Customer Reviews

"It is been too long, forgot how good everything was. I now understand stake. Thanks 1 million."
 - Peter, Dalkey

"Since 1991 we have eaten in Daniel's restaurant. Food is always hot and have had no reason to complain. Long may Daniel continue."
 - John, Dun Laoghaire

"I could've been dining in the finest house in Paris. Lobster Thermador with fabulous fries for the main, Paté  starter, Château Méaume 2005. Heavenly."
 - Gerry, Bullock Harbour

"Lovely, cozy setting. Superb and friendly service, and the food was delicious. Will definitely return on a regular basis."
 - Rosemary, Sandycove

"As regular restaurant goers, without a doubt this restaurant tops our list. The variety and seasonality of the gourmet nights makes for interesting eating throughout the year. The food is superb and the staff likewise. New Year's Eve is spectacular and we would heartily recommend Daniel’s to everybody."
 - John, Dundrum

"Different, and glad we are here. We will be back! Thank you!"
 - William and Ann, Dalkey

"Delicious food, delicious wine, lobster was the best I have ever eaten. We are looking forward to coming back."
 - Pavel and Monika, Sandycove

"Fantastic!"
 - Sylvia, Bray

"Will definitely be back again! Food was brilliant, great quality. Well-balanced. Homemade raspberry ice cream was great. However profiteroles were slightly overheated in my opinion. Never had mushrooms prepared that way, but they were amazing. Fresh mint tea was a lovely tasty touch."
 - Samantha, Wicklow

"Beautiful food, friendly host, and convivial atmosphere-no wonder that for over two decades Daniel’s Restaurant of Glasthule has been our favorite restaurant. Wherever we go Daniel’s food is our bench work and what a bench work! Thank you Daniel!"
 - Peadar and Jesse, Blackrock

"The sauce was excellent and the food was lovely! Thank you for a wonderful evening."
 - Eduardo, Glenageary

"Quite simple, we will be back soon."
 - Zea

"Best food in the world!"
 - Alao, Dublin

"Lovely meal, beef was delicious. Lemon and ginger pot was scrumptious!"
 - Sam and Betty, Dublin

"Daniels is a cozy, homely restaurant with the very best of home cooked food. Excellent food, excellent service. Love coming here. Would highly recommend it."
 - 
Michael, Cabinteely

"Daniels is our favorite restaurant the friendly service, fabulous cooking, and carefully chosen wines amount to a wonderful dining experience we always feel welcome, and love bringing our friends and family who were always impressed."
 - 
Glen and Grainne, Dublin

"Excellent like always!"
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Daniel, Dun Laoghaire

"Service and food excellent. Enjoyed the menu selection and also in season. Brilliant value and a glass of Cava was a lovely touch. I particularly enjoyed the pheasant. The staff is an invaluable asset and thoroughly enjoyed our experience!"
 - Eimear, Sandycove

"Faultless, as usual."
 - John, Dublin

"Lobster bisque a triumph, the depth and richness of taste reflecting the care of the reduction. The steak was cooked to perfection – melt-in-your-mouth. The garlic potato was a good complement. The onion rings were less so. The Beef Zurichoise was excellent. Beef beautifully tender, the sauce was lovely. Wine – Laurensford Sauvignon Blanc was a good choice. We will be back."
 - Frank, Dun Laoghaire

"We loved Daniel’s when we first came. And as always we thought the meal was fantastic. We had to have our anniversary here again. Thank you so much."
 - Keith and Fiona, Loughlinstown

"Food top-class as always. Service is excellent!"
 - Rita, Dun Laoghaire

 

Culinary Treasure Trove That Simply Satisfying

Allen Stanford reviews Daniel's Restaurant and Wine Bar

I've said it before and with luck I'll be saying it again. You can find treasure in the most unlikely places. I was meeting my eldest son Daniel, the one in the wine trade, for dinner and I had noticed a restaurant quite near his place of employee by coincidence called Daniels. It's been there quite a while but never having been there and noting a recommendation from an old friend I thought we'd give it a try.

Just reading the menu posted outside made the mouth water. It gave the immediate impression that a good cook was in the vicinity. The restaurant is situated on an upper floor above the shop, the side where the old Form Cinema used to be an almost opposite Mitchell's wonderful wine shop. It was a quiet night so we were given our choice of table and we took one behind the small screen at the door. The room is not large and is remarkably simple. The tables are generous in size and are dressed with linen and glass in some style.

The hosted chef is one Daniel Harkin who offers three menu types. There is an early bird offering two courses plus coffee at a reasonable €20, a table d'hote offering three different courses plus coffee at €36.50 and an à la carte menu which was the one that focused my attention outside. This menu offers starters including Mushrooms and Fresh Crab Bake, Chicken Liver and Brandy Pate, Whitebait, Chowder and on the night we were there a Prawn Bisque and all at an average price of eight Euros. Main courses are divided into fish and meat. The 10 fish options offer red snapper, three dishes of Plaice, lobster when available, salmon and prongs at an average of €17.50. The meats include chicken, beef, lamb, duck and pheasant, when available, and all at an average cost of €19. Side dishes of vegetables cost a reasonable three Euros.

The wine list offers a very good selection of the usual suspects but had a remarkably good price. In other words, host Daniel is not doing a massive markup on his wines and this also applies to some of the special selection wines at the back of the list. These are wines that he has personally selected on his travels and are well worth the extra couple of euro.

As we examine the menu our hosted chef called to the table to tell us the special of the evening which was Monkfish and Dill and White Wine Sauce. He also spoke lovingly of the bisque and the chowder, one of which was nine hours in the making and the other, that whole 10.

The time had come to order, and Daniel, mine – not the host – went for the deep-fried brie with wild cherry sauce, followed by the pan-fried breast of chicken on a bed of rice with cheese, white wine, cream and broccoli sauce. I went for the 10 hour chowder and the Monkfish special as my main dish. From the special wine list we took a South African Sauvignon Blanc Lanzerac.

The first course to goal he did deep frying time to arrive, the chowder being 10 hours cooking already has a fairly simple dish of brie was a joy. The batter was light and the dipping sauce divine. Daniel remarked that I should note that he was virtually licking the wild cherry dish when the brie was gone.

Chowder is often an all embracing term for any kind of rich fish soup, but if you want to know the true taste of chowder then you won't do better than this. Replete with fish and whole mussels and a richness and taste to die for, this was a king among chowders. It is also remarkably filling and indeed cheering on a cold night.

The main dishes took a little while to arrive but well worth the wait. Chicken is, to a large extent, chicken in this country. It's the most mass-produced thing in catering. More often than not the flavor of the bird will depend on the cooking and the accompanying sauce. This chicken was well cooked but the sauce was so rich, so full of flavor and dripping with vegetables. In a word, good old-fashioned creamy rich cooking and wonderful as you could wish for, if you are not a weight watcher.

The Monkfish was stunning. It's a meaty fish with the lovely flavor when not overcooked. This was a very generous portion cooked to a turn and served in a sauce delicate to the flavor of the dill. The accompanying vegetables I ordered were equally well cooked and presented.

The wine proved to be another success with the classic nose of the Sauvignon Blanc grape, flinty and sharp with the scent of gooseberry and it had great length. And very good value indeed at only €21.

We went for the same desserts, the Brown Bread Ice Cream which was homemade and delightful, a good wind up to some good eating. It was followed by the only disappointment of the evening, the weakest coffee imaginable.

Daniel's Restaurant and Wine Bar is a little gem. If you like cooking in the old-fashioned sense, where flavor and portion takes precedence over style and fashion, this is the restaurant for you. Our dinner for two with desserts and wine and without service charge came to €96, the best value for money I've had in ages.  Make the pilgrimage to Glasthule and see for yourself.

Daniel's Restaurant and Wine Bar, 34A Glasthule Rd., Sandycove, County Dublin

 Telephone: 284 1027