Restaurant Reviews from babaduck

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Benito's restaurant

46-47 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin , Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Casual Dining

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76 reviews

Reviewed 02nd February 2008 ( visited 26th January 2008 )

We had a gang night out in Benitos last weekend and had a great time. First off, the staff are great - very friendly and so easy to deal with... nothing was too much of a problem and they kept the wine flowing all night! Our food, with the exception of 1 dish) was lovely - I had the Gamberoni Fritti which were yummy - so much so that I refused to share, but managed to snag some of the Polpette and the Antipasto Misto from unsuspecting friends which were both very tasty. As I don’t like olives, I passed on the Pollo Diavola but the friends who had it found it very claggy and overly spicy - the staff noted this and gave us a bottle of wine with their compliments to apologise. The fillet of cod was excellent and appreciative comments were made about the Sea Bass. My own Pizza Capricciosa (no olives, but onions instead) was perfect with a very thin and crispy base and the perfect combination of toppings. We even managed dessert and this was the highlight of the evening - everything was fantastic. The cheesecake, which I usually dread, was light and tasted of real lemon. The Gelati was home made and the chocolate orange icecream vanished at the speed of light, and the Tiramisu didn't stand a chance! The cost of this meal - €45 incl. service for 3 courses and lakes of wine... fabulous value and we'll be back (again!)
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Treasure Inn restaurant

25 Upper Main St, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

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Asian Fusion

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5 reviews

Reviewed 18th September 2007 ( visited 15th September 2007 )

The best takeaway in the town - food is always beautifully cooked, ready quickly and tastes fantastic
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26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Saba is on Clarendon Street, right behind the Westbury Hotel (home of the Kitchen Hero Tasty Tea) and our table for ten was located at the window so we could spot the late arrivals. As there were a gang of us, we chose from the Fixed Price Lunch Menu - 3 courses for €19.95 which is really good value. As we were waiting for the stragglers (one of whom who was clever enough to place her cocktail order in advance as she knew she'd be late), we ordered some prawn crackers which arrived with a selection of dips to quell the rumbling tummies. I ordered Hoisin Duck Rolls to start, which were long and lovely and stuffed full of duck with lots of Hoisin sauce for dipping. I very quietly asked if anybody would like to try them, but I don't think they heard me. That might be because I said it in my head. I did see Tempura Vegetables to my left and right which vanished in double time. Cocktails were finished and wine (or grape juice as we call it) was ordered - just a small glass each. Our mains came along - mine was the coveted Xao Hao Lo : chicken with asparagus, oyster mushrooms, baby corn, snowpeas & cashew nuts. Other mains included an extra-spicy Massaman Curry & Pad Thai. The table was full of empty glasses at this stage but for some reason the staff were oblivious to this and had to be asked twice to clear away the empties, which is a bit of a shame. Desserts and coffees were ordered - I had the Pineapple & Banana fritter which came in a panko casing, rather than the batter coating which I was used to - it was very crunchy, but not as luscious as the batter version. I also managed to steal a small taste of the pistachio icecream which came with the dark chocolate tart - it was fantastic. So, after a feast of food and drink, the bill arrived - €40 per person including service which was really good value for money. Saba is a great place for a leisurely lunch


O'Brien Chop House
Main Street, Lismore, Waterford

O’Brien Chop House is located on Main Street in Lismore (with plenty of free parking available on South Mall just around the corner). From the street, it just looks like an old fashioned pub shopfront, although in beautiful muted paint colours. Once you enter, you’re transported back to the pub your grandad used to drink in – it has been beautifully and sympathetically restored – and the restaurant proper is at the back, almost like a Tardis. The manager seated us at a lovely table opposite the service hatch (all the better to see the kitchen with), set with pretty blue willow pattern plates. Two types of breads and a pat of Glenilen Farm butter arrived on a wooden plank to stave off the hunger pangs while we ordered from the €20 set menu. As usual we negotiated who was having what and sat back and watched the staff hard at work. The restaurant was booked solid with families and groups of friends having a convivial lunch and the kitchen staff were certainly under pressure but we never heard a raised voice, a broken plate or any sign of stress. I ordered the Endive & herb salad with soft boiled egg, anchovies & parmesan while The Hubs chose the Skeaghanore duck rillettes with pickled vegetables to start. They were delicious - usually The Hubs would do anything to avoid anchovies but he kept stealing them from my plate. His Rillettes were absolutely perfect with the crunchy toast. Plates were rapidly emptied and we almost forgot we had main courses still to come... This time around, the pork was mine - a pan-fried Ballyvolane House Saddleback chop with an apple & onion jam and a thyme sauce. The Hubs ordered the Supreme of Cappoquin chicken with mustard mash & a lemon cream sauce. We basically split the plates 50/50 because they were both equally gorgeous. They arrived with some local new potatoes and very tender greens. At this stage, we admitted defeat - we were absolutely stuffed and couldn't manage dessert or even coffee. A stroll around the town and the beautiful St. Carthage's Cathedral was the o


The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

It's a disused leather warehouse (hence the name) and has been beautifully converted to create a contemporary and spacious restaurant. The downstairs area is where you find the bar and where there's a bar, there's cocktails served at little round tables and very comfortable seats. They were so good and so potent, that I've forgotten what they were called! After a browse through the short but perfectly formed menu, we settled on who was ordering what for dinner. As I let The Hubs have first choice at lunch, I put my size fives down and demanded the pick of the menu. My starter choice was pre-determined : it had to be the crab creme brulee with pickled cucumber and melba toast. The Hubs made a face at this which I took as a good omen i.e. I wouldn't have to share it. He opted for the caramelised red onion tart with soft Dromana cheese. Mains kept both of us happy - aged ribeye steak with a wild mushroom duxelle and creamed onions, and smoked Barbary duck with green beans, peaches, bacon & girolles. In the interest of research, I also ordered the french fries with smoked paprika aioli (more about this later...). We were led upstairs to the very bright and airy dining room where I had a perfect view of all the activity. The restaurant was absolutely packed, with early bird diners leaving and being quickly replaced by the 8pm mob. Soon the crab and the tart showed up and we stopped talking. Until somebody opposite piped up "do you want to try some of mine". This isn't him being all nice and sharing. It just means that he wants some of mine. I happily handed over some of my crab, complete with pickled cucumber on a shard of melba toast and happily accepted some of his red onion tart which reminded me of my favourite Portugese tart, Pasteis do Nata. The Dromana cheese was soft and delicate which worked really well with the crispy pastry and melting red onion filling. My crab creme brulee was gorgeous. I actually would have been happy to eat a main course-sized portion of it


The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

We landed into the Martello hoping for a quick bite before heading elsewhere to meet friends. We have eaten in the Tower Bistro many times and the food is always excellent, but this was the first time we had eaten from the bar menu. I ordered a fillet steak stir fry with egg noodles and there was no problem in making it without peppers Himself had the cheese & bacon burger which was served with skinny fries. The food arrived very quickly and was well presented. My stirfry was excellent - very high quality meat with plenty of vegetables and a large portion of noodles. The burger looked good but I thought the meat was very underseasoned and tasted of not much. The bill, including a pint of Heineken and a bottle of Coors Light came to €36 which was pretty good value for money.


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We went to Pichet on Saturday morning for coffee - and it was a fabulous choice. Despite the moaning & groaning on the TV show, the famous blue chairs were perfectly comfortable! The cafe area was very well stocked and all offerings were very reasonably priced We ordered a cappuccino, a tea and two muffins. The very friendly girls dropped them over and I was seriously impressed - the cappuccino foam stayed until the end of the cup which is a rarity and the coffee beneath was strong and delicious. The tea yielded two cups (which made the Husband very happy) and the muffins were delicious. My raspberry muffin was shared once and then guarded against further attacks. The bill came to just over €8 which is very reasonable, given the price which the major chains would charge for a similar offering, and it was much better quality. Would love to return for lunch or dinner in the future.


Soya Bean
5 Main Street, Arklow (above JK's pub), Arklow, Wicklow

Although we've lived here for 8 years, we had never been to Soya Bean until recently to celebrate my birthday. The staff were very friendly and charming, presenting me with a glass of wine and wishing me a happy birthday. After some very fresh and hot prawn crackers, we shared a mixed combination platter which included satay chicken and fabulous spring rolls. I then had Minced Fillet Beef with Thai Sweet Basil and Vegetables while the Husband had Roast Cantonese Duck. We ended up splitting the mains as they were both so good! The desserts were pretty standard, but who goes to a Chinese restaurant for the dessert trolley? We hugely enjoyed our meal and plan to go back very soon


Rodeo Restaurant
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

We had lunch here on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised. The staff were a bit stressed and run off their feet, hence we didn't get our drinks or cutlery until after our mains came out... We both had burgers - mine was lamb and the Husband's was beef. Both were beautifully cooked and the chips were great. A fine pitstop for €26


232-234 Salthill Upper, Salthill, Galway

We had lunch here on Friday based on a recommendation from my Aunt who was in Galway last week on holidays and for once, she was right! The staff were very friendly and helpful, constantly keeping an eye on new arrivals and giving out menus. I had Bacon & Cabbage and the Husband had Toulouse Sausages & Mash. They were absolutely gorgeous and there was no washing up required on either plate... The total cost including 2 Cokes came to just over €26.


Oscars Seafood Bistro (Galway)
Lower Dominic Street, Galway City, Galway

We were in Galway for the weekend and Oscars was recommended by three different friends, so we decided to make a booking. The exterior and interior decor is a little tired and could definitely benefit from a refurb. However, the food is superb. It's certainly not the most economical place to dine, but for a special occasion, Oscars is worth it's weight in gold. No starters for us, so I had the Lamb a la Boulanger which was perfectly pink with exquisitely cooked vegetables. The Husband had the Shin of Beef which I will now start to cook at home! The desserts were equally excellent - he had a chocolate concoction and I had the creme brulee trio which I begrudged sharing with him. My only quibble is the poor selection of wines by the glass/carafe. Our bill came to €82 excl. service for two mains, two desserts, two beers & two glasses of wine.


The Thai And Hong Kong Garden
Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

I much prefer the food from the Thai & Hong Kong Garden as a takeway rather than eating in, as I find the dining room very dark and a little bit dreary. However, the food is really good - cooked to order and there's no problem making substitutions to any dish. It's also pretty reasonably priced.


FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

We had a group dinner here last Saturday night and to be honest, while the food was good, the poor service and high prices took away from the experience. We ended up paying €70 per head including service for a standard 3-course meal with about 1/2-2/3 of a bottle of wine each, which is pretty pricey compared to other restaurants in the area. The Moroccan lamb skewers were excellent, as was the pork with pesto and sirloin steak. I can also commend the chocolate fondant and creme brulee!


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

We went to Carluccios for a pre-Take That dinner last night. The place was absolutely packed - full of Italians - which is always a good sign as they are monumentally snobbish about their food! We had to wait for a table but were given menus to read in the interim. Once we were seated, we ordered immediately as we were a bit pushed for time - a bread tin to share while we waited for our mains - Penne Giardiniera, Linguine al Frutti di Mare and Penne alla Luganica. We had to ask for water (non-bottled) and eventually received 3 glasses, not a jug. Our wine glasses were filthy so we asked for clean ones (which didn't arrive). The wine was warm and the service was really haphazard. However, the food was fabulous - the three dishes were shared between us and nothing disappointed. It was great value at €20 each and we will prbably be back.


Vine Restaurant
109 North Main Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

I absolutely adore this restaurant - it looks very unassuming from the front and the loos could do with a bit (ok, a lot) of TLC but the food cannot be faulted. We had a girls night out here last weekend and there wasn't a word of complaint from any of the ladies present. We started with a combination platter for 5 and then chose a variety of mains including duck with tamarind, chicken with cashew, sweet and sour chickenand pork with ginger, garlic and pepper. I've never seen emptier plates returned to a kitchen in my life! The wine was gorgeous (Chilean Sauv Blanc). My only quibbles were the very poky loos and the noodles which were gluey and not up to scratch


La Speranza
Whites of Wexford, Main Street., Wexford Town, Wexford

We were staying in Whites Hotel last weekend and decided to lunch in the hotel's La Speranza cafe which faces directly onto South Main Street which is perfect if you walk in off the street, but dreadful if you are in the main hotel building because there's no direct access - a lift to the basement and then a walk through a car park is the only way to get there! Once we arrived though, our mood changed. The cafe is very busy and buzzy, with large LCD TV's showing whatever sports are on offer. We ordered the usual lunchtime fare of soup and sandwiches which were served quickly and efficiently. We then discovered that La Speranza doesn't have a wine list, just a choice of two bottles. Our Pinot Grigio was slightly warmer than you'd like, so an icebucket was requested and provided! Our bill for our lunch came to €13 each which was very reasonable indeed.


La Piccola
55 O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick

I still can't believe they don't sell beer! My non-wine drinking husband nearly keeled over when we found this out... it's the first Italian restaurant I've ever been in that doesn't sell birra at the very least. La Piccola Italia came highly recommended to us as being a truly authentic Italian restaurant so we were interested if it would beat our benchmark in Bray. Sadly not. The restaurant was absolutely packed for a wet Thursday evening and we were seated at a very cosy table for two near the door. We ordered garlic bread and tomato bruschetta to share as a starter - they were both very good, but I was surprised that no garlic or basil joined the tomato. For mains, I chose Scallopini al Limone & Himself had the Chicken Scallopini with a white wine & herb sauce. My veal was a little too acidic but his chicken was fabulous. One piece of sharp practice I detest in restaurants is serving absolutely nothing with the main, but asking you what type of potatoes you would like, and then charging you extra when you receive your bill at the end of the evening. It's a petty thing to do & I'd much prefer if restaurants were more honest about what you do get in an upfront manner. I had Tiramisu for dessert and himself had a mixture of icrecreams which included a really good Hazelnut icecream. Service in the restaurant wasn't a patch on the food and we had to almost stand on the table waving a napkin to get more drinks, despite the bar being 10 feet away from us! In fact, once we asked for the bill, we were ignored for 20 minutes and I had to walk to the bar to pay the bill of €79


Marco Polo not live
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick

We had a fabulous meal in Luigi Malones in Limerick & sorely miss the Stillorgan branch. It was a very wet and windy Friday evening and we managed to blag a table in a fully-booked restaurant (believe your own spoof, and others will too!) We decided to have the €30 set menu and were delighted with our choice. I had the prawn cocktail to start, followed by the ribeye steak (I was in a retro dining mood). The ribeye was unavailable so the kitchen substituted it for a sirloin... great choice. My prawn cocktail was yummy - plenty of juicy small prawns in a proper Marie Rose sauce with iceberg lettuce. The normally seafood-dodging Husband robbed quite a few mouthfuls when I wasn't paying close attention. My steak was served with perfect home fries and divine mushrooms & onions... I wish the ones I do at home tasted this good. He had chicken goujons with pesto mayonnaise to start, followed by the double gourmet burger with cheese. The chicken was done in a tempura batter which was quite frankly, fantastic. I could have eaten it all evening, but the plate was empty all too soon. His burger was indeed huge, and the meat was well seasoned and cooked exactly as ordered. His skinny fries and coleslaw were very tasty indeed. I have no idea how we managed dessert after this mass of food, but eventually we ordered Luigi's Homemade Icecreams - a scoop of each of chocolate, strawberry and Toblerone, and the homebaked Apple Crumble which would easily feed 2 people and had the most incredible cinnamon topping. Very good tea and coffee was included with the set menu and including some beer, our bill came to an incredibly reasonable €79. I'd go back to Limerick just to eat there!


Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We had lunch here today & really enjoyed it. The staff were incredibly friendly and our paninis tasted great - I had the Parma Ham with mushroom, mozzarella & sundried tomatoes and Himself had the Chicken & Mozzarella. The coleslaw & salad which accompanied the paninis were excellent and all in all, a great lunch


TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

We went there on Saturday after the cinema for something to eat & from the looks of things, got there just before the rush. We were seated very promptly and given menus by our friendly waitress. As we were starving, we decided to have starters and mains. I opted for the bruschetta, as the battered green beans weren't available (why are they still on the menu if you don't do them???) & the husband had the Sesame Jack chicken strips. As we were driving, it was Pepsi & Fanta for us both. The free refills are a great idea. My bruschetta was huge, but absolutely gorgeous. I couldn't even eat half of it, and the husband took care of the rest. His chicken was very disappointing for all the hype. It was overcooked & I honestly didn't think too much of the JD glaze which was very salty. We both had burgers for our mains - mine was the Classic with onions, mushrooms & mozzarella, and his was the Bacon Cheeseburger. The meat tasted great, but there was way too much cheese on both, and the buns were a bit on the stale side. The fries were good. We decided to be absolute savages & shared a chocolate brownie dessert, which I found a bit too sweet, but he polished off. The bill came to just over €60 which is a lot less that it would have been if we were drinking cocktails... I couldn't get over the price of some of them!!!


Deja-Vu Restaurant
3-4 Bridge Street, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Arklow, Wicklow

I have never been so disappointed by a restaurant - and I've been to some mediocre places in my time. Deja Vu is the newest restaurant in Arklow, overlooking the river and the new Bridgewater Centre. I wrote & emailed the owner but had no response, and I gave them 2 months before posting this review. We arrived at 8.30pm & were seated at a table overlooking the river. We asked for water to accompany our drinks & were offered small bottles of still or sparkling – we were not offered a jug of iced water or any bread. When another table arrived, they were immediately given jugs of iced water at no additional cost. We ordered the Smoked Salmon timbale and the Chicken & Bacon salad for starters, and 30 minutes later, the food arrived. My salmon starter was so small, it looked like an over-sized canapé - the accompanying salad was bigger than the starter! However, the chicken & bacon salad was excellent. Once our plates were cleared, we had to chase staff for more drinks. After almost an hour, we were told there was a delay on the mains due to a missing chef. Finally, the food arrived. The sirloin steak & pepper sauce was lovely, but my Monkfish was a disaster – 3 fish finger sized pieces so hard, I couldn’t cut it, & the Rosti potato was actually an overdone roast potato (and the same salad as the starter garnish). I was offered a replacement dish so took whatever could be made quickest… and ended up with the same steak as my husband – when he had finished eating his meal. Desserts were truly atrocious: a tasting plate of icecream, cheesecake & meringue was fit for nothing but the bin – it was an embarrassment. Despite telling the owner at the time that we were very unhappy with the food, the delay & the lack of service, we were presented with a bill for the full amount of €107 and then given a bottle of house wine as an apology. Not a dining experience to be recommended.


Diablos Kitchen
64 Main Street, Arklow..., Arklow, Wicklow

We had an impromptu dinner in Diablo's the other Friday night as the pub where we had planned to eat, closed the kitchen early but forgot to tell the customers. So we walked up the Main Street to the newly repainted Diablo's Kitchen (it's now a tasteful shade of cream instead of the lurid green it's been for a while) and were seated immediately. The restaurant wasn't packed when we arrived, but started to fill up shortly afterwards. The staff, as always were very friendly and efficient so we ordered a very large glass of Italian house white for me and a Tiger beer for the husband (served in a matching glass). We skipped starters and ordered scampi and chips for me, with stuffed chicken breast in bacon for the husband. The food was gorgeous - the salad with my scampi was divine; so unusual to see radishes in a salad in Ireland! The chicken was perfectly cooked and the accompanying mash was perfection... and I managed to hijack half of it when the husband wasn't looking. During the course of the evening, we discovered that Diablo's has been sold and we met the new owner - she was very interested in finding out from all the customers what type of food they liked, what they thought of the experience and what Diablo's could do to improve matters. If only every restaurant would take this proactive approach, there'd be far more positive dining experiences! We then decided to try the dessert - Berry Cheesecake for the husband and a Lemon Tart for myself. They were the highlight of the evening and my accompanying espresso rounded it off nicely. And the price for this meal - under €60... what a steal!


46-47 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin , Dalkey, Dublin

We had a gang night out in Benitos last weekend and had a great time. First off, the staff are great - very friendly and so easy to deal with... nothing was too much of a problem and they kept the wine flowing all night! Our food, with the exception of 1 dish) was lovely - I had the Gamberoni Fritti which were yummy - so much so that I refused to share, but managed to snag some of the Polpette and the Antipasto Misto from unsuspecting friends which were both very tasty. As I don’t like olives, I passed on the Pollo Diavola but the friends who had it found it very claggy and overly spicy - the staff noted this and gave us a bottle of wine with their compliments to apologise. The fillet of cod was excellent and appreciative comments were made about the Sea Bass. My own Pizza Capricciosa (no olives, but onions instead) was perfect with a very thin and crispy base and the perfect combination of toppings. We even managed dessert and this was the highlight of the evening - everything was fantastic. The cheesecake, which I usually dread, was light and tasted of real lemon. The Gelati was home made and the chocolate orange icecream vanished at the speed of light, and the Tiramisu didn't stand a chance! The cost of this meal - €45 incl. service for 3 courses and lakes of wine... fabulous value and we'll be back (again!)


Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Three of us went out to dinner last Saturday night to Campo Di Fiori and it was a resounding success. We started off by having an aperitivo in the little bar across the road - sadly they don't serve beer so Mr. R had a Coke, I had a glass of Gavi & Mr. H had a glass of Montepulciano. Both wines were gorgeous & at just €10.60 for the 3 drinks, excellent value. We ran across to the restaurant in the howling wind and rain, and were seated very quickly at a table for 4. It took us a while to decide, but eventually we opted for the Tagliere Misto and the Soute di Cozze e Vongole to start. The Tagliere contained various salami, pork, turkey, cheese, apple slices, olives, walnuts & a small dish of chestnut honey which was very aromatic but perfect with the apple and walnuts. The mussels & clams were lovely, with some background chili in the broth adding some subtle heat. Mains were easy - two Bistecca con l'osso alla Griglia and a Grigliata Mista. The steaks were fantastic - huge and perfectly cooked/seasoned. The grigliata contained the nicest steak and italian sausage I've had in this country (the lamb was a little dry) and warfare almost broke out over sharing. Luckily my husband ordered this dish so was legally bound to hand over 50% to me! The accompanying roasted potatoes were unfortunately burned, greasy and under seasoned, so a bit of a letdown. For dessert, I had Tiramisu and the boys had apple pannacotta. I definitely picked the better dish as the pannacotta was a bit too firm and the accompanying apple jelly was "traffic light" green. Coffee was excellent, as was the bottle of Montepulciano which accompanied our meal. Mr. R was very happy with his bottles of Italian beer. Including service, the bill came to €180 (€60 p.p.). The food was fantastic, service a little slow but overall a great night out.


Forde's Restaurant ( Crescent Quay)
Crescent Quay, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

I love Fordes - it's a little more expensive than other restaurants in Wexford, but worth it. We were there a few weeks ago for a girlie night and all seven of us were very happy with the food and wine. The service is excellent and the quality of the food is superb.


Emerald Gardens (Wexford)
117 South Main Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

I really like this restaurant - it's my first choice for Chinese in Wexford! The food is gorgeous and there's a great variety of dishes, the wine is excellent and the staff are always helpful and pleasant. What I wouldn't do right now for a plate of double-cooked pork with leek...


Robertino's Restaurant
19 Main Street South, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

Last time I was here, I was distinctly unimpressed by the good - I thought it was not authentic enough and the service was very haphazard to be honest. I hate Italian restaurants that serve chips of any kind and unfortunately Robertinos falls into this category.


The Chocolate Bar
Common Quay street, Wexford Town, Wexford Town, Wexford

I've only ever had lunch here, but have been very impressed with the paninis and salads. Service is excellent and the coffee is pretty good too!


Fusciardi Restaurant
Unit 4 Redmond Square, Wexford Town, Wexford

One of the few chippers around that serve eat-in food on real plates with metal cutlery, Fusciardi's is a great cheap option for fast food. The quality is excellent and the service is speedy... if only they delivered - then the guys in my office would be over the moon!


Fulacht Fiadh Restaurant
Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

I eat here 2-3 times a month and it's generally very good. Main courses are varied and served with plenty of fresh local vegetables but sometimes cubes of swede & carrot could be dressed up a little bit! The open brown bread sandwich is excellent - the bread is superb, and the soups and salads are gorgeous. It's very reasonably priced but a big favourite with school & coach parties so is jammed in the summer


Treasure Inn
25 Upper Main St, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

The best takeaway in the town - food is always beautifully cooked, ready quickly and tastes fantastic


Shelby's Brasserie
73 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

We sampled the early bird menu last month & were very pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. The restaurant is like the Tardis - looks small from the exterior but opens up into a lovely airy space, which is beautifully decorated, although the floors are a touch slippery. I had heard mixed reviews about the sittings and the food quality, but this proved to be groundless and we were happy with both. The house wine was excellent, plenty of iced water was supplied as needed, and although the staff were flat out, they gave us great service. I had the Terrine, which was excellent - calamari were very good and I was very impressed by the chicken wings, which I normally avoid like the plague! For mains, the Pork Belly was lovely - not too greasy with nicely rendered fat. The Lamb Shank and Salmon didn't stand a chance with the other hungry ladies at the table. The EB Menu is for 2 courses only but we decided to opt for dessert & coffee for the sheer hell of it! The Brulee was very good with a correctly caramelised top, but I was surprised at their interpretation of a Mille Feuille, which to me is made of puff pastry - Shelby's pastry chef decided that a heavy shortbread biscuit was appropriate (it was very difficult to eat with a fork & spoon). The chocolate fondant was superb and I had to fight on comers off so I could enjoy it myself!!! Including mandatory (boo hiss) service, lots of wine & coffee, our bill came to €42 per person which is very good value considering the quality and quantity of the food.


Orchard Court Chinese
36c Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

We've been going to this restaurant, it almost feels, since time began... and we love it. It's not the most modern or cutting-edge, but it has great staff and most importantly, fantastic food at really good prices.


Eddie Rockets (Liffey Valley)
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Fast, friendly & good food. We went in for lunch on Saturday - shown to a booth straight away & served immediately. Our food (2 classic burgers, 1 regular fries & 2 drinks) was on the table within 10 minutes, perfectly cooked, hot and tasting great. Staff were very attentive & overall one of the best experiences we've had in an Eddie Rockets.


6a Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin

Itsa4 is such a lovely restaurant - the staff are friendly and relaxed and the food is beautifully cooked and excellent value. We love Sunday brunch here.


The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

We ate in the Wine Bar recently and had a wonderful evening. The food was great and the staff were lovely - very impressed and will be back


Diva Restaurant & Piano Bar
The Harbour, Greystones, Wicklow

I love Diva and always enjoy eating there. The menu is varied, the food is great and it is fabulous value for money. Huge round of applause to the wonderful waitress who drove us home after her shift because we couldn't get a taxi for love nor money - I don't know of any other restaurant that would help their customers like Diva.


D One
North Wall Quay, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

We ate here last weekend and were very very impressed. The service was friendly and efficient, the atmosphere was buzzy and lively, and most importantly the food was excellent and great value for money - we've already recommended it to friends and will be back

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