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Last Visit: 21 May 2012

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Tarragon Restaurant

24 Strand Street, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

Good
26 reviews

Reviewed 18th October 2010 ( visited 16th October 2010 )

Was shopping in Dublin with my partner last Saturday and decided to drive home via Skerries. Someone I met in Dublin had previously recommended this restaurant, so I checked it out on Menu Pages and saw it had got good reviews. We did not have a booking, but they were able to accomodate us as it was early (7.00pm). My partner had the avocado and cashel blue to start followed by the duck, both of which he was very pleased with. I went for the special which was lobster served on a bed of spinach. This was a pricey €29.95, but it was worth every cent. I would hardly ever order lobster because of the work involved in shelling it, but this was presented completely free of shells and cooked perfectly. We finished off with the delightful minute made apple tart between us. We were told that this dessert takes 12-14 minutes as it is prepared from scratch, which is fine as I like a bit of time after the main course. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the waitress that served us was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. There is an extensive winelist which should ensure that there is something to suit everyone. Overall, this was a lovely experience. We left with a very warm glow and are already trying to find another excuse to visit Dublin and Tarragon.
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Tarragon Restaurant

24 Strand Street, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
26 reviews

Reviewed 18th October 2010 ( visited 16th October 2010 )

Was shopping in Dublin with my partner last Saturday and decided to drive home via Skerries. Someone I met in Dublin had previously recommended this restaurant, so I checked it out on Menu Pages and saw it had got good reviews. We did not have a booking, but they were able to accomodate us as it was early (7.00pm). My partner had the avocado and cashel blue to start followed by the duck, both of which he was very pleased with. I went for the special which was lobster served on a bed of spinach. This was a pricey €29.95, but it was worth every cent. I would hardly ever order lobster because of the work involved in shelling it, but this was presented completely free of shells and cooked perfectly. We finished off with the delightful minute made apple tart between us. We were told that this dessert takes 12-14 minutes as it is prepared from scratch, which is fine as I like a bit of time after the main course. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the waitress that served us was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. There is an extensive winelist which should ensure that there is something to suit everyone. Overall, this was a lovely experience. We left with a very warm glow and are already trying to find another excuse to visit Dublin and Tarragon.
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Quaglino's at the Century
19 Roden pl, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

Visited here last Saturday night with my partner after not having been for a long time. The reason is a new €50 4 course menu for two including a bottle of the house wine! There was a great choice of starters and mains. I opted for the creamy mushrooms followed by the chicken marsala, while my partner had the Thai kofta follwed by the rack of lamb served on a bed of champ. Veg and homemade chips also accompanied. For dessert, I had the strudel (excellent) and my partner had the pear tatin, both followed by coffee. The restaurant was full, so booking would be advisable. I could not fault one thing about the night. The food and wine were fantastic and the service was first class. I cannot wait to go back!

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Black Bull Inn
Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

We called in here for lunch last week en route to Dublin and what a treat. The place was very busy but we were seated immediately and shortly after that, our order was taken. The menu had a great variety and the staff were very friendly and efficient. My partner had the lunch special of 3 courses for €10.50, the homemade burger and pepper sauce followed by fresh strawberries and cream, finishing off with coffee. I had the chicken burrito with wedges. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal and thought it good value. We will definitely visit again.

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Barroco Bistro @ The WestCourt Hotel
WEST STREET DROGHEDA CO. LOUTH, Drogheda, Louth

Had reason to visit Drogheda recently with my partner so decided to call in here for lunch in the bar based on the reviews. It was after 2pm so the rush seemed to be over. Service, I thought was slow as it was a while before anyone came to take our order, even though there seemed to be a lot of staff about. However, when we did order, the food came quite quickly and our server was very pleasant and did enquire if everything was ok during the meal. I just had the house salad with wok fried chicken and a portion of chunky chips, while my partner had the wings with blue cheese dip to start followed by the beer battered cod and chips. He was very happy with his choice, especially the wings. I was a bit disappointed with the “chunky chips” as they were the standard frozen fare, and the chicken in my salad did not warrant the extra cost of adding it to the salad, but overall, I would come again, preferably to try the evening menu.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Called in for lunch yesterday while shopping in the city with my partner. Have been dying to try it for a long time due to the great reviews it gets on menu pages. I had the chicken skewers which were lovely but could have done with a side of cips. However, my partner ordered the burger and chips and was told there were no burgers. He had the soup, which was delicious, followed by the half roast chicken which came with a small bowl of potatoes and veg. This was very unremarkable and way overpriced at €15.95. I have to say that I was disappointed with the dining experience. That is not to take away from the waiting staff, who were very friendly and helpful, but I will not be going again.

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Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh Restaurant
Tyrconnel Street, Donegal Town, Donegal

We stopped here for lunch on our way home from visiting Co. Donegal. It is lovely and quaint looking from the outside and a tempting menu board just inside the hallway lured us in. It did not disappoint on the inside. Original flagged floors and cosy eating areas offered a welcome refuge from the December chill. I had the seabass on a bed of champ in a lobster and prawn bisque, which was to die for. My partner, who wasn't awful hungry, had the homemade burger served with chips, which he was very happy with. He had a coffee while I ordered a red wine and was delighted to get a proper red wine glass, not one of the tiny little things that are common in a lot of places. Service was friendly and attentive and we went on our way very satisfied that we had a meal superior to the usual Sunday lunch fare.

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The Depot Restaurant and Bar @ The Station House Hotel
The Station House Hotel, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal

Myself and my partner stayed in this hotel (now known as the Station House hotel) last Saturday night and we ate in the Depot as part of the deal. Our choice was from the €25 menu which offered quite a variety. For starters, I had the garlic king prawns in a filo basket (beautiful), while my partner had the potato skins. These were filled with bacon and cheese and were huge, but he was delighted with them. Mains were a goats cheese tart with salad for me and chicken maryland for him with a side of chips. Desserts were a chocolate choux bun filled with cream and toffee sauce and an unremarkable pavlova, which I didn't mind because at that stage, I was hardly fit to move. The place was very busy with a number of Christmas parties, but we never felt neglected and the service at all times was first class.

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Cluskey's Restaurant
Little Ash Knockbridge, Dundalk, Louth

Visited here last Saturday night with my partner as I had heard reports that there was a new chef in residence and that the food was good. When we arrived, the only other people in the restaurant was a large group with a number of small children running about and making a lot of noise. We asked if we could relocate to the bar/lounge area and this was not a problem. This area was lovely with a number of other people also dining. We were able to pick between the bar menu and the a la carte menu, so my partner had a starter of slow roasted pork belly from the a la carte and the mixed grill from the bar menu, both of which he was very pleased with. I had the escalope of chicken in a mushroom and brandy sauce from the a la carte, which was tasty, but not remarkable. In fact, it tasted like a carbonara sauce because it had bacon bits. They were served with a choice of potato, so we chose the hand cut chips and they were lovely. Deserts, pavlova and apple crumble, were nice. Overall, it was good value for money, but there was no feel good factor, and apart from the friendly barman, I did not feel welcomed or valued as a customer. I doubt I will return as there are a lot of other establishments in the area serving great food coupled with great service.

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Carlingford Arms
Carlingford, Co. Louth, Carlingford, Louth

Called in for some bar food with my partner last Saturday evening. We have eaten in the bar a good few times and have never been disappointed. We were lucky to get a seat as the place was packed and Carlingford itself was buzzing. Great atmosphere. There is a great team working here that never appear to be under pressure no matter how busy it gets. I have never eaten in the restaurant as I like the relaxed atmosphere in the bar and there is usually music at the weekend. I would recommend the oysters, mornay style, they are to die for!

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Dooleys of Edmondstown
Edmondstown, Ardee, Louth

It is almost a year since we first visited Dooleys and having found it very quiet on our first visit, we decided to try it again. It wasn't busy in the restaurant, so we asked if we could eat in the lounge area, where there were a few more people. This was not a problem and our order was quickly taken. Starters of wings and deep fried brie swiftly followed and the main courses came almost immediately that our plates were lifted. That said, the food was lovely. However, our main course plates were cleared by a man (I assumed he was from the bar) who had not served us initially. We then sat for an absolute age waiting for someone to ask if we wanted desserts or coffee. My partner was on the set €25 menu which included these. Eventually, he called one of the waitresses and she left over menus, but never came back to take the order. Just when we were about to give up, a different girl came over and apologised. We ordered desserts and they duly came. Unfortunately, the chocolate fudge cake contained a hair. When paying the bill, my partner asked to speak to the manager, not to dispute the bill, but to let them know that the service left a lot to be desired, especially in a place that was not busy. The manager turned out to be the man who had cleared or main course dishes and he insisted that he had asked if we wanted desserts - which he clearly had not (this is my partner's favourite part of the meal!). I am very disappointed in the attitude that was shown to us. We eat out on a regular basis and made the trip from Dundalk especially to eat here, but I will not be visiting again nor will I recommend it. There are too many other places doing great value menus ALONG with excellent customer service.

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Chocolate Brown Coffee Bar
William Street, Tullamore, Offaly

Called in here for a light lunch on the way home from an overnight stay in Portlaoise. The place was full with some people having breakfast, and some having lunch. Got a lovely little spot by the window and enjoyed a very tasty goats cheese panini with tea. As we had a big breakfast earlier, my partner just had a french apple tart and coffee, both of which were delicious. This place seemed an ideal spot to spend a lazy Sunday morning browsing through the papers. I just wish there was somewhere like this in my town.

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Caffe Latte @ Dunamaise Arts Centre
Lyster House, Main Street, Portlaoise, Laois

Having booked to stay in Portlaoise on Saturday night, we arrived in the town on Saturday afternoon. After checking in, we went for a stroll around the town, and feeling like some refreshments, we came across Caffe Latte. This proved to be a great choice. We got some lovely Lattes and tarts. The only drawback was that there was no cream left - it was late in the afternoon. This did not bother me, but my partner likes a bit with a dessert. We got two seats at the front window and enjoyed watching life go by on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

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Cedarooms - Bar and Restaurant @ Killeshin Hotel
Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Laois

We stayed here last Saturday night on a hotel deal where you got an overnight bed & breakfast and an evening meal. We booked our meal with the receptionist when we checked into the hotel, however, the restaurant did not have any record of it when we later went for our meal. I thought this was a bad omen. How wrong I was! They quickly seated us and from then on, both the service and food were as good as I've experienced in a long time. The menu offered plenty of choices. For starters, I had garlic sauteed mushrooms and my partner had duck pate en croute. For mains, I had sea bass with chorizo and a goats cheese sauce (one of the best meals I have ever had), and my partner had the rack of lamb, perfectly cooked (which he is still raving about). Accompanying roasted veg and potato chips were perfect. Desserts were lovely and light, a warm apple pie for me and I think a chocolate fudge cake for himself. Coffee to finish off a lovely dining experience which was enhanced by the friendly and warm service. The restaurant was full but we never felt rushed and the staff appeared to be in full control.

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The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Was in Dublin for some shopping over the holidays and decided to try this restaurant on a recommendation from my daughter, who attends college in Dublin and also because of the great reviews on menupages. I am not a fast food fan, but decided to give it a try anyway. I was not disappointed. I had the chicken burger and my partner had the beef burger, and we had one protion of fries between us. I could not believe the amount of choices of toppings and cheeses. Service was excellent. When we went in, a friendly waitress explained the menu and how it worked to us. As mentioned in other reviews, the decor and cleanliness of the place is first class. There is also an excellent wine list so I had a nice glass of cab sauv with my meal. I will definitely return and my partner wants to work his way through the entire menu before he tries anywhere else in Dublin!

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Blackstone Restaurant @The Lisdoo
Newry Road, Dundalk, Louth

I dined here with my partner last Saturday night because I saw an ad in the local paper that the Lisdoo Steakhouse were now doing a special 4 course menu for €25 Monday to Saturday. There was a great variety on the menu. I had the warm goats cheese salad to start and my partner had the tandoori mushrooms (I tasted one and it was divine). I then had the chicken breast in brandy and mushroom sauce with tagliatelle, and my partner had the duck breast, which he claimed was the best he ever had. Desserts were sticky toffee pudding and Baileys cheesecake followed by coffees. Food was tasty and very well presented. Service was excellent and not rushed. The restaurant was fairly busy and there was a lovely atmosphere. A very enjoyable evening. I look forward to going back to try something else from this menu.

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Eastern Seaboard
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

Was in the area and visited this place for lunch as I was curious to try it having read previous reviews. When we arrived, it seemed cold and empty, but it wasn't long filling up. I had the open prawn sandwich on brown bread (which I ordered with no butter) and my dining companion had the sticky baby ribs. Both of us had the handcut fries as sides. My prawn sandwich came with the bread buttered. When I pointed this out to the staff, it was replaced no problem. The prawns were very disappointing, just the little frozen ones that you get in the supermarket. I expected to get the big meaty ones in a place like this. On the other hand, the ribs were fantastic, and the handcut fries were to die for. I think I was just unlucky with my order. I will come back as the service was good and some of the dishes going to the other tables looked very good.

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Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Called in here yesterday for the carvery lunch. I had the salmon in herb and pesto crust and himself had the roast beef. There was a fantastic selection of vegetables and potato and the service was really friendly and efficient. I chose this place because I had business in the area and I checked it out on menu pages. I was certainly not disappointed and will very much look forward to a return visit when in the area again.

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The Copper Kettle
Clanbrassil Centre, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

Visit this place on a regular basis. My partner usually has the full irish breakfast, which he raves about, and I usually have a wrap or a panini. The staff are very helpful and will make things up exactly as you like them. The lunches are lovely also, especially for anyone who likes a good hearty meal. It's location (just across from the bus depot) is ideal for anyone with messages to do in the centre of town or just passing through.

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The Brake
Main Street, Blackrock, Dundalk, Louth

I visited The Brake in Blackrock (Co. Louth) with my partner and another couple on Saturday night last. I haven't eaten here in a long time due to a previous bad experience, but it more than redeemed itself. There is a fantastic offer of €25 for 4 courses at the moment. For starters, we had pate, french onion soup and garlic mushrooms. For mains, we had the seafood platter (the best I have ever had) and steak. These were served with a choice of baked potato, croquette or chips. Dessert was pavlova, an irish coffee and two Baileys coffees. I think it is a great that if you are too full for dessert you can have a speciality coffee instead. Staff were very pleasant and attentive and the service was excellent. All in all, a lovely experience and one that I cannot wait to repeat!

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Silken Thomas
The Square, Kildare Town, Kildare Town, Kildare

Called in here for lunch with my family while visiting Kildare Village for shopping after Christmas. Upon entering, the place seemed full and we were just about to leave when a very friendly member of staff came over to us and showed us to additional seating in the restaurant (we had come in through the bar). Three family members had the roast beef from the carvery, which they were very pleased with. I had a toasted sandwich from a very extensive menu of snacks and sandwiches, which I had to order separately. This came out very quick, considering how busy the place was. We were very happy with both the food and service, and if ever I found myself in the area again, I would look forward to eating here.

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Left Bank Bar & Restaurant (Dundalk)
43/44 Park Street, Dundalk, Louth

Myself and my partner ate here last Friday evening (not for the first time either). We just love this place. You would hardly notice it from the street, but once you go upstairs, there is a fabulous big restuarant. Some of the seating is open but there are also booths for a more intimate dining experience. Once seated, a basket of fresh homemade bread, which is very hard to resist, is placed on your table (no charge for this). My partner had the Petite (early bird) menu - a great value 3 courses for €17.95. To start, he had baked mushrooms in a bacon and garlic cream sauce, followed by a steak (perfectly cooked) with pepper sauce and chunky chips. I did not feel like 3 courses, so I chose the 8 oz steak burger from the a-la-carte menu (the best burger I have ever had) at €14.95. This was also served with chunky chips. My partner finished off with an apple slice while I had an expresso. Overall, a lovely way to start of the weekend. Food was wonderful as was the service. I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for evening dining and also for lunch, which I have tried on many occasions and is definitely the best value around.

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Tarragon Restaurant
24 Strand Street, Skerries, Dublin

Was shopping in Dublin with my partner last Saturday and decided to drive home via Skerries. Someone I met in Dublin had previously recommended this restaurant, so I checked it out on Menu Pages and saw it had got good reviews. We did not have a booking, but they were able to accomodate us as it was early (7.00pm). My partner had the avocado and cashel blue to start followed by the duck, both of which he was very pleased with. I went for the special which was lobster served on a bed of spinach. This was a pricey €29.95, but it was worth every cent. I would hardly ever order lobster because of the work involved in shelling it, but this was presented completely free of shells and cooked perfectly. We finished off with the delightful minute made apple tart between us. We were told that this dessert takes 12-14 minutes as it is prepared from scratch, which is fine as I like a bit of time after the main course. The restaurant is small and intimate, and the waitress that served us was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine. There is an extensive winelist which should ensure that there is something to suit everyone. Overall, this was a lovely experience. We left with a very warm glow and are already trying to find another excuse to visit Dublin and Tarragon.

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Grainstore @ Darver Castle
Readypenny, Dundalk, Co.Louth, Dundalk, Louth

Myself and my partner ate here last Saturday night (not for the first time) and, as usual, the food was absolutely fantastic and lots of it. We have dined here quite a number of times as the 4 course menu for €25.00, 7 days a week, is great value. I never even look at the a la carte as there is such a great variety on the set menu. I had the Darver smokie to start (smoked fish in a creamy sauce) followed by the beef strogonoff (melt in the mouth beef). Himself had the garlic mushrooms followed by the duck, which he said was done just perfect. For dessert, we had fresh fruit pavlova and sticky toffee pudding followed by coffee, but by this stage, we were not fit to move. The restaurant was almost full, so I would advise booking. A man with a guitar started playing just after 9.30, which was nice in the background. I would thoroughly recommend Darver for a Saturday night meal. My only fault (and it's a small one) was that while the staff are very pleasant and efficient, I would like to have a bit more time between courses.

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Fuchsia House Restaurant & Gables Bar
Dundalk Road, Ardee, Louth

Last Saturday night, myself and my partner ate in the Fuschia House in Ardee, Co Louth. The menu covers a wide range of cuisines. For starters, I had the bread and dips (lovely and light if you don't want a heavy starter) and my companion had the buffalo wings, which were coated in a lovely sauce (a big enough starter to share). For mains, I had the Achari Gosht, an indian lamb dish, which is to die for, and himself had the Red Thai Beef Curry, a very, very hot curry (not for the faint-hearted). We had both dishes with Pilau rice and paratha bread and a bottle of the the house red. We shared a desert, an unbeatable bread and butter pudding, to round off a fantastic meal. The combination of great food and excellent service made it a great dining experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to try something a bit different from the usual steak and chips.

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