Restaurant Reviews from Bluenose07
The Black Sheep restaurant
Schull, Schull, Cork
Reviewed 12th January 2011 ( visited 31st December 2010 )We went to West Cork for new years and while driving back to our accommodation after a day of driving around we stopped off in the Black Sheep for some food. The minute we walked in through the door we were met with a smile. The place was not overly busy but had a lovely atmosphere. We positioned ourselves beside the open turf fire which was welcome on a cold cold day! Anyhow, onto the food. I ordered the cod and fish and my girlfriend, bacon & cabbage. After about 10 mins the food was delivered and oh my god, it was divine. The cod & side salad was so fresh and easily the nicest battered cod I’ve ever had and according to my girlfriend, the bacon and cabbage was sublime. Very generous portions served with a smile. Highly, highly recommend this place.
Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 12th January 2010 ( visited 09th January 2010 )We went here based on the comments on Menu Pages but I just don’t understand all the glowing reports. Was there last Sat night with my girlfriend. We were seated upstairs where it was very quiet. The starters were ok, nothing to write home about. I had the Chilli Lime beef for the main course and had to send it back. It was way to sour and all I could taste was lemon (not lime or even the beef). They gave me the 5 spice chicken in return and unfortunately this was no better. The red wine was freezing. I understand that the weather was cold but when you pay €22 for a bottle, you would expect the simple thing to receiving the red wine at room temperature. No complaints about the staff, very friendly but to be honest, I won’t be going back. If anyone asked me, I would recommend what I feel are better Thai restaurants around that area.
Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We went here on Sunday for some lunch and to use up my Menu pages voucher. 2 courses & 2 glasses of wine for 2 people €25.95. Brill value! Anyhow, there was only one guy working when we arrived and he couldn’t have been more courteous & professional considering the place was pretty busy. For starters we ordered the chicken wings and Quesadilla which were absolutely gorgeous and the portions were really generous. The same could be said for the wine which was chosen by the staff member and a good job at that. For the main course, both of us had the grilled fajitas, one chicken and one beef. The chicken was lovely but the beef was very chewy. For me it was also slightly undercooked and there was way to much water/juices from the veg in the tray. It didn’t stop me from eating it but, if I was getting it again I’d go for the chicken. Portion size once again was very generous and it was nice to be given a jug of iced water and not have to ask for it. No complaints whatsoever and we will definitely be back. Thoroughly enjoyed the place and top marks to the staff. It refreshing when you have someone serving you who genuinely cares! I’d definitely recommend it.
Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Went here for lunch wt my g’friend on bank holiday Monday. Nice atmosphere in the place with the exception of a few kids running loose (nothing to do wt the restaurant). We checked out the lunch menu online before going only to be told that it was not available on bank holiday Mondays when we arrived. Ended up ordering 2 courses + tea or coffee for €22, slightly pricey I think but, that’s just my opinion. My g’friend ordered the chicken skewers and I ordered the pork spare ribs to start. No complaints about the food, slightly a bit too much fat on the ribs but tasty none the less. Only gripe about the starters was that it took 45mins from once we ordered to get the food out to us. Not great considering there seemed to be loads of staff working and the restaurant wasn’t exactly full. For the main, I had the yellow thai curry and it was fab! Really big portions and the steamed rice were cooked perfectly. Def recommend it. We didn’t have deserts but looking at what other people had, they looked good. Unfortunately it took 20 mins for us to get the bill and I had to ask 3 different members of staff before eventually getting it. It was frustrating to say the least. Overall it was nice but I wouldn’t see myself rushing back, that’s not to say I won’t be especially for the yellow curry. The restaurant itself looks a bit run down and the carpet on the upper level is filthy and add to that there were loads of food splashes on the wall above the radiator where we were sitting. The staff were very friendly but an hour and a half to get a 2 course ‘lunch’ for 2 people when the restaurant is only half full was disappointing. I’m sitting on the fence with this place I think!!
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Out & about on a Sunday and we popped into here for a quick bite to eat. The place itself was lovely, very warm & comfy. We had the mackerel/salmon & pâté for starters. No complaints. The staff was very friendly, very accommodating & service with a smile. For mains I had pasta, mushrooms & chicken. Loads on the plate and very, very tasty. My partner had home made burgers and mash. Burger was fab’, really juicy. Topped off with a bottle of wine and all in all, very pleasant experience & very reasonably priced. Only complaint I would have would be that the place was a wee bit cramped. I had to disturb a couple beside me to squeeze by when leaving as our tables were really close together. That said, we will definitely be back. Recommend!
Tenors Grill Room (Naas)
Fairgreen Street, Naas, Kildare
Was here with a group of 7 for a pre Christmas dinner. On arrival the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The restaurant itself is lovely. We all had 3 courses, overall the food was lovely and everyone enjoyed the night. If I had a complaint it would be the desert menu. It’s pretty basic and we felt the choice on offer was a bit poor. That said, it was reasonably priced and we would definitely go back.
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Overall a nice place. Staff were very friendly and very efficient. I had the Bolognese and my girlfriend had the lasagne with a side of garlic bread to share which is massive and very tasty. Nice size portions, so I’m glad I didn’t get a starter. Food was lovely, atmosphere was good but they could have been a bit more generous with the glass of red house wine though!! If I were to give one complaint it would be with the toilets. After a day of shopping etc I needed to wash my hands. There was no soap to properly wash up (my girlfriend said the same with the ladies toilets), floors and urinals were very dirty. Not pleasant but you know what, if I needed a quick tasty bite and I was in the area, I’d definitely go back.
The Hunters Rest
Upper Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Mitchelstown, Cork
Stopped here on the way down to West Cork from Kildare and the food was so good, we stopped off for dinner on the way back up as well. Beautiful food, generous portions and the place on both occasions was full of locals eating which is never a bad sign. Very reasonably priced. As pub grub goes, it up there with the best of them.
The Black Sheep
Schull, Schull, Cork
We went to West Cork for new years and while driving back to our accommodation after a day of driving around we stopped off in the Black Sheep for some food. The minute we walked in through the door we were met with a smile. The place was not overly busy but had a lovely atmosphere. We positioned ourselves beside the open turf fire which was welcome on a cold cold day! Anyhow, onto the food. I ordered the cod and fish and my girlfriend, bacon & cabbage. After about 10 mins the food was delivered and oh my god, it was divine. The cod & side salad was so fresh and easily the nicest battered cod I’ve ever had and according to my girlfriend, the bacon and cabbage was sublime. Very generous portions served with a smile. Highly, highly recommend this place.
Dublin Road, Naas, Kildare
Went here with my girlfriend after she was raving about it from a previous visit with her friends. First impressions, the place is lovely, great athmosphere and very comfortable. The early bird menu looked good, great selections but my girlfriend noticed the price had gone up since her last visit. I ordered the bruschetta which came with no tomato. Strange!! For the main course, i got pizza which was lovely. G'friend had pasta which was way over cooked and slightly cold. The service was really slow, 40 mins before we got served but it just looked like they were under staffed. That said, the lady who served us was fantastic, always smiling. Wont be rushing back there unfortunately.
14 Parnell Place, Cork City, Cork
Went here for my g'friends b'day. I thought the place on first impressions was very original in it's style and, as is always welcome, we were met with a friendly smile. Athmos' wa grand, not too loud not to quiet. There were a few families there making use of the cheap prices no doubt but don't let this put you off if your are not a family person as the food more than makes up for it. Service was spot on. We were never rushed, food was excellent, loved the marble tables and it's very reasonably price wise. Def recommend it.
Jacks Bar & Dining Area @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare
I'm a regular at Jacks bar & Dining for lunch. The place is magnificent from the minute you walk in for its uniqueness and warmth. Staff is very friendly and service fast. Great atmosphere and most importantly, food is lovely and trust me, you’ll be well full walking out of the place. Def worth a visit at least once and I guarantee you will be back.
The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
For pub grub it's not a bad spot. Staff are very friendly, slightly pricey but a good spot for a 'quick fix'. Pub wise, great athmosphere. Yeah, would recommend it!!
Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We went here based on the comments on Menu Pages but I just don’t understand all the glowing reports. Was there last Sat night with my girlfriend. We were seated upstairs where it was very quiet. The starters were ok, nothing to write home about. I had the Chilli Lime beef for the main course and had to send it back. It was way to sour and all I could taste was lemon (not lime or even the beef). They gave me the 5 spice chicken in return and unfortunately this was no better. The red wine was freezing. I understand that the weather was cold but when you pay €22 for a bottle, you would expect the simple thing to receiving the red wine at room temperature. No complaints about the staff, very friendly but to be honest, I won’t be going back. If anyone asked me, I would recommend what I feel are better Thai restaurants around that area.
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Have eatin here a few times and have always enjoyed the food + the service was always good (bit fast with the place when it is quiet). Staff are always accomodating all the same. The yuk sung is magic by the way, def recommend it. Was there one Sat night with my girlfriend and surprisingly they allowed a family with 4 very young kid in @ 10pm and sat them right beside us. Seriously took away from our romantic dinner and haven't been back since. Some day though, kind of going through a Thai phase at present :-)
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Was here with a friend on Saturday night. The place was full, great athmosphere and the food was lovely. Desite people queuing to get a table, we were never rushed, allowed to chat and finish our food and wine in peace. Very reasonable. All in all a very enjoyable experience. Def going back.
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Went there on a Friday night with my partner. Was seated downstairs which is just a super area to dine. Great athmosphere and lovely setting. Only downside was that i ordered the spagetti carbonara and every piece of bacon in my meal had bone attached. Waitress asked if 'everything was ok?' when i said 'no' she was already walking away. Had to grab managers attention as waitress was unsure how to deal with complaint from a customer. In fairness to the Manager, he was very understanding and helpful. Would def go back but only if i could sit down stairs. :-)
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went there at night with 3 friends, the place not that busy. Food was very average, my main course had very little meat and was mostly just peppers and onion despite the menu saying combo (beef & chicken). The one bit of chicken i did get had bone attached. Not pleasant & deff not good value. Place was very quiet and the staff were appauling to the point that we were never offered us a desert menu and never asked if we would like tea or coffee. We just grabbed the bill and headed. Pity really as it's a lovely place but i can't see myself heading back any time soon as a result of the service and small meat portions.