Restaurant Reviews from XAM

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 07 June 2008

Last Visit: 11 July 2013

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Wicklow Heather restaurant

Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
96 reviews

Reviewed 21st March 2011 ( visited 20th March 2011 )

It's been a while since I visited the Wicklow Heather. It's still a most excellent atmospheric all round restaurant! The salmon and venison were delicious, the salads were enormous, the house pinot grigio really good ((€19.95), the lemon meringue and ice creams scrumptious. The portions are so generous I really don't know how they make money. Our waitress was brilliant. The toilets were pristine. I cannot praise the experience enough. No negatives at all. The Wicklow Heather was jammers - restaurant full, car park full They really are doing it right. Other restauranteurs should visit for inspiration.
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That's Amore - Malahide restaurant

12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
141 reviews

Reviewed 07th November 2008 ( visited 06th November 2008 )

Had lunch in Thats Amore in September. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff, great service, good value - sounds wonderful.... NO....the toilet was a disgrace! Bleach never used, cracked dirty tiles, an overpowering odour of neglect. Oh god I wonder what the kitchen is like? I won't be back unless they've recently reburbished the toilet.
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Seasons Cafe, Deli and Homewares
11 Strand St, Skerries, Dublin

Went to Skerries today. It was a very fine day. Friend recommended Seasons Cafe. Very pleasant cafe. Just a wee bit noisy. Very pleasant and efficient staff. We both had delicious poached salmon sandwiches. We had good Americanos and I had a cup cake. Everything went downhill from here. To my taste the cupcake was too dry so after one bite I decided to ask waiter to take it away. When I went to pay the bill I noticed that the cup cake had been included. I mentioned this to the person at the till. She said that all of the staff had tasted the cup cake and found nothing wrong with it, that they stood over their baking and that I was being charged for it. I was incredulous. She said I could take home another cupcake but the bill would stand. Well, this was a new experience for me and it was stalemate. I would not pay for it and it was not being taken off the bill. She (I don't her name) kept saying they stood over the quality of their baking and there was nothing wrong with the cup cake. I told her that to my taste it was too dry and in all my years of eating in restaurants and cafes I had NEVER experienced this type of practice. She then decided wisely that this standoff wasn't very good in front of other customers. From this experience I would never recommend Seasons and obviously will never return. What a shame that people who are obviously passionate about their food and baking know nothing about customer service. Will I be telling others about my experience? I will. Will it lose Seasons customers? Maybe.

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TGI Friday (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Haven't been to TGI Fridays for years. At 12.45 ish only one table in use. Thought that maybe was a bad sign. But to be fair it did get busier in the next hour or so. Ordered from special lunch menu - 2 courses for €15. Their cheeseburger was only OK. The BLT was better. Thought the service a bit slow but that's because it's not fast food, I suppose. When you get your soft drink there's a ton of ice in it, so very little of the actual drink. And it's Pepsi not Coca Cola. The choclate fudge cake was good. TGI Friday has nothing worth rushing back for.

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Another visit to Mandalay. We keep returning here because the food is of such good quality. Plenty of choices on the dinner menu. Chicken satay skewers delicious, green curry, singapore noodles and sweet & sour chicken hong kong style all very good. We even squeezed in desserts - baileys cheesecake was good and pavlova only adequate. White wine was good (think it was a Lane saugivnon blanc - €30) Staff here are friendly but we felt one was having an off night - didn't affect service though - just not as warm as usual. Only one negative for the night - the lighting was so low that we could barely see the menu. Definitely will be back.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

If you like fish and find Howth convenient then try the Oar House. They have the friendliest and best staff. Lovely starters of sizzling prawns and smoked salmon. Nice bread on table. We all tried the fish 'n' chips of the day. It was cod and ENORMOUS! I actually thought cod was endangered and was surprised to be given such large portions. Have eaten the cod here before and this time it didn't quite live up to my expections. It was like a "posh" Donegal Catch (sorry). The chips/mushy peas very good. Desserts to die for - sticky toffee pudding in particular. Overall enjoyable - and will definitely be back for more.

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Giovanni’s Pizzeria Restaurant
3-4 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Dublin

Giovannis is family oriented and local for me. Haute cuisine it aint but it is enjoyable good value food. It's always busy which is a good sign. Last Sunday we enjoyed starters of brie and bruschetta, mains of amatricana and cabonara. Carbonara was too salty which was mentioned to the waitress who came back and said the chef said it was the bacon - we knew that! The South African house white is great. We will be back.

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Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar
17 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

First visit to Mastersons on Main St in Swords. Boy is it noisy!! Jammed with shoppers and families - a good sign. We had prawns, tandoori chicken and classic burger. All food delicious - very good quality. The chips with skins on particularly good. We had to wait half hour for food. It was worth the wait but you wouldn't need to be starving or in a hurry. The staff are the friendliest. I counted 11 of them. Will definitely be back.

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Coast Restaurant @ The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel Malahide, Coast Road, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Just been to Coast Restaurant for birthday meal. Live locally so decided to try Coast because of roads. Asked for warm table with view. There was a drafty coolness because we were in direct line with the entrance. The leek & potato soup was dreadful, very packety taste, could not eat it. The pork was not hot enough and the polenta was only warm. The meat balls were very pink in the middle. The hake was only ok. The family did not want to fuss because of birthday. It really was one of the worst meals I've had in a long time. The only saving grace was nice staff except that they accidentally added €100 to the bill. Never again.

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Washerwomans Hill
60 Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Sunday lunch - 9 of us. Some chose from the Sunday lunch menu and others from a la carte. The curry was so mild it was almost not like a curry - fine to eat but not spicy and not enough rice with it. The salmon was only ok. The vegetarian ravioli (I think it was butternut squash ) was bland. The marmalade bread & butter pudding was disappointing. The sticky toffee pudding was like a muffin wih a drizzle of toffee sauce - very poor. We told our friendly waiter when he asked how our meal was. He said he'd pass it on. The one positive was when we ordered coffee. They had no low fat milk so we passed on the coffee. But some one went out to the shops and got some so we had our coffee. Overall the food did not live up to the descriptions on the menu. Probably won't be back.

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Il Vignardo
Beresford Hotel, 21 Store Street, City Centre North, IFSC, Dublin

Have been to Il Vignardo before and again for lunch today. Good staff, although busy enough. Best starter is still the bruschetta. They really do it well, though you won't be kissing anyone after it due to lots of garlic. All starters and main course enjoyed by everyone. The carbonara and salmon being the stand out mains. We even squeezed in desserts. The creme brulee and apple pie were particularly good.They never fail to please in Il Vignardo.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I have not much experience of "fine dining" so was looking forward to Chapter One. Very good staff, good atmoshere, very cozy. Ladies loo is a bit sniffy - needs to be aired. The food was not amazing. I had a cod/potato starter which was cold. (One of the other diners said the waiter said it is served at room temperature). I had beef which is slow cooked. It had a good flavour. There were smears on the plate with the beef which had been given a fantastic description on the menu. They didn't taste of anything much. The mashed potato was so yellow with butter it was sickening. (One diner said it was like "Smash" !) The pear dessert was delicious. Delighted to have had the experience. Glad I wasn't paying. Unlikely to return.

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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

We ordered the Crispy Duck Spring Roll With A Sweet Soy & Honey Dipping Sauce, Asian Greens as the last of our tapas dishes. Neither of us liked what we had eaten throughout the meal. But both of us are usually big tapas fans.

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

Had been to Le Bon Crubeen previously and enjoyed it. Was there at lunchtime which is busy and atmosphere is good. Saw some well known faces from nearly newspaper offices. Salmon fish cake starters were delicious. I had a duck and spiced pear salad which was mostly ok. There was a dressing underneath the dish which was too sweet. My colleague had the lamb dish which was very good. She had a rice and fruit dessert which was delightful. I had an adequate creme brulee. Will go there again.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

First visit to 1014 and certainly not the last! Lunch on 6th April. The tomato soup with basil oil is THE BEST tomato soup I've ever eaten. The fish n chips is to die for. The tiny jar of vinegar is a lovely touch. The spring salad with butternut squash is delicious as is the cajun chicken. Really good staff. One quibble - the cold blast from front door. The curtain contraption to stop this needs to be improved.

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Coffeys of Sutton
Superquinn Shopping Centre, Sutton Cross, Sutton, Dublin

Visit Coffeys regularly. Delighted to be able give review. The homemade vegetable soup is delicious as is the caesar salad. The portions are almost too large! Very good location to meet for breakfast or lunch. Staff very friendly.

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Turners Restaurant @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare

Had dinner in Turners last week. Beautiful dining room, perhaps a wee bit chilly. I had starter of salt & pepper deep fried quid - couldn't eat it. It was very rubbery. My friend had goats cheese brulee which was far too sweet. The mains were very good - lemon sole and lamb. Desserts were divine. An exotic fruit mousse and sorbet - bliss. And a hazelnut/caramel vacherin creation - divine. Probably not worth €60 a head.

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The Italian Connection
95 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here last Thursday. Just dropped in for a quick bite and was oh so pleasantly surprised. Obviously a very busy place but we were not waiting long for a table. Friendly staff. Had lunch menu - starter of really good garlic bread and lasagne. It was around €10 - not exactly sure as my friend paid! It was one of the best lasagnes I've ever had and a large portion. Very good service. A great experience and I will return.

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Harveys Bar and Grill Restaurant (Above Harvest Bar & Lounge)
Main Street, Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin

Just returned home from a very enjoyable family meal in the American Grill. Very good freshly made food, big portions, great staff. Desserts to die for. We're stuffed and more than satisfied. We'll definitely be back. Great meal out for families.

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Andersons Foodhall & Café
3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Visited Andersons for lunch on Monday 27th Jan. Had been here previously and enjoyed it. A very busy place with good atmosphere. Quality food. Very good staff. Good soup, paninis and bruschetta. Lovely deli stuff to buy. Not especially cheap. A very good experience. Will be back.

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The River Cafe
Raheny Shopping Centre, Howth Road, Raheny, Raheny, Dublin

Here with group of friends on Sat 24th Jan. Good food, good staff, nice atmosphere. Lamb shank wonderful. It is a different place at night than during the day. The paintings on the walls are enhanced by the lighting. A very pleasant experience.

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Wicklow Heather
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow

It's been a while since I visited the Wicklow Heather. It's still a most excellent atmospheric all round restaurant! The salmon and venison were delicious, the salads were enormous, the house pinot grigio really good ((€19.95), the lemon meringue and ice creams scrumptious. The portions are so generous I really don't know how they make money. Our waitress was brilliant. The toilets were pristine. I cannot praise the experience enough. No negatives at all. The Wicklow Heather was jammers - restaurant full, car park full They really are doing it right. Other restauranteurs should visit for inspiration.

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

Very busy, buzzy atmosphere with delightful paintings by local artists on the walls. Although there was a lunchtime queue we were seated quickly. Very warming vegetable soup and scrummy open ham/mature cheddar sandwich. Lovely coffee. Pleasant staff. Only negative - felt we couldn't linger over the coffee as it was so busy.

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Visited on 6th Dec for lunch. Crisp day outside but still a little chilly inside. Popular lunch spot as it started to fill up quickly. Most people eating fish. Apparently the fish in beer batter is very good. Good food, good service, pleasant staff. Would go again.

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Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

I've been to Il Corvo about 6 times and usually enjoy the experience. However last Friday is the exception. I chose blackboard item "Scampi, homemade chips and side salad". (€22.95) The food arrived on an oval platter with about 9 scampi and 8 chips separated by some lettuce. I asked the waiter about the side salad. The manager came over and asked if I wanted a side salad. I pointed to the blackboard which showed it came as part of the meal. The side salad arrived. It was more lettuce with a thin strip of cucumber and 1/8th of a tomato with a drizzle of dressing. Started to eat the scampi and they seemed a very odd. My sister, who had the same meal, called the waiter over. I cut open my scampi - they were all fish/grey skin. So those plates were taken away. Menu brought (at this point most people at the table were finishing their main course). The carbonara I then chose was only adequate. The dessert had "plastic" cream. Others at the table enoyed their choices but the whole experience was marred. No apologies from manager. No complaints about the waiting staff. Will I return to Il Corvo. NO.

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That's Amore - Malahide
12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Had lunch in Thats Amore in September. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff, great service, good value - sounds wonderful.... NO....the toilet was a disgrace! Bleach never used, cracked dirty tiles, an overpowering odour of neglect. Oh god I wonder what the kitchen is like? I won't be back unless they've recently reburbished the toilet.

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