Restaurant Reviews from lizzie21
No. of Reviews: 37
Member Since: 12 January 2009
Last Visit: 07 November 2013
Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Reviewed 15th October 2011A friend and I dined at this restaurant on a Saturday evening, arriving at around 7:30 to a buzzy atmosphere. We were made to feel really welcome from the moment we walked in and the service was great throughout - really pleasant and constantly available without being intrusive. Crab salad starters were great and my bass main course was cooked to perfection. My friend was equally impressed and suitably pleased with herself for having recommending this place to me. I often find that I am too full for dessert but was determined to fit it in here and how happy I was that I did. The pannacotta was excellent. Whenever I visit Cork, I will undoubtedly go out of my way to visit this place - it's worth it. If I was being uber-critical, I would like to rid the restaurant of the cook books etc for sale but other than that I honestly couldn't have been happier.
Restaurant Ten Fourteen restaurant
324 Clontarf Road, C, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 18th August 2012I ate at this restaurant with my husband on a Saturday night and found that right from the off the welcome and the service were lovely. The menu had a reasonable variety as we really like fish though I'm not sure how you would feel if you didn't. We ordered wings and salad for starter and both were quite nice. We followed this with the special of seabass which was especially tasty. All in all we would probably describe the overall experience as pleasant and it helps to know your money is going to a good cause. I'd probably enjoy it more if the ambience was a bit better - tables separated out a bit better and not sitting beside a corridor. Good value for money.
Solis Lough Eske Castle
Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Donegal
Having stayed here for two nights, we had the opportunity to visit the restaurant on each night of our stay. The hotel itself is beautiful and the restaurant has a nice atmosphere depending on where you are seated. Some of the tables are situated in the entry way or segregated from the remainder of the restaurant beside the kitchen door and the waiter station which is not all that pleasant. My recommendation here is to request a table in the main part of the restaurant which is fine for the most part. As dinner was included as part of our package, we were offered the table d'hote menu (I am presuming there was a more lengthy a la carte as the set menu was quite limited). We had belly pork and salmon and potato terrine for starter and both were fine although the salmon could have been presented better and the pork was very underseasoned. For mains we had tuna and hake. Both of these were nice but the vegetables which came with the mains were in short supply. On the second night I ordered an additional portion and this was also really small, a bit withered and very uninspiring. The dessert menu is quite samey - lots of things along the same lines - panna cotta, delice, duo of chocolate. They were nice but I've got to say, nothing to write home about. In terms of value for money, the €55 table d'hote menu is reasonable value but the extra costs mount up in particular when you consider that a 700ml bottle of still water will set you back €5.90. Yes, that is correct and not a typo - €5.90 for a bottle of water. The staff here are some of the most pleasant you will meet anywhere. If the game could be raised in terms of the food on offer, this place could be really fantastic.
The Orchid Chinese Restaurant
12 New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
I've been to this restaurant a number of times in the last few months and have been pleased with the experience on all of these occasions including last Saturday when I dined there with my husband. I have had the early bird previously which is really great value as you can choose from almost the full a la carte menu. We tried one of the set menus on our last visit and really enjoyed the combination starter followed by duck. For our mains we had some sczechuan chicken, the thai curry and crispy shredded beef all of which were really nice. Desserts are your standard bought in variety and were fine but not the highlight of the meal. I have found the atmosphere to be better on previous visits. At a guess, I'd say the waiting staff had had some sort of disagreement as they appeared quite strained at times with each other. All in all here, the value is excellent, the atmosphere good in general and the food is the best Chinese food on offer in Malahide at the moment.
Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I had an evening here with some work colleagues last week and really enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and service was really good. The Christmas menu with 3 courses for €30 was great value and we all enjoyed it. The choices are quite limited but there seemed to be something for everyone and it all hit the mark. The crab cake starter was really tasty and the beef cheek I had for main was also quite rich and tasty. Everyone was really happy with their choice of dessert as well and my floating island didn't disappoint. A good buzz about the place with the other groups about. I'll definitely go back.
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I dined at this restaurant with my family recently. I'd been quite hopeful as management has changed since the last time I visited but unfortunately left disappointed. The waiting staff were really pleasant but unfortunately we were left wanting for top ups of wine regularly and the service was particularly slow. We ordered at 8:20 pm and didn't get to coffee until 11:50. Initially when the order was taken, the waiter returned to tell us that they were out of monkfish and that left two of our group to re-order mains - why can't they check on these things before taking orders? By way of apology we were offered a little taster of filo prawns. Shame then that five of us had opted for a prawn starter and therefore didn't think this was such a good option, though the gesture might have been appreciated. Tempura prawn starters were tasty though nothing to write home about but the terrine was really delicious. Foie gras which I don't eat for ethical reasons features far too frequently on the menu here and ruled out a lot of choice for me. The turbot which I had for main as well as the other mains of cod, chicken, rib eye steak and plaice all went down well. Desserts were delicious but the gelatine in which the frozen parfait was wrapped was inedible. For some reason when chocolates made it to the table, we were three short for the number of people at the table. It really wouldn't take much to improve the experience here - some attention to detail would do wonders. I'd also prefer not to sit by the bar. Not sure I'm prepared to give it a go again. There is far better to be had in the local area.
Superquinn Shopping Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin
I dined here with my husband on a Saturday evening. On arrival we were greeted very warmly but had to stand around for about 10 minutes before our table was ready which is not ideal especially when you're right beside the door. I ordered the smoked salmon for starter while my husband ordered the chicken wings. The smoked salmon was okay but was not the main event on the plate as you would expect - at times I struggled to find some smoked salmon among the tomatoes and veg and the onions overwhelmed the taste of the salmon. The chicken wings were okay but nothing to write home about. Then onto mains. I ordered the pasta with prawns which was nice enough but there is a reason why pasta is normally served in a bowl and not on a large platter like they do here and that's to keep it warm - there's nothing pleasant about eating the meal when it's gone cold so quickly. Shame to ruin such a nice dish. We didn't go for dessert since our experience of the first two courses wasn't great. Overall we felt the food was really average. The surroundings were nice enough and the music is a lovely touch but not enough for me
Tom Crean Fish & Wine
25 Main Street, Kenmare, Kerry
On a recent trip to Kenmare, I dined here with my husband. The place had been recommended and we decided to try it and weren't disappointed. The atmosphere is lovely with the restaurant divided into two rooms, making it quite cosy. We, unfortunately arrived for our reservation at 9 to find that most others were close to finishing so for most of our time there, only two of the other tables were occupied. The staff were all really pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu. I had a prawn ravioli for starter while my husband had it for main and we both really enjoyed it. The pasta was really fresh and the seafood good. I prefer more chunks of prawns in my ravioli rather than the mousse which also filled it but that's a personal preference. Lobster for main did not disappoint and while we were quite full after our meal, everything was so nice that my husband went for apple pie for dessert. The rose which we enjoyed with the meal was lovely, though I will say that given the restaurant wasn't busy by the time we came to our mains, it would have been good if the waiting staff had topped it up for us. I'd definitely return if visiting Kenmare again and it's a must for lovers of great quality food with some thoughtful attention to detail.
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, C, Clontarf, Dublin
I ate at this restaurant with my husband on a Saturday night and found that right from the off the welcome and the service were lovely. The menu had a reasonable variety as we really like fish though I'm not sure how you would feel if you didn't. We ordered wings and salad for starter and both were quite nice. We followed this with the special of seabass which was especially tasty. All in all we would probably describe the overall experience as pleasant and it helps to know your money is going to a good cause. I'd probably enjoy it more if the ambience was a bit better - tables separated out a bit better and not sitting beside a corridor. Good value for money.
The Pepperstack Bistro @ Rosies Bar
Lower Aghada, Aghada, Cork
Four of us dined here last Sunday and having been here before and enjoyed the food, I was not disappointed. Starters were lovely prawn and squid tempura which came with the most delicious dipping sauce. Mains were fish and chips which looked like really generous portions, pork belly and my salmon with veg. Unfortunately I found a hair under my salmon which put me off but I must admit that the waiter was swift to resolve the situation and we all ordered dessert. Chocolate and strawberry trifle was very unusual, while my husband enjoyed his apple pie. I am a big pannacotta fan and ordered it here. They overdid the gelatine a bit but overall it was nice. I'd come back again for the lovely atmosphere, good service and enjoyable food.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I dined here with my husband on a menupages deal on a Monday night and was really surprised at how busy this place is even on a Monday night. The atmosphere was good with a nice buzz about the place though I must admit, I was really glad that the table beside us remained vacant as had anyone been sitting there, it would have been too close for comfort. This deal was excellent value for money and the food was really lovely. We had caesar salad and prawn bisque for starter both of which were well presented and lovely. We followed this with the salmon and the haddock and chips. Veg was plentiful and really nice. However, as the three dishes were placed beside us, I asked what one was as it was a puree and I didn't know if it was sweet potato, butternut squash or whatever. It turned out to be carrot puree which was delicious and nicely spiced but the waiter seemed to resent being asked what it was for some reason. Dessert was delicious for me - a lemon tart with raspberry sorbet, both of which were delicious while my husband ordered the brownie dessert which was served in a sundae glass and quite difficult to get at - guys, please invest in some sundae/latte spoons which would make this easier. Trying to eat this with the teaspoon it is served with is not an easy feat. Overall we felt the food was really good and this was really good value for money. We were slightly let down by the service as water was plonked on the table but not poured and the white wine did not come with means to keep it cold and was never topped up for us. We also felt slightly rushed as there wasn't enough time left between courses.
Flower Hill, Poolboy Gate, Navan, Meath
I dined at this restaurant with my sister and her family on a Monday night. I don't get to Navan very often but I am now looking for an excuse to go out there so that I can go back to Marinis. The atmosphere wasn't great as it was a very quiet Monday night but that didn't detract from the wonderful food and lovely service. I had insalata tricolore for starter which was lovely followed by one of the nicest steaks I've had in a very long time. It was steaks all round with except for one of the party who ordered the seafood pasta dish and loved it. I am not always a dessert person but when in Italian restaurants will always try the pannacotta which I love and I was not disappointed here. It was absolutely delicious - a little too much fruit compote for me but that's not the end of the world. The children had ice cream which tasted absolutely delicious, proper Italian gelato! The service was really pleasant though our waiter was not overly talkative. Keep up the good work
St Andrew Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I dined here on a Saturday night with my husband and two of our friends. From the time we came into the restaurant we were welcomed warmly and looked after very well thereafter. I cannot say enough about the service here - efficient, ever-pleasant, nothing was too much trouble. I had the asparagus starter while others had soup and crab pot. All were very happy. On to mains and I had sea bass. I'm being a bit picky here but it was slightly over-cooked but still tasted delicious. The others had salmon, monkfish and steak. I tasted my husband's monkfish which was divine. Desserts didn't disappoint either with me having my favourite pecan pie - fantastic. Cheesecake and ice-cream were also great and overall we had a great experience which means we will return as soon as we get an opportunity.
South George's Street, Dublin 2, Georges Street, Dublin
I ate here with a group of work colleagues and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Even for a Wednesday evening, this place was really busy and had a good buzz about it. I started with the crab salad which was really delicious. Most of the rest of the group had this as well while two had quail. All enjoyed the starter. Then on to mains. Given the interest of having a steak on the stone, most of the group had this also and it was really fantastic. Desserts were to die for. I had the pannacotta and it's one of the best I've ever had. Creme caramel, chocolate soup and chocolate fudge cake were also ordered and enjoyed by all. All in all the food was great. The service, while fairly efficient, left a lot to be desired on the interaction front. Apart from that, my only other complaint would be that there was no rose wine on the menu. I'll definitely go back for the overall experience. Please put some rose on the menu guys
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I ate here with my husband last night and overall had a really enjoyable meal. I ordered the crab salad with cucumber sorbet for starter. It was nice, though I thought the crab salad could have had more flavour. My husband had the prawn bruschetta which was lovely. On to mains and the monkfish which I ordered was really excellent, while my husband was a little disappointed with the steak which he ordered. The waiter who looked after us could not have been more helpful about this or anything else, the service was really excellent. We enjoyed dessert of ginger and fig pudding and baked Italian cheesecake, both of which were a nice end to a lovely meal. The restaurant was buzzing with atmosphere and I'd give it another go.
La Sirena Mexican Restaurant
The Green, Malahide, Dublin
I visited this restaurant with my husband on a Thursday evening and we both had the early bird menu. It proved to be really good value and this restaurant is certainly not one which limits either portions or choice on their early bird - we were very happy with both. For starters I had the chicken wings which were really tasty while my husband had the quesadillas, also very tasty. For mains I had the fish in coconut which was really delicious, while my husband chose the enchiladas. We found everything very well flavoured and fresh. My only disappointment was that I didn't have enough room to fit in dessert as I was really looking forward to trying the tres leches cake but since I am already planning to return, I will make sure to make up for this on my next visit. I'm deducting a point for atmosphere because the restaurant wasn't very busy so this detracted a little bit as it was really noticeable when people called in and were hanging around to collect take away orders. Other than this we were really happy and look forward to visiting again.
Glasson Village Restaurant
Glasson, Athlone, Westmeath
My husband and I dined here on a Tuesday evening so the restaurant was quite quiet and this did detract from the atmosphere slightly as we felt we were watched a little too closely and plates cleared while still chewing the last mouthful etc. That said, the waiting staff were really pleasant and welcoming and the food was nice. I thought starter portions were large until I saw the main courses which were huge. We both had pork mains and while I would describe this as homely type food, it's probably carvery standard and both mains were really swimming in the gravy type sauces. There was so much food on the plate, it was actually difficult to cut the meat. The descriptions of the food on the menu weren't great and the waiting staff didn't shed enough light in some cases so I felt quite limited in what I would choose to eat. At one point I asked if the colcannon was made with cabbage or kale and was informed that in this part of the world, it's made with spring onions. Isn't this champ, not colcannon? If you're in the mood for homely food with friendly service this is the place for you. Haute cuisine it isn't but it's honest to goodness food and service and every so often, that will do.
Glasson, Glasson, Westmeath
My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary. Having been here before, we decided it would be a lovely setting for dinner for this special occasion and we weren't disappointed. I had a risotto starter while he ate pate. Both were fantastic and we really enjoyed them. The lure of steak was too much to resist so it's what we both had, accompanied by a lovely selection of veg and potatoes. A lovely bottle of red complemented everything really well and a nice creme brulee dessert was sublime. The really lovely part is being able to retire to the cosy bar afterwards for brandy and baileys beside the fire. A lovely experience and I look forward to our next visit - we've already given vouchers to two other couples!
3 The Crescent Monkstown, Monkstown, Dublin
I found myself in Dun Laoghaire for work one Tuesday and my husband joined me for dinner. We decided to call to FXB having been in their city centre restaurants previously and we weren't disappointed here either. The food lived up to the usual standards. We had mains only - both fillet steak. They were cooked as ordered and the sides of chips were really tasty as were the accompanying mushroom and pepper sauces. Service was really friendly and even on a Tuesday evening this place was busy and atmospheric. If I find myself in the area again, I will most definitely be making another trip here.
Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
A friend and I dined at this restaurant on a Saturday evening, arriving at around 7:30 to a buzzy atmosphere. We were made to feel really welcome from the moment we walked in and the service was great throughout - really pleasant and constantly available without being intrusive. Crab salad starters were great and my bass main course was cooked to perfection. My friend was equally impressed and suitably pleased with herself for having recommending this place to me. I often find that I am too full for dessert but was determined to fit it in here and how happy I was that I did. The pannacotta was excellent. Whenever I visit Cork, I will undoubtedly go out of my way to visit this place - it's worth it. If I was being uber-critical, I would like to rid the restaurant of the cook books etc for sale but other than that I honestly couldn't have been happier.
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Georges Street, Dublin
Four of us ate here last Saturday week. Surprisingly the restaurant was quite quiet so this did not provide much of an atmosphere which is disappointing on a Saturday night, particularly in this busy location. The decor in the restaurant is quite basic and does not provide any ambience in itself. We ordered drinks to start and like anything we ordered subsequently, they were placed on our table with barely a word being uttered. Strangely we noticed part way through our meal that there was a table beside us where people have maybe ordered off menu and seemed to have a great array of dishes. We did not notice this anywhere on the menus which we were ordering from. Apart from the crispy shredded beef which my husband ordered being dry and lacking in sauce, the food was fine though nothing to write home about. Service was below average - we topped up our own wine and were never offered refills on the other drinks or our water. Though I could have fitted in dessert on this occasion, we had decided to move on. There really wasn't anything keeping us here and likewise nothing that makes any of us wish to return any time soon.
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Dublin
I ate here with a group of work colleagues on a Thursday night and although the restaurant was a little quiet, we had a lovely table in the window - very atmospheric. Starters for us were a combination of soup, chowder and prawn cocktails, all of which were really well presented and very tasty. On to mains and without exception we ordered steak. Each person had theirs cooked exactly as requested and the accompaniments in the form of pepper sauce and other sauces and veg were all lovely. The selection of desserts was really good although having over-indulged on the steaks a bit, we mainly chose nice coffees and ice-cream. The service was really attentive and the bars in the hotel provided an ideal setting for pre (and post) dinner drinks. I'm looking for an excuse to get back to Clontarf so that I can go here again
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I visited this restaurant with my husband and found the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant welcoming. Starters were both great - french onion soup was very tasty. We moved onto mains which were both a little disappointing. I ordered spatchcock chicken which was well cooked and tasty but there was far too much food piled on the plate and I struggled for space to actually cut the chicken. My husband ordered the veal escalope which he found quite bland. He'd have used some seasoning but in this restaurant it's left in bowls on the table and as we didn't know how many fingers had been in them before we got there, we declined to use them to season our food! Interestingly while we were asked how we enjoyed our starters which we completely finished, no-one asked about the mains which were cleared with quite a lot of food still on the plate. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert was very average and though I barely touched the coffee I ordered to go with it, this was also cleared without comment. I found the service mixed with some waiters being really friendly and others barely speaking at all. Too up and down for me, I won't be going back if I can help it.
Coast Restaurant @ The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel Malahide, Coast Road, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
I visited this restaurant with some colleagues who were staying in the hotel and was really pleasantly surprised. Though it was early in the week and the restaurant was quiet enough, the atmosphere was quite nice. However, they could do with some draft exclusion, we found it a bit drafty and chilly. Food didn't disappoint. The salad starter I had was really good while my colleagues commented on how nice the chowder was. We all had steak mains - really good quality beef cooked as requested for everyone. I've gone back again since and recommended it to others. Don't know of anywhere else in Malahide to get a steak as nice as this. Service is really pleasant and all in all I've enjoyed it and will look forward to going back.
F.X.BUCKLEY. Steakhouse Pembroke Street (FXB's)
1A Lower Pembroke Street, City Centre South, Dublin
We visited this restaurant last night and arrived a couple of minutes early. The table wasn't ready until about ten minutes after we had reserved and unfortunately as there is no-where else to sit, the only option is to stand in the hallway which is not really ideal. As when we've visited before the starter and steaks were really good. We all opted for the set menu and at just under thirty euro per person this is really good value. Service was efficient after we were seated and always pleasant. My one major issue was dessert. As a real dessert lover, I look forward to this part of the meal and here it was a real let down. This restaurant's interpretation of apple tarte tatin is unfortunately to take a slab of pre-cooked puff pastry, drizzle some caramel over (mine was burnt and tasted bitter) and top off with three chunks of warm but uncooked apple. Though it was barely touched, at clearing, no-one asked why. A real disappointment and unfortunately though we had had lovely starters and mains, this left me with a bad taste in my mouth - literally.
17 Main St, Midleton, Cork, Midleton, Cork
I dined here with a friend on a busy Friday night. We hadn't made a reservation and the initial reception seemed a little frosty - possibly because we hadn't booked. The food, though, was as good as ever. I had my favourite Tom Yam soup which was really tasty and then a red curry for main which was delicious. My friend had a delicious duck dish and overall with these two courses and sorbet for dessert, we were happy with our meal. It's quite good value for money and for what it is, this place fares well. Maybe make us feel a bit more welcome!
Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, City Centre North, Dublin
I ate here with my husband on a Thursday night and the restaurant was quite empty. This always affects the atmosphere a bit. Overall the service was really pleasant and very efficient. As usual the standard is good and just what you expect from Milano (Pizza Express). I unfortunately don't deviate from olives to nibble on for starter and therefore can't rate other starters on the menu. My husband had the nuts which are overpriced for what they are. The pizzas were both delicious and although the menu has changed somewhat in recent times, the old favourites in terms of pizza are still there which is a nice touch. We skipped dessert. Definitely a nice stop to make after a bit of late night shopping in town.
Stone Haven Restaurant
Mill Street, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare
Four of us visited this restaurant on a Saturday night and had a bit of a mixed experience. The setting is really nice and we got a cosy table in the back. Unfortunately there was a really large party beside us and we struggled to hear each other speak at times. We were all distinctly underwhelmed by our starters. Mushrooms were average and there really didn't seem to be enough there. The mains were really delicious with three of four of us choosing steak which was cooked exactly as we requested. For dessert, I found the pannacotta was not as described on the menu and the chocolate dessert we also shared was quite good. We found this restaurant a little pricey for what it was and therefore might go in future but just for steak. While the starters and desserts remain as lacking as these, my money will be spent elsewhere.
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), City Centre South, Dublin
I visited this restaurant with my husband last weekend for the first time. In all likelihood it will be the last. The atmosphere was good with a bit of a buzz about the place. Unfortunately we were seated beside the door to the cloakroom which didn't appeal but the only alternative was the table at the top of the stairs beside the kitchen door which seemed to get even more passing traffic. We were really hungry so pleased when the drinks and the starter arrived really promptly. We felt the wine could have been chilled more and overall were pleased with the mixed starter for two which we had between us. No sooner had the starter been removed than the main courses arrived. My prawn stir fry was fragrant and tasty and pretty much what I'd expected from the description on the menu. Not so for my husband's duck dish which had been rated with three chillies as something which should have been quite hot. We certainly weren't able to detect anything resembling spice or heat from this dish and so it wasn't as described and was lacking in heat and flavour. We took a look at the dessert menu but there really isn't anything inspiring on here and as someone who normally looks forward to a nice dessert and coffee, I left this restaurant wanting - we had dessert elsewhere. While we got off to quite a good start, the meal finished disappointingly and we're more than happy to pay for good food but there wasn't enough of a selection here for us and one main in particular left us with a bad taste.
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin
I dined at this restaurant with my family. There were nine of us in all and I can honestly say it's the nicest asian food I have had in a long time. My husband and I shared a thai mixed starter which was really good and for main there was a combination of duck, chicken curry, crispy shredded beef, szechuan chicken and several others. They were all great. The service is attentive and pleasant without being in the slightest bit intrusive. I live quite a way away and I'm happy to make the journey to this restaurant any time. The atmosphere is lovely, the food is great, the service can't be faulted and it's good value for money.
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
I visited this restaurant with a group from work and found that the food was really nice - only problem was that we had to wait far too long to get it. From the time we ordered our starters they took 35 minutes to arrive. Some bread, breadsticks or something on the tables would have made this wait seem a little shorter. The wait between starter and main course left us all mildly irritated as well. We had a mixture of dishes between us and everything from steak to cannelloni was really tasty and well received (when we finally did receive it). The really redeeming feature is the wonderful ice-cream for dessert. I may be making a trip to their ice-cream parlour in future but to be honest I'm not likely to try the restaurant again - the food can be equalled in other places and in all likelihood you'll get it more promptly as well. The general atmosphere was okay but the restaurant wasn't all that busy - probably more atmospheric on the weekend when there are more people around.
Il Sorriso Restaurant
New Street, Malahide, Dublin
Went to this restaurant with my husband on a Saturday night and found the staff very welcoming and the atmosphere really lovely. We were lucky to get a table beside the window - we hadn't reserved but were eating quite late. The specials were great and explained to us with attention to detail and enthusiasm. I found this restaurant to be really authentically Italian and I'm looking forward to my next visit.
Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin
A group of us dined here on a Saturday night. We were left standing in the entry hall for a good while and the initial reception was very frosty and not what I had remembered from this restaurant. Things didn't improve - menus slapped down in the midde of the table and an air of impatience that all of our group had not arrived at the same time. We had hoped to enjoy a pleasant conversation throughout our meal but the squealing baby at a nearby table didn't lend itself to that. The manager informed us that there is no policy in relation to a cut off time for children in the restaurant. Basically a restaurant in which we have managed previously to have a more intimate setting failed dreadfully to deliver in terms of atmosphere on this occasion. The food was distinctly average and a slow service meant that one starter was served almost 10 minutes before the rest arrived and hence was cold by the time it could be eaten. I was more than a little surprised by the snippy tones of our waiter - she was clearly having a bad day but no need to take it out on us. Wine was excellent but didn't compensate for the ordinary food and appalling service. Not what I had remembered from this restaurant where I have previously enjoyed many lovely meals. We won't be back.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Ate here with a friend and having been to this restaurant before found that they have managed to provide another experience which means I will definitely go back again. Lovely staff who are really helpful and pleasant, great tasting food in really decent sized portions, great menu variety. Mixed meze platters for starter are great to share and the souvlaki for main are a personal favourite. Really good on the drinks too - they make a good mojito at this place!
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin
It's not the cheapest burger you'll ever have but it's by far the nicest. The selection is great and it took me ages to decide what to have. The waiter had to come back twice and still managed to be humorous about my indecision. Myself and my boyfriend have now eaten here several tims and will come back. Lovely food, nice atmosphere and really good service. A bit pricey but definitely worth it for the occasional treat.
Indie Spice (Swords)
Burgundy House, New Street, Swords, Dublin
I had visited this restaurant a number of times with friends and work colleagues and loved the extensive cocktail menu and dinner menu choice. My most recent visit with a friend on a Saturday night has probably discouraged me from ever going back. The lovely cocktails previously on offer have disappeared and the food seems to have increased in price without improving in quality. Quite the opposite! The starter choice is not great and the chicken main courses we ordered contained really dry chicken in stodgy sauces. The combination of this and the price increase in my view puts Indie Spice way down the list of places in Swords for nice food at a good price. Really disappointing.
Bon Appetit Brasserie
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin
We have visited the restaurant a couple of times and thought we would try the brasserie for a bit more of a relaxed night on Thursday last week. It all went downhill when the very pleasant guy who met us at the door left us at the mercy of the people downstairs. I felt like they couldn't really be bothered in general and the food was really disappointing. Surprising considering there were only four tables occupied in the restaurant. Starters were good - really tasty and hit the spot. The wine selection was good for us as well and really handy that it came by the glass, in a carafe or by the bottle. Tuna which I ordered medium came overdone and swimming in a really salty tacky sauce. Very disappointing. After that we weren't tempted in the slightest to order dessert. All in all, while you might expect a more relaxed and casual version of the restaurant, you won't be getting it. I'll be staying well clear.
F.X.BUCKLEY. Steakhouse Crow Street (FXB's)
Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
We ate at this restaurant on a Sunday evening and while there were delays to the service due to the unexpected arrival of a large party, the waiting staff explained this to us, apologised, kept us completely updated and offered a complimentary digestif at the end of the evening. All in all they were really pleasant. There was a really good set menu on offer for under €30 but we chose from the a la carte. Fillet and T-bone steaks were really good and the starters of smoked salmon and calamari were great. The only disappointing part was the bearnaise sauce. Dessert soon made up for that. The chocolate dessert of the day was wonderful and himself really enjoyed the pannacotta. I will definitely go back either again as a couple or with friends.