Restaurant Reviews from Mona
La Fougere @ Knockranny House Hotel restaurant
Castlebar Road, Westport, Mayo
Reviewed 29th May 2012 ( visited 28th April 2012 )We enjoyed a special meal at this fine establishment, one of the best in a while. Starters of rabbit and eel were presented wonderfully and tasted great. Mains of duck and steak were exceptional, could not fault either for any reason. Dessert of pie had the real home-made taste to it. The recommended wines went very well with the dishes. The cheese-board finished the meal perfectly. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff attentive and as part of an overnight package, the meal was great value for money. I hope to return in the future.
Bistro Martello restaurant
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin
Reviewed 19th August 2009 ( visited 10th August 2009 )Not the most exciting dining venue but worth a try if in the locality. For starters Mr. Mona had the Lambs Kidneys which he assured me were splendid. I chose the Portobello mushroom stuffed with haddock and topped with melted cheese, nice but very salty and I don't think this was due to the fish. For mains my gentleman had a fish stew in a tomato sauce, the contents of which were varied and fresh. He was satisfied. I went for the Dublin Bay Prawns in garlic butter - utter disappointment. The prawns were somewhat tastless and swimming in a sea of garlic butter, which I felt was an effort to conceal the flavourless prawns. The plain bed of mash on the side of the plate was about as thrilling as this dish got. For dessert we shared the upside down apple pie which was delightful. The house red we decided on was scrumptous and great value. When we visited, there was only one other table of four dining but then again it was a cold, damp Monday evening in recessionary times. The staff were friendly and attentive but the lack of atmosphere and character of the surrounds all attributed to a mediocre experience.
Cookes Restaurant & Wine Bar
28 Upr Abbeygate Street, Galway City, Galway
Went to Cookes for a friend's birthday and it was a disaster from start to finish. The interior is alternative and with a room to ourselves (due to the large number), it felt a bit special. The starters were the best of a bad lot. Although the 'deep fried' cheese dish did come out cold. The staff who were initially attentive, seemed to forget about us and we endured a lengthy wait for the mains. Many of the group ordered steak medium/rare, each one coming out well done. When sent back, everyone else had finished their meal by the time the steak returned. The chicken dish saw a charred chicken breast on a plate with what resembled tinned tomatoes thrown over it, again it had to be sent back. The beef in the stir fry was impossible to chew and the duck was so tough you could have stood on it. Aware of our dissatisfaction, the staff then practically abandoned us for even longer. Eventually they provided plates and forks for the birthday cake that had been supplied to them. The whole appalling experience took over three hours and we couldn't wait to get out of there and hit the nearest chipper. Needless to say we won't be returning.
La Fougere @ Knockranny House Hotel
Castlebar Road, Westport, Mayo
We enjoyed a special meal at this fine establishment, one of the best in a while. Starters of rabbit and eel were presented wonderfully and tasted great. Mains of duck and steak were exceptional, could not fault either for any reason. Dessert of pie had the real home-made taste to it. The recommended wines went very well with the dishes. The cheese-board finished the meal perfectly. The atmosphere was relaxed, the staff attentive and as part of an overnight package, the meal was great value for money. I hope to return in the future.
White Gables Restaurant
Moycullen Village, Moycullen, Galway
Following a recommendation, we made a booking for a special occasion. Sadly we were extremely disappointed. We chose the set dinner menu which was pricey enough but seemed good value compared to the a la carte. Starters were only average. My garlic mushrooms were basic, served with a salad and lacking a dipping sauce. Mr. Mona had the mussels, which were nice. My main of rib eyed steak was a sight. It came laden in sauce, was very chewy with lots of gristle, I don't think I consumed much meat in the end. The main of duck was alot better, tender and cooked perfectly. The sides were pleasing. Dessert of pie and Irish coffee was a nice finish to a meal that was lacking. The atmosphere was a bit formal and the service okay. For what was presented to us, it was really lacking in value. I won't be back.
3 Eyre Street, Woodquay, Galway
Availed of the early bird which has two courses for €20. Nice selection on the menu, something for everyone. The food was great, could not fault it and our argentinian malbec helped wash it down well. The atmosphere was fine, service was efficient and great value for money. The only thing I would fault is all the stairs! I will return!
The Yellow Pepper Restaurant
36 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal
Visited on a quiet Sunday evening as a friend enjoyed a meal here recently. Our starter for three was very tasty. A platter of squid, chicken, spring rolls, garlic mushrooms and crostini was alot as the portion was generous but we enjoyed it immensely. The seafood linguini was just okay, steak was great and my pasta dish with chorizo was nice but a bit heavy on the sausage. Our bottle of house red was full bodied and suited our dishes perfectly. Dessert of apple pie was homemade and gobbled up in minutes. The Irish coffees were the perfect finish to a fairly good meal. The atmosphere was nothing exceptional as it was quiet. The staff were friendly and attentive. Okay value for money. I would return!
Brewery Bar & Restaurant
Market Square, Letterkenny, Donegal
Having frequented this establishment many times, we deemed it a treat for a birthday occasion. Skipping starters three of us went for the reliable steak. Sadly one of which was just not right, especially in comparison to the others. It was sent back but it's replacement was nothing great either. The two steaks that did satisfy were very tender and tasty. The sides of dauphinoise potatoes were exquisite and the salad and onion rings were quality. The house bottle of red was exceptionally good value and could not be faulted. Dessert of profiteroles was a joke, I believe they came from the freezer. A dull evening lacked atmosphere. The staff were more than attentive. Reasonable value for money but I won't rush back for the cow!!
The Old Bake House (Clare)
Main Street, Milltown Malbay, Clare
Staying in the local area, this restaurant had been recommended and resulted in a very mixed bag! The starters included prawn cocktail, pate and chowder and didn't disappoint. However the mains had yet to appear. Three of the four went for hake with mussels and prawns. I'm not sure if the fish was hake but it definitely wasn't fresh. It came swimming in a bland tomato sauce with very few mussels and less prawns thrown in. The steak was enjoyed a little more but the chips that accompanied it had to be sent back at they were undercooked. The side salads consisted of two lettuce leave, a tomato and a few slithers of pepper. After a marathon wait, the staff took our order for dessert. Three fine sweets were produced but the irish coffee was like dish-water. Not an overly busy night, lacking atmosphere. The staff were on the ball but slackened as the evening prevailed. Not the cheapest of places but okay for what we had. I won't be rushing back.
Lemon Tree Restaurant
39 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal
Managed to secure a table for on a busy Sunday evening with no difficulty. We skipped starters. My steak was cooked to perfection and heavenly on the bed of mash it was served with. My side salad was the perfect accompaniment. Mr. Mona had the monkfish which was just mediocre. The fish itself was nothing to write home about and the sauce didn't help much. The bottle of house red was just devine and very reasonable. The creme brulee that finished the meal was splendid and the coffee served was delicious. Not the cheapest option for dinner but tasty and the service impeccable. I will likely return.
Martines Restaurant & Wine Bar
21 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway
Stopped in to avail of the early bird menu, two courses for €20. I had the goat's cheese tartlet, which was very tasty. Mr. Mona had the mussels, asian style, was a very generous portion and they were fresh and scrumptous. For main I had tandoori chicken, it was nice but nothing amazing. The other main of chicken supreme was devine, with roasted veg and mash. All in all a lovely meal for €40!
Parlour Bar & Grill
The House Hotel, Spanish Parade, Galway City, Galway
Managed to get a table on a busy Friday night at the last minute, the place was very busy indeed. For starters we shared chicken wings which were very nice. I had steak for main with a side of chips and salad. The meat was tender and cooked to my liking. I love my salad so was happy with the mixture of leaves and dressing produced. Mr. Mona had the duck on a bed of parsnip and mash, it was satisfactory but nothing amazing. For dessert we opted for a French and Irish coffee, both were dismal. There was an evident lack of liquer and the coffee was like dishwater. Our bottle of house wine also tasted of vinegar. The service was great but with not alot of change out of 100 bucks I won't be rushing back!
Ard Bia at Nimmo's
Long Walk, Near the Spanish Arch, Galway City, Galway
Being brought out to dinner is always nice but going to this restaurant is special. Our starters of octopus and mussels were devine, albeit a bit filling. The mains of lamb and steak with mash and pureed turnip and cabbage sides were actually to die for! I have not enjoyed food as much in a long time. Two Irish coffees which were splendidly made were the cherry on the cake. Such a quaint setting and attentive waiting staff ensured we were ultimately relaxed in our surroundings. Not exactly cheap but when so satisfied, one can't really complain.
Middle Street, Galway City, Galway
I had not been to Milano in many years and having never been disappointed before I was sure it was a safe bet! Indeed it was. The place was buzzing and as we had not booked, waited for just 15mins for a table. My buddy and I opted for simple starters and both couldn't resist the pizza. All was washed down with a delicious red. Very tasty. The service was prompt and the staff very facilitating. Brilliant value for money to complete the evening. Not to be missed!
Ristorante Da Roberta
161 Upper Salthill, Salthill, Salthill, Galway
We ate here before years ago and remembered it as a good experience so with nowhere booked late on a Saturday evening we managed to get a table. The restaurant was packed, almost squashed but there was a great buzz to it! The food was just mediocre, the bruschetta was a mass lump of dough with a few mushrooms swimming in a garlic sauce . We both decided to go for pasta mains. Mine was with asparagus and prawns, somewhat bland and not the greatest combination. Mr. Mona had a seafood emsemble with way too much pesto sauce going on. Another annoyance was the large quantities of 'fish-sticks' included instead of 'real fish'! Dessert was perhaps the best bit, an apple and raisin pudding was lovely, warm and tasty and went down well with the Irish coffee. The service was excellent I must say though we did have a while to wait for our bill to come. In terms of value for money, it was alright, for a few more euro we could have dined at a higher standard I feel. I would visit Da Roberto but opt for the cheap option of a pizza and a glass of wine, undoutedly I would be just as satisfied!!!
Main Street, Rathmullan, Donegal
Had heard many a rave review about Rathmullen House so perhaps had high expectations but I was ultimately disappointed. The atmosphere was so rigid, I did not at any point feel relaxed. The meal itself was just mediocre, I have had better in more standard establishments, although the ingredients were undoubtedly of the highest standard.I believe the combination of sauces and sides didn't do much to compliment the meat/fish, which was a real pity. The wine menu was extensive but very pricey, but when in Rome..... The service was good but failed to deliver Mr.Mona's birthday acknowledgement with the dessert, as I had asked when booking and only did so after with the petite fours. I think they forgot, much to my dismay. Unfortunately, a costly evening out with little to write home about.
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin
Not the most exciting dining venue but worth a try if in the locality. For starters Mr. Mona had the Lambs Kidneys which he assured me were splendid. I chose the Portobello mushroom stuffed with haddock and topped with melted cheese, nice but very salty and I don't think this was due to the fish. For mains my gentleman had a fish stew in a tomato sauce, the contents of which were varied and fresh. He was satisfied. I went for the Dublin Bay Prawns in garlic butter - utter disappointment. The prawns were somewhat tastless and swimming in a sea of garlic butter, which I felt was an effort to conceal the flavourless prawns. The plain bed of mash on the side of the plate was about as thrilling as this dish got. For dessert we shared the upside down apple pie which was delightful. The house red we decided on was scrumptous and great value. When we visited, there was only one other table of four dining but then again it was a cold, damp Monday evening in recessionary times. The staff were friendly and attentive but the lack of atmosphere and character of the surrounds all attributed to a mediocre experience.
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed. The staff are friendly and efficient, the service fast and the food to die for. The menu is quite varied and offers a great selection of dishes. It is somewhat pricey but perfect for an occasion.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I have eaten here three times now and would highly recommend the market bar. It is especially suitable if dining with a few folks who like to sample all on offer. The salads are light and tasty and the mussels are a must-have. Great atmosphere and the service is fast and friendly though the waiting staff appear run off their feet. Only downfall is that if it is not packed it can be a bit chilly as the main entrance is open onto the street.
Vina Mara Restaurant
19 Middle Street, Galway City, Galway
I had often walked past this restaurant and longed to dine there. On a budget and with an early bird offer, the time had come to satisfy my curiosity. 3 course meal for 2 with bottle of wine for 67euro is undoubtedly a good deal but we were left disappointed. The starter of chowder was delightful if a bit too creamy and my mussels were stuffed with tomato and basil breadcrumbs which took away the fishy taste I so love. My main of mint cous cous with deep-fried tempura prawns and hollandaise sauce was an odd combination and didn't quite hit the spot. Mr. Mona had beef with veg and potatoes - nice but it resembled a Sunday carvery pub lunch. Dessert was a frozen berry pudding, quite boring but Mr. Mona's apple pie with cream was gorgeous. The chardonnay was the best aspect of the meal, fruity and smooth. Perhaps we were just unlucky but overall it was disappointing and I would not be in a hurry to return.
Bistro Bianconi (Galway)
Westside Shopping Centre, Galway City, Galway
Often got pizza out of here and it is hard to beat, especially the 'michelangelo', salads and breads are also excellent. On the downside it is not a proper dining venue and when sitting in to eat there is a lack of atmosphere and buzz. Better for a take-out than to sit in but undoubtedly worth a visit!!