Restaurant Reviews from BECL
No. of Reviews: 23
Member Since: 28 July 2009
Last Visit: 22 August 2011
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 17th December 2009 ( visited 16th December 2009 )Fantastic.... Myself and a friend had dinner in Pichet last night and concluded that we have found our new favourite restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful as we were seated infront of the kitchen pass and could observe the kitchen team looked to be having the craic whilst preparing their wonderful food. We had the veal bolognese, and crispy hens egg to start, pork belly and bream for mains and the cheeseboard to finish and Im glad to say each dish was excelent and indicative of real talent in the kitchen. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient and added to the enjoyable evening. The blue seats are look great and are very comfortable. Pichet is refreshing and offers a high quality dining experience for a fair price. Well done to the owners, their venture has paid off.
La Mere Zou restaurant
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 05th December 2010 ( visited 03rd December 2010 )I had lunch with my family on a wintery friday afternoon and was keen that La Mere Zou lived up to my previous enjoyable dining experiences here. The restaurant is comfortable and cosy which was manned by two excellent and charming waitresses (who have been here quite some time - always a good sign!). Water came automatically and our wet and cold hats and gloves were placed on the radiator. Our table had the fantastically flavoursome smoked haddock rissotto, the mushroom soup and the ham beignets. All starters were excellent and generous in their portion size. For mains, the ladies had chicken which was tasty and the men had the panfried bavette steak. I ordered the steak medium expecting the minimal cooking to make this piece of meat tender but I struggled to cut it let alone chew it. Pity about the meat but it didnt spoil my meal. I had a tasty but small cheeseboard and a very fine espresso to finish. In summary La Mere Zou is cosy, serves greatfood, is good value and has charming waitresses. It continues to be one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin.
Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey's Point
Lough Eske, Donegal Town , Donegal Town, Donegal
Its a pity more swiss folk dont set up in ireland as harveys point hotel restaurant is really one of the finest restaurants in the country and an artist couldnt paint a more spectacular view that beholds you as you enter the restaurant which looks out onto lough eske. A selection of homemade breads and dips were waiting at the table as I took my vantage point in the centre of the room. A chefs amouse Bouche of spicy lentils, pickled pear and quail was excellent. To start I had the duck fois gras parfait with an exceptional homemade brioche. As I am writing this live review during my dinner I must say that the mix of European and native floor staff are both uber professional and more importantly, friendly. Indeed one waitress the following morning remembered me and where i sat on my last visit nearly a year ago! Service slipped a tad between starter and mains when I ran out of both water and wine as staff were setting tables instead of looking after customers that were actually there. Aminor crib I know. For mains I had a beautifully presented saddle of rabbit wrapped in Parma ham with polenta , beetroot and a ham hock terrine. Wow! A diverse cheeseboard and a glass of muscat finished off a great meal. The only down point of an otherwise fantastic meal was a 3/10 espresso served with undissolvable sugar rocks. Harveys is a truely exceptional hotel and restaurant that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime.
Killeen House Hotel, Aghadoe, Killarney, Kerry
Killeen house hotel located just outside Killarney is a lovely small family run hotel which hosts rozzers restaurant. The staff are local and extremely friendly and engaging which is so important and one of the things that sets Killeen hotel apart from the "bigger" hotels in Killarney. Rozzers is a charming dining room which sets the tone. To start I condemned 6 dingle oysters to their fate which were delicious. For mains I had monkfish with pancetta and cheddar mash. The fish was overdone which was a shame but overall a very tasty dish and well presented. I opted for the cheeseboard which was good but I was dissapointed to note that the cheeses were not local which should be mandatory for all restaurants in any given county. We all gotta support local producers! Overall rozzers is a good restaurant run by charming staff and with a little tweaking could be very very good indeed.
West Restaurant @ The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve, Bearna Village, Galway City, Galway
The west restaurant in the 12 hotel is a beautifully cosy and elegant restaurant. Professional and most importantly, friendly staff are on hand. When they saw me dining on my own I was brought newspapers and wine magazines to peruse. What a great touch which I have never been offered before in any restaurant. 12 out of 12! To start i had Mackerel with pickled fennel and horseraddish cream to start which was simple and delicious the inhouse bakery bread selection was excellent and fresh ( not heated up in a microwave unlike some restaurants) I opted for the braised beef special. Wow! probably the most tender piece of meat I've had. The chef must have cooked it for a week! I finished of my meal with the cheese board and a tasting trio of desert wines and port.What a great idea and delicious also. A gem of a restaurant with a delightful atmosphere, friendly and attentive service and fabulous food prepared and presented by an accomplished chef. I ll be back.
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Myself, the wife and the 3 year old went for an aniversary lunch in peploes on monday and were impressed by the entire experience. We were greeted by friendly staff who gave us the option where we wanted to sit. The lunch menu included a wide variety of choice which was great. We had impeccible fritto misto but a rather crude roast vegeatable bruschetta to start. For mains I had a fantastic parpadelle with monkfish and prawns in a saffron sauce. Delicious! My wife had the very nice Peploes fish cake. Staff were attentive and genuinely interested in our 3 year old which makes Peploes very family friendly (provided the kids are well behaved!). I hadent been to Peploes for as while but will return again soon for dinner. Lovely comfortable restaurant, friendly staff and great food at a fair price.
62 High Street, Killarney, Kerry
I had a solitary dinner on a cold winters night in Treyvauds during an overnight in Killarney. The restaurant is small and cosy with phots of the rich and famous posing with the chef/owner. Onto the food, Fish cakes were delicious and full of smoked fish, beautifully presented and accompanied by a very tasty aloi. Veal stuffed with a lovely mild black pudding was fantastic and the accompanying root vegitable mash was to die for. A truly wonderful flavoursome dish. I wish veal featured on more restaurant menus. I had an ok panna cotta for desert which was accompanied by a selection of "tinned fruits" which were fine but unessesary. Bread wasn't too fresh and was cold indicating it may have come out of a fridge so is hard to say if it was nice as cold bread has no flavour. A good espresso finished off a fine meal. (a token biscotti would have been a nice inexpensive touch) The two members of staff were pleasant, attentive and professional however as a lone diner i would have liked to have been engaged in a little conversation throughout the meal. The background music was a good mix set at an appropriate volume. In summary a very good fair priced restaurant with a a talented chef in the kitchen To top things off the chef came out to have a chat which was nice and muchappreciated.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
5 of us dined in Ely for the forst time on a Saturday night and opted for the pre-theatre menu. The cellar dinning room is cavernous but needs plenty of people to fill it to make it cosy. I had a cheese tart to start which was nice and was accompanied by undressed leaves. For mains I had a delicious mascerpone and walnut rissotto which was delicious. Others at the table had soup, fish pie, and steak which were very good and fair value. Service was up and down though. Waiters were rushing around in groups not looking for eye contact with their customers and I had to ask twice to order drinks and twice to have water refilled - Not acceptable, do they not want us to drink more of their delicious wine list???. Less waiters but better trained waiters would really help this restaurant.Good food but shame about the service.
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I treated my pal to a birthday lunch on Monday in the Rustic Stone and we were both very impressed. The decor is comfortable and stylish and the ambient music was excellent to the point that you would want to spend the afternoon there drinking wine and relaxing. On to the food, we shared the burgers and the halibut which was serves on the hot stone and had a bean salad and the delicious truffel and parmasan chips. The burger were possibly the best I have ever had and the fact that you can get two small versions makes it ideal for sharing. The burger meat was very slightly on the medium side and really enhanced the quality of the meat used. The halibut came partiially cooked on the hot stone so we were able to pick away at it and savour the different textures and flavours as it cooked away slowelyt on the stone. The truffle chips were luxurious and the bean salad was tasty and refreshing. Desserts included a catalan type custard that was a bit soupey and lacked flavour or texture. The sorbet selection included refreshing perfectly formed quinoles of fruit sorbets. A tuel or sweet biscuit would have been an appropriate accompanyment. Our first attempt at coffies resulted in a tepid espresso in a cold cup and an ammericano which tasted like a treble espresso again in a cold cup. I brought this to the attention of the very plesant maitre'd and he got it sorted asap and the replacements came with a chocolate brownie as a sweetener. Nice touch and appreciated. (Minor quibble, please serve espressos with granular sugar and an espresso spoon not a sugar cube that doesnt dissolve ) Apart from the coffee incident, The Rustic Stone is a fantastic restaurant and the passion and aclaimed skill of the chef is very obvious in the food. Staff are worthy of a note being welcoming, friendly and efficient. Gave the chef a thumbs up when I saw him downstairs. Great restaurant, fair value and I ll be back for dinner soon.
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
Myself and a pal were able to book a table for 2 no problem on a friday night in the height of the tourist season despite been previously turned away from their door in the depths of the winter in February. Seems like the tourists are voting with their feet in Temple Bar. Anyways, a fantastic meal was had in Eden which was served to us by a very chatty and pleasant waitress. Starters were beef carpachio and a curried crab salad with beetroot which were both delicious and expertly presented. Mains included duck breast and confit duck and hake with cous cous and veg. Again, both dishes were delicious. Our meal together with 4 glasses of wine and coffees came to under the ton which wasnt bad. My espresso was okish but not up to standard. Finally, Dont reserve a table in the outside area which faces out onto Meeting House Square unless you dont mind witnessing the drunken youth of dublin drinking, taking drugs, fighting and abusing locals and tourists!!!!! This is unfortunately the reason why we wont be back to Eden.
Kitty Kelly's Restaurant
Largy, Kilcar, Donegal
Kitty kellys is located between killybegs And Kilcar in southwest donegal and is managed by the charismatic owner . My observations throughout were that Staff were rushing about with no time to engage in conversation their customers comprising of me and two Germans ( I would expect that tourists would love to have a charming waitress engage them in conversation to qualify and verify that the donegal charm exists!! ) For someone who has my roots in and regularly visits this area of Donega, kittys is a welcome culinary refuge in an area devoid of good restaurants. unfortunately kittys open season is limited to the peak holiday season in the summer. A cosy quaint restaurant with pleasant staff ( unfortunately the owner wasn't there on this visit to add a bit of life to the evening). On been shown to my table and I had to ask for some water rather than being offered. For starters I had tasty bloody Mary oysters accompanied by a rather uninventive bland salad ( c'mon chef, you can do better than that, raw onions are a thing of the past and ruin the flavour of everything they touch ) For mains I had seafood linguine which was well cooked and had plenty of fish. For desert I had a traditional trifle which was nice and "traditional" no more no less. My espresso was horrific. A cup of thick, tepid, coffee, lacking crema or indeed a spoon. A cup of maxwell house would have been better Overall, kitty kellys is a nice restaurant which with a little bit of fine tuning on the food and staff training could be much much more.
Castle Murray House
St. Johns Point, Dunkineely, Killybegs, Donegal
Castlemurray house hotel and restaurant is nestled in the dramatic coastline of southwest Donegal just outside Dunkineely The hotel is charming with spectacular views across the bay. I dined alone for lunch in the cosy bar area and noted the friendliness of the waitresses serving other diners as I perused the fish themed lunch menu. On entering the restaurant one is greeted by a tank of lobsters awaiting their destiny with a pot of boiling water. Unfortunately lobster wasn't on the lunch menu so I opted for the chowder followed by a crab spring roll with smoked paprika dressing and salad. The chowder was terrific. Thick, flavoursome, creamy and full of fish, although a few plump mussels or bigger chunks of fish would have really made it stand out. The crab spring roll was a little disapointing. I feel that crab meat looses it's delicate taste and goes mushy when deepfried in the springroll. The accompanying salad was a bit unrefined and the paprika dressing was tastless. A good americano finished off my lunch Overall my lunch was tasty and good value and I will be back to try the dinner menu and condem a lobster to it's fate.
The Malthouse Granary
30 Ashe Street, Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
Malthouse granary is a lovely cosy restaurant. There was a solitary pleasant young over worked waitress on hand who managed the floor well and efficiently. I hope she is being paid more than the minimum wage! Automatically got a jug of tap water without asking. (a good start) Some tasty Parmesan bread with delicous herb butter started things off. Being in clonakilty I opted for the clonakilty pudding in pastry which was an ample starter and had a very tasty cheese within the pastry parcel The dish came with a bland tomato sauce but overall a nice wholesome starter (as an aside, I witnessed a customer paying for her meal and saying to the waitress to keep the change, the sad sound of a single coin could be heard bouncing around in the tip jar! Some people eh?) Mains was monkfish stuffed with crab with nice veg but a cold tastless White sauce which should have been made with an intense fish or shellfish stock. Overall the dish was a bit tastless and unattactive and ok. Durrus, mileens and mossfield cheese with nuts and berries and a glass of 10 year tawney port wrapped things up. A good finish to a good meal A good espresso was compromised by undissolvable rocks of sugar and large tea spoons ( why do 90%+) of restaurants not offer granular sugar and esspresso spoons??????) . Overall I would recommend the granery as it's a very good restaurant and with a little refining has huge potential.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Hugos for the first time with 3 other lads. The interior is very cosy and homley and not what I expected. Hugos hareem of all female floor staff were professional and pleasant. The menu was well priced and offered a reasonable selection with a strong emphasis on fish. I had the scallops with sausage and white wine and chhese which were delicious. For mains I had a well presented hake dish but which was very overdone and dry. The small cheese board was fine and a reasonable espresso (served with a large teaspoon and those confounded rocks of sugar which dont dissolve) ended the meal. Overall I feel that Hugos is a good restaurant that with a bit of refinement could be great.When booking make sure to say you dont want to be seated in the basement.
Radisson BLU Hotel Letterkenny
Paddy Harte Road, Letterkenny, Donegal
I had a lonely dinner in the Tribeca restaurant in the Radisson on a bleak January week night with only myself and two other customers in the restaurant. The restaurant is a typically bland and uncosy which is indicative of most hotels in country towns. Anyway back to the food.. I had the signature scallop starter which was quite tasty, and well presented. The scallops were coated in a crust and were well cooked. I had a fillet stake for mains which was tasteless and which included a bizarre green pesto type watery sauce which didnt do anything for the dish either asthetically or for the flavour. A rich gravy or jus would have been more appropriate. My cheese board comprised of unknown cheeses which were ok. Service was friendly and efficient.
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The best value Sunday Lunch in Dublin. It was my fourth visit to Dobbins for Sunday Lunch over the last 2 years and once again I came away saying that Dobbins is the jewel in the Dublin Sunday Lunch Crown. Fantastic food, well presented and well served all in a very cosy restaurant (last Sundays bonus for me was the fact that they were playing Pink Floyds Wish you were here album when we went in). We had crab salad and tempura prawns to start. Both were delicious and beautifully presented. My wife a big prawn fan said they were the best she ever had!). Mains were succulent pork belly and duck. Again both were absolutely delicious. We had a hot fudge cake and a mandarin creme brulee for dessert which were lovely. And all for €25 a head including coffee! A minor crib would be that I would like to see the staff smile a bit more and to see a few more locals on the floor. A Dublin restaurant should be staffed by plenty of locals who will add a bit more homeliness and atmosphere to the Dublin dining experience. In summary, Dobbins is fantastic restaurant to the degree that I give it a hats off for consistently fantastic value.
Glasson, Glasson, Westmeath
Myself and herself travelled to Athlone for a day and a night to get away from the Christmas bustle and based on recomendations and a certain TV show we were expexting a lot from the Wineport Restaurant. Initial service was friendly and efficient, but went downhill thereafter to the point of being ignored, and by the time we got to trying to pay for our meal, we got up from our table and went out to the reception and paid there instead. On a positive note I was delighted to se that all staff were locals which is sadely missing in most hospitality establishments in Ireland be them cheap, expensive, big or small. Restauranteurs/hotelliers please note that foreign visitors to Ireland want to be greeted and served by local colleens and lads who engage them in conversation, these people are Irelands unique selling point. Anyways back to the food in Wineport, starters included tasty aisan syale duck pancakes and my crab linguene which was tasteless, pretymuch crabless and very expensive. The first main of sole goujons, fries and tarter sauce was very average and not very delicate on the palette or on the eye, my pigeon and foie gras was fine but the meat was overcooked and tough. The accompaning bowl of mixed veg and spuds looked like it had been dunked into a trough of veg and indicated a careless service and the absence of a head chef checking plates on the pass.In summary the food was fine but we were really expecting more from the kitchen and the floor staff.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Fantastic.... Myself and a friend had dinner in Pichet last night and concluded that we have found our new favourite restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful as we were seated infront of the kitchen pass and could observe the kitchen team looked to be having the craic whilst preparing their wonderful food. We had the veal bolognese, and crispy hens egg to start, pork belly and bream for mains and the cheeseboard to finish and Im glad to say each dish was excelent and indicative of real talent in the kitchen. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient and added to the enjoyable evening. The blue seats are look great and are very comfortable. Pichet is refreshing and offers a high quality dining experience for a fair price. Well done to the owners, their venture has paid off.
Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I brought my family out to Sunday lunch in Alex's restaurant to what I was expecting to be a good dining experience considering the status of the Conrad hotel however it turned out to be most disappointing. To start, we ordered aperitifs including two rum and blacks which turned out to be white rum with some sort of cassis liqeur, a bad start! The restaurant was a large room devoid of any other customers but with plenty of staff rushing around. Starters included soup and game pie which were adequate, mains included a bizzare cut of beef which actually tasted of lamb accompanied by dried out and burnt root vegetables and pork fillet and belly of pork which wasnt bad. The meal took a turn for the worse when a banana pie and a chocolate brownie were ordered for desert and who ever was in the kitchen decided to give us a pineapple tart and a chocolate tart instead expecting us not to notice. Tea and coffee came before the desert. Truly one of my worst dining experiences ever. I can understand why the restaurant was empty. We shall not be back
First Floor Bar & Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin
Myself the wife and the two year old birthday boy went to Harvey Nicks for lunch and were very impressed with the quality and presentation of food, the professional and friendly service and most of all the fantastic value offered by the lunch special which included two courses and a glass of wine for €20. Caesar salad and pickled mackrel were fantastic and the mains of salmon and confit duck were worth more than we paid for them. The highlight for me was the espresso cup of truffel infused buttery mash. A novel flavour and unique presentation. You wouldnt fill a farmers belly with the portion size but the quality of the food and its presentation made up for it. In summary, a great quality lunchtime meal at a good price without compromise. The room is a bit unatmospheric during the daytime but Im sure at night when the mood lighting is on its a different environment. We will be back.
The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Myself and the wife eventually got around to going to the Lobster Pot for dinner after it was recommended to us by a Dingle man who doent do fancy foreign food.Great atmosphere and staff were real old school professionals who were pleasant and the boss was a bit of a character. The whole restaurant and service is a blast from the past and reminded me of dining out for my confirmation dinner in the very early eighties. The flavour of the food was fantastic but my dressed crab with undressed salad was small and a bit dissapointing considering the price of €15. The wife had sole goujons which were amply and very tasty. My Halibut main was delicious but I feel it was cooking under the salamander for a bit too long. The wife had duck which was flambed at the table in 80's style and was very nice. Veg included delicious creamed spinach with loads of nutmeg, bland mash and nice cabbage. I was on the dry for a change being the designated driver. No deserts and one not very good espresso resulted in a bill of €160 including service. Very expensive in our estimation as our meal was standard enough.We would have considered it to be much better value if a fiver was shaved of each course. Overall lovely restaurant and staff, good simple and tasty food but very very overpriced.
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I had a wonderful solitary dinner during which I was entertained by watching the kitchen staff preparing the wonderful food that I ate. Tolouse sausage, mash, asparagus, beautiful mixed salad - fantastic! I shall be back.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I had lunch with my family on a wintery friday afternoon and was keen that La Mere Zou lived up to my previous enjoyable dining experiences here. The restaurant is comfortable and cosy which was manned by two excellent and charming waitresses (who have been here quite some time - always a good sign!). Water came automatically and our wet and cold hats and gloves were placed on the radiator. Our table had the fantastically flavoursome smoked haddock rissotto, the mushroom soup and the ham beignets. All starters were excellent and generous in their portion size. For mains, the ladies had chicken which was tasty and the men had the panfried bavette steak. I ordered the steak medium expecting the minimal cooking to make this piece of meat tender but I struggled to cut it let alone chew it. Pity about the meat but it didnt spoil my meal. I had a tasty but small cheeseboard and a very fine espresso to finish. In summary La Mere Zou is cosy, serves greatfood, is good value and has charming waitresses. It continues to be one of my favourite restaurants in Dublin.
The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin
I had lunch in my fabourite italian restaurant in dublin,The Steps of Rome. I had planned to go for what i feel is the most authentic carbonara in Ireland (not a drop of cream in sight) however the menu included a new dish Gnocci romana which includes a pork ragu and pork ribs. I was glad to have tried it as it was absolutely delicious. Lovely little round gnocci were smotheted in an intensely flavoured pork ragu topped by very good quality Parmesan and a meaty pork rib. A perfect espresso finished off my lunch (other restauranteurs should try one to realise what a good espresso is!!!) A fine glass of house red accompanied by a selection of dodgey 80's classic American soft rock tunes made for an enjoyable good value lunch. Between the authentic food, Italian staff and customers filling the place with loud italian voices and the cramped but cosy tabkes, the Steps of Rome is the most authentic Italian restaurant I have been in Dublin or indeed in Rome! Bravissimo!
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Had lunch in Deep on 17th August 2009 and was very disapointed with the quality of food. Chicken wings were greasy and the hot sauce was not hot. A motzarella and tomato tart was comprised of tasteless cheap motzarella and flavourless unripe tomatos in a dry and brittle tart case. A limp salad of more unripe tomatos, red onion and leaves was dressed with a tasteless pesto type dressing. I wont be back. The waitress staff were very overworked and professIonally pleasant.