Restaurant Reviews from wicklowgourmet

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County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 25

Member Since: 20 November 2007

Last Visit: 28 May 2013

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Soya Bean restaurant

5 Main Street, Arklow (above JK's pub), Arklow, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Chinese

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Good
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Reviewed 18th March 2008 ( visited 15th March 2008 )

Excellent place to eat in Arklow which is a sentence I never thought I would write! Called by without a reservation on Saturday evening at 7.00 after watching the rugby. There were four of us and we were given a table as long as we vacated it by 9.00 which was perfect. The food was delicious, so so tasty, full of flavour and really authentic Chinese and Thai cooking. We all raved about the bbq pork and aubergine dish which was fantastic as well as the utterly delicious tofu and minced pork dish. Another success was a minced chicken with Thai basil, chili and anise which was delicate in flavour and very more-ish. The home made desert of pecan cake was devoured. Excellent value for money, 4x starters, 4x mains, 2 rice, 2 noodle, 4x beers, three deserts and two coffees all for €155....I thoroughly enjoyed our meal and we all agreed to return.
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YO Sushi (Dundrum) restaurant

Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Average
146 reviews

Reviewed 20th November 2007 ( visited 09th November 2007 )

Not the best sushi in Dublin that's for sure. Last week we drove especially to Dundrum to eat at Yo having eaten in the other Yo Sushi restaurants in London. We had a booth rather than sitting at the counter so the atmosphere was "restauranty" and we found no problem with feeling like we were in the middle of a shopping centre. The plates were nice, a great selection and when we asked for something that was not on the conveyor belt it was done up for us very quickly for a Friday evening. The staff were very nice. The miso soup was not the greatest, I love this soup and tend to base my judgements on a sushi restaurant on the quality of their miso soup...Yo's is not so yummy and comforting. All in all, a grand stop for a sushi fix for addicts and a novelty for beginners. It can get pricy though. We were fairly hungry and our bill came to over €80 for food, water and one beer so not cheap for a snack! Well worth a visit though.
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The Coffee Shop
Fitzwilliam Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I quite enjoy this little busy place. True, what other reviewes mention - the staff would not be the friendliest in town but it is almost worth it for the carrot cake alone! I love the big thick slice of it with very generous cream cheese frosting. The open brown bread sandwiches are good too with creamy tea and brocoli salad and the semisundried tomatoes. The place is crammed with tables so not ideal if you want a quiet lunch - it is better to come in here either before or after the lunchtime mayhem.

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

Armed with a voucher given o me from work collegues for leaving my job; myself, himself and my best friend with her husband decided to visit the Fern House Cafe for dinner one Thusday as we heard they were opening for evening meals on thursdays, fridays and saturdays. WOW The food was delicious - the moroccan lamb meze board full of delicious nibbles and very tasty, the arctic char the best we ever tasted, the osso bucco so tender I could eat it with a spoon. If I was to have one gripe about the food it was that the crab creme was not what I expected after trying Paul Flynn's version (I believe he was the original inventor of this amazing dish) in The Tannery in Dungarvan. The version in the Fern House was more runny and not set like a custard but yummy all the same. The service was excellent, very attentive but relaxed at the same time. We ordered some champagne (€48) and two bottles of Albarino (€30) which was very flaboyant for us on a Thursday night but much enjoyed! The total food bill excluding the wine came to €130 including service charge on the bill. I think this is excellent value for the food we got and such a delighful setting. A couple could easily dine here, 3 coures and house wine for less than €85 which I think is to be commended. The Italian head chef is taking cheaper cuts of meat and working his magic to turn them into delicious meals where the diner is not charged silly prices as if he would have to do if the menu was full of fillet steak and turbot. I will be back very soon to taste more of the delights on the menu and enjoy the splendid room of the Fern House Cafe!

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The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

I was blown away by this gem of a restaurant I have been meaning to visit for a few years now. Finally got sorted and took advantage of the special offer €100 dinner with bed and breakie in their Tannery Townhouse around the corner which is very comfortable and provides the best continental filling homemade breakfast I have had, right down to the homemade yogurt with fruit puree in the bottom and toasted cereals and nuts on top! Our table was booked for 9pm after our evening journey down from Wicklow, we were not seated until almost 9.30 (we were starving by then!) but it was explained to us by the lovely Maitre D' Petra that they were exceptionally busy for a Tuesday night and had a lot of walk ins for their early bird. For the meal, we ordered the charcuterie plate to share as a pre-starter (we were hungry after all) and the pate that came on the platter of mixed Irish charcuterie was particularly delicious, rich and creamy. Our starters were the famous crab creme brulee and the warm duck with peas and yoghurt, we shared both and to be honest, the next time I am ordering a whole crab creme brulee to myself as it was quite simply THE nicest thing I have ever tasted in my life. Served with a cucumber pickle which I initially didn't want to mix with the crabby creamyness, it actually worked very well once I mixed the two on the melba toast. Mains were roasted guinea fowl which was succulent and the tarragon cream sauce was perfect with it. The other was monk fish wrapped in parma ham and served with roasted peach, again this was delicious. The portion of creamy mash spud (no additional charge) was really comforting stuff and both mains were served with veg so no need to order extra as in most places which pushes up the price of the meal. The food is very well priced, excellent value for money, excellent service from some genuine waiters and waitresses who are obviously very happy in their jobs. I can't wait to come back down to Dungarvan for another treat at The Tannery.

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Poppies (Enniskerry)
The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow

I love Poppies and have been coming here for about 20 years. One of my fav dishes is Poppies Chicken which reminds me of my childhood as we used to be brought to Poppies with my mother to share a portion of this scrummy creamy chicken with almonds and the unusual cornflake topping and then devour a slice of creamy chocolatey desert. Their coffee is excellent too. A really ralxing place to enjoy a Saturday afternoon treat alone or with friends. A must if you are in Enniskerry!

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Soya Bean
5 Main Street, Arklow (above JK's pub), Arklow, Wicklow

Excellent place to eat in Arklow which is a sentence I never thought I would write! Called by without a reservation on Saturday evening at 7.00 after watching the rugby. There were four of us and we were given a table as long as we vacated it by 9.00 which was perfect. The food was delicious, so so tasty, full of flavour and really authentic Chinese and Thai cooking. We all raved about the bbq pork and aubergine dish which was fantastic as well as the utterly delicious tofu and minced pork dish. Another success was a minced chicken with Thai basil, chili and anise which was delicate in flavour and very more-ish. The home made desert of pecan cake was devoured. Excellent value for money, 4x starters, 4x mains, 2 rice, 2 noodle, 4x beers, three deserts and two coffees all for €155....I thoroughly enjoyed our meal and we all agreed to return.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Been meaning to come here for over a year and finally made it with in laws over from UK. 6 adults 2 kids, turned up at 6 on a Monday, told to come back at 6.30 which we did, still had to wait another 15 minutes to get a seat but is was worth it in the end. The chicken wings are seriously finger lickin good but make sure you dig down to the bottom of the dish where all the spicey sauce is. We all really enjoyed them. Tasted someone's burger which was also very good, flame grilled taste. Busy place, nice staff, good food. We will come back when in need of a really good burger or those chicken wings!

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Glendalough Hotel
Glendalough, Glendalough, Wicklow

Was out in this lovely part of Wicklow last Sunday with family over from the UK. The entire place was crawling with people, the sunny Sunday in february might have had something to do with it! We went into the cafe part of the hotel for a light bite at about 2.30 and found a table to seat the four adults and two kids. The menu covers hot and cold food as well as various sandwiches. I opted for smoked salmon on brown bread instead of a bagel if possible and there was no problem with that; there were two orders for a very delicious sandwich consisting of carved chicken, home baked ham, coleslaw and a delicious relish - both were snaffled down; one portion of root vegetable soup, also very tasty and the children ate off the kids menu of the usual "whatever plus chips" which they enjoyed as only kids can! although we just ate sandwiches, they were all delicious, the service was very good and the price excellent value. All in all a very pleasant place to grab some good food after a lovely walk around gelndalough.

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Unbelievable value for money! The service is what you expect but often do not get in dublin restaurants these days. The food was delicious, and excellent value for money. There were 5 of us out on a girly night for dinner at the Troc and on to see the really funny Menopause the Musical with Twink in it in the Tivoli. We arrived at 6 after booking the table weeks ago through menupages, the place was already busy and had great atmosphere. I ordered a bottle of fairly priced Prosecco to kick off our meal (€35), we were eating off the exceptional valued pre-theatre menu, two courses for €25. I had the risotto which was perfect, creamy and a small enough portion to suffice but my friends fried brie was sublime with the delicious red berry sauce. I had the seabass fillet for main which was cooked to perfection simply served with baked spud and green beens with crunch. Three ordered duck which was slightly overcooked, pink is better to avoid the chewy factor and the skin was not as crispy as you would normally like but the sauce was delicious. The fifth person had the spicey bean stew which was very tasty. With a bottle of Gavi de Gavi (€30) and a half bottle of Valpolicella, cheese board, port for one, coffee for four the bill only came to €40 each including a tip.....such excellent value for such a fantastic restaurant. It is easy to see why there is a three week waiting list for weekends. They do it right at the Troc and I am looking forward to going again soon!

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Sunum Balti House ( Gorey)
66 Main Street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

The food here was dreadful. I have never ever felt the need to ask for salt or pepper for an Indian meal to help give it flavour. The Tikka Masalla was reasonable but perhaps a bit too creamy for me. The starters were horrible, we couldn't eat the onion bahjis at all. When we complained on the quality of the food (we were sending back practically full plates and the waiter never asked us what was wrong) the waiter just smiled so I am unsure if he understood us. The one highlight is that there is no booze licence so you can bring your own and the staff are happy to open bottles of wine or beer for you so you save and the off-licence down the road benefits! I will never go back, there are far better places to eat in Gorey.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We came here for lunch on Christmas Eve after meaning to come for a long time! The restaurant is enchanting and very authentic in its decor and the staff all very welcoming. We both had the rasam platter for starters which was delicious as we got to taste a selection of the delicious sounding starters but I did think it was very expensive for a mixed platter - around 28 euro for two of us to have it. For mains we ordered chicken tika massala which was to die for along with the garlic naan and rice. Our second dish was the rogan josh but it was terrible and neither of us could eat more than the first forkful. It was so strong with clove and/or fenugreek it was bitter and not pleasant to eat. We were too full for anything else and with three bottles of beer the bill came to 94 euro which is a little high for a two course lunch for two but it is a special place can well worth a visit.

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Bradys of Shankill
Main Street, Shankill, Dublin

Haven't been to Brady's for ages but went yesterday for lunch with work colleagues and it was great. They have a very good carvery all fairly priced around the 10.95 (for my cod chips and coleslaw) to 12.95 for roast beef with everything. They also have corned beef, roast pork and turkey to chose from as well as a steak pie and various sandwiches, paninnis and two homemade soups. A very popular place for a hot lunch in great surroundings with plenty of parking. Have made mental note to go more often especially as it is so cold out these days!

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TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Other than the chicken wings (which are finger lickin' good) the rest of our experience here was not a good one. Way too much noise from about a thousand kids....the staff were not very good, we had to ask three times for a second coke and the other food we ordered was not good, quite greasy.

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Burger Hill
4 Upr Main st Arklow Wicklow, Arklow, Wicklow

This place does great chips but if you are really hungry and have a group to feed I recommend the family southern fried chicken box which comes with chips and southern fried roast potatos and the chicken is juicy and really tasty.

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Jamuna Indian Restaurant (wicklow)
1 Lower Mall Wicklow Wicklow, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I used to come here a lot for lunch which is superb value for two or three course plus coffee. Went last night for the first time in ages and delighted to see that the staff are still very attentive (almost too much so during the meal but that's similar in most Indian's) and the food is as good as ever. I highly reccommend the tandoori mackeral starter, it is totally delicious. Excellent naan breads and good size portions of main courses. If you have enough room to squeeze in desert, there are lovely icecreams. All in all, a pretty good Inddian restaurant for Ireland's standards and worth a visit.

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Kin Khao Thai - Closed
3 Main Street, Gorey, Co Wexford, Gorey, Wexford

The best meal I have had this year. We have been meaning to visit this place for a while now so on Saturday night we drove down to Gorey. They do an early bird form 5.30 to 7pm every night and the menu looked good, a choice of 4 dishes for starter or main but we fancied trying new Thai delights from the main menu. We ordered the mixed starter so that we could try a few of the delicious flavours. A large plate with thai spring rolls, thai prawn and corriander toasts, sweet and chilli ribs, minced chicken wontons and these totally delicious minced prawn and spices wrapped in tofu sheets and fried. One more delicious than the next. Then we both had ordered from the kitchen specials section of the menu - I had the steamed minced chicken curry with jasmin rice, a rich creamy coconut curry with quite a kick and the minced steamed chicken were formed into these large meat balls and were juicy and moist and full of flavour. The other dish ordered was tamarind duck with noodles, again a really delicious succulent dish. With a bottle of Tiger beer our meal came to only €60.50 which I felt was excellent value. We have taken a copy of their takeaway menu and I believe we will soon become regular customers. The staff are so friendly and the place gets very busy and the deccor and atmosphere is 100% Thai! Highly reccommended.

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Jack Whites Inn
Jack Whites Cross Brittas Bay, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Not as good as it used to be. Even though the place has been done up and looks great for the modernisation the food is not as good as it used to be. I loved Jack White's for its traditional Irish pub grub and their specials board was superb value at 9.50 per main. It is still a good place to stop on your way along the N11 for a generous feed but beware of the number of children during the bank holidays and summer evenings...it can get REALLY loud and the waitress' always seem to be run off their feet. They are very friendly though and always glad to do anything possible to make the meal enjoyable. I think it's the kitchen that brings the experience down slightly.

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Loch Garman Arms
90 Main Street, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford

Great pub grub and Great value. A lovely family run pub on Gorey's main street. THE place to go for your traditional Irish Dinner at lunch time. I had bacon, cabbage and potatoes the day we visited and all washed down with a nice cold pint of Guiness. Spot on food, excellent friendly service in a place which reminded me of times past....but in a good way! Worth the stop if you can find parking for a good ol' traditional meal.

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Shelby's Brasserie
73 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

A delight in the heart of Bray. I visited this place upon recommendation from a work colleague with a friend for the early bird on evening after work. The early bird menu is excellent value at only €18 plus 10% service for two large courses and offers something for everyone. I had the duck confit to start and it was deliciously crisp on the outside and moist and juicy inside and served on shredded raw beetroot which nicely cut through the grease of the duck. For the main I had the open venison burger which was ok, I would like to have the haddock the next time like my friend as it looked delicious. The staff are very friendly and efficient, although when we were there it was pretty empty at first but filling up by the time we were leaving when you would expect a restaurant of this standard to be busy. I believe there are a lot of regulars returning again and again which shows that they are doing something right. Well worth a visit and the early bird is perfect to have before going across the road to the Mermaid theatre for a show!

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

The top place in Dublin for Dim Sum for sure. The service is excellent and the staff take the time to explain the more unusual dishes such as sticky chicken's feet....yes we tried them, ever the adventurous eaters! No we won't be ordering them again but that is nothing to do with the cooking, just personal preference. We come to Dublin especially once a month on for a Sunday brunch Dim Sum meal and our fav Dim Sum is fish cakes, yam puffs, char sui buns (really good), char sui puffs, and the egg custard tarts are delicious and buttery washed down with some jasmin tea. All the other tables are usually filled with Chinese diners so this must be a good sign!

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

So fresh and tasty. I love this place and come here as often as I can. I love that you don't have to book, although queues can get long on a Fri or Sat evening between 7.00 and 9.00. The food is so tasty and clean with fresh ingredients all prepared within sight of the diners. I love the chilli chicken ramen, especially if you are looking for a winter pick-me-up and the duck goyza are delicious. Overall, great value in a great atmosphere whether you are eating alone or with a group.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Not the best sushi in Dublin that's for sure. Last week we drove especially to Dundrum to eat at Yo having eaten in the other Yo Sushi restaurants in London. We had a booth rather than sitting at the counter so the atmosphere was "restauranty" and we found no problem with feeling like we were in the middle of a shopping centre. The plates were nice, a great selection and when we asked for something that was not on the conveyor belt it was done up for us very quickly for a Friday evening. The staff were very nice. The miso soup was not the greatest, I love this soup and tend to base my judgements on a sushi restaurant on the quality of their miso soup...Yo's is not so yummy and comforting. All in all, a grand stop for a sushi fix for addicts and a novelty for beginners. It can get pricy though. We were fairly hungry and our bill came to over €80 for food, water and one beer so not cheap for a snack! Well worth a visit though.

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Diablos Kitchen
64 Main Street, Arklow..., Arklow, Wicklow

Quite a disappointment to be honest. We have visited this restaurant on two occasions over the past 8 months as I am a believer in giving everyone two chances - even the best places can have an off night! The first time he had roast beef which was to die for and I ordered a pizza. His meal was put down in front of him and I waited for my pizza. A few minutes a pizza was placed in front of me and the waitress walked off, not even apologising for the delay in getting my meal to me. Then I discovered it was not the pizza I had ordered. I mentioned this to the waitress when I called her back over and she asked would I like another one. By this stage, his meal was half finished and I knew the pizza would take 10 minutes to cook so I said that I would just eat the one I had been given. The pizza was really good, a nice base with generous toppings (albeit not the toppings I wanted!). The second time we went was with his parents. The service was pleasant, the girls chatty and polite but the meal was bland and not really exciting. There was also a terrible cold draught where we were sitting in the front window. A nice location, ignore the Kermit-the-frog green paint on the outside and opt for a pizza which they do very well.

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Hendley's
Avoca, Avoca, Wicklow

The best fish and chips around! Located fairly near to where I live, we often call in here for take away fish and chips when I can't be bothered cooking. The fish is always beautifully moist in a lovely crisp batter and you get a generous serving of chips. I have been meaning to call by to have sit in meal in their cafe...the only place I believe for rasher, egg and chips with a pot of tea and some bread and butter...just the pick-me-up needed on these long winter nights. It is what it is, a chipper/cafe and what it does, it does it very well.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Such a delight to have an authentic Italian restaurant in co. Wicklow. The place is very small so the atmosphere is noisy and loud in the evening with the staff doing a lot of running around. When we were there there was a party of 10 of us. The food was delicious and I couldn't fault it. The clam pasta is simple and superb. A lovely touch was the complimentary after dinner drink for everyone....lemoncello of course for me but you could have anything! I will go back for sure and have already visited the deli run by the same family next door for some marinated anchovies and Italian ham. A great place for a party meal out or a meal for two.

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Bates Restaurant
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow

I love this little cozy place hidden down a cobbled lane in Rathdrum. The staff are delightful, offering a very friendly and knowledgable service. The breads are divine. I love the specials board which means that the chef cooks seasonal produce he can get daily. The main point of the cooking is to source the best local ingrediants possible and do as little as possible to it. The pate is so smooth and tasty and I also think the seafood plate is to die for. A friend ALWAYS has the chargrill rib-eye steak. Mains served with lovely crisp veg and rosemary spuds. Usually too full for desserts. The wine list is very good if not a little pricey. They also do a delicious Sunday lunch which is great value for money. Overall, I would highly recommend this intimate restaurant for any special occasion treat where you would like to impress!

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