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“Inconsistent restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Raffles Restaurant

Raffles Restaurant
882 Antrim Road | Templepatrick, Templepatrick BT39 0AH, Northern Ireland
028 9443 2984
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Price range: $18 - $85
Cuisines: Irish, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Located within the family run, Templeton Hotel, Raffles is a friendly, fine dining restaurant with a great reputation for fresh, local produce and excellent service.Menus include A la Carte, Table d’hote and High Tea as well as catering for weddings and business lunches. Special dates for the calendar include our seasonal gourmet and seafood evenings.This choice along with a welcoming ambiance and great monthly offers provide the perfect setting for every occasion and all budgets.
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“Inconsistent restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

My wife and I use the restaurant regularily however it is disappointing that the menu items vary greatly on a week to week basis dependant on which chef is on duty. This means that if you like a particular dish there is no guarantee that it will taste or be presented in the same way on two successive visits. Chicken Thai Curry on week 1 contained vegetables and chicken on on week 2
only chicken.
Restaurant manager did not seem too bothered about this when approached other than to say that chef had changed from previous week!!

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English first
Derry, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“5 star restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

we have been going to raffles retaurant for many years...we have never had a bad or even poor meal.....we have always had first class meals and service.......although they have changed their dinner plates of late...and I personaly miss the 'T' for templeton that was always placed squarely at the top everytime......

Visited December 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“A real find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Visited the Raffles restaurant on a Friday night with my wife. We hadn't booked but they had a few free tables.

The decor is quite classical and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. We were shown 2 menus but opted for the £35 special offer which consisted of a starter and main per couple and a bottle of wine. There were 4 options for each course, all of which I would have been happy to order. I chose the mushroom risotto for starters and lemon chicken for main. The risotto was a good consistency with the flavour of the mushroom pleasant. The chicken was moist and full of flavour. My wife had the duck fritters which she enjoyed. Her main was the salmon which was well cooked. A special mention for the accompanying side dishes which included mash with chorizo and cabbage and bacon among the the four that were included in the price. If you arrive hungry you will not be disappointed! The wine was not Chateau Neuf du Pape but pleasant and drinkable. There was an option to upgrade if wanted.

The service was very good and staff seemed keen to create a good impression.

All in all I would find it difficult to find the quality of this food at this price anywhere else. Big thumbs up. We will be back.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice time at Raffles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Went with friends for a 50th birthday celebration on Sat November 5th. Had 16 in the party and because it is a very small and intimate room we were split into 2 tables.
There was a choice of 2 menus, A La Carte and a Set menu at £55 per couple which included a bottle of wine. The staff let us choose between the 2 menus at no extra cost.
Hors d’oeuvres of olives and little goat’s cheese tarts was excellent
Starters: The soup was duck and chilli which was great; the scallops were seriously tiny, cold and tasteless.
We also got a little cup of soup or sorbet in between courses.
Mains: Ribeyes were cooked as requested but small, the veg was plentiful and tasty.
The desert was the best part; the chef’s selection was excellent.
The service was first class and the staff was tipped accordingly.
We would go again and would recommend it for a cosy intimate dinner.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“OMG very disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

One of the worst steak ever eaten. Cheap cut of meat sold for dear prices. We will never be back. Starter was nice enough though.

Visited November 2011
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