Restaurant Reviews from koby
No. of Reviews: 20
Member Since: 21 October 2008
Last Visit: 27 May 2011
The Moorings restaurant
Portmagee, Waterville, Kerry
Reviewed 06th July 2009 ( visited 01st July 2009 )This place is divided into a pub and a restaurant, we ate in the pub part. We shared a plate of mussels in a lemony, garlicy cream sauce (12euro) - it was scrumptious, the sauce was delicious! And twas enough food for two for a light lunch.
Befani's Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant
6 Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
Reviewed 06th July 2009 ( visited 01st October 2008 )The first two times I ate here I was very dissapointed. I had the tapas and found them to be flavourless and stodgy - maybe I was just unlucky with the selection on the day. However I recently tried the chicken with pear and chorizo salad for lunch and it was really nice. A tiny bit oily, but very very tasty. Served with fresh cut chips. Excellent value at 10.50euro. The outside area is great on a sunny day.
Tom Crean Fish & Wine
25 Main Street, Kenmare, Kerry
We ate here the first night of our 4night visit to Kenmare and loved it so much that we went back a second time. All food was great, but what stood out for me was the oysters starter (tried them both cooked and uncooked), the mussels starter, the sea bass main, and the chocolate fondant desert. The owner, is so so lovely and gave us loads of advice about the area. Cost-wise it's not at all extravagant, with mains coming in around the 20euro mark - excellent value for superbly cooked seafood in my opinion. The early bird option also looks like good value. We'll definitely be back!
Kudos Bar @ The Clarion
Lapps Quay, Cork City, Cork
We had a really delicious thai curry and beef salad as mains for lunch. Atmosphere wise it's a modern hotel bar and hence totally lacks character. Also, being surrounded by multiple TVs with sports on while eating is one of my pet hates. However, the food was so good it wouldn't stop me from going back. Also upon leaving we noticed there's a quieter section at the back, away from the pub part and all the TVs.
Closed, Cork City, Cork
I was a little disappointed after reading all the good reviews. Firstly atmosphere - as this is a modern hotel restaurant it lacks slightly in character/ambience. Secondly food - starter of quail was ok, my monkfish casserole was tasty but not spectaular. The big let down however was my boyfriends main - a foraged mushroom tart. It was basically a big round piece of puff pastry stuffed with mushrooms. Visually it wasn't a very appealing dish as there was nothing else on the plate apart from the big pastry 'wheel'. He wasn't overly impressed with the taste of it either - he liked it but was expecting greatness. Service was quite slow also, we waited almost half an hour between our starter and mains. On the plus side the wine was lovely. I personally wouldn't go back, it's just not my cuppa tea. To be honest for the cost of eating here, and the rave reviews, I was expecting a lot more.
Emilianos Ristorante Italiano
21 High st, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
Excellent beef carpaccio for starters. Seafood pasta w tomato sauce was ok but was a bit too salty and the prawns were a little dry. Tiramisu was tasty. Nice atmosphere and good service.
2 Terminus Villas, Turkey Road, Tramore, Tramore, Waterford
Delicious authentic Indian food. The restaurant itself could do with a make over.. but the food and friendly service more than make up for the lack in decor. Recommended dishes: Chicken Karahi, Chicken Tikka, Aloo Ghobi, onion bhajis, veg samosas. The korma's and tikka masala are also very nice, but just a tad too sweet for me. The sides: popadoms and dips are yummy. Nan bread is great (baked fresh) and pilau rice is very tasty.
4/5 South Main St, Co City, Cork City, Cork
We had a nice meal here a couple of weekends ago - delicious teryaki chicken noodles, and a pretty good coconut prawn curry dish (though the prawns were miniscule, and not enough of them). After a main each and a couple of beers we were feeling a bit peckish, and ordered the chicken+veg dumpling appetiser. At 8quid for 5 tiny dry, tasteless dumplings we were very dissapointed. I would sum it up by saying - the mains at Wagamama offer great value at around the 12-14euro mark. They use the freshest ingredients, and everything is cooked to order. However, the appetisers are very over priced for what they are. Though my sister tells me they have a delicious soy bean appetiser.. so gonna try that next time!
Gourmet Burger Bistro
8 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork
We had lunch here on Saturday afternoon. The burgers were really really delicious. I also loved the little portion of fresh-cut chips on the side. However, I was slightly dissapointed with the 'homemade relish' on the side, which was basically just some shredded beetroot in beetroot juice(?). Also as a hater of ketchup, I was relying on them having good mayo (e.g. Hellmans) but unfortunately it wasn't the good stuff. So I ate my burger dry, but it was still to die for. One of the best burgers I've ever tasted. As far as value - maybe a bit pricey for a weekend lunch. It worked out at almost 30euro for two burgers and a can of coke (2.50!) with a few coins for a tip. However, their mon-fri lunch deal (7.50euro) seems like great value. And it does offer quite good value for evening meals.
2 George Street, Waterford City, Waterford
We went for the 35euro menu. We were given a creamy spinach puree for our mis bouche - just ok. I had the 'trilogy' for starter - which consisted of cauliflower puree, a slice of serrano-type ham, and a fillet of wood pigeon. The wood pigeon was divine, really, I've never tasted pigeon before - it was so delicious. The other items (cauliflower dish and ham) I wasn't really keen on. My friend's crab brulee starter was very tasty. For mains I had the confit of duck - it was probably the best duck I've ever had. It just fell off the bone and the sauce and red cabbage were delicious. My friend had the pheasant which he really liked. The veggies that came on the side were scrumptious. For desert my coconut bun with vanilla ice-cream was quite nice. My friend's creme brulee was very good. The place itself is lovely and service is excellent. Yes it is pricier than a lot of places, but it's great for a special treat.
19 Henrietta street, Waterford, X91 E983, Waterford City, Waterford
We had a lovely meal this eve (Sunday). We went for the early bird (20euro). For starters: Goats cheese parcel w/salad was gorgeous. Soup of the day was very good. Mains: Fish pie was beautiful, chicken blanchette was good too. Deserts: Fabulous creme brulee, the profiteroles were the only thing that let the meal down - filled with a really sweet thick custardy type cream and smothered with chocolate icing - bit too heavy going for me. The (half size) glasses of wine included in the deal were totally drinkable. Overall a delicious meal with friendly service.
Portmagee, Waterville, Kerry
This place is divided into a pub and a restaurant, we ate in the pub part. We shared a plate of mussels in a lemony, garlicy cream sauce (12euro) - it was scrumptious, the sauce was delicious! And twas enough food for two for a light lunch.
The Blind Piper
Caherdaniel, Sneem, Kerry
We had two lovely lunches here. The steak ciabatta (7.50) is excellent. Same for the chicken fajita (7.00). Lovely cosy pub. Great atmosphere.
Mr Bumbles Restaurant
Kickham st, Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary
Three of us had the 'credit crunch' lunch - soup and main course for 9.95, and found it to be great value. Lovely soup with a basket of gorgeous homemade brown and white bread. I had cottage pie with veg - it was a tiny bit salty, but very nice all the same. My friends really liked their chicken tikka with rice and roast pork loin with homemade fries. Very friendly service, and lovely cosy interior. Great value!
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I've been here a couple of times and I have to say I prefer the rice dishes over the noodle dishes. Cha Han (stir fried rice with chicken, prawns and veg) is divine and comes with a lovely refreshing Miso soup plus pickles.. at only 11.50 this is great value. I kinda like the hustle and bustle of the atmosphere, very informal and enjoyable. Service is friendly too.
54 John Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
The last time I was here I had the most gorgeous duck as a main course, but was unimpressed by the starter - goats cheese in pastry case with ratatouille sauce (the goats cheese melts into the hot ratatouille sauce, and becomes a sort of mush - strange combination!). On my most recent visit I had battered king prawns for starter, and didn't think much of them, they were a bit soggy. The accompanying salad was lovely though, with a gorgeous nutty dressing. 10.50euro I had the duck (with berry jus + potatoes gratin) again this time, but was very disappointed. It was just average. 25euro. I had tiramisu for dessert - not great, and a pretty extortionate price at that! 8.50euro. Service was very slow too, we waited for about 25mins between our starter and main course. Also, we asked for an extra portion of veg (only one tiny portion was given to us to share between 4!) but it never came. On the positive side though, this place does have a lovely atmosphere, and a good selection of wines. But in general it's a hit and miss affair. I also find it quite over-priced.. though the early-bird seems to offer ok value.
Unit 3 Newtowmahon, Upper William Street, Limerick, Limerick City, Limerick
I had a lovely toasted sandwich here served with nice fresh salad, and some fresh cut home fries on the side (which was a nice touch!). Very good cappucino too.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I've been here a few times over the years. I have to say I'm stuck in a rut cuz everytime I eat there I get the same thing - the smoked chicken enchilladas. They are fabulous! And served with freshly made guacamole and loadsa jalepenos, yum yum. An excellent choice for a great value Sunday brunch/lunch.
Befani's Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant
6 Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
The first two times I ate here I was very dissapointed. I had the tapas and found them to be flavourless and stodgy - maybe I was just unlucky with the selection on the day. However I recently tried the chicken with pear and chorizo salad for lunch and it was really nice. A tiny bit oily, but very very tasty. Served with fresh cut chips. Excellent value at 10.50euro. The outside area is great on a sunny day.
Market Place Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary
I've been here a few times now for lunch, and haven't been too impressed with the quality. Chicken tikka wrap - average, egg sandwich - horrible (cheap mayo), toasted chicken sandwich - average. The chicken they use is that horrible processed over-white chicken pieces you get in most delis and spar shops. If you order a wrap/sandwich you normally get a few lousy taytos, and a bit of lettuce on the side... if you're lucky. Hotfood-wise, I've tried the shepards pie - again, just average. Tiny portion too. On the positive side, they do make a very nice cappucino.
Chapmans Coffee House
Richmond Mill, Emmett Street, Clonmel, Tipperary
The quality of the food here is much higher than other cafes in the area. The coffee is fab, they make a mean cappucino. Gorgeous homebaked scones too! My only gripe is with the interior which is a bit drab, and lacking in atmosphere. Shame because the actual building itself is gorgeous. A few cosmetic improvements and this place would be A1!
The Vee Bistro
1 Main Street, Tramore, Waterford
Sunday lunch is great value here. Some standout dishes I've had are: Smoked haddock with coconut and sweet chili sauce and mash and salad (11.50 euro) Roast leg of lamb and veggies (10.50 euro) Roast pork and scallion mash and veggies (10.50 euro) Chicken escalope topped with brie cheese and tomato and mash (10.50 euro) The veggies are always lovely and fresh (no 'mush'). It's really a huge cut above standard pub-grub, but with pub-grub prices. Service is super friendly. Desserts are home baked and scrumptious! Needless to say it's extremely busy on a Sunday so book ahead if possible. Note: This restaurant is now called the Vee Bistro.