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Cellar One Restaurant @ The Ross Hotel

Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
10 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2012 ( visited 17th May 2012 )

Visited Cellar One with a large party on thursday night, and will definitely return next time I am visiting Killarney. The decor is modern, comfortable and stylish and the food was georgous. As a large group we sampled most dishes on the menu and every one of them was fresh, tasty, well thought out and presented. My only comment (and it's not exactly a negative) was that my pasta, which was advertised as containing ham and mushroom, turned out to be ham and asparagus - I like both so not a problem, but I was surprised not to be told. Also, very limited options for vegetarians - in fairness there might be more choice on the full menu, we had a special group menu. Desserts were only too good, I had the chocolate brownie and it was sinful! Service throughout was exceptional, professional, friendly and quick. Would highly recommend!!
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The Waterside Bar & Bistro restaurant

Ninth Lock, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22

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Cuisine:
Carvery

Price Range:

Good
39 reviews

Reviewed 19th February 2010 ( visited 14th February 2010 )

Was wary of trying the Waterside for food on a sunday afternoon on what happened to be Valentines day, but though quite full, the service was efficient and friendly, and the tables clean and readily available. The sunday lunch is a buffet affair, not exactly dirt cheap at around 11 or 12 euro for the main courses, but the helpings are very generous and the food is lovely! I had the home made burger with pepper sauce and it was delicious, served with mash and roast potatoes, several vegetables and stuffing. My companion happened to mention that he liked the fatty bits of meat that most other people won't eat, and the chef promptly loaded his plate with grizzley looking bits in addition to his serving.... I had to avoid looking at his plate, but apparently they were delicious! Desserts are reasonable, at around 3/4 euro. If only you had room. Actually it would be ideal if they offered half portions as an option, as you really do have to be hungry to do justice to the large servings. The staff are exceptionally friendly here and the lounge area is bright and cheerful.
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Eden Bar and Grill
7 South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely night out in Eden on Saturday as part of a large group. Had courgette soup to start, appreciated the way crutons, salt and parsnip curls were served on the side so that I could use or not as I wished. Roast chicken for the main course and coconut creme brulee for dessert, all were really lovely, beautifully presented and the staff were exceptionally efficient and pleasant.

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Cellar One Restaurant @ The Ross Hotel
Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry

Visited Cellar One with a large party on thursday night, and will definitely return next time I am visiting Killarney. The decor is modern, comfortable and stylish and the food was georgous. As a large group we sampled most dishes on the menu and every one of them was fresh, tasty, well thought out and presented. My only comment (and it's not exactly a negative) was that my pasta, which was advertised as containing ham and mushroom, turned out to be ham and asparagus - I like both so not a problem, but I was surprised not to be told. Also, very limited options for vegetarians - in fairness there might be more choice on the full menu, we had a special group menu. Desserts were only too good, I had the chocolate brownie and it was sinful! Service throughout was exceptional, professional, friendly and quick. Would highly recommend!!

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with three friends last night and was impressed. Food was georgous, from the goats cheese profiteroles to the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, and the all night 'early bird' made it excellent value. , Service was excellent, friendly and efficient throughout. Will defiitely be back!

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

Visited on Saturday night last, as part of a large Christmas party group, and had to wait over half an hour for our table, a bit stressful when we only had a two hour slot for our own meal. However, that was the only problem in the entire evening, once we were seated service was brisk and friendly, and the food selection was seriously impressive for a Christmas special menu. So many choices, and something for everybody. I had the garlic mushrooms to start, could have done without lime in the mayonaise, but the mushrooms themselves were lovely. Baked salmon was melt in the mouth georgous, and the toblerone cheesecake was devine. Despite running over our allocated time, our large group was offered tea/coffee and not made to feel rushed or under pressure. Our extraordinary server even managed to rush through a meal for one of our party who arrived just half an hour before we finished. Our party of over 40 had a wonderful evening, everybody loved the food and we will definitely be back. Also fantastic value, especially considering the time of year.

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

Had a lovely meal here last night - as we arrived at a quarter to five, we were offered the lunch menu to order from, which gave us great value. I had the chicken noodles, which were lovely and white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for dessert (the raspberry colis was much too sweet and tasted like jam, but the cheesecake itself was devine). The whole meal came to around 15 euro which was ridiculously good value - it was based as mentioned on the lunch menu prices, but we were there until after half six with no pressure to move. Would definitely go back.

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As previous reviewers have commented, menu is limited but food is generally pretty good (love the flaked salmon pasta), and it is great to be able to chose the size of your pasta dish (small or large), I wish more places would do this! Beweley's Cafe really scores on athmosphere though, the stained glass windows are beautiful and this time of year with the large Christmas tree in situ, it's hard to beat. Also nice to have a range of dining options, from restaurant to coffe shop, under the one roof literally on Grafton St.

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Himalaya Tandoori
Unit 6, Village Centre, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Have been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time, so a friend and I went for sunday lunch recently. It looks rather offputting from the outside, and we suffered from being there so early on the Sunday as the place was just opening up and one of the members of staff was wielding some airfreshener with abandon - can't fault the intention, but the smell was chemically and cloying. The staff however were very friendly, helpful and professional and the surroundings were spotless. The sunday menu was rather limited but I picked the chicken korma which was lovely. The portion was a little on the small size, but I found that a good thing - there was plenty of food in the serving and the usual oversized offerings can be very offputting. Starter was rather strangely presented - although four choices were offered on the menu, our server informed us we would get a selection of all. My companion liked this system, but I have a more limited palatte and ended up giving half of my plate to him (no wonder he liked it). Dessert (vanilla icecream) and tea or coffee was included in the lunch special.

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

Met two friends here for a bit of a celebration early lunch, and the food did not disappoint. I had the BBQ burger, which was melt-in-the-mouth good, and the milk shakes were lovely too, just a little bit too watery to be absolutely perfect, but still went down very well. My friends paid, so can't comment on value for money, but the prices did seem just a little on the expensive side. Nice clean seating area, and the staff were attentive enough.

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Green 19
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Visited on a cold and wet tuesday with three friends. As mentioned by another review, the tables are a little too close together, but the athmosphere is lively and cheerful, and the food was wonderful. I had the burritto and home fries, both of which were good,and the pork belly and duck were apparently lovely None of us had the fish as a main course, but after sampling a piece as part of our starter, I think we will all be going for this next time - melt in the mouth good! Only criticism is the very limited choice for vegetarians. Lovely food, excellent value for money, will definitely be back!

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The Waterside Bar & Bistro
Ninth Lock, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Was wary of trying the Waterside for food on a sunday afternoon on what happened to be Valentines day, but though quite full, the service was efficient and friendly, and the tables clean and readily available. The sunday lunch is a buffet affair, not exactly dirt cheap at around 11 or 12 euro for the main courses, but the helpings are very generous and the food is lovely! I had the home made burger with pepper sauce and it was delicious, served with mash and roast potatoes, several vegetables and stuffing. My companion happened to mention that he liked the fatty bits of meat that most other people won't eat, and the chef promptly loaded his plate with grizzley looking bits in addition to his serving.... I had to avoid looking at his plate, but apparently they were delicious! Desserts are reasonable, at around 3/4 euro. If only you had room. Actually it would be ideal if they offered half portions as an option, as you really do have to be hungry to do justice to the large servings. The staff are exceptionally friendly here and the lounge area is bright and cheerful.

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The Snail Box
Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Meath

Visited with a friend on Sunday evening, in the middle of a sharp frost. Freezing outside, lovely and toasty inside. Our table was booked and we were seated straight away, right beside the fire, which wasn't ideal but certainly thawed us out. Service was a little slow, but very understandable as the restaurant was packed and the waitresses were friendly and helpful at all times. I chose deep fried bree to start, which turned out to be three decent sized pieces served with a cranberry coulis and small side salad, totally tasty. For my main course I had hicken pasta in a mushroom and garlic sauce which was absolutely lovely. I couldn't finish it all, in fact I probably only managed half of the extremely generaous helping, and my waitress noticed this and checked that I had been happy with my meal, which I appreciated. My companion had pil pil prawns and steak, also excellent. The garlic potatoes which accompanied my dish ensured I had no room for dessert, which was a pity as they all looked lovely Glad to see the place was packed and doing a roaring trade. Would definitely eat here again.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Visited last night with four friends, having seen the reviews here on menupages, and we weren't disappointed. Lovely venue, comfortable chairs, nice athmosphere and attentive service. Food was devine - I had the cajun chicken burger, which came on a bun with salad garnish, three different sauces served seperately (nice touch), and a portion of chips for 14 euro. Portion was generous and I couldn't finish it all. Managed to find room for dessrt though, clotted cream and raspberry icecream, which was lovely. Will definitely return!

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Alfies for Sundary Brunch with a friend and had the lunch box special - a choice of three items with a complimentary fruit juice for 12 euro. I had the fishcakes, homemade burger and home fries, and although the fishcakes probably weren't the most suitable combination with the other two items (as a previous poster mentions, the three items are served together), each was lovely! Big portion of homefries, chunky and floury inside! The homemade burger was a perfect size, about 2/3 of a normal burger, served in a bun with salad. There were two fishcakes in the portion, served in a sauce I couldn't really identify, but which was probably a very mild tartre, and they were tasty. Desserts here are a hefty seven euro, the portions are large and one pavolova was more than enough between the two of us. Service was friendly, but our waiter was sometimes elusive and forgot us several times. He more than made up for that at the end though when he apologised unprompted, and gave us our pot of tea on the house. All in all a very nice experience, and I will be back!

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited with two friends and were shown to a tiny little table. Luckily our fourth friend was unable to join us as we were on top of each other as it was, and ended up having to offload empty glasses, ashtays and anything else we could spare on to a little ornamental table behind, to make room for our food dishes. The waiter seated us on the terrace, which was great for views over meeting house square, but full of smokers (very offputting as none of us smoke) and the gusts of hot air from the heaters was uncomfortable. It was also difficult to read the menus in the ambient light. The food, when it finally came, was generally good, the vegetable paella was lovely, as was the potatoe dish with garlic sauce, the skewered chicken with lemon and thyme and the whitebait. Friends reported the pork chops were disappointing! Service was dreadful! Everything from ignoring us until forced to take our order, delivering a glass of red instead of white wine, three knives and two forks for a party of three, followed a long time later by a glass full of cutlery, and constantly knocking off tables and chairs as they flew past In fairness, it was pretty busy but it really took away from our experience. Good value for money, great views and the toilets are ..... well, they have to be seen to be believed! Worth a visit for them alone. But the dreadful service, and the cigarette smoke/blasts of hot air mean I won't be hurrying back.

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