Restaurant Reviews from Silver Fox

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52.5%

County: Waterford

No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 16 April 2009

Last Visit: 20 August 2009

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Aldridge Lodge restaurant

Duncannon, New Ross, Duncannon, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Great
16 reviews

Reviewed 16th April 2009 ( visited 03rd January 2009 )

Well deserved five stars. My wife & I stayed overnight, way back in january. Our greeting on arrival was very friendly, the standard of our bedroom was simple, but tasteful & comfortable. We began our meal with mis-en-bouche & an aperitif in the cosy bar area. The restaurant ( which makes up most of the ground floor ) is surprisingly spacious & modern in design. Delicious breads, followed by a superb dinner, served by obviously happy & enthusiastic staff. A good quality wine list, with an excellent NZ pinot noir. Breakfast the next morning was just as memorable. All the best quality local ingredients, and a delicious fruit salad with a yoghurt compote. I would note that as the building is a dormer bungalow, the bedroom was pretty cold when we went upstairs after dinner (late!). I asked for an extra blanket, which I got & 10 mins later the heating was back on. This reflected the overall attention to guest satisfaction, which is admirable. The food is exceptional, and seems to be locally sourced where possible. I have no doubt that if Aldridge Lodge was in county Cork, ith could triple it's prices & still pack them in, so much the better it's in a lovely quiet spot, just over the river from waterford. Highly reccommended.
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Out Of The Blue Bistro restaurant

Ballinatray, Courtown, Courtown, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Average
15 reviews

Reviewed 18th May 2009 ( visited 16th May 2009 )

Good option for couples or families. A group of friends & I have visited a couple of times over the past 2 years, while staying in Courtown for the weekend. Both years we have eaten dinner on saturday night, when we have found the food to be excellent, particularly the seafood, and the service attentive & friendly. Earlier reviews regarding the decor, I would feel to be unfair, as I feel that it creates a relaxed evening dining experience, which is in keeping with the whole feeling of the town. Both years we have returned the following day for sunday lunch (with children), and although the restaurant succesfully acheives a more "family friendly" environment, the quality of the food does not suffer. We have found the sunday lunch to be excellent, and good value. My pan fried plaice was superb, with plenty of really fresh vegetables, and the childs fish goujons & chips were homemade & terrific. In summary, I think this restaurant offers good quality food at a reasonable price, and knows it's market. We will be back next year!
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Azzurro
Dunmore East, Dunmore East, Waterford

Good value with good service. We brought the family for an early dinner and ate from the value dinner menu (5-7pm). The menu is a set 3 courses plus coffee for €24.50, which seems a little over the average price for early bird fayre, but the quality of the food means the value is there. Herself started with fishcakes, which she lapped up, while I opted for a simple tomato & buffallo mozzerella salad, which was as good as any i've ever had ( quality tomatoes & a really good balsamic reduction ). We both had the Cod for mains, which was very generous in portion size, and seved with deliciously garlicy crushed potatoes. To finish, she had profiteroles & I had a very rich but surprisingly light chocolate brownie, served with a delicious warm custard. Yum! The kids were very happy with a better than average pasta dish, and there were other families around, which took off the pressure! Friendly and efficient service and very nice atmosphere all meant a very enjoyable couple of hours. Will be back!

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Prego
18 Henry Street, Kenmare, Kerry

Don't bother. We brought in our 2 kids for an early dinner whilst on hols in kenmare. I had the risotto with " spicy sausage " which was awful, and clearly par-cooked, as it was served less than 10 minuites after ordering. Arborio risotto rice takes a minimum of 18 minuites to cook... My wife's pasta dish obviously got the same treatment, and was utterly bland. Even the kids turned their noses up at their dinner - remarkable! Our white wine was way to warm, although the waitress in her favour, offered to keep it in the fridge. Really very poor, and a real pity, as the location is great, and there is a terrific garden area to the rear that is going to ruin, but under the right management could clean up in the summer months.

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The Lime Tree Restaurant (Kerry)
Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Kerry

A lovely dining experience. My family spent a glorious week in kenmare a couple of weeks ago, and my wife & I had one night out ( without kids! ), and chose the lime tree, which is a big decision in Kenmare considering the choice! My wife started with the bruschetta, which was simple & very tasty, a perfect bruschetta. I opted for the smoked salmon spring roll, which I felt didn't quite work.The combination of the hot filo pastry with warm smoked salmon wasn't great, although perfectly palateable. For mains, herself adored perfectly cooked cod, and my pork was sublime, paired with red cabbage & potato rosti. We shared some simple ice cream to cleanse the palate to finish, although the other desserts were very tempting. I also had a delicious glass of dessert wine. What did sour my evening a little was my pet gripe - charging for vegetables & potato. I hate it. In fairness, it was clearly marked on the menu, & it was a reasonable charge of €3.50 for a portion for 2, but it just drives me mad. We Irish need our spuds, and i walked out thinking four and a half stars, instead of five...

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Out Of The Blue Bistro
Ballinatray, Courtown, Courtown, Wexford

Good option for couples or families. A group of friends & I have visited a couple of times over the past 2 years, while staying in Courtown for the weekend. Both years we have eaten dinner on saturday night, when we have found the food to be excellent, particularly the seafood, and the service attentive & friendly. Earlier reviews regarding the decor, I would feel to be unfair, as I feel that it creates a relaxed evening dining experience, which is in keeping with the whole feeling of the town. Both years we have returned the following day for sunday lunch (with children), and although the restaurant succesfully acheives a more "family friendly" environment, the quality of the food does not suffer. We have found the sunday lunch to be excellent, and good value. My pan fried plaice was superb, with plenty of really fresh vegetables, and the childs fish goujons & chips were homemade & terrific. In summary, I think this restaurant offers good quality food at a reasonable price, and knows it's market. We will be back next year!

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The Mill Steakhouse
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, Waterford

My family & I were passing dungarvan and were looking for a family friendly place to stop for dinner. The restaurant is easy to find - down by the quay, and we were well looked after. The floor staff were quick, friendly & understanding of the needs of a young family - cranky kids etc. The food was quick, nicely presented with excellent portion sizes (early bird). Our son had the kids menu, which at €9.95 initially seemed expensive, but turned out to be well worth it, as he got a juice drink & huge dinner. Far better value than some of the other rip-off kids menu's out there. Comfortable surroundings & dead handy. Will be back again.

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

Classic bistro cooking with authentic feel. Friends & I had a lovely meal and a really, relaxed, enjoyable evening here. There are plenty of different options to choose from, as previously mentioned, the early bird is good value at €20, plus a glass of wine. The portions are on the small side, but then what would you expect for that price? A good option. My partner and I shared the set meal option for €65. This covers the majority of ala carte options, also three courses (good portion sizes), and a bottle of house wine. This is terrific value, is available all night, but not fri & sat. Also, there is a max of 4 people on any one table. Highlights of the meal were the bourgignon, classic bistro cooking at its simplest and best; the duck cassoulet and the pear creme brulee. Call me traditional, but I do like to know what I'm drinking. The house white is some kind of sauvignon, but when I asked what it was (as it's served in label-less bottles), I was told "its a sauvignon - its nice"! The list just says house wine, and for €22 a bottle, you'd like to know a little more. It was nice though...

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Aldridge Lodge
Duncannon, New Ross, Duncannon, Wexford

Well deserved five stars. My wife & I stayed overnight, way back in january. Our greeting on arrival was very friendly, the standard of our bedroom was simple, but tasteful & comfortable. We began our meal with mis-en-bouche & an aperitif in the cosy bar area. The restaurant ( which makes up most of the ground floor ) is surprisingly spacious & modern in design. Delicious breads, followed by a superb dinner, served by obviously happy & enthusiastic staff. A good quality wine list, with an excellent NZ pinot noir. Breakfast the next morning was just as memorable. All the best quality local ingredients, and a delicious fruit salad with a yoghurt compote. I would note that as the building is a dormer bungalow, the bedroom was pretty cold when we went upstairs after dinner (late!). I asked for an extra blanket, which I got & 10 mins later the heating was back on. This reflected the overall attention to guest satisfaction, which is admirable. The food is exceptional, and seems to be locally sourced where possible. I have no doubt that if Aldridge Lodge was in county Cork, ith could triple it's prices & still pack them in, so much the better it's in a lovely quiet spot, just over the river from waterford. Highly reccommended.

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