Restaurant Reviews from foodieann

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Good Things Cafe restaurant

Durrus, Ahakista Road West Cork, Bantry, Cork

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
4 reviews

Reviewed 29th August 2010 ( visited 30th July 2010 )

Had done a cookery course here before and wanted to come back for a meal with my husband. The place was buzzing when we arrived but we didn't get a great table, it was near the door. For starters i had Mackeral and partner had salad with blue cheese. both very nice. Main courses were Monkfish in a lovely broth type sauce, and the other one was Duck with pig cheek which was delicious. We skipped dessert as we were full enough. We had a lovely bottle of white wine, the name I cannot remember. It was a lovely meal and we will be back again.
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Jola's Restaurant

18/19 Lower O'Connell Street, Kinsale, Cork

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
19 reviews

Reviewed 11th April 2010 ( visited 10th April 2010 )

Myself and 3 friends were spending the day in Kinsale and booked Jolas for our evening meal. We booked for 6.30 and thought we might avail of early bird. All reviews excited me about this restaurant but i was disappointed. Overall the food was nice but certainly not deserving of the rave reviews. We did go with the early bird menu which was good value but the food was nothing to write home about. Also there was some confusion re menus as one of us was given the wrong menu and this led to confusion. The staff were very nice and the surroundings were nice too but probably more suited to couples. All in all it was a nice evening but maybe I expected more. I have deifinately had a whold lot better elesewhere.
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Blue Geranium Café
Hosfords Geraniums and Garden Centre, Cappa, Enniskean, Cork

3 of us went for lunch here . It was buzzing with people and the place is nice and airy. All 3 of us ordered Bacon and Cabbage, it was absolutely delicious, beautiful vegetables, and the ham was superb, there was a lovely parsley sauce with it. It was a generous serving. For afters one of us had a delicious Fruit crumble which was offered with cream or custard or both. This was very nice too. There was a good selection of items on the menu. All in all it was a very enjoyable lunch and we will return.

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Glebe Gardens and Cafe
Baltimore, Baltimore, Cork

We went for a trip to Baltimore to visit the Glebe Gardens and to sample their food. We sat outside as they have a covered area. We ordered Puy Lentil salad with poached egg and crab tart. Both were very nice but we felt that portions were a little on the small side. Both were served with salad leaves and tomatoe. My partner felt that it needed more lentils and maybe a piece of nice homemade bread. We had nice white wine to wash it down. We then had Walnut and coffee cake, delicious, and peach and almond tart equally delicious. We woud visit again and the gardens were very pleasant.

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The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Reached here at lunch on way to Dublin. Love browsing and always love the food.We had the quiche and nut loaf with 3 salads, plenty to eat and delicious flavours, I know these dishes as I have the cook books and they are all freshly made. It may be a little dear but in my mind well worth it for good food.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Was in Dublin for a concert and this was recommended to my husband. My first impression was oh dear, a bit lively, the place was full of 'Hens'. Anyway apart from the noise level I enjoyed it. It was nice but nothing spectacular. I like very hot so i picked items with 3 chillie symbols. Starter was minced duck on salad leaves, very hot but to the point that it overtook any other flavours. I couldn't actually taste my wine. Main course was chicken laab, this was very nice and hot in a goodway but it reminded me of a dish called Chinese Chicken that I make at home. My husband had dumplings to start and scallops and prawns for main course, he was very happy. Not so sure I would go back with my husband again but maybe with a group.

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Bullys Restaurant (Douglas)
7 Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork

On the way back from a lovely weekend in Killarney we decided to eat before reaching home. We decided on Bullys in Douglas, this is a regular eating place for us for many years. We can rely on quality of food, service and value.To start we had garlic mushrooms and deep fried brie all great.For mains I had my usual which always pleases me, canneloni chicken, delicious, served with garlic toast and a very simple but lovely salad. My husband had the Pizza and it was excellent. We had a very nice bottle of Pinot Grigio. Never dissappointed here.

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Chapter 40
40 New Street, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

We were away for weekend in Killarney and booked Chapter 40 for meal. The place was just starting to fill up when we arrived and there was a nice atmosphere. Staff were very nice and attentive. My husband had gravlax with wassabi to start and he said it was excellent. I had Ham hock with prawns, excellent also. For mains we had Seared tuna with prawns and scallops and I had Hake, both served with nice veg and potatoe. We ordered one dessert of Fig Pannacotta which was very good. All eaten with a nice bottle of wine. A very enjoyable meal.

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The Boardwalk Bar and Grill
Lapps Quay, Cork City, Cork

Another birthday and another meal out for 6 (family is growing). we were seated at back of restaurant away from the other tables at the front. A table behind us was set for 30 so we were hoping to be out before they arrived. One of the party was struggling with the menu so we were allowed order one meal from the bar menu. He chose a burger and liked it. 3of us had pork belly and black pudding for starter and it was very nice. One chose the early bird menu but could not finish the soup fully as it was far too hot. For main course I had sea bass served with mash, chips and veg. very nice too but the bernaise sauce came in a ramekin and was luke warm. Early bird person had a steak which was good. Remaining 3 had steak and all 3 loved it. Dessert from early bird was cheesecake which was only ok. And one more had Bannoffie pie and he cleaned his plate. Overall it was good but I think it is overrated, although I never order steak out and apparently Boardwalk steaks are excellent. We left shorthly after party of 30 arrived and staff were stretched at that point.

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Good Things Cafe
Durrus, Ahakista Road West Cork, Bantry, Cork

Had done a cookery course here before and wanted to come back for a meal with my husband. The place was buzzing when we arrived but we didn't get a great table, it was near the door. For starters i had Mackeral and partner had salad with blue cheese. both very nice. Main courses were Monkfish in a lovely broth type sauce, and the other one was Duck with pig cheek which was delicious. We skipped dessert as we were full enough. We had a lovely bottle of white wine, the name I cannot remember. It was a lovely meal and we will be back again.

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The Shack
3 Main Street, Kinsale, Cork

After a lovely day on the beach we headed to kinsale for something to eat. My partner had heard good things about the Shack so we went there. We got the last table for awhile. It was busy and the decor is nice. The service was slow as it was busy. We had a main course each. I had Goujons of haddock with salad and chips. This was very nice. We asked for mayo, sauce etc. and they came in little paper cases, maybe they shoudl be on table. My partner had pan fried hake with chilli etc. served with potatoes and veg. The fish was very nice. The vegetables were a little overdone. We had a nice bottle of Pinot grigio and were happy with our meal.

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Panda Mama
14 Parnell Place, Cork City, Cork

Yet another birthday in the house and the birthday girl picked Panda Mama. I had heard good and bad reviews. The restaurant is quite big and was quite busy for a Tuesday night, I did not really like the ornate decoration. We went for the early bird, 4 courses for 19 euro, very good value. My partner had no complaint, son not that happy with choice, it was crispy chicken, it was a bit tough. I had spare ribs to start, nice. Then i had Szechuan Prawn, I love this usually and I know that it can vary but this one was very hot but not spicy, missing flavour. I had pineapple fritter for dessert, the batter was nice but the pineapple was tough and tasteless. We enjoyed the evening, wine was very nice. I will probably return. 3 birthdays down, 2 to come this year.

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

4 Friends went for a girly lunch today before the childrens Exams start and the stress levels go up. Fishy Fishy was the choice, I have eaten here before but wanted to sample it again as it has a Big reputation. We all had something different, John Dory, Scampi, Monkfish and Cod, all were lovely but firstly there was not a huge amount on plate other than Fish, secondly it is quite expensive. All were happy with their desserts and mine, Classic Creme Brulee was very very good. The day was a lovely sunny day and eating outside was great. It is only when I had left that I realised what it has going for it, an extensive Fish Menu. I nearly always choose Fish when eating out and this selection is a treat. Do I think it deserves the way people rave about it - no but for its selection alone I would visit from time to time.

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The Club Brasserie
Lapps Quay, Cork City, Cork

A friend of ours was coming to Cork for the night and she describes herself as a Semi Vegetarian. Lots of restaurants are not open on Monday nights so this was our 4th choice. I have been here before and was pleased but on this occasion I was disapppointed. They had the Dine in Cork offer of 3 courses for 25 euro on still so we all went for this. I had Chicken liver pate for starter and it was nice, my friend went for a dish with Portobllo mushroom in it but it mostly a big lump of bread, small amount of mushroom and 2 tough bacon. For mains I had Fish and chips on Pea Puree, a bit greasy. Another in party had lamb chops and they were tough. For dessert we all had Eton Mess but it was too sweet for me as there was a syrup type thing drizzled all over. I think maybe the quality that I had sampled before is slipping.

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La Lavanda
Main Street, East Village, Douglas, Cork

We went to Amicus for a Birthday meal for my Son. I was glad to see that it was busy for a Tuesday night. Service was very good and the staff were very pleasant. One of the group went for the early bird for 20 euro. His choice was nachos,pizza and sponge pudding and he was very happy. 2 had Rib eye steak and these were also nice. I shared chicken wings for starter and had trio of fish, the salmon was nice the other fish were only ok., the sauce was nice but luke warm. This was served with mash and vegetables, the vegetables were carrots and onion, a strange combination I thought, mash was good and piping hot. I shared a Tiramisu for dessert and it was ok. All in all it was a nice meal out but nothing special, suitable for families who need a good choice although sometimes too much choice puts me off.

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The Poachers Inn Bar & Restaurant
Clonakilty Road, Bandon, Bandon, Cork

On our way back from a night away in west cork we stopped at the Poachers Inn which was recommended by a friend in the group. The place was full and even though tables were in short supply the Manager assured us that she would get us a table.. She sat us down at the bar, brought us our drinks and gave us menus. We went with the Dine out in Cork week offer which was 4 courses for 25 euro. There was a great selection. I had the warm goats cheese salad with beetroot, fish pie and ice cream with butterscotch sauce to follow. All were absolutely delicious.`My 2 friends were also very pleased with their choices. i can' believe that I have not been here before as I have travelled that road many times. The service was friendly and professional. i will be back.

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Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store
Coolbawn, Midleton, Cork

Myself and my husband went here for a birthday celebration and we were not disappointed. It was not our first time here and will continue to eat there. The food, service and atmosphere was superb . Choice is fantastic and we both went for fish, delicious. The selection of vegatables was wonderful and I absolutely love the Roast Potatoes included in this. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. We will be back again and again.

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Jola's Restaurant
18/19 Lower O'Connell Street, Kinsale, Cork

Myself and 3 friends were spending the day in Kinsale and booked Jolas for our evening meal. We booked for 6.30 and thought we might avail of early bird. All reviews excited me about this restaurant but i was disappointed. Overall the food was nice but certainly not deserving of the rave reviews. We did go with the early bird menu which was good value but the food was nothing to write home about. Also there was some confusion re menus as one of us was given the wrong menu and this led to confusion. The staff were very nice and the surroundings were nice too but probably more suited to couples. All in all it was a nice evening but maybe I expected more. I have deifinately had a whold lot better elesewhere.

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Liberty Grill
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork

This was our third time here. Food wa excellent but the problem with the opening door continues. It was a very cold night and every time the door opened in came a gush of cold air. It was quite noticable as a lot of people left their coats on. We asked to be changed to another table and was dismissed. Another table asked for the heatin to be turned up and was told it was at its highest. Surely there is a solution to this problem, another restaurant in cork has a curtain around the door. Value for money was great and food was excellent. Please listen to your customers.

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