Restaurant Reviews from IrishWhiskeyChaser

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52.5%

County: Galway

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 14 February 2012

Last Visit: 11 February 2015

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Royal Villa Chinese Restaurant (Oranmore)

2nd Floor, Castle Court, Castle Road, Oranmore, Galway

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

Good
7 reviews

Reviewed 11th February 2015 ( visited 06th December 2014 )

This is a review for the Oranmore branch. Still get take out here on a regular basis but I fear they may have fallen foul to the down turn and trying to make a buck by other means. You are now greeted on entry to a display of various aroma therapy type products. The various smells permeate through out the entire Restaurant and unfortunately greatly detracts from the experience. Further some of the staff now try to sell you these products which totally takes from the dining experience. We don't get out often due to 2 small kids now and to be a sales target for something that really has no place in a restaurant is a bit bizzar. It's a pity as we loved this place for it's food, so take away it is from here until they rid the place of their new venture. They do have a BYOB also just as an FYI ;-)
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Cookes Restaurant & Wine Bar

28 Upr Abbeygate Street, Galway City, Galway

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Average
30 reviews

Reviewed 11th February 2015 ( visited 29th November 2014 )

Thought We'd try this place again, as every where else that we looked at were booked out on the night. Once again, over all disappointed. The best thing about this place is the atmosphere and Service is not bad either although a bit contrived. I had a Crispy Prawn Cocktail in a Sesame Slaw for starters, my wife had the Goats Cheese which she said was enjoyable. But at €9.95 I was very shocked to receive 3 small battered and deep fried Prawns which had obviously come from the freezer and a small bit of slaw!!!! I then had the Pork Belly which although tasty was closer to a Starter in size than a main as the 2 perfectly squares of Pork were very small and contained more fat than meat. Wife had the Roast chicken breast which she said was no better than carvery? Sides are then extra so it is verging on very expensive carvery style food. Have to say for a second time very disappointed and will not be returning.
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Santoor Restaurant
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway

This is not a bad place to go for an Indian. The food is quite good but perhaps not stellar. It is quite plain and cramped inside but the service is usually good. I find Indians in general quite expensive for what they are so no different here. Not a magical dining experience but always dependable.

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Royal Villa Chinese Restaurant (Oranmore)
2nd Floor, Castle Court, Castle Road, Oranmore, Galway

This is a review for the Oranmore branch. Still get take out here on a regular basis but I fear they may have fallen foul to the down turn and trying to make a buck by other means. You are now greeted on entry to a display of various aroma therapy type products. The various smells permeate through out the entire Restaurant and unfortunately greatly detracts from the experience. Further some of the staff now try to sell you these products which totally takes from the dining experience. We don't get out often due to 2 small kids now and to be a sales target for something that really has no place in a restaurant is a bit bizzar. It's a pity as we loved this place for it's food, so take away it is from here until they rid the place of their new venture. They do have a BYOB also just as an FYI ;-)

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Cookes Restaurant & Wine Bar
28 Upr Abbeygate Street, Galway City, Galway

Thought We'd try this place again, as every where else that we looked at were booked out on the night. Once again, over all disappointed. The best thing about this place is the atmosphere and Service is not bad either although a bit contrived. I had a Crispy Prawn Cocktail in a Sesame Slaw for starters, my wife had the Goats Cheese which she said was enjoyable. But at €9.95 I was very shocked to receive 3 small battered and deep fried Prawns which had obviously come from the freezer and a small bit of slaw!!!! I then had the Pork Belly which although tasty was closer to a Starter in size than a main as the 2 perfectly squares of Pork were very small and contained more fat than meat. Wife had the Roast chicken breast which she said was no better than carvery? Sides are then extra so it is verging on very expensive carvery style food. Have to say for a second time very disappointed and will not be returning.

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Péarla na Mara
Bridgewater Court Upper , Fairhill Road, Galway City, Galway

Péarla na Mara is a clean bright modern cafe style eaterie. Staff come across as very friendly but possibly slightly heedless. We gave our order and which included a large bottle of water. In hind sight my wife wanted wine so we ordered a half bottle from the next (different) waitress that came to us, with the complimentary Bread. Yet another waitress came to confirm what wine we wanted even though already specified but we got our wine with out any further issue. Then came our mains but no water. It was quite while we were there but I had to wait a good few minutes before I could get someone's attention to drop us over our water. Again it was not a problem but the fact it was forgotten in the first place makes you wonder. All the time the staff were very polite and friendly but you are then confused by the lack of attention to basic order details. Another paradox was that the food was freshly prepared and well cooked but I must admit it was slightly under whelming even bordering on bland. Over all it was not a bad experience and seemed like fair value but could do better. This place to me has all the hall marks of a good cafe/lunch establishment but has a bit to go to consider itself as a Restaurant.

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Hunt Room Restaurant
Oranmore Lodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Oranmore, Galway

The Oranmore Lodge is a quirky family run hotel, which comes across slightly rubbed and dated but it is clean, friendly and well appointed. The Hunt room fits with this theme. It's like sitting in someone's granny's dining room but you could feel that every one in the room was relaxed and people smiled at each other which I have very rarely seen in a restaurant. The décor is very old fashioned and even haphazard but that is part of the charm. The waiting staff were wonderful, chatty, friendly and very attentive with out being in the way. And the food is excellent. We had one fish dish a couple chicken dishs, a vegetarian and a couple steak dishes. the steaks were cook exactly to order and all were very happy with their mains. The actual surrounds may not be to everybody's taste but for us it was an excellent night.

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Cookes Restaurant & Wine Bar
28 Upr Abbeygate Street, Galway City, Galway

Lovely looking restaurant and very cosi inside. Staff were fairly friendly but even though not bad service was not anything special either. I asked could we have 2 half side portions as one and was told bluntly no. This sort of rigidity annoys me as it is not a big deal. I had steak and looked for it medium to Rare i.e. 2/5. but it came well done. Pan fried Roast potatoes were also on the greasy side. No excuse as the restaurant was quite. I would compare the food quality to pub food but at restaurant prices. Lovely athmosphere shame about the rest.

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Santoor Restaurant
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway

Typical Indian that you would find in any part of Ireland. Tables, Chairs & décor all very predictable and it is small so tight. Not necessarily that special place to bring someone for a quite chat. Food is of a decent quality but slightly expensive as you have to pay extra for Rice. Service is nice and friendly. Does what it says on the tin.

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Royal Villa Chinese Restaurant (Oranmore)
2nd Floor, Castle Court, Castle Road, Oranmore, Galway

This is our default Restaurant. The medium hot General TSO chicken is a must try if you like your food spicy and don't be afraid to ask for extra chilli if you like it hot hot. Further if a meal is not stated with your choice of meat of vegetarian they will gladly accommodate your request. Nice clean nearly cafe modern style with added oriental touches which actually works. Nice friendly atmosphere and relaxed. Only minor gripe is that they can be overly efiient sometimes clearing away your plates but this usually only happens when it's very quite. Usually a red & white wine on offer or you can bring your own which is nice. Child friendly also for early starts. Menu does not change very often though. Over all an excellent experience.

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Vina Mara Restaurant
19 Middle Street, Galway City, Galway

This has to be one of the best Fine Dining experiences in Galway, easily top 5. The food is of a very high quality and always has been. I have yet to get something that has had the slightest fault, I would not know if the chef has changed here over the last 5 years but the quality and craft has remained very high. It is also now very affordable due to some of the lunch and early bird menus available but you would not be disappointed paying full price. The restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere even though if your a couple you may find that your table for two is in the line of passing traffic but everything else makes up for this. Staff are very attentive with out being intrusive. They are relaxed and polite and not overly fussy unlike other places that "pretend" to be up market, there is no pretence here only excellent service. I cannot but give 5 stars all the way.

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Basilico Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Oranmore, Main Street, Coach House Hotel, Oranmore, Galway

Firstly let me say the food is usually good in Basilico. I did get a very stodgy freshly made pasta dish which was was changed on request but it took a while to get their attention. I've been to Basilico many times and the main issue I have with this establishment is that Service is rushed and even though they are usually pleasant it does not come across as sincere. Further once your finished your main it is as if they want you out the door. Very rushed and is not conducive to a relaxed dining experience.

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