Restaurant Reviews from Dewdropdeb
LJ's Bar and Restaurant @ Louis Fitzgerald Hotel
Newland’s Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22, Clondalkin, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 20th August 2008 ( visited 04th August 2008 )Had a family function booked here. There were a good few elderly people attending so the menu was kept sort of plain, which I was not looking forward too. However the food was exquisite. Yes, it was plain, but done to perfection. Steaks cooked perfectly to order, beautiful sauces, lovely veg and a trio of desserts to die for. The service was the best I've had in Dublin in a long time. Friendly, efficient and extremely attentive to detail. On another note we actually stayed the night in the hotel and again could not fault a thing. The place is immaculate with a refreshingly competent and friendly staff. Top notch all around.
TGI Friday (Dundrum) restaurant
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14
Reviewed 24th April 2008 ( visited 13th February 2008 )We headed to TGIF because we knew it to be a good class chain restaurant from our time in America. In the states it was one of the better chains and you could always be guaranteed a decent meal. Upon arriving we were excited because the menu looked the same. We ordered burgers for the kids, the husband had a burger and I had the chicken quesedillas. The burgers were rock solid and could have been hocky pucks. The quesedillas were just lightly fried onions and peppers with some chicken thrown on top and some barely melted cheese. It was bland and tasteless. The server was barely to be found. All in all a very disappointing experience, we won't be returning.
White Horse Inn
Ballincollig, Ballincollig, Cork
Stopped here for dinner last week on the way back from West Cork. Turned out to be a great choice. Lovely gastro-pub type menu with some fantastic options. Even though it was later in the evening, the kids were made welcome and the kids menu was great. I had pork belly which was lovely and himself had a burger which he thoroughly enjoyed. The handcut chips are fantastic. Lively pub atmosphere and very friendly service. No complaints at all! :)
Myrtleville, Crosshaven, Cork
This place is fabulous! The view alone is worth every penny. Great food - nothing extraordinary, but a traditional menu done well. Lovely friendly and unobtrusive service. Great atmosphere, busy but not crowded. Very kid friendly even later in the evening. Will definitely be back.
Lazy Bean Cafe
The Sq Cahir, Cahir, Tipperary
This is a lovely place for breakfast or lunch. It can get very busy and crowded though, so time it right. Their breakfast menu is just brilliant and excellent value with great options for kids. Lovely coffee, varied lunch and dessert menus as well. Service is friendly but inattentive and you can sometimes wait a long time before being noticed much less served, but it's always worth the wait! Definitely a great place in Cahir!
9 The Square, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Tralee, Kerry
Absolutely fantastic restaurant. Beautiful interesting menu. Service is exceptional, friendly but unobtrusive. Lovely atmosphere, without doubt the best restaurant in Clonmel.
Tom Skinnys Pizza Parlour
3 Printers Centre Market Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
Good value and a good place to take a group of kids, but the food is mediocre at best and as another reviewer stated, the cleanliness of the place leaves a good bit to be desired. The service is dodgy with the servers all seeming to be kids who'd rather be anywhere else. There's better places for pizza in town.
47 Gladstone St, Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary
Great pub with loads going on, but skip it for food. Truly awful. Giant portions of mass produced slop. The fajitas were an absolute embarrassment, there was mange tout and courgette in them for gods sakes and served with sour cream and guacamole from a jar. Fish and chips was cremated. Would not go back to eat. Service great though and removed offending items from the bill.
Galileo Cafe Clonmel
4 Gladstone Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
This is a nice little Italian cafe with nice ambience and good service. The food lets them down though. Dreadful pizza and the same substandard Italian-esque fare dumbed down for the perceived Irish palate that is found in most Irish towns. Good value though if you're not picky and you can BYOB.
1 Mitchell Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
The food in Niamh's is fabulous. Their Indian Chicken salad is to die for. I have lived all over the world and eaten in lots of fabulous places and I have never had a salad like it, just sheer perfection. The sandwiches are brilliant and the menu is wide and varied, definitely something for everyone. The service lets them down though. It's a busy place and the staff are not trained to handle this. This starts with the owner herself who gets very overwhelmed when under pressure and can be downright rude. Even when it's not busy the staff are not attentive and you really have to flag someone down. For the most part, the younger servers are very friendly though. If they got the service sorted, this place would be simply unbeatable!
Lemongrass Restaurant - Clonmel
The Butter Market, Gladstone Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
Nice fusion Asian food. Restaurant quiet and service decent although manager a bit brusque, wouldn't kill her to smile. The lunch deals are very good and the early bird is good value, but the a la carte is a rip off. The dim sum has 4 tiny pieces for over 7 quid. Mad. Overall a nice lunchtime spot, but wouldn't pay the dinner prices.
Loughrey’s Bar & Restaurant
High Street, Tullamore, Offaly
The new Thai food is great. A wonderful addition to Tullamore. Tastes fabulous and the atmosphere is lovely whether in the pub or the restaurant. Service is friendly and local, albeit a bit disorganised. Whilst you can eat well with just a main course, it tends to get a little pricey if you are making a night of it. They do takeaway as well which is just as good, despite the fact that the menu and signs on the premises say they deliver, but when you ring, they say they don't. All in all a great ethnic meal and a wonderful addition to the rather bland Tullamore food scene. Will be regulars here methinks.
Saagar Indian Restaurant (Mullingar)
2 Dublin Bridge, Mullingar, Westmeath
We had a groupon voucher to use here and were looking forward to it. We were the only people in the restaurant and there was no atmsphere. Food was allright, although I'm convinced the prawns were off. Onion bhajees were awful, but the mains were otherwise fine. Nothing special, bog-standard Indian food cooked for Irish palates. Service was fine.
Dublin Road, Manlinstown, Mullingar, Westmeath
A great place in Mullingar for a meal out. They have a raw buffet where you select your meats and veg to present to the chef to have him cook it for you in your sauce of choice. So you know you get exactly what you want. They are great with requests too, mine was done with no MSG or oil when I asked. There's a nice selection of thai and Chinese starters as well including spring rolls, wontons, ribs and chicken balls to name a few. It's great value, especially for Sunday lunch and kids love it! Great place to stop when travelling too as it's just off the M4 at the Mullingar Park Hotel. Service is always efficient and friendly.
Cafe Q - Tullamore
Main Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Stopped in here for a late lunch last week and was pleasantly surprised. Good coffee, nice selection of sandwiches and very friendly service. A little overpriced, should consider doing a deal like other venues to better compete. Will be back!
The Wolftrap Bar & Restaurant
William Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Good value dinners and lunches, but truly nothing special. Fish and chips are tasty. Service is ok, but seems to be some translation issues. Atmosphere is a lovely traditional pub. With a good chef, this place could have great potential as a gastro pub, god knows Tullamore would thrive on such a venture!
Bridge Street, Tullamore, Offaly
The usual overcooked carvery mush. Ridiculously overpriced when you consider the alternatives. Nice for a quick coffee and pastry when shopping though, but skip the lunch for sure. The staff are lovely and friendly though!
Esker Court, William Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Yaadgar is great! There's something for everyone. If you want to experiment with your palate and challenge yourself to try new things, this is the place for you. There's a huge menu of interesting Indian and Afghani specialties and there's usually a value menu for two featuring several of them. I think it's a brilliant business idea, featuring the non-standard choices on a value menu, urging customers to try new things and perhaps learn something at the same time. However if you want the usual bland tikka masala or korma, that's perfectly acceptable too and can be done cheerfully and cheaply with their €5 lunch and €15 dinner. Service is good with the owner always taking a chance to check that you are satisfied. Best Indian in town and possibly the best naan bread I've tried!
Sirocco's Italian Restaurant
Patrick Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Sirocco's is hugely popular in town, but I am not sure why as I find it nothing beyond mediocre. It's the standard exported Italian fare dumbed down for the Irish palate. Service can range from non-chalant to absolutely wonderful, but the inconsistency of this place lets them down. Stick to the steaks!
Shishir Indian Restaurant
31 High Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Ate here recently as it's the one Indian in town I hadn't tried. I will avoid in the future. The service was as bland and clueless as the food and the atmosphere was non-existent in the cramped and not overly clean dining room. They do offer some decent vale for less picky diners, perhaps take out would be more palatable.
Harbour Street, Tullamore, Offaly
It started out with such high intentions anyways. It's a lovely place to go into and the staff are just lovely and make you feel welcome. The food however has gone down hill over the years and there's little variation throughout the week. The salads are notoriously under dressed and under seasoned and despite this the prices have remained stagnant or gone up. The main dishes are often stodgy bechamel based concoctions which are just reheated when you order. Don't get me wrong, it's one of the better choices in Tullamore for lunch, but don't expect to be overwhelmed by the taste or price. Their desserts however, are always worth a try.
Main Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Jamie's is a Tullamore staple. You'll be fed standard Irish menu food well with good service in a nice atmosphere. I'd like to see some variation of the menu, it's been the same for years and is basically what everyone else in town offers. If you're doing the early bird or other set menu it's good value, but otherwise can add up quickly. Also be prepared to feel a bit rushed if you're on a set menu.
Harbour Street, Tullamore, Offaly
Tullamore is a lousy place to eat out in general as all the restaurants serve variations of the same stuff. At least with Anatolia they were consistent and generally of a decent standard. It's gone totally downhill of late. Their new tapas menu is terrible and many of their old standards are gone. Generally on par with everywhere else in town now. Such a shame. I shouldn't have to drive to Athlone for a proper meal.
Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
A hidden gem! The food is outstanding, both the Korean cuisine and the sushi. The value is exceptional and the service is kind and understated. The menu is really varied and they definitely have some of the most creative sushi in town. The bulgogi is to die for as are all the home made Korean pickles. the bento box is an amazing value and let's you try some of the Korean food as well as get your sushi fix. It's a funny atmosphere being half traditional Irish pub, but somehow it works and has a nice casual feel to it, great for a night out after work or a quick lunch. This is my American husband's favourite place to eat in Dublin if that says anything.
YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Anytime we're in Dundrum we stop here, kids or no kids. Service is always friendly and attentive, the ten euro deal is great and when the kids are with us they love the novelty and the chicken yakatori. It's cheap and cheerful and perfect for a day shopping.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for a girls night out on Jan 2. Was quiet due to the date and the weather I presume. They were out of a few menu items, most notably the pork belly, which was disappointing, but in general the menu is varied and interesting. Everyone was very satisfied with both their starters and mains. For starters the beef spring rolls and tuna carpaccio stole the show. The seafood Ramen and Bibimap were real winners as main courses. We were pretty full so only one Eton mess was ordered and devoured. It was lovely and tangy with fresh raspberries. We stuck with one of the house white wines which was 25 euro. After dinner we went downstairs for karaoke. The rooms are a bit dirty and dingy but after awhile we were having so much fun we barely noticed. All in all a great night and we'd definitely go back.
The Olive Grove
Custume Pier, Athlone, Westmeath
We stopped here for lunch on a recent shopping trip to Athlone. The ambience is great, really funky decor sort of Sheik-esque. The menu is eclectic, perhaps a little too much so, but there's definitely something for everyone. I had a thai curry which was lovely and himself had chorizo pasta, also tasty. We shared an apple puff for dessert which was pastry and apples, tasty, but nothing spectacular. Nice place, food is tasty but average and service is pretty average. Nice location on the river tho.
Kin Khao Thai Restaurant
Abbey Lane, Athlone, Westmeath
We eat here every few weeks, it is a gem in the centre of Athlone. Authentic food, nice ambience and fairly good service. Nice wine list too. The beef salad starter is to die for if you like a kick to your food. Pad Thai is excellent. Would not recommend the starter platter tho, obviously made to entertain the take-away palate as opposed to the true Thai connoisseur. The only downside to Kin Khao is the prices... especially in recent times. But I suppose it's still full most weekends, so they can get away with it. Highly recommended! :)
Hodson Bay Hotel
Roscommon Road, Athlone, Westmeath
The usual overpriced, overcooked, under-staffed Sunday lunch fiasco. Would have expected much better. Will not be returning. Food was bland, mushy and overcooked. Service was hopeless, it was impossible to get someone to the table and when you did they didn't seem to care. For such a lovely location it would be nice if they could step it up. They'd make a killing if they could provide proper food with friendly service. Would have liked a more varied childrens menu too.
Marriott Johnstown Hotel, Enfield, Meath
Went here for Sunday lunch a couple of weeks ago and were left with a bitter taste in our mouths. Service was friendly, but lousy. Asked to order drinks three times. Finally ordered and it took about 15 minutes to get them. Menu was pricey for what you actually got and the food was mediocre at best. Atmosphere is overbearing and stuffy. They are going for a Connaught type feel, old style dining room, but the food and service turn it into a sad joke. Don't think we'll be back. Very disappointing.
Indie Spice (Naas)
3 New Row, Naas, Naas, Kildare
Love this place, always stop in after the farmers market on Saturday. Lunch deal is brilliant. Service is always friendly and relaxed, but as others have mentioned you do tend to feel rushed by the speed. Food is really good and the ambience is brilliant!
Marco Polo not live
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick
I would never normally eat at a place like this, but we were in Limerick for the weekend with the two kids, so needed somewhere family friendly. It's pretty much the epi-centre of mediocrity. Mass produced uninventive food. Decent service, but nothing mind-blowing. The happy hour wine deal is pretty good though and we were pleasantly surprised by their branded wine. Only complaint was the food was on the table within ten minutes of ordering and we had a whole bottle of wine to finish! Kids menu was great, they really enjoyed. Good value too. Some crayons/colouring pages would not go amiss. All in all, bog standard, nothing special, but nothing really wrong either.
Navajo Spur Steakhouse - Closed
Unit 24X Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick
Went here with the kids when we saw Wall-E. When we arrived the manager (South African maybe?) told us our two year old was too big for a high chair and argued with me when I told him she had the exact same restaurant high chair at home. He sat us in a booth and never brought the high chair. Bad start. Waiter took his time showing up and had the enthusiasm of a slug. We got two kids meals and he didn't explain the sides, just assumed we wanted chips and put in the order without consulting us. I ordered the quesedillas and the husband had a burger. We had to go get our own paper hats for the kids, since no one offered. We waited about 40 minutes for the food, with a quite empty restaurant. The kids pizza was disgusting frozen mush and not worth the money at all. Their chips were cold and unappealing. My quesedillas were dreadful. They had thrown some old dry chicken, a bit of cheese and some practically raw peppers between two tortillas and microwaved it. They were in a word disgusting. The husbands burger was a hockey puck. All in all a pretty disgusting meal. The kids and husband ate theirs but I sent mine back. The manager came again and assured me they were grilled not microwaved (no grill or pan marks at all, tortillas still white and soft) and got into an argument with me. Finally agreed to remove from bill. Generally appalling food and service, especially from the management. I will never return.
LJ's Bar and Restaurant @ Louis Fitzgerald Hotel
Newland’s Cross, Naas Road, Dublin 22, Clondalkin, Dublin
Had a family function booked here. There were a good few elderly people attending so the menu was kept sort of plain, which I was not looking forward too. However the food was exquisite. Yes, it was plain, but done to perfection. Steaks cooked perfectly to order, beautiful sauces, lovely veg and a trio of desserts to die for. The service was the best I've had in Dublin in a long time. Friendly, efficient and extremely attentive to detail. On another note we actually stayed the night in the hotel and again could not fault a thing. The place is immaculate with a refreshingly competent and friendly staff. Top notch all around.
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
We had a lovely Sunday brunch here last week. The food was decent, the service impeccable, the prices reasonable and the ambiance lovely. Their dinner menu looks fab, would love to come back to try it.
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
I was so excited to try Tante Zoe's having read all the good reviews and being a huge fan and novice cook of Cajun food. To put it frankly, I was appalled. Anyone who is even remotely familiar with creole or Cajun cooking would be. The jambalaya, gumbo and maque choux were not even close to authentic and bland and tasteless to boot. I should have copped on when the fish cakes came with sweet chilli sauce instead of the traditional remoulade. I actually wanted to go into the kitchen and show someone how to cook Cajun food. It was truly dismal. Now having said all that about the food, I will say that the service was impeccable and the ambiance is nice. But if you are looking for a real taste of N'awlins, without flying across the Atlantic, head to London, because you ain't gonna find it here.
The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin
Who doesn't love Avoca? The food is always wonderfully fresh and seasonal. The service is fast and friendly and you leave feeling like you got your money's worth! Highly recommended!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
We come here a lot for lunch. The menu is the same as for dinner, but with better prices. The sushi is excellent and freshly made. Highly recommend the Bento box for anyone wishing to sample a bit of everything. It's great value at €16 and you get a few small portions of main dishes, rice, miso soup and some sushi pieces. Excellent! Iki beer is always a hit here and the service is usually quite decent. My only gripe would be the lack of a kids menu or willingness to offer child portions.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
Was here for Sunday brunch on Mother's Day. Couldn't believe how empty the place was. The food was really lovely and the manager very accommodating. Cannot recommend the kedgeree enough. Had some language issues with the server. I ordered a glass of Muscadet, she didn't understand, I pointed it out on the menu. She then presented me with a glass of a Muscat dessert wine. The issue was sorted out, but both wines were on the bill! Again, the manager was very helpful and had it removed. All in all a nice place for lunch and from what I could see quite child friendly. I will return with the family.
Pizza Hut (Liffey Valley)
Liffey Valley Centre 22 Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin
A great place to take the kids. Service friendly and quick and the pizza is decent. My only gripe would be cleanliness - as it sometimes leaves a bit to be desired on that front.
Middle Street, Galway City, Galway
Been here a few times in Galway and always feel welcome. Service is friendly, food is tasty and kids are always accommodated. No complaints at all - a great place for a quick, cheap, family-friendly meal.
TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
We headed to TGIF because we knew it to be a good class chain restaurant from our time in America. In the states it was one of the better chains and you could always be guaranteed a decent meal. Upon arriving we were excited because the menu looked the same. We ordered burgers for the kids, the husband had a burger and I had the chicken quesedillas. The burgers were rock solid and could have been hocky pucks. The quesedillas were just lightly fried onions and peppers with some chicken thrown on top and some barely melted cheese. It was bland and tasteless. The server was barely to be found. All in all a very disappointing experience, we won't be returning.
Eddie Rockets (Bray)
Bray, Bray, Wicklow
Upon arriving we were seated promptly, but were not given children's menus. Not being a hamburger person I decided to go with the "Southern Fried Chicken," the husband had a cheeseburger and the girls shared popcorn chicken and fries. We ordered softdrinks and milk for the kids. The foreign server had some trouble understanding our order and asked if I wanted macaroni and cheese or fries. Hell yes I thought... I LOVE Mac and Cheese. When my diet coke arrived it tasted moldy. The husband, having plenty of experience in the restaurant business, informed me that this was because their lines needed cleaning. When I mentioned it they replaced my coke with water and told me there was nothing they could do because Coca Cola only clean them once a year!!! Dinner arrived and needless to say the kids were happy. The husband enjoyed his burger all right, but the fries were incredibly over seasoned. I love salt, but these were much too salty! I was worried about the kids eating them. The mac and cheese turned out to be bacon and cheese fries, obviously a linguistic misunderstanding... cheese was horrible... thin nacho type cheese. Didn't float my boat, but at least it masked the salt a bit! My chicken was the same as the fries. I couldn't eat it, but in my hurry to get out of there I didn't say anything. It also came with some brown concoction that looked like a dark toffee sauce. It was practically solid and apparently it was gravy! The bill came to just over €32 after they removed the coke. Perhaps this is a normal experience. I don't know. What I do know is that I went in there to eat a family style meal and although it wouldn't be my preference of restaurant, I thought I would be able to eat some nice and tasty albeit it greasy food. This didn't happen and the service left a lot to be desired. We won't be going back.
Captains View, Captains Hill, Leixlip, Kildare
If you have kids, this is a great place for a family meal. The food is standard Italian food pared down for the Irish palate. It's tasty enough, but nothing to write home about. The service though really makes this place stand out. They bring crayons and colouring pages for the kids as well as pizza dough, rolling pins and shape cutters. The kids are happy to sit and roll dough whilst you enjoy a relaxing meal. Servers are friendly and extremely accommodating.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great food, something for everyone. Service is hit or miss. Sometimes it's wonderful other times awful. On this particular visit we came early as we had children with us and it seemed the staff had more of a priority getting their own dinners than serving ours. We waited up to 45 minutes for one of our party, despite the staff ordering well after we did. In fairness they did take this particular dish off the bill, but really the customer should come first. Cook the customers food before your own. The food was very good though, the Teriyaki Steak Soba being a big hit. Great place for kids!
Chill Out Cafe
10A Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Went here for lunch and couldn't get over the value for money given the area. Service was friendly and the food was delicious. I had Singapore Noodles, something that is often done very badly, but they were perfect! Would definitely return to try dinner - the menu looks very exciting.