Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review of Weeping Thaiger, Naas




Background to the meal:

Well what must first be said is that Matt and Ev were under serious time pressure with this one. We had heard about the super deal on main courses (€10 inc. rice/chips) and starters €5, following the Tenors model, for those of you who have not been there yet.

20:10 We told our waitress that were in a hurry and she was most accommodating sitting us down, getting our menus and coming back promptly to take our order. We ordered a portion of Spring Rolls as a starter but had it come with our mains, because we were supposed to go see Hall Pass at 21:15! (Contemplating setting up a movie review blog…Then this would make more sense, but the movie was very good and funny!)

Weeping Thaiger, Naas, Thai


Mains:

We ordered two dishes that we would both like and then shared them. We ordered a mild chicken Pad Thai and a spicy beef (no.19) with garlic and chilli basil. (Note: both these dishes can be ordered with a selection of meats including chicken, beef, prawns and mixed as well as to a varying degree of spiciness)

All three dishes were promptly delivered within 15 minutes. I personally thought that both dishes were very tasty and contrasted brilliantly with each other. The chicken was sweet and ‘zingy’ and when mixed with the noodles it reminded me of Tagliatelle the next day (in a good way!). The beef was served with fried rice: it was very spicy and had really fresh and crisp vegetables accompanying it. Ev very delicately scraped the seeds off the chilli peppers before she ate them! The rice was light and fragrant, a welcome change from the usual starchy compacted block one would associate with a Chinese takeaway.

After a rather excellent meal with plenty of iced water we asked for the bill. €25- What a super deal?! Fast and friendly service and tasty food for only €25. Definitely recommend them for anyone who’s on a budget or looking to treat themselves a little without going overboard!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Review of JD's Steakhouse, Terenure


Type: Steakhouse/ European
Price: **
Service: *****

Having eaten at this restaurant last May, we decided to return again to see if the standard was still as high nine months later.  The set dinner menu was offered all night Monday to Thursday and consisted of two courses for €17.95 – brilliant! 

The restaurant was busy but not too full when we arrived at 8pm on a Monday night – obviously we weren’t the only ones impressed by JD’s good value menu!  We sat by the window, something we regretted later in the meal as it was a bit chilly.  The warm ambience in the restaurant was lovely and they had excellent music. After giving our orders to the waiter we asked him for some bread, fiends for the carb delights as we are…he promptly delivered some to our table at no extra cost…nice one.

Starters:

The selection of starters on the menu was vast – from soup to bruschetta, pate to breaded mushrooms.  Matt ordered the spicy Buffalo wings: the portion was large, the sauce was spicy and the wings were delicious.  Perhaps there was too much sauce on the wings, thought Matt?  Great start to the meal anyway, especially mopped up with some nice bread.


I got the Chicken and Bacon Caesar Salad.  It was very tasty – everything was just right, from the Parmesan shavings to the croutons.  No complaints from me!!




Main Course:

For a €3.50 supplement, Matt ordered the 16oz T-Bone Steak, served with chunky chips.  He found it to be cooked exactly to his taste (medium rare – the only way steak should be cooked according to Matt!), char grilled on the outside.  The pepper sauce complemented it perfectly.




Ev ordered JD’s Chicken, which was wrapped in Parma ham and served with an apricot stuffing and garlic and cheese potatoes.  The entire dish was, to use a word I learned during my three year English degree… yummy!! The honey and mustard based sauce which accompanied the chicken was delicious – flavoursome and sweet.  Once again I can’t fault this dish!


chicken, apricot, stuffing


We declined dessert once again due to very stuffed tummies.  The bill came to €39.40 – what a BARGAIN for such quality food!


Hope you all enjoy the review and the photos!! It's always a bit of a sneaky job with the iPhone!- and also if you are hungry it can be a real test of endurance!