Review: Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard

A 12-hour fasting for a routine check-up ended well. Thanks to Brother Hubbard..

Brother Hubbard is one of the famous brunch/coffee places in Dublin these days. My husband commented that the coffee industry in Dublin is rapidly growing – all thanks to these trendy coffee places and arrival of various IT companies like Google and Facebook over here.
Unfortunately, Brother Hubbard is not a place I’d consider child-friendly – so we rarely get the chance to eat here. They don’t have high chairs for toddlers not to mention the space is very little – it is hard to get in with a pram. But a few weeks ago, my husband and I left the little one with the nanny since we had a very early morning routine checkup. We were fasting for 12 hours and really hungry – so we decided to eat somewhere nice after. Continue reading “Review: Brother Hubbard” »


Review: The Seafood Bar @ Kirwan’s

The Seafood Bar

Our last dinner at Galway at The Seafood Bar

This is the finale of the Galway-related posts (for now). And, I like to close this amazing long weekend we had at Galway with a restaurant review of a place called The Seafood Bar @ Kirwan’s. Tucked and hidden at the end of an alley, this restaurant was definitely a great way to cap off our weekend trip at Galway!
We didn’t plan to go to this place originally. We had our eyes set on a different restaurant (I forgot the name) but they were already booked for the evening. Luckily for us, the staff from this restaurant we originally planned to go¬† recommended The Seafood Bar to us.

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Review: Five Guys at Dundrum Shopping Center

Five Guys

Finally, Five Guys reached Dublin!

Five Guys is one of the popular burger joints I keep seeing on my Facebook newsfeed. Well, I have a lot of friends in the US and most of them are foodies like me, too.
I consider burger as my ultimate comfort food – well, maybe at the same footing as pasta and pizza. Who wouldn’t want a piece of tasty burger patty topped with cheese and crunchy bacon, right?
So imagine my excitement when I read Five Guys is FINALLY opening a branch in Dublin?! I was so ecstatic we dropped by their only branch (for now) located at Dundrum shopping center on the first weekend after the news.

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Review: Ely Wine Bar (CHQ)

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A great catch up session with a friend at Ely Wine Bar!

These days, I rarely go out for dinner. Apart from minding my son most evenings, most of the people I know are also busy on weekday nights. And I think it is also usual for families with little kids to have a preference to do socials on weekends at lunch time, too.
I blogged about a friend who came a couple of months ago to visit – and it eventually led to one of the few instances I was able to go out for dinner. Weeks before she arrived (even with the Visa issues around), she told me she wanted to go out for dinner just like the old days when I was still living in Singapore. I thought it was a great chance to go out without the little one for a change! Continue reading “Review: Ely Wine Bar (CHQ)” »

Review: Stone at Rustic by Dylan McGrath

Stone at Rustic

A birthday treat at Stone at Rustic by Dylan McGrath

I know I have been bombarding my blog lately with Galway-related posts (sorry!). But there was a lot of things to blog about that recent trip – the post would be too long if I try to squeeze everything in! Anyway, I’d like to take a Galway-writing break. So I will share a dining experience at Stone at Rustic by Dylan McGrath for today!
I recently celebrated my birthday. And it is our (my husband and me) sort of tradition to “treat” each other at a nice restaurant for a mini celebration on our special days. For this year, we went to Stone at Rustic. We’ve been eyeing this restaurant for quite a while, so I am happy to finally get the chance to visit! Continue reading “Review: Stone at Rustic by Dylan McGrath” »

Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant

Eyre Square Hotel

Personal dining experience at the Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant..

We recently had a trip to Galway to show a friend around. And because it is only about a 3-hour train ride from Dublin’s Heuston Station, we took the early-ish train to go to Galway. We thought it is the best way to make the most of the city since we were only there for the long weekend – so we wanted to arrive with enough time to walk around before it gets dark. Apart from that, we also took my son’s naptime in consideration so it all made sense to travel in the morning!
Luckily for us, there was a 10:05 AM train to go to Galway. We booked our tickets online and arrived very early inside the station to have breakfast before the trip. The train ride was OK apart from some noisy group of guys onboard the same train car as us. We didn’t go hungry in the middle of the trip since we had a BIG breakfast before the journey started. But boy! We were so hungry when we finally arrived in Galway!
The great thing about Galway’s train station is that it is super close to A LOT of restaurants and pubs. As soon as we stepped outside, we immediately saw a couple of places to eat. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at that moment – I just wanted to sit and have my meal. But we didn’t take the first restaurant we saw either. We had a look at a couple of “potential” places to have lunch and settled in at the Eyre Square Hotel restaurant instead. Continue reading “Review: Eyre Square Hotel Restaurant” »

A weekend lunch at Eddie Rocket’s City Diner!

Eddie Rockets

Burger cravings satisfied: Eddie Rocket’s City Center branch!

A few blog posts ago, I shared with you a weekend where I spent most of the days walking around Dublin city center looking for bargains (aka a lame excuse to shop). On that post, I also raved (and ranted!) on the experiences from the day. And, I also promised to write a review on the burger joint where we ate our lunch called Eddie Rockets! So, here it is! Continue reading “A weekend lunch at Eddie Rocket’s City Diner!” »

Review: Chez Max (Baggot Street)

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French dining at Chez Max!

Having a toddler has its advantages. Especially for a child who loves food, eating out is now our chance for some peace and quiet. These days, my husband and I try to go back to the places we loved to dine before my son was born. Restaurants and cafes with very limited space used to be a far distant memory. And I feared I might need to wait for my son to become a teenager before we can go back. Lucky for us, that didn’t happen. My son is a toddler who loves food and that allowed us to go back to places such as Chez Max at Baggot Street to dine for a meal!
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Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)

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Personal dining experience at Il Fornaio IFSC branch

I can feel the cold winds of autumn are just around the corner – literally. Each day, the nights are getting longer and colder. Yellow leaves are starting to fall down into heaps around the pavement, too. For my son, that’s a great “toy” to play with but for us, we knew that the weather will now turn for the worse.
Whenever we find ourselves with an unexpectedly sunny day, one of our default places to go to is Il Fornaio at the IFSC. It is an Italian cafe with reasonable prices and yummy food items to choose from. Apart from that, our Italian friend loves to dine there. She mentioned once that the staffs were like her pseudo-family while she’s in Dublin. And I can say that they were really the nicest bunch of people, too. Continue reading “Review: Il Fornaio IFSC (Dublin, Ireland)” »

Review: East Restaurant (Dublin, Ireland)

Crispy Chicken Salad The East

A great Thai/fusion dinner at the East Restaurant in IFSC!

While we are still in the nicer and warmer days of summer, we try to make the most of it. Especially when the temperatures reach more than 20 degrees Celsius, it is kind of depressing to stay indoors while the rest of Dublin is outdoors having as much sun as they want!

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