Russo's Ristorante Italiano©

Russo's Ristorante Italiano©
A Little Italy in Dublin

Sunday, November 18, 2012

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It you've got to organise a hen night, fear not - there are plenty of options from murder mystery evenings to farm bootcamps.

So your best friend is getting married and has appointed you chief bridesmaid. Congratulations. It’s now officially your job to listen to the endless details, wear the unflattering dress and, worst of all, organise the hen night.

A poison chalice if ever there was one – what if nobody comes? What if everybody comes but nobody enjoys themselves? What if no one wants to totter round Temple Bar in an L-plate all night?

Relax. The good news is that, after years of telling us they didn’t want noisy hen dos lowering the tone, Ireland’s hoteliers are falling over their stilettos trying to attract them. What’s more, there are now loads of hen-oriented activities that you can combine a hotel stay with, to ensure everybody has a good time.

At the White Lady Hotel in Kinsale, they gave one of their store rooms a makeover and devoted it to hen parties. Now known as The Powder Room, it’s a suitably girly space which hens can use as base camp for a range of different activity packages.

Hens often, for example, use it to book a make-up class, before heading into the nightclub next door where management reserve the VIP section for the group.

Another option is a Murder Mystery Ireland hen event. Apparently, dead bodies are a guaranteed way to break the ice between friends and future family, no matter how frosty the initial relations.

Based in Mayo, the MMI team operates nationwide and provides costumes to ensure everyone is safely in character before the backstabbing starts, with a facilitator laid on to ensure any blood on the carpet is fake.

For something a little more sedate, how about a pottery session? With marriage on the way, it’s only a matter of time before plates get thrown, so start by throwing them on a potter’s wheel.

At The Pottery Experience in Portmarnock, Co Dublin, hens produce personalised tableware for the bride and groom, which makes for a nice memento.

Everyone gets to either decorate a breakfast or dinner set, or design and decorate a commemorative platter. Bring your own food and drink and make a night of it. The Pottery Shed offers a similar service in Kilkenny.

In Galway, hen parties are a speciality of Dance Divas, a studio in Dominick Street. Choose a style of dancing – anything from Michael Jackson’s Thriller zombies to 1950s Grease style – don the costumes, learn the moves and have your picture taken afterwards on the specially dressed set. The additional bonus here is that you’ll all have a great new dance routine for the wedding.

The Strand Hotel in Limerick has residential hen packages with a mix of cocktails, clubbing or discounted hair and beauty treatments to choose from.

Then, depending on what you prefer, the hotel can also organise, for a supplement, hen activities such as a roller disco session, private dance lessons, make-up sessions and even a nude art class. Just to be clear, the hens keep their kit on, the model guy doesn’t.

If it’s more practical help your bride is in need of, check out An Grianan, in Termonfeckin, Co Louth, headquarters of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) Bootcamp, as seen on RTÉ. The D Hotel in nearby Drogheda has special discounted rates for group bookings headed for the ICA.

Finally, how about a hen party in a place where there really are hens? Causey Farm, in Meath, attracts brides-to-be and their buddies to find out how to chase chooks, milk cows and catch banbhs.

There’s art too, as guests are encouraged to paint their life stories on the walls of barns. And there’s a spa element – in that hens are led to a strip of bog, told to take off their tights or socks and walk, barefoot, through it, for a pedicure like no other.

Causey’s owners can arrange accommodation packages with local hotels, leaving hens free to address practical skills such as how to bake soda bread, play the bodhrán and dance jigs, possibly all at the same time.

On-farm fun is guaranteed and you’ll all be BFFs, like, forever.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Russo's Ristorante Italiano Review©

Russo’s Ristorante Italiano
18 Dame Street, Dublin 2
T: 01 611 1706
Review by dasher©2011
This time last year dasher reviewed The Italian Corner Restaurant on the Quays in Dublin, I was impressed at that time with both service and cooking. The Italian Corner is a family run restaurant and is under the direct management of proprietor, Danny Byrne. Danny founded the restaurant in 1999, and since then the restaurant has gone from strength to strength.
Danny’s philosophy is to serve people the best possible food with a friendly, caring approach, in clean, pleasant and relaxing surroundings. Eating out should be a memorable and enjoyable experience, says Danny. The whole experience should be satisfactory, from the genuine warm welcome, the quality of the food, the ambience, the service and the hygiene to the value for money being offered.
When I learned that Danny Byrne had expanded his business interests to include Russo’s Ristorante Italiano, at 18 Dame Street, Dublin 2, I decided that I must find out for myself if the central traits of The Italian Corner Restaurant had been carried over to Russo’s.
It is important to understand that in the new economic dispensation, restaurateurs operating in our capital city are faced with a tidal wave of high rents, sky-high insurance, utility costs and to a lesser degree wages. Trying to run any business in the capital right now is akin to a juggling act, trying to keep the books balanced while at the same time offering customers value for money and world class service.

On Friday 2nd September 2011, at approx. 6.30pm, dasher arrived with a guest to Russo’s Ristorante at 18 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Upon entering Russo’s the evening trade was beginning to gain momentum. The meet and greet was warm and welcoming.
Dasher and his guest were shown to a seat near the window; the menu was properly explained including the Early Bird menu. A jug of fresh water was placed on the table, dasher and his guest were asked if they would like a candle light on their table and they were happy to oblige.
Dasher and his guest were given good-time to peruse the menu and then orders were taken. The starter, main and dessert were correctly placed, one can often feel pushed out by overzealous front of house staff.
The food matched the high standard of service; dasher enjoyed freshly made carrot soup with crusty bread, while his guest enjoyed a fountain of mussels dripped in a cascade of homemade sauce.
Dasher enjoyed an 8oz char-grilled steak for his main course, the steak melted in the mouth and was complemented in taste and texture by the sauté mushroom dressing. Dasher’s guest enjoyed true Italian pasta in a mouth-watering homemade sauce.
For dessert, dasher reverted back to his childhood with a tall glass of ice-cream delights, whose taste combinations left dasher feeling satisfied and contented. Dasher’s guest enjoyed freshly baked Bailey’s cheese cake, its satisfaction was reflected in the crystal clean plate left by dasher’s guest.
Tea and coffee were presented in a timely fashion and brought to an end what was a culinary delight.
Russo’s Ristorante is tastefully presented with a minimalist outlay.
The Rest Room
The bathrooms were clean and well presented. The bathrooms were functional and well serviced.
Russo’s does not pretend to be a little part of Italy; it is a true Italian Ristorante.
The Bill
As dasher had taken advantage of the Early Bird menu and had not purchased any drinks the total Bill was just under 50 Euros for two, a reasonable price for world class service and fine dining.
Dasher was impressed by the presentation of a business card and specials leaflet upon departure.
Other Deal Options
Early Bird Menu 4-7.30pm
Choose from entire A La Carte Menu
2 courses – 19.95
3 courses – 24.95
Late Bird Menu 9.30pm – 11.00pm
2 courses – 15.95
3 courses – 19.95
Plus FREE Glass of wine/bottle of beer
Group Deal
Booking of 10 people – 1 person Eats FREE
Booking of 20 people – 2 people Eats FREE
Organiser of Parties of 20 or more entitled to Bottle of Bubbly FREE.
10% Discount voucher presented upon departure for future visits.