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  • Lao Lao
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    Restaurant: Liath (Formerly Heron & Grey)

    Address : Blackrock Market

    Price : €€

    It's weird how fast time flies, but it's been just over two years since I've eaten in Heron & Grey.

    It doesn't feel that long but in that time, the partnership has split up, the restaurant has closed and reopened, it's been renamed Liath, they've had a major renovation and have had their Michelin Star automatically reinstated.

    I haven't got to see the renovations in person and it could be a while before that happens due to the current circumstances but tonight I got to eat their food in an unorthodox method.

    Liath has started to do Liathtogo, a service where you can collect a three course meal that with a little bit of assembling and cooking at home (full instructions given) you can have three of their courses from some of their tasting menus. The price comes in at 33 quid a head which overall is a fairly reasonable price.

    The starter was Smoked Eel, Baby Gem, Aged Parmesan and was all just assembly. You had to marinate the shallots, quenelle the smoked eel paste and lash all the ingredients together. You then use baby gem lettuce, lightly salted, as your taco to put it all together before shoving it in your gob. It was really rich and the baby gem taco idea is pure genius.

    This is how it looked before we put it into the baby gem lettuce.

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    The main was Beef Ragu Ravioli, Pancetta, Black Truffle.

    There was slightly more work to this course whereby you had to fry off the pancetta, add in a sauce to it, heat up some cep paste, boil the ravioli and then plate it up.

    I thought that I had made a mess of it and split the sauce but upon sticking it up on Instagram (The best looking plate wins a free meal for two), Liath responded to say, that's actually exactly how it's meant to look (I read instructions good). It tasted deeeelsih.

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    For desert, it was Rose Panacotta, Rhubarb, Amaretti Crumble

    This was the simpliest of all courses and again was just assembly although getting the panacotta out of the tub was a slightly delicate process.

    It looked and tasted great.

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    We washed the whole meal down with a decent bottle of plonk from Bordeaux.

    I'm not going to lie to you, I've had worse Thursdays nights.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
    I'm too long in France to be reading this and thinking: wow, he was able to eat before 7:30pm and on a Sunday! Kebab shops and McDonalds are the only thing ever opened here before 7:30, and on Sundays even the kebab shops will take the day off.
    Yeah, I remember years ago in Paris visiting a mate for a long weekend and on the Sunday I got up early and went out to get stuff for breakfast, thought it would be nice for everyone else in the gaff to wake up to it as they had put me up for the weekend.

    Everywhere was fucking closed, must have walked around for almost an hour before I managed to find one or two really small places open where I was able to cobble together all the required items for breakfast, fuck me it was painful.

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  • ghostface
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    Going to Guilbauds this weekend, first time dining at this sort of place and very excite! Stupid question, if popping in for pre-drink arrive 30 mins early or arrive at allotted time and time included for that??

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  • Hitchhiker's Guide To...
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    Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
    Two quick mentions as am tight for time

    Weekend before last, I was in Mr Fox on Parnell Square for the 2nd leg of a Hag party. Yes, we are well and truly back and Stag (or Hag in this case - blokes and girls) parties have 2 legs, home and away!

    Pre pints, 20 of us hit up Mr Fox for a set menu. The price was €45 for three courses and it worked out at an additional €27 a head for booze and tip so overall, it was OK value wise.

    The food was very good but the service was a little off. At one point, we tried to order another bottle of wine and we were told there wasn't time as we had to be out by 8pm, this was at 7:30pm - I explained that there was 6 of us drinking wine at our table so we could easily manage a glass each in 30 minutes but this fell on deaf ears.

    I'd definitely go back but this time in smaller numbers and for the later sitting.

    Was somebody from here involved in Mr Fox or did I completely imagine that?


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    Last night, myself and Mrs Lao Lao headed to Pichet for an early dinner. Mrs Lao Lao isn't mad on a late dinner of a Sunday, she prefers to be at home and ready for the week ahead by a reasonable time, she's such an 'aul one

    We hit up The Old Stand for a drink and then headed around to Pichet for a 5:15 sitting. The place was very quiet when we arrived but picked up a good bit over the course of dinner.

    I haven't been in Pichet in about 2 years but the food was really good, very tasty and very well presented - Definitely a restaurant to hit up every so often although I did notice a planning permission notice outside saying the owners of the biding are looking to knock it, the Trinity car park and 3 shops on Dame Lane down and rebuild a nine story office block with ground floor restaurant. If that goes ahead, I'm not sure what the future holds for Pichet?

    Total bill came to €145 which was 2 x 3 course early birds for €32 each (plus 5 supplement for my lamb dish) side portion of duck fat roast spuds, a coffee and very nice Haut Medoc that came in at €69 quid.

    From there, it was a quick night cap in Neary's before heading home.
    I'm too long in France to be reading this and thinking: wow, he was able to eat before 7:30pm and on a Sunday! Kebab shops and McDonalds are the only thing ever opened here before 7:30, and on Sundays even the kebab shops will take the day off.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Two quick mentions as am tight for time

    Weekend before last, I was in Mr Fox on Parnell Square for the 2nd leg of a Hag party. Yes, we are well and truly back and Stag (or Hag in this case - blokes and girls) parties have 2 legs, home and away!

    Pre pints, 20 of us hit up Mr Fox for a set menu. The price was €45 for three courses and it worked out at an additional €27 a head for booze and tip so overall, it was OK value wise.

    The food was very good but the service was a little off. At one point, we tried to order another bottle of wine and we were told there wasn't time as we had to be out by 8pm, this was at 7:30pm - I explained that there was 6 of us drinking wine at our table so we could easily manage a glass each in 30 minutes but this fell on deaf ears.

    I'd definitely go back but this time in smaller numbers and for the later sitting.

    Was somebody from here involved in Mr Fox or did I completely imagine that?


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    Last night, myself and Mrs Lao Lao headed to Pichet for an early dinner. Mrs Lao Lao isn't mad on a late dinner of a Sunday, she prefers to be at home and ready for the week ahead by a reasonable time, she's such an 'aul one

    We hit up The Old Stand for a drink and then headed around to Pichet for a 5:15 sitting. The place was very quiet when we arrived but picked up a good bit over the course of dinner.

    I haven't been in Pichet in about 2 years but the food was really good, very tasty and very well presented - Definitely a restaurant to hit up every so often although I did notice a planning permission notice outside saying the owners of the biding are looking to knock it, the Trinity car park and 3 shops on Dame Lane down and rebuild a nine story office block with ground floor restaurant. If that goes ahead, I'm not sure what the future holds for Pichet?

    Total bill came to €145 which was 2 x 3 course early birds for €32 each (plus 5 supplement for my lamb dish) side portion of duck fat roast spuds, a coffee and very nice Haut Medoc that came in at €69 quid.

    From there, it was a quick night cap in Neary's before heading home.

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  • zuutroy
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    I see the owner of The Greenhouse crying on Twitter about how they're barely getting by and the virus is going to kill them off. Curiously didn't mention that the prices have gone up 50% there in 2 years.

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  • brianmc
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    Ginger’s BBQ, Celbridge

    Just dropped off a bucket of honey to Nathan (ex Cliff at Lyons).

    He’s running a pop up for the month of March in what was Canteen in Celbridge.

    I haven’t been in yet but based on the chunks of meat he handed me to sample, I imagine it’s a bit like going to an Ole barbecue and pigging out.

    Lunchtime was poorly advertised and has plenty of availability. Evenings should be booked. Looks like good value too.

    https://Instagram.com/gingersbbq

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  • BennyHiFi
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    Variety Jones on Thomas St. Dublin.

    No sign outside, seating for 28, more causal than any awarded restaurant i've eaten in before but clearly very popular - i only got in by the skin of my teeth in mid-December for the date i wanted at the end of January (Next window for March and April is Feb 15)

    Tasting menu only, the contents of which they currently don't publicise too much as far as i see (changing regularly but possibly including some of... oysters, brisket, salmon, lots of cheese, stout bread, celeriac, foie gras, waffles, blood orange, pasta, pepper, cheese, curry, yogurt, hake, artichoke, langoustine...).

    Excellent value (e210 for 2 + tip). The staff own the gaff as far as i could tell from talking to them (well, 3 out of 5 of them) and they were very friendly, informative and relaxed.

    The background music, including Kraftwerk, Iggy, The Beatles, Happy Mondays, was better than expected which was another cherry on the cake.

    Recommended.

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  • Keane
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    We ate in Aniar in Galway just before Christmas and Ichigo Ichie in Cork just after Christmas.

    Both were class, Aniar in particular was magic. In Ichigo we did the chef's table which was pretty neat, and probably worth the couple of quid extra you pay for it. That meal started off like a train but petered out a little bit, mostly I think due to the fact that for the 9pm sitting you are still eating at nearly 11.30pm. I was genuinely starting to fall asleep after driving down from Limerick that evening. I would probably go for the earlier sitting if I was going back (which I would).

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  • ionapaul
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    Went to l'Ecrivain with the wife last night, using a voucher (six-course tasting menu plus glass of prosecco for two, €100). Hadn't been in a good few years.

    Enjoyable meal, not a huge volume of food considering the number of courses but enough so that we both felt very full by the end of the night. The two main 'meat' courses were cod, followed by veal, both very good. The prosecco was actually very very nice, they obviously go for the good stuff, makes a change from the piss-poor cheap prosecco that's very common these days. Had two glasses of the house Riesling as well, no complaints at all.

    Patrons seemed an even split of voucher users (young and not-so-young couples) and larger groups of people there after work. Service was excellent as always and there was nice buzz in the room, neither too quiet and stilted nor too loud and rambunctious.

    It's the wife's 40th next year, probably gonna book the Chef's Table in Chapter One. Anyone have an idea of how far out one can book it?

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  • Gimmeabreak
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    Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
    This is up a week now and we have 7 of the 8 seats filled.

    The line up is

    Denny
    GAB
    Ionapaul
    Lao Lao
    Raoul
    Strewl
    V

    I'll post in the BBV to see if any else wants the last seat but if more than one person shows an interest, they will be on the reserves list as the above 7 people are locked in.
    I only found out this evening that I need to go to London on Friday so I am out unfortunately. Raging as was really looking forward to it.

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  • Denny Crane
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    Originally posted by zuutroy View Post
    Wife booked it, I never heard of it. Remarked upon how quiet it was for a Saturday night. Didn't know that were on the voucher circuit.
    Closed now

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  • Lao Lao
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    Wine has been picked out for the HHE dinner

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  • Lao Lao
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    This is up a week now and we have 7 of the 8 seats filled.

    The line up is

    Denny
    GAB
    Ionapaul
    Lao Lao
    Raoul
    Strewl
    V

    I'll post in the BBV to see if any else wants the last seat but if more than one person shows an interest, they will be on the reserves list as the above 7 people are locked in.

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  • Strewelpeter
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    In if there is room

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  • Gimmeabreak
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    I'd be delighted to attend

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by Goodluck2me View Post
    Would love this, but wouldn’t be the same in dry January!
    You wouldn't be the first and certainly won't the last to be sober at it! Wouldn't necessarily let that put you off.

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  • Goodluck2me
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    Originally posted by Lao Lao View Post
    Right folks, that time of the year again. The Vintage Kitchen is booked for Friday 24th Jan at 8:30pm for 8 people.

    I'm obviously going, so there is 7 spots up for grabs.

    Let me know who wants in. If we get more than 7, I'll do a random draw and have reserves in place.

    Plan is to meet in Mulligans from 7pm on the 24th before heading next door for cabbage butter, a feed of fine food and good wine*

    I am out tonight and away from tomorrow so internet internet access may be a bit patchy over the next week but will try get back to everyone asap.

    *Haven't picked out my wine yet but will do so week after next.
    Would love this, but wouldn’t be the same in dry January!

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    In

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  • Denny Crane
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    In like.

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  • ionapaul
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    Likewise please

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  • V for Vendetta
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    Nice one Brian! Stick my name in the hat please.

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  • Lao Lao
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    HHE Annual Dinner 2020

    Right folks, that time of the year again. The Vintage Kitchen is booked for Friday 24th Jan at 8:30pm for 8 people.

    I'm obviously going, so there is 7 spots up for grabs.

    Let me know who wants in. If we get more than 7, I'll do a random draw and have reserves in place.

    Plan is to meet in Mulligans from 7pm on the 24th before heading next door for cabbage butter, a feed of fine food and good wine*

    I am out tonight and away from tomorrow so internet internet access may be a bit patchy over the next week but will try get back to everyone asap.

    *Haven't picked out my wine yet but will do so week after next.

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  • NoRiverRequired
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    Been listening to the SBP Plate podcast a bit recently. Enjoying it, essentially just casual chats with restaurateurs from some of the high profile places in Ireland but interesting all the same.

    https://www.businesspost.ie/more-lif...r-one-63d829a1

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by The Istanbul View Post
    Russian Tea Rooms for the grand historical experience
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    Is the Russian Tea Rooms still open? I don't know why but thought they had closed, Jesus, it must be 20 years since I eat there last


    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
    I'm heading to NYC for a few days. Any tips appreciated. Restaurants, Cafes, Diners, Burger Joints, Breakfast Joints, etc, etc. Suggestion and a reason why would be appreciated. TY.
    If you want to go all out, Restaurant Daniel (two stars), The River Cafe (one star) and Aureole (looks to have lost it's star this year) are all very good. Daniel has a fairly strict dress code if you do fancy it.

    Definetely do the High Line.

    Bryant Park is a nice spot, should have the Christmas market up if you are heading there soon, plus it's a great spot to go to play outdoor table tenis and petanque with the locals.

    Angels Share is hidden cocktail bar in the East Village - Max number of people allowed in a group is 4.

    Eat Korean Fried Chicken (Koreatown on 32nd St between 5th and 6th avenue)

    Ride a Bike around Central park

    Check out The Moth to see if they have a session on while you are there.

    Shake Shack for burgers and fries

    Check Madison Sqaure to see what Art Installations are on

    Momofuku Ssam Bar for Asian food (Korean pork buns, Rotisserie Duck, Hot Fried Chicken, 7 spice brisket)

    Check out The Whitney Museum to see what's on

    Sip-Sak for Turkish grub

    Check out The Vessel

    Head into Chelsea Markets for a ramble - Some decent lunch/brunch spots

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  • thechamp87
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    Originally posted by The Istanbul View Post
    Forgot but a great night eating spot is TAO Uptown 42 e 58th street ( near Rockefeller Centre). Super buzz
    Ate in Tao in Chicago last week and have eaten in Tao Vegas and it’s massively overpriced for average food. If going for that kind of meal in NYC, Catch is much better.

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  • The Istanbul
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    Forgot but a great night eating spot is TAO Uptown 42 e 58th street ( near Rockefeller Centre). Super buzz

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  • thechamp87
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    Minetta Tavern for old school dark wood NYC feel and class 'gone back in time' atmosphere/feel. The Black Label Burger is great.

    Gramercy Tavern two parts to this, the restaurant has a star but the 'tavern' room at the front is more casual and great value for top notch food from the same kitchen. Lunch rather than dinner here.

    Uncle Boons down in Soho for one of the best Thai meals I've had. They have a star now but it's vv casual and fun. Vaguely recall them not taking bookings and the wait at the bar was well worth it. Don't let their cheap website put you off.

    The Dutch great spot for brunch/lunch taking some time out if strolling in lower Manhattan.

    Walk the Highline - must do.

    Brass Monkey is good for a drink in Meatpacking.

    Get lost in the Met for half a day. MoMA great too. New Whitney not worth the time imo.

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  • NewApproach
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    For a very very casual lunch spot, go to Los Tacos No.1 in Chelsea Market. They are unbelievable.

    I'd love to recommend a good steakhouse but any of the ones I've been to there have been more miss than hit...

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  • The Istanbul
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    Russian Tea Rooms for the grand historical experience
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  • Gimmeabreak
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    I'm heading to NYC for a few days. Any tips appreciated. Restaurants, Cafes, Diners, Burger Joints, Breakfast Joints, etc, etc. Suggestion and a reason why would be appreciated. TY.

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  • Tar.Aldarion
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    New veggie/vegan restaurant on chatham street, will be checking it out this weekend! https://glasrestaurant.ie
    Was in mulligan grocer last night, great and too hipster for Raoul as usual.
    Last edited by Tar.Aldarion; 22-11-19, 16:00.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Was in Variety Jones last night and was very impressed.

    Food was of a very good quality and can see how they got their star.

    Highlights were the venison loin, cooked perfectly, melt in you mouth stuff along with the foie gras and chicken liver parfait, the smoked brisket, rye, pickles and aged chedder and the yeast mousse with dill (which is a new one of me) served with charred cauliflower.

    Every course was very good, only slightly sour note was the venison faggots, they were nice but very, very, very strong tasting.

    Very briefly spoke to the head chef when he brought our dessert out but he came across as a very down to earth guy who is just loving what he is doing.

    2 tasting menu's, a really nice bottle of Beaujolais and two glasses of wine to wash down the dessert came to €183 plus tip of €30 to bring the total cost to €213

    Thought it was very good value for what we got and was a very relaxing evening. The atmosphere/decor, etc is quite laid back and not formal as you would get in other Michelin star places but the food is just as good.

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    We'll be eating lobsters with the man who caught them tomorrow night. Guaranteed three stars.

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  • Keane
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    That's what we went for. Have it booked for the weekend before Christmas which is my birthday. Should be a good buzz up there.

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  • ionapaul
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    Only ate in Loam, thought it was very good but not 'great' (it is hard not to have massive expectations for Michelin starred places sometimes) on reflection.

    I'd spring for Aniar anyhow, much more of a buzz about it in Galway and it was a trailblazer for gastro-culture in the West of Ireland, worth starting there IMHO and trying Loam after

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  • Keane
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    Aniar or Loam?

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  • Goodluck2me
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    Originally posted by zuutroy View Post
    Quick review. Amuse on Dawson St...nope.
    I went there about 3 years ago, went for the tasting menu and it was like they put every good idea they could think of...on every plate.

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  • Denny Crane
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    The Rounders family WhatsApp must be A1

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  • pokerhand
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    Pickle on Camden Street must be the best place to go for an Indian in Dublin. Fantastic grub. Only been there for lunch, love to try it for dinner sometime.

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  • rounders123
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    Talking about Dawson Street the brother had glowing praise for the Ivy when he went in for a pre work Eggs Benedict.


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    ''Had breakfast in The Ivy on Dawson Street. Ushered to a fab leather corner seat. Ordered Eggs Benedict and a single sausage to test the quality and coffee. The Eggs B was as near to perfection as possible. The eggs we on point not too runny and the hollandaise sauce level was perfectly minimal. The bacon they used was the shredded Bradys Ham type which added great saltiness. The place was as relaxed and geneal as they come. The staff v well trained. A gentleman over to my far right added a comment that something wasn't entirely right. It was corrected and then the shift manger arrived to apologise. A lovely morning experience.''

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  • zuutroy
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    Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
    Never a good sign when a place is selling vouchers. It's usually empty when I walk past it.
    Wife booked it, I never heard of it. Remarked upon how quiet it was for a Saturday night. Didn't know that were on the voucher circuit.

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  • Denny Crane
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    Never a good sign when a place is selling vouchers. It's usually empty when I walk past it.

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  • zuutroy
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    Quick review. Amuse on Dawson St...nope.

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  • Murdrum
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    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
    Orangery @ Cliff At Lyons

    Canteen @ Celbridge

    The Hanged Mans @ Milltown

    Hartes @ Kildare Town
    I've been to those highlighted.

    I really enjoyed The Hanged Mans each time I've visited but Hartes wasn't quite as good when I ate there a couple of months ago.

    Originally posted by Arazi View Post
    Butt Mullins @ Naas
    I've heard good things, I'd say between Butt Mullins & Canteen.

    Thanks

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  • Arazi
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    Butt Mullins @ Naas

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  • Gimmeabreak
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    Orangery @ Cliff At Lyons

    Canteen @ Celbridge

    The Hanged Mans @ Milltown

    Hartes @ Kildare Town

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  • Murdrum
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    I'm looking for a recommendation for somewhere in Kildare this weekend.

    Preferably somewhere close along the N7 but Maynooth/Lexlip or anywhere else in that area would be manageable too if needed.

    The only preference would be to avoid an oriental cuisine but everything else is fine.

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Originally posted by zuutroy View Post
    Was in Campagne last night. Lovely food served with all of the warmth of an ice cube. Either they shouldn't have a Michelin star or Chapter One should have 2, because its lol that they're considered the same.
    Surprised at that, I've been in Campagne 3 or 4 times and 'twas always very friendly.

    They probably overheard you talking about your private plane.

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  • zuutroy
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    Was in Campagne last night. Lovely food served with all of the warmth of an ice cube. Either they shouldn't have a Michelin star or Chapter One should have 2, because its lol that they're considered the same.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Out for dinner twice this weekend. Don't have time for a major review but details below

    Friday night we were in Delahunt for Mrs Lao Lao's birthday after having a few drinks upstairs in the Sitting Room. Food was good but without being something you would get carried away with or have you gushing about.

    There was a couple of very minor issues such as a few of the grilled courgettes we got as a side were a bit raw plus the whole salted peanuts in the chocolate mouse and peanut sauce dessert A) Looked they were straight of a KP packet and B) Were just too salty for the dish. The contrast in texture was good but just too salty for a dessert.

    That said, beef tartare & risotto for starters, chicken & lamb for main and both desserts (peanuts aside) were all cooked and presented well - 2nd dessert was a strawberry and almond tart with strawberry ice cream.

    Overall, it's a fairly decent neighbourhood restaurant, staff are friendly, pleasant and attentive and the setting is nice, very warm & cosy feel to the place. As it's smack bang in the city centre, the prices are that bit higher than a neighbourhood restaurant. 2x3 course meals, (€45 each) 2 sides, (€5 each) a bottle of wine, (€65) and one coffee, (€2.5) was topped up with tip to €195



    Saturday was meant to be just drinks but a late change of plans saw us heading out for dinner with one of Mrs Mrs Lao's friend and her fella. Dinner was redonk early to accomadate the drinks later but the blow was softened as we managed to get a table in Clanbrassil House for 5.15pm

    Our two companions had never eaten there before so we opted to go for the family menu at €50 a head. (There was an option to add in Cote De Boeuf for an additional €20 a head but as two people at the table weren't big steak eaters, we stuck to the regular option)

    The sheer volume of food made this very good value but when you consider the quality of the food, it was exceptional value.

    We started off with some salted smoked almonds, (which is the right & only time to serve salted nuts) Iberico ham croquettes and grilled sourdough and hot smkoed trout. The croquettes were small balls and there was only one each, which was my only gripe, as I could have eaten about a doxen of them.

    From there, we moved onto Killary Fjord Mussels and chicken Liver Parfait with brioche.

    Then it was onto the mains - pork with a velvety creamy mash, flakey cod and sides of grilled broccoli, hash brown chips (absolutely devine) and a whole char-grilled cauliflower.

    To top it off, there was a trio of dessets, choclate mouse & mint ice cream, Muscavado panna cotta with blueberries and honey and a raspberry sorbet.

    There was more than enough food (something I always worry about with a "sample lots by sharing" type menu option) and everybody was extremely happy.

    The food really was top absolute top quality.

    4 covers at €50 a pop, 2 fizzy cocktail yokes for the ladies (€10 a pop) and two bottles of vino (Argentinian Malbec) at €58 each plus unlimited still/sparkling water at €4 total came in at €340 and was topped up to €390 with tip.

    This ironically brought the per head cost to the exact same price as in Delahunt the night before and while there was nothing much wrong with Delahunt, the quality of the food in Clanbrassil made it much, much, much better value.

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  • Goodluck2me
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    Originally posted by elbows View Post
    I have heard that from a few people.

    We normally eat in Kajjal in Malahide (same owners) and I can’t remember having a bad meal there
    Kajjal is great, had a particularly nice lunch there recently.

    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
    Kinara (the original one) is my local Indian. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt but I can't help feeling it has slipped a few notches.
    I’d agree, I think the Ranelagh one is much better haven eaten in both relatively recently.

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  • HiCloy
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    I was in Kinara Clontarf last week and thought was nothing special; the courses came way too fast, starters and mains done well within an hour

    +1 on Prado good/Baths bad

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  • Tar.Aldarion
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    Ananda still the best Indian meal I've had. Big food wankery review I put in here if I recall.

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  • Lao Lao
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    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
    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.
    I was very impressed by her. Seems to have come from a normal non foodie background but is pure driven as to what she wants to achieve in life, think it's only a matter of time before she owns her own place.

    Originally posted by elbows View Post
    I have heard that from a few people.

    We normally eat in Kajjal in Malahide (same owners) and I can’t remember having a bad meal there
    I've never had anything but an exceptional meal in Kajjal, I'd easily put it ahead of the Clontarf and Ranelagh offerings.

    Need to get out to Ananda, it's been on the list for way to long.

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Originally posted by ionapaul View Post
    LOL, in-laws live in Clontarf (two minutes walk from The Yacht) so we're over there every few weeks these days, similar story with Portmarnock. Like Clontarf but a shiver runs down my back every time I drive over the Samuel Beckett bridge northbound... Once we're through Fairview I begin to feel more at ease

    Any idea how the renovated Baths are doing? We ate there once, probably a year ago now, and could really see how much money was put into it, looked great!
    Food is muck but seems to pack in the punters.

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  • ionapaul
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    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
    What are you doing over on De Nortsoide?! Seem to remember you refuse to believe in it, from both a geographical and metaphysical perspective.

    Prado is well above your average suburban joint. It deserves to do well.
    LOL, in-laws live in Clontarf (two minutes walk from The Yacht) so we're over there every few weeks these days, similar story with Portmarnock. Like Clontarf but a shiver runs down my back every time I drive over the Samuel Beckett bridge northbound... Once we're through Fairview I begin to feel more at ease

    Any idea how the renovated Baths are doing? We ate there once, probably a year ago now, and could really see how much money was put into it, looked great!

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  • Raoul Duke III
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    Originally posted by ionapaul View Post
    Only ate there once but was very impressed - that's a few years ago now! Went to what must be another local of yours, Prado, on Sunday for lunch; seemed like a fairly decent neighborhood restaurant.
    What are you doing over on De Nortsoide?! Seem to remember you refuse to believe in it, from both a geographical and metaphysical perspective.

    Prado is well above your average suburban joint. It deserves to do well.

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  • NoRiverRequired
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    Ananda is hard to beat IMO. Would agree that Pickle is not directly comparable but still excellent. Chakra in Greystones gets an honorable mention too, consistently very good.

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  • elbows
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    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
    Kinara (the original one) is my local Indian. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt but I can't help feeling it has slipped a few notches.
    I have heard that from a few people.

    We normally eat in Kajjal in Malahide (same owners) and I can’t remember having a bad meal there

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