Restaurant Reviews from Gunks

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Aqua Restaurant

1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
167 reviews

Reviewed 24th July 2013 ( visited 23rd July 2013 )

As usual, Aqua never disappoints. I had the early bird mozzarella and tomato salad was delicious with a wonderful balsamic sauce on the side, followed by the surf and turf. The lobster was sweet with a cheese topping, not strictly therm-adore but as I'm on weight watchers, better for me! My husband had the lobster and prawn salad which he adored from the al a carte menu followed by Sea Bass with Asian flavors. The portion was huge, and the fish succulent and beautifully cooked. My sister's rack of lamb was cooked rare as she likes it, and was tender and delicious. Excellent service, prompt but not pushy, and always with a smile. Our Swedish waitress was a delight and the manager, we were looked after so well. The bill came to about €50 per head, which is very good value for this standard of cuisine. Definitely worth every penny. Will continue to return and return and return... Excellent!
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The Brass Monkey restaurant

12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 13

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
51 reviews

Reviewed 03rd April 2015 ( visited 01st April 2015 )

Varied menu at lunchtime with lots of choices and price ranges. Salmon with Asian slaw was lovely and catch of the day fresh and beautifully cooked. Food was a little slow comig from the kitchen, but we wee not in a hurry. There are some good restaurants in Howth and Brass Monkey is a really nice casual option along with Aqua which is a little more gourmet and formal.
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The House
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Nice restaurant with good buzz. Service was good and food very nice. Wine list not extensive but good choices of new and old world wines and decent prices. Chef is willing to substitute items, which is always welcome (it's surprising that some don't) but his mashed potato was very salty... other than that, lovely food, well cooked and tasty.

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The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Varied menu at lunchtime with lots of choices and price ranges. Salmon with Asian slaw was lovely and catch of the day fresh and beautifully cooked. Food was a little slow comig from the kitchen, but we wee not in a hurry. There are some good restaurants in Howth and Brass Monkey is a really nice casual option along with Aqua which is a little more gourmet and formal.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a lovely restaurant. It is warm and cozy and very welcoming, cut to its pleasant red and gold decor and friendly staff. We had the early bird menu which was excellent value. My husband had the crab starter, and I had the duck with onion marmalade. Both were delicious, fresh and swiftly served. We both had the roast chicken main course, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The chicken was perfectly cooked with lots of lovely mash and two sauces, one being a mushroom volute, which looked a little like mushroom soup, but was very tasty. A bottle of wine and peligrino, plus lovely bread, and the whole bill was 78 euros. Excellent value. We forgot to leave a tip, so we will definitely be back.

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Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin

We decided to try the very reasonably priced lunch menu at €13. The starters were very nice, but the chicken curry main course was absolutely awful. Just huge chunks of raw onion in a gloopy, tasteless curry paste. Not even spicy. Pity, as the restaurant is lovely and the staff are sweet. Will try something off the main menu in future to gauge their culinary expertise.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely restaurant with nice atmosphere and ambiance. Warm welcome from the staff and nice table offered. However, the steak was so over seasoned it was difficult to eat. Even the mashed potato appeared salty. As I was with clients I didn't want to complain, so just picked at it. But I did mention it to the waiter who said he appreciated feedback. Would return though as this can be easily solved and the restaurant is extremely well located and very nice.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

As usual, Aqua never disappoints. I had the early bird mozzarella and tomato salad was delicious with a wonderful balsamic sauce on the side, followed by the surf and turf. The lobster was sweet with a cheese topping, not strictly therm-adore but as I'm on weight watchers, better for me! My husband had the lobster and prawn salad which he adored from the al a carte menu followed by Sea Bass with Asian flavors. The portion was huge, and the fish succulent and beautifully cooked. My sister's rack of lamb was cooked rare as she likes it, and was tender and delicious. Excellent service, prompt but not pushy, and always with a smile. Our Swedish waitress was a delight and the manager, we were looked after so well. The bill came to about €50 per head, which is very good value for this standard of cuisine. Definitely worth every penny. Will continue to return and return and return... Excellent!

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

the food was very nice, but unfortunately the restaurant was one quarter full which impacted the atmosphere. However, I had the cod with spicy chick peas and onion relish. The fish and chickpeas were lovely, the latter not being too spicy. However, onion relish was awful! really discusting. Thankfully it didn't ruin my enjoyment. My friends had the pork belly salad and bolognase pasta which they said were lovely. Nice bread, presentation etc. Very nice.. just a pity it was a bit quiet.

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The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Had a few meals here recently. Overall mixed reviews. Depends on what you order. I had the fish and chips the first evening which was lovely. My partner had the pork belly which he said was great. The next evening we went expecting to have the same standard of food and were sadly disappointed. The lobster ravioli was horrible! Rubbery and tastless. My partner had steak which he said was average. The overall bill was over €50 each, which we thought was high. However, atmosphere and service were great and the complimentary baileys a nice touch. I will go back for the craic, but will be very careful ordering and stick to "easy" dishes.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Horrible place, run by unfriendly and rude people. We arrived without a reservation and were asked to wait as they would have a table for us in about 20 mins. 30 minutes and again 1 hour later we reminded them we were still waiting and were met with a rude sulky face. We eventually sat down to a dirty table, with chips all over the floor, and sticky menus. Really disgusting. As we were hungry and felt the other restaurants would soon be stopping serving food, we persevered. We all odered simple food, fish and chips, chicken etc, which was dry, overcooked, and tastless. We will never ever return here unless they seriously change their staff and management.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Hadn't been to Rolys for a while. Was met by a surly, grump in a suit. Atmosphere is still lovely and lighting soft and luxurous. Few things let the side down entirely! There was no white bread to be had! I don't like tomatoe or dates in my bread! I ordered the prawns which were lovely HOWEVER... the Chef should definately de-vein them as the resulting grit totally ruined the dish. I gave up after about 6 mouthfulls of what felt like dirt! My colleagues were happy with their fish, and I wished I had ordered something else... never a good result for me. The menu price wasn't bad, but I would have expected more from Rolys!

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Went to Aqua recently for the early bird. As we were hungry we decided to try the Surf and Turf with pepper sauce. My husband asked for something different and was given a lovely mushroom sauce. I can honestly say this was the best meal I have had in a restaurant in a very long time. (We eat out a lot!) - the lobster was fresh, sweet and wonderfully cooked. The steak delightfully rare, and tender. It was a feast fit for a king. We can't stop telling our friends about it. The service was good as usual and the views of the yachts around Ireland's eye is always a treat. We have eaten out a lot in Howth recently and usually pay about €50 per end when everything is added up. This meal was about this price, which represents excellent value for money, and beats the competition hands down. We will certainly return and order the same again, can't wait.

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The Tea Room Restaurant
The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went for Sunday lunch at the Tea Room, which was superb. The Market Menu was excellent value for money, and the wine was not overpriced. The starter comprised 5 small dishes, which were all excellent. The chef had created a little "bite" with apple jelly, an oyster and some type of Guinness based froth. It sounded weird, but was actually delicious. My sirloin beef was rare as ordered (it's amazing how many chefs can't cook a rare steak) and beautifully tender. The deserts were also small bites and its hard to say which was lovelier than the rest. We had two people with special dietary requirements, which were dealt with expertly with no complaints or "snifs". The resulting plain sea bass and mashed potatoes were first class. The Tea Room is ideal for a person in a wheelchair. The facilities are very very good, and the staff attentive. The only little mention I would make is that when I phoned to enquire if they were suitable for wheelchair customers, the young lady's English was not good enough to understand what a wheelchair was. I had to ask to be put through to someone who understood English. Her German colleague understood better. All in all, a fantastic experience and I will certainly return again and again.

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