Restaurant Reviews from jayblue086

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Wexford

No. of Reviews: 21

Member Since: 28 January 2008

Last Visit: 25 April 2014

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Koo Restaurant

5 Knockmullen Retail Park, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

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Good
25 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2008 ( visited 10th October 2008 )

I love this new restaurant! I live locally in Kilmuckridge village, and I'm delighted we have another good restaurant to now choose from nearby! My husband and I went there for lunch, so it was quiet, but service was excellant and the food was delicious! I can't undersatnad some of the reviews, maybe we were lucky, but we'll certainly be back for more! I hope people are not put off by it's rather "off the beaten track" location, it looks like you're heading into an industrial park - but it's worth the trouble!
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The Alamo Restaurant

22 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Average
102 reviews

Reviewed 26th July 2009 ( visited 24th July 2009 )

Went here with my husband before we headed to Croke Park for first U2 concert. The menu is basic enough, I got a chicken fajita and himself got a quesidilla, we got garlic fries on the side too. It was very tasty and the portion size was perfect, not too much that it puts you off! A nice place to grab a quick bite to eat, not somewhere that you would linger over a bottle of vino. Seating is a bit cramped and the very hard benches seem to sugest that the restaurant doesn't encourage lingering anyway!
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Davitt's Bar and Restaurant
Henry Street, Kenmare, Kerry

Having completed the Ring of Kerry, my husband and I called in here for a light bite to eat! We got a really nice selection of fish in fresh homemade beer batter and a portion of garlic bread! Really tasty and there was more than enough for two! Waitress was a lovely girl. Very attentive and smiley! We'll be back in the summer for more! :)

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The Gleneagle Hotel
Muckross Road, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

This was one of the most bizare eating experiences I have ever had! One, that would not look out of place in a Faulty Towers sketch! Firstly, we choose to eat here, because we were staying in a Hotel nearby and had been disappointed with the food there. So seeing as The Gleneagles hotel has an extra star, we figured their food would have to be better - we were wrong! Our waitress, when she finally arrived to take our order, kept asking for our room number, when we explained (again) that we were not guests of the hotel, she said very loudly and abruptly - so you are paying cash???? So now that the entire restaurant knew how we were intending to pay, she decided to actually complete our order. We then had to sign the waitress' slip of paper, why I have no idea! We then had to ask HER, if we could order some wine! This AGAIN required us to sign her order slip - why, we still couldn't fathom! Our starters arrived and were finished before our wine made an appearance! So with one course finished - I was only getting my first sip! Then the mains arrived - turkey for me, pork for himself! All I can say is, I've had better in a pub carvery! My poor turkey was drowning in gravey, the stuffing looked and tasted like it had spent the last hour - at least - under a heat lamp! We decided it couldn't get any worse and ordered dessert, which we surprisingly enough didn't have to sign for! Trying to get the bill was fun, we eventually gave up and walked towards the cash register to pay directly! The visably stressed Maitre Di, read through about four orders before I actually helped him find our slip - I recognised my signature! :) I then asked him with a smile - if he was "having one of those nights", to which he replied - "he was having a terrible night, the night from hell" - I kid you not! We just had to laugh! But I genuinely worry for Killarney and in particular this Hotel, they have become complacent and will suffer as a result!

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Crystal Boat Restaurant
Gallery Quay, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Can I maybe be the first to point out that this restaurant is not on a boat! So don't waste your time like I did wandering around grand canal dock looking for a boat like I did! So having thought I booked the boat restaurant on the way to the O2, I was a wee bit disappointed before I even went in! But I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Really tasty and reasonably priced. The staff are very courteous. And although the decor is a bit shabby (not helped by the old man asleep in the corner?!???) don't let this put you off. It's really top quality chinese food at a very good price! Just what we needed to set us up for Meatloaf playing in the O2 - amazing gig!

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for a birthday meal with my husband and brother and his partner. Really lovely restaurant, great ambiance and decor. The food was delicious and really attentive service. It's just a pity that it is a little on the pricey side, otherwise it would become a real regular with me. I think it's location probably means they have to charge higher prices, I'm sure they pay crazy rates on South William street, so I sympathise. Unfortunately it means that I will be only going there on special occassions!

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a wonderful little gem of a restaurant! I went here as a group of 11 for my brothers birthday, and as a result we had the entire downstairs to ourselves. It felt like we were dining in a very posh private home, and this feeling was heightened by our waitor who was a most charming and welcoming host. The food was delicious, although I think due to the size of our group the prices were higher than mentioned here, but really it was worth it, and we did get surprise pre-starters and pre-mains, which was a nice touch! But what really made my evening was the ambiance and the attentiveness of our host. You were made feel that our custom was really appreciated, refreshing in this day and age, recession or not! I can't wait to go back as a couple, I'm gushing ever since to all my frineds that they have to experience it for themselves, and preferably with me! We were there for five hours and never felt rushed, but time flies when you're having fun and it felt a lot shorter! To top it all off, when we were due to leave the chef came out and shook all our hands and thanked us for coming and our host presented a bottle of Merlot as a birthday present to my brother! Thank you to all at Sabor Brazil for a fantastic night!

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The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for Breakfast after a bit of a heavy night out the night before! And talk about "just what the doctor ordered", the breakfasts are huge and really reasonably priced, starting from 5 euro!!!! I got a vegetarian one, and my husband got one with Steak! Free top ups of coffee were offered and given in plenty, and a jug of water was produced by a very friendly chef who realiesed and sympathised with our hungoverness! Forget "Breakfast at Tiffany's", from now on it's Breakfast at Gallaghers" for me all the way! Next hangover I'll be back more! Thanks a mil and keep up the good work!

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The Purty Kitchen (Temple Bar)
East Essex Streer, Temple Bar, Dublin

Bit disappointing, only because I checked out menupages before going and my mouth was watering at the menu, potatoe skins and chowder! Yum! But when we got there the only menu available was a seriously reduced one! I asked the waitress was it the only menu and alas she said yes! What we ordered was very tasty pub grub, but unfortunately not what I was hoping for! Atmosphere was dark and moody, with a seriously loud jazz band playing, great if that's what you're into! I'd just come from a stressful days work, so not really for me! Not that I mentioned that to anyone, the band had some serious groupies that looked like they'd lynch any protesters, all in all, tasty pub food, but not the menu you would expect from looking at their listing on menupages!

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Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

Truelly Scrumtious! Love this food, and I had lots of it because I had a wee taste of everyone else's! Don't worry, my friends are well used to me! Really nice and friendly staff too! And what I really like is that the portion size is just perfect - not too much that it puts you off and not too little that it looks scabby! Just perfect! Keep up the good work guys!

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Hibernian Bistro
Citywest Hotel, Naas Rd, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Really buzzing spot, very tasty menu, good variety of dishes! The service was very slow however, we had to ask for the bill three times! And the one thing that really irked me, was twof our party were not drinking and ordered a pint of soda and blackcurrant and they were charged 5 euro each!!!!! Can you believe it???? 5 euro for a dash of blackcurrant and soda????? What planet are they on??? Talk about DISCOURAGING sensible drinking!!!!

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

Ah, what a pity, I usually am very fond of this restaurant! It's basic but reliable. However when they are under pressure, everything seems to go to pot! In fairness they were the busiest I've ever seen them, lots of company christmas parties and a couple of Birthday parties, and service certainly did suffer. But you can almost forgive that if the food is good...maybe I was just unlucky with what I ordered, which was the peri peri chicken, (we didn't go for starters, as the minute we sat down we were told that they needed the table back for 8, something that wasn't mentioned when I booked, so we reckoned we didn't have time!!!!!!) My dish arrived on a wrought iron hot plate, very nice and was accompanied with a very very small bowl of skinny fries........and nothing else! Not even a plate for me to eat from!!! I had to eat directly off the wrought iron serving dish which I thought was a bit odd! The peri peri element was just a bit of oily sauce on the side? A couple with me had two seafood pasta dishes that they said was lovely, my husband got the smallest steak I've ever seen, and we were all still hungry...so it was deserts all round! Hopefully it was just one ropey night when the pressure got to them, but I won't be running back!

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Orchard Harbour
Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

I am a local in Kilmuckridge, and love this restaurant. It is run by a lovely Chinese family, who are bravely surviving the recession! I hope they are getting the support they deserve, because I'd hate if they closed down like lots of other restaurants in the village have! The food is really good quality and they have some really nice wines at very reasonable prices! So ignore Gorey, and head into the sticks if you want good quality chinese cuisine!

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Swai Restaurant
Unit B, The Campshires, North Wall Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Stumbled into this snazzy little restaurant by chance after having a few beers with my husband at the Octoberfest in the IFSC, and was very pleasantly surprised! We went for the set meal, which was a starter (bit on the small side - but it is a starter in fairness), main course (decent size and both were really tasty) and tea or coffee or vanilla ice cream to finish - all for 20 euro!!!! And to top it all off, we had already ordered a bottle of wine, and when we told the really sweet waitress that we were going for the set meal, she said, "Oh that comes with a complimentary glass of wine, so I'll bring them when you've finished the bottle!" Happy Days! We couldn't believe such value for money, 20 EURO A HEAD, for a three course meal AND a glass of wine! All overlooking possibly the best view of the liffey at night you're going to get! Brilliant - can't wait to go back to check out the all you can eat buffett!

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Extremely overpriced for very basic food! I came here with my husband after a work mate recomended it and was very disappointed! The restaurant itself is very cosy and relaxing and the staff very friendly but, we couldn't get past the overpriced menu! My husband got the garlic and chilli prawns and at 10.50, I thought there might have been enough to share. Just as well we didn't! He got 5, exactly 5 tiny frozen prawns, not even in their shells, with two pieces of brown bread! So basically it cost two euro a Prawn! We were not told what came with the main meals, and when the vegtables and potato came out we were pleasantly surprised! But the veg was very boring, I felt like a bit of a rabbit munching through it after a while, and the potato was neither mash, nor cubbed! And had some kind of herb coating which was just nasty! I had to order a side of fries to compensate! I'm glad I checked it out, because I had heard so much about it, but would never recomend it and will not be going back! No wonder the tourists think Dublin is a rip off with restaurants like this!

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Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

After reading the other "hit and miss" reviews for this place, I figured I'd go and check it out anyway! As always I booked through menupages and got an e-mail back confriming our booking, but when we got there they had no record of us! What's more they didn't seem very familiar with menupages, and went so far as to say, we were the first booking they had ever got from them! Eventually they seated us, the place wasn't that busy, so I couldn't see why they seemed to be so flustered by us! But having said that the staff couldn't have been friendlier! We got chicken wings and satay chicken for starters, both really tasty! For mains we got crispy chicken chow mein (really nice) and my husband got spicy tiger prawns (just ok). I thought the menu was pretty basic, then I realised that we had been given the pre theatre menu, even though it was close to eight when we sat down! Other people arriving just after us seemed to get the fuller menu!??? But then came the fun part, I had already told the girl who seated us that we had a HighLife card (for anyone who's never heard of this, it's a membership card that entitles you to eat for half price at hundreds of restaurants in Ireland.) I handed it over when we asked for the bill, no problem so far! But we waited and we waited.......and we waited, still no sign of our bill! I caught the eye of the waitor who we originally asked for the bill and he apologised profusely saying that he thought his colleague had already brought it to us. So we got the bill, but there was no HighLife card, he said it was on the way???? So we waited and waited.........and waited!!!! I caught the eye of another waitress and said that we were all paid up and wished to leave but that I needed my card back! At which point the manager appeared apologising, saying that the photocopier broke on her? Strange! All in all, nice food, friendly staff, just a pity they don't seem to be very co-ordinated or professional enough to know how to expect the unexpected!

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Centenary Stores
Charlotte Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

I used to work in Wexford and always came here for lunch, so having not been back in a few years, I was looking forward to checking it out again on a recent shopping trip! I managed to get a seat outside in the lovely beer garden, which was a relief as inside can be a bit dark and gloomy! I got a chicken wrap with fries and salad! It was as I remembered, really tasty and a resonable price! When the sun is shinning, it's a lovely place to take the weight off your feet!

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is now officially my favourite restaurant in Dublin! Came back for my friends birthday, and got a round of complimentary shots to help her on her way! It is the tastiest tapas I have ever had, the friendliest staff and just a buzzing atmosphere - always! Keep up the good work guys, do you think I could move in??????

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The Alamo Restaurant
22 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here with my husband before we headed to Croke Park for first U2 concert. The menu is basic enough, I got a chicken fajita and himself got a quesidilla, we got garlic fries on the side too. It was very tasty and the portion size was perfect, not too much that it puts you off! A nice place to grab a quick bite to eat, not somewhere that you would linger over a bottle of vino. Seating is a bit cramped and the very hard benches seem to sugest that the restaurant doesn't encourage lingering anyway!

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I came here to try the new Fivers menu with my sister and my best pal having read a great review about it in The Times! We were so impressed! We planed on ordering three "fivers" each, and sharing them all!!! However, a very knowledgable waitress, suggested we scale back a bit, as that would be a lot of food! Very refreshing in this crazy age of "up-selling", or pushy selling! She was very knowledgable on the wine menu too and suggested a lovely white! We ended up getting seven "fivers" and they were all delicious! In particular, the calamares, my sister and friend are big fans but have never tasted as nice outside of Spain! I loved the couscous and the prawns were to die for! We couldn't get over the value for money, at just 26 euro a head, including wine - you really can't go wrong! In recession times, the "fiver menu" is such a good idea! It was a Tuesday night and the place was packed! Keep up the good work Odessa, we'll be back for sure!

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I organised a a meal for ten close friends here last Saturday for my Birthday, and I can not thank Andrew the manager and all his wonderful staff enough! They all made it the best birthday EVER! From making the reservation, which went from a table of 16, down to 12, down to 10, Andrew was so helpful! In this day and age of cutbacks and recessions, it's so lovely to see really great customer service in action! We were a lively bunch and the restaurant was packed, but when one of my friends dropped their fork, a waitor appeared at his elbow as if by magic, with a newly polished fork straight away! It was incredible! And so the amazing mind reading talents of the waiting staff continued throughout the night! The food was delicious, with a really tasty tapas menu, that catered for everyones tastes! And at the end of the meal a round of ten delicious shoots were passed out courtesy of Andrew as it was my birthday! I can not rate this restaurant highly enough, thank you again for a truelly memorable night!

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Koo Restaurant
5 Knockmullen Retail Park, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

I love this new restaurant! I live locally in Kilmuckridge village, and I'm delighted we have another good restaurant to now choose from nearby! My husband and I went there for lunch, so it was quiet, but service was excellant and the food was delicious! I can't undersatnad some of the reviews, maybe we were lucky, but we'll certainly be back for more! I hope people are not put off by it's rather "off the beaten track" location, it looks like you're heading into an industrial park - but it's worth the trouble!

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This restaurant is such a find! My husband and I reserved one the low tables and it was a great novelty! The food was amazing, as was the atmosphere, decor, music, staff....everything! I can't wait to go back and bring some friends, I'm telling everyone about it! I think it's an absolute gem of a restaurant and I feel so lucky to have found it! Well done to all the staff, keep up the good work and see you again VERY soon, J

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