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Beshoff's Restaurant: Upmarket fish & chips Beshoff's Restaurant Review

Fish and chips took off in Ireland the same way as they did in Britain. Here they tend to be called 'chippers' rather than 'chippies' - but beyond that there is little difference.

Harry Ramsden's emerged in Britain as a more upmarket Fish & chip restaurant - and a similar thing happened in Dublin.

Beshoffs two city centre restaurants are both worth visting, although I personally prefer the atmosphere of the one in Westmorland Street.

I find the self-service system somewhat annoying because it means your food is often not quite as piping hot as you would wish by the time you get back to your table - but it does help to keep the prices down to a reasonable level.

The decor is very pleasant with high ceilings and checkboard tiled floors - the company claims it wants them to look like Edwardian Oyster bars !

Favorite Dish: A Standard Cod and Chips will set you back about 9 euro - so it's still cheap by Dublin Standards.

Address: 7 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin / 14 Westmoreland

Comparison: less expensive than average

Phone: 353 1 677 8026

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Fast Food

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2014
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Haddock and chips twice please mate, and a vimto - Dublin

Haddock and chips twice please mate, and a vimto

Leo Burdock Fish & Chips: Best in the land Leo Burdock Fish & Chips Review

Leo Burdock's has recently announced that it intends to Franchise it's operations. It already has several sites in Dublin, although the concensus seems to be that the original one in Werburg street is still the best by a long way (it's opp. Christ Church). I certainly know that it is miles better than the English chain of 'Harry Ramsden's' which claims a similarly long heritage.

It is not unusual to find long queses ourside the Werberg street shop, and there is even a plaque on the wall detailing some of the celebrities who have duly lined up with Jo anybody from the Dublin Backstreets.

You might meet Kate Moss, Rod Stewart, Naomi Campbell or Bruce Springsteen in the queue, they have all eathen there.

I have however picked a more unusual name to illustate this tip. Edith Piaf, apparantly, loved her cod & chips from this place. Can't you just see here standing on a street corner with extra salt & vinegar and scraps on her bag of chips.

Je ne regret rien - exceot the fact that Health & safety dictate that they can't be wrapped up in Newspapers any more.

Address: Werburgh Street

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Near Christ Church Cathedral

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Alfies: what's it all about ?

I don't like writing negative reviews, but I fail for the life of me to see much positive to say about this place. There was nothing wrong with the food as such, it was edible and well presented..but that was about it.

Courses ranged from the boring pate / soup / irish stew brigade to to ' something approaching thai food the head chef (if they had one) thought would look good on the menu. Stick to chicken kiev (even if you can't even be bothered to spell it correctly on the menu !) it's more in your comfort range.

Some menus are reasonably priced such as the lunch or 'after office' menu at around the 10-14 euro mark with a drink. They clearly get repeat trade in this way, but with the overpriced menu of the food equilvalent of magnolia paint in the evening, they won't be getting my business again.

Favorite Dish: The waitress

Address: south william st

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: temple bar opposite the space cadets at the Nirvana shop

Price: US$41 and up

Rating: 2

Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 15, 2010
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"Personally I prefer the delights of Supermac's" - Dublin

"Personally I prefer the delights of Supermac's"

Epicurean Centre: Pick and mix Epicurean Centre Review

As foodcourts go, this is a good one. Lovers of food will appreciate the classical reference in the title, although most tourist will probably be more gladdened to find a place to eat reasonably in the centre of Dublin without resorting to the fast-food trash spewed out by the Burger bar chains and Abrakebabra (just don't ask, believe me)

The food court has a cenral eating area where you can bring food from whatever 'restauran' you choose, or (if you like that cross-cultural fusion thing) from more than one. Some of the restaurants also have seating areas behind that are a 'proper restaurant'.

Most of the worlds' cusines are represented here. You can find Italian, Chinese, Mexican, French (pasteries and the like), English/Irish (Leo Burdock's Fish and chips), Turkish (Kebabs), german (Sausages), Japanese (sushi) & probably some others I've missed.

Address: Lower Liffey Street

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: From Temple Bar cross over the the Ha'penny bridge the centre is on the left hand side as you walk directly up Liffey Street.

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 3

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 16, 2008
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The Palm Tree Restaurant: One of the world's great cusines ?

Set in the heart of Temple bar, you will find a nice little sculpture of a palm tree with a little bench. Standing opposite is the Palm tree restaurant (I wonder which came first, bit a a chicken and egg conundrum if you ask me).

Now, I firmly believe that Irish cusine has some very fine features, but it should always be served ina pub setting. Irish food somehow does work outside that convivial setting. People across the world don't say things like "Shall we go for an Irish tonight, rather than a Chinese, Italian or Indian". It just doesn't happen. "Shall we go for a drink, and get some grub there" sounds much better.

This place is clearly aiming at the foreign tourist market, picking up likely punters in this prime eating spot. Once you read the menu however, it becomes clear that their definition of 'Irish' denotes more the fact that the restaurant is in Ireland rather than the food they serve. Since when did spagetti become part of Irish country cooking ?

Apolgies to readers, but such offerings failed to tempt Sourbugger in through the door.

Favorite Dish: The cultural confusion here is nicely summed up in the side-order offering of 'Gaelic bread' !

Address: temple bar

Comparison: about average

Phone: +353 (0)1 679-8238

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 0

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 15, 2007
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I've heard of fusion food, but this is a.... - Dublin
Luigi Malones: I've heard of fusion food, but this is a.... Luigi Malones Review

fusion restaurant. It seems quite a fad in Dublin - combine a foreign sounding name with an authentically Irish type one. Where will it all end ? Seamus's Wang Ho chop and chip shop ? EL Cordobles Murphy's spanish Tapas bar ? The possibilities are endless.

This place, at least, does authentic Italian food aimed at the mid-market.

Daytime prices are very reasonable, but they do ramp up a bit in the evening. Drinks are well over-priced.

Favorite Dish: One great feature of this restaurant is the fact that you can combine it with a little sight seeing. The restaurant is built on the site of an ancient Friary. Some of the oldest walls in Dublin lurk in the basement, also part of the everyday restaurant. In addition the stairwell has a print of a tile that was found during excavations - known as the 'Devil's tile' it must be an impressive piece in the flesh.

Address: Temple Bar

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: The Friary, 5-6 Cecilia Street
Temple Bar, Dublin 2,Ireland

Phone: t: +353 1 679 2723

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 4

Theme: Italian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 28, 2007
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Still good after all these years - Dublin
Bad Ass Cafe: Still good after all these years Bad Ass Cafe Review

The Bad Ass cafe opened some 20 years ago before the redevelopment of Temple Bar into one of the trendiest districts of a capital city anywhere.

It's been a mainstay of the area ever since with stars such as Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Westlife (would you advertise that ?) dropping by.

The food is Burgers, Mexican, Pizzas etc, but all served in good quantities at a reasonable price (for Dublin) and with that bit of "Pizzazz".

The atmosphere is not dissimilar to "Thank God It's Fridays" and other such places.

I especially like the names for dishes like...
Kick Ass, Much Macho Nacho and Big Ass Burger.

The place may nowadays may not be anywhere the trendiest place to hang out - it has at least become something of a Dublin Institution.

Excellent website, with full Menu details.

Address: 9-11 Crown Alley, Templebar, Dublin 2

Comparison: about average

Directions: Temple Bar area

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Other

Website: http://www.badasscafe.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2004
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