Restaurant Reviews from Ronan1969

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County: Meath

No. of Reviews: 8

Member Since: 24 August 2009

Last Visit: 11 February 2016

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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
311 reviews

Reviewed 13th October 2010 ( visited 13th October 2010 )

Success. I have just booked a 'pre theatre' table-a-deux at Chapter One for the middle of November. The last time I visited Chapter One was in 2008 and it was simply the nicest meal my friend and I ever enjoyed in Dublin. I recall that I ate perfectly seasoned slices of oxtail for starters and I'd a fish dish (cannot remember what type of fish) for mains. My companion had a mackerel salad and then a smoked chicken dish. She pronounced them to be delicious. The desserts were fantastic too; between us we tasted a fruit of the forest jelly and a trio of ice cream. It was not that expensive really. About €120 for the pair of us including a half bottle of chianti, one spring water classico, 2 coffees and a gratuity. I can hardly wait to go there again.
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Brasserie 7 restaurant

The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
514 reviews

Reviewed 06th April 2014 ( visited 14th February 2014 )

Recently my friend and I came upon an internet voucher for an 'early bird' meal in Brasserie 7 which seemed liked good value (€28 euro instead of €50 for 2x2 courses plus a bottle of wine) so we sallied out to Capel Street a few weeks ago. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food on offer. On first impressions, the restaurant's interior itself is a bit too big and impersonal for my liking but I decided to bear with it. For a change I thought I'd focus upon the vegetarian options of Goat's Cheese tartlet followed by Feta and Spinach filo pastry with sundried tomatoes both of which were cooked beautifully. I'm not a big fan of salty dishes but my starter and main course were well cooked and balanced. I cannot recall what my companion ate (but as she didnt complain about our 'petit repas' I'll take that as a 'thumbs up'). We drank a bottle of their house white wine (Italian, i think) and we left the restaurant more than content and sated.
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Gate Restaurant
32/33 Trimgate Street, Navan, Navan, Meath

The Gate restaurant is a bit like 'Doctor Who's' Tardis. It looks quite small as you approach it but it is surprisingly roomy when you enter. I think that it offers one of the best in terms of value for a hot beverage/bun or a quick, unfussy lunch in Navan. The staff are attentive and one does not have to wait long to be served. An Americano and home-made scone costs about €4.50 (as compare to nearly €7.00 for a comparable snack/ hot drink in certain cafés in Dublin). I recommend the Irish stew or fish and chips if you want something substantial for lunch or an early dinner.

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Tavern
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Afternoon tea has been a stable and elegant part of many British and Irish Hotel menus for many years so I found it appealing to invite three friends to accompany me to the Dylan Hotel recently. We ate our scones, sandwiches and petit fours and drank our speciality teas and coffees in a very salubrious and attractive alcove of the Dylan Hotel on a pleasant weekend afternoon which offer me the chance to catch up with my pals' coming and goings. Afternoon tea is not cheap but it is a luxurious treat (I think that it worked out at 29€ per person).

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Recently my friend and I came upon an internet voucher for an 'early bird' meal in Brasserie 7 which seemed liked good value (€28 euro instead of €50 for 2x2 courses plus a bottle of wine) so we sallied out to Capel Street a few weeks ago. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food on offer. On first impressions, the restaurant's interior itself is a bit too big and impersonal for my liking but I decided to bear with it. For a change I thought I'd focus upon the vegetarian options of Goat's Cheese tartlet followed by Feta and Spinach filo pastry with sundried tomatoes both of which were cooked beautifully. I'm not a big fan of salty dishes but my starter and main course were well cooked and balanced. I cannot recall what my companion ate (but as she didnt complain about our 'petit repas' I'll take that as a 'thumbs up'). We drank a bottle of their house white wine (Italian, i think) and we left the restaurant more than content and sated.

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The Central
4 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath

I have had the good fortune to eat regularly in the Central for the last year or so. Ordinarily I'd have a delicious latté and a warm brownie with cream (equally scrumptious) for an afternoon snack but on the occasion of my birthday I decided to splash out on their 'evening special' of a baked half lobster with a garlic butter with a sweet potato and pepper soup. The Chef cooked the lobster beautifully and I devoured it greedily and happily; to accompany my meal I'd a glass of the house Sauvignon Blanc which complimented both the soup and main course very well. My meal came to less than 35 euro which for me represented good value.

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Maxwells Bistro
14 Williamsgate Street, Galway City, Galway

A party of four of us has a lovely meal the other day in Maxwell's. When we were seated we each chose the €25 set dinner (with a dessert) and I, for my part, had the chicken liver paté for starters and the fish pie for mains. Both were delightful. The paté with toasted brioche was light and tasty whilst the fish pie was both piping hot and extremely filling. For dessert, i had the banoffi pie which was very decadent and delightful. The other three diners in our group pronounced themselves very content with their meals too (I don't recall what they ate for for starters and mains but they all ordered the Eton mess for dessert). 2 glasses of house white wine (at only €4 each) were a pleasant accompaniment to my meal whilst the other diners at our table had a coffee each. Our pleasant hostess Maria served us very efficiently and thanks to Paul, the owner, and her we were in and out of Maxwells within an hour.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been to 'The Larder' a number of times over the last 3 years and my experiences have generally been good. I'd a delicious ribeye steak with blue cheese sauce and frites one evening last year and I devoured a truly divine slice of quiche (with a selection of 3 salads) in the cafe more recently. Yesterday I popped in at 11am for a coffee/muffin combo (€4.40) and I can only describe the cinnamon and orange edible boulder of scrumptiousness served to me as sublime. The coffee is as good here as it is in "bar italia' or 'piccolo's'. The service has improved immeasurably over the last couple of years too (but that's a tale for another day).

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Success. I have just booked a 'pre theatre' table-a-deux at Chapter One for the middle of November. The last time I visited Chapter One was in 2008 and it was simply the nicest meal my friend and I ever enjoyed in Dublin. I recall that I ate perfectly seasoned slices of oxtail for starters and I'd a fish dish (cannot remember what type of fish) for mains. My companion had a mackerel salad and then a smoked chicken dish. She pronounced them to be delicious. The desserts were fantastic too; between us we tasted a fruit of the forest jelly and a trio of ice cream. It was not that expensive really. About €120 for the pair of us including a half bottle of chianti, one spring water classico, 2 coffees and a gratuity. I can hardly wait to go there again.

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Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been to Cafe Azteca many times and I''ve always enjoyed the food and perhaps more pertinently, the atmosphere. Recently, I devoured a lovely 'wrap' called 'La Bamba' which was comprised of guacamole, refried beans and swiss cheese with a small, fresh side salad. I ordered a delicious cafe au lait to accompany my lunch. Eminently wholesome, great tasting sustenance. The owner also runs cookery classes incidentally.

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