Restaurant Reviews from peterdgreat

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 5

Member Since: 11 December 2006

Last Visit: 04 July 2013

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The Lobster Pot (Wexford) restaurant

Ballyfane, Carne, Wexford

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
25 reviews

Reviewed 07th July 2009 ( visited 05th July 2009 )

This pub/restaurant is very quaint and has a nice feel about it inside. The fish choices are good but quite expensive. I feel that it can probably justify its inflated prices due to the lack of nearby competition. I had the cold fish selection which consisted od six types of fresh/smoked fish and shellfish on a large plate, which was 2/3rds full of lettuce coleslaw etc.The fish was poor, covered in sauces but they still provided lots of unnecessary extra sauces. My partner had a hor fishbake which was better but the covering cheese overpowered the taste of the fish somewhat. My other friends had various types of meat/chicken and fared best of all. Overall, having eaten in many seafood restaurants around the country, i would not rate this place that highly and would love to know the criteria for winning seafood restaurant of the year. Bring lots of money and dont expect too much. Would like to have seen more local people working there also
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O Grady's On The Pier restaurant

Main Street, Barna, Galway

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
20 reviews

Reviewed 04th July 2013 ( visited 15th June 2013 )

Booked the restaurant months in advance and was told they would accomodate me at window. Arrived just before another couple. Was told no window seat and after being seated the other couple were seated 2min later at the window. Ordered Alsace Riesling as I wanted something refreshing with fish. Server came to table with OPENED bottle of Alsace Pinot Grigio because one of colleagues said it was nicer. It wasn't nice and I should have returned it. I eat out 2 to 3 times a week and as 'seafood' restaurants go this was very average at best. The food was average in size, taste and the server never came near us all evening to ask if everthing was good or not. When I asked for the Bill I was told to pay at machine on way out. I have no doubt that the locals may find this restaurant very good but I think for tourists this restaurant is still trying to live off its past reputation and name. Would not rush back.
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Donnelly's of Barna
Barna, Barna, Galway

After a poor experience in O'Gradys on Saturday, a good experience in Mulberry's on Sunday, this experience was somewhere in the middle. As I was staying in the Twelve for 3 nights I had the pleasure of having a few drinks here every day (my daughter and friend ate lunch here on Sunday 16th). The staff are to be commended on their service and friendliness. On Monday evening at 7 myself and my wife has a table booked in the front bar area. While the starters were adequate (crab claws were a bit oily and needed garlic butter or something to take away that burnt oil sensation) my main course was not great. It was the special of the day (only 1 special on board which was plaice fillets). The problem was it said it came with vegetables which I assumed was fresh brocolli or carrots etc. However, it came with a type of Ratatouie whish I hate and I suggested to staff that this should have been displayed on the board as it was a special. Desert was nice and overall it was a nice relaxing time without being fantastic. Would give it the benefit of the doubt though and I would return.

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Mulberry Restaurant and Wine Bar
Unit 14 Barna Village Centre, Barna, Galway

Ate here at 6.30 Sunday evening with my wife. After having a very disappointing meal the night before in O' Grady's on the Pier, this place was a breath of fresh air. Lovely staff, nice food and a bottle of Simonassi Malbec to die for. Service was not great as I was left waiting for nearly 15 minutes for 1 dish as kitchen forgot. This was not enough though to dampen a good 3 hours sent here. A few small toutches here and there (sea salt granules for steaks & making the dining experience a little less cafe-ish) would make this restaurant even better in my opinion. Will definitely return

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O Grady's On The Pier
Main Street, Barna, Galway

Booked the restaurant months in advance and was told they would accomodate me at window. Arrived just before another couple. Was told no window seat and after being seated the other couple were seated 2min later at the window. Ordered Alsace Riesling as I wanted something refreshing with fish. Server came to table with OPENED bottle of Alsace Pinot Grigio because one of colleagues said it was nicer. It wasn't nice and I should have returned it. I eat out 2 to 3 times a week and as 'seafood' restaurants go this was very average at best. The food was average in size, taste and the server never came near us all evening to ask if everthing was good or not. When I asked for the Bill I was told to pay at machine on way out. I have no doubt that the locals may find this restaurant very good but I think for tourists this restaurant is still trying to live off its past reputation and name. Would not rush back.

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The Lobster Pot (Wexford)
Ballyfane, Carne, Wexford

This pub/restaurant is very quaint and has a nice feel about it inside. The fish choices are good but quite expensive. I feel that it can probably justify its inflated prices due to the lack of nearby competition. I had the cold fish selection which consisted od six types of fresh/smoked fish and shellfish on a large plate, which was 2/3rds full of lettuce coleslaw etc.The fish was poor, covered in sauces but they still provided lots of unnecessary extra sauces. My partner had a hor fishbake which was better but the covering cheese overpowered the taste of the fish somewhat. My other friends had various types of meat/chicken and fared best of all. Overall, having eaten in many seafood restaurants around the country, i would not rate this place that highly and would love to know the criteria for winning seafood restaurant of the year. Bring lots of money and dont expect too much. Would like to have seen more local people working there also

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

I have eaten here many times before and found it quite good. I returned wit three others for an evening dinner. The first problem I encountered was they could not find my reservation. I was not surprised when I saw how disorderly the reservation book was. After finding the bookind we were seated. The waitress was very polite and turned down the very loud music above our heads when I asked. Although there was only one other table occupied when we were seated the almost non-stop racket of the staff moving around tables and chairs was very annoying. In a restaurant with wooden floors, either lift the furniture or fit sound absorbers to the bottom of the legs. The early-bird menu, on the face of it is supposed to make you think it is good value, 23 euro for 2 courses plus tea or coffee. However, most of the same mains on the a-la-carte are 14.50 and desserts are 5.50. That makes 20 euro which means you are paying 3 euro for tea or coffee. I went for 1 of the 2 daily specials, surf-and-turf at 27.95 euro. This was a sirloin steak (they advertised it as award winning) and some dublin prawns.When the waiter took my order he was heading off before I asked him to ask me what way I would like it cooked.Paying that kind of money for a main course I expected vegetables to be included. They weren't, and when the nice waitress brought me out a vegetable portion it was embarrassing as it consisted of 2 batons of carrot and I think 2 pieces of green beans or mangetout.For dessert, my wife asked for Tiramisu, which was not available (at 7.30 in the evening) and my eton mess was just a glass full of sweetened muck.The bottle of house wine was almost 19 euro which was nice but dear in comparison to the normal entry level prices for house wine. To sum up, this restaurant could be great but seems to be badly run. An overhaul of the prices for wine and food, better training for the staff would help. Remember, if you dont go off the early bird you will pay top restaurant prices.

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