Restaurant Reviews from rare please
No. of Reviews: 42
Member Since: 16 April 2009
Last Visit: 24 March 2013
Vaughans Anchor Inn Bar restaurant
Main Street, Liscannor, Clare
Reviewed 05th July 2010 ( visited 02nd July 2010 )Delicious meal in Liscannor! Vaughans is a great spot for foodies in Co. Clare. The pub is very welcoming and as a traditional bar has all the atmosphere that you would expect. The back of the bar has many tables well spaced out and decorated with large old prints of Liscannor harbour. Service was extremely friendly and prompt. An amuse bouche of mushroom soup with a truffle foam was excellently presented in a cappuchino cup on a slate and glass ‘saucer’. We tried a crab starter which was served with a cucumber jelly and wasabi caviar. Excellently presented and plenty of fresh crab meat that was enjoyed with freshly baked breads. For mains, we enjoyed a cote de boef served with béarnaise sauce, onion rings and chips. The beef was a massive ‘on the bone’ cut that was very tasty. Too full for desert we drank the rest of our Argentinean Malbec and settled the €90 bill. A must for dinner or lunch if you are in the Clare region.
La Lavanda restaurant
Main Street, East Village, Douglas, Cork
Reviewed 12th August 2009 ( visited 12th July 2009 )Good food, noisy atmosphere. Amicus is a good choice for lunch or dinner, but it can get extremely noisy when its busy - which is almost all of the time. I've had two really good dinners here. The bread/dips platter to start is really good as are their salads and lamb dishes. A friend had a seafood pasta with cream sauce and thought it was bland, but other than that from a table of four it was excellent. Service is good. Prices are fine - there is an early bird special that is excellent value. A good spot all round!
Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Closed, Cork City, Cork
Good food… however lacked atmosphere. I booked Augustines through menupages and was really looking forward to my free bottle of house wine with dinner. Situated in the Clarion hotel, Augustines is furnished just like any other hotel restaurant – nothing special. The menu was great, promising dishes and a good choice also. Our order was taken by an obviously rushed waitress, who didn’t even manage eye contact. When it came to the wine choice, I said that we would have the house red as we were here as part of a menupages booking – and she demanded the voucher from me. It was pretty embarrassing (the last time I redeemed points we were treated extremely well and the waiter noted from their booking system that we were entitled to our voucher without demanding the printout). The meal itself was great.. an amuse bouche to start, a starter of quail was a little dry but tasty. The pork belly starter won hands down. Mains of a beef fillet served with marrow was excellent, and the slightly small portion of roast lamb was also great. The cheese plate was a disappointment – three cheeses served with a few grapes and commercially bought crackers. The red wine was fine.. not worth the initial embarrassment however. All in all I would be happy if the next hotel I stay in has the equivalent of Augustines.. but I won’t be returning here as a stand alone restaurant.
Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse
11 Pearse Square, Cobh, Cork
Lovely restaurant with lots of character in Cobh. Gilberts was great value at €20 for two courses all night on Tuesdays. We were seated beside the bar and given plenty of fresh bread with olives, feta cheese and chorizo as an appetiser. I had sea bass which was served with very tasty crushed sweet potato and a saffron sauce. Other mains at the table were rib eye steak, cooked to perfection. Deserts were also very good - a fruit crumble, passion fruit cheesecake, ice cream and chocolate mouse. €110 in total for 4 mains, 4 deserts, a bottle of wine and one coffee - can't beat that. Great food, good service and a lovely dining room.
Jacobs Ladder Restaurant
Waters Edge, Cobh, Cobh, Cork
Never again. This is a 'restaurant' in a small hotel, and so the dining room is also where guests have breakfast - and it shows. Prices for starters were reasonable at around €5.50, but mains were extremely expensive (for what you got) at €22. We had a herb chicken starter with parma ham, and a goats cheese bruchetta. The chicken lacked flavour and was overpowered from the dried herbs that killed it off. Mains were a fillet of sea bass which was fine. The duck had seen better days, it was served as two legs over roast potatoes. Very fatty, dried out skin, dry meat. Not great. We had two glasses of house wine, both were unpalatable. The only good thing about Jacobs Ladder is the amazing view across Cobh harbour. Never again.
Doonbeg Golf Club
Miltown Malbay Road, Doonbeg, Clare
Darbys bar has an amazing view over the golf course and Atlantic ocean .. so try and get the window seats. We were very surprised that the bar menu was very reasonably priced, and ordered a beef burger and ‘bangers and mash’ from a local butchers. Service was prompt and clinical. The burger was extremely good… however the chips looked like they were bought in frozen and we thought that ‘homemade’ chips would have been better. The bangers and mash was excellent..and served with a red wine based sauce. Overall a good tasty lunch that totaled €35 with a glass of wine.
Vaughans Anchor Inn Bar
Main Street, Liscannor, Clare
Delicious meal in Liscannor! Vaughans is a great spot for foodies in Co. Clare. The pub is very welcoming and as a traditional bar has all the atmosphere that you would expect. The back of the bar has many tables well spaced out and decorated with large old prints of Liscannor harbour. Service was extremely friendly and prompt. An amuse bouche of mushroom soup with a truffle foam was excellently presented in a cappuchino cup on a slate and glass ‘saucer’. We tried a crab starter which was served with a cucumber jelly and wasabi caviar. Excellently presented and plenty of fresh crab meat that was enjoyed with freshly baked breads. For mains, we enjoyed a cote de boef served with béarnaise sauce, onion rings and chips. The beef was a massive ‘on the bone’ cut that was very tasty. Too full for desert we drank the rest of our Argentinean Malbec and settled the €90 bill. A must for dinner or lunch if you are in the Clare region.
32 Washington Street, Cork City, Cork
A busy small restaurant in the heart of the city. It is easy to see how Liberty grill does well... the food is good, service prompt and friendly. The lunch menu consists mainly of burgers and salads and we had a fish & chips (€10) and crab burger (€13). The crab burger won hands down.. plenty of crab meat with chilli (but in a tiny bun!). One concern is that the tables are really close together - so grand for a quick lunch but I'm not sure for dinner. All in all a good place to eat.
Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Went here for dinner - a party of four and had a great meal. The atmosphere at Fishy Fishy is very up-beat.. and not pretentious in any way. Lots of original artwork line the restaurant walls and we sat up stairs. For starters we shared breaded scampi, and a crab crumble. Both were very tasty. Mains consisted of trout, scallops, hake and monkfish... all were perfectly cooked and presented. Deserts were fab also.. don't miss the pavlova. A nice bottle of vino, a couple of coffees and a bill for four came to €177. Not bad for a great evening.
Shanagarry Midleton, Midleton, Cork
Had lunch in the informal Ballymaloe cafe - located at the back of the gift shop at the weekend. As it was the May bank hol, the place was extremely busy and we had to wait for 30 min for a table. They don't take reservations in the shop cafe but the time allowed me to walk around the lovely grounds of the hotel. I had a moroccan lamb couscous, served with salad leaves and a mint yogurt. Initially, bread was served to the table, with real butter and was great. My lunch was very good - but lacked something.. perhaps a chutney. Service here can be pretty slow, and it really shouldn't be as there were 4 servers to about 10 tables. Desert was the best chocolate/orange cake I've had in a while. This little cafe is great if you know that you have time on your hands. ~€20 for all including elderflower cordial and tea.
The Pantry Restaurant (Moate)
Main Street, Moate, Westmeath
A great cafe in the centre of town.. We came here for a quick lunch and were not dissapointed - their salads are all home made and all very good. For desert, we had a simple sponge cake.. good home cooked food. Worth a stop if you happen to be in Moate!
Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
we had a great evening here at LMs, and were especially happy when our bill only totaled €60 at the end of 2 starters, 2 steaks and a great bottle of wine :) We had a 'free bottle of wine' voucher that my other half had received from his previous visit, and we also claimed our menupages points €25 voucher. The service here at Luigis was excellent, even though they were extremely busy. For starters we had the calamari - very tasty, and chicken wings. The main event were two steaks - well cooked tasty fillets. And a great bottle of malbec to finish. Can't wait to return... for cocktails too perhaps!!
The Elm Tree Bar & Restaurant
Glounthaune, Cork City, Cork
This gastro pub was recently renovated and the interior is very spacious, cosy but modern and very welcoming. It was perfect for a quick carvery lunch and the food was what you would expect - a tasty gutsy dinner. For a tenner a plate you can't go wrong. There are plenty of families that dine here - so be prepared for lots of noise but overall its a good find.
Fota Island Hotel, Fota Island, Cobh, Cork
Great food at the Amber Lounge in Fota Island hotel. The hotel lounge is spacious, but cosy at the same time, and also has a decking area outside – which will be lovely in the summer. The area tends to be dominated by young families however there is plenty of room and so the tables are well spaced out. For a relaxing lunch treat, we dined on fish and ‘fat’ Chips (€17.50 – a little pricey!) – which came with the best mint/pea puree, and also paella at €15.50 with chicken and mussels. Both dishes were excellently presented, and packed with flavour. For desert we had a chocolate mocha tart with grand marnier oranges (€7.50) – absolutely yummy and spiced mixed winter fruits in filo pastry (€7.50). To finish two herbal teas – and the total was €55. In general, competitive pricing for a 5* hotel – and it’s a great retreat from Cork city. I can’t wait to return.
The East Village Bar Restaurant and Hotel
East Village, Douglas, Cork
Great night out with two hot rock steaks and a bottle of house wine for €60 total. In total, out table of four had a hot rock steak each... plenty of sides (spanish fries, normal fries, mushy peas, salad etc), and two bottles of wine for €120 total. Great value. Also, the service was pretty good as the waitress moved two tables together for all our food. Can't beat the steaks here.
16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City, Cork
Great to see the character of Cafe Paradiso has not changed after the recent flooding. A new lick of paint has given the dining room a more modern feel, and I prefer it. A group of us met here for Friday lunch and certainly enjoyed the experience. Mains included a tagiollini with chilli, aubergine, and goats cheese. I would of preferred more chilli and more goats cheese as the dish was fine but needed something extra. The beetroot risotto looked great, tasted good too, as did the chilli which was pretty hot. Try the elderflower cordial as a refreshing beverage if wine is off limits. Deserts looked amazing but we finished our meal with hand made truffles, a chocolate lovers dream with coffee.
Garden Room Restaurant @ Temple Country Retreat and Spa
Horseleap, Moate, Westmeath
Great service for a large group. We had a family celebration at the restaurant and were treated extremely well all night - from initial apertifs through to deserts. The meal was fab, but I thought the room lacked a little atmosphere. They make a massive effort to please all types of diners - vegetarians, and those with special dietary requirements, so that is a great plus. I had a steak followed by a cheese plate and both were excellent. Overall everyones meals were cooked to perfection and a great night was had by all!
Eastern Tandoori (Cork)
1/2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
Great spot, I was very happy with my evening meal here. For starters I had onion bajees, followed by a chana bhuna with garlic naan. All dishes were presented well, with excellent service. The house red was not great, but overall I was happy and full when I left.
Greenes Restaurant @ Hotel Isaacs
48 MacCurtain Street, By the Waterfall, Cobbled Courtyard Close, Cork City, Cork
2nd time here and it was just as good as the first. The only downside was the waitress could not find our reservation when we arrived and we were left sitting without menus. However, the meal was again fab - a goats cheese starter to share between 2 was perfect, after a cupfull of soup as an amuse bouche. Mains for four were all fillet steaks, each perfectly cooked with bernaise butter. Too full for desert my friends feasted on creme brulee and pavlova. Yum, but I have tasted better. All good though!
Il Padrino Pizza Pasta House
21 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork
Great atmosphere, excellent food at Il Padrino. Went here for lunch, and ordered the fusilli alla campagnola, a pasta dish with sausage, mushroom and broccoli in a sundried tomato cream sauce. It was served with two slices of garlic bread, and was the best plate of pasta I’ve had in a while. My companion had a carbonara, which was equally tasty, and again served with two slices of garlic bread. Prices are high enough however, with both dishes at €15.50 for lunch. Great food, authentic flavours, attentive staff – but steep prices for lunch. I’ll be back though.
2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Great spot for informal dining! Went here Sat night for a meal for four, and because they don't take reservations, we had to wait for our outside table for 30 mins or so. It was a bitter night, but with heaters and blankets we were pretty toasty for our evening! Starters are less than €10, and I had very tasty scallops on a sweet potato puree, followed by a ribeye steak. Yum. Desert was a cheese plate.. excellent, and all polished down with good red wine and excellent friendly service. Great spot.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great spot, for lunch or dinner. Relaxed but very modern decor, and excellent food. Usually expensive, but I had lunch here for €15 - two courses from a set menu. Spring rolls, presented in a bamboo basket followed by massaman chicken curry. Both were tasty, presented very well, and were pretty big portions for a lunch special. My friends had chicken satay, and duck rolls for starter, and pad thai and green chicken thai curry for mains. Clean plates all round. This is a great place to eat!!
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
Great value. Went to the Strasbourg Goose for an early dinner and got excellent value at €20 for three courses. The restaurant was fairly empty, but had a good vibe and the waiting staff were very friendly and efficient. Starters were a bruchetta with tapenade, which was tasty, and the garlic mushrooms were ok. Each starter was served with a salad with an overpowering mustard salad dressing, and would have been better without it. Mains of a sirloin steak (with fries, mushrooms and onions), and a ribeye steak (with garlic potatoes and spinach) were both very good. Tasty and well cooked. Deserts were also good, a baileys cheesecake and banoffi pie hit the spot. Two glasses of house red (shiraz) went down well. €50 covered a good three course meal with two glasses of wine. Good food on the go.
Zings @ The Maryborough House Hotel
Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Douglas, Cork
Excellent Service, Excellent food. We booked dinner on a very busy Saturday night at Zings, and had a great meal. Even though the restaurant was extremely busy, the waiting staff were very attentive, friendly and informative. I ordered pork belly for mains which was served with roasted apples, and my other half had a sirloin steak (it looked aged and was very tasty) with béarnaise. We also were served mashed potatoes and roasted root veg. A creme brulee for desert was really good, one of the best I’ve had in a while and the cheese plate consisted of three Irish cheeses with plenty of grapes, fruit, chutney and water biscuits. In total the bill was less than €90, and that included a bottle of wine for €28. Overall we were very impressed, and the prices are very reasonable. A big thumbs up for Zings!
The Rendezvous Bar
Model Farm Road, Wilton, Cork
Great food, great service. The rendezvous is a lovely pub for lunch and has a great atmosphere. I had the carvery lunch of roast beef with mash, red cabbage and carrots. All good, what you’d expect from a carvery. It was one of the better lunches I’ve had in a while, and came to €12.20. The roast beef was pink in the middle, which is perfect and the jus was very tasty. Deserts look yummy here, and as the place seems to have a regular supply of locals coming back for more, it seems like a great spot for hearty lunch!
Fenns Quay Restaurant
Sheares Street, Cork City, Cork
Great food at Fenn’s Quay! For lunch I had a pasta dish with Serrano ham, roasted red peppers, broccoli and tomato based sauce, while my other half had bangers & mash served with leaks and a red wine gravy. Both dishes were very good, the pasta was very tasty and even though I ordered the small portion it was very filling. For desert we shared a raspberry creme brulee, which was really creamy and yummy. Service was very friendly and prompt, and we will be back for sure.
Eddie Rockets (Cork City Centre)
97-98 South Main Street, Cork City, Cork
Great place for some quick grub!! Strawberry milkshakes, burger and fries are always a hit here. I love the atmosphere of Eddie Rockets, and being able to play your own tunes. This place is always a winner for me!!
Tramway House, Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork
Great early bird special - €16:95 for two courses. We had chicken satay and spring rolls for starters followed by a red thai curry and Szechwan type stir-fry. All dishes were very tasty, however I thought there was a slightly weird taste off the chicken in my stir-fry. Service is efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere here is good – slightly spoiled by the ‘take-away’ punters arriving every few minutes.. but I guess that is a good sign. All round, Nakon thai is a good place for a quick dinner.
Tramways Terrace, Old Garda Station, Douglas, Cork
Had a great Sat night meal in Lal Quila. For starters we shared Lal Quila Khas, which is a combination of Lahori Chop, Podina Aloo Tiki, Dil Bahar Jhinga (Jumbo prawn ) and Mughalai Tikka. Even though each was very tasty, I think I will be going for the jumbo prawn starter in future. And, the chefs prepared it properly by removing the intestine vein (lots of ‘chefs’ tend to forget about doing this properly). For mains I had Chicken Green Chilli Lemon which is chicken cooked with garlic, ginger and green chilli. It was nice, but I wouldn’t order it again. My husband had Jalfrizi Murgi – and this was spot on. After a bottle of white wine, the bill was in the region of€80.. and we will be back. Great service, great atmosphere makes Lal Quila one of the nicest Indian restaurants in town.
Bullys Restaurant (Douglas)
7 Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork
Not great - overcooked pasta! Lots of people rave about Bullys as it offers good value for money, however I beg to differ. I met a friend for lunch here and had a pasta dish with chicken and tomato sauce. Not hard to get wrong -usually. The pasta was overcooked, and stuck together in lumps and there was so much on the plate that I could hardly pick out what I wanted to eat. Normally I'm not overly fussy, especially at lunchtime when I'm starving, but I won't come back here. Service was good however, and the restaurant was clean and well laid out.
Main Street, East Village, Douglas, Cork
Good food, noisy atmosphere. Amicus is a good choice for lunch or dinner, but it can get extremely noisy when its busy - which is almost all of the time. I've had two really good dinners here. The bread/dips platter to start is really good as are their salads and lamb dishes. A friend had a seafood pasta with cream sauce and thought it was bland, but other than that from a table of four it was excellent. Service is good. Prices are fine - there is an early bird special that is excellent value. A good spot all round!
U11 East Village, Douglas, Cork
Great atmosphere & always busy. El vino is a great place to meet uip with friends to have a glass of wine, share tapas and enjoy the cosy surroundings. I've been there for lunch and dinner, and have been happy with my food choices both times. For a restaurant that's named El vino though, I thought that there would be a better selection of wine, but all in all its a great haunt to enjoy an evening. Good enough value too...
Indigo Brasserie - Closed
16 West Washington Street, (opposite the Square deal), Cork City, Cork
Great lunch, good value. Cafe de la Paix is located right beside the river, so views are great inside. Service was prompt and friendly and I would go back here again for lunch or dinner. I had a chicken/couscous wrap for lunch and it was really tasty, even for a healthy lunch. I've also had the burger/chips here which is really tasty and served with a mamoth portion of chips - great value. Will def be back again!!
The Weir Bistro
Western Road, The River Lee Hotel, Cork City, Cork
Lovely atmosphere, expensive taste. Went to the bistro for lunch, and was impressed by the luxurious surroundings and comfy chairs. The menu is well planned and offers a great choice. Lunch for two totalled ~€40, and included two burgers/chips, tea abd tip. I was expecting a great burger for this price, but was dissapointed, although the side sauces that accompanied the meal were good and different. I would go back here, but will try something less expensive, especially for lunch!
GBK @ The George
George Boutique Hotel, O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick
OK for hotel food. I stayed at the hotel for a weekend, and the hotel itself is lovely. Food wise, the George is OK, but not the best. I had simple chicken goujons, which seemed to be straight out of a packet from the freezer. Not worth the ~€10 that I paid for them. A friend had a simple beef burger, and paid ~ €14, again not worth it. Perhaps the next time I'm in Limerick I will try somewhere else.
Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa
Main Street, Clonakilty, Cork
Afternoon Tea in the Lounge at Inchydoney was ok.. nothing special. I expected silverware, scones, clotted cream homemade jam, but got none of the above. What we did get was however very good, and served promptly and efficiently. The three tiers consisted of 1) Savoury scones and spinach dough balls and Prawn wontons. Tasty but no butter was served so lacking without. Not sure about the spinach dough balls.. weird consistency. 2) Open sandwiches on lovely brown bread. Consisted of baked ham and turkey, and also Roast beef with a gallon of horseradish. 3) Delightful looking pastries although tastewise they were just ok. Home made chocolate bisuits, a tiramasu slice, fruit loaf and strawberry tartlets. All in all this was an ok afternoon tea. I probably wouldn't get it again however.
Richy's Bar & Bistro
Wolfetone Street Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork
Very welcoming bistro on the main street in Clonakilty, and was a welcome retreat for lunch. This lovely restaurant was filled with candles and staff were attentive and friendly. Food wise, we had the fish & chips, and steak and chips for lunch, and the steak won hands down. A 6 Oz sirloin cooked to perfection and served with a decent portion of chips for ~€15. The fish and chips were fine, nothing special. This bistro attracts lots of families with small children, and caters for kiddies with special meals and high chairs. Overall, a little expensive we thought, as specials for lunch were ~ €22-€25. However its a good spot and we will be back.
Gourmet Burger Bistro
8 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork
Good food, great price. Went here for lunch and for €10 were treated to a great burger, a small ramkin of fries and a drink. Pretty good value. The lamb burger was excellent and was served with two sauces, however chips were just ok, a little soggy! Staff were very friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere of the small restaurant was casual and relaxed. We will def be back for more lunch!
4/5 South Main St, Co City, Cork City, Cork
I love it! Yum, this place is great. Have to say, you do have to get used to communal dining on long benches, and chopsticks, but it's worth it. I have been here so many times, and will never get sick of Wagamamas. Service is always brilliant, food is continuously fab, and there are great deals here at lunch times. If you want a quick bite to eat, or even a meal with friends then this place is great. I might go elsewhere for a romantic meal though. Otherwise, top marks!
Jacobs on the Mall
30A South Mall, Cork City, Cork
Ok, but not again. We were really looking forward to dinner in Jacobs, and unfort. came out dissapointed. Good points- starters were great, scallops were cooked to perfection and reasonably priced. Service was attentive and fast, so no complaints there. The wine list is also pretty good. Bad points: Mains were overpriced - sirloin steak was 30 quid. If your gonna charge 30euro for a steak, make sure its a very good fillet. Overall price for 2 was 150euro, and included 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 cheese board, 2 glasses of bubbles to start and a bottle of red. It was also boiling in the dining room, and you have to walk for ages to get to the bathrooms.... So, I guess we won't be back. There's definately better value to be had, so Jacob's lower you prices or just bite the bullet and order in some fillet steaks.
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
YUM, I love this place. If you want a great Italian meal, good atmosphere and reasonable prices then Topolis is for you. I have been here countless times, and my last visit was just as good as ever. For lunch or dinner, for two people or with a group of friends, Cafe topolis is good for all. Booking ahead is advised, as is requesting a table upstairs. They have a room downstairs for overflow, and the atmosphere down here is not as good as above. Cafe Topolis are better at main courses than starters, in my opinion, with their stuffed chicken dishes a reason to go there in itself. The wine list isn't brilliant, but passes. I have ordered wine by the glass here before, and was not impressed as it had obviously been open the night before. Overall, Cafe Topolis ticks a lot of boxes. Great for a fun night out with friends, or a tasty lunch.
8 Oliver Plunkett st, Cork City, Cork
Had lunch here for two with a 2 for 1 main course for €15. Excellent value as you can choose from the normal menu. Mains were the tagliolini fungi which was very tasty with lots of creamy mushroom sauce, and a Padana pizza Romana style (i.e. flatter 14") - with goats cheese, red onion and spinach. Have to say both mains were equally good, and staff and service were excellent.
ECO Douglas Restaurant
1/2 Eastville, Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork
Great food, good wine list and very competitive prices. I have eaten at Eco's a number of times, and have always enjoyed the experience. They have a great chicken curry, and the fillet steaks are worth the money. The wine list is long, with lots of mid range priced good wines. Atmosphere wise, Eco's is a great place to bring friends or have a meal for two. It is always busy though, so book in advance.