Restaurant Reviews from heywood100

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County: Kildare

No. of Reviews: 19

Member Since: 07 May 2009

Last Visit: 07 March 2011

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The Tea Room Restaurant

The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
60 reviews

Reviewed 15th November 2009 ( visited 14th November 2009 )

here again last night i had gravalax and then an open raveoli of skate the portion size has increased a lot but so was the quality well up on last time. both my dishes were superb but the pasta was a little over cooked my partner had pigeon and pork belly. she and i thought they were also wonderful deserts / puddings were as always super in the 10+ years i have been eating there it was the best food / feed / dinner ever served to me but coffee at 3.75 each is a bit steep overall a really great meal - we will be back again soon.
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Herald and Devoy restaurant

Osprey Hotel and Spa, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Kildare

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
41 reviews

Reviewed 07th May 2009 ( visited 07th March 2009 )

The thing that surprised me most about Mash was the price. I saw it was well rated here for value and ambled along with my better half. Boy was I wrong. I found it quite expensive. As I am a non meat eater I had some yummie sea bas, and herself had beef. Good food, good service, the place itself it not finished as well up close as it appears at first blush. But the bitter after taste was the price. Found it just a bit expensive. Wont go back most likely.
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West Restaurant @ The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve, Bearna Village, Galway City, Galway

I just cant fault this restaurant in a single way. 1. The food was truly amazing. As good as Michelin star joints in Dublin IMHO. Fish was divine and the steak was even better 2. The value was superb. 3. Service from a person who obviously loved his job and employer was warm, attentive and knowledgeable. 4. Ambiance and atmosphere were just right - relaxed, special and memorable. Overall I cant wait to return and will stay the weekend in the hotel (driving from Dublin) just for the experience. Well done to all. PS this is my first 5 star rating BTW.

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Kasturi Restaurant (Dublin)
Unit 3, Village Court, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

Food was good but not great The service was too frantic and things were not that busy. The manager paid great attention to us however - top market. Will I return? Yes. Would I return expecting it to be special - No!

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Rye River Cafe
The Square, Meath Bridge, Kilcock, Kildare

9.5 out of 10 for this family run restaurant – simple dining room, simply stupendous food. Just after finishing dinner at the Rye River Cafe. When we arrived at 7.30 n a Saturday one other table occupied. Was offered any other table by a lovely waitress who later turned out to be the owners sister. As this is a BYOB restaurant we brought a half bottle which our waitress opened without making us feel cheep for doing the BYOB thing. I had mussels marinere (sp?) to start. They were fantastic. My darling lady wife has a salad of egg and chese that sounded naff to me but was inspired. Served with seasonal berries, greens like I have never seen before and yummie salty parmagannio. For our starters we gave the food 9.5 out of 10. Mains were a Spanish fish stew for me and marinated fillet steat for my far more attractive partner. Served with veg, potatoes and fries. Portion size was large but no American. If the food was anymore flavoursome we would have exploded. It was absolutely wonderful food. Truly gorgeous. The chef came out to ask how our food was. We told him honestly it was super. For desert we shared a strawberry pavlova. This was good food but not as spectacular as the first 2 courses but on nearly any other evening it would have got a 9 out of 10, tonight we gave it 7 out of 10. As we were dining the restaurant became quite busy which was love lot see. We discovered this restaurant that doubles as a cafe during the day is a family affair. While the dining room is quite basic and the menu a tad limited you have ample choice and the food quality is as good as you will get anywhere. And all for 20 for 2 courses and 24 for 3 courses. Overall 9.5 out of 10!

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

I ate here last night with 3 others. They are seafood aficionados, and I am no slouch myself. We shared 2 platters (about €35 per platter and they are for 2 people) The platter had potted herring lobster crab claws dressed crab meat smoked salmon salad prawns in a garilc pink sauce mussles caper berries The seafood got an 8 out of 10. The mussles were overcooked and a few were still closed = dangerous. We shared 1 bread and butter pudding and one choc gateaux. Both were superb! 9+ out of 10 Service slipped a bit. Sloppy service of coffee, had to ask for sourdough 3 times and when it came it was way too hard. But the food and atmosphere were so good easy to forgive it. I am often critical but very strong performance and fully recommend it. good job! PS we tipped accordingly - about 17.5%

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Kudos (Liffey Valley)
Clarion Hotel, Dublin 22, Liffey Valley, Dublin

The hotel was pretty busy so that added to the atmosphere. While the food was tasty, hot and spicy - just as I like it - the portion size was tiny. Could have eaten 3 of their mains and I do not have a gargantuan appetite. Service was professional and friendly, just as you would expect from trained eastern European staff in a chain hotel. As the portion size was so modest the prices wile reasonable per se represent poor value, at least to me.

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Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Overall a waste of time, appetite, and money. I used think Arc was passable, even enjoyable but recently it is very poor IMO. Food was bland, a bit cold and presented on greasy thumb printed plates. The waitresses were the best part of the meal. They seemed at least a bit interested and a tad apologetic for keeping us waiting for so long despite there being almost no one there. the food is also over priced for what you get. Compared to other local eateries the food at Arc is inferior and more expensive. We will not return. It is a shame because I did like Arc. PS. The owner floated around, chatted to the diners at 3 tables all around us but ignored us. Shame.

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juju
The Johnstown Inn, Johnstown, Naas, Kildare

I decided to bring our little team (8 people in total) out for dinner and chose Ju-Ju was is was the #2 restaurant in the Naas area pre munuepages.ie This is my review. *Food: 5 out of 5 *Service: 5 out of 5 *Value: 5.5 out of 5 *Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 *Overall: 5 out of 5 We all went for the €20 set menu for 3 courses. You can see the menu from their website. There was complimentary “Russian bread”. Yummie doughnut style stuff. Everyone in the party had a starter and the entire 8 plates were cleaned. Two of us wanted to swap starters and deserts. This was no problem to our professional, helpful, and not request was an issue waitress. All bar one of the party chose the 6 oz sirloin steak. While these sounded small they were anything but. I believe they were 8 or 9 oz and more then sufficient. The “fat chips” were sublime. The dauphines potatoes just as good. And lots of them. We all went for deserts and again every plate was cleaned. 2 “foodies” in the group said the Baked NY style cheese cake was the best ever eaten and a semi-professional confectioner in the party said the hazelnut meringue was “absolutely divine”. While we were there a bit early want there was not many others in the restaurant when I returned home I told my wife I have found a new favourite restaurant. This is a fantastic place. The best combination of food, value, service, and attitude I have ever seen, anywhere! I have eaten at all the Michilin star restaurants in Dublin, some abroad, and lots of other high-end / expensive places. Ju-Ju out shines then "pound for pound" by a country mile!!! Can’t wait to return. Bravo!

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

this is a solid "eating house" very good food sometimes, when it is not very good it is almost very good service can be a little "volatile" but at least it is not bland - authentic is the way i would describe the service atmosphere is was great will return

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The Tea Room Restaurant
The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

here again last night i had gravalax and then an open raveoli of skate the portion size has increased a lot but so was the quality well up on last time. both my dishes were superb but the pasta was a little over cooked my partner had pigeon and pork belly. she and i thought they were also wonderful deserts / puddings were as always super in the 10+ years i have been eating there it was the best food / feed / dinner ever served to me but coffee at 3.75 each is a bit steep overall a really great meal - we will be back again soon.

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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Had a hospital apt on Friday morn, decided to treat myself for lunch after. Headed to Bon Appetite for their amazing value €25 - 3 course special as I am told that Bon Appetit is the only Michelin Star restaurant proprietor who still does the lunch menu. On arrival shown to a superb corner table by a pleasant m.d. I asked for a paper to read. He told me that didn’t have one but he would do his best. 5 mins later he comes back from shops panting with a copy of the “Indo”. If he had time he would have ironed it for me I bet. I have a saddle or rabbit on a ragu of peas, corn and baby onions. It is absolutely superb as were the breads offered. The brown was the best I have ever eaten bar none. Very very slight crib with this plate was the fact that there was a big visible thumbprint on the edge. My main of pan fried cod, a quenelle of potatoes with black olives, in a yummie dressing with a side of green beans was delectable. I was then short on time. Asked if I could have me desert to go – which was no problem – and I was offered the normally €5 more expensive cheese board at no extra cost. In summary – I don’t want or expect perfection at any price, but this was as close to it as a mortal would ever need. Bon Appetite beats hands down the other Michelin Star eateries in Dublin in my opinion. For some reason it made me proud to be Irish. Congrats to the team!!

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife and I ate here on Sat night last. 3 course each. I had soup and then lamb shank which were both good. I had plum crumble that was horrid. A bowl of disolved sugar with one half under-ripened plum. I *always* finish desert. 2 spoons was enough. My wife had pear and gorgonzola salad. 2 tiny pieces of cheese. There were rot sport on the pear slices (over ripe) and brown sport on the cos lettuce. For main she had duck. The skin was not at all crispy, but soggy and like part set silicone. Dish was a little cool. The choc desert was wonderful however. The house red sangoviase @ €5 per was very good indeed. Overall more poor than bad from the coolest dining room in the city still.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

was there on Sat night last and as ever the food and atmosphere never fails to impress. didn't have to wait for a table which was nice had complete wagamama deal but the amount of seafood therein was quite scarce. then had white chocolate cheesecake - smallest portion i had ever seen - mentioned it to my brother and he agreed then to waitress and she said she agreed - they get 12 or more portions from a cake that they buy in for "under a tenner". 12 times 6 = €72 euro they get for "under a tenner" nice profit like the food

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Kanum Thai Ltd
77 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

In summary, except for one little thing this would have got my first 5 out of 5. Food is just fab. The chef is a real asst to the palce. Top marks and well done. Menu, eco friendliness, selection, staff attitude all top notch. Well done all. Price / value for what you get top markets. Only tiny gripe is that open doors when we ate there made the place cold and the stools made my rear numb in 10 mins. However if I lived closer I would eat here often enough to put on a lot of padding and it wouldn't be a problem. Great stuff and a great addition!!

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Zest Cafe
Unit 6/7, Clane Shopping Centre, Clane, Kildare

There again last night but this time for a take-away. Super super food. Caesar salad, Greek salad, carbonara Italian potatoes, banoffi. good service, yummie Food: Great for the price Atmosphere: Top Marks Service: Poor BUT. I had a really bad customer service issue here and raised it with the owner. He dealt with it expertly. So overall a B Value: Very good I will go

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

good food but not authentic - i have been to KTM and the food is not nearly as rich as at montys montys is far richer and better to be frank some yummie rice dishes in particular service good and a cracking atnosphere

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Hamlet Court Hotel
Johnstownbridge, Enfield, Meath

I have eaten at this restaurant now about 4 times. It has always been good, sometimes they make little mistakes but deal with them superbly. Last weekend I was served me the most glorious piece of fish I have ever eaten. And to my shame in these frugal times I have eaten in places that are far more expensive and with “grander” reputations. The 2 sea bream fillets I was served were simply divine. My wife loved her duckling and moist stuffing. We skipped starters but had a wonderful chocolate desert, just glasses of wine as we were driving. A very modest bill for circa 60 euro. So in summary, a new benchmark for me with a fish dish which displaced a shorefront restaurant in old Ibiza who was #1 for 10 years Hamlet Court Restaurant.

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Herald and Devoy
Osprey Hotel and Spa, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Kildare

The thing that surprised me most about Mash was the price. I saw it was well rated here for value and ambled along with my better half. Boy was I wrong. I found it quite expensive. As I am a non meat eater I had some yummie sea bas, and herself had beef. Good food, good service, the place itself it not finished as well up close as it appears at first blush. But the bitter after taste was the price. Found it just a bit expensive. Wont go back most likely.

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Beckett's
Cooldrinagh House, Leixlip, Kildare

Great food, lovely breads, and service. For the price, and the ealry bird is not great value, this is a cracking place. Go there. You will enjoy.

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Da Vincis Restaurant (Leixlip)
Main Street, Leixlip, Kildare

OK food and atmosphere but the thing that has always bugged me about this place is the service. Have been going here on and off for years and it is getting worse. Food was great be comparison to others years ago but the others have crept up. Atmosphere is always reasonable. Shame about the service IMO.

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