Restaurant Reviews from zagathead

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Member Since: 03 May 2010

Last Visit: 24 November 2011

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Madelines Country Kitchen restaurant

The Square, Tinahely, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Good
4 reviews

Reviewed 26th September 2011 ( visited 24th September 2011 )

Eight of us lunched in Madeline’s along with a couple of children. Everyone of us left feeling we had a really good experience. The service was very friendly and the staff but our large group very much at ease the second we entered the restaurant. With two children and an new born infant that is no mean feat. Most of us had starters ranging from soup @ €4.00 to the most expensive which was pate with toast €8.00. We also ordered two and half bottles of wine. There was lots of water and orange aid on the table when we arrived plus lots of homemade brown bread. The mains were all €10.00 each and included Turkey & Ham, Bacon & Cabbage , Filet of Plaice and there was roast Loin of Pork plus one or two other comfort food stables. The waitress was very helpful in helping some of our party choose their dishes. The potatoes were severed separately and the expression “great balls of flower” come to mind as they were fantastic and were devoured by our hungry party. The children were well catered for with chicken gougons and chips. We had a birthday girl in our party and the previous day had made a phone request to have a birthday cake served which they gladly obliged with a home baked cake with singing waitress and candles. Once the candles were blown out the waitress whisked the cake away and it was duly served with strawberries and side sauce, very well presented. Everyone left happy especially when we were presented the bill which came in with our tip at €200.00. At €25 a head for excellent food and service had a very good experience. Well worth a visit and they are open for both Lunch and Dinner.
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Madelines Country Kitchen restaurant

The Square, Tinahely, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Good
4 reviews

Reviewed 26th September 2011 ( visited 24th September 2011 )

Eight of us lunched in Madeline’s along with a couple of children. Everyone of us left feeling we had a really good experience. The service was very friendly and the staff but our large group very much at ease the second we entered the restaurant. With two children and an new born infant that is no mean feat. Most of us had starters ranging from soup @ €4.00 to the most expensive which was pate with toast €8.00. We also ordered two and half bottles of wine. There was lots of water and orange aid on the table when we arrived plus lots of homemade brown bread. The mains were all €10.00 each and included Turkey & Ham, Bacon & Cabbage , Filet of Plaice and there was roast Loin of Pork plus one or two other comfort food stables. The waitress was very helpful in helping some of our party choose their dishes. The potatoes were severed separately and the expression “great balls of flower” come to mind as they were fantastic and were devoured by our hungry party. The children were well catered for with chicken gougons and chips. We had a birthday girl in our party and the previous day had made a phone request to have a birthday cake served which they gladly obliged with a home baked cake with singing waitress and candles. Once the candles were blown out the waitress whisked the cake away and it was duly served with strawberries and side sauce, very well presented. Everyone left happy especially when we were presented the bill which came in with our tip at €200.00. At €25 a head for excellent food and service had a very good experience. Well worth a visit and they are open for both Lunch and Dinner.
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Madelines Country Kitchen
The Square, Tinahely, Arklow, Arklow, Wicklow

Eight of us lunched in Madeline’s along with a couple of children. Everyone of us left feeling we had a really good experience. The service was very friendly and the staff but our large group very much at ease the second we entered the restaurant. With two children and an new born infant that is no mean feat. Most of us had starters ranging from soup @ €4.00 to the most expensive which was pate with toast €8.00. We also ordered two and half bottles of wine. There was lots of water and orange aid on the table when we arrived plus lots of homemade brown bread. The mains were all €10.00 each and included Turkey & Ham, Bacon & Cabbage , Filet of Plaice and there was roast Loin of Pork plus one or two other comfort food stables. The waitress was very helpful in helping some of our party choose their dishes. The potatoes were severed separately and the expression “great balls of flower” come to mind as they were fantastic and were devoured by our hungry party. The children were well catered for with chicken gougons and chips. We had a birthday girl in our party and the previous day had made a phone request to have a birthday cake served which they gladly obliged with a home baked cake with singing waitress and candles. Once the candles were blown out the waitress whisked the cake away and it was duly served with strawberries and side sauce, very well presented. Everyone left happy especially when we were presented the bill which came in with our tip at €200.00. At €25 a head for excellent food and service had a very good experience. Well worth a visit and they are open for both Lunch and Dinner.

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McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Found McHugh’s by accident while visiting friends in the Raheny area. Both my wife and I decided to give it a try. It was 5 pm so there was only about 6 other diners and the restaurant was quite empty. Either way the manager said he would need to check if they could accommodate us and came back with the message that we would have to vacate by 7.15 pm. I know restaurants have to do this but the way they convey this can impact the dining experience! The early bird offered 2 course for €20.00 with some excellent starters and mains to choose for . The ala carte had starters in the €4 to €8 and mains from €14 to €20 plus for steak. My wife opted for the early bird and had Saddleback Pork Chops on a mustard grain mash followed by tarte tatin with ice cream. I opted for the Ala Carte and went for Mackerel Fish Cakes for starter and Confit of Guinea Fowl with a Celeric mash. We choose the house 09 Bordeaux Superior @ €19.00. Server was very attentive and supply us with extra water without asking for it. The food was excellent and very tasty. I certainly knew it was a Mackerel fish cake and both mains were cooked to perfection. The bill came to €65.50 and was worth every cent. We will be back

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Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin

Both my wife and I have visited this restaurant twice in the last 6 weeks for midweek evening dinner around the 6.30 pm mark. On each occasion it was raining which might have had something to do with lack of customers there. However by the time we finished our excellent meals it had began to fill up. Now it does not take much to fill the upstairs part of Kennedy’s as the space is a bit tight but it does add to the atmospheric, just don’t go there to conduct any top secret business deals or talk about the legacy your granny left you in her will. The food is very good, they seem to go for fresh in season produce and make use of the proximity to Howth as there was a number of fish options on the two occasions we visited. I opted for the Mackerel starter which was very tasty, my wife went for mixed medley of antipasta which coupled with the freshly made accompanying bread was a great choice. On our last visit we had lasagna and steak for our mains and found them to be delicious and just what the doctor ordered. Accompanied by the house red and finished off by a good coffee it was a very reasonable and enjoyable evening meal. The very friendly staff and background music all help. I will go back and not only would we recommend but I gave some friends a Kennedy’s gift voucher recently as a Birthday present. Worth checking out.

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The Cheese Pantry
104 Drumcondra Road Upper, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

The Cheese Pantry always lovely comfort food with a modern twist whether it be bankers and mask or chicken or beef casserole. But it comes at a price which always seems to be a little bit on the pricey side. I never fault the food I just come away thinking hmm that was a bit pricey. Thursday this week the two of us arrived for lunch at 2 pm and had the herbed cod speciall which came with tomatoes and asparagus but no potatoes at twelve euro fity each. One portion of mash and spring onion at three fifty followed by a pot of tea for two. Total price for a one course lunch for two was thirdy two euro. Food and Service was good but I think you can get better lunch time value.

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Alponte Cafe
Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A rainy Saturday afternoon in Dublin and all you want to do is sit down and have some comfort food. We spotted Alponte in Duke St.. Very small upstairs with room only for six diners but can take 20 downstairs. Welcomed by a very friendly waitress and shown to the only remaining seats upstairs. We shared a starter of wings which was very tasty, my partner ordered the beef lasange and I the pasta of the day which was a Penne Bolognaise. Both were excellent and were accompanied by the house red which was a Chilian Shiraz. Finished off by one tea and one expresso Total cost 46.85. We will be back. They do take aways.

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