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Old 29-09-13, 18:33   #621
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BTW - when something is over marketed it is time to be sceptical.

Millicano Whole Bean Coffee - its not like there is a half coffee bean industry out there. What else is coffee going to be milled from but whole coffee beans?

Black Aberdeen Angus Beef - I mean ALL Angus is black, they are colloquially known as Black Pollys. "Oh no sir, we are a much more discerning abattoir, we do not allow those red or green Angus cattle in here"
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Old 29-09-13, 18:48   #622
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BTW - when something is over marketed it is time to be sceptical.

Millicano Whole Bean Coffee - its not like there is a half coffee bean industry out there. What else is coffee going to be milled from but whole coffee beans?

Black Aberdeen Angus Beef - I mean ALL Angus is black, they are colloquially known as Black Pollys. "Oh no sir, we are a much more discerning abattoir, we do not allow those red or green Angus cattle in here"
isn't this just marketing 101?

i agree it's time to be be more discerning but i don't think though you are being sold an inferior product under false pretence, just the same product rebranded.
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Old 07-10-13, 00:17   #623
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Restaurant Name: Picaderos

Location: Maynooth

Website: http://www.picaderos.ie/

Price Range: €€

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Made my second visit here last night. Four of us went for the last available 9.15 slot.
Atmosphere was good with live music and very pleasant staff. We sat and were quickly brought over the menu's - A La Carte menu and The Tapas menu. While browsing the menu we ordered the drinks. The lads opted for some San Miguel while the Women opted for the House white which they both enjoyed.

For starters we elected The Mixed Mexican Tapas platter (serves two) which consisted of Quesadillas, beef tacos, chicken torilla flutes and some nachos with dips. This was excellent. Some Captain Morgan Ribs which were perfect, the meat slipping right off the bone and some chicken wings.

Onto the mains I went for the "Pollo ‘Ibericó’ Lanzarote" - Stuffed chicken breast fillet with aged manchego cheese & spinach leaves, rolled & wrapped in crispy Jamón Serrano Ibericó with a vine tomato sauce of mixed olives, peppers, onions, capers & a touch of cream on a bed of creamy paprika mashed potato. This combination worked perfect and the presentation as good as the taste. The first time I vised I had the rib eye which was tender and juicy. The others opted for the lamb shank, ‘El Tequito’ Chicken Burger and steak. The mains ranged from 15-25.

A few more drinks were consumed before we got around to ordering desert. The ferrero rocher cheese cake stood out on the menu for me and lived up to my expectations. The others went for Death by chocolate cake and mixed ice cream.

As the clock stroke midnight we realised we were the last customers. Not once were we rushed or thrown some looks.

A great little restaurant with very reasonable prices. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Would highly recommend and do plan on visiting again some time soon.

WP, 9/10

The damage came to a generous 180 including tip and drinks.
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Old 15-10-13, 21:35   #624
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Any ideas for an Early Bird booking on Saturday evening around D2?
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Old 15-10-13, 22:06   #625
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Just finished my first "fine dining experience" in Waterford castle, gf is the head pastry chef out there so got quite a good deal.
Have to say it really was really nice, might get around to a proper review during the week but table d'hote at 40e Pp is good
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Old 15-10-13, 23:19   #626
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Restaurant Name: Picaderos

Location: Maynooth.
Picaderos is a great restaurant - monkfish with chorizo main is top class imo. Also the white sangria, if out for the night after dinner.
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Old 24-10-13, 23:44   #627
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Restaurant Name: The Dew Drop Inn

Location: Kill, Co. Kildare

Website: http://www.dewdropinn.ie/

Price Range: €€/€€€

I have been to the Dew Drop Inn several times, mostly after a day at the horse sales in Goffs across the road. Ive always found the food to be very agreeable, the menu to be extensive, and the pricing to be agreeable - at least to the point where I never thought I was paying over the odds.

The bar itself is a well maintained and I would think recently refurbished (last 3 or 4 years). The staff were lovely and friendly, tables were plenty big and well spaced. Lots of comfort. A good sign is that anytime I have been there (including for lunch one day) the place has always been busy with a good mix of locals and passers by.

Anyway, I was there this evening and I would be doing the place a disservice were I not to review. The menus are extensive. Steaks on stones (not my thing), fresh battered cod and chips, pulled pork burgers, beef burgers, fish, chicken, pasta and much more besides. They do an a la carte and as I learned tonight they also do a 2 or 3 course value set menu from Monday to Thursday. For the beer lovers out there they do lots of craft beers and even match the food on the menu with beer recommendations.

Anyway, tonight I went for the value menu - 2 courses for €17. A choice of 4 starters and 4 mains. I know the starters included chicken wings, potatoe skins, something stuffed with haggis. Mains were pulled pork burgers, batterred cod and chips, beef. I went for Potatoe Skins and Beef. The skins were freshly cooked shavings served with a couple of dips - a large portion, all good here, nothing to complain about.

The next dish was Braised Beef Blade served with a bed of champ mash and roast vegetables with a jus. This was off the charts. Simply amazing. The Beef was properly done, for hours I imagine and just melted. The flavour was class, I suspect there was a good splash of red vino in the braising. The champ was A1 and the roast veg plentiful and of very good standard. The jus just added to it all. The portion was very big and you could eat it for hours - I really wanted to savour it.

Basically this was as good a main course as I have ever had in any establishment. I do have a soft spot for cheaper cuts that are cooked perfectly. This ticks the box. It was so good that I cant do it justice in words. It was so good that if you halved the portion and were a bit fancier with the sides it would be the star on the menu in any of the best restaurants that you have ever eaten in.

I will be back, at €17 this is just amazing value. I don't drink beer but if I did I am sure that this place would be heaven. It's just off the N7 and 15 minutes from The Red Cow. Please call, please have this beef, come back here and thank me.

The dish was the easiest 5 stars in history. I guess on balance the Dew Drop is well deserving of a minimum of 4 stars, possibly even 4.5 stars.
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Old 25-10-13, 09:50   #628
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Not sure if I'll have time for a full review, but four of us went to Cleaver East last Saturday, it was nice enough (the scallops were really good) but nothing to rave about. Much, much better value than the Vintage Cocktail Club we went to afterwards (upon the urging of the womenfolk, I would have much preferred going to the closer Porterhouse), which was jam-packed full of hipsters and was unbelievably expensive for what is was... the owners must chuckle away each night about how easy it is to part hipsters from their money.
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Old 26-10-13, 22:07   #629
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Restaurant Name: Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles

Location: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland

Website: http://www.andrewfairlie.co.uk/

Price Range: €€€€€

“It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization.” Renton, Trainspotting

It’s 20+ years since I started visiting Scotland. On 24-hour football trips back in the late 80s I ate hairy chicken wings and pork-less meat pies in a perpetually grim landscape, cold and dark - and that was just Rangers Football Club domination on and off the field.

Fast forward to 2013 and a resurgent nation stands on the brink of independence (perhaps), is independently wealthy (depends who you believe) and Rangers are discredited and now called Sevco or something, playing in the Ramsden’s Batter Burger Cup for pennies (FACT).

As good a totem as any for this progression is chef Andrew Fairlie.

He’s a vocal advocate for Scottish independence and his two Michelin-starred restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder (his home place, pop. 3,200) has flown the flag for French-inspired treatment of local produce for over a decade.

His restaurant is tucked away in the innards of the hotel and reminded me of a high-end Vegas casino restaurant - no windows, shoehorned into an awkward space.

The muted browns and creams were calming and the Blue Note jazz soundtrack lent an air of relaxed but studied coolness.

There was plenty of space but I, like a number of others, was facing a wall and could only use the mirror to observe the room.

Luckily the company, my wife, was good and the food kept our attention all evening.

Rather than describe each dish (they were so much more complex than the deliberately minimalist descriptions below it would be futile) I’ll suggest that the highlighted ones from the £125 tasting menu with eight £85 matched wines were our faves:

Crab and Salmon Mi-Cuit, Rapeseed Mayonaisse
Ballotine of Foie Gras, Poached Pear and Honeyed Yogurt
Roasted Dived Scallop and Seabass, Citrus dressing
Cepes and Crowdie Gratin, Wild Mushrooms & Truffle Coulis
Home Smoked Lobster, Warm Lime & Herb Butter
Gartmorn Farm Duck Breast, Spiced Lentils
Grand Jura Suisse, Mushroom Ketchup
Chocolate Souffle, Vanilla Ice Cream, Salted Caramel
Coffee and Chocolates

We had eight 75cl glasses of perfectly matched wine served and described excellently by our somellier.

It was a sublime meal and we both agreed it was serious haute cuisine served with great confidence by friendly staff.

However, there was a significant bug bear.

At £500 inc. tip i left feeling that on the value-o-meter the arrow was firmly pointing to weak.

You pay a premium for the fact that it’s in Gleneagles for sure (it hosts the Ryder Cup next year).

And Fairlie’s cache (inc. cooking for the G8 leaders when the Summit was there in 2005 or 2006) is high and consistent.

We could have gone for a less full on menu but as it's many miles from home and we’re unlikely to be back anytime soon we decided to push the boat out. But £8 for a post-meal Baileys is a downer.

Overall it was a meal to remember. More so than the dinner we’ve had in Patrick Guilbaud for example but I’ll also remember the cost and sitting with my back to the room all night.

That Celtic Scotland is in the ascendency again is palpable and welcome.

I just hope they don't get too greedy and spoil the party.

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Old 26-10-13, 22:12   #630
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You're getting old mentioning value at a place like that. How good is that cheese?
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Old 26-10-13, 22:15   #631
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You're getting old mentioning value at a place like that
Indeed. I realise its a very first world problem:

Man has meal. Meal is great. Man thinks meal cost too much. Nobody cares - not even him that much.

The Grand Jura Suisse was like eating angel-tear fondue on a waterbed the size of a tennis court. On E.

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Went to Solis Loch Eske on Tuesday for lunch and a look around the hotel. I have to say I was not that impressed with the place as a whole. The Presidential Suite was very dated looking, the bed tiny and the Dining table in the sitting room was so badly marked I was embarrassed for them.

On the way up to the tower there was a stray wine glass sitting on a windowsill.

The hotel itself is stunning, the grounds and the apartments and the stable rooms are lovely but the rooms in the main hotel need updating a bit without over modernising.

There were a series of photos taken by a priest who was on the Titanic that got off at Cobh and took pictures of locals etc. The pictures were brilliant.

The food was ok. Not what I would expect in a 5 star establishment. I had smoked chicken on a bed of mash with veg which was offered to us and it was very nice.

The kitchen was well run, there are a few things I would like to say as I was shocked at it but at the end of the day we were privileged to be in the kitchen and shouldn't slate it. Not what I would have expected from a 5 star hotel...
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Old 31-10-13, 11:25   #633
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5 course tasting menu for two on Groupon today for €69.
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Old 01-11-13, 21:35   #634
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Any interest in an early Xmas dinner some Saturday night in November?

I'm thinking of something a bit unusual like the Chameleon where we could book out the top floor for 12 or so people and let rip. Horses heads and Xmas hats optional. Aim for approx €50 per head for food and anything goes after that.

Provisional date of Saturday 16th. I'll do the organizing if we have sufficient interest.

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in - you would want to be booking the top level in there sometime soon
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Any interest in an early Xmas dinner some Saturday night in November?

I'm thinking of something a bit unusual like the Chameleon where we could book out the top floor for 12 or so people and let rip. Horses heads and Xmas hats optional. Aim for approx €50 per head for food and anything goes after that.

Provisional date of Saturday 16th. I'll do the organizing if we have sufficient interest.

Post your interest and availability here.
can I go???
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can I go???
Of course.
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Of course.
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Can't do that weekend, but defo interested if either of the following two.
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Eh, OK. Are partners allowed? Mrs Duke has shown an interest in meeting a few of you.
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