Ireland Hotel Review – Adare Manor

Link: Adare Manor

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We have stayed here both times we have visited Ireland and LOVE the condos. Self catering means you can cook what you want (if you want too). Downtown is an nice walk past thatched roof cottages, this lovely park (pictured above) and a beautiful church.

Dublin Restaurant Review – Good World Chinese

Link: Good World Chinese

They don’t seem to have a direct web site so the best I could do was put in one of the many places that mentions them. On to the point of the review…

We went to this restaurant to have dinner with a family we met in Dublin almost 2 years ago. Ironically enough, we met the family at a restaurant a bit south of Dublin. We have kept in contact with the family since meeting them and made arrangement to have dinner with them on this trip to Dublin.

We started off with some Dim Sum as starters. A note for those of you used to Dim Sum off the cart that they bring to the table, this is a Menu. The staff were very helpful in describing the dishes and helping us make selections. I think off of a menu is the way that Dim Sum was originally done too. Some enterprising came up with the idea of the cart and that helped us westerners start to try and like Dim Sum. But I digress…

Each of the six of us dinning together ordered a dish, I can tell you there was much sharing of what came to the table. I don’t remember all that we ordered but it was an array of Chinese dishes we are all familiar with. All were done excellently too I might add.

The staff was exceptionally attentive to our table. It was, like all the other places we had dinner in Dublin, a wonderful evening. We have this one, along with the other two we reviewed, on our list to visit next time we are in Dublin.

Dublin Resturant Review – La Cuvee

Link: La Cuvee

Like Patrice said in the main part of the blog. We had a rocky start getting to the restaurant – to no fault of the restaurant. We just had bad directions and then a huge rain storm to deal with. But we are tough Seattle rain people with web feet and made our way through it all with ease.

Once at the restaurant we were greeted warmly and taken to the Eno wine bar. We get a 20 Euro card that fits into a machine that has about 20 bottles of wine and hit the button and it gives you the wine you want to taste. There are I think 3 of these machines there and they must have 300 wines in the store at least. I am sure I understated the number of wines. While there we met a couple of guys, Irish lads (Ronan & Colm), doing the same thing as we were, tasting wine. It didn’t take long before we were sharing about wine and tasting what each other thought was great. It would be a great place to have a wine tasting party we all thought.

After tasting so many great wines we went upstairs to the restaurant and had our dinner. The plating was excellent, the food was amazing and the staff was so good that they made it a perfect evening. We did not ask or want for anything. They were either right there or had just taken care of what we wanted before we asked.

Bottom line is we would HIGHLY recommend taking a visit and enjoying a meal when you are in Dublin.
The only downside is we stayed much later than we thought we would and as a result slept in a bit later than we normally do. But we will take that downside any time. Now if we lived closer and could enjoy them more often and perhaps throw a couple of parties in the wine store it would be great!

Dublin Restaurant Review – Darwins

Link: Darwins

Ahh, what can I say about tonight’s dinner and the restaurant. We both still have smiles on our faces…Let me try a summary – the staff, every one of them, work like a well-oiled machine. Every member of the staff waited on any one that needed it, including the Manager. The food, the highest quality and well plated and served. The facility is well-appointed and clean but not extravagant, just nice. Now wouldn’t you want to eat in an establishment like that? Well yeah! Let us go on a bit more.

A couple of things we like and take note of in restaurants is the size of the menu and the size of the wine list. To us these are a sign of focusing on what you do well and do right, or, that the restaurant doesn’t have a clue what they are about and are looking at quantity and not quality. In both cases this menu and wine list were a pleasure. They specialize in steaks with a little other variety so that everyone should find something pleasing but not so much that you can get lost figuring out what you want. The menu, we think, was no more than four pages. The first page of the menu explains some about them and about the meat. You can’t ask for better than dry aged beef for 21 days. The wine list is similar, a good selection of white, red, sparkling, etc., but just a few pages. The staff also is well versed in making excellent recommendations if, as in our case, they were out of what we ordered.

They put recipes up on their site occasionally too – that is worth a look also.

Downside; this is a very busy restaurant it is best to have reservations. You might be able to walk in, if you are lucky, and not have a long wait, but I wouldn’t count on it. It is worth the wait though if you can get in. The other downside is we live to far away to enjoy it often.