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“Poor quality rubber meat” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Chilli Banana

Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin, Ireland
353 (0)1 797-9239
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Ranked #370 of 1,795 restaurants in Dublin
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Glenties, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Poor quality rubber meat”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Thought I'd try out this restaurant, after moving to Dublin recently. I may have just hit a bad batch of meat... but this is a trait in many places (in Ireland) in the last few years where they reduce the quality of their meat suppliers to help keep costs down. Unfortunately I won't be going back neither could I recommend it to a friend.

Positives:
- very friendly staff
- tasty food
- convenient location

Negatives:
- the meat quality was exceptionally poor - beyond an acceptable level.
I ordered chicken satay for starter and a cod dish for main course. Both meats (I'm including fish as a meat here) were so rubbery that I actually couldn't eat the main course. Both dishes had really tasty sauces but I couldn't eat the rubber meat. The meat was of similar quality to that of a cheap fast food take away.
I let the staff know of my concerns. They were very nice and offered me a free tea / coffee / desert but I don't think they understood my constructive criticism.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Galway
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“really tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

the food here is really good, packed with flavor and colour. this is a regular spot for family events as the variety on the menu ensures something for everyone. the prices are reasonable and the portions are generous, a great spot for some good food and good company.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Good restaurant in Upper Druncondra Road, Dublin 9”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Good food, good service, reasonable prices. Bottle of water and crackers free of charge. Small and well placed. Would recommend.

Visited July 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful Thai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Tasty Thai food is a relaxed surrounding.Lovely wine & very reasonable.Friendly pleasant staff. Great location on a lovely strip of Drumcondra Road which obviously can make parking a little difficult too.

Visited May 2012
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Bangor, Co Down
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109 reviews 109 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Top class!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Have been using this restaurant for about 7 years now and highly recommend it for its oriental/Thai food.

Visited June 2012
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