Restaurant Reviews from shell42970

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No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 17 April 2008

Last Visit: 05 January 2011

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Castellis Restaurant

29 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
26 reviews

Reviewed 18th April 2008 ( visited 18th April 2008 )

We had an early dinner at Castellis this afternoon. We arrived at 2:30 and had the place to ourselves (on a Friday afternoon). The restaurant is small, but cozy and clean, and we were immediately greeted, seated, and settled in with menus and water. We ordered the garlic bread & mozzarella cheese starter, and I ordered a tossed salad. The service was prompt and very friendly. Both bread and salad arrived in a timely manner, were presented attractively, and tasted very good. I ordered the 10" pizza from the luncheon menu, and my husband ordered the Tagliatelle Pollo from the dinner menu. We were both pleased with our entrees. My husband is certain, in fact, that he'll order the same pasta dish again when we return (and we will DEFINITELY go back). The portions were generous and our server was warm and attentive. After our meal, we ordered a slice of Bailey's cheesecake, which was rich and delicious, and again, presented very nicely. Our entire meal came to 36 euro, not including tip. I recommend this restaurant, though I'd love to see a larger variety of meatless options on the menu. The food, service, and value really can't be beat.
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Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Cork) restaurant

4/5 South Main Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
43 reviews

Reviewed 29th April 2008 ( visited 29th April 2008 )

Captain America's is as close as I've come so far to "American dining" in Cork. We arrived for a late lunch and were quickly seated, though it took some time before a server arrived to take our orders. The place itself is clean and visually interesting, with comfortable booths. I ordered a chocolate shake and my husband ordered a butterscotch malt. As an American transplant, I can happily report that their malts and shakes are passably "American style" - thick as they should be. I was not disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the menu offered meatless options, and I ordered the vegetarian enchilada, with a side salad instead of fries. The hubby ordered the New Yorker burger, with fries. Our food arrived amazingly fast and was presented very nicely. My husband said his burger was delicious, and I thought my enchilada and salad were quite good, too. For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, which was a letdown (soft and weak in flavor), while my husband ordered the triple chocolate cake, which he said was good, but not great. I would return to Captain America's. I thought the lunch menu was just a little steep - our bill came to 47 euro before the tip. I wouldn't order the dessert again, but other than that, it was enjoyable for me, as the menu offered a decent variety of diner - type entrees.
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Panda Mama
14 Parnell Place, Cork City, Cork

For some reason I seem to only be able to rate this based on atmosphere. The atmosphere was wonderful, but the wonderfulness ended there. We received a gift certificate, which we used to purchase the early bird 4 course meal for each of our party of three. The service was prompt, but curt and unfriendly. The food was served quickly, but was over-priced and uninspired for the €19.99 per person charge. For that price, I'd think someone would have checked in at our table at least once to make sure all was well with the meal, but none did. After hearing so many raves about the place, we were all pretty disappointed. I would not recommend Panda Mama.

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Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant
14/15 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

My husband and I popped in here for lunch. The atmosphere is quiet and calming, with friendly staff, and very comfortable seating. I ordered the Vegetable Korma, with a side of rice and naan. The Korma was €8.50, which I thought was steep, considering it was a small portion and didn't come with any sides. My husband ordered the chicken Jal Frezi, which was a better deal, as at €10.50, it came with a starter choice. He enjoyed his dish, though he also felt that the portion was on the skimpy side, given the price. That said, our servers were very attentive, prompt and friendly.

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Pearl River
21 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

We chose Pearl River for my husband's birthday and arrived in the late afternoon. For the fuss I've read in other reviews regarding the decor, I thought it was a cozy space, with warm colors and lots of live plants throughout. The service was prompt and very friendly. The lunch menu was very small, with few selections, so we chose to order from the dinner menu instead, which featured a much larger selection. I ordered the Vegetable Chow Mien and my husband ordered the Chicken Curry. The prices on the menu at the restaurant are a fair bit higher than those listed on these pages, which was an unwelcome surprise. Our food arrived amazingly fast and was presented well. The vegetables in my Chow Mien were fresh and cooked perfectly; I enjoyed the dish. My husband would not order the Chicken Curry again - he said that it was palatable, but underwhelming. Overall, we felt the food, service, and ambiance were good, but not deserving of the expense, and it's not likely that we would return soon.

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Currans Restaurant
Adelaide Street, Cork City, Cork

I was invited to Currans by a family member. We had reservations for a Friday night at 8:30. We were seated promptly, and provided with menus and water. The interior of the restaurant is interesting visually - with various architectural and interior historical remnants collected from around County Cork, which would be fun for an out-of-towner to see. We had 3 different servers throughout the night, two of which where very abrupt and had all the warmth of a slab of granite. The food arrived very quickly and was presentable, but not noteworthy in its appearance. I ordered the Aubergine Gateau from their selection of 3 vegetarian entrees (not a bad number for Cork, I'd say at this point). The Gateau tasted fine, though not fresh - I think it had been prepped earlier in the day and it showed. It was served with a large side of roasted potatoes, which were tasty. I thought that at 13.95, however, the dish was overpriced I ordered the strawberry cheesecake for dessert, which was a bit bland and underwhelming. We stayed until after closing, and were the last party to leave. I give the staff kudos for not rushing us out of the place, as we'd been done eating for some time. It's not a bad place, but I do think it's overpriced.

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Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Cork)
4/5 South Main Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

Captain America's is as close as I've come so far to "American dining" in Cork. We arrived for a late lunch and were quickly seated, though it took some time before a server arrived to take our orders. The place itself is clean and visually interesting, with comfortable booths. I ordered a chocolate shake and my husband ordered a butterscotch malt. As an American transplant, I can happily report that their malts and shakes are passably "American style" - thick as they should be. I was not disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the menu offered meatless options, and I ordered the vegetarian enchilada, with a side salad instead of fries. The hubby ordered the New Yorker burger, with fries. Our food arrived amazingly fast and was presented very nicely. My husband said his burger was delicious, and I thought my enchilada and salad were quite good, too. For dessert, I ordered the cheesecake, which was a letdown (soft and weak in flavor), while my husband ordered the triple chocolate cake, which he said was good, but not great. I would return to Captain America's. I thought the lunch menu was just a little steep - our bill came to 47 euro before the tip. I wouldn't order the dessert again, but other than that, it was enjoyable for me, as the menu offered a decent variety of diner - type entrees.

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Castellis Restaurant
29 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

We had an early dinner at Castellis this afternoon. We arrived at 2:30 and had the place to ourselves (on a Friday afternoon). The restaurant is small, but cozy and clean, and we were immediately greeted, seated, and settled in with menus and water. We ordered the garlic bread & mozzarella cheese starter, and I ordered a tossed salad. The service was prompt and very friendly. Both bread and salad arrived in a timely manner, were presented attractively, and tasted very good. I ordered the 10" pizza from the luncheon menu, and my husband ordered the Tagliatelle Pollo from the dinner menu. We were both pleased with our entrees. My husband is certain, in fact, that he'll order the same pasta dish again when we return (and we will DEFINITELY go back). The portions were generous and our server was warm and attentive. After our meal, we ordered a slice of Bailey's cheesecake, which was rich and delicious, and again, presented very nicely. Our entire meal came to 36 euro, not including tip. I recommend this restaurant, though I'd love to see a larger variety of meatless options on the menu. The food, service, and value really can't be beat.

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Eddie Rockets (Blackash)
Travelodge, Kinsale Roundabout, Blackash, Cork City, Cork

As an American recently relocated to Cork, I was really looking forward to a malt and a good ole' fashioned cheeseburger. The malts are NOT American-style, but are instead watery and weak. The service was friendly enough, but very slow - especially considering the fact that it was early and the restaurant wasn't very busy. We ordered the 1/2 fries - 1/2 onion rings starter. It arrived with only three onion rings, one of which was about the diameter of my thumb in size. I ordered the Cheeseburger classic. The patty was overcooked and misshapen (patty's should be ROUND, not shaped like an amoeba), but otherwise not bad. My husband ordered the Atomic, which was anything but spicy. Our bill came to 27 euro - very overpriced for the quality we received. I wouldn't go back, and I wouldn't call this an American-style Diner.

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