Restaurant Reviews from pplsgod

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Flesk Restaurant

Main Street, Killarney, Kerry

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Cuisine:
Steak and Seafood

Price Range:

Good
8 reviews

Reviewed 28th June 2010 ( visited 25th June 2010 )

Myself and my girlfriend stumpled into this restaurant after 9pm not expecting much to be honest. From outside we expected cheap and cheerful food but given the time we could not afford to be choosey. What ended up happening was the most delicious meal we have ever enjoyed. We were instantly greeted with smiles, the restaurant was busy without being packed and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. It did not take long for my Fried Brie starter to arrive which was absolutely delicious. Having been up Carrauntoohil earlier in the day I was starving, my girlfriend chose to wait for main course and skip the starter. For mains I ordered the Fish cakes while my girlfriend ordered the Five star Surf and Turf. She has specific dietary needs which means she cannot eat dairy or yeast, in other restaurants this information has barely batted an eyelid but here the waitress was very careful to note this information. A fantastic sign of a good chef was how he sent out the waitress to ask what my girlfriend could have as the meal needed some way of being cooked. This was a welcome surprise for a change. While my food was delisious I have to admit to feeling extremely jealous when my girlfriends course arrived. The platter included a half lobster, mussels, Fillet mignon, prawns, salmon fillet and some side veggies. Luckily she allowed me to sample each item, without doubt the nicest mussels I have ever tasted. For dessert I ordered some plain vanilla ice cream which was also perfect. Overall I would rate this as the best dining experience I have ever experienced. When we walked in I was a little worried, the furnishings are a little two star hotel lobby but after a short time I understood the styling, it is homely and made to make you feel as such. Everyone within earshot loved their food and I can understand why. We will certainly be back and sooner rather than later.
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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant

Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
90 reviews

Reviewed 09th June 2010 ( visited 03rd June 2010 )

Myself and my partner had both been here before for food albeit not together. Last time I was here I loved the food so had been expecting the same. My girlfriend has a special dietary requirement which means she cannot eat yeast & dairy (no she is not coeliac) but this also limits your choices. The restaurant was pretty full for a thursday evening but we managed to be seated quickly, our table was dirty as we were being seated which is a small but important detail. I chose the Brie salad to start which was delicious, my girlfriend had the chicken wings and explaining her diet needs asked for no sauce or at least sauce on the side, still the wings arrived with some sort of sauce on them but not wanting to make a fuss she ate them regardless. One benefit to us hungry diners was the spped with which the starters were served. For mains I ordered the Homemade scampi, I love to have that when I come here and it did not disappoint. Again limited by her diet my girlfriend ordered the fillet steak, again asking for sauce on the. Yet again however the steak was served with Balsamic vinegar on the plate which she cannot have. Instead of complaining we ate our meals, she prefers to vent her complaints by not coming back to a place again. By all accounts however the steak was nice, a little overcooked but otherwise good. Desert thankfully was easier, one of the too few staff members accomodated my girlfriend by getting her pavlova without the cream and instead topped with some fruit. I had the homemade Banofi pie which again I enjoyed. Overall I found there to be not enough staff to cover the amount of customers and while one staff member was excellent and catered for our needs the other was less than impressive. I don't think we will be back again which is a shame, the food is nice without being overly ambitious. Price wise the main course is a touch expensive in comparison to what you get with your starter but overall its not too bad.
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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

First time to The Box Tree but wont be the last. food, service, atmosphere all perfect...will definately be visiting again...all four of us on the night chose separately but all had the same review.

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Milesian Restaurant
Main Street, Castlegregory, Kerry

Wow...the food here is simply savage. We arrived late enough to our guesthouse on Friday evening and were advised to head to this place for dinner. I had the Ham Hock for starter, absolutely delicious! My other half tried turbot for the first time and loved it too. Promising ourselves fish for mains (would have been a sin to come to Kerry and not have the seafood) I had the hake fillet and herself had the monkfish...both again amazing. Feeling like we deserved it we ordered dessert. My chocolate loving partner went for the chocolate ganache which I naturally sampled while I chose the savory cheese board option. Overall the food was perfect. The only downsides were the music was a little loud making conversation difficult (we were sitting right beside the radio however) and the table we were seated at was on the small side. On the whole though there were minor issues to an otherwise perfect meal...

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Vagya Restaurant
68-70 Botanic Road, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Ate here early one Friday evening thanks to a Living Social vouchers. I was in Nepal in March 2010 and fell in love with the food and have been trying to relive that experience since returning home but to no avail, short of actually going back to Nepal that is. I just love this place. It was a little quiet when we went in but for 6pm I guess thats what you can expect, it did start to liven up around the time we were leaving. We ordered the combination platter for two to start which was delicious. It came out on a steaming hot plate and the portion size while not huge was perfect. The same can be said for the main course, you get the perfect amount of rice to fill you instead of enough for ten that you feel you just have to finish to get "value for money". I had the Himilayan Curry with chicken for mains and my girlfriend had the Prawn Biryani. Both dishes were delicious and full of flavour, certainly the closest I have come since to authentic Nepalese food. Staff were very attentive and extremely welcoming. I cannot speak highly enough about this place and we will certainly be going back.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Booked into Brasserie Sisty6 as I had decided to use some menupoints and avail of the buy 1 maincourse get the other 1 free deal. I had heard very mixed reports from differnet people from their own past experiences. We were heading to the Olympia so booked an early slot for 7pm but happened to arrive 30 minutes early which was accomodated no problem. On first impressions were really liked the layout, the style and flow to the restaurant. We were also told as part of our deal that we could avail of a free cocktail but unfortunately we were both driving, the friendly waitress told us however we can come back again and avail of the free cocktails no questions asked. We both ordered the Surf and Turf along with a side order of steamed vegetables and roasted wild mushrooms. The maincourses arrived in no time, the steak was cooked exactly to order and the prawns were absolutely delicious. The thick cut spicy wedges were my favourite. Our sides I think were forgotten until I mentioned it to the waitress who was very apologetic, brought them asap and deducted them from our bill which was a nice gesture, we didnt mind really. Unfortunately we didnt have time for desert on this occasion but will certainly be back on the basis of the service and quality of food we received, all for the modest sum of €26.00 plus tip and 2000 menupoints. Bargain and definately makes menupages a worthwhile venture. Definately recommended to all.

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The Olive Grove
Custume Pier, Athlone, Westmeath

Just visiting Athlone for the weekend so we decided that instead of choosing a restaurant to have lunch in we would let a restaurant choose us. On a nice sunny afternoon there can be only one choice and that is to sit outside in The Olive Grove, on the rivers edge while soaking up the rays. We spent a while looking for somewhere similar and came upon the Olive Grove on our second bridge crossing. On entry the restaurant is extremely trendy and wouldnt look out of place in the capital. We felt a little underdressed while walking through to the outside veranda as we were pretty much dressed for comfort not style on the day. We both decided to have the Grilled marinated chicken sandwich for €10.50 which included chips. It was pretty good, the only downside would be the amount of olive oil that is used in the marinate and also on the bread, it makes the meal and plate quite greasy but all in all was still delicious. The atmosphere was a little quiet but location, food and excellent service made up for it.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wanted a quick bite before heading to a gig. Have eaten in Gourmet Burger before but never this one. Atmosphere was OK, it was still early so there were not too many full tables. We stupidly picked a table near the door so any time it opened we caught the chilly breeze. Our own fault though. I went for the Blue Cheese burger while my girlfriend had the Classic. As is often the case when I order a burger I am a little disappointed once I taste it, this was unfortunately the case here also. There was not a very strong flavour from the beef, it was put together well and presented nicely but was just lacking some flavour. OK for quick grub but a little pricey.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Met some friends in Dublin and took them to Johnnie Fox's for some dinner. Skipping the starter we went straight for mains I chose the Swordfish steak. It was absolutely perfect and I ate every bite. The Fox's banoffi pie rounded off the meal along with a few beers it was a great meal. My mate covered the bill but from the prices on the menu it looks very affordable. Will be going back soon to try the rest of the tantalising menu.

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Terrace Restaurant @ Clayton Whites Hotel
Abbey Street, Co. Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

As part of a weekend away in Wexford we received 1 free dinner for booking 2 nights at the hotel. The meal we decided on for Saturday night, the restaurant was absolutely packed to capacity. I managed to scare the waiter by mentioning my girlfriend has certain allergies before ordering, just to keep him on his toes for the evening. I had the Goat's cheese tartlet for starter which was yum, I love Goat's cheese and this was no exception. The main course I chose braised shank of Wexford lamb, I could have handed back the knife as the meat pulled away from the bone with ease. An excellent main course. Not feeling like a sweat desert I went all out and ordered the cheese board. It was the perfect way to end the meal. Drinks were not included in the dinner deal but we had a bottle of red between us so the entire evening cost less than €20. Highly recommend this restaurant

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Eddie Rockets (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Unit K (cinema block), Level 2M, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

This is one of the better Eddie's that I have been to. My favourite part about Eddie's are the milkshakes. Tried the bacon cheddar burger which is excellent. Add to that the garlic cheese gut-buster chips and you have yourself a real Eddie Rockets (Empty pockets) experience. Always know what you are getting

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Ate here on a Blue Monday which means all dishes are €3 each. This is pretty good value but each dish is quite small so you will easily have 4 or 5. I recommend getting one chicken noodle dish perhaps, we had been waiting for ages for one to come around but eventually gave up and chose something else, just like a bus they all then came together. The only food I did not really enjoy was the raw salmon pieces. It was nice but salmon is not my favourite fish at the best of times. I like passing by here, it always looks busy and is a cool dining experience. I like sushi more and more every time I have it.

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Marini Restaurant
Flower Hill, Poolboy Gate, Navan, Meath

Our party of 4 were here for a birthday dinner this Friday night and decided to go for the early bird. I went for the deep fried brie to start, its always a favourite of mine and it was delicious. For main course I had the sea bass and while the portion was good there were a few too many bones and the fish a little overcooked for my liking. It was tasty but could have been better. Having not paid the bill I cannot comment on value but based on prices from the menu it seemed reasonable. Recommend this restaurant for a pretty good meal. Atmosphere was lacking a little which might have improved my sentiments towards this restaurant. Give it a go however.

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TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

One thing with TGI's is that you go in with certain expectations but thankfully we were pleasantly surprised by the meal. The service is ok, the staff try to get you in and out as soon as possible which can sometimes be a little off putting. We went for the 2 courses for €15 expecting very small portions. However they were perfect and for the money we cannot complain. I had the Bacon Cheeseburger for main course which was as a burger should be. The boneless chicken wings for starters were nice but felt like they had been made for a while. What I love in the american restaurants is the free refills on drinks after you buy one. Trying to find a waiter however when you want a refill is another challenge but all in all a good meal.

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Dante (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Passing by we saw the €12.50 2 course option and decided it was worth a go. Decided on the doughballs for starters and while the portion was small they were tasty. My girlfriend chose the chicken goujons which luckily she allowed me to taste, without doubt they are the best I have tasted, the chicken was perfect. For main course I had the Pollo, a creamy tagliatelle pasta dish. It was pretty good but I would have liked the sauce to have a little more kick. All in all the meal was delicious and for €25 for 2 people plus 5% service charge you could do a lot worse for dinner.

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

I and my party ate here one Wednesday evening. I had heard from a relative that this place does excellent Gumbo so naturally that was already on my menu list. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere immediately on entering and there was a good crowd there to add to the warmth. I chose the Cajun Calamari to start with, I always love Calamari and cooked in Cajun style was a first for me, I can definitely recommend this dish. I had the vegetarian gumbo for main course and while it was tasty it seemed to lack some flavour. It was not overly strong, perhaps I would have been better off ordering the meat gumbo. The cornbread however with this dish is excellent. We also ordered some cajun wedges and vegetables of the day on the side but the mains were more than enough on their own. It had to be the Mississippi mud pie for desert, 3 out of the 4 of us ordered this and the 4th ended up a little jealous, it was delicious but quite rich. Overall the food was of a good quality, not too pricy and a good option for anyone after something other than a steak for dinner.

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Gotham South
4 Kilmacud Road Lower, Stillorgan, Dublin

Decided to try this place on a recommendation and we were not disappointed as this restaurant boast an excellent menu. The decor is very trendy which all adds to the atmosphere. For my starter I had the Goat’s cheese crostini which was delicious. For main course we decided to have the Gotham Grill meat platter. We fancied a meat dinner and boy did we get it. Everything on the platter was excellent but for me the ribs were the highlight, don't be afraid to get down and dirty with this meal, aslo expect some serious meat sweat afterwards. As we were in holiday mode we were feeling particularly greedy so we chose the Eton mess for desert. Hardly a pick of food was left between us and we both thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The bill came to around €85 including tip. Moderately expensive considering we had no alcohol but for a greedy 3 course meal we cannot complain. Definitely recommended

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

On a work outing we booked an evening meal at Roly's Bistro. I had heard excellent things about this place and was looking forward to the meal. What followed did not disappoint. I had such a difficult time selecting my courses as everything looked amazing. For the starter I chose the rocket, parmesan and tomato stuffed olive salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing, puff pastry twirls. It was absolutely delicious and I will forever try to recreate the dressing for my own salads. For the main course I chose pan seared Lamb's Liver (medium) with crispy bacon and onion gravy. This was without doubt the nicest main course I have ever had. I like to chose foods that I have never tried before when in a really good restaurant and that ideology paid off here. Desert was an old reliable for me but was not less enjoyable as a rresult. The Roly's selection of Ice cream, brandy snap basket with chocolate/caramel sauce was fantastic and a perfect end to a wonderful meal. Not paying for the meal myself was an added bonus but noticing the prices on the menu I worked out the cost of my meal at approx €40, throw in wine on top and you will probably part with €70 per person, money very well spent in my opinion. I had expected a stop off for food on the way home, such is the usaul trend after eating in a nice restaurant but I was extremely pleased at the portion sizes here, suitably stuffed I avoided the stop off and head off home, promising to return soon.

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Flesk Restaurant
Main Street, Killarney, Kerry

Myself and my girlfriend stumpled into this restaurant after 9pm not expecting much to be honest. From outside we expected cheap and cheerful food but given the time we could not afford to be choosey. What ended up happening was the most delicious meal we have ever enjoyed. We were instantly greeted with smiles, the restaurant was busy without being packed and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. It did not take long for my Fried Brie starter to arrive which was absolutely delicious. Having been up Carrauntoohil earlier in the day I was starving, my girlfriend chose to wait for main course and skip the starter. For mains I ordered the Fish cakes while my girlfriend ordered the Five star Surf and Turf. She has specific dietary needs which means she cannot eat dairy or yeast, in other restaurants this information has barely batted an eyelid but here the waitress was very careful to note this information. A fantastic sign of a good chef was how he sent out the waitress to ask what my girlfriend could have as the meal needed some way of being cooked. This was a welcome surprise for a change. While my food was delisious I have to admit to feeling extremely jealous when my girlfriends course arrived. The platter included a half lobster, mussels, Fillet mignon, prawns, salmon fillet and some side veggies. Luckily she allowed me to sample each item, without doubt the nicest mussels I have ever tasted. For dessert I ordered some plain vanilla ice cream which was also perfect. Overall I would rate this as the best dining experience I have ever experienced. When we walked in I was a little worried, the furnishings are a little two star hotel lobby but after a short time I understood the styling, it is homely and made to make you feel as such. Everyone within earshot loved their food and I can understand why. We will certainly be back and sooner rather than later.

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Xano Coffee And Gourmet Bagels
Metges Lane, Navan, Navan, Meath

Popped in here for a late lunch one Saturday afternoon. It was my first visit but my girlfriend had been here before and recommended it. We were a little late for lunch (3pm) but there was still a good buzz in the place and luckily we got a table. Is it one of the few places where she feels she can order lunch with special dietary needs and not worry about the ingredients (she is unable to eat yeast or dairy products) This is not a problem here however as you can easily make up your own salad from the salad bar. There is loads of choice and I went for the Cajun Chicken salad while my girlfriend went for the Chunky Ham salad with no dressing. The food arrived within minutes and is put together freshly at the bar within eye shot. There was loads of staff working within this small cafe which is not a complaint. Both salads were excellent portions and leave no hunger gaps, also the price is very inexpensive leaving you feel like you got good value for your money. One downside is that they do not accept laser or credit cards, it seems cash is king in this establishment but that is the only complaint from an otherwise perfect lunch. Will be coming back next time we are in Navan

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

Myself and my partner had both been here before for food albeit not together. Last time I was here I loved the food so had been expecting the same. My girlfriend has a special dietary requirement which means she cannot eat yeast & dairy (no she is not coeliac) but this also limits your choices. The restaurant was pretty full for a thursday evening but we managed to be seated quickly, our table was dirty as we were being seated which is a small but important detail. I chose the Brie salad to start which was delicious, my girlfriend had the chicken wings and explaining her diet needs asked for no sauce or at least sauce on the side, still the wings arrived with some sort of sauce on them but not wanting to make a fuss she ate them regardless. One benefit to us hungry diners was the spped with which the starters were served. For mains I ordered the Homemade scampi, I love to have that when I come here and it did not disappoint. Again limited by her diet my girlfriend ordered the fillet steak, again asking for sauce on the. Yet again however the steak was served with Balsamic vinegar on the plate which she cannot have. Instead of complaining we ate our meals, she prefers to vent her complaints by not coming back to a place again. By all accounts however the steak was nice, a little overcooked but otherwise good. Desert thankfully was easier, one of the too few staff members accomodated my girlfriend by getting her pavlova without the cream and instead topped with some fruit. I had the homemade Banofi pie which again I enjoyed. Overall I found there to be not enough staff to cover the amount of customers and while one staff member was excellent and catered for our needs the other was less than impressive. I don't think we will be back again which is a shame, the food is nice without being overly ambitious. Price wise the main course is a touch expensive in comparison to what you get with your starter but overall its not too bad.

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Zucchini's Restaurant
18-20 Blackcastle Square, Navan, Meath

I was with a group of seven and personally eating here for the first time. The atmosphere on entering was excellent, the restaurant was packed which is always a good sign. We were not waiting long before ordering our drinks and food. The starters arrived very quickly, I ordered the Golden Fried Brie, reasonably price and delicious. For mains I ordered the Vegetarian pasta, I am not a vegetarian but sometime enjoy a non meat dish. It was very satisfactory but did not excite me, it was average. The desert menu was basic and run of the mill so I just had an after dinner drink. Overall the meal was very satisfactory but I thought a overpriced for what we got. The wine was extremely expensive also so we only had one bottle for the night between us. Not sure if I will come back here again.

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