Raj Indian Restaurant, Bristol – Restaurant Review

Raj Indian Restaurant, Bristol – Restaurant Review

Are you looking for somewhere in Bristol to enjoy a nice meal?
Are you looking for the best Indian or Tandoori Restaurant in Bristol?
If so then you should enjoy the Raj Indian Restaurant, located in King Street, Bristol.

It may not look like much from the outside but wait, and let the food do the talking. The restaurant is below street level and having requested a table we were seated fairly quickly and presented with the menus.The menu is very interesting with lots of items which I had never tried (or indeed heard of) before, from curries to tandoori specialities. I took some time in perusing the menu and everything looked good.

The menu is vast and in these circumstances I always try something new. I wasn’t disappointed. A very nicely presented and cooked meal with some indian sundries and desserts also available.

The restaurant is very cosy without being overly cramped and there was a nice vibe / atmosphere.
Another small touch was the free WiFi – always nice to have.

Shane’s Rating :

Rating: ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Address: Raj Indian Restaurant, 35 King St, Bristol, Avon BS1 4DZ, UK


Website: http://www.raj-bristol.co.uk/

Who’d a thought it, Glastonbury – Restaurant Review

Who’d a thought it, Glastonbury – Restaurant Review

Before the 2013 festival I visited the town of Glastonbury, passed the Tor and also visited Glastonbury Abbey which is well worth seeing if alone for the very good visitors centre with Abbey reconstruction model. (don’t forget to pick up some Glastonbury Mead while you are at the Abbey. Anyway, hunger set in and a quick consulting of the TripAdvisor iPhone App lead me to “Who’d a thought it” a pub with an unusual name but a great reputation online.

The menu was excellent and I opted for the 3 varieties of Sausage with Mash and red wine gravy – I was in heaven. The Sunday Roast looked great too served with Yorkshire Pud and gravy.
The desserts were wonderful so make sure you leave some room for those – the Apple crumble especially.

A really nice place to eat with a lovely atmosphere.

If I’m ever back in in the area again I will be visiting “Who’d a thought it !”

Shane’s Rating :

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Address: 17 Northload St, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9JJ, United Kingdom


Dragonfly Bar & Restaurant, Newport – Restaurant Review

While staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Newport we found The Dragonfly Bar & Restaurant. Having checked it on TripAdvisor I found very good reviews and decided to go there for our evening meal.

The friendly staff at the Dragonfly advised us of a brief delay and gave us one of the brand new menus to peruse while waiting. We ordered from the wide selection of drinks available, enjoying a beverage before being seated.

After 10-15 minutes we were seated and had a look at the food on offer. The menu was so good I had a hard time making a final decision on what to order. The starters were very good and anticipation of the main course grew. The main course of fish and chips was excellent and plentiful as well as great value.

Don’t forget to save room for desserts – the mini dessert with tea is a nice one if you are looking for soemething light & tasty.
(Unfortunately I have no photos of this visit due to a phone problem on the night we visited)

The Dragonfly is well worth a visit.

Bar & Restaurant Location : The Dragonfly Restaurant, Lakeside Drive, Coedkernew, Newport, NP10 8BB

  • Food 90%
  • Service 94%
  • Location 89%
  • Would Return? 95%
Carraig Hotel, Carrick-On-Suir, Review

Carraig Hotel, Carrick-On-Suir, Review

In the past I have found that in Ireland, especially hotels in smaller towns can sometimes be a bit basic. This is not always the case but  more often than not the finer touches are missed. Either the food is not to write home about or the ambiance is non-existant…

I visit the Carraig Hotel every 2 weeks as part of a photography group and I often end up having food, drinks and have also attended functions in this location. The Carraig Hotel is a modern hotel which has been recently renovated. It has great food, a very bright and lively bar with extra touches like free WiFi and Sky Sports & piped music through-out the bar area. There is always a good buzz, some lively chat or nice music.

I have eaten here a good few times now and every time it it is very good quality. Over the past few months I have tried everything from a mini-grill, curry or chicken maryland to traditional cod & chips, burgers and wraps. My favourite is the duck spring rolls – delicious. The food is very good value too.

The Carraig is also great as a venue for functions, with plenty of room for all.

Great food at the Carraig Hotel , Carrick On Suir, Co, Tipperary, Ireland

Great food at the Carraig Hotel

Carraig Hotel : Location

  • Food 90%
  • Service 93%
  • Would Return 95%
Eastenders Indian Restaurant, Waterford – Restaurant Review

Eastenders Indian Restaurant, Waterford – Restaurant Review

Authentic Indian Restaurant situated on the Quay in Waterford, Ireland

Shane’s Rating :

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★¼ 

Eastenders Indian Restaurant situated near the bridge in Waterford (South East of Ireland) is one of my regular eateries and always provides an excellent and authentic Indian cuisine experience.

I have a few criteria whenever I quote that a restaurant is an ‘excellent restaurant’.
I’m looking for comfortable surroundings, good service, interesting menu, food displaying the skills of an excellent chef, good presentation of the food and consistency of enjoyment (i.e. over repeat visits all of the above points are always in place).

The starters here in Eastenders are very good. My favourites are Onion Bhaji, chrum fry (mushrooms) or the aloo pakora (potato). They also have a great selection of main courses (all using secret chef’s recipes). Some recommended mains  are the Chicken Korma which is mild and creamy, the Lamb Tikka Masala and the Chicken Rizalla (which includes a boiled egg in the sauce!).

I have always had good food and good service here at Eastenders, for take away or dine-in. Take Away orders are usually ready in 15-20 mins and it is always piping hot.

Another plus is the Indian Music playing in the background. It really irks me when I go to a Chinese or Indian Restaurant and Boyzone or Mariah are on in the background.

A Buffet Indian Lunch is served on Sundays from about midday.

Prices are very reasonable and mains start from about €9.

Eastenders Indian Restaurant – Location

  • Service 70%
  • Food 90%
  • Location 77%
  • Value for Money 90%
  • Would Return? 90%
Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Thai /Asian Restaurant Review

Pa Pa Thai, Waterford : Thai /Asian Restaurant Review

Pa Pa Thai, is an excellent Thai restaurant with authentic Thai decor, a fantastic menu, and great service.

Shane’s Rating :

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 

If you are in Waterford and you are looking for a good Asian or Thai Restaurant, check out Pa Pa Thai, located near the Peoples Park in Waterford.

Pa Pa Thai is one of my regular restaurants in Waterford … The service is also excellent and the food is excellent.
The Lunch is €13.95 for starter, main, sides and tea/coffee or you can simply choose a main with side dish from €8.50.
The Early Bird menu has more to offer with a varied selection of starters, dinner, rice/chips/noodles, dessert and tea/coffee at €19.95.

The A La Carte menu offers a wide choice but my recommendations are…


Try the Mixed Starter which is a selection of delicious starters & sauces.

Main Courses

  • Pad Neau Nam Manboi (in Oyster Sauce) : (Mild) – Chicken or beef stir fried with oyster sauce, onions, mushrooms & seasonal vegetables
  • Gaeng Khew Wan (Thai Green Curry) : A wonderfully flavored, little spice, made with coconut milk, red curry paste, aromatic herbs & fresh vegetables with your choice of meat
  • Masaman Curry (Potato & Cashew Nut Curry) : This full flavoured but mild curry is bursting with delicious flavors such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, cumin & coconut milk with your choice of meat
  • Yum Neau (Beef Salad) : Slices of tender beef mixed with onion, tomato, cucumber, lemon grass, coriander & mint, together with a zesty dressing & served on a bed of lettuce – I find this option very refreshing!
  • Seau Rawng Hai (Weeping Tiger Steak) : Sirloin steak sliced & served on a sizzling platter with homemade sauce made from soy sauce, palm sugar, coriander & garlic – has to be tried as it is excellent!

It is rare for a restaurant to have so many good options on the menu, in Pa Pa Thai it is often difficult to choose from the great menu choices; Pa Pa is a consistently good restaurant.

Whatever you choose from the menu, you can be guaranteed that it will be good. Enjoy!!

Address: Pa Pa Thai, 2 Canada st, Waterford, Waterford City, Ireland
Phone: 051 877 648

Restaurant Location


  • Service 100%
  • Food 100%
  • Value for Money 100%
  • Would Return 100%