Restaurant Reviews from LuckyMe63
No. of Reviews: 63
Member Since: 26 April 2011
Last Visit: 17 May 2015
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 01st October 2011 ( visited 28th September 2011 )This restaurant has got the best views across Dublin Bay, great for watching the sun go down looking out over Ireland’s Eye and Lambay. We started with prawn and crayfish salad with main courses of baked sea bass and salmon and due to the good sized portions, we shared a dessert of rhubarb crumble. The fish was beautifully cooked, flaky and delicious. Most of the vegetables served are grown on their own allotment. There is a good wine selection as well as a full bar. The staff are friendly and professional, everything was served in a timely manner. It has been a while since I ate at Aqua, but it won’t be long before I return .
Gourmet Food Parlour Ballyboughal restaurant
Oldtown Road, Ballyboughal, Ballyboughal, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 26th April 2011 ( visited 20th April 2011 )This is a great little find of a café. Large variety of sandwiches, salads, pastries. Dined here with a coeliac friend last week and she was delighted that gluten free bread was available. Friendly staff & fresh food. Service is leisurely but not slow, this is a place to linger and enjoy the meal. Outside tables great for sunny days. Would love to see the Grange open for a single seating set evening meal
The Salt Yard Tapas
Friary Street, Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Whether you're hungry or just want a small meal, this is the place to go in Kilkenny. Great selection of tapas and meals. We went for a selection of nibbles & tapas to share, fish, potatoes, salad, olives. All freshly prepared and delicious My only complaint was that the bread portion was very small for the price charged Friendly knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere. And getting a complimentary after dinner drink was super. Will definitely return
49 High Street,, Kilkenny,, Ireland, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Have had many take aways from Lotus. By far the best Chinese in Kilkenny. Friendly staff, fresh food, reasonable prices and large portions
The Galleon Licensed Cafe & Restaurant
Salthill, Salthill, Galway
The restaurant is small and the tables are very close together. A reservation was required even though there was plenty of space on the Sunday we visited. We opted for the set menu but after taking our order, the waiter returned saying they had no more of one of the fish ordered. He said we could have the Hake but we were charged full price for that meal rather than a substitution, which was a little annoying. The food was fine, nothing special, portion sizes average. With all the awards this has won I would have expected a much higher standard.
The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin
A group of 4 of us had the €20 Early Bird Dinner Menu for 2 courses. There is good choice and the option of either starter or main course. The food is fine, fairly standard pub fayre, portions larger than average and good service. Unfortunately the evening we were there were several small children running/crying around which spoiled the atmosphere
Bridge Street, Westport, Mayo
Very good pub grub ~ realistic prices, generous portions, friendly staff. I had fish & chips, fish had the right amount of crisp batter. Partners burger was large, tender and loaded with cheese & bacon. Will eat again here when in Westport
Dinos Traditional Restaurant & Takeaway
Pier Road Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
I had heard great reviews but about Dino's and was looking forward to our meal. I loved the interior decor as it's made out like you're on a boat. We were rather disappointed - the fish & chips were very average, nothing special about the batter, portion size or chips. Condiments were served in the sachets rather than bottles. Overall OK but nothing special - have been to much better chippers around the country
Aperitif Wine & Tapas Bar
Main Street, Kinsale, Cork
Fabulous little place. Terrific selection of wines by both teh bottle + glass. Friendly service. I suggest orderng the sharing plate and then if you want more order another dish. All dishes we got were suitable for sharing
Bistro @ The Tower Hotel Waterford
The Mall Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
This is probably the worst meal I have ever eaten out. The starter of Seafood chowder had only fish no shell fish. I understand people may have allergies to shellfish but a chef should be able to call a dish correctly as FISH chowder. My salmon and egg starter had no blaa chips as per menu. Both my husband & I were served awful main meals. My chicken was overcooked, the edges of the meat were brown and dried out, his pork no better. Vegetables were way past serving looked as if they'd been there since lunchtime. We requested sauce on side which meant dinners lacked colour. Pork gravy tasted only of Bisto. My sauce was nice - maderia with mushrooms. Ice cream and lemon meringue pie desserts were fine. Staff were pleasent and we did bring to their attention the bad meals which they accepted. I will not return
John’s Bridge, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Always love eating here – the atmosphere is pleasant, the staff friendly and attentive and the food delicious. Tables are well spaced and they keep couples in the front part of the restaurant and groups (noisier) towards the back. We started with a sharing platter, which was more than enough for 2 people – crispy spring rolls, tasty satay, unusual (and chewy) beef salad. Marinated Pork Hoi Sin was good and not too fatty, Bangkok chicken had a great kick in spice levels. Option of brown rice at no additional charge is very welcome – would love to see this in more restaurants Spice levels and special meal requests are catered for without any problems. Always busy yet never rushed
Brandon House Hotel
New Ross, New Ross, Wexford
Was here for a weekend with a group and was pleasantly surprised with the choice and quality of the set menus presented. Starters included a salad, soup and mains had the usual selection of fish, chicken, lamb, beef or pork. All food was prepared freshly and more bread, potatoes and vegetables available on request. Water jugs kept topped up and bar service brought to tables without any fuss. A really delicious lemon tart for dessert. They also have a terrific carvery – great selection and value
Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Got a table for the early bird during Arts week and the restaurant was busy. However, we couldn’t fault anything. Service was prompt and attentive, food was delicious, decent portion sizes beautiful presentation. The Scotch Egg starter was unusual but we all enjoyed a bit of it. The pork and fish as main courses, cooked perfectly and served with fresh vegetables. This was our first time to eat here and we’ll definitely return
Paris-Texas Bar & Restaurant
92 High Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
This bar has been closed for renovations for oer 2 months now. unsure of when it'll open again
Shanagarry Midleton, Midleton, Cork
We went here for Valentines day and were terribly disappointed. In our opinion there was nothing special done for the occasion other than a single heart shaped chocolate at each table setting. The meal was tasty but nothing special or memorable, there are many restaurants around Ireland who are serving better food at more realistic prices. Staff were friendly and attentive. But for €70 for dinner it was expensive.
Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
A group of 6 of us went here for a 2 course early bird at €22 each with tea/coffee. For the early bird you choose from various sections of the main menu, so lots of choice. Spice levels of the dishes clearly marked and more or less spice can be requested. Only fault was that there was about 5 minutes between the 1st main course being served and the last which we felt was rather long. Delicious food, freshly prepared and no MSG. Portion sizes were good and none of us opted for dessert Live background singer was pleasant Very good value, friendly service and definitely a place I will revisit. As it was a busy weekend night, once we’d finished eating & had our coffees, we were politely asked if we’d like to sit at the bar so as they could use the table.
Ristorante Rinuccini Restaurant
No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
After reading the reviews and knowing that the restaurant is visited by people when celebrating, I was a bit disappointed. The food was good but nothing special, portions sizes on the small side. There is a good wine selection. Water was not topped up during our meal though the glasses were empty. Service was intermittent and we were left quite a while after we had finished before being able to get our bill. A couple who arrived shortly after us requested a bottle of champagne as soon as they were being seated. As a result the staff were very attentive. I had tried to make a reservation earlier in the day but was told they were full. As we were passing we decided to see if there had been a cancellation. They seated us immediately – rather strange! And there were several empty tables Overall nothing special just average
Caherdaniel, Caherdaniel, Kerry
A seafood platter to delight – generous mix of about 5 varietes of fish & seafood included smoked salmon, mackerel, prawns and crab served with a salad garnish and fresh homemade brown bread. The seafood chowder is full of chunky pieces of fish and more like a stew than a soup – delicious. Food was great, service a bit slow but it was quite busy
Granvilles Bar & Restaurant
Castle Street, Macroom, Macroom, Cork
Dined here with some friends and we had a terrific meal. Starters of stuffed mushrooms and prawn bruschetta were big enough to share. The cod was fresh & flaky, cooked perfectly, the seafood crumble was full of chunky pieces of fish, a tender rib-eye steak cooked exactly as ordered and the chicken supreme moist with a delicious sauce. A selection of fresh vegetables wase served with the meals. The portions were generous and no dessert was required but we did opt for a fruit crumble between us. Early Bird & Full bar available Generous portions, very friendly staff – I wish I lived closer to be able to dine here more often
William Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
On a recommendation we visited here for lunch. As well as the menu options there were several specials on offer all explained when we were presented with menus. Most cost EUR10. A bottle of water was brought when they came to take the order. I had the feta quiche served with a generous portion of salad and my partner had a falafel pitta again with salad. We asked for more salad dressing but it was not brought but otherwise the service was fine The wooden tables chairs & flooring make it rather noisy so best suited for groups and not intimate occassions The restaurant closes for about late afternoon to get set up for dinner. Small busy restaurant, we didn’t have a reservation for a late lunch but I would think that reservations would be recommended.
The Forge Restaurant
Potteragh, Carnaross, Kells, Meath
We opted for an early bird dinner here and had some terrific food. As well as the listed early bird menu online they have almost as many more available as specials on the night. I wasn’t sure what to expect with my starter of tian of avocado with garlic and lemon marinated chicken, chilli and lemon grass syrup and rocket salad but it was a delicately spiced & very tasty. The pan fried seatrout, cooked perfectly. There was monkfish as a special and we asked if it could be cooked differently than what was on offer – no problem – meaty, moist and served with the freshest vegetables. It is evident through the taste that the freshest produce is used. Tea/coffee & petit fours served with the set menu at no extra charge – a lovely touch & welcome finish to our meal. It is obvious why this restaurant has won so many awards. Pleasant staff, good service, delicious food beautifully presented and competitively priced – we’ll be back. Reservations recommended
1/2 Canal Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
They have a great location overlooking the Nore and we had reserved an outside table. The 2 course menu for EUR10 looked appealing but you get what you pay for. Our salad starters were fine – their fresh home made dressing tasted very much like thousand island. The chicken burrito was an unappetizing, unspicy chicken wrap served without any garnish. The Penne Al Frutti di Mare was poor – there was 1 prawn, some imitation crab and a few other pieces of fish served with too much of a very bland creamy, tomato sauce. The service was functional. I wouldn’t have thought that Italian & Mexican food would work together on a menu and still don’t.
The Donkey Shed Restaurant
Newbarn Farm, Old Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne, Meath
Even though we went for a later lunch the restaurant was still fairly full with only 2 tables available and there was steady business throughout our visit with departing tables being cleaned quickly. We were served quickly. There is a range of salads and sandwiches on offer with plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options available. My grilled vegetable salad was tasty but very oily, it seemed like the vegetables were fried rather than grilled. It was served with 2 wedges of cheesy garlic bread. When I asked about how the veggies were cooked I was assured they were grilled but that maybe it was the dressing I found oily. The New Barn salad had a delicious mix of fresh vegetables but again it was swamped in dressing. Chunky homemade chips were delicious and all portion sizes are generous. We finished off with some good coffee. I would return but would request salad dressings on the side. On site farm shop worth a stop to buy some fruit & veg
Giovanni’s Pizzeria Restaurant
3-4 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Dublin
Very disappointed with our most recent visit here. We had always enjoyed delicious pizzas, garlic bread and fresh salads. There was always a good friendly atmosphere with the restaurant always being busy and reservations required at weekends. It has lost its appeal, the restaurant had only one other table occupied during our visit. And even with that service was slow, food just about average and the staff just didn’t seem to care. Won't be returning
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
A group of 6 of us went here for a 3 course early bird at €19.95 each. The early bird consisted of a choice of 3 starters, kebab, vegetarian and prawns, a choice of 3 mains Chicken, Prawns and Lamb served with rice and naan bread and an ice cream dessert. The tables are well spaced and set with crisp white linen. We had a reservation & were seated immediately and were brought iced water and poppadoms with a selection of chutneys. All the starters were brought and were delicious – lean meat kebabs and succulent prawns. Each person’s main course was served in its own little lidded pot with side dishes of pilau rice and plenty of naan. Various different spice levels had been requested and we were all happy with the level of spiciness of our meals. My chicken dish had large chunks of chicken breast in a very tasty sauce. Courses were served in a timely manner, cleared promptly once finished and we were left to chat without feeling rushed once we’d finished Very good value, friendly service and definitely a place I will revisit. Even though it was a midweek night, the place was very busy so a reservation would be recommended. Full menu and take away also available.
Langton House Hotel Kilkenny
69 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Nothing special but standard hotel grill fayre which is reasonably priced, decent portion sizes and friendly service. There are always people in it and it is perfect for business lunch or family dinner. Adequate parking out back too.
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Went for an early bird dinner here and it was good. We arrived a little late so let the waiter know we were going to the theatre and were in a hurry so to expediate the meal we ordered our starters & wine. We shared starters of crispy calamari and garlic bread. The lamb shank was served on a bed of mash covered in sauce, it was well cooked, tasty though the red wine sauce lacked flavour. The seafood medley pasta was delicately flavoured though there wasn’t much seafood in it. The brownie for dessert had a cake consistency and was ruined by heating in a microwave. The apple pie wasn’t as good as Moms. Portion sizes were good, water & wine glasses were topped up at regular intervals, the service was friendly & speedy. I thought the early bird was reasonably priced. I would like to return when I wasn’t so rushed. There is another dining area downstairs which I think would be great for private functions.
The Dolphin Hotel And Restaurant
Inishbofin, Connemara, Connemara, Galway
We had a meal included in our B&B stay and were looking forward to it as there are several Georgina Campbell & BIM Seafood circle plaques on the wall. The restaurant had only 1 other diner when we arrived. Our order was taken promptly and there was friendly service throughout the meal, but the meal itself was very disappointing. The wine arrived already open (screw top). The goats cheese starter was tasty, the prawns had a lot of batter. The steak was served on a bed of onion rings, mushrooms and pepper sauce with chips & side salad accompaniment – the steak was requested as medium but was well done. The sea bream meal consisted of 2 pieces of fish on a bed of spinach, the accompanying white wine sauce was served in a ramekin and arrived with a skin on it – it was tasteless and lumpy. The ‘creamy mashed potatoes & vegetables’ accompanied the fish were awful – the mash was grey, not creamy and tasted like it had been made some days before and re-heated, the vegetables were supposed to be ratatouille consisted of overcooked soggy carrots, parsnips, peppers, courgettes and aubergines served in a dish that was too hot to touch. Coffee was served before dessert and the sticky toffee pudding dessert was average. Portion sizes were decent and service friendly but really I don’t understand how it could have won so many accolades. During our visit only 4 other diners ate in the restaurant.
Saagar Indian Restaurant
16 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
When we arrived it was quiet but had filled by the time we were leaving. We were seated quickly and given menus. As we were using a voucher we verified from which menu we could order but it took 15 minutes before our order was taken. However after that everything was served in a timely manner with water being topped up regularly. Poppadums & dips were brought along with the wine, we shared tasty starters of vegetable samosas & chicken tikka. When ordering the main courses we ensured the waiter knew we liked spicy food. The main course dishes of Chicken Madras and Lamb Jalfrezi were cooked to the agreed spice level and very flavoursome. Fresh coffee finished off the meal nicely. Manager was circulating, chatting with diners and checked on us during the meal Generous portion sizes and I was able to get my leftovers in a box to bring home. Menupages voucher was very good value.
TGI Friday (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin
A busy Saturday evening, we sat at the bar for a few minutes before being seated. The Mojito I ordered was very expensive especially as I couldn’t taste any rum – the glass was filled with an awful lot of crushed ice. They offer a 2 course menu for EUR15 which is good value. The bruschetta starter was OK. The Jack Daniels chicken was good but the cheeseburger very disappointing – bland. Pleasant staff and timely service but overall expensive for a burger joint 5% Service charge added to bill.
Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide
Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
It’s not only me who loves this café as there’s always people in it. Great views across the sea so after a seaside walk it’s the perfect retreat for lunch or a snack. As well as the standard menu they have delicious selections of daily soups using seasonal vegetables and a large variety of freshly made sandwiches, salads, pastries. They also have several gluten free options for coeliacs. Friendly service is leisurely but not slow, this is a place to linger and enjoy the food & view.
The Snail Box
Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Meath
Hadn’t been here for a while and won’t be in a hurry to return. The food & prices are average, the service very mixed. My main course was served & they had forgotten about my starter but still tried to charge me for it. Most of the food is processed/pre packaged, the chips were cold and portion sizes on the meager side. My partner requested his steak medium – it was served extremely well done and barely edible. Coffee was weak and luke warm As a pub it is good but give it a miss as a restaurant
San Siro Restaurant Not active
Broadmeadow Castle, Ashbourne, Meath
Went here for a girlie group night out – 12 women and would definitely recommend this for a group. The staff explained all the specials & set menus clearly before we ordered. Orders taken and even with the variations requested everything was served as requested and brought to the right person. Several staff were organized to bring all our meals together which is so nice with a group – meant no one was waiting. All enjoyed the food, standard Italian fayre served well. Water jugs were brought to the table and filled as required. They allowed for separate payments with different cards. The service couldn’t have been better & I look forward to returning
The County Club
Dunshaughlin, Dunshaughlin, Meath
Standard pub carvery choice available but with the quality better than most. The meals don’t look or taste as if they’ve been sitting there for hours. Had the fish pie which was generous in portion size as well as having several different kinds of fish which were not overwhelmed by a creamy sauce. Good value, friendly service and comfortable seating with lots of parking
Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin
I have eaten in different Eddie Rockets in Ireland and I am always pleased. This location is very convenient when going to the cinema in Blanchardstown. The quality of the beef is always good, the combo is great value and the service friendly and speedy although you never feel rushed.
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This restaurant for anyone who is vegetarian, vegan or has specific dietary requirements - all catered for. Had a great lunch deal - EUR7.95 for soup, salad, bread and pate - very filling wholesome food. My friend had a delicious curry. Self service water cooler The staff answer all your questions, explaining the ingredients in a friendly manner. Always a steady flow of customers with queues during at lunch time.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Had heard so many good things about this restaurant that I didn't believe that it would live up to the hype. Arriving on a Saturday without a reservation, we were greeted in a friendly manner and told we could have a table till 8pm. Wine & bread were served quickly but service after that was a little bit slow. A table beside us who had arrived & ordered after us were served before us Fresh creamy dressing on my Caesar salad topped with Parmesan shavings. Instead of croutons, there were slices of bread like Melba toasts. The meatballs were in a rich tomato sauce. We had requested a few changes to the ordered dishes, which were taken into consideration and our meals served accordingly. When the main courses were presented we were not asked if we wanted any condiments, 3 servers went by before I could catch the attention of one to get a pepper mill. Tender, thick pork chop with good accompaniments. Pasta was tasty though seemed to lack the pine nuts. Portion sizes were adequate We had requested a few changes to the ordered dishes, which were taken into consideration and our meals served accordingly. When the main courses were presented we were not asked if we wanted any condiments, 3 servers went by before I could catch the attention of one to get a pepper mill. We were checked on by our waitress during our meal and our water glasses topped up. Wine & bread were served quickly once we’d ordered but service after that was a little bit slow. A table beside us who had arrived & ordered after us were served before us. Food & value were good, service could've been better
Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Tried their new 'Speedy Lunch' for €8.95 - it's a bowl or tortilla soup and a mini beef, pork, veg or chicken burrito. It's definitley speedy & tasty however not as spicy as I would like and we weren't asked how spicy we would like it. Portion sizes is adequate for lunch and you won't feel too full afterwards. We were the only customers there so no atmosphere really, but there were some workmen drilling and doing noisy work which was not pleasant. The location is terrific so if you are booking ask for a window table so you can look out over the marina
EJ Kings Pub & Restaurant
The Square, Clifden, Galway
Pub grub at its best. As it was a sunny day we were able to sit out & enjoy an aperitif before heading inside to eat. Being by the coast you would expect good seafood and we weren't disappointed. I had some delicious Hake, cooked to flaky perfection served with fresh steamed veg & a creamy mash My hubby reckons he had the best fish & chips for a long time - light crisp batter and chunky hot fries. All served in a friendly & timely manner. Can't wait to visit again
The Clock Tower
Fintrabay, Killybegs, Donegal
We were given menus quickly but after that service was rather slow. Being by the sea and at a fishing port we expected fresh fish. One of the specials was crumbed haddock – it had a thick batter/crumb coating and the fish did not taste fresh. Vegetables were good and portion sizes generous. Tea/coffee was served before dessert. Banoffee pie was the worst I’ve ever had, it had a dry pastry with a very thin sliver of toffee with slices of fresh banana. Crumble of the day was fruity but served with lumpy custard. We were not checked on during the main course There were several small children running around noisily.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Dined here with a group pre theatre and we all went for the early bird. Busy when we got there but had cleared out when we were leaving. Meals were served promptly. Portions were large. The only problem was that after the main course meals were cleared we were not asked about dessert tea/coffee and could not get the servers attention to order. Good value & food but inconsistent service
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Been a while since I’d been there but it was as good as ever. Friendly attentive staff, quick service, good food and great coffee. Even though it is table service throughout most of the café, the prices are similar to self service and I will definitely return more often
Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
What a disappointment. After reading the reviews here I was looking forward to a good meal but it really didn’t live up to it. The starter of blue cheese and pear consisted of tinned pear and a quenelle of blue cheese mixed with cram cheese, the pork rillette served in a jar but contained so much fat it was inedible. The salmon au poivre had a mere shaking of pepper on it and was the greasiest salmon I’ve ever had. The beef cheek was tender. There was a lack of vegetables and no condiments offered not even salt & pepper on the tables. Blasts of cold air coming up from the open lobby doors. Staff were attentive but I wouldn’t return. I think the only other diners in the restaurant that evening were on a package with dinner included as part of their stay
The Italian Connection
95 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Small cosy restaurant, though tables are very close together. We ordered garlic bread and pizzas. The garlic bread was generous slices with plenty of real garlic. The pizzas again were of a generous size but the taste was disappointing. The bases though thin were quite doughy. One was supposed to have Prawns & smoked salmon – there were chunks of fresh salmon on it. There was too much cheese and the sauce had little flavour. Staff were attentive when we arrived though no one checked on us during our meal. Unlikely to return
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had a weekend lunch here recently and have to say it was only OK. The food was tasty and the set lunch offer appears to be a good value but extras add up quickly. The seafood paella was tomato based and not as described on the menu. Even though there was plenty of tables we were put in a corner beside the toilets with an extra place setting. Service was slow and meal portions quite small, we had various drinks including water but had to ask for them to be topped up. A basket of bread would have been nice but we weren't given any even though I saw it on other tables. Nobody checked on us during the meal and after the main course, empty, dirty plates were left sitting for about 15 minutes. I wouldn’t be in a hurry back.
Cinnamon Garden Restaurant
Main Street, Ashbourne, Above Molly's Pub, Ashbourne, Meath
Got a take-away from here and it was delicious. The waiter taking the order was helpful answering my questions. The food is cooked when ordered so you know it's fresh. Spice levels are adjusted to your taste. Poppadoms, chutney, raita and other sauces included with order. Will definitely return
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
This restaurant has got the best views across Dublin Bay, great for watching the sun go down looking out over Ireland’s Eye and Lambay. We started with prawn and crayfish salad with main courses of baked sea bass and salmon and due to the good sized portions, we shared a dessert of rhubarb crumble. The fish was beautifully cooked, flaky and delicious. Most of the vegetables served are grown on their own allotment. There is a good wine selection as well as a full bar. The staff are friendly and professional, everything was served in a timely manner. It has been a while since I ate at Aqua, but it won’t be long before I return .
Spice of India (Limerick)
First Floor, 28 O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick
On entering this restaurant, it didn’t look or give an atmosphere of anything special but looks can be deceiving. Service was friendly and attentive. The wine we selected wasn’t available and a very suitable alternate was brought. Food portions are very generous. We like spicy food and we got flavoursome spiced Indian. The shared starter platter could feed 2-3 people easily. The Jalrezi excellent. We shared one portion of rice and one naan and it was more than enough. While finishing our wine after the meal, we were brought a complimentary drink – Tia Maria, Bailey’s and cream looking like a pint of Guinness in a shot glass :) and a plate of fresh cut fruit. It was steadily busy throughout our visit with both take away and sit down diners.
Main Street, Dingle, Kerry
Although officially a pub, this is more of a restaurant. There are several menu options including set menu and a la carte. Food was good, portions sizes average. Only complaint was the bread we were given was stale and when we mentioned it were told I was baked that morning. Overall average rating
Man Friday Restaurant
Scilly, Kinsale, Cork
I had dined here many years ago and wasn’t sure if it would live up to my memories At the entrance there are so many award plaques going back 10+ years, I reckoned we were in for a seafood treat. We opted for the early bird at EUR25 pp – starters of mussels and pate were good, hake main course was so tasty served with lots of fresh cooked vegetables and 2 kinds of potatoes. Homemade ice cream and meringue desserts served delicious. Portion sizes were generous and staff were friendly and attentive, taking time to chat briefly as they served. Great value early bird, will definitely visit again when next in Kinsale.
The Olde Post Inn
Cloverhill, Cavan Town, Cavan
The team really took great care of us last night. From the moment we entered, we were welcomed. Sitting in the foyer area, the specials were explained, our orders were taken and drinks and canapés served. We were brought to our table and the starters were brought in a timely manner - creamy seafood chowder and a tasty duck pate. Main courses of salmon and pork belly were delicious as were the desserts. Petit fours were served with good quality coffee and free refills. All this for EUR37.50 - great value. Extensive wine list as well as full bar available. Nothing was too much trouble, staff were friendly, taking time to chat briefly as they served.
Swords Pavilions, Swords, Dublin
I had heard a lot of good things about Nandos but I was rather disappointed. Although the spiced chicken is tasty, the portion sizes are small for the price. The restaurant caters to families with small children so there was a lot of food on the floor and a slightly dirty feel to it all. Pleasant staff but we won’t be in a hurry back
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
From the minute we walked in I had a good feeling about Carluccio’s. The staff in the deli acknowledged us and we were seated immediately. We shared a delicious tapas platter, my seafood linguine was garlicky with lots of fresh fish. My partners lamb was lean & succulent. The portions were generous so we really didn’t have room for dessert so ordered coffee & biscotti. Friendly, efficient & timely service throughout our visit I’ll definitely return & would share the tapas plate with a friend any time of day. There is a deli at the front, well stocked with great Italian goodies.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin
Fresh food & great friendly service. They have a EUR9.99 deal of a burger, fries & a drink which is really good value. Love that they offer free refills on many drinks. My only gripe is that the chicken burgers are covered in crumbs & deep fried – would love a grilled chicken breast.
The Alamo Restaurant
22 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
They advertise a great lunchtime deal of soup & a sandwich for EUR5. The soup was flavoursome but a little watery, the vegetables on the roasted Mediterean vegetable sandwich were quite greasy and seemed fried rather than roasted. The portion size was adequate for lunch. The service was extremely slow, there were only a total of 7 diners in the restaurant and the server spent most of his time in the kitchen area. From the time of ordering to receiving my order, it took 25 minutes – not good for a quick lunch.
Main Street, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath
Went in here to watch a rugby game, as it wasn’t on any of the channels showing I asked the barman if it was possible to show it. He asked which TV did we want to watch it on and switched the channel for us. That was a good start to an enjoyable few hours watching the game and enjoying some club sandwiches and creamy pints of Guinness in a friendly atmosphere. Good pub grub, generous portions at reasonable prices and friendly staff – will definitely return
Broadmeadow Castle, (Across from Tesco Stores), Ashbourne, Meath
This has had a sign on the door since before Christmas saying something like"closed until further notice due family problem". At this stage I have a feeling that it may not re-open. Pity, I really loved their pizzas
Germaines of Baltinglass
Main Street, Baltinglass, Wicklow
I always try to find something good in every situation, but unfortunately there was nothing good about my experience at Germaine’s recently. It was busy with a lot of families celebrating communions, so there were many young noisy children running around. It is an old fashioned carvery, with fayre options and portion sizes that are no doubt adding to the increasing overweight problem in this country. Turkey & Ham was on offer, I asked for turkey alone but was told they couldn’t separate it. As I don’t red meat. There was some soggy southern fried chicken and very greasy salmon available – neither was appealing looking. No vegetarian options other than a plate of vegetables. I opted for veggies and got a plate with 3 scoops mash potatoes, some carrots and cabbage for Eur6. My partner had the same with some well cooked beef which looked very dry but he said tasted fine. There is a menu on the tables with offering ‘homemade’ desserts which is served by the waitresses. We opted for deep dish apple pie. It took 15 minutes to arrive. It was commercially made, filled with artificial apples and served with strawberry ice cream. I thought that the Celtic Tiger had gotten rid of this type of food – I guess not. There are no hooks in the ladies toilets on which to hang a bag/coat.
Mix Asian Fusion Restaurant
Unit 7, First Floor, Corballis Shopping Centre, Ratoath, Meath
Good range of Chinese & Indian food here both to eat in & takeaway. Also the option of asking for something that may not be on the menu. Very busy at weekends when reservations are recommended. Food quality is good and always seems freshly prepared. Varying spice/hotness can be requested Attentive friendly service, pleasant atmosphere and very family friendly.
The Tower Bar & Bistro
The Waterside House Hotel, North Co. Dublin , Donabate, Dublin
Great place to stop off for a bite after a walk on the beautiful beach an you can still look out at the Irish Sea. Outdoor seating available (weather permitting). A varied menu with lots of daily specials & friendly service. My only complaint would be that my companion is coeliac and when she asked if there was flour/wheat in a few of the menu items (soup, casserole) that waiter didn’t seem to know but after some prompting did ask in the kitchen.
Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
Went here on a midweek night around 9.30pm and the place was full. We even had to wait a few minutes for a seat – popular venue. The set menu offers a great variety for a reasonable price. Portion sizes were generous and there were 2 large pieces of fresh battered fish with the fish & chips. Atmosphere was cozy, service friendly and attentive and I’ll definitely be back for more
The Living Room at The Residents Hotel
Bridge Street, Ashbourne, Meath
We were welcomed by the barman as we entered and the service he gave us was friendly, bu that really was the best part of our visit. I have to say that the menu is very lacking, it is a pub menu from the 1980s – steaks, burgers, chicken (Kiev, Maryland) and the only fish on offer is fish & chips. All the food was processed with only a salad garnish that seemed fresh. There seemed to be little difference between the pieces of chicken that were served as Maryland and Kiev – crumbed, fried and cut. Very little garlic on the Kiev. Lots of batter on the fish, but only a thin piece of fish inside. Baileys cheesecake was served with ice cream (no cream!), it was creamy but did not taste of Baileys. Not great value for less than average quality food EUR80 for 2 starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts and 2 glasses wine. Wouldn’t be in a hurry back until the menu is greatly improved. During a visit to the Ladies room, I noticed hat some of the toilets were without toilet seats and those with seats were broken.
Gourmet Food Parlour Ballyboughal
Oldtown Road, Ballyboughal, Ballyboughal, Dublin
This is a great little find of a café. Large variety of sandwiches, salads, pastries. Dined here with a coeliac friend last week and she was delighted that gluten free bread was available. Friendly staff & fresh food. Service is leisurely but not slow, this is a place to linger and enjoy the meal. Outside tables great for sunny days. Would love to see the Grange open for a single seating set evening meal
Remos Pizza Take Away
Main Street, Ashbourne, Ashbourne, Meath
If you're looking for fast chipper food that is fresh, hot & tasty then this is he place to go. Picked up fish & chips here and it was great. Big chunky chips, crispy batter with flaky fresh fish. Always a steady flow of customers.
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Great little restaurant, fresh seafood, friendly staff. Had a late lunch there with 2 others, one was on a very restricted diet and they accommodated her wonderfully without making her feel like her special requested were an issue. We had hot bowls of creamy chowder served with bread and grilled tiger prawns with steamed veggies. All fresh and nicely presented. I particularly liked when they asked of we would like water they offered “..sparkling, still or tap”. The server checked on us regularly.