Who would be a restaurant critic? Judging by the attention invoked by a newly launched internet page, on social networking site Facebook, quite a few as it happens.
The page reviewing Longford eateries has attracted in excess of 1,100 foodies in recent weeks but it is the commentary that has attracted the most interest.
From the commendatory to the more unsympathetic of restaurant appraisals, a wide and diverse range of Longford based eateries feature on the site.
The reviews are both positive and negative, but are sparking plenty of comments. One reviewer gave a very complimentary review of a local hostelry. “My son treated me to dinner this evening in the ............Have to say the food was excellent, I had garlic bread for starter, it was on a bed of salad (and) for my main I had cajun chicken on a bed of Caesar salad. He had bruschetta, which he said was lovely because he could taste that it was made fresh and not out of a jar. He also had the Thai beef curry. I had a taste (of) the beef- (it would) melt in your mouth. Overall - great meal and so well presented and cost €37.00 for the lot,” said the post, remarking that the pair availed of the restuarant’s early bird menu.
But as is so often the case with culinary forums of this nature, a string of other venues were not so fortunate with their reviews.
According to an irate patron of a Co Longford establishment, both the food and quality of service left a lot to be desired.
“If you order a sandwich, would you be happy to have it made with the heel of the loaf?? And if you are paying upward of two euro for chips, would you be happy with a handful of over cooked (and) reheated chips? If you ordered fresh beer battered cod and got frozen crumbed cod, would that be ok?? The staff seem to think that it is ok to serve slop on a plate. (The) food (is) terrible (and the) place (is) dirty. Staff (are) rude and unhelpful (and it is) way overpriced.”
The post attracted 21 ‘likes’ and a dozen comments is just one of many posts on the new Facebook page. The page has sparked numerous debates and a few irate comments, causing one person to remark that it was ‘better than Jerry Springer’.