Restaurant Reviews from pintbottle
The Mills Inn restaurant
Main Street, Ballyvourney, Cork
Reviewed 06th May 2009 ( visited 13th April 2009 )I adore The Mills, anybody who goes to Killarney for a weekend stops at The Mills either on the way down or up or sometimes even both! Their dinners are second to none, good honest to god traditional cooking and plenty of it! Always lovely mashed potatoes and fresh veg with your choice of roast of the day. Their sandwiches are also great, try the chicken kiev one for a little variation and the brown bread they serve with the soup is gorgeous. There is also a huge selection of fish and cold plates on the menu, of which I have yet to try! Keep up the good work!
Munster Arms Hotel restaurant
Oliver Plunkett St, Bandon, Bandon, Cork
Reviewed 27th August 2008 ( visited 08th June 2008 )I regularly have a carvery lunch here, very good value and usually lovely food. Evening menu is excellent, very varied but service is known for being extremely slow.
Old Bandon Road, Cork City, Cork
I'm a fan of the Viaduct,both for carvery lunch and evening meals.I ordered the steak bagette last night, perhaps I didn't read the menu carefully enough and was surprised when I wasn't asked how I would like my steak cooked.My plate arrived with nice thick chips, a varied salad and an empty bagette, cut and buttered!My sizzling platter (as described on the menu to be fair) then arrived with my strips of beef, mushrooms & onions combined in a pepper sauce. Obviously a DIY steak bagette! Not sure how I felt about this, if a bowl of rice had come out with it, I would have been fooled into thinking I'd ordered some variation of a beef stroganoff!It was tasty but too much like hard work for a simple steak bagette I felt. Once again the Viaduct was very busy, I always find this place very packed and hot for some reason. We were serve by a lovely girl.My friend just had soup and a toasted sandwich, unfortunately they didn't come together as ordered so he had the soup finished before the toastie arrived and to be honest, it was pretty basic. Two slices of slice pan, toasted with ham, tomato, cheese & onion cut in half and sin é! No garnish or nothing on the plate, let it down a little.
The Speckled Door Bar & Restaurant
Old Head, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Was in the Spec yesterday for a nice Bank Holiday Monday lunch, unfortunately I was very disappointed! It was busy enough and service was fast and efficient, the girl serving us was very polite and attentive, the mussels were gone as a starter so I choose the Bullens Bay Chowder instead, my friend had the homemade veg soup. Both were tasteless. My chowder was a very watery consistancy, found bits of salmon in it alright and what I think may have been fish skin! At €6.95 a bowl, I was not impressed. I had the cajun chicken ciabatta for main and this wasn't much better. One small piece of cajun chicken on half a slice of ciabatta with a rather unusal sort of ketcup over the bread??? (From prevoius visits I think it is the same sauce they serve over the chicken wings). Accompanied by a portion of chips and a tiny side salad/garnish of lettuce, quarter tomatoe and cucumber slices. My friend's roast beef was pretty basic with mash, turnips and peas. At €11.95, it was a very substandard main for both of us. We didn't bother with dessert and to be honest, we wont be back. I've visited the Spec on a few occassions always willing to give it another go but the food doesn't seem to be improving. The only thing keeping this place going is the lovely location and the great girls serving the tables.
The Roundabout Inn
On The Roundabout, Mallow, Cork
Called in here last Sunday on a recommendation and now I know why. This family run restaurant serves excellent home cooked fayre and has a greatly varied menu. There is a large car park to the rear which is very handy and deceptive for customers, hence the large crowd inside, which we were not expecting. From the choice of roast pork, sizzling chicken, steak, baked ham, roast lamb and turkey & ham to name but a few, I choose the latter, which was very fairly priced at €11.95 for a Sunday Lunch. I got a large portion of succelent turkey served on a bed of stuffing and thickly cut baked ham, delicious. The accompaning veg were turnips and carrots with mash and also a portion of chips, plus plenty of gravy on my plate, much to my liking! My vegetarian companion had the quiche served with a large salad and also a portion of chips. The service is very fast and efficient here, the girls are very friendly and helpful and there is a good atmosphere in the restaurant. I was very pleased with our recommendation and will definitely return to sample the evening menu soon as I've only heard great things about it!
Henry Street, Limerick City, Limerick
Ate here for the first time last Saturday evening, very impressed! There was a large table of us and we choose the value menu for €35, I think it was. Excellent choice, I had the chicken satay skewers, 3 skewers on the plate with a lot of satay sauce, and a nice little garnish to the side, what more would you want. I was surprised to see a steak as an option on the menu at no additional charge so I choose my sirloin medium rare, slightly more medium than I would have liked and two of my companions had to send there's back to the kitchen to be cooked more but still a very good steak, served on mash with pepper sauce and a good selection of veg. Complimentary bottles of still & sparkling water were provided on the table. As we were all driving, there were no drinkers. Desserts was a selection of miniature desserts, which were lovely but unfortunately we weren't told what each dessert was so we played a guessing game of some cheesecakes, a praline cake, ice cream and a strawberry compote we think. This restaurant is extremely busy and service is good, considering how busy the place is. One negative is the loud music, very hard to converse in here and the lighting is fairly low. I was not impressed with the service charge of 10% we were presented with before even leaving the table as we were a table of more than 10 people. In my opinion, restaurants would do a lot better if these charges weren't implied as the majority of Irish people automatically tip these days! Great food though and a fantastic value menu.
The Blue Haven Hotel and Restaurant
3/4 Pearse Street, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Lunched in the Blue Haven on Good Friday last. It's a day that's hard to find somewhere good to eat, as a lot of places close but we were surprised at how busy The Blue Haven was! That was until we remembered the "hotel licence" and realised alcohol could be served!To start I had the famous Blue Haven Chowder that i've heard so much about. Priced at €7.50 a bowl, it was one of the more expensive chowders I've had, still it was very good and flavoursome perhaps a little on the brothy side for my liking but certainly wasn't lacking flavour and plenty of white fish. Served with a nice, light soda bread this would do addequately as a light lunch option. To follow I had the supreme of chicken, served on a bed of creamy mash accompanied by some mashed carrots and also some roasted veg. The chicken was served with a delightful mushroom cream sauce and very fairly priced at €15.50. To wash all this down I indulged in a glass of Pinot Grigio and I gladly noticed it was a generous glass of wine, which is hard to find these days! The menu overall was very varied with a good choice of fish as you would expect in Kinsale along with steak and chicken options. The service was efficient and professional and very prompt given how busy both the bar and restaurant were that day. On my way out I noticed a sandwich menu on the wall which I hadn't noticed on my way in so will definitely return to sample this too. Overall a very pleasant and enjoyable experience in The Blue Haven, highly recommended.
Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa
Main Street, Clonakilty, Cork
TEN out of TEN to Inchydoney!Food,atmosphere,service & price were all excellent on my latest trip to the Island! Visited on a rare sunny Sunday evening, almost every table both inside and out were occupied, therefore we expected to settle in for a long wait which indeed was not the case.The service in Inchydoney was fast & efficient, we had our food within 10 minutes of ordering.I had the seafood starter platter which at €16.95 is a little pricey until I saw the full platter coming towards me, Ummera House smoked salmon, gravalax, prawns in traditional sauce, mussels & langoustines with brown bread & salad, what a feast. My only complaint would be that I didn't have room on the lovely slate platter my selection was served on to actually move food around a bit!Lovely fresh shell fish, plenty of it at an affordable price, seafood restaurants of West Cork take note!My companion had the battered cod & chips with side salad and tartar sauce, I barely took any notice, I was so busy concentrating on mine but we both returned clean plates so that is indication enough.Well done, in these recessionary times, great to get an excellent meal at such value!
Scotts Bar & Restaurant
116 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City, Cork
We took a well earned break in Scotts from our last minute Christmas shopping last month and could have sat there all afternoon soaking up the fantastic atmosphere! The hustle & bustle was fanstistic and Scotts is definitely a very popular place with the hungry shopper as was evident from the queue for the carvery lunches. I choose roast lamb, accompanied with lovely creamy mash, herby stuffing, a nice crisp roastie and seasonal veg, my friend had the cod which was breaded and served with a tartar sauce. We were in a rush but couldn't resist sharing a warm double chocolate cake washed down with some good coffee. Next day I feel like a pick me up, i'm heading back here to soak up the atmosphere and definitely have one of the best carvery's dinners i've ever eaten! Only downside was it's a little chaotic, if you're friend decides to have a wrap/sandwich instead of a carvery dinner, it's a separate queue. Then it's a different queue again if you go for dessert. Plenty of waiting staff on the floor though so easy enough to get a table almost straight away.
Jack Whites Inn
Jack Whites Cross Brittas Bay, Wicklow Town, Wicklow
Stopped here Saturday morning for a breakfast after travelling up from Cork. It was 11.30, so we weren't sure if they were still serving breakfast or not but they were and there still seemed to be a few people coming in for same. We were served by a lovely girl, who was polite and mannerly, lovely to see. Got a beautiful, freshly cooked breakfast, which included 2 sausage, 2 rashers, egg, hash brown, beans, mushrooms & tomoatoes, unfortunately on the day they were out of puddings but it didn't make any difference and as i don't like eggs, they very kindly gave me an extra rasher, which was lovely and crisp and showed all the signs of being grilled rather than fried as there were no traces of oil on the plate. We also got a large pot of tea and a plate of toast & butter, all for €7.95 each, excellent value!
Mill Street Timoleague, Timoleague, Cork
Popped in here on spec for lunch yesterday, first time to Dillons but wont be my last! Got a great lunch of mushroom soup to start with delicious homemade brown bread (John Finn's), followed by lamb cutlets served on a mint risotto and a red wine sauce. Delicious!!!!! The cutlets were cooked beautifully and so tender, the risotto, you could simply eat it on it's own, had a lovely cruch to it yet still have the freshness of the mint. My friend had the homemade burger, which I am definitely going to go back for with a mixed pepper salsa! The menu had a good selection for lunch with a large fish choice. We shared a warm chocolate brownie with homemade ice cream and coffees, and also enjoyed a glass of house red. All very well priced, 3 course lunch including coffee & a glass of wine, worked out at under €30 each, excellent. Dillon's seems to be enjoying a very good passing trade and the front of house lady is an absolute pleasure! They do now also accept laser cards.
The East Village Bar Restaurant and Hotel
East Village, Douglas, Cork
Popped in here on a Friday evening, had a table reserved, unfortunately didn't get the window table we'd requested but as it was quite busy we decided not to mention it. Great buzz in here, good after work atmosphere. The service is good and pretty fast, the food is nothing special in my opinion. A very vast menu, perhaps too much. To start all 3 of us shared a large portion of buffalo wings and choose a mild sauce with it. The chicken wings it would appear were deep fried in my opinion and served with a chilli oil moreso than sauce, pretty heavy after a while. For my main I ordered the trio of meats on a rock. Never had it before and wont have it again, after a while the rock goes cold so unless you cook all the meat (fillet, sirloin & lamb) together at the very start you may not get the meats cooked. Served with a portion of pepper sauce, garlic butter & some sort of gravy we think? You also get an option of 2 sides, but at €26.95 I didn't find it very good value for money. The one main complaint I would have about this dish is that the meat comes out raw obviously on a plate and you get no extra plate to put your cooked meat back onto, mixing raw & cooked on the one plate - not great in my opinion for the bacteria!!!!! We didn't bother with dessert but did have a very nice bottle of Frascati, nicely priced at €21.95.
Ho Kee Chinese Take Away
7 Upper Castle Street, Tralee, Tralee, Kerry
Popped in here for a quick bite to eat last Sunday evening, haven't had sit down in ages here, usually take away. Was very surprised at how quiet it was for a Sunday evening. Ordered the won ton soup, which was lovely, nicely flavoured and plenty of won tons! My friends had prawn cocktail and cream of chicken soup, a very large bowl of it with plenty of bread & butter, very Irish! Two of us order sirloin steaks, med-rare, unfortunately we got well done, tough steaks, not how we ordered at all. The pepper sauce was very thick, with what appeared to be chopped chillies in it? Served with mushrooms, onions & chips. Most dishes are nice here, obviously steak isn't a speciality though! Service was good, friendly and fast and they also offer an early bird menu of 3 courses plus tea/coffee for €12.90!
Imperial Hotel (Cork)
Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
Called to The Imperial for our tea yesterday (Sunday evening), first time in a long time i've been in a restaurant where people have had to wait for a table or ring ahead and reserve one - that is a great indication of the reputation The Imperial has. This place is nothing fancy, you get a pint of milk in 2 1/2 pint glasses!!!! But it more than makes up for it in the food, with very generous portions of good quality, home made food at amazingly good value. I'd a chicken & mushroom vol au vent to start, large chunky pieces of chicken in a succulent mushroom sauce, no shortage and at only €5 you couldn't go wrong! My friend had a bowl of homemade veg soup with a basket of bread that would feed an army at €4!!!! We both had steaks, even though there was a very impressive choice on the menu, a lot of chicken dishes and a good variety of fish also. Our third companion choose the chicken goujons, I think he got at least six large homemade goujons with a garlic mayonnaise, side salad & chips. With the sirloin steak we both got chips, pepper sauce, mushrooms & onions, a little side salad on the plate, a bowl of gratin potoatoes, carrots & cauliflower!!!! Pretty impressive and all only €23 - lovely, the only fault I had was that I ordered my steak medium rare and unfortuantately got somebody elses medium well i'd imagine but because it was so busy I decided not to send it back to the kitchen. The service is fast and efficient here, no fuss. After all that there is no way I could have squeezed in a dessert, didn't even look at the menu but will definitely venture back in the near future.
41 Wolfe Tone Street, Clonakilty, Cork
Popped in here one Sunday evening on spec, delighted with the food! Service is a little slow alright but food is excellent. Had a lovely chowder to start, full of flavour, followed by a perfectly cooked steak accompanied with a nice fresh side salad & gratinated potatoes. I find An Sugan a little on the pricey side but their food is excellent, there is also a good choice, one of my friends had the goujons which looked very homemade and my other friend had a breast of chicken stuffed with black pudding - to die for, absolutely fantastic. I'd the dark chocolate marquise to finish with a coffee, excellent. Will definitely go back as there is a superb range of choice that i can't wait to start on! Lovely old traditional ambience in the bar and the guy who seems to be in charge is a very friendly character.
Sorrento Italian Restaurant
73 South Main Street 31 Gully Bandon, Bandon, Cork
Excellent food served at Sorrento's and reasonably priced also. They offer a 3 course meal for €25 or you can also have the option of 2 courses plus a 1/4 carriff of wine - great value! The a la carte menu has a wide range of choices from the tradional garlic bread, mushrooms and a lovely homemade soup served with fresh breads. For mains, there is a wide choice of pasta's, pizzas, fish, chicken & steak, quite a broad range and everything is cooked fresh and very well presented. On this particular night i had garlic mushrooms to start followed by giant meat ravioli with a delicious mushroom sauce. My companion is a very sensitive coeliac and finds a lot of choice on sorrento's menu, he had chicken wings followed by a fantastic carbonara. Our third companion choose the €25 value menu and had soup followed by lamb chops and dessert. All 3 of us were very pleased with our choices and there is a lovely intimate ambience in the restaurant. Full marks and we will definitely be returning!
Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Heard so much about Fishy Fishy and never made the trip 'til last Monday. Believe me, everything you hear is true, this place is fantastic! What a devine lunch we had. I'd the monkfish served with a squash risotto on a lemon butter. So beautiful and light and the monkfish just melt in my mouth. Perfect portion too as the creamy risotto was filling. Washed this down with a lovely Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc reasonably priced at €5.75 a glass. Forced myself to have a dessert, was torn between the chocolate cookie or the tiramisu so my companion had the tiramisu for me, lovely and light, as a tiramisu should be, fantastic. The chocolate cookie was sinful!!!!! A rich moist cookie served on a bed of hot choclate sauce with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, this is what desserts should be like!!!!!!!! Well done Fishy Fishy, I will be back......
Les Jolie Brise
The Pier, Baltimore, West cork, Baltimore, Cork
Stopped here for a cheap and cheerful pizza Saturday night. Fantastic choice of pizza's and I got a wonderful pizza with scallops, garlic & mushrooms. The pizzas have a lovely light base, and the pizzas are also a very generous size, if you felt like sharing! Would definitely call back here, I think the pizza cost only €18 or something, which was excellent value considering my topping was scallops and they certainly weren't mean with them either and freshly cooked. Good decent food.
Rolf's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Baltimore West Cork, Baltimore, Cork
A large group of us ate here last weekend for a set menu of €35 pp, excellent value for a 3 course meal, not including tea/coffees. I'd the starter of pate, a little disappointing, a big slab of pate on the plate, didn't appear to be homemade, also no toast served with it, just a basket of various breads on the table, but very nice. For mains I'd a delicious beef stroganoff, fillet beef, cooked medium, so unusual to find in a strognaoff with a delicious vodka cream sauce and a variety of mushrooms, superb!!!! Only thing I found with this, is that it was served with potoatoes & veg, not rice? All very nice all the same, with lovely sauted potatoes and a nice variety of seasonal veg. I skipped dessert but there was an excellent chocolate mousse by all accounts from the other ladies at my table! Good service, great wine menu too with a house wine very reasonable priced at €20. Would definitely make the trip back and as we were staying overnight I can highly recommend the full irish in the morning also!!!!!!
The Mills Inn
Main Street, Ballyvourney, Cork
I adore The Mills, anybody who goes to Killarney for a weekend stops at The Mills either on the way down or up or sometimes even both! Their dinners are second to none, good honest to god traditional cooking and plenty of it! Always lovely mashed potatoes and fresh veg with your choice of roast of the day. Their sandwiches are also great, try the chicken kiev one for a little variation and the brown bread they serve with the soup is gorgeous. There is also a huge selection of fish and cold plates on the menu, of which I have yet to try! Keep up the good work!
1/2 Oliver Plunkett Street, Bandon, Cork
Italistro has a lovely ambience, nice fresh table settings and lovely decor. The menu is excellent with a wide variety. I actually opted for the lamb shanks the Sunday we visited and they were gorgeous. I've only eaten once in the restaurant but would like to point out the fantastic take away service they have, which I have used on several occasions. Everything comes in separate compartments from the burger/steak bagette to the lovely tossed salad with freshly chopped tomatoes and basil, so you don't have a soggy meal. You also get the genuine homecut chips! Their pizzas are divine, you've a choice of deep pan or thin crust with lovely parma, pepporoni and salami, all good real Italian produce. Prices are fantastic too, well worth a call for a take away and they have recently started up a free delivery service too.
Short Quay, Kinsale, Cork
This bar was understaffed on the August Bank Holiday Monday that we visited,every table was full and considering it was Regatta weekend,of course it would be.I had the lobster salad to start,it was lovely and fresh,the salad of greens was excellent and the half lobster with garlic butter was delicious.My friend had the soup,he had to wait for the accompanying brown bread.We weren't shown the specials board when we sat down so I asked could I change my main when I saw the board,no problem.I got the roast beef,two lovely thick slices of beef on a plate with gravy.The accompanying potatoe & veg were pitiful.One scoop of mash, a bit of dry cabbage and some carrot batons.Not good enough at all for a bar of this standard.Also the wait between courses was very long,we didn't wait to even be offered dessert or tea/coffee.The girls serving were lovely but under pressure.One scoop of mash with a main course and no roastie or garlic potatoes is not good enough in my book.My friend had the cod mornay and luckily got a portion of chips with his so I had some of them.Plenty of other restaurants in Kinsale to choose from for a Bank Holiday Monday lunch,Jim Edwards need to buck up!
Nutmeg Organic Restaurant
14 A French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
I went here with a friend on a Friday night about 2 weeks ago. It was very busy but we were lucky to get a table outside in the heated smoking area. Service was a little slow but as I say it was very busy and the staff were very nice and friendly. I'd the meatballs in tomato sauce to start, a little bland I felt. My friend had the chicken satay skewer, nothing special either. I had the lamb burger which was delicious, my friend had the cheese burger, also delicious. The burgers were small but beautifully cooked, lovely and juicy and served with a salad and lovely home cut fries. We both had a glass of the House Merlot which was lovely and fairly priced at €5 per glass, considering it was organic wine. We finished with exquisite pavlova and coffee. Definitely would say the meal improved as we went along. Will certainly be back.
Hurleys Bar and Restaurant
Ballinspittle, Ballinspittle, Cork
Hurleys takes pub grub to a new level. They have a fantasticly varied menu ranging from traditional roasts to thai currys and fresh fish. The selection of veg you receive with a roast or steak or any other main dish is amazing, lovely fresh and varied veg, not your sloppy carrots and mushy cauliflower! There is a very impressive specials board everyday also and everything is very reasonably priced. Well worth a visit if you are in the kinsale area and feel like taking a couple of miles spin out to ballinspittle.
Market Street, Bandon, Bandon, Cork
I find this place very hit & miss. There is a fantastic varied menu and everything is very fairly priced. Alot of the roast specials seem to be microwaved and there is a constant supply of mushy peas as one of the veg, plus potoatoes that aren't very well mashed! Chips and side salad are a lovely option.
Market Square, Bandon, Co Cork, Bandon, Cork
I adore this place, have eaten breakfast and lunch here on numerous occasions, planning an evening trip soon. Their daily soup, which is always a different variety is beautiful, served piping hot with fresh bed. Theres a great selection of sandwiches/wraps for lunch and always generous & fresh fillings. Service is excellent at lunchhour during the week, can be a little lax on Saturdays, probably not as many staff on.
The Poachers Inn Bar & Restaurant
Clonakilty Road, Bandon, Bandon, Cork
Just a quick update on one of my favourite restaurants ever! Met a friend for a quick bite to eat here on Holy Thursday night, first time ever trying the now famous Early Bird Menu in The Poachers, 3 courses for €25!!!! Unbelievable value and this menu is available Monday to Thursday 'til 7.30 each evening, was very surprised it was still offered on the eve of such a busy Bank Holiday Weekend. There is a vast choice on this menu and the food is of the same exceptional quality. Had the chowder, my old favourite, a smaller bowl than the main menu obviously but this is a very filling chowder anyway with all it's shellfish and lovely citrus flavoured broth. I had the supreme of chicken to follow, lovely moist chicken on a bed of mash and a gorgeous ratotouille to the side, just perfect! The atmosphere in the bar on this evening was electric, with every table full, definitely a great indication of the great value for money being offered. Dessert is also on the menu and I went for the very simple option of homemade ice cream, which needless to say went down a treat!