Restaurant Reviews from Atlanticwarrior

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County: Cork

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 10 March 2010

Last Visit: 07 May 2012

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Star Anise restaurant

4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
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Reviewed 16th May 2010 ( visited 14th May 2010 )

Went there last friday night, opted for the Early Bird as we prefer to eat earlier rather than later, for starters we chose the crab fish cakes w/ wasabi mayo and the tempura artichokes both which we found excellant, mains were Fish of the day (haddock) on pearl barley rissotto with chorizo and Steak on Mash with greens, my co eater had the fish which she thought was great whilst I went for the steak, cooked Blue, it was one of the best Blue Steaks I have got out in a long time lastly on the food, I am not a dessert person but they did have one of my favourites , Creme Brulee , that along with the Pancotta again were superb. On the staff and the service, Service was prompt and efficent, while the Staff were friendly, cheerful and attentive though not intrusive....all in all one of the better meals in all aspects I've enjoyed out for a long time .
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Star Anise restaurant

4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
41 reviews

Reviewed 16th May 2010 ( visited 14th May 2010 )

Went there last friday night, opted for the Early Bird as we prefer to eat earlier rather than later, for starters we chose the crab fish cakes w/ wasabi mayo and the tempura artichokes both which we found excellant, mains were Fish of the day (haddock) on pearl barley rissotto with chorizo and Steak on Mash with greens, my co eater had the fish which she thought was great whilst I went for the steak, cooked Blue, it was one of the best Blue Steaks I have got out in a long time lastly on the food, I am not a dessert person but they did have one of my favourites , Creme Brulee , that along with the Pancotta again were superb. On the staff and the service, Service was prompt and efficent, while the Staff were friendly, cheerful and attentive though not intrusive....all in all one of the better meals in all aspects I've enjoyed out for a long time .
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Panda Mama
14 Parnell Place, Cork City, Cork

Booked an early bird menu for a friday night, as was to be elsewhere later, on the face of it, the value fro the Early Bird was excellent, three course for 16.50 Euro. As table was booked we were seated straight away and ordered a beer, for first course I ordered Spare Ribs, and that was what I got, just about, had one rib fallen off the plate, I would have had Spare Rib, that's right Two ribs were the starter.. For main I had the Duck roast pot, the meal itself was ok, a bit better than your usual chinese, but again the portion size left a lot to desired, (there was a 3 euro supplement for duck). the last course was Tea/coffee. My biggest complaint was, while the service was prompt and friendly, I prefer to order another drink when I'm ready , not be asked if I want another one. All in all the food was ok but sparse, and it brings in the old adage. "You get what you pay for"

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Cafe Gusto
3 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

Went to Cafe Gusto for the first time last saturday night, myself and my wife. As they have the option of corkage, we opted to bring our own ( had recieved a present of a beautiful red that week), initially we shared a bowl of Olive along witthe the Chef's slate for starter, this was a combination selected by the chef. It consisted of Air dried ham, Chorizo, a hard cheese, a goats cheese, Hummus and Pesto , accompanied with breads. All of the above were extremely tasty , but both the Goats cheese and the pesto were second to none. For next course , we had the Lamb tangine and the Mediterranean fish soup. The tangine was lovely , but the fish soup (which had been recommened ) was beautiful, the taste of the fish came through above the taste of the other indgredients, leaving you in no doubt that it was a fresh fish soup. To finish we had the Meat Mezze, a combination of meat and cheese, this was opted for over a dessert, again could not fault it .... To finish , the service was attentive, the food lovely (was told that they source all their foodstuffs from ther English market by my wife) the atmoshpere was relaxed and we both left very contented. Finally, the value was outstanding, made more so by bringing our own wine, so we all won, the chef with his food , the staff by their service and we with our selected Wine ......

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Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

Stopped in recently for a late breakfast both myself and my wife, opted for the eggs benedict with a side of Rosscarbery Black pudding , could not say a word against it, Hollandasie sauce was excellent , the chef must have trained on poaching eggs all his life and the Pudding was beautiful, a fine peppery taste, which is why I would rate it way above it more famous west Cork neighbour. Service was fast and pleasant, and got into a good giggle with the waitress but no more about that topic.... Will be going back again ....

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Riverside Cafe - Skibbereen
North Street, Skibbereen, Cork

Ate here two weeeks ago, went for the Tapas menu , In general was satisfied when leaving, but a few comments are called for, Atmosphere I won't comment on as we had opted for a early meal so the place was not crowded but there was nothing wrong with that. Food: Went for the following La carne de vacuno (Beef kebabs) Espinacas (Spinach & feta briouat ) Patata (Potato bravas) Gambas (West Cork prawns in chermoula – garlic, lemon coriander ) Zaalouk – (Baked aubergine, olive oil and garlic puree ) Queso (Manchego cheese with a tomato jam) Outstanding were the Espinacas, Gambas and the Zaalouk, the Kebabs were ok but thought the bravas could have been spicier and the Manchego was lacking in flavour completely. Service was a tad on the slow side , maybe due to been in early. Value : overall the value was not bad but thought they could reduce their wine prices a bit (house Wine was 18e and the bottle we got was 24e) To finish I would go back and would recommend it to people but would mention my observations.

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Star Anise
4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

Went there last friday night, opted for the Early Bird as we prefer to eat earlier rather than later, for starters we chose the crab fish cakes w/ wasabi mayo and the tempura artichokes both which we found excellant, mains were Fish of the day (haddock) on pearl barley rissotto with chorizo and Steak on Mash with greens, my co eater had the fish which she thought was great whilst I went for the steak, cooked Blue, it was one of the best Blue Steaks I have got out in a long time lastly on the food, I am not a dessert person but they did have one of my favourites , Creme Brulee , that along with the Pancotta again were superb. On the staff and the service, Service was prompt and efficent, while the Staff were friendly, cheerful and attentive though not intrusive....all in all one of the better meals in all aspects I've enjoyed out for a long time .

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Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork

Went there for Staff night for the last two christmas's , first time round were late in been seated , then rushed as there was as a second booking later that evening. Food was fair that night. Last christmas, again rushed , ordered a Blue Rib eye Steak , got medium to well done, food in general was not great, place would be good if you are 5 or six drinks down before you eat.....then again so a burger and chips. Finally considering the value about town last December , Luigi's was totally over priced .........next year will go to a decent eatery or bring sandwichs if i have to suffer luigi's again.

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