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Drogheda Restaurant Reviews

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  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭garrincha62


    Olio & Farina- Bad atmosphere, poor service. The two franchise owners (I'm guessing) look as though they have had surgery to remove the capacity to smile. They are just rude, especially the Roy Cropper lookalike.
    I couldn't enjoy my order due to the bad atmosphere and sense that I was being watched. I'm not surprised it has the poor reputation it has. Unfriendliest cafe in town. In stark contrast to the SaltHouse!


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 7,654 Mod ✭✭✭✭delly


    Slightly off topic, but can anybody recommend good chipper chips in the town. I long for the chips I used to get in Beshoffs Clontarf or Howth, really quality stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭garrincha62


    delly wrote: »
    Slightly off topic, but can anybody recommend good chipper chips in the town. I long for the chips I used to get in Beshoffs Clontarf or Howth, really quality stuff.


    Try Joes in YellowBatter. Quality chip.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,300 ✭✭✭positron


    I didn't like the chips I got from the shop by the entrance to Bettystown beach. Not nice at all! Woks cooking at Wheaton Hall does superb chips (just chips though).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,694 ✭✭✭Dingatron


    delly wrote: »
    Slightly off topic, but can anybody recommend good chipper chips in the town. I long for the chips I used to get in Beshoffs Clontarf or Howth, really quality stuff.


    Joes +1

    Like Mullens too.

    Olio & Farina

    Where is it so I can avoid it?


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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 7,654 Mod ✭✭✭✭delly


    Good stuff folks, i'll check Joes out.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 66 ✭✭finalfantasist


    Bia recently opened on the Dublin Road, near Scotch Hall, and I believe it's very nice, one of my fave places.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 7,654 Mod ✭✭✭✭delly


    Yeah, i've been to Bia a couple of times with the wife and toddler and found the service, price and quality of food to be very good. I have also had to turn back around and walk out on occasion tho' as they seem to have only a few highchairs.


  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭garrincha62


    Bia-Yes, I highly recommend the All day breakfast. Excellent value and good hangover nutrition.


  • Registered Users Posts: 305 ✭✭NAGGIE03


    Has to be the Genoa on shop st or Guilios on West st for the chipper!! Guilios have a fab selection and also do free delivery which is handy! One bag of chips is enough to feed a family of five!! (I would imagine, didnt actually try to feed five people with one bag of chips!);)

    Live near Joes and always found the chips to be a bit undercooked if they are mad busy the shop!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭mickey mac


    NAGGIE03 wrote: »
    Has to be the Genoa on shop st or Guilios on West st for the chipper!! Guilios have a fab selection and also do free delivery which is handy! One bag of chips is enough to feed a family of five!! (I would imagine, didnt actually try to feed five people with one bag of chips!);)

    Live near Joes and always found the chips to be a bit undercooked if they are mad busy the shop!


    a family of five sparrows maybe! I don't really think there would be enough for five people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 59 ✭✭phonchoman


    best 32.50 for a 3 course meal you`ll ever spend... Im a big food person , and by a long way Scholars is the best place in the region/louth , they even have an olympic Chef working there.

    (although i have heard of people complain about some random issues, to be honest these people must be completely mental, its just top top notch!)

    http://www.scholarshotel.com/restaurant.htm

    finally the other place I have a warm place in my heart for is the Triple House, Pat Fox is an excellent chef and his 4 course meal for 20euro is just pure quality... although it can feel a little nippy inside in the winter. but its still good enough for the Rolling Stones to eat in!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18 Hawkeye4real


    Bia recently opened on the Dublin Road, near Scotch Hall, and I believe it's very nice, one of my fave places.

    The quote above appears a bit suspect, saying you believe its nice, implies you haven't actually been there, so how can it be one of your fave places?? Its either one thing or the other!!

    After trying to pick somewhere recently to satisfy a variety of tastes (including fussy, plain eaters!) Went with the Black Bull, because a) It's walking distance and b) It does nice steaks for the plain eaters. Result: 6 at the table and 6 were delighted with every course. Have to mention Seamus, who attendance to service restores hope!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,559 ✭✭✭Fingers Mcginty


    phonchoman wrote: »
    best 32.50 for a 3 course meal you`ll ever spend... Im a big food person , and by a long way Scholars is the best place in the region/louth , they even have an olympic Chef working there.

    (although i have heard of people complain about some random issues, to be honest these people must be completely mental, its just top top notch!)

    http://www.scholarshotel.com/restaurant.htm

    finally the other place I have a warm place in my heart for is the Triple House, Pat Fox is an excellent chef and his 4 course meal for 20euro is just pure quality... although it can feel a little nippy inside in the winter. but its still good enough for the Rolling Stones to eat in!

    Went for a meal there last night (Sat) . Have to say the food was excellent. Nice atmosphere. Piano filled the room with lovely music as we dined. It's expensive but worth it. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,893 ✭✭✭gipi


    Dingatron wrote: »

    Olio & Farina
    Where is it so I can avoid it?

    Olio & Farina is on South Quay, across from "Socks" Byrne's boxing statue, and close to the best "comfort food" eatery in town....Eddie Rockets !! :D

    Friends went into O&F to purchase some food items, asked for advice and were far from impressed by the attitude of the staff - walked out without purchasing, and will never darken the doors again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 802 ✭✭✭Mylow


    Olio & Farina- Bad atmosphere, poor service. The two franchise owners (I'm guessing) look as though they have had surgery to remove the capacity to smile. They are just rude, especially the Roy Cropper lookalike.
    I couldn't enjoy my order due to the bad atmosphere and sense that I was being watched. I'm not surprised it has the poor reputation it has. Unfriendliest cafe in town. In stark contrast to the SaltHouse!

    You couldn't have put it better. Those guys look down on you like your not worthy of entering their establishment. I was stuck for some Pecorino and Olive Oil. I would rather take bus into Dublin and buy from Fallon and Byrne than return to O&F

    Borzalino's for me.
    Scholar's is to fussy
    D Hotel is pretty good

    Restaurants are a bit like marmite, you either like a place or hate it


  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭garrincha62


    Tipped into that newish spot, Romanza. As I had not booked I got lobbed into the back room where you are nudging for elbow space with the tables to your right and left. That said, I would go back and book a table in advance in the piano room. There is a good atmosphere and decent service. The food was excellent, if a little measly for what you pay for it.

    I would give this place a thumbs up!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,694 ✭✭✭Dingatron


    Up at Harry's Grill (The Fisherman's Wharf for all you blow in's ;) ) on Saturday. Nice décor with plenty of space and not too open plan. Good atmosphere and very attentive and friendly service. Small enough wine list but good none the less and even though they were out of Shiraz I got a nice bottle of Malbec. Main course was a bit slow but the wine eased my pain. The bill was also very reasonable and all in all not a bad night.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,429 ✭✭✭brettmirl


    Happened to be in Drogheda on Sat night, and after reading this thread, tried out The Boiled Onion.

    The place itself really does need a refurb...especially the carpet.

    Having said that, the food was lovely (had the beef medallions). The service was very friendly and efficient. It was jam-packed too...always a good sign!


  • Registered Users Posts: 377 ✭✭garrincha62


    Boiled Onion:
    Agree with you about the need for a refurb. Beef medallions there are quality indeed!

    Sizzles:

    Tried out this American-style eatery at the weekend. A little pricey, especially the drinks, fairly bog-standard otherwise. One thing I always hate to see is a supervisor/manager shouting at foreign staff like they are idiots. Embarrassing for all concerned. Who wants to see staff near tears when you're waiting for a lovely big juicy burger?! Were I to return, it would be to see how many waitresses I could see near tears rather than any culinary curiosity!!! Thumbs down darnit!!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 fashinmad


    [Hi its my daughters birthday next week and her favourite food is Chicken Korma with nice rice.. I was gonna book the new Indian in Trinty Street but they have had a flood on their premises and will be closed for a few weeks. So, can anyone please tell me where to treat my daughter for her birthday to the nicest Korma?:rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,300 ✭✭✭positron


    fashinmad, I don't have restaurant recommendation for you, but Chicken Korma is my favorite Indian dish as well, and I usually make it at home myself (cheaper too, which is good...). I use Lloyd Grossman Korma sauce (see them in Dunnes usually, more recently in Lidl too) - stir fry chicken breast cubes for a few minutes till they are sealed all around, throw in a half-inch piece of ginger finely chopped, a few spring onions chopped, and one or two large mild red chillis for flavour, and let it stir fry for another minutes and then throw in a jar of Lloyd Grossman curry sause - enjoy with equal amount of rice!

    Vegetarians can replace chicken with Tofu (Dunnes does nice tofu, cut it into even smaller cubes, and leave it to fry a little longer in slow heat - till the cubes are golden brown all over). To make the curry more substantial, you can also throw in a small can of chickpeas.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 17 fashinmad


    I would usually make it at home myself too but since its her birthday I think a restaurant would be a nicer treat! But thanks:)