Restaurant Reviews from islandlil

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O'Neills The Point restaurant

Renard Point, Caherciveen, Kerry

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Cuisine:
Seafood

Price Range:

Great
8 reviews

Reviewed 07th February 2011 ( visited 30th December 2010 )

I have eaten here many a time and I always love it. It offers great fresh fish at a fair price and simply but lovingly cooked. Most mains are under €25. I usually get the hot and cold selection which includes spuds, salad, fresh lightly battered squid, pan fried hake, prawns, crab meat and some smoked salmon and usually some smoked mackeral or fresh salmon too-divinee! The place is usually v busy as the locals favour it too so be prepared to wait when you arrive as you can't book ahead-so don't arrive starving and be ready to have a drink at the bar though if you arrive just before 6 it can be quicker. They don't take credit or laser cards so prepare for this too! It's def worth a visit if you are in south kerry.
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Toto Ristorante Italiano restaurant

8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
36 reviews

Reviewed 09th February 2011 ( visited 08th February 2011 )

Went for dinner here with a friend and availed of their great early bird offer on display for 2 courses with glass of wine for only 13.95. Place was quiet but it was early.Friendly waitress had no problem with us having a soft drink instead of a glass of wine with the deal. We both ordered brushetta for starters and I had seafood pasta with cream sauce (you have it with tomato based sauce if u wish too which I thought was a nice choice) while my friend had the spagetti bolognaise. Our starters were nice though too much tomoto which was a bit cold though the fresh bread and basil was lovely. Both our mains were very nice. We decided to stay for dessert and tea. Desserts are the catering kind-ready made little icecreams which are tasty but not great value. I would def come back though as the service and food is nice-cheap and cheerful basically.
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Asian Tea House
15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

Had been really looking forward to eating here after all the great reviews but it didn't live up to expectations. Service was pleasant but very slow. We had booked a late table and by the time our orders had been taken and our starters arrived we had been there over 45 minutes. We were absolutely starving and some prawn crackers, bread or even green tea would have made a big difference but we were offered nothing and even had to remind them to bring us water with our ordered drinks. The starters-wontons, tom yum soup, fish cake were all very nice. We were in good form then but then had to wait at least another 30 mins for our main course so again were hungry and irritated. There was a big group there that night so maybe that's why there was a delay but still not acceptable. Mains were mixed quality. My beef dish was v nice, the seafood was only ok, while the pork was too salty. It was nearly 10.30pm at this stage so we felt it was too late for desserts and coffees and we couldn't face another long wait so we finished up. I'd be slow to return as there are a lot of other places I'd like to try in Galway. I would order take away from there though as the food I had was v tasty.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times and to be honest it was only as there is little choice in the centre! The burgers have been overdone the chips bland, the service offhand, it's not good value for what it is.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Got the boards deal for here for Sunday lunch for two and really enjoyed it. Were given a warm welcome and poppadoms and dips on arrival at this comfortable and subtle restaurant, as well as ice water which is such a nice change from being asked if you want 'still or sparkling' in most restaurants. Cocktails were included in the deal and we had a lovely mojito and tom collins. The lamb chop starter was gorgeous, the lamb kofta was just alright but the mains of the chicken curry and the ethnic fish curry were lovely as was the rice. Bought a garlic naan which was also lovely. Desserts-strawberry cheese cake and lemon sorbet- were not on a par with the rest of the food but I will def return to this place. it's not cheap but it is good and had a good value early bird. There was also live music there at our Sunday lunch which was a nice extra.

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Turners Restaurant @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare

Ate here for a family event on a busy sat night. Service was friendly but very slow and bit haphazard. Starter of goats cheese was not great-stodgy and yellow, not like the usual crumbly tasty goats cheese tart you see most places and not enough carmelised onions. Main of duck was nice with plenty of veg and the others said the lamb and fish were also good. My dessert of sticky toffee pudding was a real let down though, dry, stodgy and not enough toffee sauce or ice-cream. A bottle of basic white wine was also v expensive at over €45 a bottle! Overall felt it wasn't good value for €45 a head and wouldn't be in a hurry back though the bar was very nice and it's a lovely looking hotel.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Myself my husband often eat here and it is consistent. We had the wings as a shared starter (as usual) and they were divine-sticky, crispy with lovely creamy dip and celery. We then had the steak and burger as mains. Both lovely-their chips are yum too. They serve nice lemonade which is good too and I'd recommend the buttermilk chicken and sea bass on past experience, as well as the cobb salad. The place is usually quite busy and has a good atmosphere though when it is packed it can feel uncomfortably loud. The service is efficient and attentive and all in I would def recommend for nice meal out in a place that is not stuffy or pretentious but good quality at the same time.

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The Cottage Bar (Salthill)
76 Lower Salthill, Salthill, Galway

Have eaten here a couple of times and always enjoyed it.It's irish style tapas in a nice pub. Ate with a group of four on a saturday night and it was quite busy with good atmosphere. We ordered spicy chorizo, lamb tagine, buttermilk chicken, bread and dips, all v good and tasty, while the prawn skewers were overdone and bland, usually much nicer and the goats cheese crostini was v nice thought the portion was much meaner than it used to be-just 3 pieces-and the carmelised onions were on the side which is not the same. We had some beers and €5 mojitos which were v good though some were stronger than others! The service was polite but not attentive enough and our waitress made some mistakes-bought a cocktail that wasn't ordered but let us keep it for free which was appreciated. However had to ask three times for a glass of water before I got one and the dinner was nearly finished at that stage. Overall would go back but they need to make sure not to scrimpt on some of the items as it's not that cheap. Seating anc also be a bit uncomfortable as you are leaning forward to eat.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Had dinner here with husband after work. Having had the two for one dinner deal before and enjoyed the food I was disappointed to see the deal is no longer available. The mains are a bit dear on the menu-14.50 for burger and chips- I felt but you can get a good value two course deal for 14.95 so we went with that. I had a goats cheese salad which was nice but a bit like something you'd make at home while hubby had the wings which were tasty though the dip was bland. My main of fish and chips wasn't great-two large pieces of what I assume was frozen fish in a thick, greasy batter, thick stodgy chips, big lump of coleslaw on bunch of plain lettuce, and catering tartare sauce with watery small portion of peas. It was more like a fast food dinner which would have been nicer though it was still edible.My husband's dinner of beef and guiness pie and mash was better and was quite tasty. A hit and miss affair but good value. Would try again because I like the bar and the cheap cocktails but it was better in the past.

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Toto Ristorante Italiano
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Went for dinner here with a friend and availed of their great early bird offer on display for 2 courses with glass of wine for only 13.95. Place was quiet but it was early.Friendly waitress had no problem with us having a soft drink instead of a glass of wine with the deal. We both ordered brushetta for starters and I had seafood pasta with cream sauce (you have it with tomato based sauce if u wish too which I thought was a nice choice) while my friend had the spagetti bolognaise. Our starters were nice though too much tomoto which was a bit cold though the fresh bread and basil was lovely. Both our mains were very nice. We decided to stay for dessert and tea. Desserts are the catering kind-ready made little icecreams which are tasty but not great value. I would def come back though as the service and food is nice-cheap and cheerful basically.

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O'Neills The Point
Renard Point, Caherciveen, Kerry

I have eaten here many a time and I always love it. It offers great fresh fish at a fair price and simply but lovingly cooked. Most mains are under €25. I usually get the hot and cold selection which includes spuds, salad, fresh lightly battered squid, pan fried hake, prawns, crab meat and some smoked salmon and usually some smoked mackeral or fresh salmon too-divinee! The place is usually v busy as the locals favour it too so be prepared to wait when you arrive as you can't book ahead-so don't arrive starving and be ready to have a drink at the bar though if you arrive just before 6 it can be quicker. They don't take credit or laser cards so prepare for this too! It's def worth a visit if you are in south kerry.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times, the most recent for lunch during the busy christmas period. I had a a chicken pasta dish and my friend had steak, both of which were fine but nothing special. I ordered a meringue dessert which was massive and I couldn't finish. The service was fine; efficient, and the price was reasonable The atmosphere was good as it was busy and it is s good place to go with groups of people for a fun, casual meal. i wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner really. It's a place I don't mind going to but more for a group experience I feel.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have had lunch here a few times and it is always a pleasure. I usually go for the lunch board which at 10 euro is v good value and combines a bowl of soup with some tasty meats, cheeses, a little salad, fruit and bread on a lovely wooden board. I have also had the soup and cajun chicken wrap. It can be v busy and the service a little slow but it is always polite. Ate downstairs last time I was there and that was a bit dark and lacking in atmosphere. I am looking forward to trying their dinner menu soon though.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

met a friend here recently for lunch. Am delighted to have discovered the place. The set menu lunch is great value-main course and tea/coffee for a tenner. Service was friendly and personal, and efficient. Had the pasta of the day and my friend had the caesar salad-both were lovely and the chicken in her salad was really juicy and tasty. Will def come back. really good value.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate hear during the busy xmas rush. Bit disappointed. Was busy and noisy and service wasn't great. Where we sat was draughty. Anyway I ordered the sausage and mash and husband got the steak. Both arrive at a reasonable time. My two small sausages and mash was a mean portion I thought-usually you get three big sausages in most places. The sausages were ok, nothing special, the gravy was fine, bit bland, while the mash was dry and not very fresh tasting-I left half of it after me and I love mash. His steak was fine but nothing to write home about really. Felt the food was quite overpriced for the quality though others seem to have had a better experience here. Wouldn't hurry back.

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I was really looking forward to eating in this 'gastropub' but was sorely disappointed. We had a citydeal voucher and tried to book ahead but their phone was not working. Ran in myself and tried to explain this and get a table if it was free. Had to wait over five mins for waitress to even acknowledge me and she was rude and kept saying had to book by phone and didn't seem to believe their phone wasn't working-eventually got a table and made feel lucky to get it. However she didn't even bring me a menu or clean table but gave others who came after me a menu. Eventually got menu and cutlery-plonked down in a glass on the table. Were only told the specials when we finally got to oder which was too late. Ordered the lamb pie and my hubbie order their fancy fish and chips, and we got a special cocktail each and a salad each as a side. The cocktails were tasty but had so much ice-towering above the small glasses- would have returned them if not part of deal. The food took well over 30 mins to arrive and we had been there 50 mins at that stage so were starving. The fish and chips were fine, nothing special. My lamb pie looked more like a large muffin but was tasty though without the separate gravy (which had little minted flavour as described) would have been dry and boring. The mash was barley warm and the side of beetroot was the same and slightly bitter. Should have sent it back but was fed up of the place and starving. The salads were merely bowls of wet leaves, no other veg at all-hate when restaurants do this. The waitress explained as we left that they had had some trouble with citydeal customers not giving the correct voucher codes but that is no excuse for their rude shoddy service and mediocore food. Am actually an easy going person but this place was a real let down. Very overrated and in this day and age there are plenty of restaurants that are better value with good service and far better food!

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