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Artisan Restaurant

No 2 Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

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Reviewed 26th April 2010 ( visited 24th April 2010 )

I couldn't recommend Artisan enough. The food is fantastic. My starter of spinach tartlet was "melt in your mouth" good. I rarely eat desserts but I had to order one based on my starter and mains. The atmosphere is relaxed without compromising an excellent service and our waitress couldn't have done more to improve our experience.
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Ciao Bella Roma restaurant

24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 06th April 2008 ( visited 22nd February 2008 )

Myself & my sister went here on a very busy fri night. Instantly we were irked by the haphazard service delivered by the staff. I had to wait an hour between being seated and getting the starter. There were no apologies or explanations. When the food did arrive it was lovely and the rest of the evening was fine.
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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

Popped in here with my partner having heard through word of mouth about the place. I think it's probably best suited to groups who are happy to drink and aren't in a hurry to get their orders. The food is very tasty but as a coeliac I was very poorly looked afer. Almost everything came with breads and when I enquired about an alternative side I was told there was nothing. Therefore I pay full price for half of a full meal. There is also no key on the menu denoting coeliac friendly foods.


The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I ate at this restaurant last night having heard very positive things. Unfortunately, I was let down on a few points. The menu is extremely limited for coeliacs and I found our waiter wasn't the most accommodating person when I mentioned my dietary requirements. I had the chicken satay for stater which was great. Really tasty and it was a good sized portion. I opted for a steak for my mains which was mediocre at best. The meat was very fatty and chewy. The chips which came with it were oily and soggy. I was assured by my dining companion that the food is normally much better but I don't think I would return.


The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I stopped in here with a friend for lunch yesterday. We both ordered the lunch special which allows each diner two tapas dishes with a glass of wine for only €10. I had the honey glazed goats cheese and chicken skewers. Food was gorgeous if a little heavy handed on the honey dressing on the goats cheese. I cannot believe I've walked by this little gem of a restaurant so many times without popping in. The atmosphere is lovely, really rustic with candlelight even during lunchtime. My only problem yesterday was that I couldn't stay for longer. Will definitely return.


The Ballymore Inn
Main Street, Ballymore Eustace, Kildare

We were here last night with a party of apx 20 people, all of whom were very happy with their meals. I had the chicken wings to start which were delicious but the portion was massive! My main was a steak with seasonal veg. Again this was a generous portion and cooked to perfection. I couldn't fault the food on any front. Would visit again and recommend to anyone.


An Corcan
Main Street, Waterville, Kerry

Myself and my partner stopped into this old world cafe during our trip of the Ring of Kerry and were very pleasantly surprised. The lady who looked after us was lovely, very chatty in a non-intrusive way. I had the catch of the day, plaice, with seasonal veg and a white wine. The fish was delicious, really succulent and the veg were nicely cooked. My partner opted for fish and chips and he too remarked on the freshness of the fish. Overall a refreshing change from the more tourist trap type places out there.


Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I was here last night as part of a group of 13 and I hadn't high expectations but was surprised by how good an experience we had. The waiting staff were attentive, friendly and brought our food out speedily without making us feel rushed. The house wine was keenly priced and was actually nice! I had a caprese salad as a starter (definitely big enough for a main) and the catch of the day which was scrumptious. Some of our party had garlic breads to start which, though I know it's a basic dish, were below par. Overall, I think my fellow diners had a good experience too and I would recommend for larger parties but maybe not as a romantic, intimate dinner. One gripe would be that my boyfriend badly bured his hands on a plate that was really hot which we hadn't been warned of. Also, there aren't many coeliac options.


Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

What attracted us to Monty's was the Coeliac menu and a previous visit to the Temple Bar branch which we loved. This restaurant is a gem. The staff are so attentive and friendly without invading your privacy. The food is delicious, so full of flavour and the portions are generous. As a coeliac I wasn't made to feel that I had to reiterate my dietary requirements or worry that some cross contamination may occur. The dining area is pretty small but tables aren't too close together. Will definitely be back.


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

I was here for an impromptu meal with my boyfriend last night. The weather was horrendous so the cosy and welcoming lounge area we ate in was a lovely reprieve from the harsh elements of the city. We each opted for the vegetarian rolls to start and got a surprise when they arrived in their unrolled state and we were told that we could assemble them ourselves which was fun. These were really tasty and I would order again. For our mains my partner had the tofu pad thai which, again, was really nice and was a generously portioned. I had a beef and rice dish and really couldn't fault it. The meat was flavoured to perfection. There was a lack of vegetarian options but on the plus side of things coeliacs are really well catered for. Will definitely return.


Nandos (Dundrum)
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Nando's is fine for a casual lunch if you're not in a rush but that's about all I would recommend it for. The food is fine, nothing to write home about, with your usual burgers, fries, etc. Service is about as slow as a funeral procession and delivered with the same cheer. Plus by the time food arrives I've normally filled up on the free coke refills so I'm about ready to do laps of the restaurant. Orders within groups will often arrive about 10-20 mins apart which means one can sit and have the remaining group of friends watch them stuff their faces. Delightful!


Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Have been to Cortina's a handful of times for lunch and think it's worth popping into. The food is good, waiting staff are very helpful and friendly and the decor is lovely. I wouldn't go here for a special occasion as it's a very casual type place but fine to pop in for a bite to eat. On m last visit I ordered a veggie main which was nice but the nacho type things on the side were a bit weird; really oily and didn't really taste of anything. Love the extensive cocktail menu though!


Royal Spice Indian Restaurant Kilkenny
2 water gate, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

As a dedicated Indian foodie I was excited to try a restaurant that had come so highly recommended by a friend and I wasn't disappointed. I went with my boyfriend on a Saturday night and they fit us in though we had no booking.The food was lovely and the staff were attentive and really friendly. Our main qualm was the CD playing the background music skipped repeatedly and at one point skipped for 5 minutes without a staff member noticing! I ordered samosas to start while my boyfriend had the onion bhajis. Both were lovely but the mains were far better. My mushroom curry gorgeous, really tasty and not overly spicy. All in all we would recommmend this restaurant to any fan of indian food.


Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar
New Row, Newbridge Road, Naas, Kildare

Had dinner here on Saturday night as part of a party of six. Loved the ambience and charming decor. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We didnt need to wait long for our dishes and each one was very tasty.


Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This ws our second time to eat at Diwali.Food is tasty, service was good and overall it's not too hard on the pocket. We popped in without a reservation on a saturday evening and were accommodated straight away. As with most Indian restaurants there are loads of veggie options to choose from and the staff were very attentive in explaining them. We will eat here again. The only minus point would be that we found the large screen TV playing pop music quite distracting. -Addendum to review. Ate here again last night and was even more impressed. The TV was off too, excellent!


Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Having been to Siam Thai Andrew's St on previous occasions and always enjoying the night I returned and wasn't disappointed. I went for a Friday night dinner with my boyfriend and another couple. Atmosphere was fantastic, food gorgeous and service prompt. My only qualms would be that the mains were slightly on the small side and the wine selection was perhaps expensive for what was on offer. Overall though, really enjoyed the night and will definitely return (again).


Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Juice is great for a chilled, relaxed veggie lunch or early evening meal. The early bird is brilliant value and with the option to substitute a glass of wine for a starter I'm definitely a fan. Would highly recommend the crumble dessert and the bean casserole mains. Low lighting creates an intimate ambience and staff don't hover or rush diners. I have been here numerous times, will definitely recommend to friends and looking forward to a return visit myself.


Kanum Thai
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin

horrible experience. We ordered food to be delivered to our house just down the road from the restaurant. It arrived over an hour and 15 minutes later. Then when the food finally arrived I received a chicken version of what I ordered. As a vegetarian this is the worst sin any restaurant can commit in my view. Appalling.


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

Popped in for Sunday lunch yesterday. I had the Goat's cheese salad as a main while my boyfriend opted for a sandwich. My food was good but for what we had the bill was just unreasonable. Staff were nice and service prompt.


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

Tenor's is a lovely place with something to suit most meat eaters. As a vegetarian, however, my range of choice was very limited. I had that most basic starter of garlic mushrooms and another starter as a main course due to the very restricted range in the mains menu. The garlic mushrooms were good and the tartlet was ok but neither blew me away. Lovely pinot grigio on the winelist but the pricetag of €19, while not excessive, drives up the "recession friendly" overall bill. My companions, both omnivores, were far more satisfied with their meaty choices. The staff were friendly and helpful until when we wanted to pay our bill and we ended up following the overworked waitress around having waited patiently for over 15 minutes. If more staff were hired and more veggie options were added to the menu I would happily return. Until then I won't be back.


Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Cork)
4/5 South Main Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

Was here with a hen party of 17. Having been to the Dublin branch on a number of occasions and always being disappointed I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food at the Cork branch. My potato skin starter was scrumptious and the veggie lasagne was pretty decent too. It's a good place for large parties starting a night out. Good waiting staff too.


Prime @ Clancys
15-16 Princes st Cork, Cork City, Cork

Went here for dinner in a party of 17. The staff were lovely, service was prompt but food was awful. I had the veggie pasta option which was horrendous. It tasted like a can of double cream poured over some mushrooms and pasta. It was so rich and yet bland that I was sick afterwards. Would never ever go back. Also, the DJ played about 6 songs on rotation. Just overall weird.


Ruairi Maguire’s Bar & Organic Kitchen
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin

Have been here a few times and have had mixed experiences. The staff are great, really chatty and helpful but the food has been hit and miss. Most recently, I had bruschetta and chips for lunch. The bruschetta was ok but definitely missing something. The chips were horrendous and tasted like they had been cooked in oil that hadn't been changed since the place opened. I could only bring myself to eat four of them. On the plus side my lunchmates were really happy with their choices of open sandwiches and beef lasagne so maybe I just got unlucky. Have been here on nights out too and found the wine selection great if a tad overpriced.


Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

Love Cafe Irie. I have been going there for years and I'm never disappointed. It's a great spot for lunch with a friend or taking a breather from busy streets on a lazy day. I would recommend the veggie club sandwich or houmous salad (be warned though, it's big). Love the atmosphere and overall character of the building.


Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Handy spot to pop into for casual eating. Great range in the menu. I'm a particular fan of the healthier pizzas available though in general the food isn't overly special. I have always found Milano to be have a lively atmosphere and attentive service.


Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Ate here on a thursday night with a friend. Were quickly seated upstairs. Enjoyed the bustling atmosphere and good service. I had the Halloumi salad to start and the vegi nasai goreng both of which were tasty and reasonably priced. My friend had a fish mains which she couldn't finish as she said there was far too much fish oil in it. Overall I enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Mao, tasty and reasonably priced food.


The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

I've eaten here a good few times. Lovely pub, great setting by the river and excellent service. Not a vast selection of veggie options but the ones available are gorgeous if quite pricey.


Fat Freddys
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

I popped into Fat Freddie's with my friend on a Friday night and we were happy that no reservations were needed. We were seated immediately but that's where it went downhill. Our waitress was so rude that from the start there was a bad taste in our mouths. Each course was delivered with a scowl and grunt. The quality of food wasn't great and I could only recommend the garlic mushroom starter. If you can overlook the importance of good service then maybe Fat Freddie's would be ok.


Artisan Restaurant
No 2 Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

I couldn't recommend Artisan enough. The food is fantastic. My starter of spinach tartlet was "melt in your mouth" good. I rarely eat desserts but I had to order one based on my starter and mains. The atmosphere is relaxed without compromising an excellent service and our waitress couldn't have done more to improve our experience.


Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

I visited Monsoon on a Sat evening with my boyfriend. The waiter who served us couldn't have done more to make our experience better while not crowding our romantic evening. The food was fantastic. As two vegetarians we found the prices to be reasonable. All Veggie mains were around the €10 mark and really tasty. One tiny quibble is that wine is not available by half bottles which increased the overall bill. Otherwise cannot recommend Monsoon enough. One of the best Indian restaurants I've visited.


Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Went here on a quiet Monday night having booked a table for two. Was very impressed with the food. Great flavoursome veggie dishes. Better veggie food than most restaurants although not a huge selection to choose from. With our mains we had fried rice which were very tasty but slightly overpriced for the portion size. Would definitely go back but probably only on a quiet night as I can imagine it would get quite noisy on a busy weekend.


Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Even on busy sat night of a bank hol we were able to book a table, arrive on time and be seated without delay. All the staff were very friendly and professional, although there was some confusion with our order of rice (they gave us unwanted extra and charged us). This wasn't a problem but then the bill also listed a more expensive wine than we were given(but this was sorted without issue). So be clear when ordering / paying! The food was excellent. The main courses for vegetarians are great value and good selection. However the starters are pricey, but with the main course the value balances out. Great atmosphere and staff weren't rushing us out the door even though people were waiting. All in all, highly recommended indian cuisine.


26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After two visits to this place I am not a fan and wouldn't consider going back. I think this restaurant is all hype and very little substance. The main dining area is loud, cramped and far from relaxing. If you are a fan of trendy hot spots you'll love it but if you've dined in decent Asian eateries you'll be sorely disappointed with the low food quality. I think Saba would be most suited to larger groups who have possibly had a few drinks before entering.


Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went on a Sunday evening and didn't need to reserve a table. The food was a tad overpriced nonetheless was very tasty and of a high quality. My biggest problem with Monty's was the small selection of vegetarian options although the dishes we chose were very nice. I would recommend trying the Naan breads which are the best I have ever tasted in Ireland. The specially brewed restaurant beer was also a high point of the meal. The tables were a little close together however so in a busy period this may be slightly annoying.


The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

amazing decor, very helpful and friendly staff. excellent value for money and a very varied menu. Didnt book in advance and were seated no problem. Was quite busy but were able to have intimate meal. If it were much busier though the imtimacy would have been compromised as it was a bit cramped. Overall highly recommended!


Taste Of India (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I am a regular visitor to this branch of Taste of India since it opened having been a fan of the South William Street branch and go here as it is closer. The food is always excellent, rarely have I been disappointed. I normally opt for pasandas and saags while my partner is a fan of their sea food options. The service is usually good but it can be a bit lapse occasionally (problem not found in other branch). Admittedly I do get a takeaway more often than not. My major gripe wih the place is the price as they seem to be creeping up for no apparent reason, drinks being the main culprit. Overall, definitely worth a trip.


Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself & my sister went here on a very busy fri night. Instantly we were irked by the haphazard service delivered by the staff. I had to wait an hour between being seated and getting the starter. There were no apologies or explanations. When the food did arrive it was lovely and the rest of the evening was fine.


Konkan Indian Restaurant Clanbrassil Street
46 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Near Harolds Cross Bridge, Portobello, Dublin

My boyfriend and I have visited here numerous times and it's very hard to fault. Staff are exceptionally friendly, food is great quality and very reasonably priced. Every dish we've tried has been excellent, so you're safe no matter what you pick! And their takeaway / delivery is to the same standard. Lovely atmosphere and never feels crowded as tables are well spaced. GO!

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