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Last Visit: 31 March 2015

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The Oak Room Restaurant

Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

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15 reviews

Reviewed 27th March 2015 ( visited 25th March 2015 )

This is a nice restaurant in Cavan town that is great value for money. Food was lovely as usual. I had fish cakes to start and slow-cooked beef with a parsnip mash for mains. Lovely banoffee pie for dessert. This is always great value and they do a regular set menu for €25. Service is always really good and they are nice and helpful if you are fussy like me! There are lots of places in Cavan I won't go to as I am fussy but I will always return to the Oaks as they pay attention to the details and offer a great customer experience!
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The Oak Room Restaurant

Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
15 reviews

Reviewed 27th March 2015 ( visited 25th March 2015 )

This is a nice restaurant in Cavan town that is great value for money. Food was lovely as usual. I had fish cakes to start and slow-cooked beef with a parsnip mash for mains. Lovely banoffee pie for dessert. This is always great value and they do a regular set menu for €25. Service is always really good and they are nice and helpful if you are fussy like me! There are lots of places in Cavan I won't go to as I am fussy but I will always return to the Oaks as they pay attention to the details and offer a great customer experience!
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The Oak Room Restaurant
Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan

This is a nice restaurant in Cavan town that is great value for money. Food was lovely as usual. I had fish cakes to start and slow-cooked beef with a parsnip mash for mains. Lovely banoffee pie for dessert. This is always great value and they do a regular set menu for €25. Service is always really good and they are nice and helpful if you are fussy like me! There are lots of places in Cavan I won't go to as I am fussy but I will always return to the Oaks as they pay attention to the details and offer a great customer experience!

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Wagamama's Blanchardstown
Unit 410, First Floor, Blanchardstown Retail Park 2, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Have lunched here many times. Reallly nice food - bit pricier for lunch unless you get a bento box. Expensive juices but very fresh and worth it! Service can be hit and miss but they are always very nice. Menu is all over the place so it needs a few mins to read. I really like the rice dishes and currys. I tried the ramen noodle dishes but found them too bland. Not a lot of meat in the dishes but very tasty. I will always return!

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The Side Door
Drumalee Cross, Cootehill Road, Cootehill, Cavan

I have eaten here about 5 times in 2 years. Only had one burnt steak experience and generally tend to enjoy the flavours. They have a sister restaurant in Kells, which I thought was terrible and crowded to the point of torture. But not this place. The Side Door specialises in everything you'd expect from a grill, steaks, chicken, curries, fajitas, pizzas but it has a classier edge to it. The staff are extremely polite and seem to enjoy working (not joking) It genuinely seems to be a fast paced work hard play hard fun atmostphere and it shows in the clean glasses, extra napkins without asking, correct knife and fork and service when you need it. Lovely atmosphere in here. They have really wierd shaped chips like they are scooped out with an apple corer or something small and round but it works - they are crispy and fluffy and always hot. Our sides arrived about 3 or 4 minutes after our dinners this time. Not impressed. I don't touch the food until it all arrives but we caved in after 3 mins. Everything tasted great. They have nice chicken wings, falling off the bone but I thought they were doused in water or something as they were a teensy bit soggy. Still tasted nice though. The man had potato skins - not something I'd ever order but I tasted them and they were full of flavour and the cheese was actual cheese not that plastic stuff you might see in other places. The mains were surf and turf for both of us and I couldn't fault it except for the delay in getting side dishes. Really delicious and good quality steak and 5 juicy prawns. No fat. A huge vat of garlic butter on each plate - a bit much for anyone to consume - buy some smaller ramekins I would suggest. Very tasty garlic potatoes and all plates were hot hot hot - my pet hate is cold plates so they won points for that. Waitress was lovely and called back a few times without being in your face. We didn't have dessert as we were full. Now for the bad points: I find it quite expensive here (usually about 70+ for basic 2 course for 2 people plus glass of wine). While

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The Oak Room Restaurant
Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan

I go here regularly as it's one of about 3 places I enjoy eating in Cavan. It's not haute cuisine but it's the only choice if you are not interested in a steakhouse. It's a bistro and the flavours are usually good. This was a meal for an occasion and we went for earlybird 3 courses plus glass of wine. I feel as though the chef is different this time as the food seems very different (not as good as last time, the chips were cut differently, there was less finesse on the dishes). The garlic potatoes are very bland, under salted and not much garlic so I will not be ordering them again. The chips are very nice, steak is always really good even if it's just sirloin, fish is excellent too but both usually have a supplement to the great value early bird. The early bird is served all night, which a lot of restaurants seem to be doing. Wine is pleasant - spicy cab sav and a fresh sauv blanc if I remember correctly - and both were middle of the road decent. I return here as it's fairly consistent. On the plus its early bird is superb value, they even have a loyalty card that gets you a free meal (but they don't ask you for it so you have to remember) You will not find any farmers eating their daily stodge in here. On the downs there is sometimes a draft, little or no music that I remember, atmosphere could improve, it is sometimes cold, last time I smelled something bad but it might have been a customer, staff are very quiet (no how are you today) but still polite, they don't do a bernaise sauce with the steak WHY oh why as it's in fashion and doesn't exactly take long to whip up. Desserts are a must here - somebody knows their stuff. Think I had white chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake - couldn't taste the honeycomb but it still topped all desserts I've had this year. Thumbs up - give it a go.

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Lisgrey House Restaurant Bar
Lisgrey Cross Roads, Virginia, Cavan

This is a great steakhouse on the main Dublin road from Cavan to Virginia. I eat here regularly and am a viciously picky eater and I think you won't be disappointed. My top recommendation is the steak on hot stone. You cook the meat yourself on a hot stone. It's a steakhouse so I would only ever recommend eating steak here. And they do it very well. The sides are great - order the dauphinoise potatoes (or cheesey garlic potatoes). They have Finches orange cordial on every table, which is a nice touch. The restaurant is divided into 2 sections, a smaller area with a cosy bar feel, and a larger more standard feeling restaurant area. It's been recently decorated to add a rich feel but it still maintains that homely family touch and you'll be really looked after by the waiting staff - who all seem to be women. Service is really great and the food is pricey but nice. This is an excellent place for families and seems to be a regular haunt for locals. The menu changes in the evening but the emphasis is always on steak. My criticisms: the curry is anything but thai- in fact it's more Turkish due to the horrendous amount of green peppers used in the sauce. I also wouldn't reccomend the pasta as it came overcooked (and broken!) in a watery sauce. That said - it's a steakhouse - so order the steak. I never get a starter or dessert as the portions are huge - a good complaint. Atmosphere is really good here (nice and relaxed) so top marks for that.

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Thai Garden Restaurant (Galway)
Unit 2 Portmore Spanish Arch, Galway City, Galway

A friend of mine wanted to eat here 6 years ago and I can tell you it took some persuasion to get me in here. However I'm a regular in the true sense since then. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere even better. You actually feel like you're on holidays when you enter as the staff dress in beautiful clothing and greet you with a bow. This is not your typical Asian restaurant - it's simply indescribeable. You must eat here to experience the fit of giggles you get after the spicy mains and the pomp and splendour with which they serve gluai tod with sambuca (a dessert speciality). I can't say anything more - if you are reading reviews right now trying to decide where to eat - trust me this is the place. You can easily get a 3 course dinner with Jasmine tea for 2 and some wine for €70. Try the chicken in green curry with fried noodles. The delf is patterned and looks great. You will think the food is not enough to fill you but you'd be wrong. Just go here. Also - my parents (who think spices are salt and pepper) were easily converted and my dad now always wants to eat here now. They will ask you if you want the food mild medium or spicy. I'm a mild medium girl and it's hot enough. But just say if you don't want it spicy.

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Park House Restaurant (Galway)
Park House Hotel & Restaurant, Forster Street, Eyre Square, Galway City, Galway

One of my favourite places to eat in Galway and that's a very small list. Simply put - the Park House Hotel is consistent. The food is simple and well prepared. If you want no surprises - eat here. There is a fine dining restaurant and bar food served at the bar. I remember the service and food are great in the restaurant but due to my recessionista attitude, I mostly eat lunch in the bar these days. It's wonderful every time. The bar looks somewhat like you'd expect the Titanic to look and there's a wonderful rich old style feel to it all. Highly recommend the salmon for lunch. Served with the usual veg and potatoes and a beautiful lobster sauce. So simple yet so perfect. Service is excellent - you know the staff are there for the long haul and they remember you. They do fairly standard menu with things like chicken Maryland, roast beef and pan seared fish. I love the seafood pasta (sometimes a little overcooked but always tasty).They also have excellent desserts. You cannot stay in Galway without having at least lunch here.

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Hotel Kilmore
Dublin Road, Cavan Town, Cavan

A Lovely carvery. I've been to the Kilmore on a number of occasions and I can definately say the carvery is great. Had the beef carvery twice this summer and while once it was luke warm (had it heated up) the other time it was perfect. There is free cordial on the tables, as there is in a lot of places in Cavan. The evening menu didn't impress me - had fajitas some evening and it was decidedly poor. Guacamole tasted like the jarred variety, salsa not great either and the whole dish looked sad and not very mexican. As a big Mexican fan, I was disappointed. I think they should stick to more local dishes on the menu as they seem to do them very well. The menu could do with an update - nothing was very cutting edge but still good quality Irish food. The staff are very well trained and are always pleasant. The hotel itself has an atmosphere of olde grandeur, which clashes a bit with the outside. However I love this place and will definately be back with the parents.

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Scoozi!
2-5 Winthrop Lane, Winthrop Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

Cork is one of my fav places to eat as the standard is generally so high due to lots of competition. With that in mind - I can easily recommend Scoozies as my favourite place to eat during the day. The food is just great value for money, lots of italian style food with cheese on top of most items, some of the largest portions of pasta I've ever seen and yet no skimping on flavour or quality. The staff really are excellent (always running around and genuinely nice people) and this restaurant almost always has a queue to get in - which says it all really. It is perfect in it's class of cheap eats, ideal for the whole family whether it's a birthday or just sunday lunch. The last visit I was on a hen weekend and steered everyone to Scoozies - while we had to wait 10 mins to be seated - not one of my picky friends could fault the place! Excellent value for money and good clean food.

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