Spent a couple of days, including Christmas, in Dublin and decided to go against tradition for one night and not sample the local cuisine. Management (wife!) and myself like Malaysian / Indonesian food and after checking the reviews (including several on Trip Advisor!) of various restaurants offering Malaysian / Indonesian dishes, we decided on the Saga Restaurant.
This place doesn't look particularly inviting from the outside (or from the publicity shots on the web!) but we decided to give it a try and were surprised to find that it is much bigger than it looks from the outside
What a delightful surprise awaited us inside - a very friendly welcome from the staff and the place was spotlessly clean - even the toilets were cleaner than many other better-known establishments we have visited!!!
At this point I should add that Management and myself are not ones for eating large portions and, as is usual for us, had only one course each - management had the Nasi Goreng and it was Beef Rendang for me. Both dishes were delivered a very reasonable time after our order was taken and they arrived at the right temperature and looked very appetising. Both dishes were delicious and were just the right amounts to leave us feeling replete without being stuffed! Had we been with others and been prepared to let our main course settle for a while, we would probably have sampled the desserts on offer.
The portions were adequate for what we wanted, although I noted that some other Reviewers complained that the portion sizes were small, and they looked and tasted very good. If you have a particularly "healthy appetite!", for the prices they were charging, you double up on the size of your order and you would still be getting excellent value for your money
We dined early evening (around 7.00pm) and there was just the two of us at our table so there was no atmospere to speak of but it didn't stop us from enjoying our meal, or planning to return next time we visit Dublin.
The only downside and it wasn't a problem for us is that the restaurant is "dry!" i.e. it doesn't currently have a Drinks Licence. You can bring your own wine but there is a small "corkage" charge on each bottle (not sure about spirits and mixers!). There are a couple of Licquor Stores very close by the restaurant where you can buy your own booze - it could work out much cheaper than paying restaurant prices for mediocre wine!!!
We highly recommend this Restaurant which offers excellent, value for money authentic Malaysian / Indonesian food, served in pleasant surroundings by friendly and efficient staff.
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