Restaurant Reviews from artusi

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
70%

County: Wexford

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 12 May 2008

Last Visit: 03 May 2016

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Sha-Roe Bistro restaurant

Main Street, Clonegal, Carlow

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
9 reviews

Reviewed 14th November 2010 ( visited 12th November 2010 )

I have been eating here since it opened and I am delighted this young couple are getting the attention and success they deserve. The menu is thoughful, balanced and local. To keep prices down the chef avoids expensive cuts and instead cooks. Yes, he cooks. with care and flair within an Irish tradition. Slow cooked ham shanks with cabbage are wonderful. In spring they collect wild garlic and make a sublime soup. The Chicken liver parfait is the best I have ever had. Desserts are all great, but on your first visit have the chocolate marquise. The wine list is short but im my humble. it is one of the best in Ireland. Every wine is excellent, represents value for quality and is a food wine. For once it is obvious the wine list was chosen in the kitchen not the cash and carry.The house red and white are very good. Go in a group and take a taxi. The pub next door is perfect for a pint afterwards. The can be a little noisy and you must book ahead. If you want saturday night, book well ahead.
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The Duck Terrace@Marlfield House restaurant

Marlfield House Hotel & Restaurant, Courtown Road R742, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Great
12 reviews

Reviewed 12th December 2008 ( visited 12th December 2008 )

Once Marlfield seemed prohibitively expensive but in the last few years as far more ordinary eating houses have pushed prices up it now seems far more reasonable. The house is charming and the food careful and well cooked. Though the french service and cloches over courses are old fashioned it adds a bit of theatre to the whole experience.A place where you can enjoy dressing up to go out, but be careful when you venture off the set menu, the extras can really add up.
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Curry & Grill House
17 Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

It was late and the end of a long day, My colleague and I were hungry and not having much luck in finding an open kitchen in tourist trap Kilkenny. The excellent Simla was closed. So really in absence of much other choice we ended up in this spot. It has all the looks of a takeaway with a few tables thrown in so we didn't expect much. We went heavy on the order. Bajis samosa pakora tikka , lamb bhuna ,mixed tandoori, tarka dahl, aloo gobi, naan, rice and stuff. Everything was Fabulous. Delicious. The staff were very friendly the service quick the bill more than reasonable,. We went back 5 days later with 2 sceptical friends who ended up converts. Love this place. only thing is they don't have a licence so no cold kingfisher with your curry.

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The Forge Restaurant (Carlow)
Kilbride Cross, Ballon, Carlow town, Carlow

On a road in the middle of nowhere in particular there is no reason for a restaurant to be here or for one to be busy. The Forge is more proof that if you give people well made food for decent prices they will come. The gray pound was evident when I passed by . At 1.30 on a tuesday in February the room was full and had been as both the mains I asked for were gone, I had a big bowl of excellent soup and a properly tasty ham sandwich, sweet thick roast ham on very good brown soda. A very nice very hot cappuccino and a slice of apple tart, good pastry plenty of fruit. Next time Ill have the boiled ham and cabbage. ps very good friendly service.

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Rathwood Restaurant
Rath, Tullow, Carlow

A few years since my last lunch here. The whole enterprise had grown massively since its first inception and it a long way now from a mere garden centre. The food seemed better then, more homemade more interesting but maybe thats just time. I had a decent chowder with not great brown bread which is a black mark. Brown bread is a basic and not hard to get right. My companion had a homemade burger which he described as nice enough. Which was the story really. Nice enough to have lunch there but not to go there to have lunch.

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Wild Spice Indian Restaurant & Take-Away
Lower Esmonde Street, Gorey, Wexford

there never seems to be anyone in the place which is doesnt make it a cheery or atmospheric spot. However since it does a massive take out trade i doubt the proprietor is much concerned, I nearly always get chicken in indians though I love lamb curries but experience tells me the lamb is very rarely cooked long or slowly enough. However this night I went for the lamb jalfresi and it was tender and moist and full of flavour, rice and naan very good. prices are about average for Inian but the food well above.

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Jacksons Hotel
Main Street, Ballybofey, Donegal

the staff were very friendly but couldn't seem to communicate a fairly simple order from dining room to kitchen. the tomato soup was very good , everything else very ordinary pub grub but spa hotel prices.

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Casapepe Gorey
92 Main Street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Had not been here for an age. Went out for the early bird with the extended family. The menu of 3 courses for 19 odd euro is good value, the room is fine and the staff very pleasant . My calamari were perfectly ok as a starter if a big nothingish, All my companions were happy or very happy with thier mains. I went for a 12oz steak and it seemed a tad more 10oz than 12 but I may well be wrong What i know is it was dry and not massively tender, tepid and more like well done than medium rare. I suspect the problem was that chef got his timings wrong and put my meat on too soon and it was left hanging around while others mains were finished. Puddings meet with approval around the table and I had the selection of very good ice cream. Ill go back, I think my steak may have been just one of those things that happen even in the best spots.

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King Cod
John Street, Gorey, Wexford

once the pre-eminent chipper in Gorey things have slipped of late. The chips are still very good. but the fresh fish aint up to much , the portions have gone rather small., a bit dry and definitely a touch dear .there are better options in the town whether you want trad or burgers or pizza

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The Courtyard Ferns
Main Street, Ferns, Enniscorthy , Ferns, Wexford

As I find myself in Ferns most weeks, twice a week I know this spot very well and had never bothered to review. Well the pub is pleasant, the people are nice and everything on the menu is decent or better. But the Chowder is historic. Piping hot mini tureens of mussels and salmon and crab and cod in a creamy liquor with spuds and al dente celery. Served with really excellent brown bread it is more than enough for a good lunch,

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Ipoh restaurant
Knockmullen Retail park | Gorey, Wexford, Ireland, Gorey, Wexford

There are locations which for no particular reason seem to be death to any eating house. This was one of those. A dizzying succession of themes and cuisines came and went til Ipoh came and after a slow start is now flying. In fact weekends for dinner best make a reservation to avoid disappointment. The success is no mystery. The food is consistently good, fresh and clean. the service is youthful efficient and very friendly. And the starter main combo offers are great value,Make sure to get your loyalty card as you will be coming back

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Indiana
22 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

Having left Dublin Sunday morning without breakfast I was starving and had a longing for spice. So when we hit Gorey I remembered they did a sunday lunch all you can eat buffet and off we went. My surprise was that the large pleasant room was less than half full. Now we are not talking about michelin star new indian cuisine here, This is a self service buffet . There were chicken and veg pakoras. nice warm popadoms, strips of tandoori chicken. butter chicken , beef in a hot and sour gravy and other things. the beef as actually very good, long slow cooked , tender and spiced. everything was decent and it is all you can eat for....11,99 !!! Food like this at that price is serious value. Brill place for a hangover cure , lads out for the day or a family looking for a change from carvery

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Dropped in with a foodie friend for dinner. The room is small as are the tables and the chairs but is a very pleasant place .The menu was strong on bistro classics and the wine list is short and well thought out with a happily a few choices of decent bots available by the glass. All of our choices were good to excellent with the New England style chowder as a standout, very clean pure flavours chunky but light. The puy lentils with my duck were also superb.The patron was friendly and helpful and for once the background music didnt annoy me, Only one small gripe, the portions are not exactly gargantuan so do eat the very good bread and expect to have 3 not 2 courses. Still 3 courses, coffee one bot of nice pinot noir , water and 2 glasses of white came to about 65 a head which is about right for careful cooking like this.

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Eco Pizzeria & Restaurant
50 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

This place is a mystery to me. Its busy, it gets decent reviews here and word of mouth in the area but it is constantly disappointing, I end up being bullied by friends into returning. I've never had a main that I rated. But if I can give one piece of advice I wish I had taken on my last visit, dont get the pizza.. when It arrived I remembered too late previous experience. Under cooked.the single worst flaw a pizza can have. small addition, the salami was very poor quality. after than, the coffee is good and the desserts are too. also they make a very decent salad.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

In town and with a bit space after a disappointing dinner we happened by here and thought why not get a dessert. The staff greeted us , very friendly, all Italian. CHstted us through the cake on offer. Confessed the tiramisu was tho excellent not homemade. We fixed on choc and fruit financieres and coffees. We sat outside and they turned on the heaters for us, without asking, the cake was top notch. my cappuccino boiling hot just how I wanted and the waiters couldnt have been nicer. Next time we are dining in town we will skip pudding and go here again.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

I wanted to go to Portobello but in the end we hit for the M1 and Avoca seemed the only option for late breakfast. Actually at 11.40 we were too late which seemed a bit early to finish the full irish. So we both had focaccia sambos, beef cheese rocket and relish. A couple of danish and a pot of tea and it all came to 26 euro which I found a bit a shock.7.20 for the sambo for the love of God! That said, the foccaccia was really good, which is a true rarity. The beef was generous and flavoursome .In fact the sandwich was very substantial and made a decent brunchy type of main. The Danish was spectacular. Best I have ever had in Ireland. So all in all pricey and full ladies paying too much for take away soup BUT the food is reliably good.

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Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I had been really looking forward to this. The very positive reviews I read here exacerbated that. The room itself is fine, plain what atmosphere there was provided by the jolly mostly young crowd out for Saturday. Getting to order a bit of wait. Starters came quickly though and were very good, my crepe and the spring roll particularly. Then a good half hour before the mains. It was not madly busy either. My Beef with Noodles started well, I love a nice broth. But after about a third it all started to pall. Too bland, too meh. Also the meat balls were tough and actually unpleasant, One of the lads had a curry which tasted precisely like a packet sauce. Dense, floury and under spiced. The further 40 minute wait after poor coffee for the bill didnt enhance the mood. Disappointing and I really wanted to like this place.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place has really cracked it. Was full when we arrived at a bit after seven and was full with folks waiting when we left at nine. The staff are good and the room is cosy. Everything seems to be set up to create the sense of an informal inexpensive place to have a glass of wine and a slice of salami or full blown dinner and lots of bots. The truth is the food is not that great,. decent but ,,,. My ravioli were tepid and the pasta was a touch too al dente even for an Italian. The wine list is very good and we knocked off a couple of bot of a negro amaro which was great value at E22. The affetati are good but not good enough to be priced as they are and generally portions are small. two of the party had pudding because they were still hungry, not peckish. At 40 a head for what was a light supper rather than real dinner it was pleasant but not great value when so many other houses are offering serious deals in town these days.

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Matt the Millers Bar & Restaurant
1 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Had lunch with two friends. I had beer batter haddock and chips. the fish was fresh and the batter was really good, light and crunchy, not at all greasy. the chips were fine and the tartar sauce ok, id prefer it chunkier. My companions had a burger and chicken curry , both were very happy with their choices. The pub is nicely set out, the service friendly and the food is definitely on the superior end of pub grub. With food and a few cokes the bill came in at E40 which was not over the top.

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Sha-Roe Bistro
Main Street, Clonegal, Carlow

I have been eating here since it opened and I am delighted this young couple are getting the attention and success they deserve. The menu is thoughful, balanced and local. To keep prices down the chef avoids expensive cuts and instead cooks. Yes, he cooks. with care and flair within an Irish tradition. Slow cooked ham shanks with cabbage are wonderful. In spring they collect wild garlic and make a sublime soup. The Chicken liver parfait is the best I have ever had. Desserts are all great, but on your first visit have the chocolate marquise. The wine list is short but im my humble. it is one of the best in Ireland. Every wine is excellent, represents value for quality and is a food wine. For once it is obvious the wine list was chosen in the kitchen not the cash and carry.The house red and white are very good. Go in a group and take a taxi. The pub next door is perfect for a pint afterwards. The can be a little noisy and you must book ahead. If you want saturday night, book well ahead.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

four of us went for dinner ,all with different ideas of good food and different attitudes to spice and heat .The staff were welcoming and very helpful in guiding neophytes around the menu .We ordered 2 meat one veg and one fish rijsttafel .All the food was good while some was fantastic . Even the puddings ! A decent wine and reasonably priced .I had a delish gruner veltliner.To top the evening off , i met a gorgeous man . Will be back soon.

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Ming Garden
38 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

Lashings of grease quickly and efficiently served .

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Jack's Tavern
Main Street, Camolin, Camolin, Wexford

Not bad is is a bit of a mean assesment.Its a better than than that .The fish is fresh and the batter crispy .Sambos are good as is the soup.Perfectly fine place to stop on the road and feed a family.

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Loch Garman Arms
90 Main Street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Seventies food in a eighties pub and not a thing wrong with it .Have the bacon and cabbage if its one with loads of floury spuds and butter .Apple tart warm with ice cream for pud .Good grub.

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Kin Khao Thai - Closed
3 Main Street, Gorey, Co Wexford, Gorey, Wexford

Each dish i have had here has tasted clean and fresh, cooked at the moment with no buckets of premade 'thai sauce, in evidence.I would like more spice and a touch more heat but still this is well cooked food. The service is friendly and efficient.The room can be noisy .Wine list is decent and prices are reasonable for the quality given.

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Koo Restaurant
5 Knockmullen Retail Park, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Under spiced over priced .Neither fish nor fowl , this multi cuisine fusion effort is not dire .

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Corkscrew Restaurant Wine and Café Bar
McDermott Street, Gorey, Co Wexford, Gorey, Wexford

Since new management arrived the food has conme on big time.Though a bit limited it serves up well made bistro style food. The leather sofas probably looked good in the catalogue but dont work for eating or drinking. The problem here was and is a wine bar with a dull list of barely passable over priced wines.Hopefully with the kitchen sorted the list will be next .

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Always a favorite of mine ,the last two visits have been a sad disappointment.The bar still fun if pricey but the food has become ordinary and poor value and the room is too noisy .I hope this is just a blip .Still the waiting staff are still very friendly.

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La Dolce Vita (Wexford)
6-7 Trimmers Lane, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

The best italian food in Ireland .The rooms is ok ,the service better when the chef patron is in.The food however is Italian ,not an interpretation for Irish clients. Great wine list with nice selection by the glass.As chef is fron liguria one expects good pesto , but his is historic ,ditto the risotto.

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The Duck Terrace@Marlfield House
Marlfield House Hotel & Restaurant, Courtown Road R742, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Once Marlfield seemed prohibitively expensive but in the last few years as far more ordinary eating houses have pushed prices up it now seems far more reasonable. The house is charming and the food careful and well cooked. Though the french service and cloches over courses are old fashioned it adds a bit of theatre to the whole experience.A place where you can enjoy dressing up to go out, but be careful when you venture off the set menu, the extras can really add up.

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