Restaurant Reviews from dubhaigan

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Last Visit: 12 March 2018

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The Alamo Restaurant@ The Riverside Park Hotel

The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Wexford

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Reviewed 12th March 2018 ( visited 11th March 2018 )

It was… OK. A warm, cozy atmosphere set inside a gorgeous hotel. The staff were friendly and professional. The menu was widely varied and had something for everyone on it. But the execution left me unimpressed. When I see a classic dish like seafood Mornay on the menu I immediately go for it and my son had the same. It was packed with a generous portion of excellent, fresh fish but the Mornay sauce, while tasty, was very thin and not the rich, cheesy sauce I’d known from other chefs. The end result was basically a golden-crusted bowl of very good seafood chowder that I would not have described as a Mornay if it was put in front of me without ordering it. To make matters worse, it was offered with a choice of potato and even having ordered the au gratin at quarter to six in the afternoon, by the time our entrées arrived they were sold out and instead I was given a bowl of greasy, half cooked and completely inedible chips. Our server was very attentive and quite nice but while taking our dessert orders I asked her what the dish was I’d seen coming out of the kitchen that looked like profiteroles in a parfait glass. What she brought back was the brownie sundae from the children’s menu and I am always suspect of a wait staff that does not know their menu backward and forward. Growing up in the F&B industry, I can tell you it’s not the server’s fault, it’s management that has not provided the proper training to insist wait staff be fully versed in their product. In summary, if we were actually staying at the hotel and had dinner I’d probably have been happier with the experience but we specifically went for a family dinner and frankly, I wouldn’t go back again unless I had to. And I’d probably order the salmon en croute instead.
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The Alamo Restaurant@ The Riverside Park Hotel

The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
19 reviews

Reviewed 12th March 2018 ( visited 11th March 2018 )

It was… OK. A warm, cozy atmosphere set inside a gorgeous hotel. The staff were friendly and professional. The menu was widely varied and had something for everyone on it. But the execution left me unimpressed. When I see a classic dish like seafood Mornay on the menu I immediately go for it and my son had the same. It was packed with a generous portion of excellent, fresh fish but the Mornay sauce, while tasty, was very thin and not the rich, cheesy sauce I’d known from other chefs. The end result was basically a golden-crusted bowl of very good seafood chowder that I would not have described as a Mornay if it was put in front of me without ordering it. To make matters worse, it was offered with a choice of potato and even having ordered the au gratin at quarter to six in the afternoon, by the time our entrées arrived they were sold out and instead I was given a bowl of greasy, half cooked and completely inedible chips. Our server was very attentive and quite nice but while taking our dessert orders I asked her what the dish was I’d seen coming out of the kitchen that looked like profiteroles in a parfait glass. What she brought back was the brownie sundae from the children’s menu and I am always suspect of a wait staff that does not know their menu backward and forward. Growing up in the F&B industry, I can tell you it’s not the server’s fault, it’s management that has not provided the proper training to insist wait staff be fully versed in their product. In summary, if we were actually staying at the hotel and had dinner I’d probably have been happier with the experience but we specifically went for a family dinner and frankly, I wouldn’t go back again unless I had to. And I’d probably order the salmon en croute instead.
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Riverbank House Hotel
The Bridge, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

It was… OK. A warm, cozy atmosphere set inside a gorgeous hotel. The staff were friendly and professional. The menu was widely varied and had something for everyone on it. But the execution left me unimpressed. When I see a classic dish like seafood Mornay on the menu I immediately go for it and my son had the same. It was packed with a generous portion of excellent, fresh fish but the Mornay sauce, while tasty, was very thin and not the rich, cheesy sauce I’d known from other chefs. The end result was basically a golden-crusted bowl of very good seafood chowder that I would not have described as a Mornay if it was put in front of me without ordering it. To make matters worse, it was offered with a choice of potato and even having ordered the au gratin at quarter to six in the afternoon, by the time our entrées arrived they were sold out and instead I was given a bowl of greasy, half cooked and completely inedible chips. Our server was very attentive and quite nice but while taking our dessert orders I asked her what the dish was I’d seen coming out of the kitchen that looked like profiteroles in a parfait glass. What she brought back was the brownie sundae from the children’s menu and I am always suspect of a wait staff that does not know their menu backward and forward. Growing up in the F&B industry, I can tell you it’s not the server’s fault, it’s management that has not provided the proper training to insist wait staff be fully versed in their product. In summary, if we were actually staying at the hotel and had dinner I’d probably have been happier with the experience but we specifically went for a family dinner and frankly, I wouldn’t go back again unless I had to. And I’d probably order the salmon en croute instead.

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The Alamo Restaurant@ The Riverside Park Hotel
The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Wexford

It was… OK. A warm, cozy atmosphere set inside a gorgeous hotel. The staff were friendly and professional. The menu was widely varied and had something for everyone on it. But the execution left me unimpressed. When I see a classic dish like seafood Mornay on the menu I immediately go for it and my son had the same. It was packed with a generous portion of excellent, fresh fish but the Mornay sauce, while tasty, was very thin and not the rich, cheesy sauce I’d known from other chefs. The end result was basically a golden-crusted bowl of very good seafood chowder that I would not have described as a Mornay if it was put in front of me without ordering it. To make matters worse, it was offered with a choice of potato and even having ordered the au gratin at quarter to six in the afternoon, by the time our entrées arrived they were sold out and instead I was given a bowl of greasy, half cooked and completely inedible chips. Our server was very attentive and quite nice but while taking our dessert orders I asked her what the dish was I’d seen coming out of the kitchen that looked like profiteroles in a parfait glass. What she brought back was the brownie sundae from the children’s menu and I am always suspect of a wait staff that does not know their menu backward and forward. Growing up in the F&B industry, I can tell you it’s not the server’s fault, it’s management that has not provided the proper training to insist wait staff be fully versed in their product. In summary, if we were actually staying at the hotel and had dinner I’d probably have been happier with the experience but we specifically went for a family dinner and frankly, I wouldn’t go back again unless I had to. And I’d probably order the salmon en croute instead.

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La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Working in Ballsbridge, I'd walked past La Peniche every day for months thinking what a great experience this would be for my wife and I when we can find a babysitter for a very rare adult evening to ourselves. I booked my reservation two weeks in advance and the day before our twelfth wedding anniversary I've just received an email stating they're cancelling my reservation due to a mechanical problem. Now I get to find and book a reservation somewhere else for a Friday night with less than 24 hours to do so. If this is how they treat a potential customer then I can only imagine the poor quality of service we'd have received had we actually dined there. Maybe they did us a favour cancelling our booking for us. Point being, they'll never see my custom cross their bow. Thanks for nothing, La Peniche.

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