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County: Cork

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Member Since: 24 September 2010

Last Visit: 01 October 2010

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China Sea@ Bella Vista Hotel restaurant

Bishop's Road, Cobh, Cork

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
8 reviews

Reviewed 25th September 2010 ( visited 06th September 2010 )

I enjoy authentic ethnic cusines and thought I would try this Chinese restaurant. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I enquired as to what the resturant's spiciest dishes were and was given recommendations immediately. The food was quickly prepared - which is to be expected considering the main method of cooking is stir frying. One dish that was ordered was a Prawn Szechuan. The amount of soya sauce however was too high in the dish and it was mild in flavour. The saltiness of the soya sauce overpowered the other spices in the dish. The other dishes we had were delicious however but not spectacular. But my main gripe with this restaurant was not the food. In general, the food was very tasty with a good selection of fresh vegetables. I wished to eat with chopsticks. But was informed by the staff that the restaurant doesn't have them and isn't planning on supplying any. I was astonished. A Chinese restaurant that doesn't provide chopsticks as an option to cutlery. Unbelievable! This seems an oversight of the owner/management. People nowadays are well travelled and exposed to new cultures, food and skills. Chopsticks don't cost much! To me, it's ridiculous that a modern Chinese Restaurant fails to provide such a basic yet important piece of Chinese heritage and culture.
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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 25th September 2010 ( visited 30th August 2010 )

I must commend the owners for having the foresight to renovate this lovely building. It is furnished in a modern style which might appeal to younger patrons. I had high hopes for this restaurant. I have eaten here a handful of times now, mainly for other people's birthday's. I have been disappointed with the food. The staff have generally been very attentive and good at explaining the dishes of the day. Upon the order being taken, the waiter provides each table with some tapas to start - feta cheese, black olives and chorizo. This is a nice touch. However, my companion had ordered the Greek salad to start as wished for a lighter starter. Two of the tapas ingredients are included in the Greek Salad... I think the restaurant could benefit from removing one of the duplicated elements and adding another. As the tapas are provided after the orders are taken, new patrons won't be aware. The Greek salad itself was ok but a lack of a plentiful flavoursome dressing let the dish down. It was too dry. When the main courses arrived, my steak was cooked correctly - medium. It had a nice flamegrilled flavour. However, the vegetables accompaniing the dish let it down. Very hard skinned boiled baby potatoes which were almost impossible to pierce with a fork. The steak knife managed to crack them open, only to find the inside was very overcooked and soggy. The choice of veg was red cabbage and pureed carrot. I would have preferred something less traditional, like the addition of green beans or stirfry veg. The dessert I ordered was homemade icecream. The vanilla hardly had any vanilla flavour at all, the chocolate was very bitter, like the quantities were incorrect and it hadn;t been mixed properly. Also, the strawberry icecream didn't taste of anything but cream. The scoops sat on a large round homemade biscuit which was tasty but very crunchy. The dessert spoon wasn't able to crack it. I had to pick it up with my hands to try it. Pricey for the quality and standard of food.
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Mirchi (CORK)
Unit 2/3, Millbrook Centre, Mill Road, Midleton, Cork

I choose to eat here on a regular basis, mostly as takeaway.I love the mix of spices in the curries and the flavours rarely disappoint. The rice is always perfectly cooked and the naan breads generally cooked well and not burnt.I have eaten in many Indian restaurants around the world, particularly in Australia. A major complaint i would have with this restaurant however is the meat or poultry in the dishes. 99 times out of 100, the meat is overcooked and hard. Although i have also experienced undercooking of the beef on perhaps 10 or more occasions - it was very pink.The chicken used is definitely not free range and not the best quality. It is cut into huge chunks which do not look pretty. I am not convinced the chicken is cooked on the same day. It is a shame as the meat lets down the dishes immensely. I have tried beef, lamb and chicken. The seafood is always cooked well. Overall i love the spice mix and it is the most authentic Indian i have tried in Cork. The takeaway menu is better value than dining in. I think the introduction of an early bird menu would help boost business as the restaurant part always seems quiet which is hard to understand as the food is divine. I would love to see this restaurant continue. Over the past few months the owner has introduced thai dishes to the menu and now refers to itself as multi-cusine on the menu. This was done probably to boost business but it is very confusing. I think stick to what you know and what you are good at. Offer early bird specials, advertise and excite people with the cuisine - tell stories of where the dishes orginated from etc.

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The Quays Bar and Restaurant
17 Westbourne Place Cobh, Cobh, Cork

I ate at this establishment several weeks ago. The menu listed here doesn't include items on the menus we were given recently. I ordered the Thai Prawn fish cakes which came with salad, chips and a dipping sauce. I can't recall the sauce exactly. Three small fishcakes arrived on the plate, the diameter of a tealight candle. The chips were obviously frozen and not freshly cut and the salad consisting of mixed lettuce leaves, capscium slices, tomatoes and red onion was dry. I cut gently into a fish cake and deemed it to be very peppery. Initially i thought someone had a heavy hand with the pepper. Then i took another cut into it to discover a large red chilli placed carefully in the centre of the cake. It was the size of a 1 cent piece. It was not sliced thinly and totally overpowered the dish. I have a high tolerance for chilli but this was ridiculous. Thai fish cakes need to have a good balance of flavours. I could not taste anything else other than the chilli. Chilli was not even an ingredient listed on the menu under the fish cakes. Did the chef even taste the food?! I expected there would be chilli in it as I am a fan of thai fish cakes. But had expected it to be blended or finely chopped with the other ingredients. Anyone not a fan of chilli might get a shock. Each cake was exactly the same. There was nothing Thai about it. A friend ordered a cajun chicken panini. It arrived overheated with overcooked cheese. Cheese was not an ingredient listed in the menu for this dish either. And my friend doesn't like cheese! There was no taste of cajun spice from the chicken either. Very disappointing food for such a promising venue by the waterfront. It is a shame standards have dropped so much. The fish cakes were 11.95 euro and so overpriced for such poor quality. Staff were pleasant though.

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

I must commend the owners for having the foresight to renovate this lovely building. It is furnished in a modern style which might appeal to younger patrons. I had high hopes for this restaurant. I have eaten here a handful of times now, mainly for other people's birthday's. I have been disappointed with the food. The staff have generally been very attentive and good at explaining the dishes of the day. Upon the order being taken, the waiter provides each table with some tapas to start - feta cheese, black olives and chorizo. This is a nice touch. However, my companion had ordered the Greek salad to start as wished for a lighter starter. Two of the tapas ingredients are included in the Greek Salad... I think the restaurant could benefit from removing one of the duplicated elements and adding another. As the tapas are provided after the orders are taken, new patrons won't be aware. The Greek salad itself was ok but a lack of a plentiful flavoursome dressing let the dish down. It was too dry. When the main courses arrived, my steak was cooked correctly - medium. It had a nice flamegrilled flavour. However, the vegetables accompaniing the dish let it down. Very hard skinned boiled baby potatoes which were almost impossible to pierce with a fork. The steak knife managed to crack them open, only to find the inside was very overcooked and soggy. The choice of veg was red cabbage and pureed carrot. I would have preferred something less traditional, like the addition of green beans or stirfry veg. The dessert I ordered was homemade icecream. The vanilla hardly had any vanilla flavour at all, the chocolate was very bitter, like the quantities were incorrect and it hadn;t been mixed properly. Also, the strawberry icecream didn't taste of anything but cream. The scoops sat on a large round homemade biscuit which was tasty but very crunchy. The dessert spoon wasn't able to crack it. I had to pick it up with my hands to try it. Pricey for the quality and standard of food.

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China Sea@ Bella Vista Hotel
Bishop's Road, Cobh, Cork

I enjoy authentic ethnic cusines and thought I would try this Chinese restaurant. The staff were very helpful and friendly. I enquired as to what the resturant's spiciest dishes were and was given recommendations immediately. The food was quickly prepared - which is to be expected considering the main method of cooking is stir frying. One dish that was ordered was a Prawn Szechuan. The amount of soya sauce however was too high in the dish and it was mild in flavour. The saltiness of the soya sauce overpowered the other spices in the dish. The other dishes we had were delicious however but not spectacular. But my main gripe with this restaurant was not the food. In general, the food was very tasty with a good selection of fresh vegetables. I wished to eat with chopsticks. But was informed by the staff that the restaurant doesn't have them and isn't planning on supplying any. I was astonished. A Chinese restaurant that doesn't provide chopsticks as an option to cutlery. Unbelievable! This seems an oversight of the owner/management. People nowadays are well travelled and exposed to new cultures, food and skills. Chopsticks don't cost much! To me, it's ridiculous that a modern Chinese Restaurant fails to provide such a basic yet important piece of Chinese heritage and culture.

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