Restaurant Reviews from Hotdrop

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Kilkenny

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 18 December 2008

Last Visit: 04 June 2013

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The Granary Cafe restaurant

Waterford Museum of Treasure, Hanover Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
4 reviews

Reviewed 22nd December 2008 ( visited 17th December 2008 )

A great spot for breakfast, a coffee or a very reasonably priced lunch. You can see all the food being prepared freshly on the premises. They also supply a great range of party food. There's always a buzz in the place, which seems to be very popular with locals. Always a good sign.
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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)

The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
172 reviews

Reviewed 03rd March 2009 ( visited 03rd March 2009 )

Had the 18.95 two course special. Nice laidback atmosphere and quick and efficient service. Starter of baby ribs very good. The Nasi Goreng for main course was a bit of a stodgy mess with not a lot of ingredients other than rice. Not bad, but there's better value for this type of food around for less than this "special offer" price.
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The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Good point(s): Friendly service, that's about it. Food was very average - We had venison burger, sausages, battered cod. Venison burger: Adequate, nothing special. Sausages: Overcooked and cold mashed potato. Cod: Very oily batter with pool of oil left on plate. Burger and fish served with string chips. Similar to fries in Burgerking nearby, except they came in a fancy little dish. All dishes were overpriced, for what was basically pub grub masquerading as restaurant food. Only thing of restaurant standard was the prices. I'll stick to that Burgerking next time I'm in the area.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

Visited on a Tuesday night and surprised to find place packed. Staff were equally surprised and the 2 waiting staff were run off their feet.They did their best, but took an hour to get starters and whole meal took three hours. Seemed to be a large party of teachers having a party before long summer hols. We were celebrating a special birthday and had to endure a succession of speeches and then a raucous singsong. Despite the pressure the foodwas surprisingly good, with starters, mains and desserts all up to scratch. The BYOB was badly needed and we had no problem getting through our wine during the 3 hours. I presume the two large groups had prebooked, so no excuse for being understaffed on the night. They all were availing of the good Early Bird offers, but were still singing their heads off when we left at 11pm. We, paying the full price, were the ones penalised on the night.

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VnV at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The Menupages special offer says "2 course menu €19.95 OR 3 course Menu €24.95 - Including a glass of Francis Lurton’s Organic Saugvignon, Syrah or Rose (A small bottle of Vittel or Perrier is available as a non-alcoholic Option) Availability: Monday - Saturady: 12:30pm - 6:30pm" After reading good reviews on Verre on Verre we made our way through the awful rain on Sat 6th June for lunch. We enquired at reception re lunch times and reply "I think it's open at One." I wandered around to restaurant and asked waiter - "Oh it's 12.30, we should be open now." We waited to be seated and he returned to inform us "Sorry the restaurant is not open, we are only taking a business group." It all seemed a bit odd to me that a four star operation couldn't take three customers, especially as it didn't seem particularly busy. Good to know you can afford to turn away business in these tough times.

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

Had the 18.95 two course special. Nice laidback atmosphere and quick and efficient service. Starter of baby ribs very good. The Nasi Goreng for main course was a bit of a stodgy mess with not a lot of ingredients other than rice. Not bad, but there's better value for this type of food around for less than this "special offer" price.

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

This has long been an institution in Kilkenny, but find it hard to know what the fuss is about. It is pretty basic Italian cooking and the menu needs a revamp. No more of that deep fried broccoli please! As is often the case, the limited selection on the lunch menu is best value. Tables very cramped, very hard to hold any sort of an intimate conversation here.

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Li Gardens Chinese Restaurant
33 Rose Inn St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Not the trendiest restaurant in Kilkenny, but one that has survived all the changes in fashion and likely to be still there long after the Celtic Tiger is dead and buried. Has all the Chinese favourites served with a bit more authenticity thansimilar restaurants. For that casual meal it's well worth a visit.

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The Granary Cafe
Waterford Museum of Treasure, Hanover Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

A great spot for breakfast, a coffee or a very reasonably priced lunch. You can see all the food being prepared freshly on the premises. They also supply a great range of party food. There's always a buzz in the place, which seems to be very popular with locals. Always a good sign.

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Langton House Hotel Kilkenny
69 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Lunch in the bar is great value with a good choice of starters and mains. It can be hectic in the evenings, especially at weekends, but make your way through to the formal restaurant at rear, an oasis of calm. Again a vast menu, with something to suit all tastes.

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Chez Pierre
17 Parliament St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Very popular with locals and office staff all year round. Great breakfasts and lunches, just a little bit different from the usual offerings. Everything is freshly prepared daily, with nothing over salted - a big problem in Irish restaurants. With the sun shining in the window, this is a little bit of France transferred to Ireland!

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fast and friendly service. All three of us were very happy with our food and the price. Will be back on next visit to Dublin.

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