Restaurant Reviews from robespierre1798

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County: Wexford

No. of Reviews: 13

Member Since: 03 July 2010

Last Visit: 22 November 2011

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Kinara Restaurant

318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:

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Ethnic

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243 reviews

Reviewed 08th July 2010 ( visited 25th May 2010 )

This is my favourite sub-continental restaurant in Ireland. The menu is brilliantly designed and expertly cooked. It takes some skill (and courage) to take on delicate crab claws or lobster. To pull it off as they consistently do in Kinara is a marvellous achievement. To do so using the extreme temperatures of a tandoor is an even greater culinary achievement. I have tried almost everything on the menu at this stage and it is an outstanding menu. Food is not swamped in ghee and oleagenous as can often be the case in poor Indian / Pakinstani restaurants. As to the wine, there is a pretty good list and it has the pinot noirs, grenache and syrah / shiraz combinations often matched with this cuising but I tend to plump for Cobra beer. I have never been convinced by wine with this cuisine. Finally, I am assured that the cocktails are good too. The service is top notch and the atmosphere (especially upstairs) normally a warm burr of satisfied customers warming to the culinary task in front of them. It is the only restaurant I frequent on a very regular basis.
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Kinara Restaurant

318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Ethnic

Price Range:

Good
243 reviews

Reviewed 08th July 2010 ( visited 25th May 2010 )

This is my favourite sub-continental restaurant in Ireland. The menu is brilliantly designed and expertly cooked. It takes some skill (and courage) to take on delicate crab claws or lobster. To pull it off as they consistently do in Kinara is a marvellous achievement. To do so using the extreme temperatures of a tandoor is an even greater culinary achievement. I have tried almost everything on the menu at this stage and it is an outstanding menu. Food is not swamped in ghee and oleagenous as can often be the case in poor Indian / Pakinstani restaurants. As to the wine, there is a pretty good list and it has the pinot noirs, grenache and syrah / shiraz combinations often matched with this cuising but I tend to plump for Cobra beer. I have never been convinced by wine with this cuisine. Finally, I am assured that the cocktails are good too. The service is top notch and the atmosphere (especially upstairs) normally a warm burr of satisfied customers warming to the culinary task in front of them. It is the only restaurant I frequent on a very regular basis.
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The Yard Restaurant
3 Lower George Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

Good meal, good atmosphere and reasonable prices. Overall how there are a few small things they could look at. The starter of scallops and pork belly in a fusion dressing didn't need the pork. The idea of saltiness with sweet scallops and a citrus dressing is a good one it just needs a bit of tweaking. The main of lamp cutlets was a very generous portion but the mashed potato while well made was far too salty. My partner enjoyed her steak (the pepper sauce didn't arrive) and also enjoyed her starter. The restaurant was buzzing and the service was friendly and flexible. It is one of the best places to eat out in Wexford.

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Fordes of Castlebridge
Castlebridge, Castlebridge, Wexford

Fordes of Castlebridge is a sister of the fine dining restaurant on the quay in Wexford town. It is a relaxed, unfussy restaurant with friendly, attentive, efficient service. The food is classical in nature and in biased towards french bistrot with the odd nod to local ingredients (kilmore chowder). The night we were there Geri & the Atrics were playing soft, subtle trad in the background - everything from when you were sweet sixteen to o solo mio. At 34 per head (ex gratuity) for two ribeye steaks, two starters, one desert, a tea, a glass of wine and a pint it is pretty good value by any stretch. We ate a la carte.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

We are regulars in Clontarf and happened to be going out in Ranelagh this week when I realised that Kinara had opened a new restaurant in their group there. I have say that overall it was superb. The restaurant is a really pleasant space, the welcome as warm as that one receives in Clontarf or Malahide and the food, as ever, exquisite. I had the scallops and beef lobia both of which were superbly cooked. The meal is very good value and the serice does credit to Pakistan's famous reputation for hospitality and friendliness. Only a knave would give it a skip.

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The Lobster Pot (Wexford)
Ballyfane, Carne, Wexford

Was in the pot for dinner. Have eaten here a few times before both for lunch and dinner. It is not a particularly friendly place. The service is brisk and businesslike and they like tables that turnover quick and customers that pay even quicker and leave. That aside the food is very good in general. As it is classic bistro food it is evident to those familar with classic dishes that they occasionally cut corners to keep costs low (don't look for white wine vinegar in the french onion soup). The fish is excellent and provide the best of local. The dining area is not great but the pot has plenty of character. I don't have kids but I have to say that I really dislike restaurants that have a stated policy against children. It can always be managed sensitively and it just sends out a terrible message in my opinion to families and tourists. It is a good spot and it is worth eating in but while the food is good don't expect to be made to feel special.

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Greenacres Restaurant
Selskar, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

I have eaten lunch in the bistro four times including last Saturday. The menu is not seasonal so while what is on it is by and large fairly well cooked, they could do with moving with the seasons a bit more - as you would find in France. Seafood for example is typically under-represented which given the quality of the ingredients at hand it wexford is puzzling. I'd imagine a bouillabaise would go a long way here (maybe a a mussle and saffron soup in summer). The service tends to be quite slow and patchy but against that the atmosphere is relaxing and its a very pleasant dining room. One issue I have is not getting ice in water (much less lime or lemon or mint). It would be a nice touch. For a relaxed Saturday lunch I'd recommend it. I would suggest you get at pay at the till, it can take ages for the bill to arrive and be processed. Check the bill also! One last thing - wine list is sensational - you can go by the list or take a bottle from the huge choice in the shop.

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Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa
Main Street, Clonakilty, Cork

Ate in the bar at lunch and restaurant at night. The service was atrocious in both places for different reasons. The bar is noisy, dirty and very disorganised. The staff are kids and have obviously received next to no training. The restaurant is a linen cloth "fine dining" style experience but again the staff while trained were inattentive and disengaged. Having to ask for water three times and never get it is pretty poor. The food is competent and certainly in generous portions in the bar. I was in no sense bowled over by the restaurant. The dishes we had were very straight forward 3-4 component dishes and yet they took a long time in a half empty restaurant. They also lacked finesse and were not really seasoned very well. Given the quality of the ingredients available in West Cork I would highly recommend that the restaurant and bar reflect on their menu and the experience they are trying to deliver. Once they are clear on that, they should write a menu that matches the experience. Don't promise the sky, deliver burger van service and then charge to the heavens.

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Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin

Kennedy's is a superior greasy spoon in that the spoons aren't in fact greasy but it does offer a high quality local café experience. The breakfasts at the weekend are what I normally stop in for and they are very good quality and reasonable value. The only part of the breakfast that is not worth it are the additional portions which are extortionate at at least 1.50 per portion which may be (1 rasher, 1 extra piece of pudding or maybe an extra mushroom) giving mark-ups in the high 90% range. The coffee is of reasonable standard but the espresso is quite poor unfortunately. The atmosphere is quite quiet and perfect for reading papers upstairs. I recommend that you ask for the table and chairs to be wiped down as when the place is back to back it can get quite dirty and the staff don't always clean the table unless you ask. As far as corner coffee shops and Irish breakfasts go however it is well worth its word of mouth reputation.

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Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

This is my favourite sub-continental restaurant in Ireland. The menu is brilliantly designed and expertly cooked. It takes some skill (and courage) to take on delicate crab claws or lobster. To pull it off as they consistently do in Kinara is a marvellous achievement. To do so using the extreme temperatures of a tandoor is an even greater culinary achievement. I have tried almost everything on the menu at this stage and it is an outstanding menu. Food is not swamped in ghee and oleagenous as can often be the case in poor Indian / Pakinstani restaurants. As to the wine, there is a pretty good list and it has the pinot noirs, grenache and syrah / shiraz combinations often matched with this cuising but I tend to plump for Cobra beer. I have never been convinced by wine with this cuisine. Finally, I am assured that the cocktails are good too. The service is top notch and the atmosphere (especially upstairs) normally a warm burr of satisfied customers warming to the culinary task in front of them. It is the only restaurant I frequent on a very regular basis.

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Blairscove Restaurant
Durrus, Bantry, Co.Cork, Bantry, Cork

Ate here yesterday. Really, really good meal with well trained, relatively knowledgeable staff offering good service. The dining room is very atmospheric and really works well. You are escorted to a buffet for the first course which is dominated by really fresh seafood including gravad lax, poached salmon, mussels, oysters, herrings and crab roulade. There are some salads and chorizo and pates also. The main courses were superb and my pork had been cooked and seasoned exquisitely. The deserts are very good without setting the world on fire and the petit fours are excellent. On the negative side - the wine cellar is poorly stocked. My first two choices were not available. The list is not very inspiring either displaying a strong bias towards heavy reds that I would associate more with petrol station off licenses rather than an accomplished restaurant. The whites were safe choices and I am sure they fit the bill but a bit more research may allow the wines to sing along with the food. The second negative is the surprisingly meek range of whiskeys, cognacs and armagnacs. €6.50 for the drop of Armagnac I had is probably a third of what it cost. I also had to ask to have my armagnac heated which one should be able to take for granted. These quibbles aside it was a really great dining experience. I think if they let a sommellier offer them some hints the restaurant could offer a more complete overall experience.

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La Dolce Vita (Wexford)
6-7 Trimmers Lane, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

This is authentic Italian trattoria food well cooked. The staff are mostly local but have been well trained and know there Amaratriciana from their Arrabiata. The proprietor hits the floor during the meal frequently and is clearly proud of his menu and his restaurant. He has every reason to be so. The food is fresh, really well cooked and for once does justice to Italian cuisine in Ireland. Highly recommended and great value for money.

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Reeds @ Ferrycarrig Hotel
Ferrycarrig Bridge, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

Solid restaurant for a hotel. Nothing overly spectacular food wise but competently made and no evidence of major corner cutting. The service is satisfactory but the wine list is poor and the menu did not show tremendous evidence of seasonality. The staff also seemed to know very little about food or the wines on the list. We ate here as a party of 8 and overall we were content with the experience. I would say it is overpriced by about 20% relative to the overall experience and execution of the food. The location is stunning however and what you may pay extra for over other places is on the whole worth it.

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The Malthouse Granary
30 Ashe Street, Clonakilty, Clonakilty, Cork

My wife and I ate here last Monday and it was a really memorable meal. I had half a dozen oysters in a smoked salmon cream sauce with tabasco. Sensational dish. We both had the monkfish stuffed with crab which was great. The wine list is not great for a restaurant that only serves wine but there are some decent choices but it doesn't live up to the food. The waitress is excellent but overworked and on her own front of house. If in clonakilty I would not be distracted by anywhere else if I were you. This is the place to eat.

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An Sugan
41 Wolfe Tone Street, Clonakilty, Cork

We ate here last Tuesday. The seafood is very good but my wife's duck was extremely poor. The poorest I have ever seen in a restaurant. The waiting staff while efficient are neither friendly nor especially helpful. The restaurant is drafty and cold. The dining area is extremely stark and it is clear no thought has been given to how pleasurable it is to eat at a table here. The first and second courses arrived on top of one another and the wine list is short and depressingly short on choice. If drinking white, you had better like sauvignon blanc or chardonnay. I had an adequate demi-bouteille of Chablis. We also took lunch here on Monday and recommend the chowder highly.

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