Restaurant Reviews from dermon

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Last Visit: 11 April 2016

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La Rouge Wine Bar and Grill restaurant

Number 1, St Gabriels Court, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Cuisine:
Bistro

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Average
7 reviews

Reviewed 10th February 2013 ( visited 09th February 2013 )

Ok, went here last night for the second time. First time here was good, did what it said on the tin, had a nice steak dinner. Last night however.... oh golly. Arrived on time to find no table, that was fine. We said we'd go and have a drink and come back in 20 minutes. So we got back and our table was ready, staff were lovely and we were hungry. Now comes the horror. The food in this place is typical french bistro type food, it should be a straight forward affair. Trouble is, if the chef is blagging then it becomes unpleasant. My wife ordered a goats cheese starter, seared with leaves, fine. I had french onion soup, the cheesy cruton was fine, the soup was just awful. It's a simple dish and at 8 euro you'd expect it to be made properly. Onions were translucent and liquid was watery and tasteless. I told them it was awful and they were receptive. I didn't bother with anything else. For our mains, my wife had trout and I had duck. My wife had the trout as an alternative to the bream which was unavailable. It was supposed to come with crispy leeks, fondant potato, saffron and champagne veloute. It came with raw mange tout and a split cream sauce. I ordered the duck confit. Duck confit should fall off the bone, very tender and crispy and golden. Again, a simple dish with the main ingredient being patience. I was given a tough leg of duck which was either roasted or very quickly deep fried. It certainly was confit. It was served with white bean cassoulet, sauce soubise, micro herbs (or so it said on the menu). Cassoulet is a slow cooked casserole, this was not. Soubise is a béchamel-based sauce containing strained or puréed onions, this was not. I don't really care for micro herbs with a peasant dish such as confit duck. The beans were almost raw and the sauce was, well I don't actually know. It did contain bacon which at least gave it some flavor. We were given some overly buttered lumpy mashed potato to share. In short,the menu was a lie! I felt I was taken for a ride.
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La Rouge Wine Bar and Grill restaurant

Number 1, St Gabriels Court, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Average
7 reviews

Reviewed 10th February 2013 ( visited 09th February 2013 )

Ok, went here last night for the second time. First time here was good, did what it said on the tin, had a nice steak dinner. Last night however.... oh golly. Arrived on time to find no table, that was fine. We said we'd go and have a drink and come back in 20 minutes. So we got back and our table was ready, staff were lovely and we were hungry. Now comes the horror. The food in this place is typical french bistro type food, it should be a straight forward affair. Trouble is, if the chef is blagging then it becomes unpleasant. My wife ordered a goats cheese starter, seared with leaves, fine. I had french onion soup, the cheesy cruton was fine, the soup was just awful. It's a simple dish and at 8 euro you'd expect it to be made properly. Onions were translucent and liquid was watery and tasteless. I told them it was awful and they were receptive. I didn't bother with anything else. For our mains, my wife had trout and I had duck. My wife had the trout as an alternative to the bream which was unavailable. It was supposed to come with crispy leeks, fondant potato, saffron and champagne veloute. It came with raw mange tout and a split cream sauce. I ordered the duck confit. Duck confit should fall off the bone, very tender and crispy and golden. Again, a simple dish with the main ingredient being patience. I was given a tough leg of duck which was either roasted or very quickly deep fried. It certainly was confit. It was served with white bean cassoulet, sauce soubise, micro herbs (or so it said on the menu). Cassoulet is a slow cooked casserole, this was not. Soubise is a béchamel-based sauce containing strained or puréed onions, this was not. I don't really care for micro herbs with a peasant dish such as confit duck. The beans were almost raw and the sauce was, well I don't actually know. It did contain bacon which at least gave it some flavor. We were given some overly buttered lumpy mashed potato to share. In short,the menu was a lie! I felt I was taken for a ride.
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The Wild Boar
Stepaside Village, Dublin 18, Stepaside, Dublin

Went here for a change after a walk with the kids. Wow! It's amazing that the place has any customers. There is a message written on the main menu I think, which states it is the parents job to keep the kids in check. It's been a long time since I saw that written any where. That should've been enough for us to leave, but alas we were hungry and decided to stay. I asked for a kids menu and nearly passed out when I saw the prices.€7.95 up to €9.95. I asked the waiter did the kids meal come with a drink and scoop of ice cream as is common with more expensive kids menus. No it did not. I told him it was one of the priciest kids menus I'd seen and he simply shrugged. Anyhow hunger prevailed. We ordered the kids sausage and chips for our youngest €7.95. Me and my other son ordered the spicy chicken wrap and chips, which amazingly was cheaper at €6.95. My wife ordered the soup. When the food finally came it was car crash stuff. Two almost burnt sausages and a tin bucket of way over salted French fries for junior. Unreal. Our spicy wraps weren't spicy in the least. They were slightly burnt and had that processed watery chicken pieces in them drowned it a watery mayo.... I think. Our fries were also drowning in salt. Just awful. My wife had butternut squash soup. She laughed and said it was actually ok. That was the only positive of the experience. We left promptly and vowed we'd never go back. I'm sorry we went in the first place.

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Murphys Ice Cream Wicklow Street
27 Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I was rushing around town with a four year old yesterday and stopped off here for to buy the child a single scoop in a cone. The staff were lovely (if a little over enthusiastic) . The ice cream was generic tasting and not very interesting looking. The Italians would scoff I'm sure. Anyhow, here's the thing. I was charged 3 euro 80 cent! No more to say really.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Having moved into the area recently was looking forward to trying this. It was great! One of my favorite places to eat is very similar. The atmosphere is wonderful. It's not going to win any Michelin stars for the food but that's why I like it. It is unpretentious and solid. Bistro food done well. Extensive wine menu and beautifully lit dining room. The staff were faultless! Such a relief as I had high expectations for this place. They were surpassed.

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Summervilles of Greystones
1 Trafalgar Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I've been here a few times now and to my mind it is the best breakfast and lunch joint in Greystones. Simple unpretentious food served with manners. Prices are reasonable the fire burns bright and warm!

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Mrs. Robinson's Kitchen
Church Rd, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Ate here with a friend on the go and it was actually ok. Easily the best food I've eaten in Greystones so far. It's contemporary light and simple. Did not think the wine was overpriced at all, in fact we had a nice bottle and from what I remember the wine list was very reasonable. Would recommend this place as a casual simple dining eatery.

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Homans
Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Had lunch here recently and it was fine. Overpriced sandwiches which are not very exciting but my son had bacon and pancakes which was good value and ideal for children. Cake tea and coffee are the staples here and they are fine. Could take or leave it really.

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The Burnaby Lounge Bar
Church Rd Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Ate here with my children recently and have to agree with some of the other reviews. As far as pub food goes this place is adequate, but service is woeful and staff are a bit on the inconvenienced side. As a pub it is souless and lacks atmosphere, even the decor is grim.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

My mother in law brought us here recently for a celebratory meal. Where an eatery has Italian and French food on the menu, one should always be skeptical. Most of the table ordered pasta with weak sauces. I had beef bourguignon. It was not very good and short cuts had been taken. Puddings were overpriced and not very good. Would not eat here again.

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Morels Bistro Bar Grill
17-18 Patrick St, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I went here the other night with my wife, both of us had a fantastic meal. Well executed and well presented food. Decent wine list and pleasant staff Would deffo go again. I'm not sure if it is a reincarnation of Alexis, or a completely new endevour. Whatever it is, it has improved. Even the lighting and decor are much better.

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The Graduate
Killiney Shopping Centre, Rochestown Avenue, Killiney, Dublin

Brought my kid here today and my sister, I ordered a pollo cajun tostato panino, or if you're Irish, a toasted cajun chicken sandwich. While paying, the lady asked whether or not I was having chips. I told her I did not order them. She charged me €6.95. and my kids chicken goujons with fries were €6.95. No kids drink or scoop of Ice cream included in that. My toasted chicken "panino" arrived with chips in the end, but they had been reheated and tasted awful. I will never purchase food in this place again. €14 plus another €4 for a coke and cordial. €18 for a sambo and kids portion with drinks. Daylight robbery.

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La Rouge Wine Bar and Grill
Number 1, St Gabriels Court, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin

Ok, went here last night for the second time. First time here was good, did what it said on the tin, had a nice steak dinner. Last night however.... oh golly. Arrived on time to find no table, that was fine. We said we'd go and have a drink and come back in 20 minutes. So we got back and our table was ready, staff were lovely and we were hungry. Now comes the horror. The food in this place is typical french bistro type food, it should be a straight forward affair. Trouble is, if the chef is blagging then it becomes unpleasant. My wife ordered a goats cheese starter, seared with leaves, fine. I had french onion soup, the cheesy cruton was fine, the soup was just awful. It's a simple dish and at 8 euro you'd expect it to be made properly. Onions were translucent and liquid was watery and tasteless. I told them it was awful and they were receptive. I didn't bother with anything else. For our mains, my wife had trout and I had duck. My wife had the trout as an alternative to the bream which was unavailable. It was supposed to come with crispy leeks, fondant potato, saffron and champagne veloute. It came with raw mange tout and a split cream sauce. I ordered the duck confit. Duck confit should fall off the bone, very tender and crispy and golden. Again, a simple dish with the main ingredient being patience. I was given a tough leg of duck which was either roasted or very quickly deep fried. It certainly was confit. It was served with white bean cassoulet, sauce soubise, micro herbs (or so it said on the menu). Cassoulet is a slow cooked casserole, this was not. Soubise is a béchamel-based sauce containing strained or puréed onions, this was not. I don't really care for micro herbs with a peasant dish such as confit duck. The beans were almost raw and the sauce was, well I don't actually know. It did contain bacon which at least gave it some flavor. We were given some overly buttered lumpy mashed potato to share. In short,the menu was a lie! I felt I was taken for a ride.

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La Rouge Wine Bar and Grill
Number 1, St Gabriels Court, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin

So, me and my wife ate here the other night. The staff were excellent and friendly. Everyone seems to be taken with the value of this place, I'm not so sure. We were not there for the early bird, but the prices for that looked competitive. However, the a la carte menu from which we ordered, I thought was a tad over-priced. The menu is simple enough and offers the kind of masculine french food I really enjoy. The quality of the food was good but for me, the both courses I ordered were ok but not great. The sauce with my starter lacked depth and flavor and the main was distinctly under seasoned, while my side was completely over seasoned. Would we go back? Well yeah, I would like to go again and try the early bird. I'm hopeful my experience would be better. oh, and they perhaps should invest in a decent coffee machine, they only serve filtered coffee. All in all I would like to love this place, it's local and has a charming and intimate little dining room with a nice view of the pass. I think they're on the right track.

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