Restaurant Reviews from MrGreen

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County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 5

Member Since: 25 August 2009

Last Visit: 13 February 2018

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Et Voila restaurant

8 Irishtown, New Ross, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
12 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2009 ( visited 21st August 2009 )

We took the kids here at 6.00 pm and found the 'early bird' menu was just €24. 10-year-old Number One Son opted for this and started with Mussels Provencales, which he pronounced delicious. Give him his due, he tried one of my wife's escargots but found the texture too much for him (yet). I was amazed that our six-year-old girl was willing to try both these starters but not surprised that she couldn't entirely handle them — rejected the snail and found just the 'front part' of the mussel acceptable. My lady enjoyed the snails but felt a simple garlic and butter dressing would have been superior to the tomato, herb and garlic. My pastiche of veg en croute was tasty, but the pastry a little too thick for what it enclosed. Mains really scored. My guinea fowl on a risotto base was simply stunning, the bird perfectly cooked and the risotto sumptuous and earthy, my lady's monkfish spot on, Number One Son's baked cod stirred his appetite to new heights and the littlest one wired through both her simple pasta dish and a good chunk of my guinea fowl. It was the last evening of our holiday so we threw caution aside and hit the desserts. You couldn't hear a word when these arrived, just Mmmm and Ahhhh and other delighted groaning sounds. Superb ice cream for the smaller persons, poached pear with choc sauce for me, and a stunning chocolate creation for my lady left us totally satisfied. We had a very acceptable bottle of the house red, a grenache and merlot blend from the Pays d'Oc, and a cappuccino for me, and the entire came to €130 for the four of us. Great dinner, great value. If you're in the area, go out of your way to visit. A word of warning: the schedule on the website is way out of date, and dinner now starts at 6.00 pm. Call in advance, as this place tends to be full from the get-go. And deservedly so.
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Et Voila restaurant

8 Irishtown, New Ross, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
12 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2009 ( visited 21st August 2009 )

We took the kids here at 6.00 pm and found the 'early bird' menu was just €24. 10-year-old Number One Son opted for this and started with Mussels Provencales, which he pronounced delicious. Give him his due, he tried one of my wife's escargots but found the texture too much for him (yet). I was amazed that our six-year-old girl was willing to try both these starters but not surprised that she couldn't entirely handle them — rejected the snail and found just the 'front part' of the mussel acceptable. My lady enjoyed the snails but felt a simple garlic and butter dressing would have been superior to the tomato, herb and garlic. My pastiche of veg en croute was tasty, but the pastry a little too thick for what it enclosed. Mains really scored. My guinea fowl on a risotto base was simply stunning, the bird perfectly cooked and the risotto sumptuous and earthy, my lady's monkfish spot on, Number One Son's baked cod stirred his appetite to new heights and the littlest one wired through both her simple pasta dish and a good chunk of my guinea fowl. It was the last evening of our holiday so we threw caution aside and hit the desserts. You couldn't hear a word when these arrived, just Mmmm and Ahhhh and other delighted groaning sounds. Superb ice cream for the smaller persons, poached pear with choc sauce for me, and a stunning chocolate creation for my lady left us totally satisfied. We had a very acceptable bottle of the house red, a grenache and merlot blend from the Pays d'Oc, and a cappuccino for me, and the entire came to €130 for the four of us. Great dinner, great value. If you're in the area, go out of your way to visit. A word of warning: the schedule on the website is way out of date, and dinner now starts at 6.00 pm. Call in advance, as this place tends to be full from the get-go. And deservedly so.
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Carpe Diem
5A Albert Avenue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

I was an irregular regular at Carpe Diem's predecessor and have had excellent coffee and custard-filled pastries since the new ID was unveiled. Today I popped in for a quick sandwich, and had a panini with roasted ham, black olive paté, and a cheese I was unfamiliar with. Truly outstanding! Superb, tasty crunchy ciabatta with the best of ingredients, for just a fiver. I was indeed a happy camper, and I plan to become more familiar with that cheese in the future.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Me and my lovely lady wife were up from the sticks to see Anglo: The Musical just before it closed, so we decided on Yamamori as we used to be regulars and have fond memories. We were not disappointed. It was almost as we remembered it, a pleasant space with few changes in 15 years (!!) and no decline in quality of food or service. How reassuring and comforting is that! As we were on a pre-show schedule, we went straight to mains. My lady had the Seafood with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, and happy ooohing! and aaahing! was the order of the day. I went for the grill, with a Teppan Duck Teriyaki going down extremely well. It was delicious, exactly medium rare as I asked the friendly waiter, with a nice bed of assorted veg and a tasty sauce. The portion was large, but even so this dish made me want more. We shared a sticky toffee sponge for dessert, wisely as it was enormous, and hit the street just in time to take our seats around the corner. Good decision to go back to Yamamori. They have kept up standards, extended the menu enormously, and it's still as buzzy and friendly as back in the day. Now I actually wish we lived closer to Dublin so we'd have more excuses to get in here. It's certainly going onto my shortlist of dining spots for whenever I am in the Smoke.

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Le Tire Bouchon
112 south main street, Wexford Town, Wexford

I took Number One Son here before we visited the Wildfowl Reserve for a bat and moth walk, so the Early Bird was appropriate. What value! I had the Domaine des Cassagnoles as aperitif, while No 1 Son had some lemonade. I followed with Pork Rilletes on toast with garden leaves, which went down very well and was replete with savour, while my boy had the moules mariniere, for that is what they were. He enjoyed these, finishing the bowl, but said his taste veered more towards the provencale style. We cleared our palates with a neat little lemon sorbet, then hit the mains. Poached Smoked Haddock with Mousseline potato and wholegrain mustard cream for the young fella — he managed to wolf the whole lot, but for a little potato, and pronounced it excellent. I did the same to my confit of duck, which came with carrot and parsnip puree and wild mushroom sauce. The duck was absolutely delightful, melting from the bone and full of flavour, the veg puree smooth and fulsome. Could we manage dessert? Yes, we did. Creme Brulee for me — last time I had creme brulee, the caramelised 'lid' almost needed an icepick to break through, so thick was it, and I hadn't risked this dish again until now. Good move: thin crust, just right, not burnt, and the creme beneath was divine. The boy's poire belle Helene was full and rich, and he just could not finish it. But he wanted to take the remainder home, so he liked it OK! We had tea and coffee, and this entire meal came in at €23.95 each. For quality and value, no complaints whatever. We'll be back to try the a la carte. Service was friendly and attentive and we enjoyed the whole thing. What more could you want?

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Woodlands Restaurant @ The Glenview Hotel
Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Wicklow

This used to be quite a good restaurant, and the hotel still boasts of its awards, so when a visiting business colleague asked to stay near my home I booked him into the Glenview and we had dinner here. Boy, was I embarrassed! I have to say, the food was woeful. Ill-conceived dishes, poorly executed, either over-flavoured, pallid or with clashing notes to beat Banaher. As I was driving, I asked if wine was served by the glass; when I was told yes, I requested a glass, only to receive one of those little snipes of plonk you see people struggling to down in pubs. And I suspect the desserts are bought in — we both left ours on the plate. Never again, particularly as there are at least four excellent restaurants within easy reach... Avoid, avoid.

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Et Voila
8 Irishtown, New Ross, Wexford

We took the kids here at 6.00 pm and found the 'early bird' menu was just €24. 10-year-old Number One Son opted for this and started with Mussels Provencales, which he pronounced delicious. Give him his due, he tried one of my wife's escargots but found the texture too much for him (yet). I was amazed that our six-year-old girl was willing to try both these starters but not surprised that she couldn't entirely handle them — rejected the snail and found just the 'front part' of the mussel acceptable. My lady enjoyed the snails but felt a simple garlic and butter dressing would have been superior to the tomato, herb and garlic. My pastiche of veg en croute was tasty, but the pastry a little too thick for what it enclosed. Mains really scored. My guinea fowl on a risotto base was simply stunning, the bird perfectly cooked and the risotto sumptuous and earthy, my lady's monkfish spot on, Number One Son's baked cod stirred his appetite to new heights and the littlest one wired through both her simple pasta dish and a good chunk of my guinea fowl. It was the last evening of our holiday so we threw caution aside and hit the desserts. You couldn't hear a word when these arrived, just Mmmm and Ahhhh and other delighted groaning sounds. Superb ice cream for the smaller persons, poached pear with choc sauce for me, and a stunning chocolate creation for my lady left us totally satisfied. We had a very acceptable bottle of the house red, a grenache and merlot blend from the Pays d'Oc, and a cappuccino for me, and the entire came to €130 for the four of us. Great dinner, great value. If you're in the area, go out of your way to visit. A word of warning: the schedule on the website is way out of date, and dinner now starts at 6.00 pm. Call in advance, as this place tends to be full from the get-go. And deservedly so.

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