We ate at Powerscourt Arms Country House twice for dinner during January, 2014 The first evening, was absolutely wonderful and service very good. I saw a female chef that night. Sirloin steak and baked brie parcel, both prepared extremely well. One of the best meals I have ever had.
A few days later we returned for our second and last dinner while in Ireland. Ordered sirloin and two orders of pan-seared sea bass. Both fish plates came to table well undercooked--almost frozen. Wait staff, a kind gentleman, switched them out for sirloins. Both sirloins were the toughest, gristle-filled meat I have had in a long time. Not cooked to order. No seasoning with them.
Only positive of night was the service--he was most accommodating, tried his best to correct the situation--many times over. He offered wine or alcohol (we were not drinking), extra vegetables, etc. He did end up bringing a dessert to the table (which was not asked of him). He was the star of the evening.
Would I return to this location? Yes, only if I knew which cook was preparing meals. 5-rating for the first night, I would have given a 0-rating for the second experience, had the perfect waiter not tried so hard, so I averaged it out to a 3. He saved the evening.
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