Restaurant Reviews from fussyfoodie09
Chapter 16 restaurant
The Silken Thomas, The Square, Kildare, Kildare Town, Kildare
Reviewed 24th February 2012 ( visited 22nd January 2012 )Have eaten here often over the past few years and keep returning. Staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Great choice on the menu and good value – two courses for two people and bottle of wine for 49.95. They offer varied breads and dips as we read our menu which is always a nice touch. Have tried a number of different starters - the mussels and chowder are delicious. It’s very hard to resist the 8oz fillet steak for mains which has been cooked perfectly the majority of the time and comes with mushrooms, chips and your choice of sauce. I have also asked for it with potatoes and veg and there’s no problem. The specials are a bit hit and miss so will be sticking to the a la carte menu. House wines are delicious and great value. Will definitely keep returning here.
The Eagle House restaurant
18 Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin
Reviewed 24th February 2012 ( visited 16th December 2011 )Ate here with a friend in December using a voucher offering a starter, main course and a glass of wine. Staff were friendly and there was a nice atmosphere. The menu was quite limited however. We ordered the chicken and lamb for starters. Both were nicely presented and tasty, however both required more sauce, especially as the lamb was very spicy. Chicken tikka masala for mains was nice, however the salmon main course was a lot different to what is described on the menu. The salmon itself was cooked nicely, however some of the skin was left on with was a little off-putting. Pilau rice came instead of basmati, but was quickly replaced. Using the voucher we thought the meal and drinks were generally good value.
Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Great value lunch menu at two courses for 12.95. Plenty of choice. House wine delicious and servers really friendly. A place to relax over a few glasses of wine. Chocolate dessert to die for. Would definitely return.
Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Five of us ate here recently with a Menupages Voucher - €39.99 for two courses and a glass of prosecco. Prosecco was a bit on the sweet side, wine would have been a nicer choice personally! Overall the food was very good. For starters the crab claws stood out. Calamari good also. For mains the tiger prawns were delicious, however both steaks were overdone and one was sent back. In fairness they were very speedy in bringing another, and both very tasty. One big disappointment was that the plates were stone cold - a pet hate of mine. We mentioned it to waiter who told us “that’s just what they do here”. The mains came straight away after starters which was also frustrating. I had the pear with ice cream for dessert, but the pear was hard and couldn’t be eaten. It was taken off the bill. Meringue was delicious. Cheese board a bit of a let down – the waiter didn’t explain what the cheeses were, there were served with only cream crackers, no grapes or chutney to accompany. House wines lovely and good value. Great value with the voucher, would return again.
Camile Thai Dun Laoghaire
3 Georges Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Have ordered takeaway from here on a number of occasions since it opened. A little bit pricier than other takeaways but worth it for the quality of the ingredients. Po Pia Sot for starters is delicious as is Pad Prik Haeng and Pad King. A friend ordered the crispy pork belly and a beef salad but was not impressed with either. Will order here again but stick to what I know!
Hoky Poky Coffee Shop
Charlotte Mall, Charlotte Street, Newbridge, Kildare
Love this cafe. Always a treat. Salads are to die for and theres always a great selection of hot dishes and specials. And its very difficult to resist the desserts! Coffees good too. Great place to meet friends and the staff are all really friendly.
Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
Had the early bird here recently on a Tuesday night. Was very impressed. Beetroot starter was delicious as was the hake for mains. Although perhaps the fish cake accompaniment with the hake could be replaced with a portion of potato instead. Maybe thats just my taste! Pork belly was devoured too. Didn't try desserts as we were nicely full. Service could be a bit more "on the ball" in that we had to ask twice for water, wine and the bill. Other than that very pleased and would return for the early bird again.
Station Road, Kildare town, , Kildare Town, Kildare
A group of us ate here recently on a Thursday night. It is a very quaint French restaurant. You almost feel like you are on holidays! This is the third time I have visited and definitely the best. The other two times the place was much busier and unfortunately we found the service a tad slow. This time around however the service was much improved, as was the menu choice - both a la carte and set dinner menu. Food was delicious and presentation was beautiful. Everybody cleared their plates. The house wines were very good also. Owner and Chef who waited our table really made us feel welcome. Would highly recommend it if you are looking for great quality food in a relaxed atmosphere. Looking forward to returning.
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
A group of us ate here recently for a girly night out. On the whole we were 80% happy with the food. There is a large extensive menu. Good choices were the chorizo al vino, goats cheese and spinach salad, the calamari, brochetas de pollo and the meatballs. I would avoid the paella de pollo (which was quickly returned), the patatas bravas were bland and the accomplanying sauce did nothing to liven them up). Also the churros were nothing like I have eaten in Spain, instead very soggy and not enough sugar or cinnamon! Staff were very friendly, great choice of reasonably priced wines and the sangria went down a treat too. Atmosphere was lovely and relaxed, great for a girls night out, and would return now I know what to order!
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Went here for their great value early bird. I am not a usual Indian food lover but the food here was delicious. Poppadom’s and dips were at the table when we arrived and were quickly devoured. Calamari and pork for starters were beautifully presented. Mains of mango chicken and lamb also delicious. Ended up having to order a side of cauliflower from the a la carte, which was tasty but pricey, as the mains are just meat and sauce. I know this is the norm in Indians, but perhaps instead of giving potatoes, rice and naan with mains, they could offer a vegetable substitute. Nice atmosphere for a Sunday evening, mixture of couples, families and two birthday groups. Very friendly staff also. Looking forward to returning.
Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Myself and my boyfriend decided to try somewhere different on a Saturday evening and after reading a great newspaper review we gave this place a go. At the time it was BYOB, with no corkage charge, which definitely appealed to me (although I think this may have changed since our visit). Prawns starters were delicious - even if it took a bit of work to get the shells off it was worth it. We also ordered the rice paper rolls with prawns and pork and I could have eaten another two, really light and tasty. My boyfriend tried the pho for mains, it wouldn’t have been to my taste but he enjoyed it. I was happy with my chicken and prawn rice vermicelli dish. You have to try the coffee, I ended up ordering two as it was so delicious. Brilliant value for money. Unfortunately, we found the restaurant itself a bit “café” like, the plastic white tables and harsh lighting meant we didn’t feel we could relax there for an evening meal. But great for a quick cheap bite to eat.
Cavistons Seafood Restaurant
59 Glasthule Road, Glenageary, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin
Ate here recently for a mid-week lunch. The place was full, lucky we booked, with a nice atmosphere and staff were very friendly and efficient. The breads were delicious as was the hummus dip it came with, a nice change from butter. Crab cakes for starters were very tasty, could have done with more crab though! All three fish mains, cod, turbot and haddock cooked to perfection. I found the butter sauce which accompanied the turbot a bit rich, which took away from the flavour of the fresh fish, Ill ask for it on the side next time. Quite pricey, but they do have a deal of two courses for 18.95 with a choice of two starters and two mains. Sauvignon Blanc the nicest I have tasted in a long time. Great place to go for a treat.
Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin
Ate here recently with our menupages voucher. It was a Saturday night but there were very few people in the restaurant. Waiting staff were lovely and the food was pretty good all round. However the portion sizes were VERY small – I ordered prawns for starters and only got THREE small prawns on a skewer. My boyfriends portion of deep fried brie was also tiny. I got the fish special for mains and again I was left wondering where was the rest of it, one small piece of tuna with salad. Lamb shank was, in fairness, quite filling with plenty of mash, but it was a bit overdone. Because I was still hungry at this stage I ended up ordering ice cream for desert which we thought was way overpriced for three scoops of fairly standard ice-cream. On the positive side the Rueda wine was delicious and its nice to be able to order a number of wines by the glass, a 250ml and 500ml carafe. I am not sure if the portion sizes was just because we had the menupages voucher or if this is the norm. Not sure if we would return.
The Helm Bar & Restaurant
The Harbour, Westport, Mayo
Went here for lunch as we were told of its great reputation. The food was of a high quality using fresh ingredients however we have eaten in nicer places in the Westport area. The seafood chowder for starters was tasty but quite small, and there was very few pieces of fish in it, mostly diced carrot. The crab and salmon platter was lovely, with servings very generous of both fish. The battered cod, tartar sauce and chips definitely was the better choice though. Service was a bit slow and it took a while to grab someones attention but the food was quick to come out – if a bit too quick! Wouldn't be rushing back for lunch, maybe for a quick bite to eat in the evening when theres a bit of atmosphere.
Temptations Restaurant at Mill Times Hotel Westport
Westport Town Centre, Mill Street, Westport, Mayo
Had a lovely mid-week meal here back in February. Good value at 29.95 for 4 courses. There were a few other tables busy but there wasn’t much atmosphere, maybe at the weekend it would be better. We were seated in the middle of the room and felt a bit out in the open. The amuse bouche between courses is a lovely touch. Starters of clams and mussels were good as was the pate. Monkfish for mains was nice, just nice, and I asked for the beurre blanc sauce on the side which they forgot about. Desserts were just ok, I didn’t like the parfait but that could just be a personal thing. House wine was nice. Would recommend here but maybe on a busier weekend night.
An Port Mór Restaurant
1 Brewery Place, Westport, Westport, Mayo
Best meal out in Ireland in a long time. Staff so friendly and attentive and all courses absolutely delicious. We were given 4 different choice of bread to start with pesto, had to stop myself from eating the whole basket. I chose the trio fish platter to start, amazing for a fish lover. Goats cheese was also delicious. Mains of clew bay scallops were the nicest I have ever had, and there were plenty. Pricey but worth it. Sea trout was also cooked perfectly and portion size was generous. Dessert was raspberry and chocolate roulade, a special on the night. Petit fours at the end a lovely touch, as was the homemade limoncello. Can’t wait to go back to Westport to return here.
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here recently using a menupages voucher. The place was very busy for a Friday night and we were seated in a corner which was detached from the main restauran. We felt there shouldn't have been a table placed there at all. Also, it was quite cold, presumably because it is situated in the open area in the middle of the Powerscourt Centre with high ceilings. Despite that the staff were very friendly and attentive. Antipasti for starters was delicious and would definitely order again for the variety of cheeses, hams, breads and dips. The gambas pil pil had a nice flavour but were overdone. Mains were mixed, my partner loved his chicken and mozzarella dish but unfortunately I was not asked how I like my tuna cooked and it came very rare, which along with the burnt sweet potato and the whole dish swimming in a strong sauce (which wasn't mentioned on the menu) resulted in me eating very little of it. The waitress promptly apologised and told me it would be taken off the bill and offered me a cocktail or dessert instead. Dessert of chocolate oblivion was divine. Would return as I would know which dishes to order, it was good value and the staff were lovely.
Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Myself and my boyfriend went for the pre-theatre menu and we were a little disappointed. Starters of prawn tempura and seafood chowder were tasty, however the mains really let it down. Chicken was way over-seasoned, the roasted vegetables were swimming in oil and overdone and the cannelloni was tasteless. All the waiting staff were extremely friendly, however service was slow and despite there being a lot of staff they were very inattentive. We were left waiting a long time for our wine, our starters and it was impossible to get the bill! It was all a bit haphazard. Although the 55 euro deal for 2 starters, 2 mains and a bottle of wine was good value, the service and food let the place down. We wont be returning.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
A friend and I opted for the 60 euro deal - starters, main, dessert, tea/coffee and a bottle of house wine. We went on a Thursday evening - the place was full with a lovely atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great choice on the menu. The food was excellent for the price, goats cheese and beetroot tart starter (which seems to be on menus everywhere!) was one of the nicest I have tasted in a long time and salmon for main also delicious. There was no problem in asking for the different choice of potato from another dish on the menu. Desserts were a little disappointing - a range of cakes came out on a platter and you pick which you would like. I haven’t seen this anywhere else but I guess it was good to see exactly what you were getting and the cheesecake was pretty good. There was also no problem asking for ice-cream instead of cream and the waitress came with both. The house wine wasn’t bad too. They also do a 2 course early bird for 18.95. Overall it was excellent value in a great location and will definitely return.
Salt Cafe @ Avoca
The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin
Two of us dined here for lunch recently. It was very busy and we were lucky to get a table before a queue formed, which was a good sign. Staff were very friendly. But we both thought it was overpriced for what we got - two salads and two coffees for 35 euro. My superfood salad was absolutely delicious however my Dad was unimpressed with his goats cheese salad which was nearly half the size! When you are paying that much for a salad you expect a decent portion. The majority of tables nearby were ordering the caesar salad which came with half a rotisserie chicken, which looked mouthwatering. Coffee was good but a bit cold. Would return again to try the chicken dish but wouldn't be rushing back overall.
Harrigans Bar & Restaurant
Main Street, Newbridge, Kildare
Dined here a couple of months ago and although the value was good I wasn’t rushing back. But we decided to try it again on a busy Saturday night. I completely agree with the previous reviewer – the staff and atmosphere are great but the chefs need to improve their standards. We did dine pretty late and felt like we were getting what was left over. Starters of smoked salmon didn’t come as described and in hindsight I should have sent it back. However the caramelised onion and goats cheese tartlet was tasty. Cod for mains was again bland although the accompanying sauce was tasty. My partner said his pork was just ok. He had previously tried the fillet steak and that was described as cooked well but again “just so-so” when it came to taste. We tried the creme brulee for dessert which was nice but nothing special. Overall I think the standard of food needs to be improved for me to return again.
The Bay Restaurant @ Walters
68 Georges Street Upper, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Dined here last weekend. Was expecting a good experience after reading Paolo Tullio’s review and was enticed by the 50/50 offer. The atmosphere and décor were nice and we were greeted by a lovely waitress but that’s as far as it goes unfortunately. This 50/50 deal has meant a 50% reduction in service and food quality also. We were waiting 15 minutes for anyone to come to our table, another 15 minutes for the wine and then another 10 minutes by the time the starters arrived. I ordered the deep fried brie special– two miniscule deep fried segments, one without any brie in it at all. I would have sent it back only I was so hungry at that point. My partners seafood chowder was poor also and we had to ask twice for a side plate for the bread, which was wafer thin. For mains, the fillet steak was tasty and well cooked. The cod special was nicely cooked but the accompanying buttery peas and potato’s with ham left a horrible taste in my mouth. I thought I couldn’t go too far wrong with getting “sheila’s ice-cream” for dessert however all three flavours were bland and tasted identical despite being different flavours, so it was left uneaten – the first time I have ever left ice-cream on the plate! The accompanying tuile biscuits were stale. The pannacotta did have a nice taste of bailey’s however it looked like it had been sitting out for hours. Most staff members were friendly however service was appalling, we had to constantly struggle to get their attention and the restaurant is clearly understaffed. Very disappointing overall and would have been fuming if we had to pay full price for the poor quality of food. Will not be returning.
Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar
New Row, Newbridge Road, Naas, Kildare
Have eaten here three times now and have not been disappointed. Staff are really friendly and were so helpful at trying to fit me in on a busy Saturday night. As a previous reviewer said its the atmosphere that makes me return as much as the tapas themselves. Some tapas tastier than others but all reasonably priced. Cocktails also delicious. Great for a relaxing evening with friends, especially as you never feel rushed and can order more dishes at your leisure. Will definitely return.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Was brought here recently as a birthday treat and really enjoyed the evening. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was delicious from start to finish. A bit pricey - I have been to similar restaurants where the prices were a bit more reasonable for the same level of quality. Despite this the atmosphere was lovely, there was a great buzz, staff were really attentive and we were able to really relax and enjoy the evening without feeling like we were being pushed out (although we were asked by three different waiters whether we were ordering dessert!). Will return again, perhaps opting for the early bird next time.
Le Petit Cochon
Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin
Ate here for the third time recently. The first two times the service and food were practically flawless and had become my favourite restaurant. However my last visit wasn't as successful unfortunately. Mainly because of the change of menu of which my favourites have been removed! No goats cheese starter so instead I opted for the mushroom ravioli which was overpowered by the rocket sauce. The starter special of a black pudding tarte tatin was poor as was the main special - sea trout with crab and chive risotto (very little crab, too much chives and pretty bland overall). Although the trout itself was delicious as were the prawns. The duck with crushed sweet potato has also been replaced which is unfortunate as its rare to see sweet potato on a menu, and also the fish with gnocchi. Steaks were described as cooked well but the meat itself was a bit tasteless. Our creme brulee was slightly overdone on this occasion although had been delicious previously. However the trio of ice-cream was superb and obviously homemade. Service was still impeccable and staff were very helpful. Will return again however and try some of their newer menu options.
Fallons Cafe and Bar
Main Street, Kilcullen, Kildare
A group of 6 of us visited here on a Friday evening. Staff were very friendly and service was efficient however the atmosphere was lacking in the restaurant area, as was the food. Starters were hit and miss and salads had to be returned because of missing ingredients. Seabass for mains was way overcooked to the point of being inedible. Risotto was just ok, a bit tasteless. We got the cheeseboard to share, which was very nice, as were the Irish coffeys! We all felt the food was very overpriced, especially for what we were served. Unfortunately we wont be returning.
Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Have eaten here three times now and have always ordered off the menu deal of 55 euro for four courses including wine. The choice on this menu seems to get more limited each time I visit however. I have tried the deep fried brie which was delicious and a generous portion, chicken liver pate was nice, however the deep fried calamari was very greasy and tasted more like soggy onion rings. Have always chosen the sea trout for mains which has been cooked perfectly. My partner has tried the pasta, which he devoured. The first time the portion was small but when we returned there was a definite improvement. He has also tried the beef and guinness pie which was very tasty. We have tried the banoffee, cheesecake and fresh fruit salad for desserts and they were all delicious. The atmosphere is relaxing with good views and the place has always busy. However the last time we had to wait 15 minutes for our table despite booking well in advance which was a bit of a let down. Staff are very pleasant and attentive and would return here again.
Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
A group of us ate here on a busy Saturday night. The place was busy with a nice atmosphere and the music was pleasant in the background. Service was a bit slow to start (which was also the case when I visited for lunch) and they seemed to be a little short staffed but they were very pleasant. Good choice of tapas and specials available. Antipasti was delicious, good choice of meats and cheeses and very fresh. Meatballs and the prawns special were very tasty. The selection of breads were delicious too however a bit more dip would have been nice. Felt the patatas bravas could have done with more sauce. Have eaten in many tapas restaurants before and found the dishes here to be quite small in comparison. We ordered the Spanish Rioja which was delicious however the waiter took the bottle away from the table to keep it cool which is a pet hate of mine as I like to refill my own glass! Overall however it was a lovely evening and will definitely return.
The Silken Thomas, The Square, Kildare, Kildare Town, Kildare
Have eaten here often over the past few years and keep returning. Staff are very pleasant and accommodating. Great choice on the menu and good value – two courses for two people and bottle of wine for 49.95. They offer varied breads and dips as we read our menu which is always a nice touch. Have tried a number of different starters - the mussels and chowder are delicious. It’s very hard to resist the 8oz fillet steak for mains which has been cooked perfectly the majority of the time and comes with mushrooms, chips and your choice of sauce. I have also asked for it with potatoes and veg and there’s no problem. The specials are a bit hit and miss so will be sticking to the a la carte menu. House wines are delicious and great value. Will definitely keep returning here.
The Eagle House
18 Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Ate here with a friend in December using a voucher offering a starter, main course and a glass of wine. Staff were friendly and there was a nice atmosphere. The menu was quite limited however. We ordered the chicken and lamb for starters. Both were nicely presented and tasty, however both required more sauce, especially as the lamb was very spicy. Chicken tikka masala for mains was nice, however the salmon main course was a lot different to what is described on the menu. The salmon itself was cooked nicely, however some of the skin was left on with was a little off-putting. Pilau rice came instead of basmati, but was quickly replaced. Using the voucher we thought the meal and drinks were generally good value.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here for the first time with a friend recently on a busy Friday evening. Found the staff were very pleasant and attentive. The mini loaf of bread at the start is a nice touch, however we were left waiting for it and it came just as our starters arrived so it felt a bit rushed. For starters, the prawns were delicious however the mozzarella and risotto balls were a bit dry. The cod for mains was mouth watering. My friend ordered the lamb cooked three ways and described it as “just nice” and wouldn’t order it again as it was a bit dry and the herbs slightly overpowered the lamb. Will return here however ordering from the a la carte menu turned out to be a bit on the expensive side so next time we will try the early bird.
Tenors Grill Room (Naas)
Fairgreen Street, Naas, Kildare
Six of us visited here on a Sunday evening. Staff were friendly, if a little busy and it was difficult to get their attention. Excellent food for the value though and good sized portions. One steak had to be returned as it was overdone, but the second was perfect. The place was also a bit untidy with tables left uncleared and chairs scattered around. The atmosphere was lacking and we were seated upstairs at the very back beside the bathrooms even though there were other tables free. I agree with another reviewer - if I were to visit again it would be at later in the evening. Still excellent value for money however and will return.
Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Visited here about two weeks ago and I was quite disappointed with the meal. My boyfriend and I had the Antipasto Platter for start. The olives were nice and the peperonata dip was tasty but there was not enough of it for the amount of bread given. The cured meats were dried out, like they had been sitting out all day. For mains I had the Margherita Leggera pizza - what a let down. Barely any cheese on it at all (no wonder they claim its only 500 calories!), couldn't taste the basil and the "generous fresh salad" were a few rocket leaves with a tiny drop of dressing. Definitely wouldn't recommend it. My boyfriend ordered the Pollo Pesto - instead he got a pizza so we had to wait another 15 minutes for his mains while I was left to eat my pizza alone. He wished he had kept the pizza as the chicken was very small and there was a thick layer of grease on the top. The toffee fudge glory was the nicest part of the meal but I felt it was expensive for an ice-cream based dessert. In fact the whole meal was over-priced for what we received. Service was very slow and badly organised. Wont be returning here.
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have been here a number of times for the early bird menu. The last time my friend and I sat outside as the weather was beautiful which was a nice touch. Staff are very friendly although we were a bit forgotten about, presumably because we were away from the main restaurant. We were given home baked bread and dips as we read our menus which were delicious. I ordered the salad for starters, lovely fresh ingredients and dressing, and the salmon for main which was also tasty. Great to get vegetables with the mains and not have to pay extra. House wine also delicious. Portion sizes are quite small on the early bird menu, which suits me fine but may be a little bit scant for others. Looking forward to going back.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Four of us went for the early bird menu on a Friday evening. We were made feel very welcome and the waiter was very accommodating when one of the party was delayed. Not much atmosphere at first, but the place quickly filled up and the music was lovely in the background. The food is excellent value for the quality and generous portions. Smoked salmon for starters was delicious and the beef for mains was superb and well worth the extra 3 euro supplement. Will definitely be back.