Restaurant Reviews from MedLover
No. of Reviews: 17
Member Since: 17 May 2011
Last Visit: 15 July 2018
McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar restaurant
Amiens Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 21st December 2014 ( visited 21st December 2014 )what can I say other than fabulous food, amazing service and attention to detail is second to none. Both and my boyfriend came away stuffed but in the stodgy way - portion sizes were big but not "American" sized which was perfect. Staff were attentive but not intrusive. Would definitely recommend McGettigans to everyone and will definitely be back very soon
The Lotts Cafe Bar restaurant
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 20th February 2014 ( visited 18th January 2014 )Went in for 2 steaks on a stone with 2 sides and a bottle of wine for €40 (Saturday price) and was not disappointed. The steak was perfect and the accompanying sauces - mushroom and whiskey, pepper sauce and garlic butter were delicious. For those who have never had steak on a stone the steak comes out seared all around and then as you cut it you can cook that piece to your looking on the searing hot stone. I like to used the garlic butter as a cutting aid so the garlic is cooked into the steak and it doesn't steak to the stone. The waitress was lovely and very attentive. Would recommend it to anyone.
Lemon & Duke
1 Royal Hibernian Way, Duke Lane Upper , Dawson Street, Dublin
Myself and my boyfriend had a bite to eat and cocktails in Lemon & Duke on a damp Sunday evening. From the moment we arrived our waitress Frankie made so feel so welcome. Guiding us to really great seats which enabled us to people watch both in the bar and outside. She stopped and chatted to us on a number of occasions and other diners too. Really made us feel like part of the "family". The food - Steak and a Burger - was cooked to perfection and the flavour of the steak was amazing. The burger was a lovely blend and spice and citrus. The sauce that came with it on the side was delicious. There was more than enough on the plates to feed two hungry people. The cocktails we had were so good. The barman Ross is a genius when it comes to mixology. I will definitely be going back again and again.
Unit 11, Donabate Town Centre, Donabate, Dublin
There are not enough words in the English language to describe how amazing the food is in Pasta Castello. Myself and my boyfriend decided to treat ourselves a mid-week dinner out. He wanted to go to our normal "favourite" restaurant in Swords but I suggested Pasta Castello. I wasn't disappointed that I did. The food was not only delicious but sooooo fresh. I got an 8oz strip loin and he got a vegetarian pizza. When my steak came out it was the size of half a cow, well it filled at least three quarters of my family size serving plate. The pepper sauce was perfection and on the side so I could enjoy the steak with or without sauce. The side salad that came with it was just your run of the mill salad till you ate the dressing. It seemed to be a mustard/mint dressing. I could have drank a glass of it it was so nice. My boyfriend was in "shock" at the size of the pizza which he reckoned was at least a 16". The toppings on the pizza looked so fresh and juicy (not dry like from a pizza take away place). He managed to finish half of it (but he was helping me with my steak) and our waitress very kindly offered to box it up for us so he could finish it later. All and all an amazing "surprise" evening that I definitely want to do again very soon. I will be trying one of their other amazing dishes then or one of the daily specials which all appeared to be as good as the food we had
McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar
Amiens Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
what can I say other than fabulous food, amazing service and attention to detail is second to none. Both and my boyfriend came away stuffed but in the stodgy way - portion sizes were big but not "American" sized which was perfect. Staff were attentive but not intrusive. Would definitely recommend McGettigans to everyone and will definitely be back very soon
Paris-Texas Bar & Restaurant
92 High Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Paris-Texas was a really find. Myself and my boyfriend visited here the October Bank Holiday Monday. While they were not overly busy there was a lovely buzz to the place. Everyone seemed to be relaxing and enjoying their food. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. We had the chicken wings in the sweet chilli sauce to start with a side of smoked fries. Both were delicious and we were fighting over the last wing and chip. For mains we shared a three meat platter (also available as a two meat platter) - steak tips, pulled pork and prawns accompanied by garlic baby potatoes, cumin-honey butter carrots and an extra side of bread. The platter also came with a heaped side of crispy thin onions which were the perfect accompaniment. Every bite we took was better than the last. We really are looking forward to visiting Kilkenny again just to go to Paris-Texas and try the other items on the menu
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
What can you say about Chai Yo - only I can't wait to go back!!!! The staff are amazing. The food is delicious and plentiful (my hard to fill boyfriend was stuff coming out on Saturday). The atmosphere is perfect - the waiters have great singing voices and entertain diners every so often during the night so not to "annoy" people with constant singing. I would highly recommend trying Chai Yo - whether its the €17.50 three courses plus tea/coffee (YES I said 3 courses for €17.50 - all night too) or the Teppanyaki service on the ground floor you are in for a real treat. Once you have tried Chai Yo you will go back again and again.
KC Peaches St Stephens Green
35-37 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Met a friend for lunch last week. While the staff member who met me at the door as great and explained the system of how the "self service" system worked there was nobody around to advise where to get the necessary plates/cutlery/take-away boxes. Also the fact that the till and the "ordering area" for sandwiches were one and the same area made it difficult to pay as there was a build up of people waiting to be served and to get their sandwiches. My food was not as hot as it was when I put on the plate (or as hot as it could have been) when I sat down to eat it. The food was nice but I was unsure if I could mix salad and hot foods so I didn't really have much veg. Again there was nobody around to ask and nobody approached me even though I had a very confused look on my face. I would definitely drop in again for a coffee and cake but not for hot food.
T.P. Smiths Bar & Restaurant
9-10 Jervis Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Having been here a number of years ago for a party I was looking forward to having food here again. Unfortunately when my spring rolls arrived they were not crisp and upon cutting into them they were soggy and very "doughy" inside. Couple that with the fact they dizzled the sweet chilli sauce on the rolls and all over the plate rather than having it on the side so I could choose not much sauce I personally wanted (if any) I was not very happy. Fortunately my dining companion had order so chicken wings so I tried them and they were quite delicious so when the lovely bar woman came over (when she saw something was wrong) I asked could I change the spring rolls for the chicken wings and I was definitely not wrong to do so. They were really lovely. Had a nice kick and bite to them. While I won't be hurrying back soon I would recommend trying the chicken wings.
Finnegan's Way, Trim, Meath
Myself and boyfriend ate here yesterday (Sunday 27th April 2014). He had the Prawn Pil Pil to start and I had the black pudding salad. Both were very delicious and the only minor thing was one or two of my potato wedges with were underdone. For the main course I had the chicken fillet (char-grilled) on a salad dressed in a honey mustard dressing. Tres delicious. My boyfriend had the Fitness Pan which was strips of steak and stir fried vegetables in a green pepper sauce served with a baked potato. Again this was mouth wateringly delicious. I had the pavlova with seasonal fruit and cream for dessert which was gorgeous and perfectly crispy yet gooey. The service was excellent and we never felt intruded on. Will definitely be going back. Keep up the good work guys
Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself and my boyfriend ate in Alex Restaurant on Saturday Night. I had previously won a voucher for dinner for 2. The food was really nice but nothing mind blowing. The smoke potatoes that came with my belly of Pork are very tasty and unique though. My dessert of strawberries with a chocolate mousse and coconut cream was disappointing. The waiter staff were very friendly and helpful. The only thing that let the whole "service" experience down was an issue in the kitchen which left us waiting 30-45 minutes for a mains after our starters were cleared. The management did apologise but that was 5 minutes before the mains arrived which in my opinion was not soon enough. They should have come forward sooner. Our waiter was fabulous though. There were very few people in the restaurant, the odd family group here and there and the piano player who had been playing in the lobby area as we arrived had stopped playing just after our starters were served which left the atmosphere a little dead. not sure if we would return for dinner in Alex
52 Middle Abbey Street,, City Centre North, Dublin
Having never visited Bar52 before I did not know what to expect. My uncle gave me a voucher to go for a 2 course lunch with tea or coffee as a present. I brought my boyfriend with me and we were both pleasantly surprised. The decor was red and black; random and gaudy you would think normally but here it fits perfectly as it gives the appearance of modern "Victorian" as there are book shelves full of books on one side and amazing murals in pastel colours leading to the toilets. The handicap toilet is artfully concealed behind a door covered in books. Very unique The food was superb. We both had chicken wings to start which we devoured they were so delicious. My boyfriend had the murphy's stew while I had the roast beef with green veg - both were cooked to perfection and there was loads of meat on both plates. The staff were very friendly and handle everything with ease and with a smile on their faces. I would recommend everyone trying Bar 52 for themselves and especially the chicken wings - gluten free and scrumptous
The Lotts Cafe Bar
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Went in for 2 steaks on a stone with 2 sides and a bottle of wine for €40 (Saturday price) and was not disappointed. The steak was perfect and the accompanying sauces - mushroom and whiskey, pepper sauce and garlic butter were delicious. For those who have never had steak on a stone the steak comes out seared all around and then as you cut it you can cook that piece to your looking on the searing hot stone. I like to used the garlic butter as a cutting aid so the garlic is cooked into the steak and it doesn't steak to the stone. The waitress was lovely and very attentive. Would recommend it to anyone.
Elements Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel
Northgate Street, Athlone, Westmeath
Treated my boyfriend to a night away for his birthday in the Radisson. We had a fabulous meal in the Elements Bistro. The place was packed given it was a Saturday night and there were alot of hens staying the hotel but we did not feel neglected or overlooked. The food was cooked to perfection - I had the pork belly for mains and to say it was melt in the mouth was an understatement. I have never seen pork come away from the "fat" so easily. My boyfriend had steak and said it was cooked to perfection. The staff were very helpful and even though we went for the Table D'Hote menu there was no issue substituting from the A La Carte menu and they even have provision for it on the menu already so you know what the cost is before your order. The bill for two 4 course meals including a bottle of wine and 2 substitution came to €79.00. For the level of service and standard of food we receive it was amazing value. The following morning we had breakfast in Elements and the range and variety of food on offer was unbelievable. There was even a mini pancake machine for fresh small pancakes and every topping you could want was beside the machine so no rummaging for anything. The hot buffet was great with all kinds of breakfast food available and the table next to us order an omelette and even though I don't eat omelette it looks fabulous. I cannot find fault at all. The hostess even remembered us from the night before and knew the room number we were staying. That is good customer service.
Main Street , Cappamore, Limerick
I have never had a bad meal here and I have been many times. The family who run the restaurant are always very welcoming and there is always something new and delicious on the menu. It is amazing value too - last time myself and my parents were in with them (my parents have been back since) 4 courses, a bottle of wine, a pint of cider and 2 pints of Club Shandy (orange and lemon - Rock Shandy in Dublin) was about €100 - which is amazing by Dublin prices. I am hoping to bring my parents back in over the St. Patrick's Weekend when I am down with them in Tipperary. I would advise anyone who is looking for good decent food that comes in proper portions (not haute cuisine portions) to try Hayes at least once and you will not be disappointed. Their pub grub is also fab. I was in for a mid-day meal a few years back and the portion size was big enough for 2 people.
Main Street, Holycross, Tipperary
What can I say about Parker's other than Food = Amazing. Service = Exceptional. Value = Excellent. Myself and my parents went to Parker's on Sunday and had 3 starters (2 x Duck and Pine Nut Salad and 1 x Soup), 3 mains (Lamb - one gluten free), bottle of house wine and club rock shandy and the bill came to only €75. FANTASTIC. The food was melt in the mouth. There was so much variety on the menu it was hard to choose. Everyone around us were enjoying their food and even though we didn't have dessert the desserts that were coming out looked not only delicious but also very well presented. The waitresses were exceptionally busy but we did not feel neglected or under-served. We felt very welcomed and we will definitely going back.
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Having been in Pintxo's a number of times I wasn't surprised that once again the food and atmosphere in Pinxto's was superb. The bruschetta was crispy and perfectly seasoned. The potatas brava was delious and as for the sangria it was the best I have ever had. The price was great too. Delicious food at the right price. Would recommend eating there to anyone.
Bleecker Street Cafe Bar
68 Upper Dorset St, City Centre North, Dublin
Bleeker Street is a real find - not only does it sell amazing food but the value is unsurpassed in my view. I was in here on 4th July and myself and my mum had the BBQ ribs, chips and coleslaw. Not only were the ribs melt in the mouth and the meat fell off the bone but the sauce was gluten free. We had the two mains and an extra portion of chips (as they were so fab) and 4 sprites (2 each) and the below was €34.00 (give or take a few cents). I would definitely be going back here. The Staff were so helpful and the food was exceptional.
L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin
From the moment I arrived in Mulligan's I felt at home. The warm and friendly staff both on the floor and behind the bar were a joy to meet. My dining companions (2 others) decided to go for an array of starters to share while I opted for the steak. The starters choosen were potted Crab, Mussells done in a chilli and gin sauce and mushrooms. My campanions appeared to really enjoy their food. My steak was cooked to perfection and was melt in the mouth. The twice cooked chips were a delight and the whiskey sauce that accompanied everything was heaven. I loved the way the owners put recommended beers and whiskeys (they have a vast array of both) to accommpany and compliment the particular dish you are ordering. I will definitely going back again and again