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A weekend in Dublin

Glad you enjoyed L'Gueleton bropaul, I must get back there myself.

Aug 13, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

A weekend in Dublin

AFAIK they don't take reservations. You should be fine to just walk in.

Jul 03, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Two Dinners in Dublin

Nice report.. You could have eaten much better with a bit more research.

Jun 27, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

A weekend in Dublin

I've been twice to The Greenhouse and echo the sentiments of the otehr posters..best food happening in Ireland at the moment.
Another suggestion for casual Sunday lunch before heading off is L'Gueuleton (www.lgueuleton.com) or it's very cool No Name Bar upstairs.

Jun 27, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Cheap Eats Dublin & Galway

That gives a little more scope for recommendations!

On South Frederick Street there is a new restaurant called Bite ( www.bitedublin.com) and right opposite is a great spot for an inexpensive lunch and a glass of good Italian wine
( www.dunneandcrescenzi.com
)There are a few hip places for cheap eats owned by the same people, all with different concepts..Crackbird is a really tasty fried chicken place, Bear serves steak in it's many different forms and Skintflint does grilled pizza. All are fun, hip and have good quality food.
Enjoy!

May 14, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Cheap Eats Dublin & Galway

Pig's Ear and Exchequer are great but not exactly "shoestring" budget venues. Dublin, and even more so Galway, is not cheap to eat out. If you could give a little more info about your budget it might be easier to give the most appropriate recommendations.

May 10, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Eating in Dublin on Sun/Mon nights

Sunday and Monday are unfortunately not great for dining but a few suggestions near where you are staying:

- Roly's Bistro, Ballsbridge- classic, solid bistro cooking
- Paulie's Pizza, Ballsbridge - excellent wood fired pizza & home made pasta dishes
- Mulberry Gardens, Donnybrook ( open Sundays) Refined and elegant with high end food and relaxed service
- Butcher Grill, Ranelagh - Tiny space serving top quality char grilled organic meats & lots besides
- Wild Goose, Ranelagh - Lovely room, superb wine list, decent food.
- Kinara Kitchen, Ranelagh - Excellent Indian food in contemporary setting

Hope you find something you like. Enjoy your stay.

May 09, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Upscale Dublin or Ireland restaurants in general

I will second the recommendation for The Greenhouse...without doubt the most exciting food happening in Ireland at the moment

Apr 19, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Ireland - First visit must eats

There is a new restaurant called The Greenhouse open in central Dublin
( www.thegreenhouserestaurant.ie) Very high end..very special food. If you can get there you should. Ireland's next Michelin starred restaurant for sure.

Apr 18, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Yet another request for Dublin spots

Here are few recommendations for restaurants:

Cheap Eats:

Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc

Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes

The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples
Michie Sushi, Chelmsford Lane, Ranelagh – Tiny place but best sushi in Dublin IMO
Manifesto, Rathmines – Really good pizzas and simple pasta dishes.

Mid Level Lunch/Dinner

Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list

La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room

L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist

Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College
Camden Kitchen, Grantham Street – Small but bright, modern space. Cooking is good and inventive bistro moderne style.
The Green Hen, Wicklow Street. Usual bistro staples. Can be hit and miss but when it’s good it can be very good.
Locks Brasseries, Portobello – From the same stable as Pearl Brasserie but less formal. Very good quality bistro food in relaxing room by the canal.
Enjoy!

Jan 30, 2012
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

New restaurants in Dublin?

I forgot to mention Locks Brasserie which opened late 2010 under the stewardship of the people behind the much lauded Pearl Brasserie. Excellent food in relaxed environment.

Also, I'm not sure if Pichet was open the last time you were here but it's well worth a visit

Feb 23, 2011
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

New restaurants in Dublin?

Dylan Mc Grath, who won a Michelin star in Mint a few months before going bust has opened a a casual hot stone joint called Rustic Stone. Reports are mixed but he tends to divide opinion as an individual.
Also worth checking out are Camden Kitchen ( off Camden Street) and The Butcher Grill
( Ranelagh). Both are small restaurants that focus on quality ingredients. Mulligan's is decent without being spectacular.

Feb 23, 2011
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin

I totally agree about the Milestone, I also think you can do far better than Peploe's for food- try Pichet instead-far superior cooking.
I personally wouldn't bother with Bang either. food is just so-so. For similar money you can have a far better dining experience across the street in Pearl Brasserie or a few minutes away at Dax.
Dublinchow is right on the money as usual suggesting Chapter One. I can also recommend Thorntons or Patrick Guilbaud ( very good value lunch) for a high end French dining.

Nov 23, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Arbutus - tell me it was just a bad day [London]

I've been to Arbutus twice and had excellent food both times. I know a lot of people who have been there and have had bad experiences. I think it's a mixture of people's heightened expectations coupled with some consistency issues at the restaurant.

Nov 16, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin: Need recs for 3 dinners & 3 lunches

The Winding Stair is closer to the Abbey theatre ( approx 15 min walk) both are located on the North side of the river.
The Cellar is a decent without being spectacular. For more interesting fare in the same price range locally try Pearl Brasserie for lunch ( it's right next door to your hotel) and Dax or Pichet for dinner. Check out their websites and see which appeals. Dax do an early evening tapas menu which is very good quality and value.
Enjoy!

Sep 16, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

visiting dublin this month...need restaurant recs

Hi LaLu,

Some suggestions for Dublin below.

Brunch:

Odessa – Cool vibe, very good Eggs Benedict and juices. Avoid for dinner!
Espresso Bar , Ballsbridge – Usual brunch staples done very well. Good place for celeb spotting too!
Green 19, Camden Street – Essential hangover food for Sundays!
Rolys Café, Ballsbridge – A bit noisy sometimes but very good scrambled egg and smoked salmon!
Panem Café, Ormonde Quay – Seats about 6 people but makes fantastic croissants and stuffed savoury focaccia.

Cheap Eats:

Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples
Michie Sushi, Chelmsford Lane, Ranelagh – Tiny place but best sushi in Dublin IMO
Manifesto, Rathmines – Really good pizzas and simple pasta dishes.

Mid Level Lunch/Dinner:

Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
Nona Valentino, Portobello – Interesting Italian cooking in bright room by the canal.
Juniors, Bath Avenue – Great buzz, simple dishes cooked well.
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College
The Brown Bear, Naas – High quality gastro pub ( www.thebrownbear.ie). In the middle of nowhere but worth the journey!
Dillinger’s Ranelagh – Small space but cool vibe, great cocktails and solid cooking.
Eatery 120 Ranelagh – Good bistro fare and decent wine list
Camden Kitchen, Grantham Street – Small but bright, modern space. Cooking is good and inventive bistro moderne style.
The Green Hen, Wicklow Street. Usual bistro staples. Can be hit and miss but when it’s good it can be very good.
Bang Café – Awful interior design but decent mid level bistro cooking!
China Sichuan – The best Sichuan cooking in Dublin. Worth the 25 minutes or so on the Luas from St. Stephen’s Green.
Blooms Brasserie, Baggot Street. Solid cooking in cosy basement.
Wolfe’s Artisan Bistro, Capel Street – Very new and right on top of their game. Very good quality ingredients cooked simply.
Café Bon, Malahide – The little sister of Michelin Starred Bon Appetite but IMO a far nicer experience. 30 minutes on the Dart from Pearse St. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday!
The House, Howth – Really chilled out spot. I’d recommend for brunch on a Sunday particularly.
Dylan Restaurant ( at Dylan Hotel) – A bit of style over substance but early evening menu is decent value for the standard of cooking on offer.
Cellar Restaurant at Merrion Hotel – Very nice space for a Hotel restaurant and good quality ingredients cooked simply.

High End - Relative Good Value Lunch/Expensive Dinner:

Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.

Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Salon des Saveurs, Aungier St. – They only do tasting menus at night but prices are very reasonable for the standard of cooking on offer. Very good lunch and early evening deals at the moment.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.

One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.

Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.

Dax – Decent tapas in the bar for moderate price, very good food and service in the dining room and excellent wine list.

Hope you find somewhere from this lot.

Enjoy!

Sep 07, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Seeking Dublin Restaurants Parnell Square

Locks actually closed earlier this year. It has been taken over by the guys behind Pearl Brasserie and will reopen before Christmas.

Winding Stair is a decent bet for home style cooking but very good quality. It's only a ten minute walk from Parnell Square. I think you'll enjoy Chapter One also.

Sep 06, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Cork/Limerick dinner recs?

In Limerick City I can recommend No. 1 Pery Square and The French Table. Cafe Paradiso and Les Gourmandise in Cork also regularly get good reviews.

Aug 04, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Restaurants in County Donegal

Mark,
I can recommend Harrys in Inishowen.
www.harrys.ie

Jul 28, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

SF ChowHound in London and Dublin

Sheila,
A personal favourite of mine for breakfast pastries is a tiny little place called Panem on Ormonde Quay. It is very central so shouldn't be too far to walk from where you're staying. I also like Queen of Tarts (www.queenoftarts.ie) on Dame Street and The Cake Cafe (www.cakecafe.ie) off Camden Street.
The best place to buy artisanal Irish cheese in Dublin is Sheridan's
( www.sheridanscheesemongers.com). Most of the top restaurants will have a lot of the cheeses which Sheridans sell in the shop. The wine cellar in Fallon & Byrne (www.fallonandbyrne.com) is a great spot to pass a couple of hours and they serve many of Sheridans cheeses and plates of good charcuterie along with an excellent selection of wines by the glass. They do nice coffee and pastries in their ground floor cafe too.
Enjoy!

Jun 22, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

SF ChowHound in London and Dublin

Hey Sheila,
I've listed a few recommendations for Dublin below.

1. Cheap Eats:

Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples
Camden Market, Camden Street - Brand new bistro serving decent quality bistro classics
Green 19, Wexford Street - Excellent burgers, cocktails and inexpensive mains. Very cool crowd.

2 Mid Level Lunch/Dinner:

Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College

3. High End - Relative Good Value Lunch/Expensive Dinner:

Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.
Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.
One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.
Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.

For cocktails try The Clarence Hotel in Temple Bar, The Dylan off Baggott Street, The Sectret Bar, Fade Street.
Have a great time and be sure to report back and tell us about it!

Jun 21, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin

Below is a copy of a previous post which covers most bases.

1.Cheap Eats:
Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples
2. Mid Level Lunch/Dinner:
Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College
3. High End:
Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.
Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.
One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.
Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.
I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip and please let us know how you get on.

May 10, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin--Walking distance from Drury Court Hotel

Hi Christa,
Your hotel is very centrally located and within walking distance of several pubs and good, low cost dining options. All of those listed below are within 5 mins walk:

- Exchequer Gastro Pub, Exchequer Street
- Cornucopia Vegetarian Cafe, Wicklow Street
- Yo Sushi, Drury Street
- Gruel, Dame Street
- Coppinger Row Restaurant, er..Coppinger Row
- Old Stand Pub ( just for drinks!), Wicklow Street
- Hogans Pub, Fade St...downstairs for pints and atmosphere, upstairs for hipster drinks, cool tunes and brunch.
Anywhere located in Dublin 2 will be wihin reasonable walking distance of your hotel.
Enjoy!

Mar 15, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Brief stay in Dublin- Report

Great post, thanks for the feedback. It's a shame some of the good quality, less expensive restaurants were closed.
First week in Jan was a very difficult period and many restaurants remained closed because staff/suppliers couldn't make it due to the weather.
As you quite rightly pointed out, we are not equipped to deal with this kind of weather!
However, I don't ever remember temperatures hitting as low as -10 in my lifetime so it was a bit freakish.

Mar 03, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

CORK CITY - LOOKING FOR DINNER RECS

I think the problem is that there are no Cork based posters on the forum. From my limited experience of Cork City, I can recommend the English Market for a visit and the Farmgate Cafe there does hearty, comforting food.
Denis Cotter's excellent vegetarian restaurant Cafe Paradiso www.cafeparadiso.ie is definitely worth a visit as is Les Gourmandise. After that, my knowledge of Cork gets a bit sketchy.
Check out http://www.menupages.ie/Cork.aspx for menus and user reviews of Cork City restaurants.

Feb 25, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

L'Autre Pied / Arbutus for Lunch?

Stanley, I've been to both a few times and I'm a big fan of each. However, L'Autre Pied is definitely a quieter, more refined lunch spot with less hustle and bustle than Arbutus. It is still relaxed though and the cooking is a definite step up from Arbutus.

Feb 04, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin next week- Restaurants and Pubs?

Based on personal experience, I'd steer clear of Fire and Bewleys restaurant wise. The Valuts and the Ferryman are a little out of the way unless you are staying in the docklands area of the city. The rest of the pubs are central and traditional with the exception of the Cellar in the Merrion, which is central and upmarket.

I have also pasted an earlier post below:

Cheap Eats:

Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples

Mid Level Lunch/Dinner

Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College

High End - Relative Good Value Lunch/Expensive Dinner

Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.
Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.
One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.
Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.

Jan 24, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Good food town north of Dublin

I have to disagree about Ivans, I've had two awful dinners there in the last twelve months and will never go back. I like Howth as a town but generally feel disappointed at the dining options available. I tend to end up in The House most times now and find the cooking to be consistently decent.
I would also recommend Malahide as a food destination town north of Dublin. Similar to Howth, it's an affluent seaside town but has the Michelin starred Bon Apetit and it's bistro, Cafe Bon. I've eaten at both and they are very good. The main restaurant has some good deals on at the moment like their 7 course tasting menu midweek for €50.

Jan 20, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Dublin: Need recs for 3 dinners & 3 lunches

Cheap Eats:
Gruel, Dame Street - Good Home Cooking, Modest Surroundings
Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St - Italian anti pasti, panini, pasta etc
Yamamori Noodles, Georges St-Decent sushi and good noodle dishes
The Exchequer Gastro Pub, Excehquer St - All the usual gastropub staples

Mid Level Lunch/Dinner
Pichet, Trinity Street - Contemporary bistro - very popular
Winding Stair, Ormonde Quay-Modern Irish Cooking, great wine list
La Maison, Castlemarket St - Classic French bistro cooking in bright, modern room
L'Gueleuton, Fade St - French style brasserie with an Irish twist
Pig's Ear, Nassau St- Good quality Irish cooking with nice views of Trinity College

High End - Relative Good Value Lunch/Expensive Dinner

Thorntons, St. Stephens Green - my personal favourite in Dublin. Great lunch deal at the moment for stellar cooking. 1 Michelin Star but tipped to win back second.
Chapter One, Parnell Square - Very popular, high end Irish cooking and service. 1 Michelin Star.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Merrion Hotel. Currently Ireland's only 2 Michelin Star. Sublime service, very good food, very expensive.
One Pico, Schoolhouse Lane. So far overlooked by Michelin but excellent lunch deal for the standard of food and service.
Pearl Brasserie, Merrion St. Stunning room with great service and excellent quality cooking.

I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip and please let us know how you get on.

Jan 05, 2010
Patricko in U.K./Ireland

Cork City, Ireland - Dinner Options

I agree with Harters, Kinsale has a lot of restuarants but very few are up to much-certainly nothing worth the trek from Cork.
For a city, Cork is limited enough aswell when it comes to dining options. It's been a while since I've been there but from memory, those worth a visit are:
Les Gourmandises
Jacobs on The Mall
Augustines
Cafe Paradiso ( good quality vegetarian)
Details for all can be found on the menupages link posted earlier.

Nov 26, 2009
Patricko in U.K./Ireland