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Wicklow Heather restaurant

Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

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96 reviews

Reviewed 02nd October 2013 ( visited 31st August 2013 )

I eat here once a year or so and have NEVER had a bad meal. It's almost buzzing which is always a good sign. The garlic potatoes alone are worth a visit.
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Wicklow Heather restaurant

Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
European

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96 reviews

Reviewed 02nd October 2013 ( visited 31st August 2013 )

I eat here once a year or so and have NEVER had a bad meal. It's almost buzzing which is always a good sign. The garlic potatoes alone are worth a visit.
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Conall Cearnach Restaurant @ Slieve Russel Hotel
Church Street, Ballyconnell, Cavan

Two of us enjoyed a great meal here. Our starters of smoked salmon and prawns were delicious and we would strongly recommend the sea bass. My dessert of pavlova roulade was okay but not up to the same standard as the rest of the meal - I felt it might have been sitting around a little too long. There were no complaints about the strawberry and apple crumble. Overall, a very pleasant experience if a little on the expensive side.

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Excelsior Oriental Restaurant (Rathfarnham)
106 Nutgrove Avenue, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

We purchased two menupages tapas vouchers and were not disappointed. It is a great idea and each of the 12 dishes we tried was a little treat. Service was fantastic yet not obtrusive. We were a little sad that the restaurant was so empty on the Thursday we visited - it doesn't deserve to be. Great value and highly recommended.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I was amazed to find the place so busy on a Thursday night. We had booked at short notice for 7.30 pm. I hadn't realised we would have to eat on the second floor and this did present some difficuties for one of our group who has difficulty with stairs. However, I got the impression from the manager that he would have ensured a downstairs table if we had told him beforehand! Two of the group used the great value menu pages voucher and the third ate off the set menu (which is short on the steak). The fillet steak with blue cheese was fantastic. Sadly the desserts we wanted were all sold out. Will definitely be back.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Restaurant was very quiet at 7 pm on a weekday night but got a little busier later. We were asked if we had a voucher (we didn't) but were still happy with the value we received. Food was great and service was too. Would be happy to return.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Restaurant was very quiet at 7 pm on a weekday night but got a little busier later. We were asked if we had a voucher (we didn't) but were still happy with the value we received. Food was great and servicee was too.

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

I eat here once a year or so and have NEVER had a bad meal. It's almost buzzing which is always a good sign. The garlic potatoes alone are worth a visit.

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant
First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Coudn't fault the food but would have liked to have the jug of water left on the table rather than having to catch the waiter's eye each time. Only a small thing though and would be very happy to go back. Value very good particularly with Dealrush voucher.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

I came here for lunch with my aunt. I had the chowder which was delicious (although another slice of brown bread wouldn't have gone amiss). She had the goats cheese tartlet which was fine but on the small side and definitely not worth the price of almost €9. Desserts were unexciting. I have had better cheaper meals elsewhere.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This was our second visit to this restaurant and it was much busier even if it was 7 pm mid week. It is a very large space. My partner had enjoyed the spicy chicken wings so much the last time that he ordered them again while I had the Cashel Blue tartlet. Both good choices this time too. He thought his chicken was delicious but was not so keen on the accompanying polenta. My hake was excellent. I felt the choice of sides on the early bird menu was too limited. We shared a warm brownie to finish - nothing out of the ordinary - it was a pity that the swiss chocolate dessert we had the previous time was not on the menu as it was far superior and very good value.

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Yo Thai (Mount Merrion)
Kielys Of Mount Merrion, Deerpark Road, South Co. Dublin, Mount Merrion, Dublin

We had a very nice meal here even if the restaurant was a bit quiet. To start we shared the aromatic lamb on the all night Mon-Thurs (early bird) menu - I would recommend it. Mains were Cantonese duck and Prawns Tom Yum - two good portions which we found hard to finish. It is not cheap but we enjoyed the meal.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We went here on a deal purchased before Christmas. The table d'hote menu was a bit limited. We both tried the steak and had no complaints - it was delicious even if there was a €3 supplement. The house wine was not great but the red was judged better than the white. Desserts were good. We will return.

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Shanai Indian Cuisine
Old Bray Road, South Dublin, Cabinteely, Dublin

Our large party enjoyed the great offer which allows you to pick any starter under €7, main course under €15 and tea/coffee for the special price of €17. Desserts were well priced too.There is a huge choice on the menu. Service was cheerful and attentive. All the food was excellent - I would particularly recommend the biryani rice. Well worth a visit (or even two)!

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Vaughan's Eatery
105/107 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Terenure, Dublin

Great choice on the menu and well priced too. I recommend the carrot and orange soup with Guinness bread if you are hungry. We also tried the grilled goats cheese and the wild rocket salad - both delicious. Service was excellent until a party of 12 came in which clearly had an impact on the waitress. Nevertheless, I would be happy to return.

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Paparazzi
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin

We had lunch here and found it both delicious and excellent value. I had the haddock and chips while my dining partner had the chicken. Stongly recommend if you want simple tasty food at a good price.

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Paddy Jordan's
Station Road, Ballina, Mayo

Decided to see if the experience I had on my last visit would be repeated and it was. The food and service were just as good - the mix of Indian and Irish food is great. The only problem was that I had no room for dessert after sampling the delicious home made soup and the roganjosh. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Ballina.

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Brunel Restaurant
Tinakilly Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Rathnew, Rathnew, Wicklow

Lovely surroundings and the open fires were gorgeous. We had lunch here and really enjoyed it. I started with potato and leek soup, had chicken Kiev for main course and finished with a creme brulee (a little fridge cold but still good). Two others tried the cod (small portion) and the sirlon of beef (huge piece) and declared themselves happy too. We would certainly come again.

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Paddy Jordan's
Station Road, Ballina, Mayo

We had a lovely meal here - trying both the early bird and the value menu. Portions were huge and all the food was delicious. We sampled the chicken shashlik, tempura prawns, the lasagne and the catch of the day, finishing with a terrific dhocloate brownie. I would highly recommend a visit.

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

We were amazed that the place was so busy for a mid-week evening at the end of September and were glad we had booked. As ever we had a great meal. My starter of a Gorgonzola tartlet was delicious as was my partner's venison sausage (the only complaint was that the portion of sausage was too small). We took the Barbary Duck and the Hake for main courses - both good. Creme brulee for dessert was pronounced excellent but I thought my banoffee pie was short on pie and top heavy with cream to compensate. It may just have been a result of having an unexpectedly busy evening. We' re more than happy to return to check.

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22 Bar & Restaurant (Castleknock Hotel)
Castleknock Hotel Porterstown Road, Dublin 15, Castleknock, Dublin

This is a really nice hotel but the food was quite average. I had the supreme of chicken for dinner and it was really tasty .However, my cheesecake for dessert could have had more flavour. Dinnner was somewhat expensive but the accommodation was a great deal. Overall worth trying.

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

The best thing about our visit was the service which was really friendly, prompt and obliging. But our pizzas were good too. However, be careful of the Etna - it was too hot for my taste but my son loved it. The Diavolo was hot too but not in the same league. Desserts were fine but nothing out of the ordinary. If you can get a table downstairs you can look out on a very pleasant green space. The prices are high for what you get but they always seem to have a special offer which makes it more affordable. I'll be happy to return when I have a voucher to use.

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Yo Thai (Mount Merrion)
Kielys Of Mount Merrion, Deerpark Road, South Co. Dublin, Mount Merrion, Dublin

I hadn't eaten here for quite some years as previous experiences had been mediocre. However, our early bird meal this evening was fine. Several of the group had the tempura prawns to start and pronounced them delicious. Main courses ranged from honey duck to green curry to various wok dishes and all were well presented and tasty. Desserts were of the laminated menu type and we decided to pass ending our meal instead with the tea/coffee included in the early bird menu. Not a place for a special occasion but fine for a mid week meal out.

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The Bistro Enniskerry
Powerscourt Arms Country House, Enniskerry, Wicklow

We really enjoyed our first visit to the Bistro so returned the following week. The scallops were wonderful as were our Surf and Turf main courses.We tried both the chips and the potato wedges and to my mind the wedges were the star but really there was no fault to be found with the chips either. White and dark chocolate mousse and strawberry brulee with delicious homebaked biscuits completed a great meal. The restaurant was busy and the lone waiter had his work cut out to keep on top of everything but managed very well. Well done to all for a great meal.

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Byrne & Woods
Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, Roundwood, Wicklow

Two of us had Sunday lunch here recently. We both went for the fishy options - starting with the fish cakes and having the haddock and leek tartlet for mains. The flavours were good but we felt the portions could have been bigger. The accompanying rocket salad was a little on the tough side. Prices could have equally well applied to the dinner menu - in other words not cheap. Our considered opinion is that there is better value to be had elsewhere in the locality.

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The Forge Restaurant
Potteragh, Carnaross, Kells, Meath

Once you manage to find this restaurant (the directions on its own website are rather misleading and, at the time of our visit, the link to the map was gone) you should have an enjoyable experience. We finally started our meal almost an hour later than intended as 3 of our 4 cars had got lost on their way from Dublin while looking for 'the last roundabout for Cavan on the M3' - the 4th took the road from Carnaross without incident. The set dinner has a large number of choices and is definitely the best value. Potato skins were a special on the menu and were pronounced delicious by all; I had the chicken and avocado but thought that the flavours would have been improved if the dish was less chilled. Pork stuffed with black pudding was a popular main and pronounced very good while my hake with tomato crumble was excellent.There is an great choice of desserts -our party was happy with them all. We were all agreed that we would be happy to return - now that we know how to get there!

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Wilde & Green
St. Anns, Milltown Road, Milltown, Dublin

I went here with my mother for lunch. Even at 12.30 it was quite busy. It is self service.There is a very good selection of hot and cold items. The price is based on your main course and you can get your main course and two salads / accompaniments for betwen 10 and 12 euro. I tried the Thai chicken and my mother had a lamb casserole - both excellent. The four salads were also nice and fresh. My mother ended her meal with a cappucino which she said was the best she had had for many years. I would be very happy to eat here again.

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Tritonville Bar & Terrace
Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Tried the carvery lunch here and found it fine but nothing out of the ordinary. There was a good buzz in the bar - mostly business people but also some retirees. Parking is free which is a big plus in this area and certainly attracted my business. I have heard that the evening meal is very good and will review that in due course.

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

I started with the terrine, tried the fish for a main course and finished with creme brulee. All was very tasty and well presented but I thought the size of the portions too small for the price (we were hungry as it was 9 pm before we were served). My companion's steak was a good size however. We asked for more vegetables but we had finished our main courses before they arrived which was really too late. The restaurant was very busy and we might return on a quieter night.

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Woodlands Restaurant @ The Glenview Hotel
Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Wicklow

Wonderful views over the valley below were a bonus for our lunchtime meal. The salmon with salsa and pesto was delicious as was the roast Wicklow lamb. We finished off with beautifully presented apple crumble and a chocolate and caramel cake; both of which were excellent. Service could not be faulted - a great venue if you want to treat yourself midweek.

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Conall Cearnach Restaurant @ Slieve Russel Hotel
Church Street, Ballyconnell, Cavan

I'm normally not a fan of hotel restaurants but this was the best meal I've had in a long time. From the ham hock soup, to the fillet steak and the assiette of desserts everything was just perfect. Service was top class. I would strongly recommend a visit.

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The Conservatory Bistro @ The Glenview Hotel
Glen of The Downs, Delgany, Wicklow

We had intended to eat in the Woodlands restaurant upstairs but it was closed that evening. However, we still had a pleasant night in the rather different atmosphere of the conservatory bar. The service was attentive but not overbearing and the food was very tasty. I tried the teriyaki beef salad while my partner had the fish starter. We both had excellent burgers for our main courses. We did feel the desserts were not up to the same standard and were somewhat lacking in flavour - I wouldn't be in a rush to try the cheesecake again. The house wine was good and reasonably priced. Overall a good experience.

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Kings Court
157-159 Upper, Salthill, Galway

We tried the special value menu which cost somewhat over €16 each for two courses. We both had the crispy shredded chicken to start and thought it delicious. However, the main course of chicken in Satay sauce was very disappointing as the sauce was so bland. We expected Satay sauce to have a proper peanut flavour. Service was fine but the atmosphere was a bit on the cold side. We wouldn't be in a hurry to return.

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Milano (Ranelagh)
Ground Floor & First Floor, 62 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Our second visit to Milanos didn't disappoint. Service was busy but pleasant and effective. The pizzas were delicious and the offer of a free coffee or hot drink of choice with a dessert was very attractive. We both tried hot chocolate with our fudge cakes and loved it.They have a scratchcard type promotion for Christmas where you have the possibility of winning a free pizza, starter, dessert etc. Good value at the moment when all is taken into account - and if you have Tesco vouchers the value is even better.

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The Park Bistro
Fenbyrne House,, Castlepark, Arklow, Wicklow

I really enjoyed my meal here. I started with the bacon and cheddar tart and followed this with fillet of cod which was really delicious. The banana and caramel roulade was excellent too. The restaurant is not in the most attractive of surroundings but once inside the atmosphere is fine. A good attempt has also been made to provide a pleasant seating area outside - one could nearly forget the adjacent carpark. I would be very happy to eat here again.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Bijou was busy even though it was a Wednesday night - always a good sign. The reviews had been very positive and we were expecting the food to be somewhat better than it actually was. We also felt it was a bit over priced and that all courses could have been a euro or two cheaper. We shared and enjoyed a charcuterie plate (no cooking involved there) and continued with the lamb's liver (appearance was not attractive but the flavour was good) and aubergine with polenta (the airdried tomatoes shown on the menu as an accompaniment were replaced with baked tomatoes). The portions were quite small (lunch rather than dinner-size I would have said) and in hindsight perhaps we should have added side -orders. However these were quite expensive at €3.60. The chocolate Brownie failed to impress as it was considered too dry; however the white chocolate mousse, although lacking in chocolate flavour, was delicious and nicely complemented by the raspberry and mint sauces. Our service was very attentive and could not be faulted.

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Sorrell’s Restaurant at the Green Isle Hotel
Newlands Cross, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

This is a very large room and was very noisy on the night we visited. There were lots of hurling supporters around. The food was fairly standard hotel fare but the Caesar salad very tasty. However, my companion was not impressed with her 'homemade' soup. We both had salmon for the main course - fine. The lemon cheese cake was good. I thought it was expensive enough for what was fairly standard fare and would not be in a rush to go back.

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Radisson SAS - Cavan
Farnham Estate, Cavan Town, Cavan

Four of us visited for Sunday buffet lunch - very good value at €25 and strange that it doesn't feature on the menupages site.We didn't book but there was no problem accommodating us. There was a huge range on offer and the seafood starters, in particular, were great. Main courses were mostly traditional carvery and buffet style and to my mind not as attractive. For those who had room there was also a great range of desserts. I would be happy to recommend it.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

The restaurant is quite small and seems to do take-away as well as eat-in. The decor is quite basic but you get what you pay for - it wouldn't be top of my list for a romantic evening. However, the food is good with the vegetarian dishes in particular being worth sampling. We tried baklava for dessert but thought it a little on the dry (maybe even tired) side. Certainly we have had better.However, the mint tea was excellent. Overall, the price is right and the restaurant is worth a visit.

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Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

I visited for a late lunch on Mother's Day. The restaurant was really busy even at 3 pm and at times it was hard to hear over the chatter. The service was attentive however. I tried the fish cakes starter (excellent) and then had chicken for a main course (nothing special). My dining partner had the soup followed by pasta (also nothing special). All courses were generous - we didn't have room for dessert. Prices were reasonable for what was on offer. It was not a restaurant for a special occasion but I would be happy to go back.

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

This was my second visit to O'Connells and sadly it didn't live up to my previous experience. It was a very busy Saturday night. We sat down at 8.30 but it was almost two hours later before our party got their main courses! Part of the problem appeared to be that some of the items had run out - we were offered replacements but nearly half an hour later were told that the replacements had run out too. We managed to order on our third attempt. The food was fine when it came but personally I prefer not to eat a large meal so late in the evening. The manager was obviously aware that there was a problem as we were told that there would be no service charge and that we would not be charged for the wine. This gesture was appreciated and we'll give O' Connells another chance.

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

My second visit to Milano didn't disappoint. The antipasto platter for sharing is both great value and delicious. The pizzas couldn't be faulted but be warned that the special 'calabrese' pizza is extremely spicy and even hotter than the 'diavalo'. The little desserts with an accompanying cup of coffee are a great idea. Service was excellent. I will certainly return.

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Glenmalure Lodge
Glenmalure, Laragh, Wicklow

Enjoyed a very pleasant meal here but it is very much a pub rather than a restaurant. On saying that my steak was delicious and the chips were outstanding. There was a good choice for dessert but I did think the portions could have been a little larger. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The atmosphere in the Shelbourne was all we could have wished for our celebration lunch. The service was impeccable, humorous and attentive. We had a choice of four or five items for each course which is more extensive than many of the set lunch menus available in the area. The food was beautifully presented - the gravadlax to start (real gravadlax - not smoked salmon) and the pork fillet mains were particularly enjoyed as were the Pavlova with lime mascarpone and balsalmic-dressed strawberries and lemon pie options for dessert. The menu is currently priced at 19.95 for two courses and to my mind represents exceptional value for money. I couldn't fault a thing. Would definitely recommend !

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I had read lots of excellent reviews but was a bit disappointed on my first visit. We tried the early bird menu and thought it was not very exciting and lacking in choice. However, I had no major complaints about the actual quality of the food and I really enjoyed my pitta bread and dips starter. I followed this by the duck confit which was just okay - I actually preferred the accompanying potato dish. My partner had the chicken which he enjoyed. Overall a satisfactory experience but nothing to rave about - I wouldn't be in a mad hurry to return.

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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

This place always seems to be busy early to mid morning so there must be a number of well-heeled Sandymount residents who still have plenty of money to eat breakfast out. This is the first time I have eaten there and I found the food adequate but nothing to get excited about. Coffee was delivered to the table in individual cups and I prefer mine a little hotter. Service was just okay.

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Bates Restaurant
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow

My friends and I ate off the set lunch menu but I did think it was a little expensive at €24.50 for 3 courses. My smoked trout starter was delicious. My main course of veal escallopes were a little dry and should have included parma ham but arrived with spinach instead without any explanation. Fortunately I like spinach so I didn't complain. The meal ended on a high note with a lovely rich Tiramisu. Overall, on my second visit to Bates I wasn't disappointed and would be quite happy to return in future.

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Synnott's Bistro @ The Parkview Hotel
Main Street, Newtown Mount Kennedy, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

I had a really enjoyable meal here. My starter of chicken and mushroom in strudel case was delicious as was my sea bass. Banoffi pie was scrumptious. To have been offered a refill of coffee would have been nice. I felt the menu had improved significantly since my last visit two years ago and would be very glad to return.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I was surprised to find the restaurant was so busy at 7.30 on a Wednesday evening but perhaps the special offer for two courses and a glass of wine at €14.95 is responsible for that. It is a limited menu but is still very good value and we all enjoyed our meals. In contrast to my previous visits I found the service very slow - it took almost an hour from the time we arrived before our starters arrived. Nevertheless, I would be happy to return and perhaps try the Kulfi (Indian icecream) which sadly has not been available on two of my three visits to this restaurant.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

I ate here for the first time last week with two others and we all really enjoyed the meal. Two of us had the duck (served crispy)which was absolutely delicious while the other person tried the chicken with ginger. Our starters were good too - we shared a mixed plate. Prices are not cheap but not over the top either although we didn't like having to pay for our rice separately. The service was very attentive although the restaurant was quite busy - unusual for a Wednesday at 8pm I would have thought. We will return.

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

I have rarely been disappointed by this restaurant.The staff are really pleasant and the food is almost always excellent.Even on a Wednesday night in early April the place was busy so others must also agree they are getting it right. My gorgonzola tartlet was delicious as was my husband's soup.Our mains were both excellent - I loved my Cajun chicken and he was thrilled with his lamb's liver. The garlic potatoes could have had more garlic in them for my taste - I have had better versions in the Heather before. We shared a creme brulee to finish and couldn't fault it (it was much better than the version we had tried some days earlier in an upmarket Dublin restaurant).I will be back to visit as soon as I get the opportunity.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Our party included family members from 86 to 16 and all were really pleased with the meal we had in the upstairs restaurant. We will definitely be back.

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Ashford Oriental
Main Street , Ashford , Ashford, Wicklow

I hadn't been to this restaurant for more than six months and I found the food as good as ever - the early bird remains excellent value for money.The staff are very attentive too. The restaurant is quite large and I would think it is equally suitable for groups wanting a pleasant night out or for couples having a quiet date.

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