Restaurant Reviews from alottafood

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52.5%

County: Louth

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 14 April 2010

Last Visit: 18 June 2012

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MacNean House & Restaurant

Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

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Cuisine:
International

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Great
38 reviews

Reviewed 21st November 2011 ( visited 17th November 2011 )

I couldn't really fault anything about the place. Expesnive, but worth it. Had the 9 course prestige menu & the food seemed to be never ending. Staff are excellent, very friendly & genuine. The food is simply a,azing. Highly recommended!
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Three Qs restaurant

Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Great
93 reviews

Reviewed 08th June 2010 ( visited 06th June 2010 )

Went for brunch on Sunday and was not overly impressed. Felt the menu was a bit pretentious and definitely overpriced. The brunch menu was a lot of basics hyped up & you could see that as dishes were coming out. Both of us had the croque-monsieur and I also had a soup. The croque-monsieur while nice was nothing special, standard bread, ham and cheese, nothing like it was described. The tomato soup again was ok but nothing you couldn't make yourself. The food was slow to arrive but felt that was because it was freshly cooked. Nice atmopshere in the place and staff are really nice. They could do with a second toilet though. I would like to go back and try the evening menu
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Grainstore @ Darver Castle
Readypenny, Dundalk, Co.Louth, Dundalk, Louth

Ate with a large group here for Sunday lunch. One long table set-up in a side room, which was completely lacking in atmosphere, though when you are in a group you don't notice. Overall everytihng was fairly standard & a bit rough around the edges but good food, good value & good service. No complaints

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

I couldn't really fault anything about the place. Expesnive, but worth it. Had the 9 course prestige menu & the food seemed to be never ending. Staff are excellent, very friendly & genuine. The food is simply a,azing. Highly recommended!

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Kids/students food at adult prices is how I would best sum this place up. Party of 6 ate here on a busy Saturday. Had a reservation & only waiting 10mins. Food tastes fine, nothing extraordinary but extremely overpriced for what you get. Also staff are terrible. Management on the night had the personality of a fridge & a "I'm a superstar" attitude. Our waitier was fairly useless & even insulted a pregnant member of a party about her eating too much. Wouldn't bother with it.

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Monasterboice Inn (Donegans)
Drogheda, Co Louth, Drogheda, Louth

A group of 3 of us called in about 5:30 on a Sunday evening & we all went with the €25 menu option. Waitress was really nice but food a bit slow to arrive & restaurant was not too busy at that stage. Seafood Chowder was on the A La Carte but not the set menu & fair play when asked for they gave me a smaller bowl of Chowder to keep within the €25 menu. However the chowder was pure muck, completely tasteless! All 3 of us went for the steak option, as really was not a lot else. Food was fine, decent comfort food but nothing out of this world. Nice bread with the starters but only 1 portion of small veg arrived with the 3 mains & we were charged €3.40 for an extra potatoe. Overall a nice place when stopping on the road, nice staff, clean & decent food. Good for what it is, but not gourmet. Portions are not the "massive" that had heard about.

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Ghan House
Foot of Slieve Foy, Carlingford, Louth

Had been really looking forward to going here for a while & all I can say is that it was ordinary & very overpriced. The restaurant was quite & lacking any atmosphere, staff didn't even notice when the background CD had ended. The menu was very limited, beef, chicken, lamb or salmon for main, is nothing different there. The starters were a bit better, but again only 4 or 5 choices. We had pasta & risotto starters, the risotto definitely been the better of the 2. The pasta very creamy but bland. Mains were beef & lamb. The amount of lamb would just about have kept a mouse fed & arrived with the barest amount of sauce ever. The beef was good but again very little sauce. When more suace arrived the meals were better. The meats & veg were fine but honestly felt like it was nothing that couldn't be cooked at home. In overall terms it is very expensive, a limited menu & while the food is good there is plenty of others doing better for a lot less. Disapointing, very disapointing

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Magee's Bistro
Tholsel Street, Carlingford, Carlingford, Louth

" of us went in on a Wednesday night, expected it to be very quiet but was surprisingly busy. Firstly staff are very good & great atmosphere in the place. Startes were Prawn Pill Pill (not really to my liking) & Seafood Grattin, which was good. Surf & Turf main was good, as was my halibut & scallops. I had tofee pudding for dessert, which was good. She ordered what ended up being a very expensive & overpriced cocktail, not as described on the menu. Overall a very nice restaurant, if you are a meat eater not much variety (beef or chicken), but definitely a fish lover's paradise. Thought it was a little overpriced for what you get

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Quaglino's at the Century
19 Roden pl, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

Went for the early bird €54 for 3 courses plus bottle of wine. Is quite a few restaurants doing this offer in town (all bar here at €50) & Quaglinos really need to up their game. Apart from the bread they seem to have cut all corners to make sure this is profitable. Choice of 4 starters, 4 mains & 1 small dessert. tea/Coffee was an additional €2. I've been going to this restaurant for years (15+) & a lot of things on the menu seem to have never changed. The atmosphere was dead, small restaurant with only 2 tables occupied & the waitress hanging around looking for something to do. Overall a good tasty meal & still very good value, but is others doing the same thing a lot better & marginally cheaper.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Group of 4 visited on a lively Saturday night. The restaurant was very busy & the tables are really on top of each other, though I didn't find other people's conversations impinging on our own. Service was good, prompt and very polite. Food was good & some varied choices on the menu. The early bird menu at €23 odd for 2 courses was nothing special in terms of value & desserts at €8 were expensive. Overall I found it a bit expensive for what it was, but can't fault the food or service.

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Beacon @ Brogans - Closed
High Street, Trim, Meath

Ate on Jan 1st with my partner, so as expected the restaurant was a bit dead & lacking in atmosphere, though hardly their fault. Good food & early bird menu (seemed to run all night) was excellent value. Waitress was very helpful. The seafood chowder wasn't on the early bird but asked & got it. The nachos my partner had were a bit of a poor effort. Mains for Chicken schnitzel & burger were both very good, though the schnitzel could have done with a bit more dressing. Excellent fudge cake for dessert!

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Blackstone Restaurant @The Lisdoo
Newry Road, Dundalk, Louth

Was part of a group of 12 (8 adults & 4 children). The food was very good, way beyond expectations & the set-menu at €25 was very good value. Upon arrival the restaurant was quite empty but a few more tables were filled as the evening wore on, though it was never busy. We went early 6:30 as wanted to get home early with the children. Initially the service was good & prompt. But once the main course was served they completely lost interest & ignored us (restaurant was not that busy). We had to ask twice to get our dessert order taking & when quered "what flavours are in the selection of ice cream?" got a classic response "You know a selction of different flavours". We then had to ask for the bill. A lovely resturant with good food & initally good service, but it really went to pot. 9:30 by the time we got out.

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Windsor Bar and Restaurant
Dublin st, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

Was a member of a party of 11 on a bank holiday Monday. The early bird menu at €25 wasn't bad value & the atmopshere is not too bad, however the restaurant is badly let down by the staff & how slow everything happens. The staff are very nice however just very unprofessional & lacking in cope on. Everything had to be asked for, for example we asked for a jug of water & one jug for a party of 11 was delivered, it was necessary to speel out to them that 3 were needed. Also all the desserts served then we had to ask for spoons, someone just placed a bunch of them on the table & left & we were still short! Also very mean with the sides & bread. Definitely in no rush to go back, however again the food is not bad

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Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin

Called in on a quiet Tuesday night & choose the set menu 2 courses plus a bottle of wine for €55, very good value. The restaurant was empty & this did nothing for the atmosphere. Staff were very nice & efficient, refilling glasses, taking orders etc. We both went for fish cakes for starter & for the main I had the organic burger. Overall the food was ok but really did lack a bit of flavour. I can't fault the quality but it really didn't have a log of taste. The burger was a bit annoying because it was served with a bun on the bottom but not on the top! Desserts weren't cheap at €7 each but the shared dark chocolate cake was excellent.

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Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant
Rockmarshall Jenkinstown, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

Called in on a quiet Wednesday night & had our choice of table as it was not overly busy. There was a set €25 menu with 3 courses available. Their signature dish, the seafood chowder was not on the set menu but they said we could have it as the starter. Words cannot decribe how good this pastry topped chowder is. For mains we ordered brill & salmon, both of which were very good. The salmon was suppose to be pine nut encrusted however there was little or no nut flavour off it. Still tasted excellent, as did the side champ & veg. The desserts were a bit disapointing, in a traditional Irish restaurant custard should be thick not the European light runny affair. Service was good though some may have found the waitress a bit rude, personally I liked that she had a bit of personality. Only thing that was slightly annoying was that we were not told we would be charged extra for the seafood chowder as there was an additional charge on the bill. This is fair but believe we should have been informed of this. Overall I do love the food here, but every time I go I always get that feeling from the staff that you should be thanking them for being allowed in the door as opposed to them being thankful of your business. Also please note that the website is not leeting me change the overall rating bar. I would give it 3.5 stars

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Cavan Crystal Hotel
Dublin Road, Cavan Town, Cavan

Ate here as part of a large group. It was a group deal & no idea what the individual rate was so I can't comment on value. The food and staff were top class, but you would not want to go hungry. The menu had a number of interesting options but even with potato/veg sides we all left hungry and had to get as much bread as possible. Is more of a couples or small groups restaurant than for a group of 20+ Would be very keen to go back as the food really was top class.

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Prego
18 Henry Street, Kenmare, Kerry

A group of us ate here on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant had a small number of large bookings but things still moved very smoothly. The food was top class, Calzone pizza for main was excellent. Also tasted the rositto and carbonara, again but excellent, The tiramsu for dessert was amongst the best I've ever tried (have tried a lot). The restaurant does lack a bit of atmopshere, can't put my finger on why but it seemed a bit dead. The staff are nice and very efficient, but lack a bit of personality. Nothing wrong, but missing that something extra. Very good value for money and overall would highly recommend this restaurant

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

A lovely little restaurant on Crowe Street. Went in about 6:30 to avail of the early bird menu that I had heard good things about. Seafood gumbo for starter was very good, big chunks of fish served with a slice of cornbread (how is cornbread not more popular in Ireland??). Main was a rice and meatball dish, for which I can't remember the American name. Really good, rice well cooked served with beans and a very flavoursome sauce. my partner had a butternut squash main also from the early bird menu. This was absolutely devine, very different to what you would find on your typical Irish menu. The dessert chocies were nothing to get excited about (quite limited) so we both passed and just had a coffee. The service was excellent, however the atmosphere was a bit dead despite the place really filling up. Excellent value, €20 odd for the 2 courses

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Got a booking at for 7:30 on a Saturday evening but were told we could only have the table until 8:30. Arrived and very warmly greeted by the head waiter, really nice guy & very passionate about his food, also knowledge. Our table wasn't great as was in the way of everyone but there wasn't any others available. The atmosphere wasn't good or bad, nice but failry inconspicuous. Starter was a sharded mozerella, tomato & ham plate with balsamic vingear. Very good. Main she had tagatellie (devine) and I had the best risotto I have ever had, absolutely top class, though the portion size was a little small. As much bread as you wanted was available. Then the desserts, a good tiramsu and an absolutely devine chocolate cake with ice cream. Have to say the food here is amongst the best I have ever eaten & they redeemed the menupages voucher!

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PJ O Hare's Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Tholsel St, Carlingford, Louth., Carlingford, Louth

Killed a lovely Sunday lunchtime in here. Arrived early & place was a bit of a ghost town, eventually found some staff & order was taken. Seafood Chowder, Guinness & Beef Pie, Chicken Curry, Apple Tart & Sticky Toffee Pudding. All very good but nothing out of this world. The menu is extensive but nothing exotic on it. The side salad with the main (ordered by mistake) was not great, very heavy on the mayo. Best thing about the pub is the atmosphere is a lovely relaxed place and you are never rushed despite how busy it is. If you are after good quality traditional pub grub definitely the place to go, if you fancy something a bit different is other options in Carlingford. Staff are really nice & helpful!

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Three Qs
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

Went for brunch on Sunday and was not overly impressed. Felt the menu was a bit pretentious and definitely overpriced. The brunch menu was a lot of basics hyped up & you could see that as dishes were coming out. Both of us had the croque-monsieur and I also had a soup. The croque-monsieur while nice was nothing special, standard bread, ham and cheese, nothing like it was described. The tomato soup again was ok but nothing you couldn't make yourself. The food was slow to arrive but felt that was because it was freshly cooked. Nice atmopshere in the place and staff are really nice. They could do with a second toilet though. I would like to go back and try the evening menu

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Murphs Bistro
49 Market Street, Cootehill, Cavan

Called on a normal Wednesday evening, restaurant was quite but filled up with a few more couples as the evening wore on. Shared a started of potatoe skins with mozerrella for starter, which were lacking in flavour. Mains of Duck & Kangaroo were excellent, large portions of meat and came with sides however sides were verg/salad or potatoe/chips. Reaaly should have been veg/salad and potatoe/chips. Desserts of cheesecake and sorbet. Again very good. Menu was very extensive and a few interesting specials. Service informative, friendly and efficient. The set menu was very well priced a la carte bit expensive in places. Restaurant does lack a bit of atmosphere though, possibly the decor. Overall very nice & would recommend.

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The Cheese Pantry
104 Drumcondra Road Upper, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

The sun was shinning & luckly we got a table outside, though unfortunately someone sitting close to us was smoking. Is this the restaurants fault? Had the seafood Chowder for starter & was very good. Bangers & mash for main, ecellent comfort food & banoffe pie for dessert, which was good but not amazing. Friend had pasta for main, which again was very good & pavalova for dessert. Not a fan of pavalova myself but this was a bit different to usual and good. Overall a really nice restaurant, lovely atmopshere and very nice staff. Service was professional & quick, but you were not been rushed. The menu was 3 course for €23 odd and €18 for 2, very good value. Definite recomendation

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Eastern Seaboard
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

Here on a Friday night & once again food was excellent! Clam chowder soup was lacking a bit of flavour but the other dishes, ribs & shrimp, excellent. Main of burger was very good, but the most impressive here is the sides. The balsamic lentils were amazing, as were the sweet potatoes & chips. Other mains were chicken & grab claws, all very good. Desserts, mac nut chcolate brownie was devine. Staff were really nice, but to be honest the service was a little slow. We asked would we have time for dessert as going to a show at 8. Was told would be tight but fine, then had to go & look for person to take our dessert order. Very good value for money as well.

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The Loft
26 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath

Was here recently for dinner on a Staurday evening & have to say everything was excellent, atmosphere, food, service & good value. We had no booking yet got showen straight to a table. The restaurant then quickly filled up. The tapas menu is great, portions are bigger than expected and very tasty. Also their seafood chowder is amongst the best I have ever had & served with delicious bread!

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

Was here recently for dinner. Lovely retaurant, with decent food despite a limited menu. Is very expensive especially considering what you get. One or two small things really bothered us. The table beside us had the excellent looking fish & hand cut real chips. We ordered a side of chips expecting the same, but what we got was chips straight from the nearest Burger joint. Had the fajitas for main, which came with a good amount of filling but 3 tiny tortillas. I asked for one extra tortilla and was brought 3 more and then charged €7 for them! Have to say with so much competition is little things like this that mean I wont be back.

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