but nothing too special.

                                                                                                        We shared a decent bottle of Reisling and chose Port for our dessert wine. Think the damage came to about €135 for the two of us. Personally I'll probably argue for Ananda again in the future, for those instances when we want a top-quality Indian.

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                                                                                                          I'm a huge Pickle fan but feels like I must finally try out Ananda, goddammit.
                                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                            By the way, I am blithely assuming that Lao Lao has the annual HHE dinner organisation well in hand...
                                                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                              Ananda and Pickle are both excellent but they are not pitching at the same market. Ananda is Indian Cuisine done exceptionally very well for the western palate. Pickle is more "traditional" Indian Cuisine for the western palate. Both excellent in their own right but comparing them is a little unfair on both.

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                                                                                                                Originally posted by ionapaul View Post
                                                                                                                Went out to Pickle last Friday, having booked a few weeks previously (hard to get a booking these days it seems); was a very nice meal, quality Indian food, but definitely a step down from Ananda in terms of quality of both food, service and in particular ambiance. Was very busy in there and more noisy than I would prefer as a result.

                                                                                                                Had the scallops starter, this was exceptional I thought and with three full scallops was a bigger starter than most; of course, at €15 compared to sub-€10 for most other starters you'd expect something special and/or more substantial.

                                                                                                                Had an interesting lamb curry for my main; can't recall the name of the dish, lots of meat in a metal dish, came with a very thick dark red curry/sauce. Thick enough to eat with a fork! Also came with a new-to-me flat bread, I would almost think this was potato-based somehow, seemed midway between a flat bread and a fried potato cake Nice dish but nothing too special.

                                                                                                                We shared a decent bottle of Reisling and chose Port for our dessert wine. Think the damage came to about €135 for the two of us. Personally I'll probably argue for Ananda again in the future, for those instances when we want a top-quality Indian.
                                                                                                                135 for 2 for a good indian?

                                                                                                                i see Dublin hasn't changed!

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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                                                                  By the way, I am blithely assuming that Lao Lao has the annual HHE dinner organisation well in hand...

                                                                                                                  You are either snooping on me or great minds think alike...

                                                                                                                  I only booked Vintage Kitchen yesterday for Friday 24th Jan at 8:30pm for 8 people, just haven't had a chance to post it up here yet.

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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
                                                                                                                    You are either snooping on me or great minds think alike...

                                                                                                                    I only booked Vintage Kitchen yesterday for Friday 24th Jan at 8:30pm for 8 people, just haven't had a chance to post it up here yet.
                                                                                                                    I usually think 'Culture Night, time to give auld Lao a kick up the hole'.
                                                                                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                                      Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
                                                                                                                      Ananda and Pickle are both excellent but they are not pitching at the same market. Ananda is Indian Cuisine done exceptionally very well for the western palate. Pickle is more "traditional" Indian Cuisine for the western palate. Both excellent in their own right but comparing them is a little unfair on both.
                                                                                                                      Where would put Kinara in all of this? I personally think it beats both, having dined in Pickle a few back purely on the strength of their excellent Biryani at the ToD, and enjoyed it on the night too, but prefer Kinara Ranelagh. I would like to go back to pickle to try the goat though as I haven’t seen that anywhere else.

                                                                                                                      Also ate at Liath a few weeks ago, very high skilled cooking and generous with the wine, the only criticisms I’d have would be that there was no bread and no petit fours so I was actually quite hungry after ten rounds, as the portions are literally one spoon in size.

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                                                                                                                        Haven't been in Kinara for some time but as you mention it I'd probably have it on a par with Ananda. For those looking for a comparative to Pickle I recommend Konkan on Clanbrassil St.

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                                                                                                                          Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
                                                                                                                          Went to Clanbrassil House last night with New Approach and KPNuts. Outstanding food. Put it on your list and get along.
                                                                                                                          I was here again last night. Still fantastic. The chef featured on an RTE show on Tuesday evening, Beyond The Menu, which you will find on RTE Player if interested.

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