Restaurant Reviews from rillandcu
Crawford Gallery Cafe restaurant
Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
Reviewed 20th July 2011 ( visited 04th July 2011 )I visit the Crawford whenever I get a chance for a morning coffee or if I yearn after a hearty lunch. The scones in the morning are scrumptious, home made balls of cosiness, the coffee is good and you can get free refills if you are leisurely. Lunch is a variety of home cooked meals with a twist of a difference, there are savoury pancakes and fish cakes ( the hollandaise sauce is very tasty) there are also meat dishes. The only squabble I have of the menu is that there are no quick bite options as in paninis or sandwiches. The service is second to none and it is obvious that the waitresses here are carefully chosen, many have worked here for some time. The quality of the food I cannot fault. The price is a ; little on the expensive side average cost for a meal being about €12 but I think you pay for the overall service and excellent tasty food. A place worth a visit.
Quay Co-Op Vegetarian Restaurant
24 Sullivans Quay, Cork City, Cork
Reviewed 10th January 2009 ( visited 10th January 2009 )Breakfast Bliss and not a slice of bacon in sight. If your feeling peckish before your Saturday morning shop then I would certainly reccommend the co-op, I am not a vegetarian but this homely breakfast with the fabulous coffee(very reasonably priced compared to the rest) is mighty tasty. I have enjoyed the various main courses also and the freshness and variety of the salads accompanied are the perfect pick-up. The surroundings are very chilled and easy going espeically in the morning and great for a bit of newspaper reading or thoughtful people watching if you choose a table by the window. If chocolate brownies are on the menu then go for it, it will be the best choice you have made that day!
Adelaide Street, Cork City, Cork
Myself and my friend took a quick lunch bite here because it is handy for her work. I had been here before about a year or two ago up in the rooftop terrace and thoroughly enjoyed the food and heady atmosphere but things have changed since then. I'm afraid our waitress was somewhere else, not with us at all, she took our order but no smile, interest or hint of warmth was relayed our way. My friend asked what juices were available and it turned out that the three listed on the menu were not available and just orange juice in stock. My friend ordered the seafood salad and I a create your own pizza, three toppings for €9.95. The seafood salad was very sparse, hardly any salad and covered mostly with a brown fish(not Tuna and not to my taste) that was ice cold from the fridge and lacked imagination(a sauce or something maybe might be nice) there was one lonely prawn and some smoked salmon wrapped up in the corner. It looked unappetising, my friend was disappointed but didn't feel comfortable saying anything she was in a rush to get back to work also. My pizza came with a salad which had this non de script off pink glue like dressing splayed on top, I didn't eat that but chewed on the cucumber. Pizza was 7 inches, dry and nothing special. The atmosphere is gone from this place, the supervisor , who used to be such a cheery gent took little interest in us when we went to pay our bill. The best thing about this place...oh Gosh that is hard...the cola had ice cubes and was refreshing...the least...the lack of imagination and quality in the food and the uninterested 'morale at an all time low' staff. I lament the old Curran days!
Crawford Gallery Cafe
Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
I visit the Crawford whenever I get a chance for a morning coffee or if I yearn after a hearty lunch. The scones in the morning are scrumptious, home made balls of cosiness, the coffee is good and you can get free refills if you are leisurely. Lunch is a variety of home cooked meals with a twist of a difference, there are savoury pancakes and fish cakes ( the hollandaise sauce is very tasty) there are also meat dishes. The only squabble I have of the menu is that there are no quick bite options as in paninis or sandwiches. The service is second to none and it is obvious that the waitresses here are carefully chosen, many have worked here for some time. The quality of the food I cannot fault. The price is a ; little on the expensive side average cost for a meal being about €12 but I think you pay for the overall service and excellent tasty food. A place worth a visit.
Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork
I had an occasion to have a quick lunch with my friend here mid week. Although there was two staff talking to each other(one looked like the supervisor )on hand they did not attend to me or escort me to a table so I took my own.It took a while for attention although it was quiet.I ordered the special panini/ toasted sandwich special which came with fries and a mineral for €9.99. The best thing about it was the fries, the panini tasted reheated and dry, although it sounds like a good lunch deal the quality is just not there for it to be good value. The service was poor and disingenuous from the male staff, there was a female waitress that served us our coffees and we left a tip just for her because she seemed to care. I will not be returning for lunch, may give dinner a go but reluctant because of service, it is a handy venue for opera house gigs I suppose.
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
I have visited this restaurant twice in a week, it was pure chance really second time as I wouldn't be in a rush to go back. For food and price overall this is a winner for main course.My duck was succulent and melt in the mouth, fish also gorgeous but veg portions minimal and starters lacked imagination. If your looking for finer dining details then you won't get them here. Décor is not a detail, toilets are tiny and etiquette does not win one over. Although the staff bend over backwards in one way(one waitress keeps touching your shoulder) they clear plates of main course before everyone is finished( anyone who has been taught fine dining knows that this is a big 'no-no') We ordered the steak and asked for well done but arrived rare to medium now the coffees turned out to be free as a courtesy because of this...but it will be caf coffees you will be getting ...no americanos here.I will not be returning although for a cheap fix and a really good main course it is not the world's worse.
The Bay Leaf
Main Street, Douglas, Cork
I have not visited this restaurant before but was enticed by the menu on their website so myself and my husband gave it a go. The venue itself is a little bit disappointing as it is not a romantic candlelit setting. It is too bright and sparse and clinical, it needs some softer warmer tones. The service however was excellent, the two ladies that served us were both attentive and one in particular had a good sense of humour. The food overall was very nice indeed, I would definitely recommend the calamari and chorizo sausage starter. My husband absolutely devoured his liver pâté, he said it was unlike any other he tasted. I had the Hake for my main meal with a pea purée, croquette and asparagus tips...it was good but I felt it needed a kick like a possible salsa purée maybe...just too bland for me. My husband's steak was great and huge. The portions were generally good sizes. The desert was a chocolate tart and although the chocolate was delicious the base had that taste of being in the fridge too long. The coffees were not strong I think I would ask for a double espresso if I was going again. Overall this was a very good meal with excellent value and service. The early bird was on until 9pm which my husband availed of and I had a starter and main meal from the á la carte, with two glasses of wine, a mineral and two coffees the bill was under 70euros.
Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This establishment used to be such a great place to go for fab food, friendly service and generally good vibes.This is not the case anymore. I have to report I was thoroughly disappointed with all when I visited recently. There were fruit flies hovering over my food the entire time I was there and when one was successful enough to land on my burger I was put right off and had to leave my food. To add to this our waitress was not friendly, quite the opposite she didn't even try to make 'fake' pleasantries, she just left the food in front of us and was totally disinterested. The real icing on the cake was that when paying the bill I was told by the waitress that there was a obligatory 10% service charge added on to bill...I said I wasn't going to pay for it.She then said 'But this money is for us and not the restaurant! Did you not get good service?' I was stunned into silence when she proceeded to call the manager over, I felt like I was a criminal and not a valued customer.The manager I was shocked by because he also said the service charge was obligatory and that it goes to the staff. I said no service charge should be obligatory as it depends on the value of service you receive. This answer was not received nicely and I was glad to leave.I was appalled and humiliated by this reception and coupled with the fruit flies and general unhappy staff I will never darken their door again.
Cafe Bar Deli (Cork)
18 Academy Street, Cork City, Cork
Myself, my husband and little boy visited Café Bar Deli on a Saturday after six p.m. We did not have a booking but there were plenty of tables available. I asked for the table in the corner by the window as it is more roomy(especially when you have high chair, buggy and all the paraphernalia a baby comes with!) The lady said she would ask the manager but that normally they would keep that table for four people. She returned to say it was booked and she couldn't accommodate. I was disappointed as I felt she was being insincere and the table we were given was the tiniest space a restaurant should give two people not to mind two people with a baby. This made for an uncomfortable eating experience throughout our whole meal as our food was too close to our baby and of course he was trying to get his hands on it, it was fortunate that there was a large table beside us that was free so that we could put our drinks and half our plates on it! Our food was very tasty however, the goats cheese pizza was delicious, my husband's chili and sausage pizza was excellent too. The service was not 'real' or personal and I felt we were not valued especially as nobody came to fill the four seated table we asked for until we were leaving...we could have sat there! To summarize we would have ordered more food, stayed longer, given a nice tip and there would be a definite possibility of a return visit if we were placed properly from the start. I would recommend this restaurant if you are out for a quick bite for lunch or dinner and are not too fussy on service but not for a long languished romantic meal and not with children either.
Quay Co-Op Vegetarian Restaurant
24 Sullivans Quay, Cork City, Cork
Breakfast Bliss and not a slice of bacon in sight. If your feeling peckish before your Saturday morning shop then I would certainly reccommend the co-op, I am not a vegetarian but this homely breakfast with the fabulous coffee(very reasonably priced compared to the rest) is mighty tasty. I have enjoyed the various main courses also and the freshness and variety of the salads accompanied are the perfect pick-up. The surroundings are very chilled and easy going espeically in the morning and great for a bit of newspaper reading or thoughtful people watching if you choose a table by the window. If chocolate brownies are on the menu then go for it, it will be the best choice you have made that day!
Closed, Cork City, Cork
My partner and I have visited this restaurant about three times as we were captivated by the reasonably priced early bird, the delicious food and the charming Southern gentleman serving us, for us it was the perfect romantic dinner. My favourite for main course was the duck by far, it was succulent and matched the red wine reccommended perfectly for a gorgeous taste explosion. The last time myself and my partner visited we brought another couple and were served by a female, who although was very efficient lacked that warmth which we had experienced in the past. The food was just as good but eating outside of the early bird time meant for an expensive meal. I will definately give it another go but hope that my first experiences are enhanced rather than my more recent ones.
Paul Street, Cork City, Cork
For your quick lunchtime fix for the obligatory panini that come with yummy wedges this is the perfect haunt(provided you can get there early i.e. 5-10 mins early before the rush to get a table) I often visit this busy spot for the midweek catch - up with friends or family. For what you get I feel it is good value and the service is quite prompt. The lunch menu is extensive, from salads, to sandwiches, to toasted sandwiches or a full meal. I was dissapointed with one of the waiters the last time I visited as he forgot my request for sauces, but on the whole this is fine by me for the quick tasty dine at lunchtime.
Bacco Ristorante Italiano
4-5 Chapel Lane, Ballincollig, Cork
We have been to this restaurant many times and it can boast about its food there is no mistake. We enjoyed our meal immensely again last week and for atmosphere and value I would certainly reccommend this cosy quarter.However we were let down by service after requesting the bill from the manager who dissapointed by the fact that we couldn't fit in coffee and desert forgot to bring us the bill. We eventually got up from the table and asked for it and paid for it at the counter but there was no apology from him. I feel that your customer is yours to impress to the last minute and that last ten minutes for us waiting did not leave us wanting for more!