Restaurant Reviews from Chinagirl1976
No. of Reviews: 16
Member Since: 15 March 2007
Last Visit: 10 May 2016
Platform Pizza Bar restaurant
7 Strand Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow
Reviewed 09th April 2014 ( visited 06th April 2014 )This is a great little place. Be warned, you need to book, even on a week night as it's so popular! Great, simple menu and excellent value. The staff are exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful. You pay €1 for a carafe of sparkling water which is then refilled for you all night with no extra cost. Pizzas are all very reasonably priced starting around €10. Couldn't recommend this place more highly!
The Village Gate Arcade (Carpark), Main St, Bray, Wicklow
Reviewed 26th May 2011 ( visited 21st May 2011 )A nice little restaurant. My only complaint about the food is that they seem to serve garlic mayonnaise/sauce with everything. For example, my mother had delicious prawns wrapped in filo pastry as a starter and I had feta fritters. They both came with the garlic dip. I really feel that a fruit coulis/fresh fruit would be much nicer with the feta, in particular. Other than that I can't really fault it. And it's great that you bring your own wine as it really keeps the price down!
Platform Pizza Bar
7 Strand Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow
This is a great little place. Be warned, you need to book, even on a week night as it's so popular! Great, simple menu and excellent value. The staff are exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful. You pay €1 for a carafe of sparkling water which is then refilled for you all night with no extra cost. Pizzas are all very reasonably priced starting around €10. Couldn't recommend this place more highly!
2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
My parents, partner and I had dinner in Juniors on Saturday 24th August. The staff are warm and welcoming. The service is excellent and the food delicious. My only slight gripe would be with the bench seat I had as it was not particularly comfortable! But don't let this put you off as there is only one of these in the place. Other than that I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Four of us had a pre-theatre meal at Le Bon Crubeen on 17th August. The food was very good but I felt the place lacked atmosphere and although I think it was perfectly clean, it felt grubby as it is a little tatty. Also the service was very slow. Thankfully we had allowed 2.5 hours before we needed to be at the Gate!
Crown Of India
73 Main Street, Bray, Bray, Wicklow
My partner Ronan and I had dinner at the Crown of India on the night of Saturday 27th July. We read three excellent reviews on Menupages so decided we must give this place a try. On arrival and in general, the staff were pleasant but not particularly expressive in any way. I had the goats cheese taftan for my starter. It was very generous and the presentation was lovely but the cheese was too strong for my liking unfortunately. Ronan had the Chowpatti Bhel Poori which was delicious but we were slightly surprised that it was served chilled. For my main, I had Shrimp Kovlam which was tasty with a slight kick. Ronan had Beef Achari which was a pleasant braised beef dish. We shared a Peshwari naan (nice but far too sweet), a roti and pilau rice. The only problem with our main courses was that they were a bit on the cold side. The only reason we did not send them back was because the service was so slow. We arrived at 7pm and had only had our starters by 8pm. This should not have been the case as the restaurant was not busy with only three other tables occupied. When you order the bill they have a nice trick of bringing you a plate of what looks like after dinner mints. But when the pour hot water over them, they transform into hot towels. Personally I would have preferred a complimentary liqueur, especially as we had to point out that they had charged us for 2 beers that we didn’t have! The Crown of India has the potential to be a lovely restaurant but they need to pull their socks up a bit, especially as the location is not ideal (upstairs on the Main Street) and many restaurants have failed here in the past.
Sizzlers Bar & Grill
51 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow
My partner and I enjoy eating out as much as possible. There is a very good selection of gastro pubs and restaurants in Bray (where we live) and Sizzlers is no exception. The host was extremely welcoming and pleasant. We ate from the Early Bird menu which was reasonably priced and provided an excellent selection. Liam had potato skins which were exactly as potato skins should but rarely are. His only gripe was that there was no blue cheese, as mentioned on the menu. I had prawns, wrapped in wanton pastry. They were perfectly cooked. I was only slightly disappointed that they came with sweet chili sauce instead of plum sauce as advertised. For his main course, Liam had sirloin steak which was cooked beautifully. I opted for baby back ribs. They were extremely tender and could only be improved if served with some sauce on the side. The accompanying coleslaw was to die for! Sizzlers is a very good restaurant and we will definitely be back for seconds!
Hugo's Restaurant at Druids Glen Resort
Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow
My partner and I had dinner here this evening. The food was spectacular. I had goats cheese followed by baked halibut and plum and cinnamon crumble with lemon posset to finish. Beyond divine! Liam had rabbit terrine, strip loin steak and chocolate fondant. I had to stop him licking the plates! It's expensive but absolutely worth it!
46-47 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin , Dalkey, Dublin
We arrived and were shown to our table. We were given our menus and then waited 10 minutes before anyone came near us again. We had been in the restaurant almost half an hour before we were asked if we'd like a drink. We then waited another ten minutes before our order was taken. My partner Liam ordered meat balls to start, followed by steak. I ordered calamari and a pizza with feta and pepperoni. The meatballs were delicious according to Liam and my calamari was perfectly acceptable. Our main courses arrived and immediately I could see from Liam’s face that he was disappointed with the steak. I wasn’t surprised as it looked terrible. It was just a steak served on top of some soggy roast potatoes with a side order of ordinary boiled vegetables. My pizza had chicken on it instead of pepperoni. And I don’t mean roast chicken – it looked like that cheap thinly sliced stuff that you get in sandwiches at a garage. When the waitress asked how everything was, I didn’t want to cause a fuss but felt I did need to mention the wrong ingredient on my pizza. She offered to change it but I didn’t want to wait because Liam would be finished his meal by the time I got a new pizza. As expected, the pizza had almost no flavour so I was forced to smother it in chilli oil. A male member of staff approached us and asked how the meal was. I told him about the mix-up with the pizza and he told me that I was eating the pizza so it must be good. My Irish born parents live in Umbria so I have had plenty of experience with pizza. By no stretch of the imagination could that pizza have been described as ‘good’. He then muttered something under his breath about getting us desserts or coffees or something. I assumed he meant that we would be given them on the house. When we asked for the bill, we were offered nothing - not even a drink on the house! Avoid this place!!!
17 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
I have eaten in the Guinea Pig many times over the years so when I saw the deal on Menupages, I jumped at it! The owner/chef greeted us on arrival as being the first arrivals from the deal. He made us feel so welcome. I had Oak Smoked Salmon Parcels to start and my partner Liam had Smokies (flaked Smoked Cod, simmered in Cream, Tomato & Herbs & finished with Cheese) - both of which were absolutely delicious. For my main, I had Fillet of Sole stuffed with prawns, steamed, on a bed of mushrooms in white wine sauce. This is possibly one of the most delicious fish dishes I have ever had. Liam had sirloin steak which was cooked to perfection. I couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough. Although the prices are high, the food is absolutely amazing and well worth the expense for a special night out.
Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Absolutely fabulous food! Very good value. Great service and lovely views. I couldn't recommend this restaurant more!
The Village Gate Arcade (Carpark), Main St, Bray, Wicklow
A nice little restaurant. My only complaint about the food is that they seem to serve garlic mayonnaise/sauce with everything. For example, my mother had delicious prawns wrapped in filo pastry as a starter and I had feta fritters. They both came with the garlic dip. I really feel that a fruit coulis/fresh fruit would be much nicer with the feta, in particular. Other than that I can't really fault it. And it's great that you bring your own wine as it really keeps the price down!
The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
This little restaurant in the heart of Greystones is an absolute gem. I don't think I have ever come across friendlier staff and the food is exceptionally good.
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin
I love this restaurant because it serves so much more than your standard Indian restaurant fare of onion bhajis and samosas. The staff are friendly and efficient.
Ragazzi Italian Ristorante
109 Coliemore Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
Lovely food. Great pizzas. And the waiters are not sleazy at all!! They are funny and quirky and make you laugh.
The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Fantastic simple food. Great atmosphere. Helpful staff that will recommend a different wine to go with the different foods, including desserts. Can't recommend this place enough and although the wine is expensive, the food bill is very reasonable so all in all, a fairly inexpensive night out!
Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow
Campo De Fiori is by far the best and most authentic Italian restaurant I have been to in Ireland. The food is simple and fresh. The staff are fantastically friendly and welcoming. I usually eat there at least twice a month. You must try it!