le Comte de Saint-Germain:
Food: The Thai Chicken Wrap wasn't bad but was served with a handfull of crisps and a token gesture towards salad that was the tasteless grated carrot and red cabbage, which desperatley needed a dressing.
Service: Ok so they seat you, may even move around a few chairs, allbeit at the door to the kitchen. So keen are they to seat you that they offered to seat me again while I was waiting for the rest to pay.
Price: All right but €2 for a mug of coffee is a bit stiff, mind you it is a Large mug and the coffee isn't bad (even better was the fact that they only charged us for a cup of coffee)
View: So long as the weather is not arctic one could sit at the few two seater tables up the front, otherwise you are going to get shuffelled down the cavernous back which is large enough that you can eye people from far enough away.
The Busy Engineer:
Relsih is a bit wierd. It seems to think of itself as an upmarket place for happy, rich, middle class people to hang out and have fancy paninis far away from the disgusting proliteriate and their toasted sandwiches. And it almost pulls it off, except of course that this is Limerick and the skangers look the same as everyone else in their unifrom of choice of jeans and checked shirt and/or "leisurewear". As this is the case the staff, at least those at the front who seat people, have decided that it is better to offend everybody by treating them, with a disdainful eye and a dismissive, impatient manner, as trash who came in off the street, as opposed to quite possibly being poeple with a few bob in their pocket who want lunch/coffee/dessert/whatever, which most people who arrive in the door invariably prove to be. Overall one tends to leave with the impression that you have been slightly screwed over. Even though the prices aren't extortionate and the food ain't bad you still feel that the whole experience wasn't up to much and you didn't get value for money. By Category
Food: good range of stuff, but doesn't tend to change much. While the sandwiches can be interesting; salad and crisps is a bit weak as a side dish. Specials can be hard to find and the staff aren't very knowledgable about them. Typically there is a soup, a lunch and 4 dessert specials - probably meaning they expect more people for just coffee and cake than for lunch!
Service: Getting a seat can be a bit rushed, and often feels like the person seating you is doing you a favor. These are the same people who you pay afterwards and I don't think they like seeing groups of three or four paying separately - although they are resigned to it. Staff who take and distribute orders tend to be nice, but can be a bit clueless - not knowing the specials, or the difference between large and regular coffees, that kind of thing.
Price: Reasonable enough - 6.50-8.00 euros for a sandwich depending on what you want. Same as everywhere else really!
View: Watch the world go by only at the front, and a small outside area. Inside the cafe is quite large and open, so plenty of opportunities to look at people eating and drinking if that floats your boat