All posts tagged: Galway

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 …

Rouge, Dominic Street, Galway

Rouge is a French restaurant with a difference located on Dominic Street in Galway.  The menu is limited main course wise to steak, fish of the day or a vegetarian dish of the day and for E15 you get your choice of one of these main courses and a set starter of bite sized appetisers. The concept is really working.  In fact, if you walk in off the street later on in the week or at the weekend you are likely to be disappointed.  The place is now so popular that early booking is definitely advisable. I visited with four friends a couple of weeks ago for the first time.  It was early on a Thursday evening – around 6pm – and before long the restaurant was full.  Our group of five ordered three steaks and two vegetarian dishes.  The vegetarian dish on that day was a filo parcel filled with goats cheese and spinach.  The steaks are served with a good selection of sauces.  All main courses are served with your choice of potato …

Eight Bar and Restaurant, Galway

A recent visit with friends to Eight Bar and Restaurant on Dock Road, Galway was a great success (perhaps it was bound to be when the drinks bill was the same as the food bill – but enough of that!).  This restaurant is dedicated to using local, seasonal produce with all suppliers credited on the menu. The menu is divided into three sections; Light Bites (starters) ranging in price from c. E6 – E10, Bigger Bites (mains) c. E18 – E23 and After Eights (desserts) c. E6.50 or a cheese board at E11.50.  There is also a daily cocktail on the menu (E6.50) and given that we were four girls who love “pink fizz”, we had to start with a round (or two!) of prosecco with strawberry puree. The wine list is short (but perfectly formed) and each variety is available by the glass which I always like to see.  We chose a lovely bottle of Chablis which was well priced at E28. One of our party had a glass of Rioja with her main course and this …

Providence Market Kitchen, Galway

A visit to Providence Market Kitchen on the corner of St. Augustine Street and Abbeygate Street, Galway has put it at the top of my list for the best coffee in Galway.  This gorgeous cafe serves coffees, juices, cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches and is well worth a visit.  The cafe also serves as a gallery exhibiting paintings from established local artists. We stopped by on Saturday for a quick coffee.  Prices are very reasonable with E14 getting us two cappuccinos, a latte, a muffin, a scone and a “Rocky Road”.   The cakes were all very good but it was the coffee that stole the show.  Not only were they perfectly made but the flavour was fantastic – definitely my new favourite for a pit stop coffee in  Galway. The cafe will also pack you an “urban picnic” if you wish to enjoy elsewhere and all menu items are available for take away.  Treat yourself to a coffee and more at Providence Market Kitchen soon!