Restaurant Reviews from Countrybumpkin

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Last Visit: 28 October 2013

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Carousel Dining Room - Closed restaurant

Upstairs @ the Coach House, Esmonde Street, Gorey, Wexford

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
1 review

Reviewed 16th March 2010 ( visited 06th March 2010 )

We visited on a Saturday evening and enjoyed a wonderful evening. The restaurant is over the pub, but with a separate entrance. The entire building has been re-built recently to the highest specification, but with an 'Old Worlde' charm As soon as you enter the restaurant you are back in the 1920's. The decor is in muted blues, warm and inviting, and the background music is 20's. You arrive into a seating area with comfortable armchairs ranged round a blazing fire [there is another open fire in the dining area], and immediately feel the staff are delighted to see you. In fact, throughout the evening the service was excellent - attentive, friendly, efficient but not intrusive. The food was beautifully presented. I had the chicken livers to start, which were perfect, followed by the monkfish and butterflied giant prawns. Everything was fresh, tasy and delicious. Another of our party had the fillet steak, which I tasted. Yummy! So tender and full of flavour. Even though the portions are not big, we were all too satisfied to have a dessert each, so shared a toffee pudding soufle [divine!] and one cheeseboard. We finished with excellent coffee, and a port each [couldn't resist!] We all agreed that Carousel is a great addition to Gorey - a place to go for a romantic evening, special occasion or just because 'you're worth it'! Having said that, we found the pricing on the whole very fair for the quality of food, service and environment.
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Phoenix - Closed restaurant

39-40 Main street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
10 reviews

Reviewed 16th February 2009 ( visited 16th February 2009 )

Phoenix is my VERY favourite Chinese restaurant ever! The food is always fresh, delicious, well presented and good value. Service is friendly and excellent without being intrusive. Nice touches for a modestly priced restaurant are the crisp linen tablecloths and linen napkins. George is always so welcoming. Try the Dim Sum, the Salt and Chilli Prawns, Yuk Sung for starters. The Fillet Beef stirred fried with chilli is wonderful, as is the Cantanese Duck on the mains. Before I forget - do try the Broccoli stirfried with Garlic as a side dish. So fresh,crisp and Yum Yum! Well done, Phoenix. You never let us down!
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La Dolce Vita (Wexford)
6-7 Trimmers Lane, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

We found the food to be average for price. I ordered Calves Liver - was not asked how I liked it, but it was tasty, though sitting on top of watery onions. Pasta was very disappointing, overcooked and smothered with a poor tomato sauce. Salad ordered did not appear, and we were overcharged for one coffee. The waitress appeared totally deaf [although only two tables occupied] and it was the owner who stepped in to serve us. The bill also showed two iems listed as 'tax' that amounted to 13% of bill [only noticed this later]. Will be slow to return.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill Blackrock
Main Street, South Co. Dublin , Blackrock, Dublin

Another excellent visit to Ouzo's. Such charming staff - so welcoming, friendly and efficient. Try the grilled lamb cutlets - absolutely delicious! I like the atmosphere there, it is calm and warm during the day, and being alone is never a problem. The welcome is the same. €17.95 for two courses for unfailingly excellent food has to be the best value in town!

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Blairscove Restaurant
Durrus, Bantry, Co.Cork, Bantry, Cork

We stayed in Blairscove for a week, and ate in the resaurant on four evenings. It really was a magical experience on each occasion. The coach house is so atmospheric, with views over beautiful Dunmanus Bay. There are so many special features, from the high ceiling to the artwork, the open fires to the crisp linen on the tables and the excellent lighting. At one end is an open cooking area where much of the meat is prepared according to orders. The magnificent central spread where you choose starters is eye-boggling, there is just so much choose of every kind of dish, from oysters to pates, from sushi to duck salad to beetroot cured gravilax and amazing accompaniments like pea and cottage cheese wasabi. All sooooo fresh and delicious. Every night was a feast! The mains varied from duck to lamb's kidneys, fish of the day [cooked in a n original way which enhanced all the flavours] to steaks, lamb and chicken; also an interesting vegetarian option., Something for everyone! The dessert trolley groaned with variety, too; again, something for all tastes [including cheese board]. The wine list was not extensive, but very pleasing. We thought that €58 for a three course meal plus coffee and petit fours very good value and will definitely be returning.

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House Restaurant
Cliff House Hotel, Middle Road, Ardmore, Ardmore, Waterford

Enjoyed a lovely weekend at The Cliff House, made extra special by the wonderful food. It really is superb - every course delightful and surprising, from breakfast through to the extraordinary evening meals. Every morsel was full of flavour and each course was really well balanced. The service is delightful, and the wines excellent. Can't wait to visit again!

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

Took a friend to Saba before going to the theatre, and hoped to introduce her to good 'fusion food'. We arrived at 5pm and there was a good atmosphere and music. Service was fine, and the dessert [chocolate fondant] was delicious. The Rose wine was excellent. However, the rest of the meal was a let down. Maybe it was because we went mainly with the all-in menu at €23. 95. Starters were salmon [mashed up into small pieces and tasteless] they looked like left-overs; what was supposed to be duck spring rolls but which were tiny bits of shredded duck in a pancake which was cold, and grilled asparagus [off main menu]. This was pretty tasteless too. I had stir fry prawns, which came drowned in soy sauce and the vegetables very limp [as if it had been cooked earler and reheated], and my friend had Pad Thai, which was very mediocre and small. Disappointing for such a popular restaurant

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Greenacres Restaurant
Selskar, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Greenacres on a January Saturday afternoon. It was fairly busy, but staff were welcoming, friendly and efficient. The menue was 'blackboard', and everything was just soooo fresh and delicious. I had a striploin steak with salad and fries. Perfectly cooked to my request [medium rare] with ypepper sauce [in ramekin] which tasted freshly made, crisp fries and a very fresh salad with some black olives. My partner had sea bass which he declared was 'perfect'. We shared the €5 deal of dessert and coffee which was a custard fruit tart and cream. again, beautifully cooked and presented. Two glasses of wine were good value for quality. We wll be back!

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Called in at Mao for a quick lunch, and was pleasantly surprised with the new decor. Quite heavy looking, but comfortable. I had the stir-fried pork and it was really good and fresh. For dessert the fried bananas in coconut with icecream was excellent. The service was quick and efficient, There were only a few people in the restaurant, however [which probably says something]. My waiter was charming and a very pleasant girl cleared tables. The staff do seem to hang out at the back of the restaurant, though, so I can see there being problems if they got busy. There also wasn't the 'alert' factor in the staff that I have noticed at other branches of Mao. I would eat in this branch again, but probably only outside main eating hours!

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Four of us met for a chatty lunch. We had a wonderful time. There is such a lovely atmosphere, efficient and friendly service and excellent food. We had three warm chicken liver salads and one deep fried cheese. Everything was beautifully presented and melt-in-the mouth. We then had three fried fillets of bass [again melt-in-the-mout and so-o-o tasty], and a pan fried striploin of veal, which was hearty and delicious. Various desserts finished off the meal and were of the same high standard and presentation. The wine was good too and reasonably priced. La Mere Zou really offers a lovely experience and good value. Will be back again soon!

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Wagamama Dundrum
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

This new branch of Wagamama has recently opened and has the fresh and bright look of a new place. However, the food is a disappointment. I have visited twice. First time I had the lunch menu. The chicken dumplings were good, but the main of a mixed fried rice managed to be greasy and tasteless at the same time. However, having been a fan of the Stephens Green branch for many years, I decided to give this branch another go. I ordered the seafood ramen. The broth was really tasty, but it was woefully short of seafood - only two shrunken and dried up prawns, a tiny bit of overcooked salmon and some quid that smelled decidedly dodgy. There was also another ingredient [not fish] aplenty, but it was inedible. My dessert of coconut icecream with mango salsa was delicious, and the green tea was nice but very well stewed. Service was pleasant, but far too intrusive. I actually felt sorry for the staff, as they seemed somewhat uncomfortable with asking me every two minutes if I wanted anything else etc. I did comment at the end of the meal, to be told they would 'tell the chef'. I won't be returning to this Wagamama!

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

We had a late lunch at O'Connell's and really loved the place! They have kept the 'old' look which creates it's own atmosphere.There was a nice warm buzz helped along by the cheery, friendly and efficient service. We had the black pudding starter which was delicious and excellent value at €2.95. Two of us had the plaice and chips - again really fresh and delicious and cooked without batter. The other main was the hake with cheese crumb topping - again just so tasty. I did think they went a bit overboard with the additional veg and dauphinoise potatoes - not really needed [though tucked into!] I had a glass of Pinot Grigio which was very pleasant. We can't wait to go again!

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Alex Restaurant
Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Before going on to NCH we had the early bird dinner for €32. It was really excellent! So tasty, beautifully presented and extremely good value. The restaurant lacks a bit in atmosphere [maybe because it is an extension of the Reception, front bar area]. However, this is more than made up for with lovely tableware, charming, efficient and friendly staff and delicious food. We will definitely return!

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Ristorante Rinuccini Restaurant
No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Three of us dropped in to Rinuccini today at lunch time. What a find! It really is a beautiful restaurant, with such a lovely atmosphere - and nice and warm after the blowy outside. It is lovely to have linen table cloths and napkins, and soon after we sat down we were offered breads and butter in a dish [not wrapped portions]. We had fish of the day [baked haddock stuffed with carrots and spinach], and the crab spaghetti dish with a side order of dressed salad leaves. Everything was absolutely delicious - fresh, beautifully presented and very tasty. If I have any comment it would be that the dressing on the salad was a little salty [a very minor gripe]. For dessert we shared a rhubarb and apple tartlet with marscopone and a delicious sauce topping it off. Good coffee completed our excellent lunch. We didn't have any wine, but I noticed glasses available at a very reasonable price. The service throughout our visit was excellent - attentive, efficient but not intrusive. We will difinitely be calling again!

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I agree with other review - some staff are arrogant almost to being offensive. We enjoyed our lunch and staff at table were very pleasant, but when I tried to pay at cashier with large note the note was held up to the light and then refused. When questioned I was told in a loud and aggressive voice that attracted attention -'we don't change large notes here' . The restaurant was nearly full by the way. It was really embarressing. A subsequent letter to the manager has been ignored. The food is nice at Roly's, but the attitude of some staff stinks!

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Carousel Dining Room - Closed
Upstairs @ the Coach House, Esmonde Street, Gorey, Wexford

We visited on a Saturday evening and enjoyed a wonderful evening. The restaurant is over the pub, but with a separate entrance. The entire building has been re-built recently to the highest specification, but with an 'Old Worlde' charm As soon as you enter the restaurant you are back in the 1920's. The decor is in muted blues, warm and inviting, and the background music is 20's. You arrive into a seating area with comfortable armchairs ranged round a blazing fire [there is another open fire in the dining area], and immediately feel the staff are delighted to see you. In fact, throughout the evening the service was excellent - attentive, friendly, efficient but not intrusive. The food was beautifully presented. I had the chicken livers to start, which were perfect, followed by the monkfish and butterflied giant prawns. Everything was fresh, tasy and delicious. Another of our party had the fillet steak, which I tasted. Yummy! So tender and full of flavour. Even though the portions are not big, we were all too satisfied to have a dessert each, so shared a toffee pudding soufle [divine!] and one cheeseboard. We finished with excellent coffee, and a port each [couldn't resist!] We all agreed that Carousel is a great addition to Gorey - a place to go for a romantic evening, special occasion or just because 'you're worth it'! Having said that, we found the pricing on the whole very fair for the quality of food, service and environment.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

We really enjoyed our meal at the Punjab and thought it excellent value at €14.95 including a glass of really acceptable wine. The service was very friendly and efficient and the atmosphere very pleasant. We had a potato starter plus a minced lamb starter, both presented beautifully and very tasty. The chicken Balti was a bit bland, but the rice the best I've eaten in an Indian restaurant - fresh, fluffy and perfectly cooked. The Rogan Gosh was really good. On a previous visit we had the tandoori fish, which was delicious. We will definately be returning yet again!

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Khans Balti House
51 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

Khan's Balti is one of our favourite local restaurants. The food is really good, and we are always given a great welcome there. I especially like the Mushroom Pilao Rice and Tandoori King Prawns. The complimentary papadums and pickles are always fresh and delicious, too! They will adjust seasoning for you upon request [especially to make it hotter!] and we find the staff very pleasant.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We enjoyed a perfect evening at this lovely restaurant. Everything was top notch, from the warm welcome we received at the door, to the service throughout the meal, the lovely ambience and most of all the wonderful food. Even when we left we felt really cherished. We chose the €65 dinner menu. Every course was delicious, and served with obvious pleasure by staff [who were not intrusive, by the way], which added to the experience. The flavours were clean and fresh, and not drowned in butter. Any sauces were subtle and understated, which really enhanced the food. The lamb especially was to die for! We will be returning soon, that's for sure!

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Often call in here for lunch and never disappointed. There is a pleasant place to sit outside if the weather is good and the staff are quick to roll down the blind if rain threatens. Food is fresh and delicious, and at €12.95 for two courses is excellent value. I always find the staff charming and efficient - even bringing me out a newspaper once it became available on my last visit. I really recommend the chicken satay starter and stir fried king prawns served with jasmice rice. Coffee and wine also good. Gorgeous! I am usually alone but always feel comfortable and welcome. Will be returning next time in Dublin!

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

Have eaten here many times, and never been disappointed. Great atmosphere, wonderful service and lovely food. Definitely check the daily menu - usually has delicious range of fresh fish. Was part of a group pf 33 the evening of a very busy bank holiday sunday. You would never have known it! It was as if the kitchen had just opened, the food was so fresh, hot and beautifully presented. Well done, Wicklow Heather!

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Wild Spice Indian Restaurant & Take-Away
Lower Esmonde Street, Gorey, Wexford

Went yet again to wonderful Wild Spice last evening. As usual food was really good - fresh, hot and so tasty, You can really identify with the spices and herbs used. The King Prawn Dopiaza is a winner! The garlic nan is so scrumptious and always 'melt in the mouth'. The house white wine is excellent, too. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere even when not busy - staff are so friendly and helpful. We are so lucky in Gorey to have such a great Indian restaurant on our doorstep!

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The Duck Terrace@Marlfield House
Marlfield House Hotel & Restaurant, Courtown Road R742, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Went for a sublime 'library lunch' recently. What fantastic value! €20 for two courses chosen from a daily menu plus library menu. I had wild mushrooms on toast with a soft poached egg to start [fabulous!] followed by salmon served with fresh veg all perfectly cooked. We sat in the lovely conservatory, but others were being served lunch in the garden. Sparkling white tablecloths, freshly made breads and great service all completed a beautiful afternoon.

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Phoenix - Closed
39-40 Main street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Phoenix is my VERY favourite Chinese restaurant ever! The food is always fresh, delicious, well presented and good value. Service is friendly and excellent without being intrusive. Nice touches for a modestly priced restaurant are the crisp linen tablecloths and linen napkins. George is always so welcoming. Try the Dim Sum, the Salt and Chilli Prawns, Yuk Sung for starters. The Fillet Beef stirred fried with chilli is wonderful, as is the Cantanese Duck on the mains. Before I forget - do try the Broccoli stirfried with Garlic as a side dish. So fresh,crisp and Yum Yum! Well done, Phoenix. You never let us down!

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Peppe Restaurant
31 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin

What a wonderful find! On a cold, miserable night we found a warm and friendly welcome, WONDERFUL food and excellent service. The home made spaghetti Carbanara, and the spinach side dish were sublime. The only comment I would have is that it's cold if you sit near the door! Will definitely be eating at Peppo's again. Can't wait!

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We arrived just before the restaurant opened, but were immediately made very welcome, seated and offered a drink. Hot rolls arrived soon after. The early bird was extremely good value and absolutely delicious. Quite a small choice but varied and well balanced - for example, starters were soup, cheese and pepper tarlet or three types of smoked fish. The mains held the high standard already set. With coffee [which is included in price] we were given complimentary petit fours. The staff create a lovely atmosphere - friendly, attentive [without being intrusive] and efficient. We will definitely return!

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Have eaten pleasant meals here in the past, but feel that the standard has slipped in every way. It was always a problem that the tables are FAR too close together for comfort and ease of movement.However, the food has really deteriorated. The best I can say is that the meal was mediocre - even though there was lots of it. Service started off ok, but went down hill after that, with a waiter trying to remove my plate while I was still eating! It was obvious they wanted to get rid of us, as people were waiting at the door. Baan Thai - don't take your customers for granted! A new restaurant could snatch away all your efforts in the past!

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Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin

A delightful, cosy place. Tables a bit close for comfort. Always made very welcome, even when single dining. Staff friendly and efficient. Food always great!

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