Restaurant Reviews from sydneysunshine

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Cork

No. of Reviews: 2

Member Since: 08 February 2011

Last Visit: 21 September 2014

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Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse

11 Pearse Square, Cobh, Cork

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Cuisine:
International

Price Range:

Good
9 reviews

Reviewed 08th February 2011 ( visited 11th January 2011 )

I ate at this restaurant for lunch recently and was disappointed with the menu. Firstly, there aren't any sandwiches listed at all which i found to be strange - either hot or cold. There are a few salads though. The menu consists of mainly hot food like Fish and Chips and traditional Irish food. People generally have a limited time to spend during lunch. I think the restaurant would benefit from looking at their menu and introducing dishes that are quick to prepare. I just wanted a tasty sandwich like a chicken cajun wrap. I didn't want to eat a heavy meal or eat chips. The service was very slow, it took about 10 mins before we received a menu, 10 mins before the order was taken and then another 5 mins before we received a bottle of water. We were waiting 40 minutes before our food arrived and we didn't order any starters. No bread basket was provided either. The fish was very fresh and the batter light and airy. Now, I prefer grilled or baked fish but they only had fish in batter. So if you fancy healthy eating, you are limited to a overpriced dry salad. However, the chips were delicious as was the coffee. Overall, I think the owners need to look at their market, perhaps cater for business people a little more and provide a less traditional menu.I think they are trying to do too much. I was disappointed with the choice offered and the service. And contrary to a recent review of this establishment where a well known sports star dined here, i disagree in calling it a trendy restaurant. I have lived in Australia for many years and dined in many restaurants, this does not make it into my top anything. It is yet another average dining experience in Ireland. I'm in my 30's so maybe this isn't the target market for Gilberts.
Most Visited Restaurant

Thai Thanie restaurant

17 Main St, Midleton, Cork, Midleton, Cork

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
21 reviews

Reviewed 21st September 2014 ( visited 01st July 2014 )

I have eaten at this restaurant for years and love the food. However, it appears this restaurant may have gone out of business since early August. There has been a sign on their door since then saying closed for the day, sorry about the inconvenience. The restaurant doesn't have a website. I have tried ringing them numerous times but to no avail. I am saddened if this Thai restaurant is closed. But if it is, they need to let their customers know. We have been loyal customers for many years and now the restaurant appears closed, without any explanation.
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Thai Thanie
17 Main St, Midleton, Cork, Midleton, Cork

I have eaten at this restaurant for years and love the food. However, it appears this restaurant may have gone out of business since early August. There has been a sign on their door since then saying closed for the day, sorry about the inconvenience. The restaurant doesn't have a website. I have tried ringing them numerous times but to no avail. I am saddened if this Thai restaurant is closed. But if it is, they need to let their customers know. We have been loyal customers for many years and now the restaurant appears closed, without any explanation.

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Gilbert's Restaurant & Townhouse
11 Pearse Square, Cobh, Cork

I ate at this restaurant for lunch recently and was disappointed with the menu. Firstly, there aren't any sandwiches listed at all which i found to be strange - either hot or cold. There are a few salads though. The menu consists of mainly hot food like Fish and Chips and traditional Irish food. People generally have a limited time to spend during lunch. I think the restaurant would benefit from looking at their menu and introducing dishes that are quick to prepare. I just wanted a tasty sandwich like a chicken cajun wrap. I didn't want to eat a heavy meal or eat chips. The service was very slow, it took about 10 mins before we received a menu, 10 mins before the order was taken and then another 5 mins before we received a bottle of water. We were waiting 40 minutes before our food arrived and we didn't order any starters. No bread basket was provided either. The fish was very fresh and the batter light and airy. Now, I prefer grilled or baked fish but they only had fish in batter. So if you fancy healthy eating, you are limited to a overpriced dry salad. However, the chips were delicious as was the coffee. Overall, I think the owners need to look at their market, perhaps cater for business people a little more and provide a less traditional menu.I think they are trying to do too much. I was disappointed with the choice offered and the service. And contrary to a recent review of this establishment where a well known sports star dined here, i disagree in calling it a trendy restaurant. I have lived in Australia for many years and dined in many restaurants, this does not make it into my top anything. It is yet another average dining experience in Ireland. I'm in my 30's so maybe this isn't the target market for Gilberts.

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