Restaurant Reviews from Steve R

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Member Since: 14 October 2011

Last Visit: 25 October 2018

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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant

Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 08th February 2017 ( visited 03rd February 2017 )

I've always enjoyed my visits to Wrights Findlater's mainly because of their well-trained staff who are always friendly and efficient, their bar and restaurant menu which offers a reasonable choice at keen prices and because of the Howth village location. Arriving on a wind-swept, dark, dank early February Friday evening, we availed of their 40 euro two main courses and a bottle of white wine for two deal. Still slumbering following the long Christmas break there was a reasonable gathering of tea-time end of week customers either lining the bar or eating at tables. My partner had the pan-roasted Fillet of Sea bass with Butternut Squash Puree, Wilted Spinach and Buttered Baby Potatoes while I had the pan-fried Hake with Gambas and Asparagus on creamy mash with a chive cream sauce. I've had the hake dish a number of times here and really like it while the sea bass was well cooked and complimented by the squash puree and spinach. An enjoyable early evening sojourn and we'll be back.
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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant

Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Average
163 reviews

Reviewed 08th February 2017 ( visited 03rd February 2017 )

I've always enjoyed my visits to Wrights Findlater's mainly because of their well-trained staff who are always friendly and efficient, their bar and restaurant menu which offers a reasonable choice at keen prices and because of the Howth village location. Arriving on a wind-swept, dark, dank early February Friday evening, we availed of their 40 euro two main courses and a bottle of white wine for two deal. Still slumbering following the long Christmas break there was a reasonable gathering of tea-time end of week customers either lining the bar or eating at tables. My partner had the pan-roasted Fillet of Sea bass with Butternut Squash Puree, Wilted Spinach and Buttered Baby Potatoes while I had the pan-fried Hake with Gambas and Asparagus on creamy mash with a chive cream sauce. I've had the hake dish a number of times here and really like it while the sea bass was well cooked and complimented by the squash puree and spinach. An enjoyable early evening sojourn and we'll be back.
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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

I've always enjoyed my visits to Wrights Findlater's mainly because of their well-trained staff who are always friendly and efficient, their bar and restaurant menu which offers a reasonable choice at keen prices and because of the Howth village location. Arriving on a wind-swept, dark, dank early February Friday evening, we availed of their 40 euro two main courses and a bottle of white wine for two deal. Still slumbering following the long Christmas break there was a reasonable gathering of tea-time end of week customers either lining the bar or eating at tables. My partner had the pan-roasted Fillet of Sea bass with Butternut Squash Puree, Wilted Spinach and Buttered Baby Potatoes while I had the pan-fried Hake with Gambas and Asparagus on creamy mash with a chive cream sauce. I've had the hake dish a number of times here and really like it while the sea bass was well cooked and complimented by the squash puree and spinach. An enjoyable early evening sojourn and we'll be back.

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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Arrived here early Saturday evening on a extremely wind-swept dark November night. Quick drink in the bar before ascending upstairs to the restaurant - quiet on arriving but doing a brisk trade by the time we left. We were on a impressive voucher deal - 55 euros for a 3 course with bottle of wine for two. The staff are young but are impressively well-trained, efficient and friendly. I plumped for the duck liver pate with red onion jam, brioche and salad leaves for starter and my wife chose the pear and walnut salad. The starters were well presented, reasonably sized and enjoyable without being in any way sensational but they were good. For mains we had sirloin, chunky chips and spinach and Hake with Grilled Gambas, Mash, Asparagus, Chive Beurre Blanc. The steak had great flavour and the chunky chips were damned good while my Hake dish was impressively cooked and really hit the right balance. There was not enough room for two deserts so we shared an Apple and Cinnamon Crumble - This was all washed down with a standard Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. We left the restaurant around 8.00 pm for a stroll along the pier before returning home - By then the restaurant was humming along nicely. This is not great food but it is very good food and reasonably priced served up by a young but friendly and impressive staff. The elevated dining room also has fine views across the harbour - we will definitely be returning.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I dropped into La Mere Zou on a two-for- one lunch voucher a couple of months ago. LmZ is located in a basement in a prime location on St Stephen’s Green near Kildare Street. I arrived sans partner and was dining alone. I was given a warm welcome by Gosia , seated and was informed that, as my partner could not make it, maybe I would like a glass of wine or two on the house. I gratefully accepted the offer of a glass of wine (two glasses might be overdoing it at lunchtime!), was provided with freshly baked breads and butter. I ordered the Toulouse sausage starter – full of robust flavor, followed by the Hake and Chorizo mains which worked perfectly with a light red wine and finished with the lemon posset. The service was efficient and friendly and the food was divine. The LmZ team are impressive, they know their business from front of house to the kitchen. I’ll definitely be back. Highly recommended. I’ll definitely be back for an evening meal.

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Restaurant @ Renvyle House Hotel
Renvyle, Connemara, Galway

If you stay over your breakfast is cooked to order – Connemara Full Irish, Poached Eggs Benedict, Cleggan Plaice with Hollandaise all served with juices, hot tea, coffee, fresh breads and pastries - top class breakfast cooked to a high standard and plentiful. On my first visit here I had a starter of crispy crab cakes served with a cucumber and melon salsa on a red pepper relish – deliciously balanced flavours - and the salsa includes mint, coriander, lime juice and minced mild chilli pepper. This was followed with roast rack of Connemara lamb served with herb crust, black pudding stuffing and red onion marmalade. For those who enjoy fish there is fillet of brill served with pea risotto and dill butter sauce or John Dory with braised fennel and dulse cream. Dinner is a five course affair of starter, soup, main course, desert and coffee. Excellent and highly recommended.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I've been coming to Roly's now for the last three or four years. There's always a good atmosphere - it's busy, busy, chatter, chatter - all effected with military-like precision. This precision is carried out in a friendly informal Irish way and that takes good training. On Friday we arrived for lunch at 2.00 pm and it was obvious from the off, that the restaurant was extremely busy. Greeted inside the door by the booking desk, coats taken and escorted upstairs to our table- it was ten minutes before our order including wine and water was taken. Twenty minutes our first course arrived with one big exception - we had still not received a glass of water or our wine. It was unprecedented poor service. The starters were immediately sent back - and the poor service communicated in no uncertain terms. It was an unfortunate breakdown - something we had never experienced at Roly’s before. However the maître d, Khan (spelling?) came to our rescue – the water and wine arrived immediately and a quieter corner table was arranged. Roly’s usual order and service was restored. And the food - interestingly, the food was good, but not great – main courses of chicken with a black stuffing and roast pork with a basil stuffing on a calvados jus were so-so - the real star of the lunch was the blueberry and almond tart served with wild berries and ice cream – with a hot coffee on the side – sublime! I hope they they keep it on the menu - delicious.. Khan then offered us a drink on the house but we graciously declines – being a lunchtime meal etc... It was a poor start but it was rescued by Khan and the team – who realizing their mistake – went out of their way during a very busy service period to rectify the situation and they did it admirably. So thank you to the team. We’ll definitely be back.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We had been meaning to visit Le Bon Crubeen for a while having received the nod from an acquaintance that the food was good. We were booked for Saturday evening (7.30 pm) on a Menupages deal (45 euros for 3 courses for two). On arrival, we were greeted courteously, uncoated, seated, watered and menued -quickly but without fuss. The interior is very practical and furniture desiged for wear - the real feature of the restaurant is the back-lighted long bar. Next time and there will definitely be a next time, I fancy a drink at the bar before dining. Our starters were Black Pudding and Apple Tartin with Crispy Leeks, Herb Oil and I had the Crab Salad with Grapefruit and Baby Gem - both starters were substantial, well presented.plates of food. My only gripe was that the Baby Gem was Cos Lettuce - a salad leaf I don't think I have eaten since the 90s. It was refreshing nontheless. My wife ordered Beer Battered Fresh Haddock, Pea Puree, Chunky Chips, Tartar Sauce - a substantial dish and beautifully cooked - breaking into the batter to release steam and a delicately cooked fish. I ordered pink Rump of Lamb served on a bed of Ratatouille with Gratin Daphinoise on the side - again the lamb wastasty and perfectly cooked. As the starter and main courses were substantial, we ordered just one desert - a Lime and Lemon Posset which was light and tangy - just the right tartness to clear the palate. We enjoyed a light Argentinian Malbec (26 euros).. All told, we were presently surprised with the ambience, service and the quality of food certainly matched the recommendation. Looking forward to returning.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Baan Thai is situated upstairs at 16 Merrion Road (next door to Mary Macs pub) in Ballsbridge directly opposite the Ballsbridge-Anglesea Road intersection. It’s a small entrance up a flight of stairs and is tightly spaced but on two floors. I've been coming here for a few years now and the food, while not purely authentic Thai (for example, surprisingly, there is no Son Tam or Papaya Salad, it is well tweaked for Irish/European tastes similar to most Dublin Thai restaurants with a reasonably good choice of fish and seafood. We used to start with their Ruam Combo - an assortment of 6 appetisers - chicken pandan, fried wontons, chicken satay, fried pork toast, wrapped prawns and spring rolls (€9 each) but it is a bit on the heavy calorie side. At this sitting we ordered a starter of Toong Tong - minced prawn and chicken wontons – and a worthy pleasant light amuse bouche-style entrée before mains. The wine list provides some good wines at comparatively keen prices. We chose a Santa Rita Medalla Real Sauvignon Blanc and for mains a Ped Pad Pet (Duck Red Curry), a Larb Gai (Minced Chicken Spicy Salad),and a Yum Neur Yarng (Beef Spicy Salad) and a Kao Suay (Jasmine rice). The service is friendly and efficient and the food is of a consistent quality and keenly priced. Our food and wine bill came to €75.00. I'd advise advance booking.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

I liked this restaurant on a first visit - its a local, neighbourly even, family friendly, bistro-style restaurant just across from the Wooden Bridge in Clontarf. On a wind-swept cold February Friday evening we were met by friendly but attentive staff into a warm and cosy atmosphere - couples, familes, mothers and daughters all dining. I tried the chicken wings (€7.95) in a chlli and lemon sauce with blue cheese dip on the side - a house speciality. They were damned tasty and there was plenty of 'em. My partner had the chicken liver paté which was good but nothing spectacular. For mains Confit of Duck Leg (€18) with Puy Lentils, Cabbage & Pancetta - tasty but could have done with a sweet jus to offset the savoury flavours. The roast cod (€18)was delicious and was served on a butter-laden creamy mash. Pear and Frangipane Tart with cream was served hot and hit the spot. The meal was washed down with a bottle of Argentinian Budini Malbec which, at €23 was extremely reasonable, well balanced and fruity. If you are not an overly-adventurous eater but like well - portioned good grub served with a friendly smile, then check out Ten Fourteen

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