Builin Blasta (Tasty Loaf) is a gem of a cafe located in the craft center (An Ceardlann) in Spiddal, Co. Galway. The cafe is owned and run by Chef Jamie (J-Me) Peaker who hails from New Zealand. J-Me’s cv includes a stint at well known London eatery The Ivy before he opened Builin Blasta in Spiddal. The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Breads, pastries, tarts, sausage rolls, scones, desserts, dressings and preserves are all made on site. You can also purchase their dressings and chutneys to takeaway and they will also provide you with the recipe for their scones if you would like to try and make them yourself!
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!!!