Restaurant Reviews from AMMCD
Kilkieran Cottage restaurant
Castletown, Carrick-on-Suir, Carrick On Suir, Tipperary
Reviewed 09th September 2014 ( visited 06th September 2014 )This was my second time to eat in Kilkieran Cottage. I had said in my first review that I would go back again. This little gem in south Kilkenny is not to be missed if you are anywhere in the Waterford/South Tipperary area. The area has High Crosses also, so a double reason to visit. We were greeted by the owner, Ade, and a delightful waitress from the local area. I was sorry I did not ask her name, as her care and attention was commendable. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she was very knowledgeable of the menu and what was available on the day. Our starter of scallops was delightful and they were just perfectly cooked. No rush at all here and we had plenty of time until our second course, unlike some establishments, who throw out course after course without a break. Pace is leisurely and professional in Kilkieran Cottage. Mains of Pan Roasted Barbary Duck Breast, Sesame Roast Sweet Potato, Fruity Orange & Star Anise Jus for myself and Fillet of Beef, White Onion Puree, Saute Girolles, Red Wine Reduction for my friend were sensational. Super selection of vegetable and Dauphanoise potatoes for sides and we were happily stuffed. A Sauvignon Blanc and a beer made the evening. I was hard pressed to fit in a dessert, but felt that I couldn't leave that end of the menu unexplored, so I went for an ice cream selection. I would happily recommend Kilkieran Cottage to anyone who is a lover of good food, cooked to perfection. This, coupled with excellent service from friendly staff is what makes this restaurant shine over many other more expensive places we have visited. I would return again and again and have no hesitation in sending friends and family here. Thanks guys. You made our weekend very special.
Brasserie 7 restaurant
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 21st July 2015 ( visited 05th June 2015 )I have been to this restaurant on many occasions, and most of them were very pleasant, but this last occasion was the last occasion. The visit had no redeeming factors. We went on a voucher, which would have been good value had the menu lived up to the description, which sadly, it did not. Despite asking for the chicken wings with sauce on the side, they came smothered in sauce, which was alarmingly spicy and very uncomfortable. This was pointed out to the waiter, who brought a jug of iced water and apologised for the error. Daube of beef was totally disgusting. Smothered in a thick gloopy sauce, it was stringy and fatty. The mash underneath was watery and greasy. Totally inedible. Most of the mains remained on the plates, which was commented on by the waiter. When we complained that the food was practically inedible, he offered us a dessert, which we refused, then proceeded to offer us a glass of wine "on the house". We declined this too as we couldn't wait to exit the place. Staff here appear to be stressed, even though the place was very empty. The manager appears to be constantly scrutinising staff, but doing no work at all himself. There was a very strange atmosphere. Not a place for relaxation. Too many errors here to make the visit enjoyable and the food was definitely not worth serving up. I won't return there and will not recommend it to anyone.
The Little Kitchen
129 Leeson Street Upper, City Centre South, Dublin
I can't speak highly enough of this place, it's perfect. The food is really amazing, the staff are so friendly and welcoming and there's a great atmosphere, as it's always busy with happy people who are really enjoying their food. The BYOB policy is fantastic, but the restaurant is great value anyway. This could easily be one the best restaurant in Dublin. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the food and the portions are great. If you're going with a friend, share a starter, like seafood chowder, and have a dessert. You're not rushed, so enjoy both the food and drink.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Arrived for an early meal on Tuesday evening. Nice laid back atmosphere and friendly service. Starter and main came at just the right speed. As a starter, I had duck salad, which was delicious. Plenty of duck and gorgeous dressing. My friend had broccoli and baby spinach soup, with brown bread, which he said was superb. For our mains, we both had salmon. As I don't like crushed potato, I had home cut fries, which were yummy, as they were cooked with jackets on, which I love. My friend said that his crushed potato was to die for. Veg was mange tout and roasted tomato. Portions are a good size, so we had to take a break for a while before deciding on a dessert. I had chocolate fudge cake and my friend had an apple crumble with a coffee.. I was totally stuffed. We also had a bottle of wine. We both agreed this was the best meal we had in a while. Great value for €60 on a Menupages voucher. I would definitely return.
The Upper Deck
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin
Loved the restaurant. We came here on a Livingsocial voucher. The restaurant called us and let us know that we should arrive 15 minutes later than our booked time, as they were running over, as it was Mother's Day. This is perfect customer service, as far as I'm concerned. Food was super. Lamb shank and steak was cooked to perfection. Service was also super. If I have one criticism, it would have to be the chips (Fries). I would think that this restaurant would benefit hugely by providing freshly cooked fries or home cooked chips rather than the frozen variety. You can get those anywhere, but the freshly cooked variety are rare. That is what separates good restaurants from the run of the mill. The menu is pretty standard, so to uplift it from the usual, something original would be great. Go for it, Guys. You have everything else nailed.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
This was probably one of my least impressive lunches in a long time. I have had lunch in Brasserie 66 previously and it was lovely, but this time round, it was anything but. I was with a friend who would die a thousand deaths if I had complained, so I didn't, but I was unhappy with my food and I don't think that she was overly impressed either, as she left most of it. I got confit of duck for starter and hake for mains. Confit was greasy and mushy and totally not like any confit of duck I have ever had. Hake, (with baby potatoes and mushrooms), was swimming in sauce. There was so much of it that the food was barely visible. It was way way too much sauce, so most of it was left in the bowl. We were mostly left to our own devices and I had to go to the counter to both ask for the bill and pay. I had a Menupages voucher, so it was just 2 drinks to pay for and at €12.20 for a small glass of beer and a glass of wine, I felt ripped off and hungry. Generally, I love Brasserie 66 but today was a let down. Hopefully its just a minor hiccup.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Great staff and lively atmosphere. Went on a Menupages lunch voucher for €20. Amazing value for what was a truly lovely lunch. Caesar Salad was ok. Could have had less lettuce and a little more bacon but still was lovely. Wings were super. Mains consisted of Confit of Duck and Hake, both of which were cooked to perfection. 2 pints of Franziskaner and we were very happy. I would definitely come back to Brasserie 66.
304 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin
I went here with a friend on a Groupon Voucher - Two course meal for 2 people. We had a booking for 7pm on Sunday evening. On arrival, there were about 12 patrons and it stayed pretty much the same until we left. I was surprised at this. A sunny day in Dublin usually means that eateries are pretty full. We were presented with a menu by the waitress, who spotted our voucher and proceeded to let us know that we could have 2 starters and 2 mains, or 2 mains and 2 desserts, but not 1 starter, 2 mains and a dessert. As we have used vouchers in numerous establishments, this was something new for us, as we would always previously have ordered a combination. I tend to really like desserts and my companion likes starters. She was quite adamant that this was the policy there, so we asked for the manager. He arrived and very rudely emphasised that this was the policy and there was no deviation from it. We asked why it was not specified on the voucher and he said that future vouchers would be amended to state this. We asked where it was specified on the particular voucher that we had, and he said that he would read the copy that he had upstairs. We asked him to look at ours and indicate where it was stated. At this point, he was very exaspirated and said that this one time, he would let it go, but it wouldn't happen again. To say that he lacked customer service skills would be an understatement. He was downright rude. We proceeded to order our meal and a drink. Despite having an extensive craft beer menu, several of the craft beers that I requested were unavailable because of the huge weekend rush. Sunday - the place is mostly empty - weekend rush??? I eventually asked what they had and settled for an O'Hara's Red and my companion had a glass of white wine - overpriced for the size of it. These arrived, along with a chicken wing starter, with ill grace. The wings were definitely reheated and were congealed with some sort of spicy sauce which rendered them almost inedible. The were removed mostly untouched. Both steaks then arrived, one well done and one rare. This was an experience. Today is Wednesday and my companion is still suffering with an aching finger from pressing on the knife while trying to cut hers - which was the well done steak. It was like leather. Mine wasn't quite as hard, but was utterly tasteless and looked sad sitting beside a lot of lettuce which was smothered in Balsamic dressing. Onions and mushrooms were greasy and inedible. Chips were already dosed in salt on arrival, so being someone who detests salt on food, these were left uneaten. Why would a chef assume that the customer wanted salt on food after cooking? The creamed potato was suspiciously like an instant variety. The saving grace was the dessert. You can't really go far wrong with ice cream, and there was plenty of it. We won't be back to Copán and if you are going with a voucher, don't be fobbed off with the story that was spun at us :)
The Vintage Kitchen
7 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The good value and quality of food in this little restaurant never ceases to amaze me. From the moment of arrival, you are made to feel so welcome and nothing is too much trouble. No problem to vary a menu or to make a change after ordering. Staff could not be more accommodating. I really don't know how they serve such fantastic food for such great prices. Everything is so fresh and tasty, its amazing. Portions sizes are great. I struggle but none of my companions were complaining. They even managed to finish mine. Desserts were also super, as is the BYOB policy. I would go back more often if it was easier to get a table, but well in advance seems to work fine, especially for the weekend. I definitely love the place and recommend it to anyone I hear looking for good value, good food and great atmosphere. Keep up the good work, Sean and Andy.
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I have been to this restaurant on many occasions, and most of them were very pleasant, but this last occasion was the last occasion. The visit had no redeeming factors. We went on a voucher, which would have been good value had the menu lived up to the description, which sadly, it did not. Despite asking for the chicken wings with sauce on the side, they came smothered in sauce, which was alarmingly spicy and very uncomfortable. This was pointed out to the waiter, who brought a jug of iced water and apologised for the error. Daube of beef was totally disgusting. Smothered in a thick gloopy sauce, it was stringy and fatty. The mash underneath was watery and greasy. Totally inedible. Most of the mains remained on the plates, which was commented on by the waiter. When we complained that the food was practically inedible, he offered us a dessert, which we refused, then proceeded to offer us a glass of wine "on the house". We declined this too as we couldn't wait to exit the place. Staff here appear to be stressed, even though the place was very empty. The manager appears to be constantly scrutinising staff, but doing no work at all himself. There was a very strange atmosphere. Not a place for relaxation. Too many errors here to make the visit enjoyable and the food was definitely not worth serving up. I won't return there and will not recommend it to anyone.
12 Ellis Quay, Ellis House, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin
Food and service in this establishment is beyond reproach. However, don't go there hungry as you will leave in the same way. Portion sizes are very small, making one regret skipping a starter. I cannot understand a restaurant skimping on things like fries, vegetables and a bit of salad, even if its only to fill out a plate. I won't be rushing back, as it is definitely not good value for money, when the cost of a small steak is €23 and a very small battered fish and chips costs €15.
Kellys Bar and Restaurant
26 Henry st, Kilrush, Kilrush, Clare
We visited Kelly's of Kilrush on two previous occasions, last being in July 2012. We were always very pleased with both the food and service here in the past, but this time, it was very disappointing. We ordered Seafood Chowder, Soup, Tea, bread and butter. Waitress brought us a very small pot of tea with a single teabag in it. She also asked if we wanted the brown bread ahead of the soup, so we were happy to go with that. Within less than a minute, she arrived with the soup, which had more brown bread on the side and a white bread roll. She hadn't informed us initially that it came with brown bread, so we were now left with a mound of bread. Chowder was extremely disappointing as it was so thick, it was gloopy. My partners soup was equally thick and could hardly be moved about in the bowl. Potatoes in the chowder were hard. The waitress took away the teapot for a top up when she noticed that we had used up what was in it, but the top up was just that...more water in on top of the single tea bag. I couldn't help but notice that the regular clients who had reserved tables got large teapots per couple. Also very noticeable was the waiting while the waiting staff chatted with the regulars. When we finished and went to pay the bill, we were charged €3.10 for two teas. Great mark up when you consider that the lady used a single tea bag. She also charged us for the bread which she brought out ahead of the soup, even though she could have informed us that it came as part and parcel of the starter course. I know its only a small thing, but it is the little things that make for good customer service, and its a disappointment when you expect good service and have recommended the place to all and sundry in the past. Won't be rushing back any time soon.
Castletown, Carrick-on-Suir, Carrick On Suir, Tipperary
This was my second time to eat in Kilkieran Cottage. I had said in my first review that I would go back again. This little gem in south Kilkenny is not to be missed if you are anywhere in the Waterford/South Tipperary area. The area has High Crosses also, so a double reason to visit. We were greeted by the owner, Ade, and a delightful waitress from the local area. I was sorry I did not ask her name, as her care and attention was commendable. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she was very knowledgeable of the menu and what was available on the day. Our starter of scallops was delightful and they were just perfectly cooked. No rush at all here and we had plenty of time until our second course, unlike some establishments, who throw out course after course without a break. Pace is leisurely and professional in Kilkieran Cottage. Mains of Pan Roasted Barbary Duck Breast, Sesame Roast Sweet Potato, Fruity Orange & Star Anise Jus for myself and Fillet of Beef, White Onion Puree, Saute Girolles, Red Wine Reduction for my friend were sensational. Super selection of vegetable and Dauphanoise potatoes for sides and we were happily stuffed. A Sauvignon Blanc and a beer made the evening. I was hard pressed to fit in a dessert, but felt that I couldn't leave that end of the menu unexplored, so I went for an ice cream selection. I would happily recommend Kilkieran Cottage to anyone who is a lover of good food, cooked to perfection. This, coupled with excellent service from friendly staff is what makes this restaurant shine over many other more expensive places we have visited. I would return again and again and have no hesitation in sending friends and family here. Thanks guys. You made our weekend very special.
Castletown, Carrick-on-Suir, Carrick On Suir, Tipperary
I was dying to visit this restaurant, having read the Facebook page. However, I wasn't very impressed with it during my first visit. I was surprised that there is absolutely no atmosphere whatsoever in the place. It was dead. The waitress wasn't at all friendly and appeared not to be in the least interested in being there. She knew little about the menu, when queried, and didn't offer to consult with the chef, until she was asked to do so. We had the early bird menu, which appeared to be good value and runs till 7pm. Starters consisted of a very meagre, meatless Caesar Salad and some overcooked hard duck spring rolls. I had to pick these up to eat, as the knife was just splintering them to bits. They were almost meatless also. Mains for us both consisted of steak and fish. The steak was well cooked and a good size. The fish, although really lovely, was miniscule. I was definitely not at all impressed with the portion. Vegetables were just normal fare - brocolli and carrot medley. I would have expected something a bit less traditional for this style of restaurant. Potato was creamed and some chips, which were ok. Dessert consisted of ice cream and a portion of cheesecake, which again, was very mediocre. I would return again, to give them the benefit of a second opinion, and would hope that the menu would be improved, both in terms of variety, portion size and being cooked to perfection. I'm not sure what could be done about the waiting staff. Its not a big restaurant, but there were too many of them tripping over each other, appearing not to know what they were doing. I feel that a couple of well experienced, more mature waiting staff, would work wonders for this establishment.
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I visited on a deal. Brasserie 7 is a restaurant that I visit again and again. Food here is gorgeous. The menu is varied and I never have a problem selecting something that I like, which is invariably cooked to perfection. The staff in Brasserie 7 are such a pleasure to deal with. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Vanda, the manager there is a lovely lady and it is obvious from the excellent team work, that the rest of the staff get along really well with each other. Long may they continue to do deals such as this. They are brilliant. Thanks.
Botanic House Bar and Grill
22-26 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin
I have now been to this restaurant twice, and I have enjoyed both occasions very much. Food is excellent and plenty of it. We were always seated where we wished without any problem at all. Service here is delightful and although it was busy on both occasions, we were given plenty of attention and never had to wait for either food or a top up drink. I would certainly recommend it for good value, great food and top notch service. Well done, Botanic House.
Unit 1 Manor Village, Cork Road, Waterford City, Waterford
This restaurant is surely the essence of what oriental dining should be like. Staff, food and surroundings are truly excellent. From the moment you enter, the staff treat you as if you are the only person there. There is an abundance of waitresses/waiters and you are never waiting for anything. Menu has a huge amount of options and they are only too happy to cater to individual tastes. Portions are very satisfying and we actually had to ask to take food home, as it was so plentiful. Early bird menu is delightful and superb value @ approx 18 euro. There is no rush to get you out the door, as is often the case with early bird menus. There is ample space and you never feel like the place is crowded. We have dined here on a few occasions when passing through Waterford, and they always remember us and welcome us back. It has always been a pleasure to dine here and to recommend it to anyone travelling in the south east of Ireland.
Shangri-la Malaysian Chinese Restaurant
16 Stoneybatter, North Dublin, Stoneybatter, Dublin
We visited here on 4th July. We ordered spring rolls and salt n chilli ribs as starters. Both dishes were mediocre, with a single small doughy spring roll with one small piece of duck inside and the ribs were dried out and hard. Main courses ordered were roast duck with ginger and scallion and beef chew mein. It was a well cut down portion of each, with the duck being rubbery and stringy and the beef was smothered in some sort of creamy coloured sauce and although the beef was tender, it looked really offputting because of the amount of sauce and its colour and texture. Most of it was left on the plate. Dessert consisted of a single scoop of ice cream in a water glass. Disgraceful presentation of any dessert really. I was in shock at the overall meal. Staff couldn't care less about customers and there is a continuous stream of take away clients which seems to keep the place ticking over. Suffice to say that we won't be back. The voucher says that it was nominated as Ireland's best Malaysian restaurant. If a Shangri La was nominated, it certainly wasn't the one in Stonybatter!!!
Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse
1 Upper Camden Street, City Centre South, Dublin
On entering the restaurant, we were greeted with Gangster posters on the walls and ceili music - I kid you not - loud ceili music. My partner and I thought that it was a joke. However, we persevered and were guided to a table. Extremely rickety table which the waitress proceed to fix with ill grace. We were given a menu for Citydeal customers. The restaurant had heavily advertised T Bone steak but this was crossed off the menu. My partner ordered well done fillet and I ordered blue Rib Eye. Sides of baked potato, hand cut fries, side salad, onions and pepper sauce were also ordered. When the food arrived, it was an experience. My baked potato was all chopped up baby style on my plate. My steak was like a rasher and cremated. My partners sides were all thrown on top of her steak, which was difficult to find. It could have been eaten in 3 bites. The solution to complaints in this establishment is to ply the customer with alcohol. Our food was taken away and while we waited for it to be redone, we were plied with prosecco. When it came back, there was no improvement. It was a disgrace. It was like a bad comedy and we will never go back. We have advised friends to look for money back from Citydeal.
Touzai Restaurant @ Crowne Plaza Northwood
Santry Demesne, Northwood Park, Dublin 9 , Santry, Dublin
I visited Touzai with a friend for the second time this year and my mind has not changed. I was disappointed first time and equally disappointed this time round also. The restaurant itself is lovely. There are nice private tables for romantic dinners and music is subdued, so its very easy to talk. The service was poor on both occasions that I visited, with waiters getting simple things like how well done steak should be to incorrect sides. My meal was almost finished before the correct fries arrived, and I had specified by pointing at the menu when ordering hand cut chips, just in case the waiter hadn't understood. My lamb was done to perfection but smothered in sauce, and my colleagues steak was also covered in sauce, although it was also accompanied by another totally different sauce. Starters and desserts were delicious and really well served. The restaurant was not at all busy, so there was no reason for staff to get things wrong but I would come back again, as its a good location and the hotel itself is gorgeous.
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
The only saving grace about our visit to this restaurant was that it was done on a City Deal. We would definitely not be going back again though, even with a voucher. The restaurant was grubby and I dislike having to swipe flies away while trying to eat. The service was atrocious, although there were 3 waiters and there were only 3 tables occupied. They managed to get our order totally wrong and made no apology for it. The steak was quite good and the baby potatoes ok, but the chips were frozen variety and definitely not nice at all. We were given a very small amount of wine taking up about one third of a glass. I would have been quite peeved if I had been paying full price for this. Toilets were a disgrace. Really bad. And that was at 7pm on a Friday evening. I can only begin to imagine what they would be like if the restaurant had been full. A place not to be returned to.
Woodlands Restaurant @ The Glenview Hotel
Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Wicklow
My partner and I went here for St Valentines and availed of the special St Valentines Menu. The atmosphere in the restaurant was poor, as there were only 4 other couples there. The food was impeccably prepared and so so tasty. Service was tremendous. They went to great pains when there was nothing on the starter menu that I liked and they made up a really nice prawn starter for me. The main course of steak was superb as was the dessert. Included in the meal was a glass of rose sparkling wine. The crunch came with the cost as it was expensive for what it was, in light of the fact that its a recession and there is a lot of good value out there at the moment.
The Strand Hotel
Main Street, Ballylilffin, Donegal
Food in this establishment is top notch with a huge variety in the Sunday Carvery. You can eat as much as you like of anything. Everything was so fresh and definitely the best value for money we have had this year. On the downside, service was poor with plates being left on our table and we had to pile things on top of each other while we were waiting for them to be cleared. Atmosphere wasn't great either, as children weren't very well supervised by parents and they were running about between tables, so it was noisy and difficult to relax in. I would visit again though as it was terrific value for really tasty food.
The Border Grill Restaurant @ Break for the Border
2 Johnsons Place, Lower Stephen Street, City Centre South, Dublin
My partner and I visited Break for the Border as LivingSocial deal customers. I love the way its all done out in little areas which are very romantic. And it was very romantic - until they decided to move all the furniture about - right in the middle of our meal - and right beside us. It was a nightmare. Seems they had a group coming in and wanted them all seated together. They could have done this in another area as they moved all the seating up from there. The food was delicious. It was plentiful and cooked to perfection. Served with some very nice wine and by a very good waitress, it really hit the spot. We would go back again for sure.
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here on a deal voucher and that was the only saving grace. The service was bordering on pathetic. We were left waiting for ages despite the fact that there were only 2 other people there. A cocktail was so watered down that it was tasteless. The starter was miniscule. A tiny bowl of soup and some breadsticks. Mains consisted of chicken, couple of leaves of lettuce, a wilted tomato and some matchstick chips. These came in a cone shaped container and the entire meal wouldn't fill a 2 year old. Definitely cut down because we were here on a deal voucher. Not the way to do business if you want a return client.
Mains Court, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin
This restaurant was one of my worst ever food experiences. We had a Combination starter which was just so tasteless and boring that we thought that anything else would be an improvement. We were very wrong as the main course was even worse. It was just a glutinous mess with overcooked vegetables, hard cashew nuts and tough meat. Totally inedible. The accompanying rice was a hard sticky mess. We complained to the waitress who gave us a vacant apology but we were charged full price. We left without leaving a tip and we definitely will never revisit.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin
Very cold, very noisy, very tasty and very pricy for what it is. Wouldn't go back again.
Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar
17 Main Street, Swords, Dublin
This is a noisy restaurant with nothing remotely romantic about it. Definitely not intended for a quiet evening for 2. We were seated beside another couple who were elbow to elbow to us. Food here was delicious and steak truly excellent. We were very unimpressed with white wine being served in red wine glasses. When we pointed this out to the waitress, she looked at us like we were being awkward and walked away. I would come back here again on a weekday evening when it might be a bit quieter, but not on a weekend again. Its just not good value for money when you have to listen to others when all you want is peace and quiet after a long week in work.
Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin
My partner and I went here for early bird, but nothing on the menu appealed to us so we went for A La Carte. We both opted for chicken dishes and we were very disappointed. There was definitely something very strange about the chicken as it tasted very synthetic. It was way too chewy and rubbery. I haven't ever tasted chicken quite like this before. Both dishes were devoid of character, consisting of meat, onions and sauce. I gathered that vegetables were an optional extra. It was definitely well overpriced for what it was. The tables were too close and the place was very noisy. Difficult to hear what we were saying to each other without raising our voices. Suffice to say that we will not be returning here to give them the benefit of the doubt.
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My partner and I went here with high expectation, as it had been recommended to us. We weren't disappointed. It was superb value for money. We had the 3 course special and it was definitely the best value for money that we have had for months. We would have no hesitation with recommending it to anyone who is reading. The waiter service is superb and we were never left waiting for anything. Seconds of anything was readily available and the barbecue itself was amazing. We went 2 times and the food was to die for. Dessert and a glass of wine - very good glassful - and we were stuffed to the gills. Total price of 48 euro made it the most value we have had all year and definitely the healthies we have eaten in a long time. We'll be back again.
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We loved the atmosphere here. A little more heat would have been good, particularly as the temperatures were -4 outside and the door leads directly onto the street and several of the clients stood in the open doorway conversing with the manager. We weren't impressed with this. Food was a starter of Crostone and mains of Oven roast chicken supreme with red onion, roast red peppers, black olives in tomato sauce served with roast potatoes which was particularly tasty but we would definitely have welcomed a bit more on our plates. I don't have a big appetite but even I was a bit taken aback with the size on my meal. It would have fit on a side plate and it had all of 5 large chips which were sold as roast potatoes. Ice cream and tiramisu as dessert and we came home and had a couple of wraps to finish off. Good service but we were definitely well annoyed with being harassed out of our seats so they could accommodate other clients. Not great value considering that there is a lot of deals going now in the city.
Burnell Bar and Grill @ Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel
Northern Cross, Malahide Rd, Coolock, Dublin
Service here was excellent and the lady who served us was very helpful and obliging. Food was nice but not a lot of it. Value was good as it was an early bird. Would go back again to this place.
La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin
The only redeeming factor of this overall experience was that it was done on a CityDeal. The wine tasting was an over priced underly informed exercise in money wasting. On to the restaurant upstairs with our small glasses of wine, we were greeted by the waitress who looked with distain at us, obviously because we had brought wine up with us instead of ordering at the table. We ordered beef - one well done and another rare. They arrived and the waitress asked who the rare was for, and proceeded to place the well done steak where the rare one should be, much to the disgust of my dining companion, who was cringing with shock when she cut it and saw blood. This, complete with a small stack of 5 chips was a traumatic dining experience that we will not be repeating again. I definitely wouldn't be recommending the place either. Not good value for money, no atmosphere and snooty, ill experienced staff certainly wouldn't encourage customers to revisit.
47 Gladstone St, Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary
Lovely warm restaurant with really pleasant and obliging staff. The food here was superb and there was tons of it. We definitely wouldn't ever have been able to finish what we got, and we have good appetites. Food was cooked to perfection. Really tasty. It was an early bird and fantastic value for money. We would definitely come here again and recommend it to anyone.
30-31 South Strand, Skerries, Dublin
Excellent Service. Staff were very friendly and welcoming, even down to turning up the heat when they saw that I was cold. The food was glorious, piping hot and served promptly. There was plenty on the plates and definitely would satisfy even the most voracious appetite. The Maitre D ensured that our glasses were never empty and was a very pleasant man. We would definitely come back to Ristorante Isabella again and again.
The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was here tonight and it was a super dining experience. Early bird is great value for money and choices are excellent. Both my friend and I loved each course. Service was excellent and waiting staff were very attentive. We had a lovely table at the back of the restaurant and we could talk very cosily with no noise or interruptions.We would definitely come back here again.
The Pantry Restaurant
64 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Visited here early in the morning for breakfast and thought the food was lovely. Piping hot and served quickly. It was a little more pricy than other breakfast menus I've seen but there was plenty of food. You would certainly not leave here hungry. Its near trains and buses so it seems to be very popular as it was pretty full.
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
Food is good but expensive and service was a bit slow on the night, as it wasn't packed. My partner was impressed with the sea bass but I wasn't wild about the steak as it definitley wasn't rare as I like it.I guess I should have told them this on ordering. I will be more aware next time. I would go back but I think that lower pricing would make this place a bit more attractive. Restaurant itself is gorgeous. Views are great.
Cafe Boulevard - Baggot St
132 Lower Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Visited here as part of a large group so we almost took over the entire restaurant. Food here is excellent and the service is second to none. There was a great choice on the menu, which was early bird. Everyone was happy with what they got and all said that they were well stuffed. It was great value for money and we would definitely go back there again.
Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant
Rockmarshall Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth
Food here is lovely and variety is super. The service is also top notch but its poor value for money when you consider the value that is to be had in other eateries since the recession hit.
Chez K's Restaurant at the Fitzwilton
The Fitzwilton Hotel, Bridge Street, Waterford City, Waterford
We ordered steak and monkfish, both of which carried supplements. We didn't have any problem with this as we both thought that we were getting something we would really enjoy. My monkfish arrived and consisted of 2 tiny pieces of fish, slightly bigger than prawns. My friends steak was fine. I brought the waiters attention to the size of the portion of fish and he agreed that it was minute. He took it away and came back to let me know that the chef also thought it was very small and would cook some more. He took my friends meal away to keep it warm while we waited. When the meals arrived back, the original 2 small pieces of fish had shrunk even further and were like rubber. There were 2 more pieces added to this and the potatoes which originally came with the meal were just so soggy, they were inedible. My friends steak had been kept warm alongside the lamb which was also on the menu. It tasted so strongly of lamb (which she dislikes intensely) that she left the entire meal. We complained to the waiter, who apologised for the episode, and also to the lady who seemed to be in charge of the staff, but we were just handed a dessert menu and our complaint was ignored. This lady seemed to be in a stressed state already as she was arguing with the other waitresses and was being consoled by the waiter. It was very unprofessional looking, to say the least. On checking out of the hotel the following day, we were told that all that was being done was the removal of the supplement, which consisted of €10. I have never been treated so badly in a restaurant and I have to say, I would find it difficult to recommend the hotel to anyone. We are frequent hotel users and would have loved to have been in a position to pass a good option on to others, but this is not the case here unfortunately.
8 O'Connell Street, Waterford City, Waterford
We went back again and were very disappointed with both the service and the food. We had to ask for several items which should come as standard like a finger bowl, spoon for the rice, bucket of ice for the wine. Also, unlike on the previous occasion, there were no prawn crackers, starters were much smaller portions and the main course was definitely a cut down version of what we had had on our previous visit.It was still very tasty but a lot less of it.I would think twice about going back again as its not good value for money any more.
Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant
1 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Good value for money and food served fast and was piping hot. Place wasn't busy and the barman was chatty so it was a pleasant visit. Would definitely go back there again.
Eddie Rockets (Swords)
Main StreetSwords, Swords, Dublin
Staff efficient and friendly. Food good but overly priced for what it is.
Eddie Rockets (Santry)
The Omni Shopping Centre, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin
Food always good and service was also fast, but noise level unacceptable. Conversation was impossible. Wouldn't go back to this particular branch.
Park House Restaurant (Galway)
Park House Hotel & Restaurant, Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway City, Galway
The food here is delicious and the service is second to none. However, the atmosphere was almost non existent as everyone seemed scared to be loud. It was definitely overly priced by today's standards. Not good value for money but I think I would go back again for the food...if they decided to do a good value early bird.
Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
The Farm on Dawson St. is a very reasonably priced restaurant. I liked the food and the service there, would go back again for sure.
Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Absolutely the best value for money we have had for a long time. Two starters - ribs and potato skins, two 8oz steaks and two bottles of Miller for €27 euro. Service terrific from very friendly staff. We will definitely be back again.
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We visited here on a Monday and the place was deserted. Even so, tables were squashed together and we had to move a table to sit down. The waitress made no attempt to help us out here. She explained the menu concept quite condescendingly and asked if we would like a drink. We asked for water until we had decided on food. This wasn't a smart move as it was brought to us in a small glass each, straight from the tap. We ordered 3 courses from the tasting menu, and it really was just tasting. They were definitely miniscule and the crispy pork was far from that. It was soggy from the amount of fat on it. My partner, who had fish, said the fish would have been lovely if there was enough of it to even make a starter sized portion. All in all, we were very disappointed and for €47, which didn't include even a beer, we will not be going back again to the greedy goose. I will also not be recommending it to anyone but will be letting them know what bad value we felt it was. We had supper when we got home, 45 mins later.
Kilford Arms HotelO'Faolains Bar
John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Lovely food here and very good value for money. Service wasn't the best but it was more than made up for with the tasty food and friendliness of the staff, who were run off their feet as there seemed to be a local football match on. I would definitely go back here again.
Monasterboice Inn (Donegans)
Drogheda, Co Louth, Drogheda, Louth
The food choice is excellent and its served in a friendly but very professional fashion. Piping hot and plenty of it, nothing was too much trouble for the waitresses who were super friendly and helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Monasterboice to anyone who wanted good value and excellent service.
193 Clontarf Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
This was a most enjoyable experience. The restaurant was toasty warm and very comfortable. Food was delicious and service superb. If I have a complaint, it was that the tables which were pointed out as reserved when we arrived were still vacant when we were leaving well over 2 hours later. These were in nice corner locations where we would like to have been seated, rather than the centre of the floor. But apart from this, the visit was a very positive experience and I would go again.
Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
This restaurant is just the essence of what relaxation should be. It has a very chilled out atmosphere and the I just loved the service and caring that the staff there provide. Food is great and always good value. I just love being there.