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52.5%

County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 04 August 2009

Last Visit: 04 July 2012

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Jausna restaurant

1 Lower Mall, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
9 reviews

Reviewed 04th August 2010 ( visited 31st July 2010 )

Jausna used to be called Jamuna, but it re-branded itself last year. This is the only Indian restaurant in Wicklow, and it is great. I ate dinner here with my wife last Saturday, and once again, thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a new Set Meal for 2 for €45, which we chose from - choice of starter, main course (each dish served with rice / naan bread), full bottle of wine and tea/coffee. Fabulous deal. We had the meat platter to start, followed by Lamb Balti & Tandoori Makham Chicken. We usually get a take away from Jausna which is great anyway. 5 stars all around.
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TGI Friday (Dundrum) restaurant

Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Average
188 reviews

Reviewed 25th September 2009 ( visited 24th September 2009 )

I brought my wife and 3 kids to TGI's in Dundrum yesterday afternoon, as a treat for the kids, as they have always enjoyed past experiences here. Well, what a disappointment we had. Firstly, there were only 4 other diners in the place - not a good sign, for TGI's! The service was very poor, and we had to keep asking for service, something I had never had to do before, as the TGI service is normally gushing, to the point of being an irritating. Myself & my wife ordered from a special discounted "€15 for 2 courses menu", whilst the kids ordered from the children's menu. My starter was the potato skins, which in my opinion tasted like they had been re-heated. My wife had the wings, which she described as being only "ok". Our burgers were very mediocre, and the fries were limp. The kids were non-plussed with their food also. I paid €81 for this experience, and won't be back.
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The Bridge Tavern
Bridge Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I dined here last Friday with my wife - owing to the nice weather, we ate outdoors, in the courtyard area. I had the Surf N Turf, which was delicious - a definite winner of a dish. My wife had the Caesar's Salad, which was different, in terms of presentation, but equally as rewarding in terms of flavour and taste. This is my third time eating at The Bridge since it reopened, and I am very impressed - well worth it!

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Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I dined here last night with my parents (both 84 years young), as I had heard glowing reports of their Tapas evenings. Well, we certainly were not disappointed. Lovely ambience, each table lit up with candles, and a flamenco/Spanish guitarist playing.... The selection of tapas is superb, and will suit all tastes. Well priced too! We had approx 12 plates of tapas, soft drinks as we were driving, 3 desserts and 3 coffees - bill came to less than €80, which, in my opinion, is very good value. Our server was very attentive. This is my first time to Gourmet Food Parlour, and I will definitely return. The place was humming last night - obviously very popular. I'm glad I booked a table in advance, as the place was full by 8pm. If you haven't been here, I demand that you pay it a visit!

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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I booked Hartley's for our 15th wedding anniversary, as I had heard some very good reports about it......initially I was sceptical as their website is far from enticing. We dined early (6pm) and availed of their early bird menu which was superb. For starters, I had the whitebait, which was lovely, and a dish which is a rarity these days. My wife had the goats cheese which she said was delicious and full of flavour. We both had the fresh cod for mains which was tender, melt-in-the-mouth stuff. For dessert, I had a peanut butter brownie with banana ice cream, which was very tasty, albeit slightly heavy (I don't normally 'do' desserts!). The restaurant filled up quickly with people, which is a reassuring thing, especially on a Tuesday night. Great service, fantastic location, very good food and overall, good value. My only criticism would be their very poor, unattractive, unenticing website, which is not doing their business any favours.

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Woods Restaurant - Closed
Main Street, Roundwood, Wicklow

I've been meaning to dine in Woods for some months now, and decided to pay a visit a few weeks ago. Myself and my wife were thoroughly impressed with both the food and the excellent service we experienced, throughout the evening. Considering it was a Tuesday, the place was quite busy, which was nice, and added to the homely ambience. For starters I had clams in linguini, served in a bisque sauce, which was delicious, and the clams were cooked to perfection - not rubbery at all. As a main course, I had grilled sea bass which was served on a bed of spinach and garlic, which was amazing. My wife passed on the starter, and had a striploin steak which she thoroughly enjoyed. We had an ice cream dessert. Woods, in my estimation, is fantastic value for top quality European fayre, priced reasonably and affordably. This is one of the best restaurants in Co. Wicklow.

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Michael's Italian
57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin

I had lunch here last Friday with my parents, both in their 80's. It was nearly 3pm when we sat down to eat, and there were only 2 others in this small deli-cafe. The menu reads well, though there was a lack of simple sandwiches, paninis etc. Just about everything was price at between €13 and €15, far too much for post-Celtic tiger Ireland. Myself and my father had the eggs benedict, which was average. My mother had a mushroom dish, which was tasty, but the plate was overflowing with button mushrooms and oil. Coffee is charged by the cup - no free refills. I asked the owner, who was working behind the deli counter, if they had a website. "No, I hate websites - I don't need one - This place is full every day". Well, with that arrogant attitude and totally overpriced menu and average food, you would want to re-consider a lot of things.

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Black 'n Blue Grill - Closed
Church Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

This is my third time visiting Black 'N' Blue Grill, and won't be my last. We booked a table for two for 8:15pm. By then, the restaurant was filling up very quickly, and our server informed us that they are booked out every weekend, which is a very promising sign in today's economic climate. For starters I had the prawn and monkfish curry which was superb. This was made up of 2 king prawns and 2 chunks of monkfish, served on a delicate curry sauce. Very nice. My wife had buffalo mozzarella and enjoyed that. For mains, I had a 16oz T-Bone steak, which was served on a slate, with grilled vine tomatoes, and a small 'bucket' of fries. The steak was cooked to perfection (medium/rare), and delicious! My wife had a mushroom risotto which was full of flavour and equally tasty. What makes Black 'N' Blue Grill a true dining experience is the fact that a) the menu changes daily, b) the service is fantastic, c) the ambience in the restaurant is amazing and d) the prices are pocket-friendly. This is my favourite restaurant in Wicklow and is streets ahead of the rest of the local competition.

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The Yew Tree @ Chester Beatty Inn
Main Street, Ashford, Wicklow

I think my worst culinary experience of ALL time was in The Yew Tree, Ashford. I dropped in for lunch, aware that this was relatively new to Ashford. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant, yet I was left waiting for 5 minutes before I was shown to a table by one of the staff. However, the table I was sat at, was filthy. Furthermore, I wasn't handed any menus. When I eventually got the attention of the waitress, I asked her politely for a menu, and she pointed to the bar counter, and told me, "there's menus over there". Quite incredible. Had I not been hungry, and the weather being so bad outside, I would have left at this point, but I (foolishly) decided to stay. I ordered the Seafood Chowder and a Toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. The chowder was tasteless, and had bones in it. The toasted sandwich was very average, and served with a salad that was totally limp. I had a further 5 minute wait after this awful meal, to pay my meal. In this day and age, with the current recession, there is NO excuse for this. This place is not impressive, has no atmosphere, exceptionally poor service, and below par food. My advice - avoid.

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Barrys of Douglas
Douglas Cork, Douglas, Cork

Barrys of Douglas was originally just a busy pub, but over the years it has been transformed into a fine eating emporium with an amazing bar area and equally good outdoor area. On a recent business trip to Cork, I popped in for a late lunch. Being a bit of a fish lover, I had the Seafood Chowder as a starter, which was cooked to perfection - not too creamy, but full of flavour and fresh ingredients. As a main course, I had the Thai Green curry which was abundant in flavour and aroma. For a casual bar/restaurant, Barry's excels in terms of extremely efficient waiting staff, food, presentation and price. I forgot to mention that it was a Wednesday when I dined here, at 3pm, and the place was buzzing. Speaks for itself, really! A great spot. I will return.

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Ristorante Morsiani - Closed
1 Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I had read great reviews about Morsiani's, one of these fab reviews from Paulo Tullio. Myself and my wife dined here earlier this evening. The restaurant itself has never been the most atmospheric, due to its layout, so I would not be using this as a criticism. However, it was very quiet there this evening, which didn't help. The food was however, delicious. I had the veal, served in a white wine and mushroom sauce, with a portion of diced creamed potatoes on the side. We had a few drinks and shared a dessert (banoffi - yum). Bill was a tad pricey, but I would recommend Ristorante Morsiani all the same.

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Ashford House on the Weir Gastro Pub
Ashford House, Ashford, Wicklow

Myself and my wife dined at The Weir recently, and had an exceptionally pleasant dining experience. It was a Thursday night, and the place was buzzing (a good sign). Our waitor was exceptionally attentive and helpful. For starters I had the Spicy crab cake with salsa. My initial thoughts were (crab with salsa? How does that work?) but it was delicious - an amazing fusion of flavours. For mains, I had the "Ultimate Burger" (as I had heard so many rave reviews about it. Cooked exactly as ordered, this was one of the best burgers I have eaten in a long long time. My wife had the fillet steak which was equally as tender and mouthwatering. Two delicious desserts and a round of Illy americanos rounded off a fabulous meal. This is gastro dining at its best.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

What a disappointment! I have eaten here many times over the last few years, and have never had a bad experience, but this evening, I have to say, I was truly put off with the service received and lack of attention to overall customer service. Myself, my wife, our au pair and our 3 children dropped in at 6pm for a bite to eat. We sat indoors, in the back part of the restaurant. We had 3 square tables placed together - I was seated at the end table - my table was filthy. I had to ask twice for it to be cleaned. Eventually, a waitress 'mopped' it down with a filthy and very greasy cloth, resulting in a wet and greasy table, which dried into a film of dirt. Not impressed. Our food was very good, and well priced, as is the norm in the Porterhouse, and subsequent service received (albeit from a different server), was good. Towards the end of our meal, I needed to use the gents, and was not impressed with the lack of cleanliness in there. Porterhouse, sort yourselves out - I realise it is the height of the tourist season, but cleanliness is number one. Every empty/vacant table should be cleaned and polished immediately after the last guests have left. Clean up your act please - the Porterhouse is a great establishment - hope the socks are pulled up a bit, going forward.

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Penang garden
South Quay, Wicklow Town, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Ate here last night with my wife and 2 friends. For a Saturday night, the place was not very busy, but there were a few groups of girls at two other tables. The problem with this building is the acoustics - even when this was Rugantinos, the sound seems to travel badly, which is a slight irritation. Anyway, the food is delicious - menu is 95% Thai. They appeared to be doing a roaring trade on take away business whilst we were there. I had the thai fishcakes to start, followed by duck in thai red curry, which was spectacular. The 4 of us had starters, mains, desserts, 2 coffees and 3 bottles of wine - the bill came to only €170 - which in my mind, is exceptional value. The service we were receiving seemed to dwindle as the evening progressed, but either way, I will return.

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Jausna
1 Lower Mall, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Jausna used to be called Jamuna, but it re-branded itself last year. This is the only Indian restaurant in Wicklow, and it is great. I ate dinner here with my wife last Saturday, and once again, thoroughly enjoyed it. They have a new Set Meal for 2 for €45, which we chose from - choice of starter, main course (each dish served with rice / naan bread), full bottle of wine and tea/coffee. Fabulous deal. We had the meat platter to start, followed by Lamb Balti & Tandoori Makham Chicken. We usually get a take away from Jausna which is great anyway. 5 stars all around.

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Christie's
38 Main Street, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

Myself, my wife and 8 year old daughter popped in for a bite to eat last night, whilst my sons were at the local cinema. Being a Bank Holiday weekend, it was very busy, but we were seated quickly. The menu is varied to cater for all tastes, and is excellently priced. I had mushroom soup to start, which was homemade, and delicious. For mains, I had chicken goujons, which were coated in a black peppercorn seasoning, and served with chunky homemade chips and a red pepper mayo. Delicious. My wife had a large portion of potato skins, and ordered a side salad, which had sundried tomatoes, salad, croutons and parmesan shavings. My daughter, who isn't the best eater, asked for a bowl of pasta shells with ham and grated cheese, which was made specially for her. We had 2 rounds of drinks - the bill came to €44 - thoroughly impressed. Arklow doesn't have a great selection of eateries worth mentioning, at the casual level, but Christy's is the best you will get.

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The Beach House Restaurant (Bray)
The Seafront, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

My brother, who lives in California, hit the big 50 last January, and he is over in Ireland at present, with one of his daughters. We decided to have a small, surprise "belated 50th dinner" for him, and chose The Beach House. There were 11 in our party, and we arrived at 7pm. We were seated in a lovely corner of the building, with fantastic sea views - the incredible, Mediterranean warmth of the evening helped somewhat! For starters, I had the mackerel paté, which was full of flavour. My wife had the goat's cheese which she made lots of complementary sounds about, whilst eating! For mains, my wife had the lamb shank, and I had the fillet of plaice, which was delicious. My brother had the hake, which is a fish not widely available in California, and he said it was superb. We had pre-arranged a birthday cake for dessert, which was served by 3 of the fabulous team, together with ice cream and coffee. The only (slightly) unfortunate thing was the hen party that were seated beside us - the volume got louder as the evening progressed (to be expected). This was not a big deal, as we decided to have our coffees and after dinner drinks outside on the balcony. The service is 100% and I could not fault the quality and presentation of the food one little bit. The Beach House is a fabulous restaurant, a far, far cry of what this place used to be like, when trading under a different name! Thoroughly recommended!

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Bochellis (Greystones)
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I ate here last Sunday with my wife and 3 children, my 18 year old vegetarian niece from California and my 83 year old parents. Suffice to say, we had atrocious service - the waitress was far from friendly, making everything feel like a hassle for her. My vegetarian niece ordered a Caesar salad, without the bacon, and the waitress was muttering under her breath. Food was average, pizzas very limp and oily. Prices could be better. Service bad. I will return as I always give every restaurant a second chance. I hope my next experience will be better.

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D'angelo's Italian Restaurant
Main Street, Newcastle, Wicklow

I brought my wife and 3 children to d'Angelos for Mothers Day, and was more than satisfied with the outcome. Very friendly staff, lovely ambience and very good quality food, at acceptable prices. I will definitely return.

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Halpin's Bridge Cafe
Bridge Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

In these gloomy times, it can be difficult to find a café or restaurant that is buzzing with people, and vibrant in atmosphere. Since Halpin's Bridge Café opened, it seems to be like this, every day! Of all of the cafés in Wicklow Town, Halpins stands head & shoulders above the rest, in terms of quality of food, value for money, cosy atmosphere and above all, friendly and attentive staff. My favourite lunch every time is the Sweet Chilli Chicken Panini or the Caesar Salad. Delicious! And to top it all, a lovely Americano for only €2! If you haven't been to Halpins yet, you don't know what you're missing!

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Casapepe
Wicklow House, Market Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

My wife and myself went to Casapepe last Wednesday, for a bite to eat. We haven't been here in quite some time, but once again, we were not disappointed. It was quiet, being a Wednesday evening, but we had a delicious meal all the same, with very good, attentive and friendly service. The owner, has been running this place for many years now, and in my opinion, it is constantly improving. I don't understand the negative comments made by other diners - I have never had a bad experience here. Lovely ambience, cosy, and a well priced menu makes Casapepe a great spot. My only gripe, as mentioned by another previous diner, is the music - please, please turn it down a bit!!

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Hazel Hotel
Monasterevin, Monasterevin, Kildare

I popped in here for lunch today, on the way back from a business trip. Carvery lunch in the bar. The usual choices were on the menu, and I had the deep fried cod, with veg. The food was average carvery fayre - nothing special. The service was friendly and attentive. However, there was wallpaper peeling from the walls, the white tablecloth on my table was filthy, and a lot of the crockery was chipped and worn.

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TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I brought my wife and 3 kids to TGI's in Dundrum yesterday afternoon, as a treat for the kids, as they have always enjoyed past experiences here. Well, what a disappointment we had. Firstly, there were only 4 other diners in the place - not a good sign, for TGI's! The service was very poor, and we had to keep asking for service, something I had never had to do before, as the TGI service is normally gushing, to the point of being an irritating. Myself & my wife ordered from a special discounted "€15 for 2 courses menu", whilst the kids ordered from the children's menu. My starter was the potato skins, which in my opinion tasted like they had been re-heated. My wife had the wings, which she described as being only "ok". Our burgers were very mediocre, and the fries were limp. The kids were non-plussed with their food also. I paid €81 for this experience, and won't be back.

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Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

I had heard a lot of good reviews about this relatively new eatery in the Dundrum Town Centre, so popped in for lunch today. I was surprised how busy the place was, but it appears that the good reviews have spread! I had a bowl of seafood chowder to start, followed by their steak burger, both of which were delicious. Very good and attentive service. They have an outdoor seating area, also. Lovely spot, and I will definitely be returning.

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Leitrim Bar & Lounge
15 Leitrim place, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I popped down to The Leitrim for lunch today. They have a carvery set up in the main lounge, with a blackboard menu, describing all of their dishes available - usual fayre. The Leitrim is your typical country pub. I've eaten here numerous times in the past, and never have been over enamored with the staff or service. After waiting nearly 5 minutes for someone to serve me from behind the carvery counter, I ordered the Cod Goujons, with a side salad. The server disappeared into the kitchen, where it became obvious after another 5 minute wait, that these were being cooked to order. Feeling like a right plank standing there, I asked the guy on the till if I could pay for the food, and have the meal delivered to my table.....This seemed to be a bit of an issue for him, but he agreed. Another 5 minutes later, my food arrived....Goujons of Cod, and a side salad, nicely presented on a scorching hot plate. I started to eat immediately, as my lengthy delay had increased my hunger. Food was fine, nothing special, but good pub grub. The cherry on the cake, which put a smile on my face for the afternoon, was when the waitress came over to my tabel, after I had started to eat, asking me would I like gravy on my food. I ask you. Gravy.....on Goujons of Cod and a side salad!! For this reason, I would give a zero rating for the service. Unless you're starving, I would avoid.

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The Old Candle
Main Street, Newcastle, Co Wicklow, Newcastle, Wicklow

This is a little gem of an eatery, tucked away in Newcastle. I had heard fantastic reviews about it so treated the wife and myself for a night out to the Old Candle. The atmosphere is simply amazing - olde worlde charm with hundreds of candles, lighting up the dining room. They specialise in seafood - I had a crab starter followed by monkfish, which was expensive, but simply delicious. A varied wine list complements the menu. Thoroughly recommended.

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Al Mondo
Abbey Street, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Al Mondo is an independently run restaurant, located in The Grand Hotel. I have eaten here 3 times since its opening. Food is very good, typical Italian menu, lots of pizza & pasta dishes, alongside more mainstream European dishes. On Monday night, I brought my wife and my 3 children, as well as my brother and his family (who were over from California on holiday) for dinner. There were only 2 other diners in the restaurant. The food was fine, but the service we received was appalling and to be honest, non existent. The waitress who served us ignored our drink order. When the food arrived, she assumed who had ordered each dish and, without asking, plonked plates randomly in front of each diner. We had no 'quality check' (i.e. "Is everything ok?") once we began our main courses, something that really annoys me in restaurants. I complained to the manager (who I think is the owner) when we paid our bill. I will return, but if said waitress is working, I certainly won't. Overall this restaurant has potential, but restaurateurs, please, please employ competent, experienced front-of-house staff.

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Jamuna Indian Restaurant (wicklow)
1 Lower Mall Wicklow Wicklow, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

This restaurant has been renamed as JAUSNA - although it is the same owner, staff & menu. Jausna is Wicklow Town's only Indian restaurant, and whilst their take away menu is good, their sauces are very thin and liquidy, and lack something. Lunch menu is good, although menu portions are quite small. Very good service, friendly staff. I will return, in the hope that their sauces have improved, as well as their portion sizes.

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Square Steakhouse
Market Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

This is probably the best restaurant in Wicklow Town. The owner/maitre d' has been improving every facet of this eaterie over the years. Excellent value, superb food and a good. affordable wine list. Well worth a visit.

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Flanagans on the Lake
Ballina, Killaloe, Limerick

Myself and my wife spent a week in Killaloe and found Flanagans to be an excellent eaterie, with exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable staff, with a very well priced menu. The food was excellent, and I would thoroughly recommend Flanagans, be it for a cup of coffee, drink or dinner. I will return.

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