Restaurant Reviews from Cork_Glutton
Strasbourg Goose restaurant
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
Reviewed 07th March 2011 ( visited 12th February 2011 )This is one of the most reasonable restaurants I've ever been to, their 3 courses for €20 is fantastic value. We ate here over Valentines weekend and we expecting a reduced and limited menu, what was on offer couldn't have been further than this. They had a very varied and extensive specials menu on offer. For starters we had fish cakes and stuffed mushrooms. For mains we had lamb shanks and crusty topped hake. For desserts we had chocolate gateaux and pavlova. All of the above were absolutely gorgeous, we couldn't fault any of it. Wine list was a little limited but we couldn't complain about the prices which went from €13 - €19. We had the Chilean Merlot which accompanied the lamb quite well. The service was also great, food came at a nice pace and our waitress was extremely pleasant and helpful. We are definitely returning very soon.
Ahernes Seafood Bar & Restaurant
163 North Main Street, Youghal, Youghal, Cork
Reviewed 15th April 2010 ( visited 27th February 2010 )This is by far the finest seafood restaurant in East Cork... From the outside you would easily mistake it for an average bar, but the quality of the food being served here is outstanding. I have visited this restaurant many times but I always order the seafood platter for my main course and I've yet to be disappointed. Portion size is just right and the selection of shellfish on the dish is also quite good. Starters are always good too and I usually go for one of the specials on the night. Scallops from the menu are great though as they are served nice and simply. Wine selection is just right, not too many and not too few. Service is good, though the restaurant can get really busy as it is a popular choice, especially in the summer period when Youghal itself is busy. I normally don't have dessert here as I'm usually happy with my starter and mains and prefer to finish off with more wine :)
The Bistro @ The Emmet Hotel
Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
A party of 6 of us ate Sunday lunch here at the Emmet Hotel and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Normally, I wouldn't be too enthuastic abbout going to hotels for Sunday lunch as usually carveries are the only option on offer. However, a full a larte menu along with specials was available. Between us, we had roast lamb, seafood chowders, chicken goujons, deluxe burgers and pan fried plaice. All of the above was really really good, even the roast lamb was nice and moist and not dried out like most roasts on a Sunday. Some of us had desserts which included chocolate cake and cheescake, the chocolate cake was especially nice. My only criticism would be the decour of the bistro, it was quite dull and there wasn't much atmosphere. On the plus side, the service was quite prompt and the waitress was quite friendly.
Deasy's Harbour Bar & Seafood Restaurant
Ring Village, Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
Food here is flawless! For starters we had 1) squid slow cooked in red wine with chirizo and crouteon and 2) fish spring rolls with dipping sauce, both of which were delicious. For mains we had 1) brill and turbot with a ginger/carrott sauce and 2) hake on a kale risotto with a cream sauce. Side dishes included new potatoes and shredded cabbage. Cabbage was really tastey and spuds were devine. For dessert we shared a cranberry and chocolate torte which was beautiful! The food was completely flawless, best we've had in a long time. Including a bottle of wine and one espresso the bill came to €106 which is quite pricey, though we both thought it was very much worth it. Our only quibble was with the service; our starters arrived promptly but our mains took approx 50 mins to arrive after finishing our starters...we wouldnt have minded so much but we were really hungry. However, we'll definitely be returning again as the food experience was fantastic.
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
This is one of the most reasonable restaurants I've ever been to, their 3 courses for €20 is fantastic value. We ate here over Valentines weekend and we expecting a reduced and limited menu, what was on offer couldn't have been further than this. They had a very varied and extensive specials menu on offer. For starters we had fish cakes and stuffed mushrooms. For mains we had lamb shanks and crusty topped hake. For desserts we had chocolate gateaux and pavlova. All of the above were absolutely gorgeous, we couldn't fault any of it. Wine list was a little limited but we couldn't complain about the prices which went from €13 - €19. We had the Chilean Merlot which accompanied the lamb quite well. The service was also great, food came at a nice pace and our waitress was extremely pleasant and helpful. We are definitely returning very soon.
5 Main Street, Arklow (above JK's pub), Arklow, Wicklow
I have both eaten in and gotten take aways from this chinese restaurant many times and the quality has always been fantastic. In my opinion it is the best chinese restaurant in Arklow. On our most recent visit we ordered a selection of starters and main courses, our favourite being the House Special Platter, Crispy Shredded Chicken, Duck with Orange Sauce and the King Prawn Fried rice. An extensive wine list is always on offer along with a small choice of asian and non-asian bottled beers. Price-wise, it is very competitive and on a par with what other chinese restaurants are charging; overall I think most chinese restaurants are very competitive. The service here is always good, the staff rarely seem to change, which is always a good thing in my opinion. The restaurant is a little small and sometimes it can get a little noisy if there are large groups eating. In summary, I will keep on returning to this restaurant because of the good quality and service on offer.
Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Cork
The setting of this restaurant is fantastic, though on this visit our food was a little disappointing. We ate here on a Saturday, because it was a Bank Holiday we were only offered the Sunday Lunch menu. On top of this their pizza menu (which was part of the Sunday Lunch) menu was not available either and as a result our options were pretty limited. We had salads and seafood chowders for starters which were all delicious. For our main courses we were left with very few options and so we order three roast of the day (lamb) and one chicken goujons. The roasts were all a little dry and we felt like we it was cooked quite a few hours beforehand, it was neither tender nor succulent. However, the goujons were nice and tender and were really fresh and tasty. For dessert, we were again limited as they had no ice cream. One of us ordered the chocolate browny which was incredibly hard and heavy, between 4 of us we found it hard to finish. We love good food and are far from fussy, but because we were celebrating a birthday on this day we felt really let down by the choice and quality on the day. We have eaten in the Church quite a few times before this but when we return we will ensure to go when a full dinner menu is being served.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
We ate in this restaurant at mid-afternoon as a group of 4 adults and 2 kids under the age of 3. While waiting on our food the kids were seated at the table with us with the aid of the restaurants funky seat attachments. This made a nice change from the usual plastic high-chairs which are provided. The kids were given crayons and colouring-in sheets which kept them nice and quiet for most of our meal. We only ate a main course each at our meal, the quality of which was fantastic, though we were not happy with the portion size. One of our party ordered the surf and turf, the surf consisted of just 2 prawns which was a little disappointing. I had the chive sausages which were superb, it's not something which I would usually order but this was heart warming and really tasty. The menu has a good choice of wine and coffees, all at reasonable prices. My only other gripe was the cost of their beer, I was charged €6.25 for a pint of Heineken, quite ridiculous in my opinion. Service was good, our waiter and waitress were both very pleasant and happy to serve us. Toilet facilities were really good here too, when we visited they were all kept pretty well.
Willie Pa's Bar & Restaurant
Colamane Cross Bantry, Bantry, Cork
I was part of a party of 8 people who ate in this restaurant in September 2010 and we all thought this restaurant is one of the nicest hidden gems in Cork. As per one of the previous reviews of this restaurant, the welcome you receive is so warming and something which you rarely experience anymore. The head waiter (and manager) of the restaurant is extremely charming and it's clear he loves what he does as he is an exceptional host. The food in the restaurant is outstanding, especially considering the wide choice of options on the menu. There is plenty of choice on the a la carte menu and on the night the specials included 2 fish dishes as well as a meat dish. Between the 8 of us we ordered various dishes from the menus but the highlights were the fillet steaks (which were huge), the homemade chips and sea bass with prawn sauce (special of the night). The dessert choice is quite varied too, the best by far was the Death by Chocolate which consisted of a medley of chocolate desserts. Beverages were very reasonable also, wine prices started at approximately €19, full bar was also available. One of the additional warming characteristics of this restaurant is the sourcing of the food. Most of the food on the menu has the sources listed such as local gubeen chirizo and cheese. All eggs used in the recipes are sourced from the restaurants own chicken house. Most of the staff are relatively young but service was exceptional; we were seated on time, food arrived at a nice pace and portion sizes were big but not too big that we were too full. I cannot make one criticism about this restaurant at all, it is seriously the best we've visited in a very long time.
Silks Restaurant @ The Horse & Jockey Hotel
Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Tipperary
This is a perfect stop off point for travelling the new motorway between Cork - Dublin, it's only a 1 minute drive off the motorway, so it doesn't take much time out of your journey...apart from the slow service. We stopped off here on a Friday night, most of the evening rush had passed and it was relatively quiet. We only ordered main courses but waited over 45 minutes to get them. There wasn't shortage of waiters/waitresses so the delay must have been in the kitchen. The quality and price of the food was quite good though. I had steak and my wife had fish and chips, both were very tasty, portion sizes were very large. During the day time they have a superb cake and coffee bar open here serving a huge range of cakes and breads, it closes at approx 5pm though.
4/5 South Main St, Co City, Cork City, Cork
Wagamama is by far my favourite casual restaurant ever! On this occasion I went with my wife and the food was as always up to it's usual high standard. For starters we shared the deep fried squid which was very tastey. As a side tip I'd recommend asking for a wedge of lime, goes very well with this dish. For mains I had the beef teryaki with udon noodles and my wife had the chicken chilli men, both of which were light on the stomach and devine! These were washed down with a freshly squeezed fruit juice and a few asian beers. Service on this particular night wasn't great, though usually the service here is fantastic. Our waiter forgot to bring our water and our beers, he did the same with the guys next to us. Perhaps he was a new employee here and was just getting used to the place, but it won't affect our opinion of the place at all. Wagamama is a fantastic place for casual dining, the food is healthy and the service is usually very fast.
The Apple Market, John Street, Waterford City, Waterford
Fantastic pizza, great prices, good service and delicious ice cream to top it all off :) I've been to Gino's in Waterford many a time while at college there. The pizza is consistently good and the prices have never increased that much at all. Staff seems to change quite a lot but service has always been good. Interior is simple but clean. Wide range of clientele, from secondary school kids, to families, couples and party groups. If you don't want to sit down for pizza you can also take it away. A fabulous selection of ice cream is also available for take away.
Ahernes Seafood Bar & Restaurant
163 North Main Street, Youghal, Youghal, Cork
This is by far the finest seafood restaurant in East Cork... From the outside you would easily mistake it for an average bar, but the quality of the food being served here is outstanding. I have visited this restaurant many times but I always order the seafood platter for my main course and I've yet to be disappointed. Portion size is just right and the selection of shellfish on the dish is also quite good. Starters are always good too and I usually go for one of the specials on the night. Scallops from the menu are great though as they are served nice and simply. Wine selection is just right, not too many and not too few. Service is good, though the restaurant can get really busy as it is a popular choice, especially in the summer period when Youghal itself is busy. I normally don't have dessert here as I'm usually happy with my starter and mains and prefer to finish off with more wine :)
Main Street, Killarney, Kerry
Milano's is probably my favourite place to go for pizza. Milano's in Killarney is very nice but there is a noticeable difference between Milano's in Cork and it's mainly down to the atmosphere. From the outside Milano's Killarney always looks like it's closed because it's so dull. It's only when you pull on the door that you can tell if it's open or not. The interior is also quite open but still a little dark and dull. Howvever, one thing which sticks out here is the toilets, they are always kept very well and clean. Wrt food, I always go for pizza of course :) Usually, it's made up with whatever I fancy on the day but it's always made to perfection. One thing I can never understand is why they never cut the pizza before bringing it to the table. When you're eating the last few pieces of the pizza it can be become a little difficult to cut with just your knife and fork. My wife has tried the lasagne and calleloni here and both dished are really tasty. Drinks menu is basic enough, though they do serve the Italian beer Azzuri Peroni which is very nice. Staff here are always pleasant, especially one waitress in particular, though I don't recall her name. I've yet to have a bad meal in Milano's Killarney, they are consistently serving quality food.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Saba is a fine restaurant with a great buzz of an atmosphere, though it can tend to get quite busy! When I ate here I had the peppered squid for starters and the Pad Thai for main course. The squid was very tasty, though the portion was quite small. However, the Pad Thai was fab, lots of flavours and fresh coriander and quite a large portion for the decent price of €14.95. Drinks menu is quite varied with a good selection of Asian beers to accompany the spicy food. Service was fast considering the amount of diners on the night we were there. My only criticism would be the size of their tables, we ate at a table for two people which we found to be quite small, though it didn't take from what was overall a lovely meal. Make a reservation if you can to avoid any lengthy queues, though there is ample space in their bar for some pre-dinner drinks.
The Old School House Restaurant
Clarenbridge, Clarenbridge, Galway
We had a Sunday lunch in this restaurant during the Summer and thoroughly enjoyed this fine hideaway restaurant. The restaurant itself is located in an old schoolhouse (hence the name) and it's nice to see some of the old touches are still in place in the decor. There is ample parking and the toilets were very clean and well maintained. The menu here was quite varied for a Sunday lunch and the quality of the food and service was very high. I had lamb shank which was both tasty and filling. My wife had sea bream which light but moist and perfectly cooked. We shared a desert of chocolate brownie with ice cream which was also delicious. Service was fast and the bill being placed in an old school book was a lovely little touch. Price wise, it was a little more expensive than a Sunday carvery meal but for the quality of the food it was still very reasonable.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I have eaten in the Market Bar many times and every time has been delicious! The menu is quite small but most dishes are of great value and taste. My favourite items on the menu is the meats balls and the fish pie, they taste lovely and their price is great too. There is a full bar service and a wide range of wines on offer, they especially have a good selection by the glass. What I also like the amount of space in the restaurant which makes it very buggy friendly.
The Malthouse Granary
30 Ashe Street, Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
This was my third visiting the Malt House but this visit was far below the standard it used to have. For starters, I had a tomato based seafood chowder which was delicious. My wife had goats cheese, the portion of cheese was quite small for the price and was accompanied with far too much salad and berries for the size of the cheese. The mains were a massive let down. I order the fillet steak with brandy and peppercorn sauce. The sauce was tasteless with no texture and the beef wasn't even seasoned properly. My wife had John Dory which was also quite bland, it came with a prawn sauce which didn't do anything to help the taste. The veg was pub grub standard, cold mashed carrots, beetroot, parsnips and 3 mangetout each. The potato in the potato gratin had turned black in some places. Because the main courses were so bad we decided to skip dessert. The couple behind us were not impressed with their food either and they both swapped their meals. Service was quite good considering there was only one waitress for the entire restaurant of approx 30 - 35 people. She was very pleasant and the food was brought promptly enough. The restaurant was quite cold and drafty, few other diners requested to have their scarves back from the cloakroom to ease the draft on their shoulders. We used to love this restaurant but would we go back after this visit? No way!