Restaurant Reviews from daibhi001
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 24th October 2012 ( visited 24th October 2012 )One word sums up this restaurant - super! This was my first visit to the Kitchen, and already I’m looking forward to my next one. We were seated immediately upon arrival and water brought to our table (which was topped up frequently during the evening). Food is absolutely gorgeous here, and the quality is exceptional. Everything was beautifully cooked and presented, and service was excellent. Staff were run off their feet it was so busy but we weren’t left waiting for anything. I had Pear Salad to start, Monkfish and Prawn Red Curry for mains and Apple and Rhubarb Crumble for dessert. One thing I think deserves a mention is being asked whether I wanted a mild, hot or spicy curry. Not being a fan of very hot or spicy food I really appreciated this, and the curry was exactly to my liking. Thumbs up to the Kitchen – we’ll be back.
Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 05th June 2013 ( visited 25th May 2013 )We exchanged 2,000 menu pages points for one main course this evening. We had decided to have a main course only, and managed to succeed despite the best efforts of the waiting staff to coax us into having a starter whilst waiting for our mains to be cooked. Warm tomato bread and fresh butter were brought to our table on a bread board, so that kept the hunger pangs at bay. It was a pity there was a hair in the last bit of bread that I was eating. I ordered Pan Fried Monkfish and a side of boiled potatoes. The monkfish on its own would not be enough to fill, as it was served with just a token salad. It’s advisable that you ask your waitress what accompanies your meal when you are ordering. Toilets downstairs were clean and well kept. Place was hopping by the time we left, and the cocktail bar staff were run off their feet. It’s expensive though, perhaps just a bit too expensive for what we got.
The Garden Terrace
Terminal 1, Dublin Airport, Swords, Dublin
Not a good experience to report from this restaurant. The floor was filthy and it was first thing in the morning. Dread to think what it would look like by lunch time. Breakfast was very dear and not even nice. Wouldn’t dream of stepping inside this place again. Can’t say any more – am just stuck for words to describe how bad it is.
The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow
This is a lovely little place for coffee and cake or some lunch. Had a very tasty light lunch here on Sunday – Salmon Bake, which was quite delicious. Staff are friendly and the young lady serving at the counter knew every single dish off by heart, she was great. Poppies is full of character, and while it’s not the cheapest place to eat, it is one of my favourites.
Lantern House - Blarney
The Square, Blarney, Blarney, Cork
This is a small, intimate restaurant with a lovely atmosphere. As soon as we were seated Prawn Crackers and a jug of fresh water were brought to the table. Both A La Carte and Early Bird menus are very good with plenty of choice. Spring Rolls were my choice of starter, followed by Beef with Black Bean Sauce. Both were absolutely delicious and the beef was so tender it could have been eaten with a spoon. Portions are very big too, so make sure you are good and hungry before venturing in here for a meal. For two early birds and two glasses of house red wine it was €41. This is excellent value. Service was great and staff friendly and cheerful. The place was extremely busy during the evening, and it’s no surprise with beautiful food and good service. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
Connemara, Galway, Leenaun, Galway
Had a delicious 5-course dinner here whilst staying in the hotel. We got a window table, always great for watching what’s going on outside. Service was prompt, and while the menu isn’t extensive, the quality of the food was superb. Everything was cooked to perfection and the presentation was second to none. We enjoyed a very nice bottle of red wine with our meal and were left to dine at our leisure, no pressure being put on us to finish up and leave. Service was very good. This meal was part of a 2 night stay which included B&B, and which was excellent value. We did look at the prices on the menu for those who are just casual diners, and we were very pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the Leenane area.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
We exchanged 2,000 menu pages points for one main course this evening. We had decided to have a main course only, and managed to succeed despite the best efforts of the waiting staff to coax us into having a starter whilst waiting for our mains to be cooked. Warm tomato bread and fresh butter were brought to our table on a bread board, so that kept the hunger pangs at bay. It was a pity there was a hair in the last bit of bread that I was eating. I ordered Pan Fried Monkfish and a side of boiled potatoes. The monkfish on its own would not be enough to fill, as it was served with just a token salad. It’s advisable that you ask your waitress what accompanies your meal when you are ordering. Toilets downstairs were clean and well kept. Place was hopping by the time we left, and the cocktail bar staff were run off their feet. It’s expensive though, perhaps just a bit too expensive for what we got.
Abbey Hotel Restaurant @ Abbey Hotel
Galway Road, Roscommon Town, Roscommon
Had a very good meal here recently. Lovely restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, very friendly staff and good service. The menu isn’t extensive, but what’s on it is of very good quality. A lovely touch was a bread board on the table with several types of different breads and a salsa-type spread (which we just had to demolish.) The good bit is you didn’t have to be ordering soup to get the bread! Prices also very reasonable.
Ko's Chinese Restaurant
Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan
It would be easy to passy by this restaurant as it is upstairs off the main street. We didn’t have a reservation, but were able to get a table without any bother. It was very quiet when we arrived but it soon filled up with early Christmas part-goers. Plenty of staff on hand made sure that everything ran smoothly for the evening. Meals are very good and the portions are very big. Didn’t think I’d get through all of mine, but I managed in the end. The atmosphere was good and it’s obviously a very popular venue with locals. Paid a visit to the gents and am glad to report it was very clean and fresh. Noticed on my way that the take-away counter is discreetly screened off from the sit-down diners. It’s a pity more restaurants don’t follow this trend.
Unit 2 Odyssey Pavilion, 2 Queen’s Quay, Belfast, Antrim
Enjoyed a delicious meal in this restaurant. Have eaten here before, and the first thing that was very noticeable was the décor is beginning to look a bit tired. Walls were marked from chair-backs and the place needs a general repainting. There was a large area on the ceiling where a repair had obviously been carried out, but it was painted over with what appeared to be gloss paint. It looked bad considering the rest of the ceiling is painted in matt, and the lighting in the restaurant made it show up even worse. While none of this took from a very good meal meal, these areas certainly do need attention to bring the appearance back up to what it used to be.
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Used a MenuPages voucher for two, which consisted of two starters, two mains, and two glasses of wine or beer for €30 - unbelievable value. We weren’t expecting such top quality meals though, have to admit we were surprised. The menu is very good, you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice. We opted for a platter for two, but didn’t want calamari, so the waitress allowed us to get more spring roles in its place. They do a take-away/delivery service, but because the restaurant is so small you get to see everyone who comes in to collect their meals. We will just know next time not to sit near the kitchen area as people were standing alongside our table while they were waiting for their take-aways. This didn’t put us off though, our meals were absolutely fantastic, oozing with taste and cooked to perfection. I was particularly pleased the restaurant didn’t try and rub it in for soft drinks or coffee (a common practice in too many restaurants). We were charged €1.85 for soft drinks and €2.00 for coffee – you couldn’t argue with that. Service was very good, and staff friendly. Enjoyed the meal so much that we bought another voucher when we got home and can’t wait to go again.
14/15 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Was only briefly here on the evening we visited. I opted for the Bruschetta which was very tasty and plentiful. Service was mediocre, can't say more than that about it. Couldn’t help noticing when looking around the place that the floor was very dirty and needed to be brushed out and scrubbed thoroughly. It was the latter end of the evening, but that is no excuse. Paintwork on the skirting was also badly chipped, it looked awful and needs a thorough freshen up. It’s a pity really as the snack I had was quite delicious – the surroundings let the food down badly I’m afraid.
Unit 3, Newlands Cross Retail Centre, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin
This was my first time to visit Pandinis. There weren’t that many diners there so it lacked atmosphere. I had Minestrone Soup with Garlic bread to start, and one of their chicken dishes for mains. Soup was substantial and very filling and the main dish was served with mashed potato, which was a nice change from chips or pasta. I hadn't planned on having dessert, so the waitress very kindly offered to put it in a doggy bag for me to take home and enjoy at another time. I enjoyed the meal, but it was just average. Pandinis do a delivery service and they have a good children’s menu which doesn’t just consist of the usual chicken nuggets and chips. An Italian restaurant is badly needed in this area but I don’t know if I’ll be rushing back any time soon.
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
One word sums up this restaurant - super! This was my first visit to the Kitchen, and already I’m looking forward to my next one. We were seated immediately upon arrival and water brought to our table (which was topped up frequently during the evening). Food is absolutely gorgeous here, and the quality is exceptional. Everything was beautifully cooked and presented, and service was excellent. Staff were run off their feet it was so busy but we weren’t left waiting for anything. I had Pear Salad to start, Monkfish and Prawn Red Curry for mains and Apple and Rhubarb Crumble for dessert. One thing I think deserves a mention is being asked whether I wanted a mild, hot or spicy curry. Not being a fan of very hot or spicy food I really appreciated this, and the curry was exactly to my liking. Thumbs up to the Kitchen – we’ll be back.
31 - 35 Strand Road,, Derry/Londonderry, Derry
The restaurant was very busy the night we visited, but despite this, service was very good. Menu is fairly extensive – the only problem we had was trying to decide what to have! Our meal was delicious and very good value for money. We will be back again for another meal some time soon.
Sli Dala Restaurant @ Kinnitty Castle Hotel
Kinnitty, Birr, Offaly
Enjoyed an excellent meal in the lovely old dining room in Kinnitty Castle. It acquired a ‘spooky’ feel as staff lit candles on each table as dusk drew in, but it added to the overall atmosphere. Dining in a castle is not something most people would be able to tick off on their list, but if you have to pick a castle to dine in – pick this one. It’s just so lovely, and very good value for money. Our meal was absolutely delicious and service was very good.
Bailey Bar @ Trim Castle Hotel
Castle St, Trim, Meath
Sometimes bar food is standard fare, but this meal was quite different. There was plenty of choice on the menu. We had a delicious three course meal with wine, which was very good value for money. Service was also very good – thumbs up to the Bailey Bar in Trim Castle Hotel.
The Heron's Cove
The Harbour, Goleen, Goleen, Cork
This is a very special place to have a meal. It’s cosy, it’s intimate, and the dining room has the most charming views of the cove. The menu is tantalising and the meals are outstanding. Service was excellent, and we got terrific value for money. As an added bonus, we even caught a glimpse of the local celebrity (the heron) as he visited the cove. Super place, super meal - super evening.
Emerald Gardens (Wexford)
117 South Main Street, Wexford Town, Wexford
Popped in here for a main meal in the middle of the week. It’s quite a big restaurant, but there were very few diners there the night we visited. The menu isn’t the biggest we’ve seen, but our meal was very good. Service could have been better, but we can overlook that since the meal was so good.
Strand Road, Portmarnock, Portmarnock, Dublin
Lalis is a handy, walkable distance from the local hotel where we were staying, which suited us on that particular evening. We’d booked a table, but in hindsight we would have gotten away without doing so, as the restaurant wasn’t that busy. Staff were pleasant and welcoming and the cooking area is visible to diners who are seated in the main area. Service was prompt and we were left to dine at our leisure. Overall we got good value for money
The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin
The Harbour Master is divided into two sections – the pub and the restaurant. The pub was extremely noisy, so we asked to be moved from the table we were initially seated as we couldn’t hear ourselves talking with the noise coming in at us. They didn’t have the wine we wanted nor was the chef’s special available on the night we visited but I couldn’t fault the meal we did have. It was delicious, and beautifully cooked with very generous portions. Couldn’t make my mind up whether to have Chicken or Prawn Risotto and I was very kindly offered half and half, which was great as I got a taste of each. Service was good but because of the noise level, it is not a venue I’d choose for an intimate meal. It was extremely good value though considering it was €19 for two people (using a Grabone voucher)
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Used a MenuPages dealof 4 courses plus a glass of beer or wine for €39.99. Haven’t been to the Good World for quite some time, and as it was early evening when we arrived, there weren’t many tables occupied. Had Wafer Wrapped King Prawns for starters and Combination Tofu with Aubergine for mains. The starter was interesting looking – prawns tied up like little bundles – but was a bit bland. Had never tasted Tofu before, and whilst I did enjoy the aubergine, I wouldn’t choose Tofu again. It doesn’t have much taste but seems to absorb flavours from other foods around it, mainly the sauce. Had a very nice coconut ice cream for dessert. Service was good and staff pleasant but our coffees were brought out far too soon, despite us asking for them to hold off for a while (have had this problem in a few restaurants).
10 Market Lane, Westport, Mayo
This is a small, intimate restaurant tucked away in a courtyard in Westport. They were doing a fantastic early-bird offer of 3 courses for less than €20 per person so we decided to try it out. We got a lovely warm welcome and were told to sit any where we wanted. A fresh carafe of water was brought to our table, along with a plate of fresh tomato bread and two different dips, so we enjoyed munching on them as we looked through the early-bird options. I chose a starter of savoury pancake with cheese, mushrooms and all sorts of tasty goodies tucked inside, and pan-fried marinated chicken for mains served with a dish of freshly cooked seasonal vegetables. Both meals were absolutely delicious, and served by a very pleasant waitress. We were left in peace to enjoy our meal, and while I cannot comment on the atmosphere because we were first into the restaurant, it had begun to build up by the time we were leaving, as other diners trickled in. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who intends visiting Westport, it's great value.
Swans Chinese Restaurant (Kilkenny)
The Parade Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Had intended dining Italian but on finding the two restaurants we fancied were book out booked out, we walked a few hundred yards back up The Parade and stumbled upon Swans – and what a find! It’s up a narrow staircase right off the street, so it would be very easy to walk past it. First impression was how lovely and modern it looked inside, not at all the usual red and gold décor of the traditional Chinese restaurant. It’s quite spacious too and it’s on a corner on the first floor, so most diners will have some view of Kilkenny Castle which is just up the road to the left. Have to admit, the outside of the restaurant doesn’t do it any justice and can be a bit misleading. The staff were absolutely charming from the minute we stepped inside, and we were shown to a lovely quiet table. Needless to say we were very pleased to be able to get a table without any trouble on a Friday evening. There was one long table of diners celebrating a birthday, and bit by bit, the restaurant filled up. A jug of water and warm prawn crackers were brought to our table immediately and we were left to peruse the menu. The menu and wine list are a bit limited, but the quality of the food more than made up for it. Make sure you are good and hungry before going to Swans, as you will be surprised at the huge portions they serve. The food was excellent and cooked to perfection. The wine we chose, while a bit on the expensive side, was the perfect accompaniment to our meal and we will most definitely visit Swans again next time we are in Kilkenny. (We were so glad in the end that the Italian restaurants were booked out!)
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
This restaurant is in the middle of bustling Temple Bar. A lot of care is taken with the preparation and presentation of meals here and it shows, each plate was a work of art. Another work of art was the table where we were seated – there was a small aquarium embedded in it and watching the fish caused great amusement during our meal. Not all the tables had this added extra, it appears only the larger tables (i.e. 4-seater) alongside the wall mirror had the fish. Do have a look though, as it’s very interesting. Have never seen this before so well done to whoever thought of such a novel idea. The restaurant was pleasantly busy, service was very good and the meal was excellent. Top marks all round for a most enjoyable evening.
Vanilla Pod Restaurant
Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Meath
Enjoyed a delicious meal here while staying in the Headfort Arms Hotel next door. Was very pleasantly surprised at the superb quality of cooking and presentation of food. Cannot comment on the value as this was part of a B&B and evening meal deal in the hotel, and we were ordering from a particular menu that’s set aside for that purpose. Judging by the number of diners on a Wednesday evening it’s obvious this is a popular place offering excellent food and value. There were all sorts of tantalising-looking dishes being carried from the kitchen to other tables. Service was very good, despite a mix-up at the start, and which was quickly rectified. We went the whole hog and had starters, mains, desserts and coffee – plus a good bottle of wine. We had a lovely evening and enjoyed our meal in pleasant, relaxed surroundings.
Clayton Hotel , Clarion Road, Ballinode, Sligo Town, Sligo
Decided to dine in-house whilst staying at the Clarion in Sligo. They have two restaurants – Sinergie and Kudos. The full restaurant (Sinergie) is only open at the weekend, so you may be disappointed if you are staying in the Clarion during the week and expect to dine in their main restaurant. We did get a look inside Sinergie as this is where they serve breakfast. Kudos was pretty good, the menu is not extensive but quite appetising. There wasn’t much atmosphere as it’s a big enough floor area and there weren’t many diners. Nonetheless, staff were very friendly, service was prompt and meals delicious and very reasonably priced. Overall it was an enjoyable dining experience and I would recommend it.
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
This is a bit of a higgledy-piggeldy place – obviously serving breakfasts and meals to people who are staying in the hotel immediately above. It’s quite easy to walk past Café Carlo as it doesn’t have a very noticeable entrance. The waiter at the counter was going it alone by the looks of things and whilst our tea and coffee was brought to us almost as soon as we sat down, it was finished by the time our brunch arrived. We did notice that some other diners came in and sat down, but got up and left after a short time. Not sure if it was because of the delay due to only one staff member being on duty, but they didn’t hang around. Have to agree with another reviewer who commented on some of the chairs being torn. This should be an easy matter to remedy and it does not look good, regardless of where one is eating. Brunch was a bit heavy but considering it's a breakfast/lunch combination, that probably to be expected. Wouldn't be encouraged back for an evening meal I'm afraid.
The Peacock Restaurant @ Finnstown Country House
Newcastle Road, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin
Used a MenuPages gift voucher received for Christmas for a meal in this restaurant. It’s a lovely setting in which to enjoy a meal. There’s a large open fire and quaint décor, ensuring that the dining room oozes with character. There are lots of old portraits and interesting photographs on the walls, along with a huge mirror over the mantle piece which reflects the lighting in the room, adding to the ambience. Couldn’t fault this meal in any way, from beginning to end the presentation, service and quality of food was top class. We thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal in relaxing surroundings. Would definitely recommend The Peacock to prospective diners.
Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Used a MenuPages offer for a visit to this restaurant. Have to admit, I wasn’t bowled over by my choice of main, which was a black bean dish. It was rather offputting to look at as the black bean sauce had mixed itself with everything on the plate leaving the dish look as if it was covered in mortar. However, the meal was my choice, not the fault of the restaurant. Enjoyed the starters and the mouthwatering dessert though. Service was very good, and our waitress gave us a lot of background information on Brazil which added a bit of interest to the evening.
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
First time to try Indonesian style dining. We were directed to a table upstairs, and my first impression was how very dark it was – so dark in fact that it was almost impossible to read what was on the menu. We were having the Early Bird, and whilst the menu is laid out fairly clearly, the waitress over-complicated it and caused a great deal of confusion about what we actually could have on this offer. She rattled off a well-learned list like a poem in school, and we found it very difficult to understand what she was saying. We ended up calling another waiter after she’d left our table, who explained it for us very simply as follows – For the Early Bird, diners can have a meat, sea or vegetarian dish (each of which consists of several small dishes brought to the table). It’s as simple as that. We chose a meat and sea dish and shared them. It’s an interesting way to eat, and at first it appears the portions are very small, however by the time we’d finished our meal we were happy enough. If you had a very big appetite or were extremely hungry, these dishes might not fill you, so be warned. Although we had an enjoyable evening, Chameleon wouldn’t feature in my list of top five restaurants. Will go back at some stage, but won’t be in a hurry to do so.
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Used a voucher from GrabOne.ie for this meal out – 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine for €33. We were pleasantly surprised to find that we could pick anything from the entire menu as part of the deal. There were a lot of people around us using similar vouchers (not surprised as it’s such brilliant value), and the restaurant was very busy. They do a Late Bird offer – have never seen that before, but it’s a great idea. The place was buzzing, full of chat and laughter. Service was very good and my starter of Italian Meatballs and mains of Chicken with Pancetta was really delicious. Will dine at Russos again as there were plenty of other dishes on the menu that looked very tempting.
Woodlands Restaurant @ The Glenview Hotel
Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Delgany, Wicklow
Have only ever had coffee and scones or soup at lunch time in this hotel. Staying overnight gave us the opportunity to dine in the Woodland Restaurant, which was surprisingly busy for a Friday evening. The meal was excellent, and cooked to perfection. Service was a bit over-enthusiastic as we had a stream of different waiters asking if we’d decided on our meal. It’s just a small observation, but one which is worth mentioning as diners really do need a bit of time to look through the menu and decide what they are having. I had Turkey Meatballs to start, Sea Bass for mains and a scrumptious Baileys Cheesecake for dessert. I couldn’t fault the meal in any way, it was super from beginning to end.
Eastern Balti House
31-32 Market Street, Monaghan Town, Monaghan
Had a superb meal here recently – would go so far as to say it's probably the best Indian meal we’ve had in Ireland. Eastern Balti was recommended to us by a receptionist at a local hotel where we were staying. The menu is quite extensive, and staff were very helpful in explaining what the meals consisted of. We were even told to ask for more rice if we wanted it. Couldn’t fault anything about the night, it was just great – and we were offered a free drink on the house before leaving. They also kindly organised a taxi to take us back to our hotel.
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin
Availed of the Menu Pages offer for €35 and it was excellent value. The special menu for this offer is smaller than the normal menu, but there are at least 6 choices of starter and mains, which is good. Water was brought to the table with no problem, and refilled during the evening. Had a Shish Kebab starter and Chicken Jalfrezi for mains – both dishes very colourful and absolutely delicious. Toilets were in excellent condition, clean and fresh. There’s only one negative comment to make –they were a bit mean with the rice. We were asked if we wanted to serve ourselves the rice or be served by the waiter. We opted for the waiter to do it. Should have done it ourselves, as they’d have left the rice dish with us. Just a point to bear in mind for prospective diners. Overall, a very good meal, accompanied by a nice bottle of red, served promptly by friendly staff.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
It would be very easy to pass this restaurant by as it is upstairs and out of sight. We came across it in Malahide some weeks ago whilst doing a bit of research into somewhere different to eat. The decision to try out a Greek/Cypriot meal was a new venture, and we weren’t disappointed. We had made a booking in advance and were seated immediately on arrival. The menu is very good with lots of choice and their early bird options are great value. We were left to browse through the menu at our leisure and as we did so, a jug of iced water was brought to our table. We opted for the two-course early bird. My starter was warm pitta bread accompanied by Greek yogurt with crushed cucumber, garlic and mint. It was delicious, just the thing to get the taste buds going in preparation for the main meal. This was equally as delicious – chicken breast marinated in olive oil and cooked to perfection. There is the option of salad, chips or garlic potatoes to accompany your main course. I chose the salad, which was a very good mix of greens, onions, cherry tomatoes and peppers, drizzled with a lovely light vinaigrette dressing. It was washed down with a nice bottle of red wine. Service was prompt and value was excellent - €59 for two early-birds, a bottle of wine and two coffees. The only negative thing I can say about Cape Greko is that tables are too close to one another. The seating is unusual in that there is a long continuous seat around the wall which is fixed, and cannot be moved, so tables have to be placed and spaced against it to best advantage, and that in itself is limiting. I had to squeeze myself in between the tables to get back to my seat, and I am of average build. We could hear the couple at the table beside us talking, so no doubt they could hear us. Other than the last observation, it was very good night out and we would go back again.
Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Dropped into this restaurant without a reservation and were pleasantly surprised to be able to get a table – particularly on a busy Saturday night and a rugby weekend. We were seated quickly. There’s great value to be had on the menus – there are different offers for every day of the week but our waiter told us we could pick what we wanted, regardless of the day mentioned on the menu and we could have it for the early bird price of €16.99. That’s excellent value for three courses and we were spoiled for choice. Whilst we looked through the various options, poppadums and tasty dips were brought to the table, along with a jug of fresh water. The meal was delicious and, following our coffee, we were offered a free drink on the house. Even in tough economic times like we are experiencing now, it’s great to see a restaurant offering something like this at the end of a meal. That will surely bring customers back. The only let-down was the gents toilets – there was no hot water or hand towel and could do with a paint freshen up.
Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
There are so many special deals going on in this restaurant that the mind just boggles – not surprised the waiter was as confused as we were! They’ve plenty of offers in the window and lots more when you actually sit down. We didn’t have a booking but had no problem getting a table in the early evening. Rather charming little place. Looks small from the outside, but it stretches out the back towards the River Liffey at Wellington Quay. It's in a lovely location right on Meeting House Square. It was a really warm day so the door was open and we could hear (and see) what was going on outside We had Brushcetta and Garlic Bread for starters – absolutely delicious! My main of chicken breast in creamy wild mushroom & white wine sauce was equally as good and was served with a crunchy side salad. It was rounded off with a bottle of wine, a shared dessert and two coffees.
Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Called in here for a lunchtime snack whilst on a ‘discover Dublin’ day. They weren’t quite ready for customers but allowed us to sit down while they got things ready. They have some good lunch meal deals on so I had the chicken kebab with side salad, chips and a soft drink. This is not a place you’d go to for a special meal, but is ideal for a quick bite to eat in the middle of a busy day. It’s good to see food being prepared in front of customers. We didn’t have to wait too long but the guy behind the counter could have been a bit more friendly – more or less barked out that our order was ready. It seemed to be his general demeanour as he was like that with everyone. Can't rate the service here because customers collect their meals at the counter and take it to the tables themselves.The meal was very tasty and good value for two people, but what a pity the tables weren’t cleaned properly. We moved from one table before we had our meal because it was so sticky and the one we moved to wasn’t much better. That’s easily remedied with a basin of hot soapy water and a clean cloth – management please take note!
The Bracken Grill Steak & Seafood Restaurant @ The Bracken Court Hotel
Bridge Street, North Co. Dublin, Balbriggan, Dublin
We stayed overnight at the Bracken Court and decided to avail of an offer of a 3-course meal for two people for €29 in the hotel restaurant. To be honest, we were a bit dubious because it was so cheap, but we needn't have worried. The meal was delicious, and while the menu on offer wasn't extensive, there was something to suit most people. Service was very good, overall it was very good value for money.
Jade Garden (Dundalk)
Park st, Dundalk, Louth
This is a surprisingly large restaurant, quite deceiving to look at from the outside! It was quite busy, from families to couples, to tables of older (and younger) ladies enjoying a night out. Shared a starter of Satay Chicken skewers but thought the chicken was very tough and chewy, a bit of a disappointment. However the main course was delicious, and the helping was generous. Service was very good and we enjoyed a lovely bottle of red wine. There’s a takeaway service in the Jade Garden but that was at the main door, so diners weren’t aware of people queuing up to collect their meals. Gents toilets were very clean but the hand dryer needs attending to – it wasn’t working. Would go back to this restaurant if ever in Dundalk again, it was good value for money.
Old Mill Restaurant (Temple Bar)
14 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
This is a small restaurant overlooking Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Would not have known it existed except for the young girl outside who was doing her best (and succeeded in our case) to persuade passers-by to try it. Most of the restaurants in Temple Bar are visible from a street level but this one is upstairs and out of view. It’s a quaint place, lots of timber around the walls, which makes it a bit dark, but it does add to the character. We opted for the early bird which was €10 for a main course. They’ve a nice selection of light meals on the menu. I chose the Turkey & Stuffing Panini which was served with a very tasty side salad, a little tub of cranberry sauce (which was a bit bland) and good old fashioned chunky chips. It was washed down with a pint of nicely chilled Guinness, which was on offer for €4. Perhaps not the place you’d go for a special occasion or intimate meal, but it was very good on Sunday, and absolutely ideal after the long walk from Croke Park following a football match.
Glendalough, Glendalough, Wicklow
We arrived here mid-afternoon so managed to avoid the lunch-time rush. Most people had filtered out of the hotel into the gorgeous sunshine so we were able to relax, unwind and enjoy our meal. The menu, while not extensive, is good with fish, meat and vegetarian options available. I opted for the seafood platter, which was quite a substantial meal served with a crisp salad of mixed leaves, sliced vegetables and a delicious dressing. All the mains were €11.90 which was very good value. Service was prompt and staff very friendly.
Patrick Street, Cork City, Cork
Tung Sing could do with a serious paint job to freshen it up and take the dowdy appearance from it. Looks as if the ceiling hasn’t been given a lick of paint since the place opened. We went for the 4-7p.m. early bird which consisted of two courses and a glass of wine for €19.50 per person. Service was good but the meal wasn’t terribly exciting – just average. Picked up the Soy Sauce to use it and noticed the best before date on the bottle was 04/03/2010. Perhaps management would look into this. 15 month old Soy Sauce should not be in use. Restaurant was empty apart from our table and one other that was occupied. Cannot judge the atmosphere as a result. Floor in the gents was wet – that’s a complete ‘no-no’ in my book. Won’t be in a hurry back, there are plenty of other Chinese restaurants in Cork that are worth a visit first.
The Montenotte Hotel, Montenotte, Cork
Dined in this restaurant as part of a mini-break deal in the Montenotte Hotel. Couldn’t fault any of it – from start to finish it was delicious. There was a nice relaxed atmosphere and a great mix of background music. Restaurant was quite busy yet service was still good, with no delays experienced. Their Limerick Ham and Cheese Rostis for starters are mouth-watering. Mains of chicken was equally delicious and served with plenty of fresh vegetables. There were chips on the menu but it’s lovely to see the humble Irish spud served up fluffy and light. Apple Pie for dessert was far too good to share! Can’t comment on value for money as the meal was included with the hotel deal, but it does appear to be a very popular spot for dinner so that speaks for itself.
The Blazin Grill Steakhouse and Seafood
Belgard Square, Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin
Booked a table for a party of five for a family celebration. There was a good atmosphere and am glad to report that service has improved immensely since my last visit here. The standard of service (or lack of it) can make or break a restaurant, and the service here last time was just dreadful. Menu is good and varied and there were no complaints from the discerning diners about the meals they'd ordered. The one niggly thing is the restaurant didn't have non-alcoholic beer in stock. Other than that, it was an enjoyable evening and very good value for money.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
There’s something quite charming about Odessa, it’s very different and refreshing. Had a lovely meal here as part of a large group. Service was a bit slow considering they knew they had a group booking for that particular evening. Having said that when the meals were brought, they were beautifully cooked, presented and garnished. Dessert was disappointing – a grumble about the crumble - too much crumble and too little fruit! Coffee was also cold, but a fresh (hot) cup was brought without hesitation when requested. Atmosphere was very lively due to the occasion. There are quite a few flights of stairs to negotiate in Odessa which could prove problematic for someone with disability issues, but it did add to the charm and sense of intrigue about the place. Would like to pay a return visit at some time in the future.
The New Leaf Restaurant
Unit 1, High Street, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin
Popped in here for a pre-match meal early this evening. We didn't have a booking, but were seated immediately and a bowl of prawn crackers was brought to our table. Our order was taken without delay, and a jug of water was brought at our request. Our glasses were kept topped up by the waitress. It was a bit pricey for two mains and two coffees and it probably would have been better value to have a 3-course meal. Having said that, service was very good and the meal was excellent.
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Enjoyed a delicious meal in the Cedar Tree earlier this evening. Town was buzzing with St. Patrick's Day revellers and we weren't sure we'd get a table anywhere without booking. This is a bright, cheery restaurant with lovely decor. We were seated very quickly and left to peruse the menu at our leisure. There's plenty on offer and I opted for the Shish Taouk (marinated chicken skewers). Do ask when you order your dish if it's accompanied by anything - mine wasn't, so I ordered some rice. Thought the wine was a bit pricey, but with such a lovely meal, and very good service (a staff member and the Manager waited on our table), it was a very positive experience overall. One final thing - toilets were very clean!!
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
This is a little gem of a restaurant in Temple Bar. It's a small intimate place, divide into two parts. The first part, as one enters the restaurant, was quite busy, and we were offered the choice of either a table there, or in the other part. We opted for the other part, it was quiet - in fact we had it to ourselves. Service was very good and there was a lovely 'feel' to the place. Don't know anything about its history, but seems that it might have been a wine vault at some stage. The Pan Fried Chicken Breast was an absolutely deliciously succulent meal that came with roast potatoes. Had a nice bottle of red wine to compliment our meal and, not able to face dessert, finished off the evening with two coffees. Then along came the waiter with two Grappas on the house - very nice touch. We'll be back.
Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Had quite a delicious meal in Toscana earlier this evening. It's a small and very busy restaurant. The meal couldn't be faulted, from presentation to flavour, everything was really good. Service was prompt and not intrusive.Like most Italian restaurants, the tables are rather close together, which can be counter-productive if you want to have a quiet chat without diners at the next table overhearing you, or vice versa. Have to admit, wasn't hugely impressed with the location of our table, but it was a question of taking what we could as the restaurant was filling up very quickly. Would consider visiting Toscana again, but not in the near future.
3, The Mall, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
Had visited this restaurant many years ago whilst visiting Waterford, and am glad to report that it has lived up to the high standard that I remember. The menu had us spoiled for choice, but the Early Bird two-course meal was too tempting not to try. Mouth-watering, delicious and plentiful, it was washed down with a bottle of very nice red wine. Service was quick and courteous, and we were left to dine at our leisure. Two coffees rounded off the meal and for €55 it was excellent value. It's been a long time since we've had such good value on a night out.
Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Chanced a visit to the Ten Thousand on New Years Eve 2010, simply because other places were booked up. This is more like a cafe than a restaurant, but we were prepared to try something different. The waiter was very helpful explaining what the dishes were, and we decided to go the whole hog and try the chopsticks - it was a bit of fun to say the least. The meal was good, and we had Sake instead of the usual bottle of wine. It would be helpful if MenuPages actually put a menu of this restaurant on the site, as it would help people to make up their minds whether they wanted to visit this restaurant or not. It is nice to know what's on the menu before venturing out. It was quite a cheap meal, and we did enjoy it. Sorry to report the gents toilets were a disgrace - floor was soaking wet - I don't even want to think about it ...
Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant
14/15 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork
It would be quite easy to bypass this restaurant as it's up a side street in Cork City. Having researched restaurants on MenuPages before visiting Cork, it was great to know in advance exactly where we were going. Enjoyed a delicious, beautifully presented and colourful meal. Restaurant was busy enough but we were left to dine at our leisure - no pressure put on us to leave, as can be evident in some restaurants. Service was very good and non-intrusive. Worth a return visit when in Cork again - would recommend other MenuPages members to give it a try.
Eastern Tandoori (Cork)
1/2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
Paid a return visit, having been here whilst on a visit to Cork at the same time last year. The restaurant was busy, and the meal was up to the same standard as on the previous occasion. We shared a tasty and plentiful platter for two for starters, and my main meal was delicious and satisfying. Surroundings are relaxing and it's not a cheap place to eat, but the food and service are good.
Riverbank Restaurant @ The Absolute Hotel
Absolute Hotel, Limerick City, Limerick
Enjoyed a meal in this restaurant on Friday evening - it was part of a two-night stay in the hotel. Got a window seat overlooking the Shannon - quite relaxing to watch it flowing by outside. Service was very prompt, and this, combined with a good atmosphere, delicious food and a nice bottle of wine all added up to a great evening.
Jasmine Palace (Limerick)
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick
It’s been two years since we last dined in the Jasmine Palace. They still so a 3-course early bird for €17.50 which is very good value. The menu however is not as extensive as it once was and the atmosphere was somewhat lacking. However, this was probably due to the early hour of the evening. Food and service were good. It’s a nice place to have a meal but can’t quite put my finger on what the difference was this time around.
6 Crow Streetle Bar, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Visited this restaurant very early in the evening and can't give an honest appraisal of the atmosphere as a result. We were seated promptly and our order taken. The meal was very good - probably one of the better Indian meals I've had in a while in Dublin. It would be helpful if warming trays were brought to the table though, as the portions were quite large, so inclined to go cold before we got to the end of the meal. Have to comment on one unusual aspect to the evening - before any of our food was brought to the table, a waiter proceeded to spray air freshener all over the place! Granted, he aimed the aerosol down towards the floor, but it gives a bad impression for starters - one would assume they were trying to cover an unpleasant odour, and we couldn't detect anything unpleasant in there. It's also a very unhygienic thing to do in a food establishment - it would not have been pleasant to experience someone spraying an aerosol whilst we were dining.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
This is a very popular restaurant judging by the activity in there this evening - it was absolutely hopping, with a constant stream of diners in and out of the restaurant all night. Plenty of staff are employed to keep all the customers happy (and fed). Service was prompt and food was really good - staff very pleasant and good humoured. Can only find one 'downside' to this restaurant and that's the prices. It's expensive enough, but we did know that before going. Despite that, it was a very enjoyable evening.
Cliff Road, Rossnowlagh, Ballyshannon, Donegal
One word sums up our meal in this restaurant - dreadful. Too expensive for a start. Had dined here before and was expecting more of same i.e. wonderful food and service. Had even booked in advance, but what a let down! My prawn starter tasted rather odd - still haven't identified what the 'taste' was. Presentation had fallen down badly for some reason and service was nothing like the last time. Wine list prices are crazy as well. Even the stunning views didn't make up for a disappointing evening. Finally - paid a visit to the gents - wish I hadn't. Surely it's not too much to ask that a broken toilet seat be repaired or replaced - not just thrown to the side. A bucket of soapy water and some disinfectant also badly needed in this smallest (and most important) of rooms.
Kings Chinese Restaurant
Wine Street Car Park, Sligo Town, Sligo
Got a nice seat in this restaurant overlooking the square outside. Restaurant was very quiet the night we were there, but plenty of activity going on outside with Thursday night late shopping gave us lots to look at while waiting for our meal. Menu is very good, with lots of choice. There are two dining rooms in this restaurant, so it obviously gets very busy from time to time. Service was quick and portions generous. Two starters, two mains, drinks, and a bottle of wine came to €68 - very good value.
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Dropped in here late on a Sunday afternoon, had no reservation made but got a table without difficulty. Lovely restaurant, good food, pleasant staff, prompt service and a lively atmosphere. Only two negatives - the first is the wine list. It's not very extensive and the choices aren't great. The second - being a lovely balmy afternoon, the doors to the retuarant were left open, and we sat downstairs just inside the door. There's a cordoned-off area outside for people who wish to smoke while dining. That's fine, but there were two diners in particular seated right at the door outside and every puff of smoke one of them took came right back into the restaurant and in our direction. Perhaps Bocca should look at moving that particular table away from the immediate vicinity of the door. Overall, enjoyed the meal, and would go back again.
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin
Visited Tamaras quite early in the evening so it’s not possible to give a fair estimation of the atmosphere. Have been to this restaurant before, and the food has always been great, service quick and staff courteous. However last night’s meal was nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly not up to the same standards as when this place first opened. Two starters and mains, a soft drink, beer, a bottle of wine came and two coffees came to €79 which I thought was a bit pricey. Tamaras no longer has competition close by, and perhaps that’s what’s wrong – some of the restaurants that opened at the same time they did have closed down. It’s surprising, particularly in the current economic climate, that Tamaras don’t offer an Early Bird menu. They do a lunch special, which is good value, so perhaps they’ll give some thought to providing an Early Bird. It would surely bring in more customers in the early evening.
Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
Gathered in Cortinas for a family birthday celebration. Looked like we weren't going to get a table as they only take bookings for groups of 8 - there were 5 in our group. It was worth the wait though, the service was very good, staff pleasant and attentive and the atmosphere lively. Quite a variety of dishes were ordered at our table, with no complaints from anyone about the food. Try the Tortilla Soup - it's a must! The wine list could do with a bit of a boost as there's not much choice on it. Other than that, it was a very enjoyable family evening, and good value for money. Will definitely be back to Cortinas at some stage.
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow
Great place to eat - got a lovely seat at the window and watched the countryside around outside darken as the night wore on. Very warm, friendly and attentive staff. Restaurant was busy with a lovely atmosphere. There's an interesting array of old farm and household implements around the walls and on the ceilings - am sure they've been the topic of many a conversation over dinner. Couldn't fault any of the courses, food was cooked to perfection. We were left to sit and chat as long as we wanted, with no pressure on us to leave. Made a night of it and stayed in Heather House B&B which is just a few yards down the road and owned by the restaurant. They should advertise the B&B a bit more - it's an ideal answer to diners who want to enjoy a drink with their meal and not have to worry about picking a designated driver for the journey home. Breakfast the following morning in the restaurant was hearty and filling - all in all, a super place.
The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Really liked this 'basement' restaurant in Clare Street. It gets its name from the large horizontal blackboard mounted along the wall in the restaurant. Was easier to read the menu on our table than the menu written on the blackboard, but that didn't take from the good experience we had here. Service was top class and the staff in general very helpful. Couldn't fault the meal, it was delicious. Will definitely be back for another visit some time.
Cobra Tandoori Restaurant
69 Main Street, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Enjoyed a very nice meal while visiting Kinsale recently. Menu was fairly extensive (wine list wasn't though). Service was quick and our meal was brought to us promptly. Restaurant was practically empty, making it hard to judge the atmosphere.
New Star Chinese Restaurant
120 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Popped in here whilst in town on St. Patrick's Day - and discovered a little gem of a restaurant. Menu was excellent and offered lots of choice. Food was delicious and portions rather large. Service was quick and efficient and overall the price was very competitive compared to other restaurants around town. It's well worth a visit for Chinese food fans.
Hong Kong Kitchen
7 West Beach, Cobh, Cobh, Cork
Small restaurant overlooking Cobh harbour - lively atmosphere even though only a few tables were occupied. Menu was extensive enough to have us chopping and changing our minds a couple of times before finally deciding. Meal was delicious and service was very good.