Restaurant Reviews from The_Beetons

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52.5%

County: Meath

No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 03 June 2008

Last Visit: 01 April 2010

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Zest Cafe restaurant

Unit 6/7, Clane Shopping Centre, Clane, Kildare

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
47 reviews

Reviewed 18th September 2009 ( visited 15th September 2009 )

We came across this café bar by accident after a visit to the dentists in Clane Hospital. We were looking for somewhere to eat lunch and this was conveniently located next to the central car park, so not expecting much we decided to give it a whirl. WOW! Hurrah for Zest - a café bar that gets it all RIGHT! The restaurant itself is beautifully clean, fresh and modern with an airy continental feeling. Like a Paris café. The waiting staff, in spite of being busy to the point of run of their feet, had everything well under control and the flow of the meals was timely, but at no point did you feel harrassed by them. They were mannerly, prompt, and anticipated our needs well. The food is utterly delectable. I ate the Penne Arrabiata, which the kitchen kindly adapted without fuss to remove the chili so that my young daughter could eat a portion of it, and it was delicious. For dessert I had the Pear and Almond Tart with cream. I just don’t know how to recommend this highly enough - like heaven on a plate! Seriously the best one I have ever eaten, and I have eaten many! My partner said his food was equally fresh and fabulous - he had the Home Made Vegetable Soup, the Crab Cakes and the Chocolate Cake dessert. We cannot recommend this place highly enough, it was excellent and we will certainly be eating there again. We might not even wait for our next scale and polish!!
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Caffrey's of Batterstown restaurant

Batterstown, Dunboyne, Meath

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
36 reviews

Reviewed 06th March 2009 ( visited 01st March 2009 )

This is a nicely decorated pub with a hint of grandeur lent by the objects and good furniture. Very gloomy and dark, which I like, but wouldn't suit everyone. The waiting staff are better than you would expect in a venue of this type and make you feel very welcome and are very professional. The food of all of my companions drew appreciative remarks - but as the only vegetarian, as usual I had a less than tremendous experience. I did not fancy wok fried vegetables or pesto gnocchi for Sunday lunch - I fancied something more along the lines of my companions, but that option wasn't possible. I ordered two starters - the deep fried brie and tomato and mozzarella salad. They were both good - the brie was in too large a piece so the centre was cold, not hot and melting like the rest. The mozzarella was delicious, but let down by over large, mealy tomatoes. Would have been better to stick to smaller, more flavourful tomatoes, since in a dish of this simplicity the quality of the individual components is paramount. I would really like it if they gave a 'roast dinner' option for the vegetarian - either a nut roast or a quorn cutlet - so that one could eat the sunday lunch at the same pace as one's carnivorous companions. Finally, the lavatories are nicely appointed and clean. My only complaint as someone with a small baby is that there was no changing table provided and I had to kneel on the floor with my baby to change her, inconveniencing both her and the other customers. Something to consider, please. All in all a good experience, and I would recommend it for a leisurely meal.
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Il Meletto
Main Street, Dunboyne, Meath

Visited this local restaurant for the first time last Friday lunchtime. We had noticed it had opened some time ago but had not got around to paying it a visit, something we now regret! It has to be said that this restaurant has a serious ‘kerbside appeal’ problem. It is located above a row of shops and is accessed up a fairly vertiginous staircase and doesn’t do much to entice you in. However, once up the stairs you enter a surprisingly huge space, simply decorated in a rustic italian style. You could not criticise the welcome we received. We were the only diners, but the chef and staff paid us the utmost attention, describing each speciality dish and why it was unique to the chef’s home region. He even went to the trouble of bringing us a book on the region so we could see the origin of the dishes. I had a simple salad with a delicious dressing, followed by ricotta and spinach canneloni. My fellow Beeton had mussels (which as a dedicated mussel eater he described as THE BEST HE HAD EVER HAD) followed by salmon dish of the day. All the food was piping hot, fresh and delicious. The dessert, chef’s own special take on tiramisu was wonderful too. We had such a wonderful lunch that we returned again with the kids again on Sunday, and I could see this becoming a regular haunt. For good, wholesome well cooked food and a genuine welcome I could not recommend Il Meletto highly enough.

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Greene's Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare

This is a hidden diamond! We ate lunch here today - it was the best meal I have eaten since I moved to Ireland from London 2.5 years ago. We shared the dipping platter, which was divine - warm home made herbed breadsticks and freshly made dips, each thoroughly moreish. For main, I ate the goats cheese and cherry tomato tart. This was transcendentally delicious. I was honestly moved to tears! It was like being in a French market. The crust was crisp, the cheese soft and tangy, the tomatoes fruity and sweet. The matchstick fries and salad were crisp and hot and delicious. My partner had a medium rib eye which he described as fabulous. Desserts were both exquisite. The NY style raspberry and white choc cheesecake had an artistic garnish of coulis hearts which was simply beautiful. I had the hazelnut pavlova which was mouthwatering. Even the coffees were divine. The decor is restrained and elegant, yet pleasantly relaxed. We will definitely be back!

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Zest Cafe
Unit 6/7, Clane Shopping Centre, Clane, Kildare

We came across this café bar by accident after a visit to the dentists in Clane Hospital. We were looking for somewhere to eat lunch and this was conveniently located next to the central car park, so not expecting much we decided to give it a whirl. WOW! Hurrah for Zest - a café bar that gets it all RIGHT! The restaurant itself is beautifully clean, fresh and modern with an airy continental feeling. Like a Paris café. The waiting staff, in spite of being busy to the point of run of their feet, had everything well under control and the flow of the meals was timely, but at no point did you feel harrassed by them. They were mannerly, prompt, and anticipated our needs well. The food is utterly delectable. I ate the Penne Arrabiata, which the kitchen kindly adapted without fuss to remove the chili so that my young daughter could eat a portion of it, and it was delicious. For dessert I had the Pear and Almond Tart with cream. I just don’t know how to recommend this highly enough - like heaven on a plate! Seriously the best one I have ever eaten, and I have eaten many! My partner said his food was equally fresh and fabulous - he had the Home Made Vegetable Soup, the Crab Cakes and the Chocolate Cake dessert. We cannot recommend this place highly enough, it was excellent and we will certainly be eating there again. We might not even wait for our next scale and polish!!

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Stone Haven Restaurant
Mill Street, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare

We came for a celebratory meal. On entry there was a nice cosy atmosphere with candles and fairy lights but there was a peculiar damp carpet smell. We were led past several perfectly good empty tables for two, to one at the rear of the restaurant next to a woodburning stove with a dusty garland over it, and were given place settings at right angles to each other. We were adjacent to a party of 6 or so including a child and opposite a set of utility shelves, so that our view was of about 20 packs of Benders brand serviettes, a dishcloth and a trigger bottle of detergent. Not terribly romantic! No one took our coats or showed us where to hang them. We waited a long time for the starter, but not so much as a crust of bread was offered to keep us going. I had the deep fried Brie and it was horrible. It tasted faintly of correction fluid thinners. It was in a watery liquid (not a coulis) which just made it soggy. I didn't feel I could complain since I was so famished now that I ate the lot and almost ate the plate too. The Coke seemed over dilute and had a taint to the taste. I was really looking forward to the vegetarian fajita, but when it arrived it comprised of packet tortillas, a DIY filling of al dente (practically raw) capsicums, carrots, onions, the odd sugar snap pea and two florets of broccoli in spicy gravy. The dips were in thimblefuls, and the salad looked very sorry for itself indeed. Worst of all, the rim of the plate was dirty. I couldn’t eat more than a mouthful of it, but the waiting staff didn’t ask why. We couldn’t face dessert. It is a shame since the venue is nice, and the waiting staff were well mannered. It was entirely let down by the food. On balance: my partner felt that his dinner was acceptable, if not brilliant, so perhaps I was particularly unlucky with my choices? Sadly I won’t be going back to find out. Entry via steep steps, so be careful - my partner tripped up the steps as we left.

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Caffrey's of Batterstown
Batterstown, Dunboyne, Meath

This is a nicely decorated pub with a hint of grandeur lent by the objects and good furniture. Very gloomy and dark, which I like, but wouldn't suit everyone. The waiting staff are better than you would expect in a venue of this type and make you feel very welcome and are very professional. The food of all of my companions drew appreciative remarks - but as the only vegetarian, as usual I had a less than tremendous experience. I did not fancy wok fried vegetables or pesto gnocchi for Sunday lunch - I fancied something more along the lines of my companions, but that option wasn't possible. I ordered two starters - the deep fried brie and tomato and mozzarella salad. They were both good - the brie was in too large a piece so the centre was cold, not hot and melting like the rest. The mozzarella was delicious, but let down by over large, mealy tomatoes. Would have been better to stick to smaller, more flavourful tomatoes, since in a dish of this simplicity the quality of the individual components is paramount. I would really like it if they gave a 'roast dinner' option for the vegetarian - either a nut roast or a quorn cutlet - so that one could eat the sunday lunch at the same pace as one's carnivorous companions. Finally, the lavatories are nicely appointed and clean. My only complaint as someone with a small baby is that there was no changing table provided and I had to kneel on the floor with my baby to change her, inconveniencing both her and the other customers. Something to consider, please. All in all a good experience, and I would recommend it for a leisurely meal.

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The Mint Leaf (Dunboyne)
Summerhill Road, Dunboyne, Meath

This cafe has potential to be very good but has some problems which could be addressed. The obscured glass make it quite unapproachable from the outside - changing these would probably double their business - because if you could see in from the road you might be enticed by the clean atmosphere and pleasant art on the walls. The food is good - well prepared on the whole (although I have had two very undercooked baked potatoes here) and quite quirky - and in a way, this quirkiness is its downfall. The more simple dishes where they concentrate on flavour and presentation fare better than those where they try to be unusual with a sauce or side and gild the lily. Having said that, the staff are very accommodating and nice - and try their best to alter dishes to your taste if you request it.

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Da Panza Restaurant
1 Yeats Centre, Dunboyne, Meath

Have eaten here many times and on the whole have found it reasonable good value with a pleasant atmosphere. Our major complaint would be the never-changing menu (it's been the same for over two years) and restricted options available for vegetarian diners. If they could just adjust the menu from time to time and expand it to include more vegetarian alternatives, this restaurant could rate much higher. On the plus side, the crab claw starter and the half duck in orange are very good, and for vegetarians, I really recommend the Salad Caprese and Stuffed Aubergine - which comes as a starter but makes a nice main course.

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