Restaurant Reviews from Coilte

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52.5%

County: Meath

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 11 September 2008

Last Visit: 18 April 2015

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Little Venice restaurant

Old Airport Road, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
78 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2008 ( visited 06th November 2008 )

I ate in this restaurant for the time last week. I hadn’t heard brilliant reports so I didn’t know quite what to expect. My initial impression of the façade and inside décor was that it could do with a bit of updating but not being one to judge a book by it’s cover I thought I’d let the food and service speak for itself. We had just missed the Early Bird which looked like great value but quite limited on choice. However, we were not stuck for choice with the evening menu. To start I went for the Bruchetta which I thought was delicious. Perhaps a little too heavy on the garlic but it tasted so fresh and the bread was fantastic. I thought the olives on top were a nice touch too. My partner went with Crostini and which was also very good, huge portion though which was a little overwhelming. For my main course I went for the Tagliatalle Veneziana. There was a very generous helping of chicken and bacon in this dish and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The pomodoro sauce it was all tossed in was one of the best I’ve ever had. My partner went for Spaghetti Contadina. Another generous helping this time of meatballs and spaghetti. The meatballs were a little dry but again another winner on the sauce front. We finished with a cappuccino each as with such big portions there’s little room left for dessert. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The service was excellent and the food really has an authentic homemade Italian feel about it. I would highly recommend this restaurant for some keenly priced, great Italian food without too much fuss.
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Little Venice restaurant

Old Airport Road, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
78 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2008 ( visited 06th November 2008 )

I ate in this restaurant for the time last week. I hadn’t heard brilliant reports so I didn’t know quite what to expect. My initial impression of the façade and inside décor was that it could do with a bit of updating but not being one to judge a book by it’s cover I thought I’d let the food and service speak for itself. We had just missed the Early Bird which looked like great value but quite limited on choice. However, we were not stuck for choice with the evening menu. To start I went for the Bruchetta which I thought was delicious. Perhaps a little too heavy on the garlic but it tasted so fresh and the bread was fantastic. I thought the olives on top were a nice touch too. My partner went with Crostini and which was also very good, huge portion though which was a little overwhelming. For my main course I went for the Tagliatalle Veneziana. There was a very generous helping of chicken and bacon in this dish and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The pomodoro sauce it was all tossed in was one of the best I’ve ever had. My partner went for Spaghetti Contadina. Another generous helping this time of meatballs and spaghetti. The meatballs were a little dry but again another winner on the sauce front. We finished with a cappuccino each as with such big portions there’s little room left for dessert. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The service was excellent and the food really has an authentic homemade Italian feel about it. I would highly recommend this restaurant for some keenly priced, great Italian food without too much fuss.
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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

Great restaurant, paella wasn't great but everything else was lovely. EB selection was awesome.

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Il Caffe di Napoli
41 Westland Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had dinner here last night and, while the food was good, the service let this place down. We arrived at about 5:30pm and I was delighted that my friend had secured a table outside (it was the hottest day of the year after all). My delight was short-lived as we were told they don’t serve dinner outside, which was annoying but I’m sure they have their reasons so we went downstairs to the restaurant. The setting is pleasant. It’s somewhat rustic and the open kitchen adds to the charm. We were shown to our table and presented with two large menus. The first thing that struck me was there was no Early Bird or Pre-Theatre option. (Seriously? It's 2014.) There can’t be that many restaurants left that don’t have some type of offer, particularly for mid-week. Having said that, our server wasn’t particularly informative, so perhaps they did have an offer which he neglected to tell us about. In a similar way, he neglected to tell us about the specials of the day which we only noticed on a blackboard after we’d placed our order – very frustrating. We both just went for main courses as the menu, particularly for Italian food, is pretty expensive. We also ordered two glasses of white wine and asked for some tap water. We were aghast when we were served room temperature water. On such a warm day, how could they have no ice for water? Maybe there's a ban on cold drinks as our wine wasn’t chilled, either. The water we could probably excuse, but there’s just no excuse for warm Pinot Grigio. Thankfully, our main courses were pretty good. My Chicken Milanese was a little greasy but had a good flavour and my friend’s pasta dish was really nice. We finished off with a cappuccino each, which I must say was excellent. The total bill for two mains, two glasses of wine and two coffees was €55 which we felt was on the steep side. Overall, I thought the food was good but it’s the lack of attention to detail and the lack of a value offering that really lets this restaurant down.

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Thai Orchid (Navan)
Above The Diamond Cinema, Metges Lane, Off Kennedy Road, Navan, Meath

This is one of the best restuarants in Navan. It's authentic Thai food cooked very well. A lot of local restaurants try too hard to accommodate a variety of tastes and you'll often see Thai, Italian, French and Chinese food on the one menu which really doesn't appeal to me. You know exactly what you're getting when you visit the Thai Orchid.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

What a disappointment! I ate brunch here at the weekend and I felt somewhat aggrieved that the menu they had didn’t actually match the menu they had online (where did the waffles go?) and what they served didn’t actually fit the description of their menu! The menu clearly stated that my main course came with potato salad but it arrived with mash? We ordered a side of toast that never arrived and one of my party got a skillet breakfast that was completely over cooked. They also charge lunch prices for breakfast size portions. I had high hopes for this place, perhaps that was the problem.

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Little Venice
Old Airport Road, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

I ate in this restaurant for the time last week. I hadn’t heard brilliant reports so I didn’t know quite what to expect. My initial impression of the façade and inside décor was that it could do with a bit of updating but not being one to judge a book by it’s cover I thought I’d let the food and service speak for itself. We had just missed the Early Bird which looked like great value but quite limited on choice. However, we were not stuck for choice with the evening menu. To start I went for the Bruchetta which I thought was delicious. Perhaps a little too heavy on the garlic but it tasted so fresh and the bread was fantastic. I thought the olives on top were a nice touch too. My partner went with Crostini and which was also very good, huge portion though which was a little overwhelming. For my main course I went for the Tagliatalle Veneziana. There was a very generous helping of chicken and bacon in this dish and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The pomodoro sauce it was all tossed in was one of the best I’ve ever had. My partner went for Spaghetti Contadina. Another generous helping this time of meatballs and spaghetti. The meatballs were a little dry but again another winner on the sauce front. We finished with a cappuccino each as with such big portions there’s little room left for dessert. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The service was excellent and the food really has an authentic homemade Italian feel about it. I would highly recommend this restaurant for some keenly priced, great Italian food without too much fuss.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Overall I think Saba is a great restaurant. The term Asian Fusion is perhaps used a little too liberally in some Dublin restaurants but Saba seems to have got it right. My only gripe would be the service. The waiting staff are quite snotty, not very eager to answer questions and you really get the feeling that they want to turn over the tables as fast as possible. However the food never disappoints and on my the last visit I went for dessert which I tend not to do in Asian restaurants, so I was pleasantly surprised when gooey chocolate pudding arrived. Not quite Asian but divine!!

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