Restaurant Reviews from lucymoose

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No. of Reviews: 32

Member Since: 08 January 2008

Last Visit: 06 November 2009

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Jacques Restaurant

Phoenix Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
16 reviews

Reviewed 31st July 2008 ( visited 05th July 2008 )

This is my favourite 'special occasion' restaurant, and it really has to be a special occasion because it's pretty pricey! I had a superb meal here after my graduation, I ate the poached pears followed by the rack of lamb which was perfectly pink and deliciously complemented by the hummus base, all acommpanied by a delicious rioja. I couldn't face dessert but the fresh berry concotion my mum got was to die for. The service is friendly but not in your face and I love all the old photos of Cork on the walls! I'll be going back once my piggy bank fills up again.
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Elephant & Castle restaurant

18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
427 reviews

Reviewed 29th February 2008 ( visited 28th February 2008 )

Like many other reviewers, I had to wait for another half hour after the time I was told to come back for a table. A bit annoying as there's nowhere to sit and you're in everyone's way. The wings were delicious (kind of a given!) but my main course was disappointing. I had the calamari salad and could count the pieces of calamari in it - I got 9. A bit rich charging €14 for a handful of lettuce and half a squid. It was overcooked as well. The service (once we were seated) was great though. Bill came to €120 for 2 baskets of wings, 4 main courses and 2 bottles of wine.
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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

Popped in for brunch on Sunday as I live in the area and have always wanted to try it out. Seated promptly by a very odd waiter, he was incredibly rude and spoke to me like you would to a 2 year old when I couldn't hear what he said over the conversational buzz in the room! Coffees were nice, eggs benedict were swimming in a lake of v salty hollandaise sauce and covered in a thick dusting of paprika. Unappetising, and topped off when I cut into the poached eggs and there was no oozing yolk, they were completely overcooked. My friends cooked breakfast was underwhelming and came with really undercooked sausages. It's a pity that it was such an unenjoyable meal as it's a cute restaurant in a great location.

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Puccinos @ Paul Street
Paul Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

I wish we'd kept walking past this place on Sunday afternoon. We were sent upstairs and had to sit at a dirty table for about 5 minutes, so unappetising to stare at the remains of someones fried egg and bacon fat before you order. This turned me off the planned fry up so went for a goats cheese salad instead. The goats cheese itself was nice but the rest was awful. The lettuce was brown and slimy, when you're paying €11 for a salad that consists of goats cheese, some bread and salad leaves the least you can expect is that they be fresh. Rocket was advertised on the menu but none appeared. I mentioned this to the waitress but heard nothing back. To be fair the waitresses were all about 16 and clearly just weekend jobbers. Pleasant though. Eggs benedict were said to be good, belgian waffle was barely visible on the plate it was so miniscule. Worst place I've eaten in months.

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Zuni Cafe and Wine Bar
26 Patrick Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

I've always been a fan of Zuni's restaurant although a recent visit to their cafe for lunch left me disappointed. Maybe it's because I've been coming here for years and was quite attached to the old layout of comfy chairs but I don't like the new cafe style. It feels a bit cold and slightly cheap. The food wasn't great, I had a salad with smoked salmon, tuna and prawns w/wasabi dressing and pickled ginger. I couldn't taste the wasabi and the whole thing was so small I had to check with the waitress that I'd got the large and not the appetiser size. My friend's curried risotto type dish was just plain odd. Service was great though!

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great value! Food was nice, not spectacular but pleasant. Duck terrine to start wasn't overly tasty but steak for main was delicious. Banana cake for dessert was quite dry but fine. Decent sized portions too, considering the price. Service was quick and incredibly friendly. At €50 for a 2 course dinner for 2 people with a bottle of wine I think this has to be one of the best deals in town at the moment.

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Tom Skinnys Pizza Parlour
3 Printers Centre Market Street, Clonmel, Tipperary

Really yummy pizza with a nice choice of toppings. Perfectly crispy bases. They were down to 2 ice cream flavours when I was last there so didn't get to try that. Service is pretty haphazard, one of our waitresses was lovely but the other looked like she'd rather be anywhere else. What can you expect from a restaurant staffed solely by teenage girls though?! Unless there's some reason to eat in town, get take away.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here on the first proper sunny day of the summer. Outside seating was lovely, great for people watching and a lovely happy buzz about. The place was packed and so service was a little hectic but very pleasant. We stayed on for 3 more drinks after our late lunch as we'd searched for a good hour for somewhere to sit outside and having found a place we weren't going to give it up! Despite it being so busy, the staff were more than happy to let us linger. I had the morroccan salad which was very pleasant, nicely cooked tasty cous cous with plenty of chicken and oodles of pine nuts. Yumm. I shared a portion of onion rings too, not a huge serving but nice none the less. A nice place in a great location for a casual bite.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped into Salamanca at about 11pm on the off chance they might still be serving tapas as we were ravenous. Staff could not have been friendlier and the place was still absolutely buzzing. I'm not sure I would class the food as tapas though as most of the fish or meat dishes are between €13 - 16. This means that it is too expensive to sample more than a couple of dishes, not what I would consider tapas. Fortunately, when the food emerged they were decent portions. We had grilled tuna steak, monkfish, salmon & prawn skewers, potato with chorizo and a bowl of olives. Skewers were disappointing with just a speck of monkfish and only 1 prawn, why bother? The rest was delicious though. If I were coming back I'd gather a bigger group so we could sample more food. Bill came to €58 including a bottle of house wine which wasn't bad.

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Galileo Cafe Clonmel
4 Gladstone Street, Clonmel, Tipperary

I've been here twice recently although only eaten once as the second time we left after waiting over 30 minutes for our orders to be taken, despite asking repeatedly! The time I did manage to get food it was grand, though what can you really do to a pizza (pastas didn't look appealing). The BYO is good, though I'd recommend tucking well in before you get your meal to soften the blow a bit! Seems to be very popular with big groups of girls, probably due to the inoffensive menu, cheap prices, and BYO.

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Merrys Gastro Pub & Restaurant
Main Street Lower, Dungarvan, Waterford

Ate here recently in a group of 13 or so, and I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of food we all got. I had the mussels and chips, mmmm the chips. Really tasty and not too pricey. Nice bar, reasonably friendly staff and a good bet for a relaxed pub lunch.

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An Bialann
Unit 13 Dungarvan Shop Centre, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

This is what it is, a canteen catering to hungry shoppers who don't have the time or inclination to go to a restaurant. The food is fine - lasagne and chips, mushroom vol au vents were the choice when I was there...so I went for soup. It tasted fine and was reasonably priced, though I thought that €11 for lasagne was a bit steep, after all it's still a canteen.

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The Grand Central Cafe Bar
O'Connell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

I've been here a few times for drinks but never knew it did food until Wednesday evening when I was on my 3rd drink ('just going for one'!) and getting peckish. Food came quickly and was simple and tasty. Pretty good value for the area too, although service not the friendliest.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Nice food, pleasant service and incredibly good value. I was here for lunch and ate from the 'all day' menu which has about 25 different dishes (ranging from soup to steak) for in or around €10. The calamari bouillebaisse was particularly tasty and the pizza also looked good - decent size with nice crispy base. They have some great offers on at the moment (€5 bottle of wine!!!!) so will definitely back to try some of those.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

I left GBK disappointed being a big fan of burgers and a bigger fan of gourmet burgers. I went for the lamb burger which was tasteless, gristly and dry. My friend's cheesburger seemed to fare slightly better but was just a sea of grease. Although the burgers aren't extortionate when you add in the extras your pretty much paying €20 for a bog standard burger and chips. There are some far better options out there, I won't be back.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Nice atmosphere, tasty food and really great value. 4 of us came here for the early bird on Thursday evening and the place was practically full. We all had a 3 course meal and 3 bottles of the house red between us and the bill came to €30 each with a generous tip. I don't know where you'd get better than that!! The only gripe I have is that when I complained about the pepper sauce I got which was sour and inedible, the manager was quite snotty and told me there was nothing wrong with it, though there clearly was. Our waitress was beyond lovely though and almost made up for it.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Captain America's does what it says on the tin. Reasonable prices, fast service, fast food. Fine if you have someone in your group who's a picky eater, or if you want a quick dinner and cocktails to start your night. I was suprised though that a place like this doesn't have comfier seating, instead there are horrible wooden benches and chairs which doesn't encourage you to stay for a few drinks. Chips are nice though!

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PJ O Hare's Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Tholsel St, Carlingford, Louth., Carlingford, Louth

Lovely restaurant in a really pretty town. Food was delicious (I'm still having dreams of my grilled salmon) and service was friendly and quick. If it hadn't been for us taking up half the restaurant it would have been pretty quiet, only one other table of diners. Surprising for a place that does such great food but maybe it's the Dublin prices that are turning people off.

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Planet Spice Indian Restaurant &Takeaway;
8 Mary St Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary

I have to disagree with the previous comments about the poor quality of Sunday lunch, I thought it was excellent. That said, I've never eaten from the a la carte menu so perhaps it's the difference in quality that's so remarkable! When I ate here they had maybe 3 hot main dishes, a veggie option, a couple of choices of starters and lots of rice and poppadoms. All was delicious and my only word of warning is beware of going back for fourths!!

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I'd been to the porterhouse for drinks before and had had a peek at what other people were eating which didn't look half bad. So when I went on Saturday afternoon with a friend who was visiting from Scotland, I thought we'd be getting decent pub grub. We were freezing and dying for hot whiskies which when ordered provoked a blank look from the waitress. It took 4 trips over and back to the bar to get it sorted out. We should have left then! Our food was dismal, a luke warm and gloopy stew and a salad with some rubbery chicken, soggy tomatoes and globs of mayonaise as dressing. To finish it all off, they tried to overcharge us by €20 for a 'mystery' bottle of wine that we'd never ordered. Altogether disappointing.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I came here for Saturday brunch before the rugby with a few friends. The service was haughty and overly pretentious for this type of restaurant and made my jersey wearing friends feel so uncomfortable that I was really embarassed to have brought them here. We ordered a round of drinks and even a pint of Guinness was brought in a ridiculously OTT tulip shaped glass. The food was fine although the poached eggs in my Eggs Benedict were so vinegary that it ruined the overall dish. The rest had French toast, one served with a side of dark curly hair. These things happen I suppose and the meal was duly wiped off our bill. I've been here before with a group of girlfriends and had completely different service, but this experience will turn me off for good.

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Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

I have lunch here regularly for the past 3 years and they are one of the most consistent restaurants I have been to. The menu has changed numerous times since I first came and each time it has I've wanted to try everything on it. Lunch is amazing value, generous portions of delicious food all about €12-15. I've had dinner here a couple of times and whilst nice, I think it's lunch they really excel at. Service is faultless. I'll be coming here for years to come.

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Cafe Gertrude
3/4 Bedford Row, le Bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Gertrude's is fine - nothing particularly special food wise but has a good location and nice friendly staff. I went here for Sunday brunch and had the bacon and brie potato cakes which were tasty but tiny for the €9 price tag. That's Temple Bar though I suppose! I can't imagine they do anything exceptional for dinner but for a quick lunch it's grand.

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Jacques Restaurant
Phoenix Street, Cork City, Cork

This is my favourite 'special occasion' restaurant, and it really has to be a special occasion because it's pretty pricey! I had a superb meal here after my graduation, I ate the poached pears followed by the rack of lamb which was perfectly pink and deliciously complemented by the hummus base, all acommpanied by a delicious rioja. I couldn't face dessert but the fresh berry concotion my mum got was to die for. The service is friendly but not in your face and I love all the old photos of Cork on the walls! I'll be going back once my piggy bank fills up again.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for the first time last night having tried Byblos next door a couple of months ago and come away from it nonplussed. This is a completely different kettle of fish - there were about a dozen things on the menu I would have happily eaten which is a great start. I decided on the baba ganoushe as a starter and mixed meshwe for my main. Both were melt in the mouth delicious, I haven't had more flavoursome meat in a long time. I love the kind of eating where you can pick at everyone's dishes as well and this is perfectly set up for it. I thought the mixed mezze platters looked quite expensive at about €40ish each but the amount of food you get is absurd and you could easily share a two person platter between three. After a slightly odd Lebanese coffee (lots and lots of grounds) I rolled myself out the door full and happy.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were the first people in the restaurant on a Wednesday evening which makes it absolutely baffling as to why it took an hour to get our starters. By this stage we'd drunk a bottle of wine between two of us so the rest of the evening remains a little blurry! The food is absolutely delicious but very pricey for the portions you get, and it really grates to have to pay extra for cous cous. It'd be a really lovely place for a party as the atmosphere and decor are absolutely amazing but they really need to sort out the service.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I ate here before a concert with a big group of girls (ok ok, it was Boyzone) and was really impressed. Service was quick and friendly and the food was really tasty. I had a Moroccan Lamb Burger, the meat was melt in the mouth and toppings were delicious. I would be of the opinion that a burger is a burger and there's not much can be done to it but this place totally changed my mind. The chips were yummy too. A nice place for a group meal as there's something everyone will like. Not bad value either.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Monty's is a gem, I've taken about half a dozen people here and all of them have been seriously impressed. It's always full but never packed, even on a Saturday night you don't need a reservation. Their waiters are attentive but not pushy and really know about the food. The monk fish is divine and their naan breads are the best I've ever tasted. It's not cheap but given it's in Temple Bar and the quality you get here, it's pretty good value. A recent meal with 3 mains, 5 sides (we couldn't decide!!), naan bread, coffees and 2 bottles of wine came to €140.

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Emperor Palace
Parnell St, Clonmel, Tipperary

This is by far my favourite Chinese restaurant. I've never been disappointed by the food and the service is extremely friendly. Perhaps a little more expensive than most Chinese restaurants but you certainly get what you pay for. I'd recommend the steamed sea bass with ginger and the seafood combination.

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Befani's Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant
6 Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Tipperary

I have been here a couple of times with a big group of friends and both times we skipped the main courses and just ordered a variety of tapas. A really enjoyable meal as you're all sampling and swapping and comparing opinions on each dish. Throw in a couple of bottles of wine and you're guaranteed an excellent evening. I think this probably works out as better value as well. I'd recommend the smoked chicken - melt in your mouth delicious.

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

I visited here on a Sunday afternoon with a group of friends and we all spent the evening raving about it! We arrived smack in the middle of the break they take between 3 and 4 o'clock but a good excuse for a stroll along the seafront. The moules mariniere are absolutely delicious, and a huge portion for a starter. Avoid the calamari - very greasy and swamped with batter. I'd recommend the salmon as a main course. They are let down by the little details - the bread that came with the mussels wasn't homemade and neither were the chips which were slightly undercooked. Overall very enjoyable and would return in a flash.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Like many other reviewers, I had to wait for another half hour after the time I was told to come back for a table. A bit annoying as there's nowhere to sit and you're in everyone's way. The wings were delicious (kind of a given!) but my main course was disappointing. I had the calamari salad and could count the pieces of calamari in it - I got 9. A bit rich charging €14 for a handful of lettuce and half a squid. It was overcooked as well. The service (once we were seated) was great though. Bill came to €120 for 2 baskets of wings, 4 main courses and 2 bottles of wine.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was to meet my friend here on a Thursday evening but she was running late - even though the restaurant was packed they had no problem holding the table for me for half an hour. We shared the monkfish sushi to start and it was divine - loads of it too. My main course was average, I had the Cha Han, basically rice with veggies and some meat. Disappointing, as I could do the same thing in 10 minutes at home myself. The carafes of wine are good value, they work out much cheaper than bottles. If I went again, I'd give the main courses a miss and just order a few starters. Service was excellent and I'd definitely go back.

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Chandni Restaurant
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I wrote a rather unfavourable review of Chandni a few months ago but recently revisited it and have a completely changed opinion. The food here is mouthwatering, I live down the road and have tried pretty much every dish on the menu at this stage. Never been disappointed. Their Biryani is the best I've ever tasted outside India. The atmosphere here isn't great, I've never seen more than a half dozen tables occupied but the service is top notch. And they seem to have fired the snotty waiter who provoked my earlier bad review! Delicious.

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