Restaurant Reviews from ghk1857

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County: Kildare

No. of Reviews: 12

Member Since: 24 May 2010

Last Visit: 08 March 2012

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Rolys Bistro restaurant

7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
1913 reviews

Reviewed 25th June 2010 ( visited 28th March 2010 )

One of the best value restaurants in Dublin. Very affordable with high quality, well presented food. Service is - as it always was - excellent. Breakfast in the Bistro is delicious and original, AND cheaper than breakfast than nearby - with a considerable gap in quality between the two. Surely can't be beaten on value
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Thunder Road Cafe restaurant

Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
208 reviews

Reviewed 25th June 2010 ( visited 08th May 2010 )

Have had lunch with the family a number of time in Thunder Rd. Haven't been there at night, but I'd say it gets very lively. Food is reasonable to good quality, with a varied menu. It is American Diner food, so it is relatively simple fare, but with original and tasty variations on the dishes. The humble (but tasty) burger can be garnished with a variety of toppings and sauces, and is served with a choice of sides. Eldest son (16) loves the place and recomends the Chicken Ranch dish. Portions are suitably huge and even said son gets it hard to finish a meal. Salads are fresh, crispy and well dressed. Desserts look delicous, but so far haven't had the space to fit them. Menu is varied and should suit most tastes. Not romantic, atmosphere is casual and lively. Children ate for free the times when were there (2 children) resulting in our party of 5 eating for an excellent value (4 mains, 1 side, tap water and some coffees) sub €40. Recommended
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Stirrup and Reel Bar
Bloomfield House Hotel, Belvedere, Mullingar, Westmeath

We regularly eat in the carvery in the bar of this lovely hotel. The large windows of the bar look out across the neat gardens across Lough Ennel. As a setting it is hard to equal. The bar itself somehow lacks atmosphere. Some of the reason is that the decor is quite plain and a little shabby in parts. I don't think it knows whether its a bar or a resturaunt. Also the now standard TV showing the GAA or Soccer match takes away from the feeling of opulence and luxury that you should get from such a hotel bar. Other parts, such as the fireplace area, or the bay window area are better. The food however, is very satisfying. A good selection of carvery foods offered with definitely above average quality and flavour. The roast beef is always done to perfection. Portions are generous - great value for money.

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The Lily Garden
St. Mary's Road, Edenderry, Offaly

This is as good a Chinese resturaunt as I have eaten in anywhere in this country or the UK. We eat there on a regular basis, and are always satisfied, Our favourite is the house mixed starter, with the old favourites for main courses (noodles, chow mein, duck and sweet and sour chicken). There is a good selection of wines as well. Dessert is a nominal selection of ice-cream based desserts ordered from a picture menu. This seems to be common in many Chinese resturaunts, and probably reflects a culinary cultural difference - fair enough. The decor is lovely, with oriental themeing, ornaments and furniture. The table service is top class, and could not be more respectful, helpful and attentive. In fact, they could give lessons here in how it should be done - excellent. Good value for money too.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went at the weekend for an office party. No recession on there - the place was heaving! Service was quick and efficient, but made no secret that we were to move off after our meal (we were encouraged to move down to the nightclub). No chance of after dinner conversation then! I had the Cesear salad for start and that was quite good. The sirloin steak for main was huge and beautifully presented, however lacked flavour. I think more attention needs to be paid to the sauces. Vegetables were an extra order - which I hate. The Xmas pud dessert was delicious. The meal was paid for by the company, but the price per head, I heard second hand that was paid, sounded expensive for what we got. I will return again to check out the prices out of curiousity if nothing else. The design and decor has to be unique in Dublin if not Ireland because of the buildings history. The building is breathtakingly beautiful, although I did feel a little uneasy and sad seeing a former place of worship turned into this. Just a personal thought.

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Weirs of Dun Laoghaire
88 Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Carvery pub grub that hits the spot. The usual favourites are there, but there is a slightly greater menu choice than the average and quality is definitely above average. The seafood chowder is really good; as good as I've had anywhere. Value is good as you get good portions and good quality food for the money. It still feels like a pub rather than a restaurant however - decor and furniture are a little hacked. Won't put you off the food though.

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The Orchard Cafe
Orchard Home & Garden, Celbridge, Kildare

Really like this restaurant with regard to the design and layout. It is basically a large conservatory surrounded by the garden centre giving it a very opulent and exotic feel. Food is good too; quality well above average, however I will not be eating here again until prices come down. While the food is good; the portions are not generous, and the prices way too high for quality and portion size. Service is good enough - although nothing special.

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Oldmill Restaurant
Irishtown, Mountmellick, Laois

Reasonably good quality carvery food available during the day, each day including Sunday. You probably won't eat a roast beef dinner cheaper anywhere. Quality is acceptable, and good for the price. Staff couldn't be more helpful. Choice is average, but there is something for everyone. Toilets could be better ventilated though.

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An Cuan Cistin
3 JKL Street, Edenderry, Offaly

This restaurant is on the main street in Edenderry and is open early til late each day. The breakfasts are tasty, and vary in size from big to enormous! A range of traditional food is served from a set menu, but the very friendly staff will try to meet any special requests if they can. There is a carvery on a Sunday, but it may also be available during the week now. The decor tries to replicate the traditional Irish cottage feel - with mixed results. Good value for money; you get large portions of reasonably good food for low prices. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Charles Brinsley Restaurant @ Bloomfield House Hotel
Belvedere, Mullingar, Westmeath

Not quite the Brinsley restaurant, but we have eaten a number of times in the carvery in the Hotel bar beside it. This is a good quality carvery, serving the usual range of dishes. Roast beef seems to be the favourite, and the quality and flavour is very good. Members of our party have had salmon, roast ham, quiche and salad on occasion; quality and flavour has always been very satisfactory. Generous portions, very friendly and helpful staff, traditional good wholesome carvery food, plus very good value for money make this a satisfying dining experience.

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Eden Deli Café
84 Jkl Street, Edenderry, Offaly

A gem of a Café located in Edenderry town centre. Menu choice is not huge, but all food is cooked on the premises and has a home made feel. Food is excellent quality and very well presented. An ideal place for lunch or a snack, you will feel you have eaten quality food when you leave. Good value for money too - Steak Sandwich with a proper 6oz steak, sour bread, fried potatoes, onion, salad and garnish for less than a tenner; delicious!

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Galileo
36 JKL Street, Edenderry, Offaly

Genuine Italian owned and operated restauraunt. Pizza's are very good, but try the pasta dishes; I particularly recommend the pasta with seafood (can't remember the name of the dish) I think prices have dropped in the last year - no harm it was too dear. Still a bit pricey maybe? Good quality Italian food - recommended

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Have had lunch with the family a number of time in Thunder Rd. Haven't been there at night, but I'd say it gets very lively. Food is reasonable to good quality, with a varied menu. It is American Diner food, so it is relatively simple fare, but with original and tasty variations on the dishes. The humble (but tasty) burger can be garnished with a variety of toppings and sauces, and is served with a choice of sides. Eldest son (16) loves the place and recomends the Chicken Ranch dish. Portions are suitably huge and even said son gets it hard to finish a meal. Salads are fresh, crispy and well dressed. Desserts look delicous, but so far haven't had the space to fit them. Menu is varied and should suit most tastes. Not romantic, atmosphere is casual and lively. Children ate for free the times when were there (2 children) resulting in our party of 5 eating for an excellent value (4 mains, 1 side, tap water and some coffees) sub €40. Recommended

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

One of the best value restaurants in Dublin. Very affordable with high quality, well presented food. Service is - as it always was - excellent. Breakfast in the Bistro is delicious and original, AND cheaper than breakfast than nearby - with a considerable gap in quality between the two. Surely can't be beaten on value

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