Restaurant Reviews from shazbak93

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Jamie's Italian restaurant

Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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117 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2014 ( visited 23rd August 2014 )

my third time at this restaurant. I had never brought my children and they really wanted to go. They have changed the menu to make it more family friendly, the pizzas were absolutely delicious (I tasted my girls'). I got the pasta with the amoretti biscuits and pumpkin and it was about 8 pieces of pasta and cost €15.95 for a "large" portion. I was starving after it. I had two of their new cocktails an amoretto sour, they were delicious and had bits of amoretti biscuit in it. To keep with my almond theme I had the almond tart for dessert. So disappointing. If somebody at your house said they'd have a "finger" of cake that's the size I got with the tiniest scoop of icecream I've ever seen. It was €6.95. My husband had the burger, said it was very tasty but it cost €16.95 on its own with no chips, they cost €4 so all together disappointing and very mean portions. Can I also mention the waiting staff were nice when they came over but they were very slow to come over. Had they come over sooner we would have definitely ordered more drinks so they missed a trick there! I certainly won't be hurrying back anytime soon if ever.
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Jamie's Italian restaurant

Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Average
117 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2014 ( visited 23rd August 2014 )

my third time at this restaurant. I had never brought my children and they really wanted to go. They have changed the menu to make it more family friendly, the pizzas were absolutely delicious (I tasted my girls'). I got the pasta with the amoretti biscuits and pumpkin and it was about 8 pieces of pasta and cost €15.95 for a "large" portion. I was starving after it. I had two of their new cocktails an amoretto sour, they were delicious and had bits of amoretti biscuit in it. To keep with my almond theme I had the almond tart for dessert. So disappointing. If somebody at your house said they'd have a "finger" of cake that's the size I got with the tiniest scoop of icecream I've ever seen. It was €6.95. My husband had the burger, said it was very tasty but it cost €16.95 on its own with no chips, they cost €4 so all together disappointing and very mean portions. Can I also mention the waiting staff were nice when they came over but they were very slow to come over. Had they come over sooner we would have definitely ordered more drinks so they missed a trick there! I certainly won't be hurrying back anytime soon if ever.
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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I have heard about this restaurant for years and had built it up much too far in my mind. I was disappointed that it was not a table service restaurant and that on such a freezing cold day I had to queue with the wind whirling around my ears. I had the dark hot chocolate and it was absolutely delicious. I noticed somebody go by with a piece of carrot cake so I ordered that and it was really lacking in flavor so I was quite disappointed by it. My cousin had the porridge with berries and granola and it looked delicious - a huge portion. I bought hummus and red pesto and to bring home and they were yummy. The atmosphere upstairs was nice enough and the fire was lit. The tables are very close together and I think a bigger premises would work better for this type of restaurant.

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Castlemartyr Resort (Franchinis)
N25, Castlemartyr, Cork

I was staying in the resort and decided to try Franchinis. Booking is advisable as it gets really busy. It has a really nice candle-lit romantic atmosphere. Myself and my husband shared the foot-long pizza which came with two sides - we chose the chips and salad. We chose the rustic topping which was nice, I have had nicer lighter pizzas but my husband loved it and polished it off. The chips were divine - I would suggest getting the salad dressing on the side as it wasn't spread greatly across the salad. For dessert I had the canolli which I had always wanted to try but had never seen offered before. it was really unusual but I enjoyed it. It was two crispy deep-fried shells of pastry containing ricotta cheese and candied fruit with dark chocolate chips down one end and pistachio on the other. The bill for the two of us with a beer and a glass of wine came to €44 which I thought was excellent value. I returned the next night and had the same meal but this time we were given complimentary bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil which was a nice touch! The service was excellent on the Friday when it wasn't as busy and good but not as good on the Saturday.

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

Amazing atmosphere - the lighting is fantastic. A very busy Saturday around 1pm. We hadn't booked but we were seated immediately. I had the sweet potato fritters - WOW - one of the nicest main courses I have ever had in any restaurant. As a vegetarian it takes a lot for me to say that. So much flavor, perfect crispiness, and the sauces and pitta that came with it - divine. My husband and daughter had the burger which they loved and my mother-in-law had the pate which she thought was ample for a small lunch (she wasn't that hungry). Not cheap but worth every penny.

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Fallons Cafe and Bar
Main Street, Kilcullen, Kildare

I attended a christening here and I was really impressed. To walk in and see an open fire is so inviting. Service was good considering there were about 22 of us there. The bread was fabulous - I could have eaten the whole basket. I had the goats cheese starter, a nice light starter. I then had the risotto - unfortunately the only veggie option. It was lovely though and it was HUGE - I couldn't finish it. I also asked for a "few" chips and received a huge portion which the whole table was able to share out amongst themselves. A beautiful room with plenty of space. Really well decorated. I'd love to go back and sit by that welcoming fire! A few more veggie options for mains wouldn't go amiss.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

my sister brought me for a birthday lunch. My daughter and her two baby sons were with us. The waiters were extremely attentive. We ordered from the set lunch menu, two of us were vegetarian and we enjoyed everything we ordered. It was a little expensive but for such high class food and service well worth it!

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Gotham South
4 Kilmacud Road Lower, Stillorgan, Dublin

I go here all the time but have never reviewed before. On this occasion I booked the table for 13 people and 2 more showed up unexpectedly. We were greeted and seated with a warm smile. Our orders were taken efficiently and meals delivered in a timely manner. A great selection, they cater for vegetarians really well, their pasta with butternut squash and mint pesto is a firm favourite of mine. Their pizzas are thin and crispy but big and are so authentic being cooked in their large stone oven. The service was brilliant, always possible to catch waiting staffs' eye to get attention. it came to €25 per head, most had 2 or 3 courses and/or wine. Will def be back!!

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Visited JD's for the first time on Saturday for my mother in law's birthday. I was also with my husband and two daughters. I was disappointed when I realized that the menus they had on their website containing some vegetarian options were not available that evening. When I enquired if they catered for vegeterians I was told "well we are a steakhouse!". However the waitress told me the chef could make me any kind of pasta I liked so I ordered penne with vegetables and a cream sauce with extra parmesan. Myself and my husband had the bruschetta to start, very disappointing, only toasted on one side and very thin. My mother in law had the chicken wings - they were absolutely without doubt the best chicken wings she has ever had (and she has had a lot!). One daughter had the deep fried brie which she said was delicious but it was served with a sweet chilli sauce and she thought it would be nicer with a cranberry sauce. My other daughter ordered the garlic bread with cheese and when it arrived there was no cheese on it and it was only toasted on one side so we sent it back and she got it back correctly after about a 20 minute wait. Main courses, my pasta was lovely, some mushrooms wouldn't have gone astray! Mother in law had the fillet steak and said she'd never had a pepper sauce as nice as the one she got at JD's. Husband agreed in that his chicken burger (he LOVES his chicken burgers) was the best he'd ever had. One daughter also had steak but had ordered garlic butter and received peppered sauce instead (which she enjoyed). Other daughter had the steak burger which she enjoyed but thought the chicken burger was nicer. For dessert I shared the raspberry cheesecake which came with cream - absolutely delicious my favourite course although the base was a tad soggy. My husband had some sort of chocolate cheesecake which he shared with my other daughter, also delicious. They did a really good cappuccino to finish. Good value €137 including 3 x wines and 3 x soft drinks

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Cafe du Journal
17a Monkstown Crescent, Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

It was my first time here, I met my two friends for breakfast and I had a baby with me in a buggy. We were told to sit wherever we liked so we picked a circular table near the door. The way they have used the space is fantastic, there was plenty of room for the buggy and for several others near the door. We were given menus, myself and one girl the porridge, a huge portion with honey on top and the other girl had granola with rhubarb which she loved. I also had a coffee and baby had a portion of delicious looking home-made white bread. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I would love to go back.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

my third time at this restaurant. I had never brought my children and they really wanted to go. They have changed the menu to make it more family friendly, the pizzas were absolutely delicious (I tasted my girls'). I got the pasta with the amoretti biscuits and pumpkin and it was about 8 pieces of pasta and cost €15.95 for a "large" portion. I was starving after it. I had two of their new cocktails an amoretto sour, they were delicious and had bits of amoretti biscuit in it. To keep with my almond theme I had the almond tart for dessert. So disappointing. If somebody at your house said they'd have a "finger" of cake that's the size I got with the tiniest scoop of icecream I've ever seen. It was €6.95. My husband had the burger, said it was very tasty but it cost €16.95 on its own with no chips, they cost €4 so all together disappointing and very mean portions. Can I also mention the waiting staff were nice when they came over but they were very slow to come over. Had they come over sooner we would have definitely ordered more drinks so they missed a trick there! I certainly won't be hurrying back anytime soon if ever.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

Great atmosphere, fantastic buzz. Had to wait an hour which is why I deducted a point for service. Not enough places to sit while you wait though you can go off and shop with a buzzer in your hand. The food was absolutely fabulously full of flavour and cooked to perfection but FAR TOO SMALL a portion. I got about 10 pieces of pasta and husband got a tiny child-size portion of risotto, both were described as "large" portions. Dessert was the right size and fabulous. Tea came in a beautiful black unusual kitch kettle. €16.50 is just too much to pay for a main of that size. I'd go back but would have my dinner before I went!

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The Olive Grove
Custume Pier, Athlone, Westmeath

Gorgeous decor, loved the atmosphere, felt like I was on the continent. We were staying in Athlone in a hotel and came across this place. Walked in without reservations and were made to feel guilty for not booking (it was a Monday night so we didn't think we'd need to in fairness!). The place was jammered. We were put right beside another couple. I had the pear and blue cheese salad to start. Would have liked blue cheese as opposed to blue cheese sauce but was tasty the walnuts were nice. I had the veg pie for my main, was grand as veggie meals go but would have liked some accompaniments to come with it, it was literally just a pie. I finished off with a cocktail. It was nothing special, just like chocolate milk with a bit of alcohol in it. Would def. go back for the atmosphere but not so much for the food or service.

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La Strada Restaurant
Custume Place, Athlone, Westmeath

Myself and the husband visited here last night. We were greeted by the owner who was beaming from ear to ear. He offered us the early bird menu and a special menu which was for couples with a bottle of wine. We were seated beside the window overlooking the Shannon. The only problem with the view was the green sticker in the way, it should definitely be taken down! The atmposphere was pleasant, not fancy but nice. I started with the garlic mushrooms, they were fried in wine and oil, tasty but would have liked more garlic. I then had the tagliatele with mushroom and wine/creamy sauce. Quite tasty but not as nice as my husband's pizza which was amazingly gorgeous - I had 3 slices. I had tiramisu and coffee for dessert. Couldn't fault the tiramisu, fresh, home made and mouth-wateringly delicious. The owner was very attentive without being in our face. The music they played gave a nice ambiance. Would love to go back!

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The Bistro Enniskerry
Powerscourt Arms Country House, Enniskerry, Wicklow

I booked the whole room for my daughter's communion. We arrived at 1 and asked could we wait as one of our party was delayed. They said no problem and directed us to the bar. We eventually entered the room at about 1.30. They had put up a sign with "Welcome the Kavanaghs" up for us which was a very nich touch. We had four children with us and they had put a table aside for them to colour on. The room was beautifully presented. Our drinks orders were taken immediately then we were given delicious homemade brown bread to nibble on while we perused the menu. The food was delicious. I had the fried bree to start. It was really nice served with rocket and a raspberry coulis. I then had the mushroom risotto. It was cooked to perfection and just the right temperature and texture. I then had the apple pie which was served warm with ice-cream. The service was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt extremely welcome. The bill for 15 of us came to €350. Excellent value. Would highly recommend this room for family occasions where you would like a room just for yourselves.

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Weeping Thaiger (Naas)
Wolfetone Street, New Town Centre, Naas, Kildare

I had been to this restaurant a few times over the year but this is my first review of it. As I have generally found the restaurant is quite large but apart from one other table we were the only people there which is a shame because it would have a lovely ambiance were it fuller. Perhaps I always go to early but I have two young children so tend to eat earlier. There were seven of us and we were seated at a lovely round table beside the window. We ordered drinks and were disappointed to find our diet cokes were quite flat, although we did not bring this to the attention of our waitress. For starter I had the corn balls with chilli dip, they were delicious and so many of them I was well able to share. For my main course I had the red thai curry (mild) with steamed rice. It was delicious and had lovely bits of potato in it. Very authentically Thai. I declined dessert as I was too full after my huge starter. The meal for 7 of us came to about €120. Very good value, though only the children had dessert. Will definitely be back!

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Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Bank Holiday Monday - I had been called into work from 12pm and was not interested in cooking that evening so we decided on an impromptu visit to Little Caesars. I had not been there for about 2 years. It looked exactly the same as it had done there - sort of kitch Italian but comforting, like coming home to a familiar place. We were seated immediately by a friendly waiter. 2 mins later our orders were taken. I had the tortillini with creamy pesto it was absolutely gorgeous, just the right amount, the flavour was fantastic and best of all it was piping hot. I shared a side of fries with it (to dip in the gorgeous sauce) and they were little bit disappointing as they were frozen chips. My husband had the calzone (his usual for an Italian) and said it was fabulous. My daughter ordered spaghetti bolognaise but got spaghetti and meatballs which she didn't overly like. My other daughter had a pizza margherita which she loved. For dessert the girls had character ice-creams and myself and the husband shared a toffee dessert which was scrumptious. I followed with a cappucino which was a little on the bitter side for my taste. The bill came to €72 which I thought was a little on the steep side considering we had no starters or alcohol.

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Aldridge Lodge
Duncannon, New Ross, Duncannon, Wexford

I had heard about Aldridge House for the past 2 years from family who have holiday homes in Fethard. So couldn't wait to eat there. I arrived to the warmest welcome I had ever had in any restaurant. There was an open fire. My SILs were greeted by name. My handbag was admired. Our drink orders were taken immediately and back to us within 2 minutes. The ambiance was serene and calm but warm. I had expected olde worlde judging but the name but it is very modern. I was a little bit disappointed that being a vegetarian I could only choose from one starter and one main course. I had the goats cheese salad to start and it was just perfection. The cheese was really light and fluffy and the salad and onion marmalade worked really well with it. Teh bread was pure heaven, soda farls and brown bread, we asked could we bring some home and they had it ready for us with our bill. The main for me was the only slight let-down. I had the risotto with duck egg and my problem was that the rice was too "al dente". For dessert myself and SIL had the platter for 2 and boy were we glad. It was amazing, almost an entire portion of every dessert - there would have been enough for the 4 of us on the platter. I can recommend the Eton Mess - we both decided that was the nicest. We had 2 bottles of prosecco and they brought a jug of creme de cassis to go with it. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble. It worked out at €72 per head. Not bad for such service, ambiance and food. I will definitely be back!

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

I went to The Wold Goose Grill for a 69th birthday party (my mother in law's). As it was the night of the big blizzard we were late to arrive and were told it was absolutely no problem and were seated at the reception to have a pre-dinner cocktail. We were seated when we were ready at a round table for the six of us. Despite the cold weather the restaurant was full to capacity and the atmosphere was buzzing with activity. The waiting staff were tenative without being "in your face". For my starter I had the goats cheese balls, they just melted in my mouth and were not too filling, a nice light starter. My main was the risotto, cooked to perfection, it was a little bit heavy and although I had ordered the dauphinase potatoes I really didn't need them. It was delicious, very cheesy and perfectly seasoned. For dessert I had the creme caramel, it was a regular one as the cappucino version was not available. It was served with the most deliciously light melt in your mouth shortbread biscuit I have ever tasted. It was the most perfect creme caramel I have ever tasted. The meal came to €75 per head, we had two bottles of wine and pre-dinner cocktails. Not a cheap night out but great for a treat!

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