Town Bar & Grill, Dublin Minimize

Town Bar & Grill Restaurant,
21 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)1 6624724
Fax: +353 (0)1 6623857

Website: www.townbarandgrill.com

Samsara @ La Stampa Hotel & Spa,
35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0)1 6774444
Fax: +353 (0)1 6774411

Website: www.lastampa.ie

Town Bar & Grill Restaurant Minimize

Town Bar & Grill, 21 Kildare Street, Dublin, Ireland serving modern Italian cuisine and Italian and American winesYou'd nearly miss Town wandering about Dublin as it is tucked away down a flight of stairs in the old cellars of Mitchell's Wine shop on Kildare Street. The decor is modern in the New York style. The restaurant looks a little formal at first, probably because of the nice crisp white table cloths and napkins. Happily that thought is soon dispelled by the staff who are very friendly and welcoming, as is the atmosphere.

The food is modern New York Italian style. I had roast Butternut Squash with Beetroot and Goat's Cheese for starters, followed by Hake with Broccoli Spears on a Cassoulet and then Sticky Toffee Pudding. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention we started off with a tiny cup of soup, mushroom, which smelled delicious and tasted absolutley devine. I imagine the idea is to stimulate the palette, and it did the job exceedingly well. The food at Town is georgous, it looks lovely on the plate, smells wonderful and tastes amazing.

Good wine, great food, excellent company - what more would you want from life? A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Caroline Brady, out & about in Dublin City, Ireland Wednesday 5th March 2008.


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Samsara is one of Dublin's biggest bars, a super Pub, I suppose. It's attached to La Stampa Hotel on Dawson Street in Dublin and is quite central, at the top of the street is Stephens green and around the corner is Grafton Street.

Just inside the door is a seated area with tables, comfortable chairs and a nice big window looking out onto the Mansion House (home of Dublin's Lord Mayor). The bar area is huge, always packed to capacity at the Weekend and busy enough during the week. The decor is Moroccan and the place has an exotic vibe. It's very trendy, so if you are all dressed up, then it's the place to go.  

Tonight, I'm here for a few drinks before going on to Town Bar & Grill for a meal. The place is pleasantly busy and a whole bunch of people are having great fun doing the Cha Cha; a regular Wednesday night event at Samsara. I'd nearly give it a go myself, much more fun than the gym.

My only slight complaint is the length of time it takes to get a drink in at the Bar.

All in all, nice people, great fun, a lot going on, very lively and trendy.

Caroline Brady, out & about in Dublin City, Ireland Wednesday 5th March 2008.

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