McCambridges is a food shopping mecca located at 38/39 Shop Street in the heart of Galway City. In 2012, McCambridges added a restaurant to the fold opening Upstairs at McCambridges so it is now an all round foodie destination. And what a destination it is!
The shop is great for deli items, sauces, jams, chocolate, fresh breads, vegetables, cheeses, interesting wines and craft beers. You can also get takeaway lunches (soup, sandwiches, salads, hot items (pies, quiches etc) and coffees.
The restaurant upstairs is a beautiful space. It is open for breakfast Mon – Sat from 9am to 11.30am. It serves an All Day menu from Mon – Wed from 12pm to 5.30pm (last orders 5pm) and from Thurs – Sat from 12pm to 8pm. It serves brunch on Sunday from 10.30am to 6pm (last orders 5.30pm). Tables can be reserved from 5pm onwards.
All of Chef Heather Flaherty’s menus – Breakfast, All Day and Brunch are wonderful. They only use the best of locally sourced ingredients and there are plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options available. The wine list is also excellent and reasonably priced with ongoing boarded special wines at very keen prices.
I love going to McCambridges for breakfast. There are so many options to choose from including a Continental Breakfast, various scones, bagels and croissants, porridge and a large variety of hot breakfasts. My favourite is the Sweet & Spicy Pancetta and Eggs (€6.50) which is served with toast. The Pancetta is worth a long detour for, probably the best breakfast in town. Other options include; Pigs on the Green Black Pudding Sausages & Eggs (€6.95), Sauteed Wild Mushrooms & Eggs (€6.95) and Brioche French Toast with Smoked Bacon & Maple Syrup (€6.95). There is also the fry-up – the Irish Artisanal Breakfast which includes Smoked Rasher, Black Pudding Sausage, Black & White Pudding, Homemade Baked Beans, Eggs & Potato Farl (€9.95). A vegetarian version (Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Plum Tomato, Potato Farl, Hummus, Dukkah & Eggs) is also available for €8.95). The coffees are all really good and you can get your McCambridges Loyalty Card stamped in the restaurant also.
The All Day menu features soup, nibbles, Cold Platters (Vegetarian Mezze, Charcuterie, Seafood, Cheese), Salads, Sandwiches, Hot Dishes and Desserts. I particularly love the Crispy Duck Confit with Braised Puy Lentils, Pomegranate Molasses & Salad (€13.95). The Lebanese Spiced Potatoes are a lovely side order (€3.95).
The Sunday Brunch Menu contains elements of both the Breakfast and All Day menus.
All in all, McCambridges is the go to place for good food in Galway. Always a treat. www.mccambridges.com