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Purple Ocean Restaurant

St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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149 reviews

Reviewed 07th August 2007 ( visited 07th August 2007 )

My companion had been disappointed some time ago at dinner in the Purple Ocean, but had heard that lunch was great. We decided to try for lunch on a Thursday, and first impressions were very favourable. The restaurant inside had a lovely ambience, modern in feel and based on colour purple, and very pleasing. The day was hot and beautiful, however, so we decided on a table outside on a little balcony overlooking the harbour. (A piece of crass stupidity in design, here. Just at eye level there are bushy plants positioned precisely so that you cannot see the view). The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. A Hungarian girl received us and a German girl seemed to be in charge. Both had exactly the right mix of friendliness and efficiency and contributed greatly to the pleasantness of our visit. There was an excellent set menu for lunch, offering four courses for €20, although several items bore a price supplement. A bit of nonsense here – my sole and crab cost an extra €7, the a la carte desserts cost €7.50, so I suggested that I might substitute the sole instead of a dessert. But rules didn’t allow it. So we had excellent starters, my expensive sole, a good choice of puddings, coffee, a campari, glass of wine, and bottle of fizzy water, all for €65.50 for the two of us (not including tip). We thought this good value for a place of this quality (in spite of my sole supplement!), we both enjoyed the meal enormously, and we both agreed that the place was definitely worth a return visit.
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Purple Ocean Restaurant

St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Fish

Price Range:

Good
149 reviews

Reviewed 07th August 2007 ( visited 07th August 2007 )

My companion had been disappointed some time ago at dinner in the Purple Ocean, but had heard that lunch was great. We decided to try for lunch on a Thursday, and first impressions were very favourable. The restaurant inside had a lovely ambience, modern in feel and based on colour purple, and very pleasing. The day was hot and beautiful, however, so we decided on a table outside on a little balcony overlooking the harbour. (A piece of crass stupidity in design, here. Just at eye level there are bushy plants positioned precisely so that you cannot see the view). The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. A Hungarian girl received us and a German girl seemed to be in charge. Both had exactly the right mix of friendliness and efficiency and contributed greatly to the pleasantness of our visit. There was an excellent set menu for lunch, offering four courses for €20, although several items bore a price supplement. A bit of nonsense here – my sole and crab cost an extra €7, the a la carte desserts cost €7.50, so I suggested that I might substitute the sole instead of a dessert. But rules didn’t allow it. So we had excellent starters, my expensive sole, a good choice of puddings, coffee, a campari, glass of wine, and bottle of fizzy water, all for €65.50 for the two of us (not including tip). We thought this good value for a place of this quality (in spite of my sole supplement!), we both enjoyed the meal enormously, and we both agreed that the place was definitely worth a return visit.
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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

A pre-theatre meal here was most enjoyable – perhaps a tad expensive. There was a good menu, and the food served was correspondingly good. There was an excellent wine list, although again it was expensive, with not a great choice of bottles priced below 30 Euro. The ambience was simple and friendly, and the service excellent. We enjoyed our evening and recommend that readers should try out this place for themselves. The place is right beside Dundrum cinemas, and also beside the Shopping Centre car parks.

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Longueville House Presidents Restaurant
Killarney Road, Mallow, Cork

If you are traveling in the Mallow, Co Cork, area and would like to feel how a rich country gentleman of some hundred years ago used to live, you can't do better than to drop into Longueville House for a light lunch. You will sit in a gracious Georgian drawing room, with plasterwork, portraits, decorations, and a marvelous real live open log fire, and will be able to choose from a reasonably priced and attractive menu in the elegant surroundings. We were served by a charming French waiter, who attended us with that flair and panache that only the French seem capable of. There was one problem, but we are prepared to believe that it was only a hiccup. A beautiful looking smoked salmon salad, tender, succulent, and home-smoked, was spoiled by being fiercely salty. We ate it, but it took a bit of an effort. Our Frenchman made up for it with a genuine apology and the offer of a free desert (which we took, and it was delicious). We shall certainly revisit Longueville House should we ever find ourselves in the area again.

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The Stillorgan Orchard
1 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

My wife and I are new to the area and we tried out this place for an early dinner. There are two eating rooms, one of which is open only at weekends. The main eating area is a restaurant cum bar, and its dark décor lends a bit of a gloomy atmosphere to the place. But in fairness I have to say that the friendly and helpful service together with an excellent menu and excellent food more than compensated for this. We started with two different very tasty shrimp concoctions and then each had a steak for the main course. Mine was a striploin and my hers was a fillet and both were tender and cooked to perfection. Perhaps a tiny gripe was that the chips were made from rather pock marked potatoes. All in all this was a most successful evening, we would come again, and the reasonable pricing also left us with a good taste in our

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Germaines of Baltinglass
Main Street, Baltinglass, Wicklow

With two friends we tried out this bustling restaurant in the middle of the village of Baltinglass. It was Sunday lunchtime, and the place was really humming, full of go, as well as full of customers, which is always a good sign. We were greeted by a charming manageress, and were served by her equally charming and helpful staff, the food was excellent and the general atmosphere was one of bright cheerfulness. I should say also that one of our party was in a wheelchair, and everything possible was done to facilitate her. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Germaines, and the only criticism we had was that the place was at times very noisy.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

The chef here must be complimented. Luncheon in the Cliff Townhouse restaurant in Dublin started with the best crab bisque soup that I have ever tasted, and this was followed by a really excellent fish pie. The desserts looked good too, although I didn’t have one. So based on my experience, admittedly limited, the food here is second to none, can be highly recommended, and at 25 Euro for a two course lunch was very good value. Service was efficient and friendly. Unfortunately the wine menu was fiercely expensive so I didn’t sample it. The restaurant is situated on the first floor (i.e. at the level of the front door, which in a Dublin Georgian house is often at the top of a steep flight of steps) and takes in what would originally have been the drawing and dining rooms, as well as a further room extending towards the back. Although this is very much a matter of personal opinion, I don’t think the architect who converted this old house into a restaurant succeeded in preserving the ambience of the eighteenth century. There is a bank of soft seating all around the walls, which while comfortable, does not give any feeling of gracious living. That said, for anyone looking to extend his or her eating horizons, this restaurant is definitely worth exploring.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A Ross O'Carroll Kelly fan, we took the pre-theatre menu before nipping round the corner to the Gaiety. It was a great success and we can highly recommend the Citron. To begin with, it was fantastic value. The 3-course menu cost 25 Euro; when I added up what I would have paid normally off the a la carte menu it came to 43 Euro. The ambience was bright. Sparkling glasses set out on immaculately white linen and napkins gave a really up-market feel, emphasised by the perfectly professional efficient service, and yet friendly at the same time. The food was delicious and beautifully served - the only course that could do with a bit of attention was the dessert course. And the wine, although very good, was also pricey - at 28 Euro a bottle for the cheapest. They should be able to come up with a cheaper yet drinkable house wine. But we shall certainly be back again.

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The Blazin Grill Steakhouse and Seafood
Belgard Square, Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin

Last night before going to see “71” in the Tallaght cinema (brilliant movie) a sudden whim brought us into the nearby Blazin Grill Steakhouse and Seafood restaurant for a quick meal. It was a great success. A charming waitress brought us to our table in a cheerful hall with windows looking out on to the street. Within minutes we had made our choice from the menu and were tucking into the best carbonara we had ever had (10.95 Euro). The place is really a steak house but we had not time to try their best fillets. This establishment is to be recommended for its friendly atmosphere, its excellent service, and - so far as our limited experience went - super food. We must go again to check it out more thoroughly.

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

I had not realised that this was the same place that, when I last visited it, was called Alexis. However, the food, service, and value are all still excellent, and I can recommend this restaurant unreservedly. This comment is based on a Sunday lunch for two.

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TRAX Brasserie
Friary Road, Naas, Kildare

On Saturday evening, 12 October 2013, I booked a table for four at Trax Brasserie in Naas. The car park was full when we arrived, and we were glad that we had booked - almost all tables were full when we went inside. The reason soon became apparent. The converted old storehouse with inside stone walls had been most imaginatively converted, to give a lovely ambience in which to dine, the staff of young people were perfectly trained, professionally competent and yet friendly, the menu was excellent and the food we chose was superb. And finally, the price was extremely keen, and we got great value for what we paid. I can recommend this place unreservedly for a good night out.

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Hanged Man's
Milltown, Newbridge, Kildare, Newbridge, Kildare

Last June after a successful dinner at the Hanged Man we promised to come back again and have another go at it. We brought two friends with us this time, and mostly our experience was again very positive. The ambience - friendly old-fashioned pub, top-class service, a friendly waiter who knew exactly what he was talking about and didn’t waffle, a nice atmospheric dining room – it all was most agreeable. The house red wine by the glass was delicious. The chowder, grilled cheese, crispy duck – all also delicious. Funnily, the only gripe was the same as last time. My wife’s steak had a lot of unchewable stuff in it, left at the end in a little pile on the side of her plate. She was the only one of the four of us not thoroughly enamoured with our meal. On our last visit, I had steak and it also was grisly. Bad luck? Or perhaps they should give a little attention to their steak supplier. I should mention that the value for money was outstanding. From Monday to Thursday there is an Early Bird all night. My two courses off the a la carte (chowder and duck), listed as costing €33, cost me just €25.

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Radisson SAS - Cavan
Farnham Estate, Cavan Town, Cavan

I don't think the architect has been successful in his design of the outside of this hotel, which involves extensions to either side of the former great house of Lord Farnham. But I stayed there overnight and had a fabulous experience. I have never seen a more beautiful pool area. I ate in the main dining room (the Botanica) for dinner and enjoyed it enormously. It was not cheap, but for such a hotel it was reasonably priced. I had soup followed by a beautiful presentation of sliced lamb over a delicious bed of vegetables. It was really good, the only possible complaint being that it could have been hotter. A glass of house wine complemented the meal perfectly. The service was efficient an friendly and I certainly hope to visit this place again.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My friend and I finally made it for lunch to the Ely wine bar at our third attempt, having had to cancel the first two appointments because of the snow. But it was a lovely place and we certainly hope to return some time, perhaps in the evening for dinner. We were seated in the downstairs restaurant which was crowded, so that if we had not booked we would not have found a place. This is always a good sign. Friendly but not obtrusive staff added to the good impression, as did a nicely varied menu ranging in price from €3 for a cup of soup with brown bread to €16.95 for an 8 oz organic rib-eye steak with trimmings. We both chose the Devilled Dublin Bay Prawns with toasted brioche, buttered spinach, verjus & lemon aioli for€13.95, and were not disappointed. It was delicious (but perhaps could have been a little hotter). As you would expect in a wine bar the wine list is impressive, one feature being the huge range of wines that you can drink by the glass. There were nine white wines available for between €6.00 and 7.75 and the two we tried came in generous portions and tasted great. I had planned to finish off with a (small) glass of Beaumes des Venise for €3.50 but it was so delicious that I could not resist a second one. We had a lot of time on our hands and a lot of news to catch up with so we sat on to nearly 4 o'clock by which time the room was empty. The staff did not seem to mind, however, and all in all our lunch was very pleasant, in a place that we can recommend.

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The Riverside Restaurant - Closed
Market Square, Kilcullen, Kildare

We visited this place last October and were impressed, so four of us had dinner there again last week. It was even more of a success. The meal was scrumptious, the wine very good, and the service perfect. Also the general ambience of the place is lovely. We all agreed that this was one of the nicest, best-value, restaurants around. And as a bonus, we spotted a very well known TV celebrity there with a group of his friends, who was really nice and friendly when my wife spoke to him. This place is really to be recommended.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Was here for lunch with a friend. I'm afraid that I had not realised that this restaurant specialises in Creol food, and I am not a great fan of Creol. However, I must not blame the restaurant for this. The place is conveniently situated just off Dame Street, has a very pleasant atmosphere, a good menu and wine list, and the service was excellent, friendly and efficient without being 'in your face'. The food was very good, even though I am not into that sort of eating, and I think that the place deserves a recommendation to anyone wanting to try out a new venue.

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Tenors Grill Room (Naas)
Fairgreen Street, Naas, Kildare

This is what you might call a "cheap and cheerful " establishment. That is to say you get good food in a non-pretentious environment for a very reasonable price. We were there for Sunday lunch, the place was comfortably full without being crowded, the service was friendly and efficient, the food excellent, and the wine list (including 6 different sorts of beer) good and decently priced. The place is called the Tenors, and there is a nice bit of word play here, because all main courses are priced at €10, with starter and dessert together priced at another €10 (€5 each). I can certainly recommend this place if the above is what you are looking for. Note to editor: the sliders on the stars would not move for me. I would award an overall rating of 4.5 stars

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Herald and Devoy
Osprey Hotel and Spa, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Kildare

The main restaurant in the Osprey is closed on Sundays at lunch time, but if you are in Naas and are looking for a carvery type lunch you cannot do better than visit the Osprey. We found the food to be above average for this type of meal, the premises totally modern and cleverly designed, the staff helpful, and above all, they offer a half portion meal. Our appetites are not what they once were, and we cannot manage the huge mound of food that you usually get in the average carvery, but here in the Osprey for 7 Euro each we got just what we needed, a generous (more than) half portion of excellent food. Great value, highly recommended. Would also be great for kids. A good sign was that the place was full.

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A first visit to the Blackboard Bistro to try out their earlybird menu brought us an enjoyable hour with a good meal in pleasant surroundings. The single waiter on duty was a friendly helpful fellow. The whole place and atmosphere is French, and the only wines on the wine list are French. However, the waiter recommended a very reasonably priced red wine which proved to be excellent. The food too was excellent, beautifully served, and all in all I can recommend this place to anyone looking for good wine, good food, good ambiance, all at a very fair price.

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The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Set in Ballsbridge on the main Dalkey road this up-market restaurant is well worth a try. It is situated upstairs in what were once the main living rooms of a what was probably a Victorian(?) house, it gives an atmosphere of being at home. Service is friendly and professional. This place specialises in seafood and a nice touch is that you can choose your meal from a demonstration trolley as well as from the menu. What you see is what you get! There was nothing wrong with my chowder, though it failed to excite me. Everthing else was of the highest quality. The place, however, is expensive, with the cheapest wines starting at about 29 Euro. But our evening was a success and I can recommend this place to you if you are prepared to pay a little over the odds.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My first visit here. I came for lunch and it was a success. To start with, we arrived at 12.30 pm and so found two chairs right beside a blazing real fire, where we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks. The atmosphere was lovely and the service excellent, the staff being friendly and efficient without being obtrusive. The restaurant itself has managed to get great atmosphere into what was originally a basement. My parsnip soup sounded unadventurous, but it was one of the best I have ever tasted. Only my main course was a bit disappointing. Nothing wrong with it, but it was just slices of turkey over some garnished vegetables. The ice cream dessert was good. So were the wines, though I thought my glass of Beaum de Venise was very small and mingy for the price of it. But overall this place is to be recommended and I will be there again.

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Lemon Tree - Blessington
Main Street, Blessington, Wicklow

On Saturday night last my wife and I decided to try out this new establishment. We planned to be there at 7.00 p.m. and did not anticipate a problem finding a place. What happened was that even at that early hour the restaurant was nearly full, and we were lucky to get the only remaining table, which was right beside the door. But we thought the full house was a good sign and we were not disappointed. Excellent service and super food, and favourable prices. We did not have wine, but there was a very reasonable looking house wine on the list for 18.50 Euro. We shall certainly be returning. The only negative impression was that it was quite noisy and not all that warm, but that may have been because our table was beside the door and it was a very cold night.

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The Avon BAR
The Avon, Burgage, Blessington, Blessington, Wicklow

The last time I visited the Il Lago Restaurant it was for lunch some time ago and I was able to write a favourable report for Menupages. This time we arranged for a party of four for dinner in the evening and I am glad to be able again to write with some enthusiasm about this place. We requested and got a table by the window, which looks out on to a superb view of the Blessington Lakes. First impressions on being given the menu was how very keenly priced the food was. At €22 for two courses and €26 for three it was extraordinarily good value for a meal in such beautiful surroundings. And the food was good to match. We had crab cake and salmon and shrimp, all top quality, generous helpings and attractively presented. Guinea fowl and lion of pork and of gammon were equally good. We particularly liked the lion (sic)! The only criticism I can make was about the wine list. There were only two wines, one white and the other red, priced at €23.50. From there on the prices soared rapidly. Every restaurant should have a few decent house wines for about €20. This apart, we can really recommend the Il Lago. Friendly and efficient service added to the pleasure we had in a great evening.

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Virginia Restaurant
Maudlins House Hotel, Dublin Road, Naas, Naas, Kildare

An excellent evening's programme that can be highly recommended starts with the Early Bird menu in the Virgina restaurant, followed by walking next door to the new modern cinema. And you get the car park for free if you dine in the restaurant. We did that this evening and it was a great success. The premises are lovely (a restored old country house), the staff were most friendly and helpful, and above all, for 19.90 Euro each we got an amazing (for Early Bird) choice of dishes to choose from. We both started with prawn cocktail (excellent), followed by duck. The latter consisted of a leg of duck cooked to perfection on a bed of carmelized onions and mashed potato, an individual bowl of vegetables (four types, perfectly cooked) and a bowl of new potatoes. I don't think you could do better. We didn't have wine, but I noticed that the cheapest wine was 21 Euro a bottle. We'll be back. (Unfortunately the film we saw was lousy!)

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a place that offers good food at reasonable prices. In that it may be no different from many other places in Dublin. But its general ambiance, with sparkling wine glasses on tables covered with spotless white clothes and napkins to match, and a friendly but highly professional staff, give you the feeling that you are in a really up market joint. Had an excellent lunch there and shall go again.

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Guinea Pig
17 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

This is a long established family restaurant in Dalkey that specialises in sea food. I had not been there for some time so my wife and I tried out their early bird menu. The food was excellent, the ambience cosy, the staff attentive and pleasant, and the prices very reasonable. I can particularly recommend the duck and the house red wine. For an early bird meal this place cannot be bettered. I suspect that prices for the main dinner menu might be a little more prohibitive.

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Vie de Chateaux
The Harbour, Naas, Kildare

We paid a return visit for dinner the other evening. Again the ambiance and the service was perfect. So was the cheapest red wine - recommended. And again the mussels must not be missed. Not a great plate of black shell fish, but rather a special dish with twelve little compartments in each of which was the inside of a mussel floating in the most delicious sauce. Superb with some French bread. Sadly one of the main courses (listed on a blackboard)failed badly to come up to scratch. It was Bavette?? steak, very rare, and very very tough.

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The Ballymore Inn
Main Street, Ballymore Eustace, Kildare

This place is good, no doubt about it, but I have a few reservations. Most importantly, I thought that it was expensive. My fillet steak was superb, but cost 35.50 Euro. The chicken wings starter was reasonably priced, I suppose, at 10.95 Euro, but only because it was so big. With 14 pieces it would easily have done for two persons, and would have been better with 7 pieces for 5.50 Euro. And they tasted a bit ordinary. The desserts were around 9 Euro each and were OK. But with one round of starter drinks, only two starters, one bottle and one glass of wine, and no coffee, the bill came to 230.65 Euro for four without tip. Service was excellent, with a friendly, helpful and pleasant Polish waitress.

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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This was a return visit for lunch. We both had leek and sea food pie, which was delicious. Accompanied by a side order of salad it made an excellent lunch, followed by two cups of coffee. It was a simple meal, served efficiently in most agreeable surroundings. Not the cheapest place, but probably OK for what you get. I can recommend it. NOTE: The star system did not work for me (the sliders would not slide) so I would award this place four and a half stars

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The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, City Centre South, Dublin

This place used to be the banking hall of the old Royal Bank and it has been superbly transformed into a cheerful restaurant. I was there for lunch last week. The main floor supports an island bar in the middle surrounded by tables, and a new balcony faces the entrance from the street. The whole is surmounted by a dramatic curved decorative plaster ceiling, preserved from the original bank building. My partner and I had reserved a table in the balcony. The service from the word go was silent and efficient, but with no chemistry between waiter and customer. This is not a criticism, he was just that kind of man, but there was no friendly banter or chat. We had a light lunch. For €8.50 I had shredded duck with onions and something else, all in a filo pastry. It tasted delicious, but was only luke warm – was it meant to be hot and had cooled down, or to be cold and had warmed up in a hot kitchen? I couldn’t decide. My partner had prawns which looked very good. This was not a great exploration of the menu, but from what we could see around us, the Bank restaurant should be an excellent place for an informal lunch or dinner at a very reasonable price. We certainly intend to go again and find out.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

My companion had been disappointed some time ago at dinner in the Purple Ocean, but had heard that lunch was great. We decided to try for lunch on a Thursday, and first impressions were very favourable. The restaurant inside had a lovely ambience, modern in feel and based on colour purple, and very pleasing. The day was hot and beautiful, however, so we decided on a table outside on a little balcony overlooking the harbour. (A piece of crass stupidity in design, here. Just at eye level there are bushy plants positioned precisely so that you cannot see the view). The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. A Hungarian girl received us and a German girl seemed to be in charge. Both had exactly the right mix of friendliness and efficiency and contributed greatly to the pleasantness of our visit. There was an excellent set menu for lunch, offering four courses for €20, although several items bore a price supplement. A bit of nonsense here – my sole and crab cost an extra €7, the a la carte desserts cost €7.50, so I suggested that I might substitute the sole instead of a dessert. But rules didn’t allow it. So we had excellent starters, my expensive sole, a good choice of puddings, coffee, a campari, glass of wine, and bottle of fizzy water, all for €65.50 for the two of us (not including tip). We thought this good value for a place of this quality (in spite of my sole supplement!), we both enjoyed the meal enormously, and we both agreed that the place was definitely worth a return visit.

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