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L'Atmosphere Restaurant

19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford

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23 reviews

Reviewed 24th February 2014 ( visited 22nd February 2014 )

Had the starter tasting plate to commence - curried snails, smoked chicken, a potato garlic foamed soup, various charcuterie, fig jam and onion marmalade and a salad. Then a generous portion of brill with a mixed veg. ratatouille style and a foamy butter lemon sauce, some baby roast potatoes sauteed off in butter. Then, to finish, a good cheese board. All very good, simple, well presented. Now, the killer - this was the fixed price at (wait for it) 35 Euro. Good service, nice atmosphere (excuse the pun), decent and good value wine list (I was driving so didn't indulge). Is there anything not to like here?
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L'Atmosphere Restaurant

19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
23 reviews

Reviewed 24th February 2014 ( visited 22nd February 2014 )

Had the starter tasting plate to commence - curried snails, smoked chicken, a potato garlic foamed soup, various charcuterie, fig jam and onion marmalade and a salad. Then a generous portion of brill with a mixed veg. ratatouille style and a foamy butter lemon sauce, some baby roast potatoes sauteed off in butter. Then, to finish, a good cheese board. All very good, simple, well presented. Now, the killer - this was the fixed price at (wait for it) 35 Euro. Good service, nice atmosphere (excuse the pun), decent and good value wine list (I was driving so didn't indulge). Is there anything not to like here?
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The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

Tapas downstairs in the tannery is a real treat. The beef cheek, the rissoles, the market platters - all top notch. The salted caramel cocktail is to die for. I would happily eat there once a month. The vibe is very pleasant and casual so all round winner.

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Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill
1 Belmont Ave, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Nice room. I had the rib eye with bearnaise, chips, spinach, all fine (good even), but nothing you wouldn't do at home. Starter was scallops over a cauliflower puree and a rocket salad. scallops were bit disappointing. Good bread, pleasant staff, decent coffee at the end. Expensive for brasserie food at avg. 70 each with a half bottle of wine. I'd go back if feeling lazy and close to it ...

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L'Atmosphere Restaurant
19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford

Had the starter tasting plate to commence - curried snails, smoked chicken, a potato garlic foamed soup, various charcuterie, fig jam and onion marmalade and a salad. Then a generous portion of brill with a mixed veg. ratatouille style and a foamy butter lemon sauce, some baby roast potatoes sauteed off in butter. Then, to finish, a good cheese board. All very good, simple, well presented. Now, the killer - this was the fixed price at (wait for it) 35 Euro. Good service, nice atmosphere (excuse the pun), decent and good value wine list (I was driving so didn't indulge). Is there anything not to like here?

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L'Atmosphere Restaurant
19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford

Had the starter tasting plate to commence - curried snails, smoked chicken, a potato garlic foamed soup, various charcuterie, fig jam and onion marmalade and a salad. Then a generous portion of brill with a mixed veg. ratatouille style and a foamy butter lemon sauce, some baby roast potatoes sauteed off in butter. Then, to finish, a good cheese board. All very good, simple, well presented. Now, the killer - this was the fixed price at (wait for it) 35 Euro. Good service, nice atmosphere (excuse the pun), decent and good value wine list (I was driving so didn't indulge). Is there anything not to like here?

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Tamarind (Salthill)
157 Upper Salthill, Salthill, Galway City, Galway

Got take out recently, food is very good, if a little pricey. Excellent fish cakes, and all well spiced, no holding back so reasomably authentic. The room itself is a bit tired, but having read the proprietors story on the wall (from a review) I can understand why. Worth checking out sometime but not my first Galway choice.

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Gourmet Tart Company
Monksfield, Salthill, Galway

Everything a good cafe should be. Fresh, attention to detail in the food (pomegranite seeds in the salad accompanying a quiche), make their own stuff for take away, very pleasant staff, great coffee. Do not pass this place by, queue for a table and enjoy.

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Richy's Bar & Bistro
Wolfetone Street Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork

ate in the cafe area, mauritius beef curry, bit like a malaysian rendang, with three chutneys, poppadoms and flatbreads. Excellent, great spicing and interesting lime flavours, really fresh and zesty, one of the best curries of its kind I have had in Europe. Good value at about E23 if memory serves. Very pleasant staff too and lovely bright room. Recommended.

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La Boheme
2 George Street, Waterford City, Waterford

An excellent bistro style place, honest and well cooked (and seasoned) French bistro classics. Fabulous value, I have eaten here maybe 5 times in the last 3 years and felt that I could not fault the price in any aspect. Particular memory of a cote du boef that was excellent for about E30 for two people. A Waterford benchmark and highly recommended.

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Interlude
The Quay, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

nice menu, light and salad based, very good coffee, lovely views and location, staff need to engage more with customers. Spend some money on training and its the full package.

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Merrys Gastro Pub & Restaurant
Main Street Lower, Dungarvan, Waterford

Recent lunch in a lovely place with good service - a decent and freshly made soup (tomato and chilli), a pork and chicken salad sandwich on good ciabatta and an excellent coffee for E9.95. That is all.

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L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin

had two starters, crab on toast and then (IIRC) a ploughmans or similiar. very good, lovely service, lovely atmosphere, nice attention to detail (good bread, decent dressings, nice plates and boards). Value not terrific, but not surprising, don't know how anyone can make a restaurant pay these days. Overall, recommended and take time to enjoy the place, bring papers or a book and tarry.

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Paris Bakery and Pastry
18, 19 Moore Street, City Centre North, Dublin

French onion soup, salade nicoise with real tuna and an excellent dressing, lovely sourdough, E16.50 - whats not to like? Nice atmosphere, wasn't busy but service, while charming, was a little erratic. But, I loved it :-) The food was real, decent ingredients, French jazz station playing, see the bakery through the windows - a lovely place. But I will be careful not to visit at peak times.

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The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Nice atmosphere, slow service, nice food, great view, busy - reviewed in 9 words. More specifically, we had two fish and chips, one pork belly, one main course salad, all good. Four starters and one glass of wine, about E95. Fair value for the quality and the location we felt.

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Neon Asian Street Food
17 Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent, fast food style, but real Asian food (Thai really), with good ingredients and Thai chefs. We had 5 starters, 5 mains, bottle of wine, free ice creams for E90, hard to fault. We will definitely be back. The place was mad busy too, so others are getting the message also. Recommended, but not for a formal group, go and share casually.

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Beaufield Mews Restaurant
Woodlands Avenue, Dublin 18 , Stillorgan, Dublin

The kind of place your Mammy loves. Adequate food for large groups. I had beef, rather overdone, decent quality, with roast spuds, roast turnip rosti style, and a cheesboard. Starter was a strawberry, pepper and rocket salad, nice idea but totally under seasoned. Room is nice, hotel style, and its as safe as houses for its target of large family groups. Cheesboard was good, decent selection and nicely presented at the right temperature. But not somewhere I want to go back to.

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777
7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Uber-trendy, generally wowed by critics, open about 6 weeks now. Busy busy (kitchen closes at midnight) and a real buzz in the room. Great cocktails. But, the food was a little disappointing. We have 6 of the tasting plates, each is about a large tapas size, and most of them are an assembly, rather than cooked there an then. I'd say the process is reheat the meat and assemble the garnishes. All tasty, in particular the seafood in a lime broth, and the pulled pork. My guess is this place will be roaring busy for the summer but will need a menu change in the Autumn. Well worth a visit but won't go back until it has settled down. Nice staff, enthusiastic and chatty.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

mixed starters plate, honey prawns, chicken satay, chicken wings, salad, 3 dipping sauces. Good, not great, needs more spicing. I wonder have they toned down the spicing from the original in Chatham Street, which was a bit more authentic the last time I was there. Maybe the typical Dundrum shopping centre punters are not so keen on chilli!

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

13 of us went, 6 adults 7 kids. Service was sporadic, like they only had 2 chefs working so the mains came out in drips. Food is good, authentic Szechuan, but presentation is poor, all straight from wok to a serving plate so it all looks the same. At the prices (we paid 320ish) I want better. The room is lovely, nice atmosphere, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. A special note, the prawn with smoked chilli is super!

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I had the 10oz longhorn rib eye, with greens, spinach, fries and a glass of dearest house red. E54 before tip. Too expensive, but it was good. The best thing on the plate, surprisingly, was the creamed spinach. The beef was good, might have been rested a tad longer to "loosen", and service was very pleasant and friendly. The room is nice, (but all high chairs, don't bring the elder lemons). To be honest, elsewhere does this kind of stuff better. Even allowing for Dublin rents, it is too expensive for what it is in my opinion. I can buy Tipperary organic beef of similiar quality for about 30/kg so the mark up is too high.

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Wineport Lodge
Glasson, Glasson, Westmeath

I'd say the most beatiful restaurant setting in the whole country, at least that I have been to, on the shores of Lough Ree, timber decking, picture windows, ducks at our feet on the way in waddling around, boats passing in the drawing dusk. Food is good, not exceptional, I had a spiced lamb with pomegranate couscous to start, then 4 large grilled prawns with tomatoes, rocket, chorizo (kind of Mozambique style), nice baby spuds that had been sauteed off in butter after boiling. Herself had mussels in white wine and cream, and then seabass, portion a little small on the fish but nicely cooked. A nice zingy SB (Hunky Dory Marlborough, NZ) and coffees, all in E110. Nice, attentive and pleasant service, and the main dining room was nice (we ate outside). Excellent coffee. You could spend many happy hours here eating anything at all.

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The Fatted Calf
Church St., Athlone, Athlone, Westmeath

very good, restaurant food in pub setting. I had black pudding with mushrooms in marrow bones, then rabbit with orzo. Rabbit could have been a little pinker, but I didn't specify medium. Herself had a beetroot risotto for main, loved it, start was good, can't remember what it was. Excellent breads, dips, 4 premium bottles of beer, about E80, excellent value for the quality, recommended. Nice outside beer garden, in a lovely village. This is the kind of place that needs support, honest, good value, good cooking, go and try.

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Caseys Hotel
Glengarriff Village, Glengarriff, Cork

busy Saturday evening, food was good, I had seafood medley, others had fish 'n chips, all honest and decent, fed 4 for E100, great buzz in the room, whats not to like ...

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Marina Restaurant
The Marina Dingle, Killarney, Kerry

visited for lunch. good menu, good choices, all fish based. I had a prawn and chorizo risotto, with a crab cream (I think), good mixed salad, excellent bread, for E16. Room itself is pleasant, nautical feeling, and the chef can clearly cook. The risotto was a little drier than I would make myself (:-)) but good, prawns were super, and the chorizo didn't overpower it. Rocket leaves gave a nice peppery balance in the risotto. Salad had a good dressing (rarer than you would think), all in all very good. Lovely view through the rain to the bay and the marina. Recommended.

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Hacketts Bar
Main Street Schull, Schull, Cork

cannot rate it for food as any time I tried to get in for the curry nights it was full. That tells a story. I can reveal it to be my favorite bar in Schull though. Good wine choices, nice pints, massive atmosphere, great spot.

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Newhaven(La Coquille)
Schull, Schull, Cork

This is the worlds best chipper. Simple decor, and great fish with chips, and some pizzas, pastas and steaks. But, lobster and garlic butter with chips for E20! Or hake, or sole, or prawns, all fresh. Could you not love it? Have eaten here maybe 5 times, loved it. Very good wine list too, so after a day on the beach/boat whatever parents can splurge on decent food, kids can pig out on pizza, and everyone's a winner. Every coastal town should have a restaurant like this. Superb.

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Mary Anns Bar & Restaurant
Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Skibbereen, Cork

lovely old bar in picture perfect village on the sea. I had garlic chilli prawns and fish and chips, decent plaice for the fish. Food is good, but atmosphere and location are the winners here. Not cheap but worth it. Lovely host too. One to get to in West Cork.

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

consistently superb restaurant. 4 of us ate, went a bit mad (main course mussels, main course chilli seafood and chowder for starters, then scallops, turbot and two haddock for mains, then 2 desserts). Food all terrific, the turbot with a creamy fennel and deep fried capers was fantastic, the scallops were the best I have tasted, and the battered haddock was very clever (very light batter made with mineral water). Staff are welcoming and friendly, but professional as well, the room is gorgeous, and at about 8 for starters and 25 for mains the prices are good, given the quality. I rate this as one of the best restaurants in Ireland, not too cheffy, but a guaranteed smile on my face every time. Love it.

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Jitter Beans
65 Main st Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

Take out place - 5 different types of fresh soup every day, always one mad one (like cheese and bacon), always good, excellent rolls, panini's, lovely staff, always busy at lunchtime. Todays soup was a stew mixture, called stoup! I was presented with stoup and sandwich on the house for Christmas. These guys are great.

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Geoffs Cafe Bar
8/9 Johns Street , Please call us directly for Bookings 051-874787, Waterford City, Waterford

Good caesar salad, which is a great test of a restaurant. Key things to get right are - shaved, not grated parmesan. Romaine, not any other kind of lettuce. Homemade garlicy croutons, plenty of dressing and all leaves well dressed. NO CHICKEN. All very satisfactory in Geoffs. Followed by good coffee. Great, and reliable, spot. Recommended.

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EIGHT, Bar & Restaurant
8 Dock Road, Galway City, Galway

Service slow, but it was a Bank holiday weekend (is that a valid excuse though?). Two fish and chips, one mussels and clams. Both absolutely top notch. Fish was beautifully cooked portion, seared outside and soft inside, and mad fresh. The mussels and clams were nicely garlicy, with aoli, very good accompanying brown bread which was moist and seedy. Large portions too. Disappointing to see them turning customers away after 2.00 as the kitchen was closing. So, generally, recommended, if I lived in Galway I'd be lunching here once a month at least.

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L'Atmosphere Restaurant
19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford

three of us went early on a Friday (pre-gig). One had the special - leek and potato soup, with a hint of fennel and pernod, garlic croutons and a sort of tiny puff pastry bun, then confit duck and creme brulee, and a glass of wine for E20!), and two of us had the L&P soup, the cote de boeuf, and one creme brulee, one cheese course. They threw in a glass of port with the cheese, we also had two glasses of house red and a beer. E84!! The 20 euro early bird special had three options in each of three courses. The food is not totally brilliant, but very good and cooked very well, this is clearly a competent chef working to a price. Service was very pleasant too, not hard to see why they had 45 covers by 7.30. I'll be back, and more than once! Excellent, easy to see why they have a Bridgestone Top 100.

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Amicus
Paul Street, Cork City, Cork

Myself and the son (13) went in Saturday for a fast lunch. Bowl of olives, mixed breads (tomatoes and fennel, sourdough, brown, bread-sticks, pizza type with tomato if I recall) and dips (hummus, pesto, tomato/chilli), portion of cheesy nachos. Portions all very generous, staff faultless, place fresh and bright, buzzing. They have clearly realised that offering value will keep the place busy, and it was. This should be a textbook approach to recession offerings by restaurants, keep the experience high but lower the prices by using cheaper stuff on the menu. Total bill as 14.85 for two, and we didn't finish.

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Fate Restaurant (Naas)
1 Railway Terrace, Dublin road, Naas, Kildare

If I am eating dinner in the car after late meetings I always get - Singapore fried rice, 'cause its easy to eat with a spoon while driving (I know I shouldn't but it beats garage gunk food). So, I know where to get good SFR. Went in here today, best SFR I have had in the car ever. Real prawns, real red chillis, well seasoned. Recommended.

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Toughers Restaurant
Newhall, Naas, Kildare

The warm joint of the day sandwich (lamb), came with chips and a side salad, cost 6.50, and met my needs exactly today! Beats the hell out of petrol station sandwiches ...

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

I'm going to rock the boat a little here I'm afraid. Visited MacNeans with huge expectations,but came away with mixed feelings. On the positive side, the atmosphere, service, settings etc. were all very pleasant, and it is truly a tribute to the mans energy that the place is rocking, hard to get a reservation. But ... We had the tasting menu, because foodie here wanted to see all the skills and processes. In the end, it was a bit incoherent. I think seven main plates, each with maybe two or three discrete elements so the overall impact was confusing. No single taste had the time or space to properly impact. Plus, and this was self-inflicted, we each had the "other option", so as we tasted most of each others plates, that was maybe 30 tastes! I've had big tasting menu's before (the old Coq Hardi in Dublin is a particular memory here, a real treat for Leaving Cert. results!) so I know what to expect, MacNeans is too fragmented. It needs unifying themes, so you can have various meats/fish etc. but maybe all pulling together better. Another thing I would suggest is that they leave the menu so diners can refer to it, there is so much going on that it would be helpful to have a reference point! There is no doubt at all that the kitchen can produce outstanding gear, but they need the confidence to let things stand for themselves. It feels like they are killing themselves for a Michelin star, they would maybe do better to focus and let the star come by itself. If I were to go again I would definitely go for the standard dinner menu. The prices are very high too, 85 a head plus wine or 125 with matching wines. So, do the dinner menu, and encourage MacNeans to relax and not strain so hard, you'll enjoy it.

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Boqueria
6 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

The thing about tapas is that they are either spot on, or not really worth having. They should be small and intense. In Spain, something as simple as almonds or grilled peppers with good oil and bread will suffice. In Boqueria the quality is not good enough. Good coffee, good wines, merely adequate tapas. In these times adequate is not enough to keep restaurants going. I'd love to be able to recommend this place, because the idea of good tapas within a stones thow of the English Market should be a no brainer, but I'd go elsewhere gentle reader.

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O'Brien Chop House
Main Street, Lismore, Waterford

Lovely old Victorian bar, with the restaurant in behind. Kind of lightly distressed country house atmosphere. Food was super, but I won't review in detail because it was a once-off menu. Their breads are very good. Service is excellent here, the training is evident. Generally their menu is meat heavy, but cooked with a light hand. They source from a local butcher, who is top-notch, so their beef in particular is always very good. It is pricy, but worth it. Good selection of bottled beers in the bar, micro-brewery and premiums. Sunday lunch menu looks very good too, will give that a whirl and report in due course. A safe and solid recommendation.

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M&L Chinese Restaurant
13-14 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

superb Szechuan food. Soft shell crab in egg, whelk with soy and ginger, chilli squid, greens, noodles, tea, soft drinks for E80 for 4 people. Best Chinese food I have had in Ireland. I have spent a fair bit of time in Asia, so I have some reference points for good Szechuan, this is as good as it gets here. Highly recommended for food, not so much for ambiance (who needs ambiance when the food is this good!). Bring cash, they don't do cards, and go hungry.

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Imperial Chinese
12A Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

The thing to do here is go mid afternoon, and eat off the Dim Sum menu only. Ideally point to what the other diners around you are eating (there will be lots of Chinese people) or ask for a selection. Do have the prawn dumplings, the pork buns, the deep fried squid, maybe a seafood soup. Its all brilliant. Its also very good value for the quality, I think it was 30 for two of us for lunch, and we were well fed. I wouldn't recommend the chicken feet, having had them, very glutinous, but up to you. I brought my (just) pre-teen son, who is a very adventurous eater, he loved it. We had previously gone to another restaurant on a similiar mission, nowhere near as good. Recommended.

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Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store
Coolbawn, Midleton, Cork

Had a late lunch here on a passing whim, superb. One goats cheese foccacia, one other sandwich, two superb chowders, we were seriously impressed. My impression of the food is home style, but well cooked and very good ingredients, no shortcuts being taken. They had run out of two of the specials, always a good sign. Atmosphere lovely, mixture of local business people and lunching ladies, all sharing big comfie tables, and very good staff, who created good vibes as well as keeping things moving at a good pace. Excellent coffee. Perhaps the perfect place for a late lunch and a long newspaper.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Terrific, a staple and a reliable one at that. 6 of us went before a gig in the O2, most had the pork belly main course from the early bird menu. This was excellent, well cooked and a decent portion, and for the money an absolute winner. Talbot 101 has been a super pre-theatre and pre-gig venue for me over many years, and I have organised office parties there in the past. Perhaps the most consistently good value for money restaurant in Dublin at it's price point.

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Sabai
19 The Mall, Waterford City, Waterford

4 of us went, had two tasting menus and two main course options and one starter, total E130. The 5 spice roast duck was excellent, the pad thai was excellent, and the rest was all very good. The taster menu also had a prawn salad and a beef curry, the curry was good, the beef itself wasn't great. Dessert wasn't not great, but thats not unusual in Asian restuarants. The menu is more Thai than Vietnamese. The room itself is reminiscent of the old Coast in Tramore, an old Victorian house converted, and very nicely done. Lovely bar area, and very nice outside terrace, would be great in summer. Staff are good, and on the night the atmosphere was somewhat loud because of one family table that featured a deaf grannie doing Irish revision with her grandson! Well recommended, good lively fresh cooking with good ingredients and well seasoned/spiced. Plenty of lime juice and chilli being used. Good to see this kind of food being served as opposed to sloppy Thai with generic sauces.

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Caseys of Baltimore
Main Street, Baltimore, Cork

ate here on August Bank holiday saturday, place was completely mobbed so service was under pressure. Excellent mussels in cream/onion/white wine starter, then fish 'n chips, very good grilled cod with a garlic butter basting, good chips, poor coleslaw (why is coleslaw not banned?) and a decent small salad served. With 2 pints of Guinness and the view the atmosphere was fantastic!

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

4 adults and 1 kid, one glass house white, starters and mains, 2 desserts, one kids menu, total circa E200. Too expensive for what you get, which is good but not that good. The rib of beef was good and flawlessly cooked, others had cod which was good if a little small, and 2 of us had the crab starter which was also good. Upstairs for tables with more than 4 covers, and kitchen is visible, which is always reassuring. Nice atmosphere, tables are too close together though. The clientele looked as if they were shifting down from more expensive places, I would guess this place is picking up business that would formerly have gone to other more expensive spots. Worth trying but not for the financially challenged!

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Mad Fish Restaurant @ Cronins Pub
Point Road, Crosshaven, Crosshaven, Cork

Lovely old fashioned pub, very nautically themed, gorgeous view from the front door of the marinas in Crosshaven. We were 2 adults and 2 kids, we had a main course portion of mussels to start, very good, white wine/cream sauce, good bread. Then burgers/chicken and a veggie burger, all decent, good portions and very friendly staff. Circa E70 including 2 pints and 1 7 Up, relatively expensive for bar food, but worth it on the whole.

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Isaacs Restaurant
48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Cork City, Cork

Back in Isaacs recently, as good as ever. I had rib of beef with a good bearnaise sauce, herself had fish (I think scallops), I started with an Asian noodle salad that was excellent. They serve Arbutus bread I think, which is super, and the place was hopping, no recession in McCurtain street that night. This is an object lesson in how to run a big bistro style restaurant, good staff, good prices, well thought menu and good ingredient quality (and retaurateur who has bad ingredients in Cork, with the English Market in the middle of the city, should be summarily shot). It is also a big place to fill, so whoever runs it is getting it right. If it was software I'd say it had a "compelling value proposition", IT-speak for it works and it's not too costly for what it does.

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Richmond House
Cappoquin, Cappoquin, Waterford

Very, very good. Some of the best food in West Waterford. Ate there recently, mixed game starter very good (rabbit exceptional) and main course monkfish also excellent. Dessert very good too, choc. cake par excellence, others reported the cheese to be spot on, and wine (we ordered at one level over house wine) was good value. This is posh country house ambience at first, but very competent service staff make it feel friendly, and the food is an interesting mix of a "safe" description but good and not stodgy result. Well worth the drive, and the taxi home (unless you are staying in the house, have a designated driver, or are going back in a friends fishing lodge on the Blackwater - as I'd guess some of the guests were one my visit!)

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Nude Food
86 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

The best lunch in Dungarvan. The spicy lamb burger is worth special mention, and the salads are very good. Funky, ballsy food, Med. fpocus, well flavoured, they are not afraid to season and spice. Emphasis on ingredients, good sourcing is evident. Needs more fish. Illy coffee, and good daily specials. Can be somewhat slow on service, be prepared to wait. A little pricy, but worth it. Good wine list well priced, opening evenings at weekends as wine bar. Recommended.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with my son and various of his uncles for a pre Thin Lizzy at the Olympia dinner. Not my first time. Food is generally interesting and clearly not generic Indiastani, as so often. Portions could be larger, but staff are very attentive and cheerful. Worth a visit, but not for an occasion.

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House Restaurant
Cliff House Hotel, Middle Road, Ardmore, Ardmore, Waterford

Superb. Highlights included the tempura sea vegetable served with my monkfish (wrapped in a very light rosti, served with a lemon cream, some very fine dried ham, some sea vegetables), the cucumber sorbet with lime salt, the pea starter with girolle mushrooms, the apple lollipop with the cheese board. This is truly first class food, no wonder they have the Michelin star, but the really interesting thing is there was nothing I had seen before, everything is new and re-imagined. I couldn't eat at this level often, its almost too sophisticated, but a few times a year would be nice. Not cheap, two of us cost 185 off the a la carte with one bottle of wine, but worth it. This is a kitchen at the top of their game, go and get it while it's hot. Superb, knowledgeable and friendly service, not stuffy at all. Highly, highly, recommended.

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Tiffany's
24 Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

Good coffee, good steaks, huge place (pre-Celtic tiger demise lease at a guess) and somewhat barn like. I would suggest meat options here, the chef is good on roasts, lamb usually good. Portions are good as well, and the coffee is decent. Not a romantic date location, but reliable if lacking in atmosphere.

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Quasi Lanka Eastern Restaurant - Closed
F26 Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, Waterford

Food is OK, not stunning. It's a bit generic, not much you wouldn't see on many India menus, and suffers a bit from the 5 standard sauces with prawns/chicken/beef syndrome. Staff pleasant, but the manageress talks way too much, to the point of sitting down with customers at their tables uninvited. Hopefully that enthusiasm will get balanced with some distance. The Sri Lankan white curry with crab claws or prawns would be my recommendation.

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The East Village Bar Restaurant and Hotel
East Village, Douglas, Cork

Good lunch spot, soup/sandwich from joint of the day is always good, the spicy chicken wings are good. I wouldn't recommend for dinner, the few times I ate there at night it was just OK. Good coffee, and the floor staff are good, generally a decent bit of banter going on.

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An Bialann
Unit 13 Dungarvan Shop Centre, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

coffee and cake, daily lunch specials, moving a lot of chips every day, an honest feed for shoppers. Not an experience you will remember, but it meets a need.

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Lawlors Hotel
Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

This used to be a two kinds of spuds and as much veg. as you want business lunch spot, but they have added a bistro style dining room, which, in April, was pretty good. I had buffet style tapas, lots of decent olives, prawns, sort of sushi, deep fried mushrooms, all better than I expected. Worth checking out and could develop into a worthwhile option if there is a market for this style. recent lunch for 4 - two paninis, one salad, one ham and cheese sandwich, all with chips, reasonable quality, 40 Euro. Not Dungarvans best option.

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Merrys Gastro Pub & Restaurant
Main Street Lower, Dungarvan, Waterford

Merrys is improving. Very good lunch recently, fish and chips. Hand cut chips, nice sea salt, John Dory perfectly cooked in a very light batter, mushy peas with mint, for a tenner. Hard to beat. Staff, atmosphere and decor, location etc. all very good. Excellent range of beers too, including a recent summer brew from Dungarvan BrewCo.

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Le Poisson D'or - Closed
Kilmore Quay, Kilmore, Wexford

Now the Crazy Crab, simple, fresh seafood, one of us had the hake, I had the seafood platter, both very good. About 80 for two with a decent bottle of wine from a short list, place was full, great to see simple and good seafood locally sourced, fresh. We need more places like this.

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Haven Hotel
Dunmore East Waterford, Dunmore East, Waterford

Great fun, rambly and slightly ramshackle, ideal for a long lunch with kids, papers and no deadlines. Food is nothing to write home about (ribs, pasta, steak, chicken, no surprises of any kind), but the place is well worth the effort for a visit.

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Ming' s Court
40 Grattan Sq Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

Oh dear, things have changed. A poor seafood taster plate in "canton" sauce, the seafood was largely chunks in batter (mussels included) microwaved, with a generic tomato, ginger, chili sauce and a lot of sugar added from the wok by the taste of it. Including meat sung starter this came to 25odd Euro. Not good, and I guess this is recession biting because it was a lot better in the past.

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Quealy's Bar
82 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan Waterford, Dungarvan, Waterford

Excellent lunch recently, pork, green beans, carrots, mash, apple sauce. Mash was creamy, hint of garlic, apple sauce had something nice (cinammon?), pork roasting jus rich and deep, veggies nicely cooked and al dente. With very good coffee about E12. This is a very good standard for that price. Nice decor too, if a bit dark. I would still comment that staff could engage a bit more with customers.

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White Gables Restaurant
Moycullen Village, Moycullen, Galway

Traditional, dependable, no bull. Excellent flatfish and lamb in particular, focus on good ingredients, homely and attentive service. Not flash, but well executed, and a solid recommendation. Lots of Galway foodies in regular attendance. I had one of the best, and simplest, turbot dishes I ever had here, very classic, butter/lemon sauce, new potatoes, green beans, faultless. Good cheesecake by memory, and a decent wine list.

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Da Tang Noodle House
2 Middle Street Mews, Galway City, Galway

A treasure. Real Chinese (northern Chinese, mostly Beijing based I think) food, lots of broths and dumplings, all clearly cooked in-house, no generic flavours, no bought in sauces, healthy and genuine. My family lived in Galway for a time, every time we visit now the kids want to go back. Highly recommend the seafood soups, and the noodle based dishes. For real food the pricing is excellent. Ginger tea, jasmine tea, toothpicks, vinegar based pickled cabbage, its like being in Beijing. The place is small and somewhat tatty, but honest and worthy of being full all the time. Tell your friends, this is what we want to keep going, not the wings'n'pizza't-bone dreck we see everywhere. Unite and support real food.

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Man Friday Restaurant
Scilly, Kinsale, Cork

Good place for expense account showing off, very old fashioned approach and menu. Good wine list. It's where you would bring your 6th class teacher to show how well you turned out. Steak with Bearnaise, turbot on the bone filleted at the table, the kind of thing you don't really expect to see anymore. You keep looking over your shoulder for Robert Carrier.

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Star Anise
4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

Well worth a look. Modern European and prepared to take a risk. I had a cod/caper/crushed potatoes lunch that was excellent, and the cod was so rare I sent it back for a quick grill, great to see a kitchen that errs under - rather than over-cooked. Good coffee too. Recommended, and if you can't get in go around the corner. The kind of restaurant you want to see succeeding, not bland or boring.

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Sea Palace
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Waterford

Dreadful Chinese food. Suffered two business lunches and vowed never again.

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Farmgate Cafe
Old English Market, Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

The best chowder that I have had to date in Munster. Always make a visit when in Cork. Very reliable quality, busy, loud and casual (I love it).

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Interlude
The Quay, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

some very nice light food marred by poor delivery. Staff not well trained but generally enthusiastic. Nice Mediterranean influenced menu, snacky, great coffee, just needs consistent service quality to turn into a very recommendable place. The salads are good, the chocolate muffins are great.

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Indian Ocean
Davitts Quay, Harbour Mill, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

Super friendly staff, but adequate only food. You suspect vats of 5 main sauces and quantities of flashed off (chicken/beef/lamb) meat being added, nothing terribly exciting. But, see staff comment, it's a nice meal out if you don't have high expectations of the meal.

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The Moorings Restaurant
Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

Consistently good bar menu, chowder, steak sandwiches, pasta, mussels, prawns, chicken wings etc. Fantastic location on the quay in Dungarvan, and generally very nice staff. Fish and chips always good. Well worth a look. Good coffee too. Lovely atmosphere, authentic quayside pub with a marine vibe.

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Kajjal
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Very good, ate there Saturday. Super monkfish starter, and then the spicy red snapper. Staff very attentive and nice, despite us having a table of 9 in a rush there was no problem with seperate payments and ordering at different times. Somewhat expensive, 400 for 9 incl. a good tip, but worth returning to.

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Nakon Thai
Tramway House, Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork

Best Thai restaurant in Cork in my opinion. I brought a group of Thai business people here last year, asked for a mixed menu for the group, super food and excellent staff, party atmosphere. Highly recommended, authentic tastes, lots of Thai holy basil in use and food properly spiced, not made generic for Irish tastes.

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Wagamama (Cork)
4/5 South Main St, Co City, Cork City, Cork

Consistently very good lunchtime spot, the dumplings are super and the staff good, casual and positive. Usually these (they are a branded chain) are basement level, so nice to see at street level. The shared long tables mean its not somewhere for a quiet chat.

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Cafe Paradiso
16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City, Cork

Cotter may be the best chef in the country at present, food is brilliant, innovative, and fantastic to eat. Not a place of worship, a genuine restaurant where the staff (somewhat hippy vibe) are vocational about their product. I would eat there once a month happily.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

The antipasto starters are super. The olives are ridiculous for the price, as is the bread. Of a group of 5 4 mains were good, the liver being the best, and the spaghetti vongole being the worst, postion of clams too small and lacking in flavour. Staff enthusiastic and positive, well motivated. The atmosphere is excellent, busy and good vibe. Deli products look good. Generally I would say somewhat expensive production line food in a nice room, and well worth a visit. Coffee is excellent.

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The Muskerry Arms (Restaurant)
Blarney, Blarney, Cork

Ate there twice in the last 2 months or so, once solo and once in a group. Surprisingly good food, with the Asian items being the best choice. Singapore noodles very good, properly seasoned and with real ingredients. Well worth a visit, an ambitious menu by comparison with other similar places. Recommended.

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The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

Lunch, two of us had hake, one had pork. The hake was superb, classically and beautifully finished with a buerre nouisette, with accompanying baby peas and beans and mash. The mash has some spud in it to keep the butter from spilling. We had two desserts (sort of summer berry fool in a glass with a thick underlying cream syrup) and coffees, for about e70. No issues with the cost for this quality of food, and the room. The Tannery strikes again. Excellent.

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