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Aldridge Lodge restaurant

Duncannon, New Ross, Duncannon, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Great
16 reviews

Reviewed 12th November 2008 ( visited 07th November 2008 )

Aldrige Lodge has just become my favourite restaurant. Lovely cosy seating area to sit and have a pre dinner drink and browse over the menu. Fabulous welcome from the friendliest staff in the world. The dining area is very nice with a fire blazing. This is a top class family run restaurant in a homely cosy atmosphere. Beautiful goats cheese and pear tart to start. Venison for main was also gorgeous. Generous medley of desserts shared between a few of us. Four of us had 3 courses each plus complimentary appetizer. A few coffees and 3 bottles of wine came to €57 a head. Their set menu is €38 for 3 courses, great choice, great quality food, perfect service. You would pay a fortune for this somewhere else. It seems you must book far in advance. They also have a few bedrooms available. I will make the trip from Dublin again, stay overnight and enjoy another meal here very soon.
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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire restaurant

The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
200 reviews

Reviewed 17th June 2008 ( visited 08th June 2008 )

I'm so happy I found this little place...the burgers are fabulous! I had the barbecue and he had blue cheese. Hand made chips are the nicest I've had for a while. Best burger and chips in Dublin. Will go back with room for dessert but might have to bring a cushion as their seating is very uncomfortable. Service is quick and as a friendly as it needs to be. Could do with a second loo and drop the waiting list - serve people who arrive rather hold vacant tables for those who mightn't.
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L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Food here is very nice - though they do love salt! Had the bruchetta which was gorgeous but a bit too salty for health. Main course was tomato and bacon pasta which was delicious. Dessert was pear tart one day and chocolate tart another - both were really nice! Good coffee too. Pity about the seating and restaurant layout, it's a bit cramped and lacking in atmosphere but the food will have us back.

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India Gate
1st Floor 26b Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Had a meal here with two friends. We availed of their good corkage fee and brought our own wine from shop next door. I love the food here. I'm not very adventurous with Indian so had my usual onion bahjis, chicken korma and pilau rice and garlic naan. All gorgeous! One friend is a vegetarian and she always likes the food here too. Only downside was the dessert. They used to have a nice sorbet, but the lemon sorbet I got was sticky and too sweet - like chilled icing sugar with lemon juice. I love the food here though, will just avoid the dessert from now on.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

I really wanted to like Johnnie Fox's for dinner because I like it as a pub. I thought the food was really awful though. Melon for starter was ok, one bit was ripe one wasn't. Lamb shank tasted ok at first and then left the most disgusting after taste. I really wonder if this is the sort of lamb shank that is precooked in a bag? It was horrible. Broccoli and carrots were overcooked and mushy. Potatoes were hard. Cheesecake for dessert was supposed to be Baileys but tasted more of whiskey and the base was like rubber and far too strong with alcohol. My companion had the salmon to start and he said it was ok but the salad was flabby and tasteless. He had their house speciality fish for main and though it was a frozen fish that was overcooked. He opted for tagliatelle with it which was just weird - sauce on one side of the plate, dry pasta on the other. He shared my view of the cheesecake. What a let down. I do like the music there in the pub part, but as a restaurant I think it is the worst in Dublin. I'm embarassed to think that so many tourists eat here.

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Poppies (Enniskerry)
The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow

Nice place for lunch or a coffee. I've found the food varies a bit. Lasagne has been nice at times and over-seasoned with pepper at other times. Nice selection of home-made cakes - lemon muffin is yum. Can be busy though at lunch time but have always got a seat.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

I really like the food in avoca. Great place to stop if you've been walking in Wicklow. Good healthy options and you always leave very full. I particularly like the twice baked potato with ham and corn and the chicken ceaser salad. The queues have gone down since they redid the seating area. Browsing around the shop is nice in itself.

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Aldridge Lodge
Duncannon, New Ross, Duncannon, Wexford

Aldrige Lodge has just become my favourite restaurant. Lovely cosy seating area to sit and have a pre dinner drink and browse over the menu. Fabulous welcome from the friendliest staff in the world. The dining area is very nice with a fire blazing. This is a top class family run restaurant in a homely cosy atmosphere. Beautiful goats cheese and pear tart to start. Venison for main was also gorgeous. Generous medley of desserts shared between a few of us. Four of us had 3 courses each plus complimentary appetizer. A few coffees and 3 bottles of wine came to €57 a head. Their set menu is €38 for 3 courses, great choice, great quality food, perfect service. You would pay a fortune for this somewhere else. It seems you must book far in advance. They also have a few bedrooms available. I will make the trip from Dublin again, stay overnight and enjoy another meal here very soon.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a nice meal here. Went on advice from this site and asked for a table upstairs which was indeed nicer than downstairs. Tables a bit close together though and not the most comfortable seats. Food was lovely. Starter of allo kerau chat pat (potato, peas, chillies, ginger, onion) was really tasty and lighter than the similar things eaten in Indian restaurants. Main of Gorkhali chicken was very nice. I asked them to go easy on the spices and it was a nice alternative to korma. Nothing jumped out on the dessert menu so we went to a cafe instead. Service was very good.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Milano on Dawson Street for a family meal. Garlic bread to start was nice but far too salty. Pollo Pesto for main was nice for the first few mouthfuls and then got very sicky - it was over-powered by onions and that is coming from a fan of onions. This dish was something you could easily do a better job cooking at home. Four of us ordered the Chocolate Glory for dessert. On the menu this was listed as icecream with pieces of chocolate fudge cake and chocolate sauce. They all arrived without any cake pieces. I drew the waiters attention to it and he insisted it was as it was supposed to be. On my insistence he went off and came back with the cake bits. The dessert was now lovely but the fight to get it was ridiculous! Service was bad. Mixups with orders, impossible to get attention of staff member for drinks etc. Staff rudely started spraying counters right behind us to clean up while we were still eating - brushing off our chairs as they cleaned and filling the air with cleaning spray right on top of us. Bad experience. Nice atmosphere, food very average, service terrible. Won't be going back.

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

I don't understand all the fuss about Carluccio's? I went here recently for brunch with friends and was really disappointed. I felt it had no atmosphere and the decor was just very plastic. Bread box for breakfast wasn't nice at all - big chunks of tasteless bread. Cappuccino was very weak despite asking for it strong. Hot chocolate was very nice. Others got muesli and fruit salad - both looked really boring to me but they seemed happy enough. Perhaps they are better for dinner but I'm not sure it's worth the risk to find out.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I'm so happy I found this little place...the burgers are fabulous! I had the barbecue and he had blue cheese. Hand made chips are the nicest I've had for a while. Best burger and chips in Dublin. Will go back with room for dessert but might have to bring a cushion as their seating is very uncomfortable. Service is quick and as a friendly as it needs to be. Could do with a second loo and drop the waiting list - serve people who arrive rather hold vacant tables for those who mightn't.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I think the Market bar is great value for money. For a few pints and good tasty food it's a great option. Their patatas bravas are gorgeous. Duck is lovely. Chorizo dish is nice and filling. Calamari rings have been rubbery sometimes. Desserts never fail. Only huge thumbs down here is that they usher you out of the dining area after 1.5 hours - even if you are ordering lots and lots of food and still eating. We were asked to eat our dessert in the bar area. Also hard to hear when the at full capacity.

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