Restaurant Reviews from Katonei11
Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street) restaurant
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 01st December 2011 ( visited 30th November 2011 )Suggested lunch here yesterday with a work colleague and she loved it. We didn't know what to have so in the end, we ordered the soup of the day (pepper and tomato), small chicken ceaser salad and a small calamari. It was delicious. I especially love how you get 3 different breads to try with the soup. Really nice.
EIGHT, Bar & Restaurant
8 Dock Road, Galway City, Galway
Reviewed 18th August 2011 ( visited 29th July 2011 )Detoured here on a trip to Clare after reading the Times review months ago. Was so disappointed. It was fairly early in the evening (about 5pm) so the place was really quiet. The restaurant is one big room with nothing to soak up the sounds coming from the bar in the corner. I didn't particularly want to hear about the swimming habits of the barmaid, all the way across the room! Anyways, to the food. We ordered a squid and beef noodle salad and the cheese and beetroot flan. Very odd flavours in both of them. The flan was more like a quiche and had a huge amount of beetroot in it. My squid was super salty and very strange with the beef. I thought that the noodles were long pieces of ginger, they were that soaked in dressing. Nothing I would want to eat again. For mains, my boyfriend had the ducks leg. He said it was the nicest he ever had. I had the Chermonla crusted hake, lemony potatoes, mussels, parsley & bulgur wheat. The hake itself was nice but overkill on the chermonla and bulgur wheat. I don't see the need to put potatoes and bulgar wheat together. I also wanted to try the thrice cooked chips so got a portion of those. Nice but basically like big roasted potatoes cut into quarters. Don't think it's great value as the prices are well up there with Dublin prices. Won't be detouring there again!
Pablo Picante - Clarendon Market
4 Clarendon Market, Between Clarendon Row & South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for lunch today with another burrito aficionado. Must say, we were a bit disappointed with the quality of the food. We both went for the Sonny San Diego (chicken) and I had the Super Picante on mine. Didn't think the food was very flavourful and was disappointed about the spicyness of the salsa as didn't think it was very spicy. We both thought the food was bland. Maybe it was the type of burrito that we ordered but I will stick to my regular burrito place across the river!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
For some reason, sushi is my go too food when I'm hungover so went here for lunch on Friday afternoon with 3 other people. We didn't really know what we wanted so we ordered lots of side dishes and one main. We had a large sushi, was was delicious as always, so fresh and lots of ginger and wasabi. Then we had the shojin salad, pork gryoza, prawn tempura, the squid tempura, the crab salad and the pork belly. Yum yum! I would get everything again except the crab salad, there was too much seafood for my delicate state! Was much happier leaving than I was when I went in!
Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here last Thursday night with 4 other people. Only had to wait for a couple of minutes to get a table and it was pretty busy so the atmosphere was great. We basically shared our meals so we could have a taste of everything. For starters, we had chicken wings, of course, also the crabcakes, the ribs and the hummus. The wings and crabcakes were delicious. I'm not a fan of ribs but they were also wonderful. I didn't think the hummus was great and the pita was not toasted or warm so that was disappointing. For mains, 3 of us had the burgers, one had prawns and one had salad. It was all pretty good, the chips are particularly nice. Almost cleaned our plates. Think I'll have to go back for lunch this week!
Cedar's Grill at Lough Eske Castle
Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Donegal
Got to stay here with a voucher and was pretty impressed with certain aspects. The hotel itself is beautiful and looked very festive with all the Christmas decorations. We ate dinner and breakfast here. As part of the voucher we got €50 towards our dinner bill. It was only when we sat dinner that we were told that this was against the Table d'hote menu, which was €55 and not the a la carte menu. I was disappointed by that as I would never pay that much money for such a menu. Anyways, we ordered as we didn't really have much choice. For starters, I had the scallops, which came in a dish of pureed potato. The 2 scallops were lovely but it was strange to have potato like this with it....it was a big portion of potato and it's not something I would put with scallops. My boyfriend had the crispy pork belly, which was nice. For mains, I had the duck and my boyf went for the steak. My duck was slightly disappointing. The leg was very dry so I left that. The steak was good and nicely cooked. Desserts were also hit and miss. We ordered cheese as it's difficult to mess that up and then we also had the chocolate tasting place. Wasn't hugely impressed wtih this. The chocolate cake was very ordinary and the cherries were tasty but they were just 3 of them. With wine and a tip, dinner came to €180 (€130 when you subtract the €50. Ouch! Breakfast the next day was very good, lots of fresh food and eggs cooked to order. Would stay in hotel again but would be happy to just eat in the bar. I put the value as good as we did use a voucher so did save some money!
Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh Restaurant
Tyrconnel Street, Donegal Town, Donegal
Stopped here from lunch after driving from Belfast and was very happily surprised by the quality of the food. My friend and I were peckish but were planning a big dinner later so didn't want to indulge too much. I had the goats cheese salad. I love goats cheese so I was happy enough with it but they didn't remove the rind before they chopped up the cheese and the cheese was cold. Would have been nicer if they grilled it for a few minutes. My friend had the special of crab and salmon salad. Yum, loads of seafood and really fresh and tasty. The guiness was very tasty too! Would definitely go back if I was in Donegal again.
The Mint Cottage
2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin
Ate here last night after hearing great reviews of the place and was so disappointed. We had a 7.30pm booking and we were the only customers in the place. Can't blame the restaurant for that but the two waitresses working last night did not have the least bit of interest in waitressing. It was almost comical. The room itself is quite dark, which I'm sure if romantic normally but they had christmas decorations in the windows which had blue lights which did not make my meal look appetising. I didn't want to move as the heater was beside me. The music, which was club beats for some reason was so loud, we asked for it to be turned down and they turned it slightly down. But thankfully, the thump thump thump of the music eventually changed to more a easy listening style. I realise that makes me sound very old (which I'm not) but club music at dinner is not my thing. So, food wise....for starters I had the chicken boti and my friend had the jinga. Both nice enough (aside from the blue hue!). The prawns were not cleaned properly, which I really hate! For mains, my friend had the Biryani and I had the tikka masala. The biryani came with potatoes of all things! How strange. My masala was ok but very heavy on the cream and not so much tomato. Made to the restaurant's taste I guess. Got the bill and then had to wait for ages for the waitress to come back. Despite us being the only customers there, I think she forgot about us! That summed up our evening. I will stick to my favourite Indian restaurant, even if it is slightly more expensive.
Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Suggested lunch here yesterday with a work colleague and she loved it. We didn't know what to have so in the end, we ordered the soup of the day (pepper and tomato), small chicken ceaser salad and a small calamari. It was delicious. I especially love how you get 3 different breads to try with the soup. Really nice.
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here with two friends. Got a table for 9.15pm so it was pretty busy at that stage. For starters, we shared a dozen oysters. They were delicious, really fresh and plump. For mains, two of us had fish and one had duck with fondant potatoes. I really enjoyed the food, it was really well prepared and very tasty. Got a nice bottle of wine too so the bill came to about €150 which wasn't too bad I suppose but I will try the early bird there as it's meant to be really good value.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
Had lunch with my friend here today. Again, I found the menu to be a little limited, their soup was mushroom and as I was eating out later, I went for that. My friend didn't really fancy anything on the menu but ordered their daily sandwich (BLT on a bagel) as, apart from the soup, it was the most lunch thing there. Soup was ok, not creamy or thick as I'd expect mushroom soup to be but it was saved by the guinness bread. My friend's bagel itself was nice as it was handmade but the sandwich was just ok. Not sure I'll be hurrying to go back though as can get just as nice food with more options.
Cafe Cairo - Dublin
Pearse Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This cafe is based in the Trinity Capital Hotel. I eat here sometime with work. Recently they changed the menu and I don't think the choices are as good. It has the kind of menu where you're not really bothered if you order or not, if that makes sense. This time, I ordered a toasted ham, cheese, onion and tomato sambo with fries. They forgot the onion and the sandwich was barely toasted. The fries were good though and the tea was hot so that was good. The best part about it is that it's close to work and the interior is pretty cool.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Ate here with a €30 voucher from menupages and glad I didn't have to pay for the meal myself. Hadn't been for a long time and it was a little disappointing. Ordered a portion of garlic mushrooms between us for starters. They were left sitting on the counter for ages and the melted cheese had gone a hard on the top. For mains, my 10 year old nephew had lasange with a side of greek salad, I had the prawns with a side of caeser salad and my sister had a pizza. The 2 salads were almost identical, except for the feta cheese and the olives in the greek salad. Ceaser salad is meant to have cos lettuce, which is the whole point of the dish. My prawns were not good. Cooked to within an inch of their life and they looked very sad all skewered together. It was difficult to get them off the skewer. The lasange the pizza was fine but disappointing overall.
Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin
My bf and I come here about once a month as he is addicted to the lasange...and I'm addicted to the lovely wines! :-) His brother is visiting from Thailand and wanted to come here as he had the lasange here last time he was here and he loved it too. For starters, we shared two portions of garlic prawns. For mains, I had the fresh salmon salad for the first time. It was delicious, I will definitely get it again. The two guys had the lasagne, which they wolfed down. We had chocolate mousse for dessert and also shared two bottles of red wine. I suspect that we'll be back before the visitor goes back to Thailand!
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here last night with 3 girls from work. Got there about half seven and the place was pretty full but we only had to wait for a couple of minutes while they set up a table for us. We all for the dine in dublin deal which was €25 euro for 3 courses. To start, 2 of us had the linguini with crab, 1 had soup and the other had the terrine. All really tasty and flavoursome. For mains, I went for the wicklow venison stew, 2 had the pork belly and one had the butternut squash risotto. I loved my stew and the girls really enjoyed their meals. We all went for the brownie with sorbet but I asked for it without the brownie and extra sorbet and they were happy to oblige. 3 bottles of wine and a tip brought the bill to €210. Nice place and nice food. No problem going back.
Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Was looking for somewhere cheap and cheerful for a group of 6 of us and this totally hit the spot. Since I've been here a few times, I know their portion sizes so between 6 of us, we got 4 mains and a couple of sides, with rice and naan bread. We had the spicy chicken tikka, the spicy channa masala, the mutter paneer, aloo paneer and the Bhindi Bhaji. It was all so delicious
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Brought my bf here for dinner as really enjoyed my last visit and it's close to our home. For starters we shared the crab dish. It was quite unusual, it had a crab filling but the outstide was thin threads of crispy noodle or something. Very tasty. For mains I had the lemon and thyme scented chicken & chickpea salad and my bf had the cod. Both yum. My salad was full of flavour and very fresh, as like the last time. My bf had some baby leek on his plate so I took that but there was a little bit of grit in it. I didn't mind as it's a gritty veg but I said it to the head waiter anyways as an FYI. He was really nice about it and didn't charge for our (very delicious) dessert of warm brownie with ice-cream. Had had a gorgeous bottle of red wine with dinner so very content when I left. Will be back!
Ground Floor & First Floor, 62 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Went to Milanos on a 2 for 1 offer with my sister and her 10yr old son. Was not really impressed with the service so I was very glad that we were getting a cheaper meal. It took a while to get menus and then our order taken. The 10yr. old ordered from the kids menu so had the dough balls, plain pizza and a sundae. My sister and I just went for mains so ordered a pizza and the goats cheese salad. These were nice enough but it took ages for the staff to clean our plates away. They weren't that busy and there were lots of them but they were happy to walk by our table without clearing it. Very annoying! Anyways, the food was nice but not sure I'll be rushing back anytime soon.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Met two girlfriends here for lunch, both of which had been here before. One had the caeser salad, the other had the Boulevard special and I had Chicken pita. They were all really nice. My dish was fairly standard so wish I went with something else but it was still quite tasty. For dessert, we shared a cheesecake. The other two were drinking wine but I had to stick to water since I was going back to work. Would love to go back for dinner sometime as it seems like a really nice place and the food seems good. Service was really good too.
Grogans and Nannie Murphys Sea Food and Steak Bar
Glasson, Athlone, Westmeath
My bf and I attended a wedding in Glasson and of course, I was too busy dolling myself up to eat anything before the service. So, we nipped in afterwards for a quick bite. We shared a cajun chicken salad, deep fried brie and smoked salmon on brown bread. The food is really nice and tasty. The waitresses were very attentive and relaxed. Will definitely call in again when I'm passing through.
The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here yesterday with my bf, sister and her 10 yr. old boy. Thought it was really nice and couldn't understand how I hadn't been there before. We had the lunch specials so €16 for 2 courses and €20 for 3 courses. For starters, we had the soup (which comes in a cool saucepan!), the salmon and the sausage roll (for the 10 yr old). All good but would have liked a slice of brown bread with the salmon instead of it broken up around the plate. For mains, I had the chicken breast and the other 2 adults had the smoked haddock. Strangely enough, one of those had lots of shrimp on it and the other only had a couple? The 10 yr just wanted to wait for dessert. Sadly for him, we ordered the chocolate pie with 4 spoons! It was soooo good. The pie part was almost mousse like and it was warm, served with proper vanilla ice-cream. Delish! A coffee rounded off the meal nicely. The bill came to about €55 so wasn't too bad. I think it would be a lovely setting for dinner so I'm looking forward to going back sometime for that.
The Roundwood Inn
Roundwood, Roundwood, Wicklow
Went here yesterday with my boyfriend's family as they are still visiting for Christmas and the Roundwood Inn has special memories for them and everyone really enjoyed their meal. The bar seemed quite busy and the dining room was also really busy so there was a good atmosphere. The lunch menu is 3 courses and we had plenty of choice. I had oysters to start, which were so delicious, all they needed was some lemon juice. Other people had the homemade goose liver pate (yum!), the vegetable soup and the smoked salmon. All plates were cleared, as was the basket of brown bread. For mains, I had the hake, 2 had the venison, 2 others had the pork schnitzel and the vegetarian with us had a specially made omlette and chips, whcih were divine! Creamed spinach, red cabbage and potatoes were offered as sides. Again, all the plates were cleared, despite the massive portions. For desserts, we had ice-cream, apple pie, red berry tart and a very tasty chocolate mousse cake. Some of us also indulged in Irish coffees to finish off a very nice meal. I'm not sure why this place gets less than great reviews as I've never had a bad meal here....people should definitely try the dining room if the bar menu doesn't suit.
Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin
Nipped in here for a quick bite on our way back from the country. My boyfried got his normal smal pizza, extra cheese and pepperoni while I had the cobb salad. Pretty tasty and the service is pretty quick, which is great when you're in a hurry. Always busy with people, which is a good sign.
EIGHT, Bar & Restaurant
8 Dock Road, Galway City, Galway
Detoured here on a trip to Clare after reading the Times review months ago. Was so disappointed. It was fairly early in the evening (about 5pm) so the place was really quiet. The restaurant is one big room with nothing to soak up the sounds coming from the bar in the corner. I didn't particularly want to hear about the swimming habits of the barmaid, all the way across the room! Anyways, to the food. We ordered a squid and beef noodle salad and the cheese and beetroot flan. Very odd flavours in both of them. The flan was more like a quiche and had a huge amount of beetroot in it. My squid was super salty and very strange with the beef. I thought that the noodles were long pieces of ginger, they were that soaked in dressing. Nothing I would want to eat again. For mains, my boyfriend had the ducks leg. He said it was the nicest he ever had. I had the Chermonla crusted hake, lemony potatoes, mussels, parsley & bulgur wheat. The hake itself was nice but overkill on the chermonla and bulgur wheat. I don't see the need to put potatoes and bulgar wheat together. I also wanted to try the thrice cooked chips so got a portion of those. Nice but basically like big roasted potatoes cut into quarters. Don't think it's great value as the prices are well up there with Dublin prices. Won't be detouring there again!
Da Mimmo Restaurant
148A North Strand Road, City Centre North, Dublin
Took my 10 year old nephew here for lunch as it's quick and very close by. I opted for the €7.50 lunch special of bruschetta and spag bol and my nephew had spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Bruschetta was delicious. My spag bol was nice, the past was thin flat ribbons rather than spagetti which I liked but the meat sauce itself was a bit salty for my taste. My nephew loved his dish. It was fairly big so he only managed to finish 3/4 of it but said it was very tasty! €17.50 for our meal, which wasn't bad. It was only the two of us in the place so the atmosphere was a bit light but the service was excellent!
Lisdoonvarna, Lisdoonvarna, Clare
Ate here with my boyfriend and his family. We got there about7pm so the place was very quiet but it did fill up as the evening went on. The hostess is excellent and remembered us from a visit the previous year. We were seated with drinks and the menu in the lovely reception area, where we took our time deciding what to have. Once our orders were taken we were brought into the dining room. The table settings are lovely and there is fresh brown bread and water set out already. Our group had the chicken liver pate, the goats cheese and soup. All excellent and really fresh. For mains, 3 of us had the risotto and 2 had the hake. The dishes were delicious. They all came with a little order of vegetables including a yummy potato gratin! 2 of us had dessert (a sorbet and a chococolate mousse). Really good food and the service is excellent. I'd like to try their bar menu for the same quality of food (hopefully) but a little bit cheaper. (And the garden out the front is gorgeous).
The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Recommended here for a dinner for 3 friends last night and they loved it. We ordered off the early bird so for staters, 3 of them had the salmon rillettes (which they loved) and I had the terrine. I asked for it with crusty bread instead of brioche and they were happy to oblige. It was the nicest terrine I have ever had. Not fatty or too chunky and I could really taste the fresh herbs used in it. For mains, 3 of us had the hake and 1 had the duck. All plates were wiped clean. Then we had to have desserts, so again, 3 of us went for the same thing (sticky toffee pudding with run & raisin ice-cream) and the other had the meringue. All clean plates again! And because we were having so a great time, we all had liquer coffees to finish off a lovely meal.The atmosphere and service was really nice and the 3 friends are already planning to go back before Christmas. With 2 bottles of wine, the bill came to €160. Lookig forward to going back.
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin
Decided that the only thing that could cheer us up after a long day in work was a trip to Kinara! Last minute booking but got a great table upstairs at a corner window. As per usual, we ordered the Lasooni Machali and Malai Tikka for starters. My boyfriend had the Jinga Biriyani for mains and I had a starter portion of malai tikka and a side order of aloo saag! It was delicious and we ate every bit of it. Really nice and thinking of a reason to come back already!
Dunlavin, Dunlavin, Wicklow
Stayed here with my boyfriend on Saturday night so dined in the restaurant. Really gorgeous food. I had the smoked salmon to start, which had beautiful flavours and then the steak for my mains. I love potatoes so was very happy with the side of potatoes and veggies that came with it. My boyfriend had the brie and then the fish, both yum. The dessert of chocolate mousse was not great as it tasted more like a ganache but it was still chocolate! Really enjoyed the meal and the visit. Breakfast the next morning was also AMAZING. So much to choose from and everything was fresh and really good quality.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Ate here last night with 3 girl friends. Arrived early so had a glass of wine in the bar before moving to our table. Got a side booth which was great. Food was delicious. I had the chicken laab to start, which was huge and really tasty. 2 of the other girls got the prawns, which they said were really good. For mains, 3 of us got the pad thai (mine extra spicy). Really lovely, although they did forget the peanuts on 2 of the dishes, which was quickly rectified. The other girl got a beef and rice dish which she said was delicious. 1 banoffi shared between us finished off a really good meal. Was very bold and had 4 bottles of wine between us so the bill was just over €200. Will be back:-)