Restaurant Reviews from Sausagefest
Bushes Bar restaurant
The Square Baltimore, Baltimore, Cork
Reviewed 29th August 2011 ( visited 30th June 2011 )Excellent spot for a chilled out lunch.Lots of tables to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the view of the pier with boats coming and going.The food is tasty & so cheap! Service is quick and friendly and the freshly ground coffee superb.
Avenue Cafe & Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
Reviewed 20th June 2010 ( visited 15th June 2010 )Having read the reviews on this restaurant I've been meaning to try it for a while.We arrived in time for the early bird and the restaurant was already busy with a few tables free.We were seated at a table for two between two other couples.Unfortunately the tables are so close together that it is not a place I would recommend for an intimate dinner. The early bird menu offers a good choice and my husband had bruschetta to start, which was very nice while I had the salmon fishcake with a minty raita.The fishcake was very bland and had very little flavour and I didn't think the cucumber ribbons were a good compliment. We both ordered a burger for our main and were disappointed with the lack of flavour despite the toppings of mozzarella and pesto. The dessert was probably the success of the evening with delicious sticky toffee pudding & chocolate profiteroles. While the service and the desserts were excellent it's not enough to make me return to this restaurant.
Unit 6/7, Clane Shopping Centre, Clane, Kildare
On our recent visit to Zest we were delighted to see that all the elements that make it a great restaurant are still there; excellent fresh wholesome food, fantastic wines, friendly staff and buzzing atmosphere. We were even more delighted to see that their menu is even better value than before and thankfully this hasn't compromised portion sizes or food quality. My only complaint was biting down on a completely frozen potato wedge in my side order. It was very off putting and I couldn't eat any of the wedges after that. Having mentioned this to the waitress, I was disappointed to find that I was still charged for the side order.
Canal Walk Cafe
Kerdiffstown Road, Sallins, Kildare
If you're looking for a little taste of rural France in Sallins....look no further. This is a cute little bistro which operates as a cafe during the day. It is well worth a visit for its beautiful food, friendly staff and endearing chef. The evening menu is incredible value both for choice and the quality of the food. Our starters and main course were really enjoyable and the dauphinoise potatoes were simply perfect. Unfortunately we had no room for dessert. Small businesses and talented chefs deserve to be supported and the prices and food will hopefully build a solid base of loyal customers in the near future.
Glendalough, Glendalough, Wicklow
The service here was appalling on our visit today, No one wanted to take our order and the waiter who reluctantly served us was downright rude and monosyllabic, it amazes me that people like that enter the service industry. The menu is geared towards ripping off tourists and doesn't represent good value; I don't think anyone can justify €3.95 for a bowl of frozen chips on a menu. The entrance into the bar area from the street outside was filthy and the table we sat as wasn't much better. When we saw the same sullen waiter clean another table with two serviettes it explained why the tables were so messy. The food was mediocre and represented really poor value. We were left to our own devices and ignored after the food was dumped on our table, if we had needed anything else we weren't getting it. Another pet hate of mine and the height of bad service saw the bill being banged down on our table right after our food had been.
The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Love coming here for the atmosphere and beautiful interior, especially at Christmas time after a days shopping. The place was packed and it was difficult enough to get a seat in the bar as a lot of tables were reserved for Christmas parties. The service is always excellent and we weren’t waiting long for menus or for our order to be taken. The only complaint I had about my chicken curry was that there was too much dry chicken and not enough vegetables to balance the dish. The amount of chicken was excessive and I like decent portions! The sauce however was lovely and the side dishes were well cooked. We finished the meal with Irish coffees and Baileys coffees and these were lovely.I will return for the atmosphere and the service alone.
Assaggio Restaurant @ The Westgrove Hotel
Westgrove Hotel, Abbeylands, Clane, Naas , Clane, Kildare
Exchange advertised a great offer for New Years Eve dinner:4 courses plus a bottle of wine for 2 people for €50. Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We had starters of Caesar salad and fishcakes. The fishcakes were so moist and packed full of flavour,I could have eaten it as a main course it was so delicious. The mains were sirloin steak, salmon fillet and chicken with mozarella,pesto and tomato on mash. The steaks were cooked to perfection and very tasty and the other two mains were also very good. Dessert of winter berry crumble with ice-cream was mouthwatering. We hadn't eaten here in a while but if the improvement in the quality of food and value is anything to go by, we will definitely return soon.
Tenors Grill Room (Naas)
Fairgreen Street, Naas, Kildare
Tenors was quite depressing when we ate here as part of a large group on Thursday at lunchtime.There is no atmosphere in this place,no music,the bare minimum of Christmas decorations and the staff while efficient and professional,lack any warmth.Smiling is obvioulsy off the menu.The only Christmas special added to the menu was Turkey & ham,christmas pudding wasn't even a dessert option.The caesar salad was ok,the added chicken not worth the extra money and there was way too much garlic in the dressing.The cajun chicken fillet burger was dry and bland and the winter pavlova was very obviously stale and rock hard.Overall underwhelming food in an underwhelming venue.
Main Street, Schull, Cork
Good wholesome homecooked bar food in Schull.There is always an atmosphere in the Bunratty Inn,especially on a sunny day when you can sit outside and watch the world go by.They offer a wide selection of dishes on an extensive menu and we enjoyed plenty of fresh fish options on several visits.The staff are friendly and you are never left waiting long for your order to be taken.
Riverside Cafe - Skibbereen
North Street, Skibbereen, Cork
Visited this café and bakery for lunch one day. The building itself and interior are lovely. It’s situated right beside the river in Skibbereen with a beautiful courtyard terrace for outdoor dining. The menu offers a good choice for lunch and we chose to have the savoury crepes with ham, cheese and relish, this was beautiful and was served with a lovely fresh salad. Unfortunately the portion of one crepe for €6.50 is very small, we would gladly have eaten a second one. Teapots are served on little night light warmers and the peppermint tea is excellent. One thing that did put us off was watching flies crawling on a loaf and slices of bread on a nearby service station, when I mentioned this to the waitress, she thanked me and returned five minutes later and placed a tea towel over the bread.I had really expected the bread to be removed and binned.
The Square Baltimore, Baltimore, Cork
Excellent spot for a chilled out lunch.Lots of tables to sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the view of the pier with boats coming and going.The food is tasty & so cheap! Service is quick and friendly and the freshly ground coffee superb.
The Bridgewater Inn
Canal View, Sallins, Kildare
Eat here regularly for lunch and we are never disappointed. Recently had the chicken and noodle salad which is available as a starter or main course, lovely flavours and filling enough for lunch.The place was packed and is a relaxing place to spend your lunch hour.
Bard's Den Restaurant & Pub
Letterfrack Village, Beside the Connemara National Park, Connemara, Galway
This restaurant and pub has a nice atmosphere when you walk through the door. The specials are displayed on a large blackboard menu and there is a good selection of fresh seafood and stone baked pizzas with adventurous combinations of toppings. We decided to order sea bass with a red pepper mayonnaise and Irish stew. Both were really enjoyable and tasty, my only complaint about the sea bass was the tiny portion, as the dish was delicious and I would have eaten more. This does not seem to be typical of their portion sizes having also had a really good take away from their restaurant the night before. It was busy when we ate there but I don't think this was the reason for the slow service we received. The waitress who served us was polite without being friendly and when she came to clear our plates, left and didn't return to offer us coffee/dessert or the bill. We ended up calling another waiter to order. We overheard another lady at the next table telling the same waitress that the mussels she had were better than those in her native New Zealand, the response she got was "Oh right". Overall the food and atmosphere make up for the disinterested service.
The Conservatory Tea House
The Old School House, Laragh, Wicklow
A beautiful conservatory attached to a beautiful house in beautiful surroundings. We had built up an appetite after a long walk in Glendalough and were delighted to find this unusual tearoom. I agree with other reviewers that it is on the pricey side in today's environment.We all enjoyed our soup which was followed by a sublime chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling.
Caseys of Baltimore
Main Street, Baltimore, Cork
Nice atmosphere when we ate in this restaurant with a traditional band playing in the bar. Casey's seafood dishes are lovely but those in our party who ordered the vegetarian option or meat dishes were disappointed with their meal. It's a shame that these dishes aren't up to the standard of their seafood.
Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Cork
The Church is a beautiful atmospheric building which has a good breakfast menu and is a great stop off for afternoon tea after shopping in Skibbereen. The staff are always extremely friendly and it's always busy when we stop in.
Crookhaven, Crookhaven, Cork
No visit to West Cork would be complete without a visit to the Crookhaven Inn for seafood chowder and fresh mussels. We were a party of 14 for lunch this time and the service couldn't have been better catering for separate bills, various orders and adjustments. Everyone left happy and full.
Jacks Bar & Dining Area @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare
Jack's bar has a lovely atmosphere and lovely outside area which is a nice place to sit on a warm day. My work colleagues and I had a lunch deal of soup and a panini which was very tasty and proved to be a very filling combination. The bar was very busy at the time but this didn't affect our service.
Avenue Cafe & Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
Having read the reviews on this restaurant I've been meaning to try it for a while.We arrived in time for the early bird and the restaurant was already busy with a few tables free.We were seated at a table for two between two other couples.Unfortunately the tables are so close together that it is not a place I would recommend for an intimate dinner. The early bird menu offers a good choice and my husband had bruschetta to start, which was very nice while I had the salmon fishcake with a minty raita.The fishcake was very bland and had very little flavour and I didn't think the cucumber ribbons were a good compliment. We both ordered a burger for our main and were disappointed with the lack of flavour despite the toppings of mozzarella and pesto. The dessert was probably the success of the evening with delicious sticky toffee pudding & chocolate profiteroles. While the service and the desserts were excellent it's not enough to make me return to this restaurant.