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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 5

Member Since: 08 June 2010

Last Visit: 18 August 2014

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Ivans Oyster Bar & Grill restaurant

17 - 18 West Pier, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
74 reviews

Reviewed 08th June 2010 ( visited 29th May 2010 )

If you love seafood you will love Ivan's. Despite going through a few evolutions I have always been impressed by Ivan's, seafood done in skillfully elaborate styles or as simple as you like. One thing about it is the freshness and quality of the produce has always been outstanding. Last time i had a lovely main of a Tuscan inspired tomato based dish with shellfish which was beautiful and an amazing chardonnay from Australia with a pig on the label, my partner had a Langoustine risotto which was out of this world and great value 16.95 which for the shellfish alone would have been worth it!! The service was impeccable and the wine list has endless options from under €20 to top end Burgundy and staff that can make an educated recommendation, they don't know the whole list but they know what's best on it. I will always return to Ivan's when I want a great meal!
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The County Club restaurant

Dunshaughlin, Dunshaughlin, Meath

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
20 reviews

Reviewed 18th August 2014 ( visited 16th August 2014 )

THis place used to have a decent reputation for food. Not any more. Myself and a friend went for late lunch, both very hungry, we just wanted a pint, a burger and some chips etc. What was served was a beef patty covered in gravy with pepper and a meagre basket of frozen chips (cooked) for €15!!! I estimate the food cost them less than €2 No salad, no bun for the burger no condiments and my burger was under cooked, so I had to leave 1/4 of it.All of the food had an almost intolerable amount of salt. I will never return to this pub. I still can't get my head around how they could serve such poor food. It's easier to get it right!! If your chef can't get a burger right I wouldn't trust him with anything else. So for €15 we got a pile of minced beef in gravy and some chips which were all destroyed by too much salt. Don't waste your money, because no matter how bad a cook you are, you're probably better than the cook in this place.
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The County Club
Dunshaughlin, Dunshaughlin, Meath

THis place used to have a decent reputation for food. Not any more. Myself and a friend went for late lunch, both very hungry, we just wanted a pint, a burger and some chips etc. What was served was a beef patty covered in gravy with pepper and a meagre basket of frozen chips (cooked) for €15!!! I estimate the food cost them less than €2 No salad, no bun for the burger no condiments and my burger was under cooked, so I had to leave 1/4 of it.All of the food had an almost intolerable amount of salt. I will never return to this pub. I still can't get my head around how they could serve such poor food. It's easier to get it right!! If your chef can't get a burger right I wouldn't trust him with anything else. So for €15 we got a pile of minced beef in gravy and some chips which were all destroyed by too much salt. Don't waste your money, because no matter how bad a cook you are, you're probably better than the cook in this place.

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

Terrible experience! We arrived about 12.30 Sunday afternoon, looking forward to some quality seafood. The menu was reasonable enough both in price and choice. Firstly I requested a wine by the glass (which should be standard for a busy pub) they only had nasty 1/4 btls, so I opted for a pint of Guinness. We both ordered the seafood jambalaya which included poor tasting scallops, prawns and crude lumps of un-boned unidentifiable fish with a few mussels on the side. The sauce tasted like it came from a catering pack with a few spices added, the accompanying saffron orange rice also tasted & had the texture of easy cook uncle bens with a bit of saffron & orange juice added.This dish cost €17 and was not worth a fraction of the price. Someone should tell the chef you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! The decor is an overwhelming array of items that belong on a rubbish tip (all authentic historical documents apart). The graffiti on the toilet walls seems to have been left as a throw back to when publicans couldn't care less about their customers, the fact that some of it was critical of the establishment would have been amusingly ironic were it not for the prophetic nature of the critique. I WOULD NOT RETURN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TO Johnny Foxes

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Ivans Oyster Bar & Grill
17 - 18 West Pier, Howth, Dublin

If you love seafood you will love Ivan's. Despite going through a few evolutions I have always been impressed by Ivan's, seafood done in skillfully elaborate styles or as simple as you like. One thing about it is the freshness and quality of the produce has always been outstanding. Last time i had a lovely main of a Tuscan inspired tomato based dish with shellfish which was beautiful and an amazing chardonnay from Australia with a pig on the label, my partner had a Langoustine risotto which was out of this world and great value 16.95 which for the shellfish alone would have been worth it!! The service was impeccable and the wine list has endless options from under €20 to top end Burgundy and staff that can make an educated recommendation, they don't know the whole list but they know what's best on it. I will always return to Ivan's when I want a great meal!

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Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Have eaten here a couple of times, nice casual dining restaurant with a good simple menu and a nice wine list. I would have expected a couple of Spanish whites though to bring the most out of the food, Gambas Pil Pil were really good steeped in the rich tomato based sauce, Potato Bravas were really good also, vegetarian tapenade is a good choice for dips & nibbles but at 12.50 it ain't cheap for what is after all only some bread, few bits of anti pasti and a couple of pestos. Great midweek eats though if you're not in a rush. If you are, beware the service is painfully slow at times and this has been my experience with different staff on, needs to be sorted or it will take the shine off a decent little tapas bar.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The Pig's Ear is situated on Nassau st. which is perfect for any pre or post dinner activities. The dining room has a pleasant light and airy feel to it. The girl who greeted us was lovely and very welcoming, our waiter was very efficient and fun without being over familiar, sadly though the manager seemed a bit surly which was a negative contrast to the other staff. for starters we had tartare of salmon which was lightly smoked & a goats cheese dish which was excellent, though at 10.95 the salmon was bad value. For mains pork belly, & salmon were chosen, pork was only ok, which was disappointing for a restaurant bearing this name and again bad value, most of the salmon remained on the plate as it had dried out to the point of being a bit grainy, again very poor value. green tea was served in a tin tea pot (very twee irish!) with cafeteria style mug which was dirty, coffee came in a chipped cup with a spoon sticking out of a bag of siucra (a la building site chic) Ultimately after having eaten the food of Stephen McAllister before i was very disappointed with The Pig's Ear and in an area with such a wide choice of restaurants i think the standard should be higher

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