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Star Anise restaurant

4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

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Reviewed 31st August 2009 ( visited 13th August 2009 )

This place never disappoints! Ity always delivers the very best in fine mediterranean cuisine. The service is second to none and the food is to die for. I had the breaded goats cheese salad which was just divine. Tiger prawn salad for main which just danced on my tongue and a beautiful passion fruit creme brulée for dessert, all washed down with a fabulous Lebanese red wine. This place is a must for food lovers.
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Star Anise restaurant

4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
41 reviews

Reviewed 31st August 2009 ( visited 13th August 2009 )

This place never disappoints! Ity always delivers the very best in fine mediterranean cuisine. The service is second to none and the food is to die for. I had the breaded goats cheese salad which was just divine. Tiger prawn salad for main which just danced on my tongue and a beautiful passion fruit creme brulée for dessert, all washed down with a fabulous Lebanese red wine. This place is a must for food lovers.
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China Sea@ Bella Vista Hotel
Bishop's Road, Cobh, Cork

I’m not a fan of Asian restaaurants in the “West”. By that, I mean Europe and the US. Be they Indian, Chinese, Thai or Japanese, I am almost always guaranteed a disappointment. We’re all familiar with the neon orange concoctions, the thick, bland wallpaper pastes, unexciting puddles of grease and the hard, glutenous lumps of rice. I really have had enough. I’m tired of being overcharged for mediocre fayre. I’m fed up of that unpleasant bloated feeling I get from a dish thats been poisoned with MSG. When using fresh ingredients, MSG is completely unnecessary. On a recommendation, we went for dinner at the China Sea restaurant in the beautiful Bella Vista Hotel, Cobh. The building is steeped in history. We were seated promptly, and may I say, the service was efficient. I was uninspired and unexcited by anything available.The usual, generic fayre was on offer. I ordered Kung Po Chicken, and the others ordered Roast Duck Cantonese Style and a King Prawn Curry. M dish was flavourless and flat, the curry was okay at best and the duck was totally overcooked, and had been deep fried not roasted. I am disappointed in a restaurant, that despite their gorgeous location, with its stunning views, they serve food unworthy of such majestic panorama.My appetite for Asian restaurants, remains at the bottom of the China Sea.

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The Elm Tree Bar & Restaurant
Glounthaune, Cork City, Cork

Was terribly disappointed with lunch here. Alarm bells rang when I saw the sign for carvery. We asked if there was any other option and were told that the gourmet sandwich menu was available at the table. Needing a hot meal on a cold day, we opted reluctantly for carvery. On the day, there were no prices displayed on the menu board. At least if there were, they were not clearly marked. Options were the usual, roast joint of lamb, cornish pastie, fish cakes and veggie lasagne for the non carnivores.Accompaniments were an array of bog standard overcooked veggies and a choice of roast potatoes or chips, with sauces for each dish. I opted for fish cakes while my companion opted for pastie. Our logic was that at €12.50 each they would be very good fishcakes and pasties. We could not have been more wrong. The fishcakes were dried out from sitting under a lamp and instead of having a seperate dipping dish for the fiery syrup they called sweet chilli sauce, they were drowned in the hideous, sugary concoction from which there was no chilli flavour, just sickly sweetness and overpowering heat. The pastie was soggy and bland as were the accompanying veggies. Dessert beckoned and since they were described as fabulous, tempting desserts we gave in. At €6 a pop, they had better be good. Tea was also ordered and arrived 15mins before dessert with a filthy teacup. Shame and service in fact was most disorganised. Dirty crockery is inexcusable at any level of commercial catering. Desserts were not worth waiting for nor worth the money. Banoffee pie is not worth €6 and the parfait was choc full of large ice crystals. The chocolate was also very grainy. I couldn't find much good to say. The decor was nice but thats about it.

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Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Cork)
4/5 South Main Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

This is a great venue for large groups. 18 of us ate here for a friends birthday last night and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Good cocktails, decent food and good service coupled with an enjoyable atmosphere, made for a very pleasant beginning to a night out. I had the Chicken Fajitas, served with guacemole, sour cream and salsa accompanied by a rather substantial side salad. I also had a Long Island Iced Tea and for dessert we had a shared dessert of "volcano cakes" (Mounds of vanilla ice cream with chocolate brownies arrange to look like a volcano topped with chocolate syrup) The fajitas at €12.95 were nice and spicy, although 2 tortilla wraps wasn't enough for the amount of filling provided. I needed at least 3 or 4 wraps. The flavours were excellent and the crunchy texture of peppers and onions balanced the dish well. The dessert at about €4.20 per person was far too sweet for my liking but in an American style eatery super sweet desserts are to be expected, and in any case this was ordered by the birthday so I'd no choice in the matter. The Long Island Iced Tea was okay, but not the best I've had. It could have been more potent for the price of €7.95 Thje service was a little frosty, not rude, but cold. The service staff didn't seem too interested in their customers, and we weren't asked once if our food was ok. The water jugs weren't refilled when emptied, only on request and even then it took 15 mins. I was convinced they were manufacturing water in a lab. All in all a great party venue, and with just a few slight improvements, could be THE place to be.

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Laurels Restaurant @ Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium
Curraheen Park, Greyhound Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork

I'd never been to a race meeting before so this was something new and exciting. Dinner at the races? Bring it on. We had a corporate suite which had a private bar. Our package included a 3 course meal with tea and coffee for €35 pp. May I say the service was absolutely top notch, Very friendly and efficient. The betting people were great fun. Now the menu really made my mouth water and I settled on grilled mussels and angus steak, followed by a mixed berry cheesecake. Sadly the mussels were not up to scratch and arrived cold at the table so my partner and I both had to send them back. I changed mine to the vegetable soup and my partner stuck with mussels. The complaint was dealt with most admirably and the second round of starters was delicious. My main was Angus steak with a madeira pepper sauce and champ, medium rare. Absolutely divinely cooked and rested as the meat although the perfect shade of red, did not bleed all over my plate when I cut into it. My partner had the seared supreme of chicken, wrapped in parma ham. Its a cliched dish but it was very well executed. The choice of ingredients seems to be the top priority here. The chicken was cooked to perfection, very moist. I had mixed berry cheesecake for dessert which was a bit too sweet for my taste, not enough tartness from the fruit. The bas was also a little difficult to cut. Im not entirely convinced that the desserts are homemade. Overall a great evening's entertainment and good decent food. The hiccup with the starter didnt turn me off as it was dealt with properly and courteously. So I most definitely would return.

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Star Anise
4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

This place never disappoints! Ity always delivers the very best in fine mediterranean cuisine. The service is second to none and the food is to die for. I had the breaded goats cheese salad which was just divine. Tiger prawn salad for main which just danced on my tongue and a beautiful passion fruit creme brulée for dessert, all washed down with a fabulous Lebanese red wine. This place is a must for food lovers.

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Puccinos @ Paul Street
Paul Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

Breakfast the morning after the night before with friends was an altogether pleasant and chilled experience. We were seated upstairs and the atmosphere is so relaxed, just what you need on a rainy Sunday morning. I ordered the American breakfast which came with granary toast and tea/coffee. It was tasty and hit the spot, but by no means was it haute cuisine. Having said that, it was a fry up. I wish they didnt deep fry the sausages though. Too greasy for my liking. I prefer them grilled or pan fried. The staff, however are superbly trained and very friendly and efficient, a rare commodity these days. Food was ok, love the atmosphere and Im a huge faan of the staff. €9.50 is what I paid and I feel I got reasonable value for my money.

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Jim Edwards
Short Quay, Kinsale, Cork

Ate here and was really disappointed. Kinsale has a reputation as gourmet capital of Ireland and I used to love coming here to Jim Edwards for Sunday lunch. We chose on this occasion to eat in the bar. What a shame. I had paté for starter which was fine. It was homemade and tasted ok. The mains really let them down. My salmon "fillet", which in fact was a salmon cut;et, was overcooked and didnt taste very pleasant. My partner had haddock and chips was ok but slightly overdone. Our friend had a Chicken Curry, which was most certainly not home made. It tasted and looked like it came from a packet. Disgraceful at 12 euro a pop. Serious improvements needed here. The staff are very innefficient, probably from poor training. The food needs to be totally overhauled. The menu hasnt changed since the nineties.

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Jacobs Ladder Restaurant
Waters Edge, Cobh, Cobh, Cork

Such a shame, because the food is actually quite good. I had the trio of open seafood sandwiches, and my partner had the fish and chips. Both were excellent. However having to wait 15 minutes to be even offered a menu is a bit much. Service was very slow and unattentive, on a wednesday late afternoon when there were only 3 - 4 tables seated.. I also asked the waitress if the smoked salmon was sourced locally but she didn't know, nor did she offer to find out, which in my opinion is very shoddy. Didn't leave a tip as service was very poor but the food is decent. In my opinion that isn't enough at the prices they charge. Im prove the service and maybe I'll be back.

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Hardwood Restaurant
31 Popes Quay, Cork City, Cork

Beat the hell out of the recession! Ate here last night with my fiancé, my sister and her boyfriend and all four of us were over the moon with the high standard offered. For only €20 you can get 3 courses and a glass of wine/beer/soft drink. That, in my opinion is nigh on impossible to beat. I had the tomato and roast pepper soup which was so flavoursome, warming and delicious. A dollop of mascarpone really enriched it and plenty of croutons too. My main was supreme of chicken florentine with a gorgeously flavoured potato cake and wilted spinach. Beautifully cooked and seasoned, and I NEVER order chicken in restaurants. The others tried the chowders, steaks and pork and we all tasted each others. Divine flavours and textures, perfectly sized portions and as for the service, it is simply unbeatable! The dessert is a scoop of their own homemade ice cream, which was cinnamon and biscuit last night. It was like silk. Well done guys! An amazing restaurant and true value during difficult times. I don't see you ever having roblems in a recession when you offer this kind of value to paying customers. I will keep coming back here confident that my experiences will get better and better. 5 stars, well done.

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Castellis Restaurant
29 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

From the moment I arrived I knew it wouldn't be dining experience of the year. There was a musty smell permeating the dining room and the bench style seats were so cramped together, breathing was difficult. We had booked the table, yet had to wait ten minutes to be seated, as a table was being cleared that had been vacant since we arrived. Playing it safe we ordered from the early bird, a good, cost effective way to suss out a restaurant. The choices were very limited. Startes comprised garlic bread with our without mozzarella, soup or garlic mushrooms. Mains: Lasagne, Pollo Parmegiano and 2 other pasta dishes that weren;t very appealing. The waitress rudely found it very amusing that we all went for the same starter and that my 2 companions ordered the same main course. The starters were completely bland, if there was any garlic it was very elusive. And when I complained, I was barely acknowledged. The main courses arrived. My main of Pollo Parmegiano was offered with a choice of accompaniment, pasta or chips. I chose pasta which oddly came in a seperate bowl. The dish itself was parmesan cumbed chicken breast doing a breast stroke in a poor attempt at tomato sauce. I could taste little else but salt. The lasagnes were bland and rubbery. How our dining companion could stomach a dessert is completely beyond me. Needless to say, the Blackforest Gateau was clearly bought in and not homemade. The ice crystals gave it away. Will never set foot in the door again. Service was poor, food was diabolical and this restaurant should be ashamed to hijack the art of Italian cuisine.

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Hong Kong Kitchen
7 West Beach, Cobh, Cobh, Cork

Couldn't fault this wonderful restaurantt if I tried. Had a meal here on Saturday with my fiancé and 8 other friends for his birthday. Friendly and efficient staff, exquisite food and a nice lively atmosphere. We eat here regularly and have always enjoyed every visit. The staff remember our names, and our habits too. We like to use chopsticks with a rice bowl, which are already on the table if we've booked or immediately fetched by a staff member on our arrival. The owner prepared a special menu for my fiancés birthday. A traditional feast of grilled seabass, szechuan bean curd and stir fried sam choi with garlic. Anyone who wasn't adventurous enough could order from the regular menu, which in most chinese restaurants is very westernised to suit the western palate. The Hong Kong Kitchen however seems to preserve as much authenticity as possible. Their sweet and sour sauce taste nothing like any I've had in restaurants or takeaways, but far superior. Go there and experience my favourite Chinese restaurant on the planet. Its probably the closest I'll ever get to China.

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