Restaurant Reviews from D6smurf

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County: Wicklow

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Mulberry Restaurant and Wine Bar

Unit 14 Barna Village Centre, Barna, Galway

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
12 reviews

Reviewed 10th September 2010 ( visited 04th August 2010 )

We went here mid week and the place was buzzing. The service was really good. A man who seemed to be the owner took us to our table and then a waiter was assigned. There is the regular menu and a specials board. The regular menu does meat and pasta, with bowls of pasta on special. The specials are the catch of the day. That evening it was mussels and prawns for starts and monkfish and seabass for mains. The food was great, really fresh and tasty. The wine list was excellent and overall it was great value. I had prawns to start and then pasta with chorizo for main. Too full for dessert! My partner had the mussels and then seabass which were both delicious. Weirdly the best thing was the side salad! Not the usual pepper and raw onion fest but a proper green salad with a mix of leaves, beans and asparagus. It was delicious.
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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire) restaurant

5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
264 reviews

Reviewed 21st October 2008 ( visited 09th October 2008 )

Went here on a Thursday evening for a quick bite. I had a Caesar salad that was Cos lettuce, croutons and black olives doused in Garlic Mayonaisse. Odd for a restaurant that prides itself on its authentic food. I had the Pollo Toscana and my partner had pasta Entrecot. Both had the same sauce on them which was a bit fake tasting, like it came out of a blenders jar and was then 'worked on'. The staff were very attentive, unsurprising as we were one of two couples in the place. Each course was accompanied by two people asking if everything was alright. The bill for two starters and two mains with tap water was €65.00...Can't fault the location but all in all I don't think I would go back.
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The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford (off N11), Ashford, Wicklow

We go here for breakfast and it is always delicious. Cooked fresh, brilliant coffee, recommended.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here on a Friday evening for tapas. The service was excellent. For starters we shared a mezze plate which was fine, the usual standard. stuff-it said that it came with homemade bread but it looked and tasted like the rolls you buy in supermarkets to bake at home. Mains were delicious, paella and coconut prawns in particular were excellent. Desserts were subtle in flavour to the point of blandness. They came with fresh strawberries and raspberries which tasted like summer. Quite an achievement on a cold January evening. I would say that the wine list is expensive with not much by the glass which is a shame. Over all it is well worth a visit.

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Delahunt
39 Camden Street Lower, Camden Street, Dublin

Fantastic building, great attention to detail. The food is very on trend. Starter was smoked salmon that was smoked in house. It actually tasted of smoke and was delicious. The bread was great too. Main was venison which was very tasty but the portion was quite small. All sides are extra. The cheeseboard was the usual but my partner had a rhubarb triffle which was excellent.

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Opium
26 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Christmas menu is in full swing here for December. Starters are set and appeared to be a platter of chinese starters from the supermarket-spring rolls, fish cakes, satay skewers. My main of shaking beef was not shaking, it was in a sweet sauce with bland rice and a salad dressed in so much lime it was inedible. Worst of all the music was so loud that nobody could talk. Ran out of the place as soon as we had eaten.

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DeVille's Dalkey
25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Lovely buzzing restaurant obviously run by people who love what they do. Had a gorgeous starter of smoked salmon and prawn roulade which was light and tasty. Steak cooked perfectly for main, with proper smoky searing on the outside. It is quite pricey, €12 for starters, €26 for steak and the sides were extra. Great food though.

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EastSide Tavern
104-105 Leeson Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin

Very expensive for what you get-€10 for a tin of sardines and toast, €24 for a plate of pasta. We were given bread 'for the table' and were then charged for it, despite not having asked for it. We got there at 8 and main course didn't arrive until 10. All in all I felt it was good food but not good enough for the price. Also they could do with a dumb waiter, six flights of stairs from kitchen to table makes for cold food and sweaty waiters.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here for after work on a Tuesday evening and we were the only ones in the place so the atmosphere was nil and the service from two waiters was excellent! I had Goats Cheese to start with a good salad and carmelised onions. It came in a pastry case which was unexpected but nice. For mains I had salmon and prawns in a creamy sauce with veg and potatoes. This was well cooked but a bit stingy on the prawns. My partner had mussels to start which came with an excellent cream and wine sauce and for mains he had scallops and black pudding in a mustard and cream sauce. These were all very tasty. I would recommend that you eat lightly before you go here as the food is really heavy and full of cream sauces. Otherwise it is a nice place to eat. I would point out that on the value menu a lot of the main courses have supplements on them, leaving very little choice if you want to get the advertised price.

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Mulberry Restaurant and Wine Bar
Unit 14 Barna Village Centre, Barna, Galway

We went here mid week and the place was buzzing. The service was really good. A man who seemed to be the owner took us to our table and then a waiter was assigned. There is the regular menu and a specials board. The regular menu does meat and pasta, with bowls of pasta on special. The specials are the catch of the day. That evening it was mussels and prawns for starts and monkfish and seabass for mains. The food was great, really fresh and tasty. The wine list was excellent and overall it was great value. I had prawns to start and then pasta with chorizo for main. Too full for dessert! My partner had the mussels and then seabass which were both delicious. Weirdly the best thing was the side salad! Not the usual pepper and raw onion fest but a proper green salad with a mix of leaves, beans and asparagus. It was delicious.

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Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow

We went here as part of a package deal. The room was big and echoey, making it feel like we were having a conversation in a swimming pool. The service was fine but they seemed very understaffed with four waiters and three managers who went around talking to the diners. Odd. The food wasn't great. We had the house salad which was fine if basic and a chicken terrine/paté combination. The paté was nice but the terrine was plastic, tasteless and had been dyed into a tricolour! For mains we had spinach and ricotta tortellini in a mushroom sauce which was stodgy and salty and salmon on a bed of egg noodles and vegetables. The salmon was overcooked and salty. The veg were from a frozen mixed bag of stir fry and the whole lot was doused in a chilli sauce from blenders. We looked at the dessert menu but it was all bought in stuff so we beat a hasty retreat!

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The Strawberry Tree-Brooklodge
The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Wicklow

I thought the food was good here, I love their philosophy of all organic. The wine was excellent and I the cheese board with the trip to the cheese cellar was great fun BUT my god the restaurant decor is awful. It has a low black ceiling made of reflective marble which reflects the navy/black/blue swirly carpet, dark velvet walls and black place settings. The whole thing needs to lighten up-both menu and decoration.

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Bates Restaurant
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow

Great food, excellent seasonal specials, interesting Italian wine list. The service is excellent from an owner who is obviously passionate about what he does. The place used to be stables by the look of it so it has been decorated realy simply, whitewash walls, dark wood, splashed of red. Its a really lovely place to be in.

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here on a Thursday evening for a quick bite. I had a Caesar salad that was Cos lettuce, croutons and black olives doused in Garlic Mayonaisse. Odd for a restaurant that prides itself on its authentic food. I had the Pollo Toscana and my partner had pasta Entrecot. Both had the same sauce on them which was a bit fake tasting, like it came out of a blenders jar and was then 'worked on'. The staff were very attentive, unsurprising as we were one of two couples in the place. Each course was accompanied by two people asking if everything was alright. The bill for two starters and two mains with tap water was €65.00...Can't fault the location but all in all I don't think I would go back.

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The Coffee Shop
Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I have been here twice and its always busy so perhaps my experience is not typical. I find it expensive, the staff dismissive, the food very ordinary and the cappuccinos were watery. I asked for a bagel and cream cheese ( Saturday morning breakfast) which they didn't have so they gave me hot, undercooked brown bread and cottage cheese-yuck! Two plates of this and two coffees came in at €19. It just isn't great.

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Jacobs Well
Main Street, Rathdrum, Wicklow

The staff here are lovely, the pub is nice, clean if a little dark. The food is just awful. I have eaten here twice. Loads of sad looking vegetables, meat cooked until it crumbles, salad made mostly out of red onion and peppers, and I had a burger there that had bolognese sauce mixed through the mince before it was cooked. Go for the pints and the chraming service but not the food!

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Loved this place. Delicious food, well cooked with interesting attention to detail. The service was excellent. I love the idea of getting well sourced Irish food that is cooked to make the most of its natural flavour. The only caveat is that they serve their excellent mussels with large potato chunks instead of shoestring chips but that's just personal preference.

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Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

I went here on a Saturday night. The menu is comprehensive but nothing is included with the main courses. As a result the waiter was very pushy, suggesting extras such as rice, which I can live with, and gravy. Gravy. The main course didn't even come with gravy, it was an extra €2.50. When the food did arrive it was very ordinary. Throw in an expensive wine list and you are left with an overpriced and underwhelming restaurant.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

I eat here a lot. The food is good value and delicious. There is always a special on which tends to be seasonal and then the regular menu is changed a few times a year. The last time I was there was a special occasion so we ordered a bottle of wine instead of getting the free (yes free) bottle of wine that goes with the permanent early bird menu. With the bill we got our free bottle of wine to take away with us!! Love it.

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Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I used to go for breakfast here a lot but the prices put me off. I went in this morning as I really wanted some eggs benedict. Ordered it with smoked salmon as offered on the menu. 20 mins later, still no sign. The waitress eventually came over to say that there was no smoked salmon and could she offer me bacon instead. I said fine but was dismayed to be served two cold bullets instead of softly poached eggs on cold toast served with hollandaise sauce that needed salt. It had obviously been left sitting fo an awfully long time before they could be bothered offering me an alternative to the salmon. I won't be back.

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