Restaurant Reviews from AlCuisine

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Howards Way (Churchtown) restaurant

11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

Good
112 reviews

Reviewed 21st February 2011 ( visited 19th February 2011 )

Got a reservation for 4 at last minute at Howards Way Saturday night, and judging my the crowd there we were very lucky. They run the early bird all night which was really great value, two courses & tea or coffee for only 23 euros. The choice was very varied, with lamb, steak, chicken vegetarian as well as two seafood specials. We had crab cakes and prawns in garlic to start, tomato bread was fantastic, Had duck for main course, cooked beautifully and and sea bass was light & fresh but vegetables were a little underdone. Very busy but the staff made us very comfortable despite having a centre floor table. Wish I had had space for dessert as the chocolate torte looked very appealing. Overall very enjoyable & relaxed experience.
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The Grapevine Cafe Wine & Tapas Bar restaurant

6 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
14 reviews

Reviewed 19th August 2011 ( visited 18th August 2011 )

The location, decoration and lighting all give this restuarant an excellent atmosphere, on arrival the staff were equally welcoming and help. We ordered approx 16 Tapas dishes between the group and the food was beautifully presented, really rustic, all very fresh and the generous portions made the meal excellent value for money. The venison, and charcuterie plates were particularly good, the calamari was over cooked however and it wasn't served with any sauce or dip so it was very dry, equally unseasoned was the whitebait which was also quite dry and without flavour. Overall however the food was very good and i would recommend it. Perhaps it was because it was busy, but the service was especially poor, the food wasn't long coming out but we had to wait for drinks, no salt or pepper was provided on tables and it was impossible to get the staff's attention. We also had a min 50 min wait trying to order coffees or deserts at which stage it was late so we decided not to bother. If this was improved it would make the entire experience very enjoyable.
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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Long Queue waiting but the staff were very honest & advised reserve & come back in 30mins instead of waiting indefinitely, appreciated this & we were seated effortlessly once we had a reservation. Restaurant was buzzing with Friday night crowd but was very cold, waitress agreed and confirmed many customers were complaining about it but nothing was done to improve situation. Food arrived quickly and the Nasi Goreng was excellent with great flavours and textures and good value for money, Malaysian Chicken however while had good flavours it was full of red onion (excessive amount) compared to all other ingredients. Service was fast and staff very helpful and friendly. Had Mao vouchers to use and the waitress had to call another waitress who called a manager to process them. Overall nice for a quick bite if you can get a table but I wouldn't plan it for a special occasion

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A real haven from the hectic city centre, ideal to get in out of the cold and enjoy some lunch in a peaceful surrounding. You wouldn't even know you were in the city. Although the menu offers a good range of options, we enjoyed a simple lunch of sandwiches, a roast chicken sandwich on seeded bread (set on menu) with side salads and a sandwich of the day consisting of cajun chicken ciabatta. Both were very good but perhaps a little overpriced for what they were. The home cut chunky chips are excellent. Service was very quick and they also checked on us for coffees afterwards in perfect time. Bar/restaurant decor very classical and adds to comfortable atmosphere but corridors and stairs to the toilet facilities let the place down and need cleaning and repainting.

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The Grapevine Cafe Wine & Tapas Bar
6 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

The location, decoration and lighting all give this restuarant an excellent atmosphere, on arrival the staff were equally welcoming and help. We ordered approx 16 Tapas dishes between the group and the food was beautifully presented, really rustic, all very fresh and the generous portions made the meal excellent value for money. The venison, and charcuterie plates were particularly good, the calamari was over cooked however and it wasn't served with any sauce or dip so it was very dry, equally unseasoned was the whitebait which was also quite dry and without flavour. Overall however the food was very good and i would recommend it. Perhaps it was because it was busy, but the service was especially poor, the food wasn't long coming out but we had to wait for drinks, no salt or pepper was provided on tables and it was impossible to get the staff's attention. We also had a min 50 min wait trying to order coffees or deserts at which stage it was late so we decided not to bother. If this was improved it would make the entire experience very enjoyable.

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

Dinner for two on a rainy Friday night was very enjoyable experience, it is now great that you can book a table here as previously you couldn't & you never could anticipate how long might have to wait or how busy it was. Very glad we went back. Barely in the door and the staff attended to us, sat us down, took our coats, handed us menus & outlined the specials so was very impressed. Was disappointed that there wasn't greater variety of starters available, compared to the main courses especially as most of the starters were just smaller portions of main courses available which restricted your choice. Having said that, the crab claws & the mussels were both fantastic to start, very simple but great flavour. We both ordered specials for the maincourse, both were very well seasoned & cooked perfectly. Both were served on a creamed mash & with green salads which were crisp & fresh but it may have been nice to offer steamed vegetables as an option. We followed with desert, a coffee and a liquer but unfortunately had to ask staff a number of times to bring this. All in all, the food was really great, I think the service could be more consistent if the same member served you for the evening and we felt price was ok, the specials both cost 23.95 and while tasting great, it is a bit pricey for what they were. We will consider going back.

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

The thing I always loved about Luigi's was that it was consistent, Last night myself and four friends ate at Luigis, a Friday night, 9pm reservation, busy about town,good atmosphere when we went in. We were seated, greeted by very polite staff, given our menus even though & having all eaten there before we knew already knew what we wanted. We availed of a special online voucher offer of a free bottle of wine with every two maincourses so we got a bottle of house red & white which was lovely. Had chicken wings to start & as usual fantastic flavour explosion in the mouth, portion massive so shared 2 between 4. From that point onwards the service suffered, medium rare steak came out well done, sides were delayed & ahd to be asked for again half way through maincourses, Second steak was some time understandably but still disappointing & but we recovered by ordering some very indulgent toblerone cheesecake & coffees,!Unfortunately there was then a further mix up with the bill & we were charged for the wine despite having given the vouchers. With exception of the steak the food was as always fantastic, atmosphere was ruined by repeated poor service & felt staff really didn't listen to you. Value for money was very good when the wine vouchers were eventually accounted for saving 45euros off the final bill.

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

Got a reservation for 4 at last minute at Howards Way Saturday night, and judging my the crowd there we were very lucky. They run the early bird all night which was really great value, two courses & tea or coffee for only 23 euros. The choice was very varied, with lamb, steak, chicken vegetarian as well as two seafood specials. We had crab cakes and prawns in garlic to start, tomato bread was fantastic, Had duck for main course, cooked beautifully and and sea bass was light & fresh but vegetables were a little underdone. Very busy but the staff made us very comfortable despite having a centre floor table. Wish I had had space for dessert as the chocolate torte looked very appealing. Overall very enjoyable & relaxed experience.

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Unable to go out last Saturday night we we delighted to find out that Indian Brasserie would deliver to us, Having eaten there before and loved it we had high expectations but I have to say that the food was every bit as good at home, Very helpful staff helped me navigate the menu on the phone & had great on the spot knowledge of the different dishes, we had the Mirchi Vada to start & it was so authentic, followed by fantastic and fragrant Lamb Korma and Chicken Tika. The Nan breads we had were so fresh and the perfect addition to our meal making it a really authentic experience. The telephone service was very personal, didn't feel rushed and the delivery was prompt making the whole experience very enjoyale and trouble free, will definitely be doing it again very soon.

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