Clodagh's Kitchen @ Arnotts, Dublin, Ireland [ Short Review ]

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  1. uggboy
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    September 2014

    On the day before our trip to Dubai we were organizing a few things for our travels in the city center and were hungry, so we decided to test Clodagh's Kitchen at Arnotts department store in Dublin, Ireland.

    Clodagh McKenna is responsible for running the restaurant. She is also working together with Aer Lingus and created some in-flight meals, which we already tried. The quality was good, so we hoped the restaurant would be the same.

    Clodagh's Kitchen is located on the top floor of Arnotts. There was no menu outside, which we think should be changed.

    We were welcomed warmly and could choose any table we liked.
    Unfortunately the cleanliness wasn't up to the standard we expected, so we couldn't take the first table, because the floor was dirty. Someone had dropped food, but it hadn't been brushed up.

    There wasn't much of an atmosphere.

    We were nearly alone, beside some much older couples and ladies.

    The interior was contemporary and the chairs comfortable.

    In our opinion the tables were too close together and too small.


    When our order arrived we had barely space for it.

    The emphasis is on Irish produce and staples like egg dishes.

    The coffee/tea set was a good deal. You can order any coffee or tea and have a slice of cake. It costs together 5 Euro (ca. 6.50 USD).

    We had brought appetite with us, so we wanted something more substantial. We had two orange juice, two hot chocolates, one omelette with chorizo and cheese and one smoked haddock chowder.

    The orange juice came with ice cubes - both of us don't like that - without being asked. The Aine (an Irish company) hot chocolate was slightly too sweet, but the omelette and the chowder were very good. They were flavorful and moreish.

    We paid 32.90 Euro, ca. 42.60 USD. We thought it was a bit too high, comparing it to Cafe Novo at the Westbury, where omelettes start at around 8 Euro (ca. 10.35 USD). Clodagh's Kitchen’s were 12.95 Euro or ca. 16.90 USD.

    Unfortunately it is unlikely that we return to this establishment.

    Would we recommend this outlet to a friend? Rather not.
    Would we return for lunch to this outlet? No.

    Thank you and safe travels. :)
     
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    Thanks for the review!
     
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    Sorry to hear it was not up to standards, but the choices did sound good...

     
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    It's all my pleasure.
     
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    While the food was good, the atmosphere wasn't, plus the space was empty and uncleaned. Wouldn't recommend.
     
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    Sir! Nice to see you! Welcome back and be well this weekend!
    Understood! Initial aspects did seem good however :)
     
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    "There wasn't much of an atmosphere."
    Doesn't seem like a place I'd enjoy. I'm very much for having a friendly and talkative atmosphere. Obviously I hate it being too loud, but you need some kind of conversation flowing.
     
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    The restaurant was mostly empty with lots of narrow tables on offer, while the food was good, it was somewhat expensive considering the competition. Indeed, a good atmosphere is important, feeling well in a place while eating is part of the joy of eating out.
     

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