Picaderos Restaurant Maynooth – Review
April 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

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A decent lunch can make a good day great, or make a bad day less miserable. That’s why it’s important to find out as much as you can about where you’re going to eat, so you can tell if the menu and food they make suits your own palate.

Picaderos is an Argentinian grill and Spanish restaurant that offers a range of flavours, varying between spicy, savoury, sweet, and everything in between. They also have gluten free and vegetarian options for those who are so inclined. So where better to have a Thursday early evening meal when you’re not sure what type of food you want? They have whatever you need!

The Service

Picaderos Maynooth

Being quickly attended to and brought to a table as soon as we entered was a good sign, and although they appeared to be preparing for a busy evening booking, the servers did their utmost to take our orders in a timely fashion. They were always very courteous when serving the food, and although the waiter made us slightly nervous while he carried out our mains using a massive tray, he handled it expertly well.

The staff on the light were happy to oblige us whenever we needed our water topped up, and it felt as though they would have been more than happy to do whatever we needed, within reason of course. Although there was a bit of a delay in getting our food, the waiter did apologise for the wait. This is a small, but important detail that restaurants need, as it shows a courtesy to the customer that their time and custom is valued.

The Food

Picaderos Maynooth

The menu itself had a massive selection of different proteins and sauces, which lead to bit of a dilemma in what to choose. Wanting to take in and compare both spicy and savoury tastes, I ended up choosing to start with Chilli & Lime Chicken Wings.

Although they seemed like a small enough portion at first glance, these wings turned out to pack a punch. The trademarked Frank’s Sauce was definitely for the spicy food savants, and it was just good fortune that water was readily available. Not a food for those with taste buds who struggle with heat, but overall it had me ready for the main, as any good starter should.

Moving to savoury, I chose the Ranchero BBQ Burger with chilli cheese, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, streaky bacon and smoked tobacco onions. This burger was as savoury as I had hoped, as every last bite was well-received and slowly enjoyed. The sauce especially was excellent, as it tied the rest of the course together very nicely. The burger was that good, you almost forgot about the chips and salad served on the side!

Finally, a chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream dessert named ‘La Muerte por el Chocolate’ or ‘Death by Chocolate’ seemed too tempting to resist (damn Spanish making things sound better). It was light, a pleasant end after hearty protein-based courses beforehand. I went home happy to say the least.

Atmosphere

Picaderos

Being just after 4 o’clock on a Thursday, we came in during a lull between lunch and dinner. This created a slightly less busy feel, and made the atmosphere far more comfortable. The music quietly hummed in the background, changing in pace without ever feeling jarring. Seeing the kitchen at the back adds an element of excitement, who doesn’t love being able to see an order that’s ready to serve! The till area was also used as a bar, and it was almost always manned in case you wanted a drink of something more adventurous than water.

The Cost

For a three course early bird meal that was of very good quality, I was happy to pay the set price of €25, and for anyone who feels like going for just a starter and main or main and dessert, the price drops to €20. That’s good food at a good price. For the entire package of food, service and atmosphere, this place is one of the best restaurants that Maynooth has to offer.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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Picaderos Restaurant Maynooth – Review
April 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

picaderos-restaurant-maynooth-review

A decent lunch can make a good day great, or make a bad day less miserable. That’s why it’s important to find out as much as you can about where you’re going to eat, so you can tell if the menu and food they make suits your own palate.

Picaderos is an Argentinian grill and Spanish restaurant that offers a range of flavours, varying between spicy, savoury, sweet, and everything in between. They also have gluten free and vegetarian options for those who are so inclined. So where better to have a Thursday early evening meal when you’re not sure what type of food you want? They have whatever you need!

The Service

Picaderos Maynooth

Being quickly attended to and brought to a table as soon as we entered was a good sign, and although they appeared to be preparing for a busy evening booking, the servers did their utmost to take our orders in a timely fashion. They were always very courteous when serving the food, and although the waiter made us slightly nervous while he carried out our mains using a massive tray, he handled it expertly well.

The staff on the light were happy to oblige us whenever we needed our water topped up, and it felt as though they would have been more than happy to do whatever we needed, within reason of course. Although there was a bit of a delay in getting our food, the waiter did apologise for the wait. This is a small, but important detail that restaurants need, as it shows a courtesy to the customer that their time and custom is valued.

The Food

Picaderos Maynooth

The menu itself had a massive selection of different proteins and sauces, which lead to bit of a dilemma in what to choose. Wanting to take in and compare both spicy and savoury tastes, I ended up choosing to start with Chilli & Lime Chicken Wings.

Although they seemed like a small enough portion at first glance, these wings turned out to pack a punch. The trademarked Frank’s Sauce was definitely for the spicy food savants, and it was just good fortune that water was readily available. Not a food for those with taste buds who struggle with heat, but overall it had me ready for the main, as any good starter should.

Moving to savoury, I chose the Ranchero BBQ Burger with chilli cheese, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, streaky bacon and smoked tobacco onions. This burger was as savoury as I had hoped, as every last bite was well-received and slowly enjoyed. The sauce especially was excellent, as it tied the rest of the course together very nicely. The burger was that good, you almost forgot about the chips and salad served on the side!

Finally, a chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream dessert named ‘La Muerte por el Chocolate’ or ‘Death by Chocolate’ seemed too tempting to resist (damn Spanish making things sound better). It was light, a pleasant end after hearty protein-based courses beforehand. I went home happy to say the least.

Atmosphere

Picaderos

Being just after 4 o’clock on a Thursday, we came in during a lull between lunch and dinner. This created a slightly less busy feel, and made the atmosphere far more comfortable. The music quietly hummed in the background, changing in pace without ever feeling jarring. Seeing the kitchen at the back adds an element of excitement, who doesn’t love being able to see an order that’s ready to serve! The till area was also used as a bar, and it was almost always manned in case you wanted a drink of something more adventurous than water.

The Cost

For a three course early bird meal that was of very good quality, I was happy to pay the set price of €25, and for anyone who feels like going for just a starter and main or main and dessert, the price drops to €20. That’s good food at a good price. For the entire package of food, service and atmosphere, this place is one of the best restaurants that Maynooth has to offer.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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