Restaurant Reviews from 12knocksinna

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Cafe en Seine restaurant

39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 26th September 2011 ( visited 02nd September 2011 )

We ate in Cafe en Seine for lunch. The service was attentive and brought chilled water without being prompted. The sandwich and siup combination was tasty (potato and leek soup) and served reasonably quickly. We spent the short time waiting watching the flow of people in and out of the pub - always an interesting sport. Apart from the good food and service, Cafe en Seine is a nice place to visit because of its large floor area and many interesting nooks, all of which makes it easy to find a comfortable place to sit.
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Cafe en Seine restaurant

39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
114 reviews

Reviewed 26th September 2011 ( visited 02nd September 2011 )

We ate in Cafe en Seine for lunch. The service was attentive and brought chilled water without being prompted. The sandwich and siup combination was tasty (potato and leek soup) and served reasonably quickly. We spent the short time waiting watching the flow of people in and out of the pub - always an interesting sport. Apart from the good food and service, Cafe en Seine is a nice place to visit because of its large floor area and many interesting nooks, all of which makes it easy to find a comfortable place to sit.
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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

A cold Monday in November brought us to Seapoint Fish and Grill, tucked away in Monkstown village. Welcoming staff brought us to our table and produced water and excellent bread (very nice brown bread in particular) before leaving us to browse the daily specials on the wall menu. The selection of starters included scallops (excellent), mackerel smokies (excellent), calamari (very good), and mussels (acceptable). Mains were brill (deemed to be too highly flavoured by being pan fired), more scallops (again excellent), fish and chips (nice plaice), and cod, all accompanied by a very good “Mahi” sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. Some room remained so we then moved on to very good plum cobbler and a pavlova that only suffered a little because its berry coulis was a little tart. Overall, a very enjoyable dinner in a place that’s staffed by people who like what they are doing. A small note of discord was encountered in the gents toilet, which seemed like it needed some maintenance on the flushing mechanism. Details are important!

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Le Plancha
1A Monkstown Crescent, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

We've been meaning to visit Le Plancha for a while and finally made it on Saturday night. The food here is bistro-style, operating from a relatively simple menu with just a few dishes of the day (for example, white onion and thyme soup as a starter and Le Plancha scallops for mains). All of the food that we ate was tasty and good and we cleaned our plates, which is just about the best recommendation you can give a restaurant. Glasses of wine are available at EUR5 each and the wine list seems reasonable if you want a bottle. We couldn't fit dessert but a good selection of traditional style desserts (think apple and rhubarb crumble) are offered. All in all, a very nice meal at a local restaurant. We'll be back.

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

Bistro Martello is located in the basement of a small house on the Dun Laoghaire seafront. The dining room isn’t large but it was packed with people who were obviously enjoying themselves when we visited for dinner on Saturday night. Tables are fitted tight together, but not in such a way that you feel that others are too close. In any case, it’s the food that counts and everything that came out of the kitchen was good to eat. Starters included sautéed kidneys in a cream and mustard sauce that was very tasteful, especially when mopped up with the good bread that was provided. The other starters were done well without rising to any great heights. The nightly specials included game pie, just the job for a bitter night, and proved to be both filling and tasty. Other mains included a nice halibut. Desserts included a toothsome brownie and some excellent bread and butter pudding. We had a nice Chilean cabernet. Coffees round out the evening and the bill for four was EUR152. All in all, good value for good food in a place that deserves support. On a fashion note, some might not care for the way that the young and cheerful male waiters who display their choice of underwear to all and sundry by wearing their trousers at half-mast. Knowing that one waiter prefers patterned undershorts while others prefer plain could detract from the food. Although I’m sure it is comfortable, it’s a tad unprofessional but evident of the friendly nature of the place, similar to the way that they leave blankets on the chairs outside for smokers to use when they take their nicotine breaks.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

You know what you’re going to eat when you go into Marco Pierre White’s restaurant on Dawson Street. Steak is front, right, and center of the menu. Halibut is also available for those who can’t make their minds up whether to eat Rib-Eye, Sirloin, or Fillet (with or without the normal sauces) but vegetarians are pretty well out of luck. We turned up at 6:50pm on a Monday evening without a reservation. Some negotiation resulted in the offer of a table until 8:15pm, which seemed enough to have at least one course. Orders were swiftly issued (two rib-eyes and a fillet with a bottle of Fleurie with sides of a green salad and some mushrooms) and we settled into a short wait before the food appeared. All expressed themselves happy with their steaks. One was medium, one medium-rare, and one rare and all were delivered as required. No one had a problem with the taste either and we all enjoyed the meal. You don’t get many chunky fries but they’re good – we ordered some thin frites as a side and they weren’t as enjoyable. The mushrooms were excellent. As we were under time pressure we ordered two coffees and left the dessert menu alone. The total bill for three steaks, three additional sides, a bottle of wine, two coffees, and 10% service came to EUR161. This sounds a lot, but I have eaten worse steaks for bigger prices elsewhere in Dublin. In short, if you like steaks then this is a place that’s worth investigating. You might even enjoy yourselves in the same way that we did!

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The Rustic Stone restaurant was crowded, noisy, and warm when we visited in a group of ten in early December. Things didn’t start well as a scheduled 8:30pm sitting proved impossible to meet due to heavy Dublin traffic. We phoned the restaurant, who were happy to accommodate us by moving our table to a 9pm slot. This suited the restaurant as they were struggling to cope with the heavy demand that’s typical of Dublin city-centre restaurants in the run-up to Christmas when office parties come out to play. We arrived at 8:45pm and were asked to wait at the downstairs bar. Unfortunately, anyone looking for a quiet drink would be under-impressed at the cramped and noisy place opposite a busy kitchen where the bar has been fitted into. Still, the vodka martini (stirred, not shaken) was good and time was occupied watching the to’ing and fro’ing in the restaurant where people were obviously enjoying themselves. Our 9pm slot came and went as the group who were occupying the table where we were supposed to eat indulged themselves in another round of drinks. This was a group that had arrived late and was told that they had to move by 8:30pm. Alas, the demon drink took hold of their senses and they lingered and lingered… until eventually the management persuaded them that greater enjoyment was available elsewhere to allow us to sit at 9:45pm. Dealing with people who simply won’t listen is terribly difficult in any vocation. Restaurant management must really enjoy office parties after a lot of red wine. In any case, once we sat down and ordered some food things started to improve. Some starters (“bites”) arrived – bread and hummus was excellent as was the salmon tempura. The chili peppers were a little disappointing but the chicken wings were rated as “the best I’ve ever tasted”. Noise and packed conditions make this restaurant less attractive than its food warranted. Your decision whether to tolerate the shortcomings to be able to have a nice steak is your call!

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Bistro One
3 Brighton Road, Foxrock Village, South Dublin, Foxrock, Dublin

We visited Bistro One on a Tuesday evening. Given the economic circumstances, you'd expect that the restaurant would be quiet but it was busy, clearly a tribute to its longstanding reputation for providing good food at a reasonable price. Previous visits to Bistro One had required plenty of headturning to read the evening's specials chalked on boards dotted around the room. On this occcasion we were given the option of eating from a set menu or a la carte. The set menu contained plenty of choice so all four chose from it. Starters were two rounds of monkfish goujons with marie rose sauce and one each of duck livers and shredded smoked mackerel. All proved successful, as was the bottle of Sancerre that we drank with the starters. Mains were two fish pies and one order each for the liver/bacon/black pudding combination (on mash) and one for cod. I love liver when it's well cooked and Bistro One delivered. All of the other dishes were good and the sole jarring note was hit with the selection of vegetables served to the table. Cabbage, boiled potatoes, and chips seemed like an unusual selection. Two desserts and one cheese plate completed the meal. The almond tart and custard was very nice indeed. The staff was polite enough to leave us chatting undisturbed until we were ready to go, a habit that other restaurants could learn. All in all, a very nice meal. Bistro One is recommended, even on a Tuesday evening in October!

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

We ate in Cafe en Seine for lunch. The service was attentive and brought chilled water without being prompted. The sandwich and siup combination was tasty (potato and leek soup) and served reasonably quickly. We spent the short time waiting watching the flow of people in and out of the pub - always an interesting sport. Apart from the good food and service, Cafe en Seine is a nice place to visit because of its large floor area and many interesting nooks, all of which makes it easy to find a comfortable place to sit.

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Pantry Restaurant and Country Shop
O'Curry Street, Kilkee, Kilkee, Clare

We turned into the Pantry because we had heard that it was coeliac-friendly and indeed, we were not disappointed because we found a wide range of gluten-free open sandwiches and other foods that were great to eat. If only other Irish coffee shops could be so accommodating! Coffees were OK. The black coffee was as you'd expect but the cappuccino was just warm and milky and needed more espresso. However, we still enjoyed our drinks. The staff in the Pantry are excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and we observed that this attitude was carried through to serve everyone in the restaurant. The Pantry also has a bakery to the side where you can buy the full range of delicious cakes offered in the restaurant, including the gluten-free bread.

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Strand Restaurant and Guesthouse
Strand Line, Kilkee, Clare

The location of the Strand restaurant can't be questioned because it is runs alongside the beach around Moore Bay in Kilkee. Inside, there are two dining rooms - the main one that's also used for breakfast for those who stay in the guest house - and another across the way with a bar. Both face out onto the beach and the only problem is that the setting sun can sometimes make it hard to see. However, given the view, it's hard to quibble with this problem. The food is straightforward and satisfying. The menu includes Irish favourites such as burger and chips as well as a set of nightly specials, which tend to be centered around fish landed locally. Scallops are very good as are dishes based on hake and sea bass. Plenty of vegetables are provided. The wine list is reasonably priced and varied, even if it includes some curious bottles that I had never seen elsewhere. Clearly the supplier to the restaurant has some interesting contacts! All in all, the Strand is a great place to spend an evening, especially if you can get a table overlooking the bay. And afterwards, if you still have some room, you can adjourn into the bar and listen to the live music that often plays there.

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Mitchell's Restaurant
Market Street, Clifden, Galway

Walk-in diners are always difficult for restaurants to manage, but you'd expect that a well-recommended restuarant would be able to cater for two walk-ins on a rainy Sunday evening. Mitchells gave us a table and fed us, but we regretted our choice of restaurant. The food is reasonable. We ate the EUR24.95 set 3-course menu. My chowder was more than acceptable and the salmon and crab fishcake served to my wife was also good. She had hake for mains, also acceptable. My chicken cordon bleu, chosen on a whim, was bland and forgettable. The desserts were straightforward. After all, what can go wrong with vanilla ice cream with a touch of butterscotch sauce? The problems that we encountered are entirely under the control of the restaurant. First, the table we were offered was the worst that I have ever experienced in a restaurant. A two-cover table in the middle of two other two-cover tables is never good news. The fact that the gap between each table was very small compounded the difficulty, unless you like listening to the conversations of the couples on either side. We took the table because we got a strong hint that it was the last on offer. As it turned out, this wasn't true and one six-cover table remained unfilled for all the time we were there. The next issue is the service. I could say that the food was thrown at us, but that would be an exaggeration. Service is delivered by a team that delivered a lack of "Irish" welcome in an Irish tourist destination. We felt that the servers must have been on a time and motion exercise designed to get guests through the meal as quickly as possible. Not good. So much so that I left the smallest possible tip that I felt I could. The last point is the way that tables are cleaned after guests leave. It would have been nice to see that more than a casual wipe of a cloth (clean or not) was used to prepare a table for the next set of guests. Not good all round...

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Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant
Ballyconneely Road, Clifden, Clifden, Galway

We ate the fixed menu last night. It's priced at EUR35 (service not included), which could be deemed to be at the expensive end of the scale. Overall, the meal was competent without rising to any great heights. Parma and Melon with Parmesan salad and chowder starters were good, even if the duo of melons served were a tad hard. My fish (hake) and home-cut chips was pleasant while my wife's Connemara lamb shank (with mash) was certainly tender and falling off the bone with just a little fat. The raspberry roulade was excellent as was the decaffeinated black coffee. Home-made petit fours accompanied the coffee. The red house wine is a Coteaux de Ventoux. It is pretty good and is worth the EUR22 that's asked for a bottle.

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