All posts tagged: Galway

McCambridges, Shop Street, Galway

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.

Builin Blasta, An Ceardlann, Spiddal, Co. Galway

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!

Cava Bodega, Middle Street, Galway

Food lovers in Galway were very disappointed when the original Cava Tapas restaurant on Dominic Street closed its doors.  Many believed (and hoped) that Cava would re-open and thankfully it has – as Cava Bodega – in Middle Street.  I have been to the new Cava Bodega twice since it opened in September last and I love it.  I love everything about it; the gorgeous space, the menu and JP’s wonderful food, the staff and the atmosphere. I love this way of eating, sharing and sampling and being able to try out so many of the dishes.  The decor is what I would describe as “homemade” and its lovely and cosy, but yet you don’t feel as if you are on top of your neighbouring diners.  It really has been transformed into a beautiful dining space and if you are seated downstairs you will be able to observe the busy kitchen in action. The menu is laid out in many sections; Nibbles, Pinchos (Spanish Canapes), Cured Meats & Cheese, Vegetables & Pulses, Fish, Meat and …

Kai – Cafe and Restaurant, Galway

Kai Cafe & Restaurant is a beautifully designed restaurant located at Sea Road, Galway. It is run by Chef Jess Murphy and her husband David. I have visited Kai three times since it opened and each time the experience has surpassed the previous visit. Kai is now, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Galway.  It is the combination of exquisite food, excellent service and the warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes this restaurant a winner for me. The menu comprises five choices in each of its Beginning, Middle and End categories.  On my most recent visit, the menu read so well it was really difficult to choose. For starters, my dining companion chose Connemara Crab & Green Goddess and I chose a Toons Bridge Mozzarella Caprese. Other dishes included a Scallop ceviche with citrus and shiso, Lobster on toast and a Hen House board from Friendly Farmer. I was completely torn between the Caprese and the Hen House board but opted for the Caprese after much deliberation. For mains, I chose the Lamb Rack …

Galway – A Visitors’ Guide – Where to Eat

So now that you have decided to visit Galway and booked your accommodation, you need to figure out where to eat whilst you are here.  Galway has so many great and varied restaurants, it can be difficult to know where to start. Fine Dining? There are many “Fine Dining” restaurants in the city.  There is one Michelin Starred restaurant – Aniar.  (See separate post on this site). This is a small restaurant so if you plan to visit, you will most certainly need to book in advance, particularly if you wish to visit on a weekend night.  The restaurant now has a new Head Chef – welcome Ultan Cooke!   www.aniarrestaurant.ie If you like Fish, then you really must visit O’Grady’s on the Pier in Barna (again, see separate post on this site).  The restaurant is easily accessible from the city centre by car or taxi and is well worth the trip.  It really is one of the best restaurants in the Galway area and its setting on the beach at Barna is truly magical. http://www.ogradysonthepier.com

Galway – A visitors’ guide – Where to Stay

I am very lucky to live close to Galway City which is a truly wonderful city with a holiday feel all year round.  Its beauty, charm, many attractions and summer festivals make it a magnet for tourists.  For first time visitors, it can be difficult navigating through the accommodation options around the city of which there are many.  Visitors can choose to stay in the City Centre, in Salthill or further out along the coast such as in Barna or Furbo.  There is also a wide variety of accommodation to be found from Hotels to B&B’s to Hostels. Here are some options to consider if you are in the process of booking a trip to our wonderful city.  City Centre – Hotels Hotel  Meyrick – 4 Stars This most central of hotels is located in a landmark building beside the train station and fronts onto Eyre Square.  This hotel will cater to your every whim offering spa treatments, dinner in the Oyster Grill, cocktails in the Oyster Bar, afternoon tea in the Lobby or sports …

Aniar, Galway

Aniar Restaurant on Dominic Street, Galway was awarded a Michelin Star in 2012.  I had visited it twice prior to the award and last week visited it for the first time since it acquired the star.  I really enjoyed my first visit.  My starter of Pork Cheek was truly sublime and was certainly the best dish I have had at Aniar.  That first visit I had Slip Sole for Main Course and a parfait for dessert.  All in all, I left after that visit enthusing about the place. The second visit was also enjoyable though I though I chose badly for my starter, a chicken liver parfait – not something I would usually pick – it wasn’t to my taste though it was well executed.  My Duck main and another parfait for dessert were very nice.  Although not enthusing as much as I had following my first visit, I left looking forward to returning again. And now to my latest visit.  I was really looking forward to seeing the impact of the Michelin Star and …

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 …