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County: Meath

No. of Reviews: 8

Member Since: 25 September 2009

Last Visit: 09 June 2016

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The Mint Leaf (Dunboyne) restaurant

Summerhill Road, Dunboyne, Meath

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Cuisine:
Cafe

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Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 13th April 2012 ( visited 07th April 2012 )

As a local this restaurant has been off my radar for some unexplained reason. I normally end up in some of the other local places around. However my wife and I just decided to give it a go for a change as we hadnt been there in 3 years. Our starters of prawns and scallops were absolutely delicious (€9). It was a perfect blend of tastes and you would have tried to lick the plate if you thought nobody was watching. We then had the steak on a hot stone served with 3 sauces (€24) sauteed mushroom and onions (delicious) and chunky potato roast wedges. It all combined together beautifully and the steak was among the tastiest I have ever had. The desserts didnt let us down either. Really gorgeous. Service was very pleasant and not at all instrusive. When we came out we both agreed that there wasnt a single thing we could grumble about (not often I can say that, believe me). It was an excellent experience and we cant wait to return soon. It was worth every cent. Although this place has been in our midst for a few years, it was like discovering a completely new restaurant. Other places in Dunboyne are very good but this is a notch above them..
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Maxim House restaurant

8 O'Connell Street, Waterford City, Waterford

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Average
7 reviews

Reviewed 25th September 2009 ( visited 22nd September 2009 )

This is a truly awful place. Definitely the worst chineese I've ever had. Sweet and sour chicken was hydrogenated oil soaked chicken balls in batter with a gloopy sickeningly sweet sauce. I would expect a chef to put some imagination into the food thats served but this was just like you would get in a bad take away where they knew you wouldnt be back General grubby feel about the toilets. Service was pleasant enough in fairness
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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Myself and my wife had a pleasant evening here for our wedding anniversary. We were met with efficient friendly staff and given a small corner table. The crabmeat and the quail starters were very flavoursome. The mains were both steak on a stone which were beautiful cuts of meat. The truffle mayonnaise chips were excellent and we had one or two other sides (cauliflower) which were a nice accompaniment. The dessert was also gorgeous. On the down side I felt the tables were very close together (like economy class seats on a short haul flight). They really seem to pack them in. The place was very busy and it meant that service was a little stretched. There were several occasions we were looking for more water etc and you had to try hard to catch somebodies eye. It seemed the waiters were trying to avoid eye contact for fear you would ask them for something that would add to their busy burden. Maybe I am becoming an old fogey as others may love the busy buzz but for me a quiet atmosphere with a little more space is preferable. I would definitely return but maybe when its less busy.

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Delhi Darbar
Unit 5,6,7, Clonee Court, Main Street, Clonee, Dublin

We had a birthday dinner here for my daughters 17th. We were greeted by a warm and friendly atmosphere. The starters were tasty but a bit too much batter on the prawns was a bit of a turn off. 3 of 7 main courses were enjoyed (Lamb madras and 2 mixed grills). The rest were dreadfully sweet. Lamb Dopiaza, Makhani, Tikka and a Butter chicken for me. I would eat anything but the moment I tasted mine I grimaced at the sweetness but said nothing initially. My wife however took one mouthful of her DoPiaza and immediately said 'no way'. She called the waitress over who explained that because it was mild they have to make it sweet. Sounds like nonsense to me. I have had many many an indian meal and on some rare occasions, inexplicably, some restaurants see fit to add loads of sugar. Why? They replaced the dish with a more spicy version but it was equally sweet. We were all unhappy with the sugary sauces and it just ended up such a disappointment.

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Geisha Asian Restaurant (Ashtown)
73-74 Ashtown Village, Dublin 15, Ashtown, Dublin

It was Sunday afternoon and my wife, daughter and myself were starving. Only one table was occupied so it is hard to give too many marks for atmosphere. We were impressed however with the décor and neatness of the place. We just went for the sunday lunch menu. My daughter loves chicken and sweetcorn soup but she didn't like this at all. It was too sweet. We had calamari which had a little chilli kick and I enjoyed thoroughly although I think the garnish looked a little bit withered. My main was the duck in plum sauce with pak choi which I thought was very tasty. The rice was quite stodgy however. My daughter had sweet chilli prawns and sweet was the operative word yet again. She did eat some of them but only out of hunger. I tasted some and definitely too sweet. My wife had a chow mein and was not impressed at all. There was a kind of 'froth' speckled throughout and it didn't look great. She felt some of the chicken was very underdone and mentioned it to the waitress. In fairness they took her complaint seriously and a couple of different staff (including the manager, I think) came out to apologise and explain that it was free range chicken and they don't want to overcook it. They were very gracious about it and didn't charge for that dish. It was just one of those things and I felt they dealt with it very well. I would like to give it another try as some of the things on the menu looked very interesting, the surroundings were pleasant and the service was very attentive.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Have eaten here several times in the past and have recommended this place to many friends and I have also brought several business colleagues here. On this particular visit I have to say we were disappointed. It was our 20th anniversary and our son booked it for us and was assured of a table for upstairs but when we got there we were told it wasn't available and we would have to sit downstairs. A good meal consists of many things atmosphere, background music, service, friendliness, attentiveness and of course the food. The music was very loud and consisted of heavy 'Doors' music (and similar) and I felt it was wrong for the restaurant. We mentioned it to the waiter and he just intimated that other people liked it so we would have to live with it. We felt the attentiveness wasn't good or friendly (not offered any water). The food was really good as we expected (except the chicken wings) but portions were a bit meagre. We would have been quite prepared to have more wine and desserts but were so disappointed with what we felt was a less than perfect service. I consider this a one off and will definitely return here

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Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant
14/15 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

I am spending a lot of time in Cork on business lately and am working my way around the different restaurants. I love Indian food and have had good and bad experiences. I had been here about 2 years ago and recall it being ok. Was here on Tuesday 11th December. The atmosphere was cosy and the staff were very friendly and I was well looked after. I had chicken tikka for a starter but to be honest it was no better than takeaway quality (indeed I have had better takeaways). It looked as if it was re heated and despite its very buttery flavour was quite dry. The main course, Lamb Karahi was flavoursome but again it wasnt spectacular by a long stretch. Presentation was poor. Overall however I would come back in the hope that it was a one off.

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The Mint Leaf (Dunboyne)
Summerhill Road, Dunboyne, Meath

As a local this restaurant has been off my radar for some unexplained reason. I normally end up in some of the other local places around. However my wife and I just decided to give it a go for a change as we hadnt been there in 3 years. Our starters of prawns and scallops were absolutely delicious (€9). It was a perfect blend of tastes and you would have tried to lick the plate if you thought nobody was watching. We then had the steak on a hot stone served with 3 sauces (€24) sauteed mushroom and onions (delicious) and chunky potato roast wedges. It all combined together beautifully and the steak was among the tastiest I have ever had. The desserts didnt let us down either. Really gorgeous. Service was very pleasant and not at all instrusive. When we came out we both agreed that there wasnt a single thing we could grumble about (not often I can say that, believe me). It was an excellent experience and we cant wait to return soon. It was worth every cent. Although this place has been in our midst for a few years, it was like discovering a completely new restaurant. Other places in Dunboyne are very good but this is a notch above them..

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Beckett's
Cooldrinagh House, Leixlip, Kildare

I was attracted by the set menu price of €27 for a 4 course meal. Was a little dissappointed to see a €5 surcharge on a steak so I settled on the Duck which had a €2 surcharge. I believe a set menu with a fixed price should be a fixed price regardless. Then to find that there is an additional 10% service charge which was also added on to the couple of bottles of beer I had beforehand (making them €5.51 each) made me feel it was just a little bit deceptive. On to the food. I had a ham hock terrine & foie gras. It was ok but not very imaginative. My wife and son had caesar salads which had very little chicken and was unspectacular. My duck was very tasty in fairness and wifes Lamb was also very nice. They were served with a boring bowl of vegetables that you would expect in your mothers on a sunday. I feel a little more imagination wouldnt go astray. The cubed fried potatoes were also unspectacular.. For dessert my wife had the chocolate pot. It was like a bar of chocolate melted into a bowl and left to solidify. She struggled to hack it out and gave up. She said it to the waitress who offered something else but by that stage we were finished and she just wanted to go. Other desserts were very nice. The overall bill meant the service charge amounted to €15. I would never give that much as a tip unless I was completely blown away by the food and service. Finally I must say the staff were very friendly and helpful and I could have no complaints about the service. Would I go back? I would if someone else brought me and paid for it ! If it was my choice I wouldnt be too pushed.

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Maxim House
8 O'Connell Street, Waterford City, Waterford

This is a truly awful place. Definitely the worst chineese I've ever had. Sweet and sour chicken was hydrogenated oil soaked chicken balls in batter with a gloopy sickeningly sweet sauce. I would expect a chef to put some imagination into the food thats served but this was just like you would get in a bad take away where they knew you wouldnt be back General grubby feel about the toilets. Service was pleasant enough in fairness

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