Month: May 2012

O’Grady’s on the Pier, Barna, Galway

One of my favourite restaurants of all time is Michael O’Grady’s seafood restaurant O’Grady’s on the Pier in Barna just outside Galway City.  And even better is that it is a local restaurant for me! The restaurant is renowned for its seafood and has won many awards including Best Seafood Experience at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2011 – an award it is shortlisted for again this year.  It’s location is another huge plus factor being right down on Barna Pier with gorgeous views across Galway Bay. I have been to O’Grady’s both for dinner and lunch a number of times and it is always a treat.  The location is equally stunning on a stormy winters day as it is on a sunny summers day.  And when the sun does shine, there is the option of eating outside facing the sea. I love Sunday Lunch at O’Grady’s where you can have a three course meal for E27.95 (or each dish is individually priced if you don’t wish to have 3 courses).  Starters typically include …

Pizza Dozzina at The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Galway

I am very lucky to live close to The Twelve Hotel in Barna which is a real hub for the community and offers plenty of variety – and quality – in the food and drink arena.  Their latest addition is an Artisanal Pizza/deli called Pizza Dozzina.  It’s really a takeaway but the pizzas can be ordered directly from and eaten in The Pins bar so its a win win.  The hand made pizza oven was shipped directly from Naples and really adds to the authenticity of the operation. The menu is split into two types of Pizza – the Classics and the Locally Inspired.  The Classics include the expected Italian varieties of Quattro Formaggi, Pomodoro, Calzone, Marinara, Sicilian, Parma and Funghi.  The Locally Inspired menu is a wonderful creation of locally named pizzas made with additional gourmet (and homegrown) ingredients.  These pizzas include The Twelve Pins (Tomato, Confit Duck, red onion relish, percorino, rocket and apple salad topped with thyme oil), The Prom Walk (Breakfast pizza with Clonakilty black pudding, streaky bacon, mushrooms, McGeough’s turf …

Gorgeous new takeaway Coffee in Galway – The Jungle Cafe at Go Dutch, Forster St.

As I am constantly on the lookout for the next “best” coffee in Galway, I noticed with interest the soft opening of a new cafe – The Jungle Cafe – at the Go Dutch florist on Forster Street, Galway.   The cafe will serve food but began by serving takeaway coffees only for its first week. The coffee used is from boutique coffee roasting company Badger and Dodo from Fermoy, Co. Cork.  This is a company who pride themselves on the quality and freshness of their product and who carefully vet each new establishment before supplying them – ensuring there is an experienced barista in place. A superb takeaway cappuccino was enjoyed there this week and I look forward to sampling their food offerings (and more of their coffee menu) when they are up and running.   Watch this space!!!

IL Vicolo Cafe, Galway

Il Vicolo Cafe is a lovely Italian cafe and wine bar located on the corner of St. Augustine Street and Buttermilk Walk in Galway. I visited for lunch on a busy Saturday of a bank holiday weekend.  The cafe is very small and we had to wait a few minutes for a table – but it turned out to be well worth the wait.  The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner but you can also pop in for coffees and cake or a glass of wine.  The lunchtime fare consists of soups, two pasta specials and a selection of paninis, bruschettas and salads. There were two of us for lunch and we ordered the two specials.  My dish consisted of penne with spicy sausage, pancetta and chard in a cream sauce.  It was incredible – cooked to perfection and definitely one of the very finest pasta dishes I have ever tasted and well worth its E9.50 price tag.  The second special was gnocchi with a quattro formaggi sauce and pesto and was also pronounced very …