Restaurant Reviews from azzo58

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Last Visit: 11 August 2013

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Yuan Ming Yuan Chinese Restaurant

17 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Great
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Reviewed 19th December 2011 ( visited 25th November 2011 )

This restaurant gets top marks from me. There is ornate Asian decor, not to everyone's tastes I'm sure, but what more could you hope for in a Chinese restaurant! The service was excellent. Very friendly and they were willing to give you advise and information about the different foods. The menu itself is exactly what I want. Its in Chinese and in English, so you know its got to be good. There is a huge selection. I tried a bunch of the Dim Sum. All were excellent. I also had a wanton soup, delicious. The star of the meal was a "sweet bun" dim sum dessert. It was lovely authentic asian homely food. And everything was great value. If I lived closer I'd eat there once a week. As it is, i will go back next time I'm in Cork, for definite!
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Asian Tea House restaurant

15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
50 reviews

Reviewed 01st May 2011 ( visited 19th April 2011 )

I've eaten here a few times for lunch, dinner and take away. The staff are really nice and they give you complimentary asian tea, not only in the restaurant but also while i was waiting for a takeaway! So nice! The food is good. Some of it is great, and some of it is only ok. Last dish I had was a Japanese noodle dish with broth and chicken. This wasnt very nice for my tastes. But I have had a mango chicken dish here that was wonderful. There are good menu options like early bird and I think there were student deals too. A nice upscale asian restaurant.
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Santoor Restaurant
Main Street, Oranmore, Galway

Oh my goodness, you have to eat here. I have gotten takeaway from here a number of times and the food is always very good. My husband and I decided to eat in the restaurant for a change and all I can say is WOW. The food, the same food that we usually order, was spectacular when eaten fresh from the kitchen. The naan bread was so fresh, I could sit there eating bread and sauce all night! The staff are very friendly, the food is high quality and pretty good value, the decor is quite dark and the restaurant is kept dim and has quite a few tables in it and is a bit small, with the takeout counter located in the restaurant and all foot traffic for that is passing tables. So if you go in, I recommend sitting as far from the "path" as possible. This is my only issue with an otherwise excellent dining experience.

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Maxwells Bistro
14 Williamsgate Street, Galway City, Galway

I've eaten here a number of times in the past few months, for both lunch and dinner, alone, and tables of 2 and 4. The food is very good, with a wide selection of dishes with locally sourced foods. They have a good soup and sandwich combo deal at lunch time. A particular favorite is the fish pie! Also the duck and crispy chicken pancakes. The prices are reasonable. The restaurant is well decorated and is well situated to look out on the busy Galway city centre in comfort. My one slight issue with this restaurant is the toilets, they are in the basement and although they are clean and well stocked, they only have changing facilities in the ladies room and there has been bad smells down there on more than one occasion.

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Chapter 40
40 New Street, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

What an amazing restaurant. Excellent on all counts. Most importantly the food was fantastic. Scallops to start, followed by mushroom risotto and a brownie to finish. Each dish was presented elegantly and all bared evidence of the chef's creative mind and excellent palette balancing flavours and textures like a true artist. The restaurant had beautiful contemporary decor, including nice touches like mouthwash and toothpicks in the bathroom and a screen in the porch entrance showing the chef hard at work. The staff were friendly and accommodating, they knew their stuff about the menu, were enthusiastic about the food and very efficient. This restaurant was so good it had our conversation steering towards how long it would take to drive to Killarny regularly, and debating if a 6 hour round trip was too long for just a meal or should we consider moving closer!

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Star King Pan Asian Buffet Restaurant
Galway Shopping Centre, Headford Road, Galway City, Galway

We went here for lunch. The atmosphere is dark, slick and feels like a nice place for a party. You pay to enter then can eat all you like. There is water available free of charge and a cash bar to get other drinks. The lunch options are more limited than the dinner options. The food is buffet style. The food is good, not great. The buffet is not hot enough so by the time you eat the food is luke warm or cold. The selection was limited and did not include many appetiser type things. There is dim sum available at lunch but it is at the other side of the restaurant where the dinner chef would be, but not at lunchtime. The dessert buffet is included in the price and has a chocolate fountain, fruit, jelly and ice cream. All are ok but not fantastic quality. good value but quality could be improved.

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Amicus
Paul Street, Cork City, Cork

I imagine this would be a nice place for a cocktail at night but it is not suitable for breakfast. It is too dark and "clubby" inside. Nice but not suitable for a morning visit. The food was greasy, dull and forgettable. I usually clean my plate, but here I left half of it behind, unsatisfied. The service was brisk and un-organised. They did not write the order down so some of what arrived was wrong. I also saw servers wandering aimlessly with plates of food and not knowing where to bring them. It is in a prime location and it looks like a nice menu for breakfast but I would say don't bother. Maybe come back at night for a cocktail, but I wont be doing so.

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Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

You have to go to this place for breakfast! Wow! The menu for breakfast is extensive and excellent. The food is fantastic. I had poached eggs with sourdough toast. I shared a cheese toastie. It was excellent. The area its located in feels a little run down, with many businesses in the area closed. But this cafe had a booming business. There was a queue to get in. I haven't seen this happen in Ireland before for a breakfast place. The service was not great. There seemed to be a lot of servers but not much work being done. The layout of the restaurant isnt great. There is a big table in the centre being used up with "servers things" like cutlery, napkins, jams, newspapers etc. A waste of space that could be used to sit some of the waiting customers.

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Gourmet Burger Bistro
8 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

Excellent little burger joint. The day we went there were 4 or 5 other tables with families with small children. The menu and atmosphere were family friendly without being too childish. The decor was nice. My husband said that if ever he were to open a food place, he'd want it to be like that. i wasn't hugely hungry so i asked could i order a child size portion and that was no problem. The service was quick and quiet. The food was good. Decent burgers with proper ketchup on every table. Good chips too. Would go back.

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Cornstore
40 Cornmarket Street, Cork City, Cork

We were in this restaurant for a special menu option, Thanksgiving. Even the fact that they acknowledged this foodie holiday with a special set menu impressed me as I hadn't seen anywhere else do so. The food was very good. I would go back and try their regular menu based on the experience. They also had mulled cider, which was a nice touch! They also have a cocktail menu. I imagine it would be a nice place to have a cocktails evening out. The service was good if a bit distracted.The decor is a little too dark for my tastes. Nice evening out.

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Idaho Cafe
Caroline Street, Cork City, Cork

This small cafe is hidden away in Cork City but worth a visit for sure. The interior has a Parisienne cafe feel. Small tables crammed in but feels cosy not crowded. The menu (for breakfast ) is small but good, much like the cafe itself. I had porridge with cinnamon sugar. Also tried some pastry and a macaroon. All were very good. The service was charming and friendly. We were tourists with a map out on the table before the food came. The server even gave us ideas of places to visit. Nice!

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Yuan Ming Yuan Chinese Restaurant
17 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

This restaurant gets top marks from me. There is ornate Asian decor, not to everyone's tastes I'm sure, but what more could you hope for in a Chinese restaurant! The service was excellent. Very friendly and they were willing to give you advise and information about the different foods. The menu itself is exactly what I want. Its in Chinese and in English, so you know its got to be good. There is a huge selection. I tried a bunch of the Dim Sum. All were excellent. I also had a wanton soup, delicious. The star of the meal was a "sweet bun" dim sum dessert. It was lovely authentic asian homely food. And everything was great value. If I lived closer I'd eat there once a week. As it is, i will go back next time I'm in Cork, for definite!

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Greenes Restaurant @ Hotel Isaacs
48 MacCurtain Street, By the Waterfall, Cobbled Courtyard Close, Cork City, Cork

Excellent meal in this restaurant. Starter was a venison sausage. Main was beautiful scallop dish. Dessert was a devine chocolate melting pudding with raspberry sorbet. I would go back just for the dessert alone! Exceptionally good! The service was polite and efficient. The pictures on the walls were nice and there is a massive waterfall outside the window.The atmosphere is quiet and intimate. Unfortunately, we were at a table that had an emergency exit door directly behind it. It was so close that my chair hit the push handle and opened it a jar. That is the only fault I can find with the restaurant really!

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The Fatted Calf
Church St., Athlone, Athlone, Westmeath

Excellent food. Best meal I've had in recent memory. I had roast pork - unbelievably good. Also tasted the burger - excellent. Ordered sides of red cabbage - soft and delicious. And onion rings - I've had better. Tried three of the desserts. Pear frangipane was not very nice but I also tried the fruit crumble which was perfect. Served with ice cream (bread flavour?) and that too was great. The other dessert I tried was the chocolate brownie. It was gooey and devilishly good. It was served with cream but having tasted the icecream that came with the crumble, we ordered icecream to go with it instead (for no extra cost). Best dessert ever when combined with the icecream. Service was good, Atmosphere is cosy pub, but food is presented and tastes like fine dining. Will go back and recommend to everyone

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Scottys Steakhouse
Cuirt na Coiribe, Headford Road, Galway City, Galway

American style restaurant. If you like burgers, you'll like this place. This is a restaurant not a fast food place so prices are higher but so is quality, service and atmosphere. The food here is amazing. Triple play starter allows you to mix and match three starters and is a great way to share. Burgers are seriously big and messy and wonderful. They have a selection of chips including Sweet potato fries, my personal favourite. I also love the shrimp. Ribs are excellent by Irish standards but do not compare to ribs you can get in USA. Brownie Sundae and Rocky Mountain Candy Crunch desserts are excellent. The rest including an NY cheesecake and an apple pie are not worth the price. The pastry is a little undercooked and "fridge-y". Excellent, friendly staff.

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Wa Cafe
New Dock Street, Galway City, Galway

I like this place. I go for lunch there or get take away regularly. Its small, off the beaten track and nice. Negative points include a very limited menu. There is not very much selection at all. Its also nearly too small inside. If you and 5 friends come in to this restaurant you'll literally have taken over most of the tables. I did not like the Miso soup. I had never had it before, so I dont know if it was my tastes or if it was just bad. Positives include the quality and flavour of the food. My personal favourite is the chicken terriyaki bento box. They do different type of veggie sides each day and have daily specials so you can have variety and taste new foods but still have your old reliable dish as your number 2 in the bento box. I LOVE the rice. Its shaped into two triangles and coated in a layer of sesame seeds. I dont know why but it is amazing.

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Asian Tea House
15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

I've eaten here a few times for lunch, dinner and take away. The staff are really nice and they give you complimentary asian tea, not only in the restaurant but also while i was waiting for a takeaway! So nice! The food is good. Some of it is great, and some of it is only ok. Last dish I had was a Japanese noodle dish with broth and chicken. This wasnt very nice for my tastes. But I have had a mango chicken dish here that was wonderful. There are good menu options like early bird and I think there were student deals too. A nice upscale asian restaurant.

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Bethlehem Pizza & Pasta
Unit 2, The Meadow, Ballybrit, Galway

One of my family's absolute favourite restaurants. We eat there at least twice a week. Great for quick lunch or casual dinner. Cheap, cheerful fast and EXCELLENT food. Good portion sizes too. If you are going here, order pasta. Other foods are good but the pasta is fantastic. Dont bother with the garlic bread though. Its the only thing that I've ever had there that I would not order again. Our favourite dishes include Maria Gratia, Fiorentini, Fusilli Callibrasi and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini. All are beautiful. Chips are more like home fries (little deep fried cubes of potato), but are really good and if you fancy it, disperse nicely into the pasta if you are craving some serious carbs! They also have an interesting selection of desserts, but dinner is so good I never make it that far! Top marks on atmosphere is based on comparing it to other fast food places as opposed to fancy italian restaurants. It is a casual place.

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Elwoods Bar and Grill
Forster Court Hotel, Forster Street, Galway City, Galway

We didnt get there late enough to order from the Teppanyaki table so had to order from regular menu. We had Lamb Curry and Duck breast, then strawberry shortcake tower and the Melting Chocolate Fondant (which was not melting!). While the food was beautifully presented, the flavours were bland and unremarkable.The service, while friendly, was poor. Not bad but not good either. E.g. there were side plates for bread, but none was offered, although we saw some passing by. The salt shaker was out of salt, not only on our table but also the one beside us. Wine glasses were not removed when we did not order wine. And we had the waiters thumb print in the raspberry coulis. Based on this evenings meal, I wont be going to Elwood's again, and I'll save myself the teppanyaki experience for Dublin restaurants. I hate to say that as I love hibachi food and want to support local businesses.

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