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The Hungry Monk restaurant

Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
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Reviewed 01st February 2011 ( visited 28th January 2011 )

Went here with some girlfriends to the Bistro on Friday night. Lovely atmosphere, very relaxed. Food was excellent - I had smoked salmon to start - very large portion. Most of my friends had the spare ribs, which went down well. For mains, I had the shepardless pie - which was a lovely veggie dish. My friends had steak or duck and everyone was pleased, especially when the bill came - very reasonable considering!
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The Hungry Monk restaurant

Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
100 reviews

Reviewed 01st February 2011 ( visited 28th January 2011 )

Went here with some girlfriends to the Bistro on Friday night. Lovely atmosphere, very relaxed. Food was excellent - I had smoked salmon to start - very large portion. Most of my friends had the spare ribs, which went down well. For mains, I had the shepardless pie - which was a lovely veggie dish. My friends had steak or duck and everyone was pleased, especially when the bill came - very reasonable considering!
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Hugo's Restaurant at Druids Glen Resort
Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

Went with friends here for a 2DBB deal. The staff are fantastic, very accommodating and friendly. The food was very good, I had monksfish that was so tender, while my friends had succulent lamb (huge portion size). The desserts are divine too. Only issue I would have is with their soups. I had chowder the first evening and veg soup the second - both were bland and I had to heavily season. Also, why, why, why do they over-heat hotels?? I thought I was having hot flushes...but I am too young!!

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Went here with some girlfriends to the Bistro on Friday night. Lovely atmosphere, very relaxed. Food was excellent - I had smoked salmon to start - very large portion. Most of my friends had the spare ribs, which went down well. For mains, I had the shepardless pie - which was a lovely veggie dish. My friends had steak or duck and everyone was pleased, especially when the bill came - very reasonable considering!

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Las Tapas
Old Bray Road,, Cabinteely Village, South Dublin, Cabinteely, Dublin

I really really wanted to like this place. The atmosphere was great, the staff seemed friendly. Even though there seemed to be loads and loads of little plates of food, I didn't feel I had enough to eat - I suppose it was because there was a lot of protein and veg but very little carbs - a good thing perhaps? Anyway, I won't be running back, as I didn't feel it was great value for money. I went home and had a sandwich....something I don't usually feel the need to do!

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Dalis
63/65 Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Went here for a birthday dinner with my husband. Availed of the set menu, 3 courses, T&C for €29. Even for a set menu, the choice was excellent. Food and service really couldn't be faulted. The place was buzzing - wonderful place for a special treat!

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Went here with my family for a late Christmas Eve lunch. Wow! The service was friendly and unhurried. The selection was excellent for a meat eater and above average for a 'fish and veg only' eater!! Indeed, my prawn salad was positively heaving with the little critters!! The atmosphere was also lovely, we had a window seat....maybe it was the snow....the day that was in it....the glasses of vino...it doesn't matter - my favourite pub grub yet!

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

Went here today for lunch. Service friendly and attentive, but the food is seriously lacking. They really need to look at value for money and taste.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with seven friends for Christmas lunch on Saturday. Fabulous atmosphere! Great Value - €22 for 3 courses plus mulled wine. We had all courses, mulled wine, more wine and tea and coffee - ended up paying just €40 per head inclusive of service charge. The food was great and unusual, the service was unobtrusive and pleasant. Really impressed.

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Eddie Rockets (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Unit K (cinema block), Level 2M, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

My husband loves the burgers here. I just don't understand at all, being a vegetarian. Went here on a busy Sunday with him and the kids. Could have just got the kids a single of chips each as they didn't like their 'chewy' chicken tenders or over cooked burger. I had the veggie burger which was fine but so obviously not homemade. You can't fault the service - seated fast and fed fast - but really they have to look at what they are offering or else bring the prices down.

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My Thai
The Beacon Hotel, Beacon Court, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

Lordy!! The only problem with this place is that the bar, the restaurant and reception are all open plan on the ground floor. There was an office do on the night we went and I do not exagerrate when I say that I really thought I was at a rave. I had come with my husband for a QUIET dinner...it was extremely difficult to hear over the din! We contemplated leaving but realised that it was too late to go anywhere else. We stayed and I'm glad we did, the food was lovely - we had tempura of monkfish and chicken satay to start - both fabulous. I had the sizzling fish platter and my husband had a green chicken curry for mains, which were just beautiful. The service was extremely friendly and efficient. If you go here it might be worth checking whether there is going to be a 'disco' in reception on your intended night or not....or that might be your thing??

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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Went here with two friends mid week for dinner. There seemed to be a few office dos on that evening so it was a little loud in the pub. We were seated beside such a party who were a bit rowdy but it wasn't a problem. However, the waitress came over unbidden and asked us would be like to move, which was quite impressive. The food was gorgeous, two of us went for the value meal, which is where you get a main meal and a glass of designated wine. I had the hake and a glass of white and my friend had venison with a glass of merlot. All the sauces can be made gluten free, which we discovered and the service is ultra friendly. I really cannot fault this place - hadn't been here for years but will be returning soon.

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

I went to Martello twice this month, but this review only refers to last Sunday. I went with my elderly father and my young daughter. They have a very good value 3 courses for €20 deal for Sunday lunch. My father had pate, I had aubergine and goat's cheese tart and my daughter had carrot and coriander soup to start. Even though they say they cater for children, please be aware that they don't have a specific kids menu - this is fine for me but it mightn't be for others. My starter was lovely and the soup really was fantastic. For mains, I had a filo parcel of cod and crabmeat which, although I ate it, did disappoint. My father had chicken with spinach and cheese which went down a treat. My daughter demolished a plate of deep fried squid with chunky chips - I was beginning to think she had made better choices than me!!!! I am not a dessert person, so I can't get excited about them. Very good value all round - lovely family feel to the place. It really is good to have an honest restaurant like this in Dun Laoghaire.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Oh dear, oh dear. I hadn't been to Mao's in yonks and I was really looking forward to it. To be fair, I went with a group of three and noone else had a bad experience. I had the crab cakes to start, they were fine, but had very little crab in them - the wasabi mayo was lovely though. I ordered the jungle fish curry, which although it was spicy, had little other flavour. I also found some cardboard, yes cardboard in my curry - sounds comical now - but I wasn't impressed. The manager was very apologetic and obviously didn't charge me for my food and also didn't charge for teas or coffees. I had a big sandwich when I went home.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

OMG Wonderful food! Was here last night with my husband. He had duck rolls to start and I had calimari. His starter was amazing, such a mixture of tastes that worked really well together. My main was the tandoori sea bass and he had a saffron chicken korma dish. Even though it seemed we waited an age for our main courses, it was certainly worth it - my fish was stunning and I don't write that lightly and my partner's food was equally excellent. Please try the beetroot rice when you are there - it has such a wonderfully delicate taste that complements the flavoursome dishes. We didnt have dessert as we were sufficiently full. Unfortunately they don't do filter decaf coffee but really that is a minor faux pas. The atmosphere is sumptuous and decadent and quite romantic. Best indian meal I have had in years.

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L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)
Kildare Chic Outlet Shopping Village, Kildare, Kildare Town, Kildare

Hadn't been here for a while. Brought my children and was a little disappointed to see that the menu has been scaled down! My beloved Salmon lasagne is no more! My girls had a half portion of lasagne each - best lasagne ever!! and I had the Gaeta Salad - all fresh and lovely. Service was very good even for a busy saturday lunchtime. They have introduced a new kids menu - main, drink and icecream for 8.95 which I think maybe a little dear - but when you are the only restaurant in Kildare village.....

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McGrory's of Culdaff
Culdaff, Malin, Donegal

Was here with the family during a week in Donegal. Had an evening meal here with husband and two children. The seafood chowder is spectacular! My husband had the wholetail prawns and gave them a thumbs up too! The kids burgers are a bit on the small side however their chicken goujons are very good and homemade. The apple pie is very good and you get a big slice of it too! Cheesecake is a bit like a mouse though. All in all, very very good pub food!

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Rosatos
Malin Road, Moville, Donegal

This old fashioned pub offers a very decent lunch menu. I was here with my husband last week. It was quite quiet but the staff were very friendly and attentive. My husband had a burger which came out looking very plain - he took some of my salad from my absolutely huge prawn open sandwich - enormous! I'd say I was given a whole kilo of prawns. We both ordered garlic chips, which were divine but seriously swimming in butter. All in all, this is a nice pub with nice pub food - worth a visit if you are in the area.

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The Beach House Bar & Restaurant
The Pier, Swilly Road, Buncrana, Donegal

Exquisite! Was here twice last week. Once as a couple and once as a family. This restaurant is in the most beautiful setting looking out onto Lake Swilly. Cocktails were two for one when we visited, so we availed, yum! My husband had the beetroot/blackcurrant icecream and goats cheese starter, which he said was scrummy. I had the prawns which were good. However, my next course, the roasted cod, was excellent. The desserts are wonderful, so leave room. I had the cheesecake...a proper cheesecake too. and my other half had the creme brulee. However, the white choc and marshmallow parfait is a feat of engineering worth seeing - we didn't have it but saw one coming out..Wow!! When we went as a family I had two young girls with me and they had the kids lasagne which they devoured and homemade icecream for dessert - all gratefully received. The restaurant was very busy that evening with a wedding reception upstairs, so the service wasn't as top notch as the previous time. This really is now my favourite restaurant in Donegal. Even the little cat outside adds to the atmosphere!!

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

Came here again today with my family for lunch, with thanks to my Menupages 30 euro voucher. There are never any complaints from my 11 and 9 year olds when we come here. They went for a regular marguerita and chicken wings respectively and refrained from bickering for the duration of their meal, which is a feat in itself! I had the caesar salad. Service and atmosphere as usual is relaxed and easy going. Never any complaints with this wonderful family restaurant.

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