Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’

Connemara Mussel Festival

Originally established to promote the excellence of the mussels of Killary Harbour, this festival has grown to become a celebration of local people, food, culture and heritage, and is recognised as the premier food event for Connemara, attracting visitors from near and far.

It runs from Friday May 2nd to Sunday ay 4th

Some of the activities including in this year’s program are:


The  mussel cooking competition takes place in the Festival Marquee. The First prize is a Weekend for 2 in the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel.

Student chefs from GMIT’s Culinary School will showcase their skills and compete using a mystery box of locally inspired ingredients. Be warned there could be ANYTHING in those boxes and audience participation will most certainly be required!

Join us for a tasting event with a selection of craft beers, specialty wines and artisan cheeses. Accompanied by live music with Richard and Fionnuala. Entry €10. Tickets at door or available from Festival Office.


ARTISAN FESTIVAL MARKET (Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am – 4pm)
Explore the finest food and craft produce from around Ireland at the Festival Market, including Made in Galway range. The market is open to all, free to attend and well worth a visit. Venue: Marian Hall in Tullycross.

Marie Louise Heffernan, consultant at Aster Environmental, leads an ecological seashore walk on the Renvyle Peninsula.
Meet at the White Strand, Renvyle. Bring good walking shoes and rain gear. €5 Limited numbers, tickets from Festival Office.


Check the program with the rest of the activities here

Paleo diet in the Food Festival

Paleo diet in the Food Festival

If you want to experiment the paleo diet, this Saturday, April 19th, the perfect place is 37 West.

The paleolithic diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. It is based on several controversial premises, the most important of which are: first, that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago; second, that modern humans are adapted to the diet or diets of the Paleolithic period; and, third, that it is possible for modern science to discern what such diets consisted of.

The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

This event is part of the Galway Food Festival

The year of the Horse is here

The year of the Horse is here

It’s the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Horse. The horse is part of a 12 year cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac. These interact with the five elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse, taking over from the year of the water snake. You can read more about the Year of the Horse here

Celebrate the New Year with a nice dinner in two of the Chinese food Restaurants in Galway.

MING GARDEN in Eglinton St. (every day from 12 30 to 11 pm)

Ming Garden has been owned by the So family for almost 30 years. First opened in 1983 by Sharon So, Ming Garden has become a firm fixture in the Galway restaurant scene. They offer an Early Bird menu and take away.header

CHI Pan Asian Take Away (former Da Tang Noodle House) Close on Mondays, open Tuesday to Sunday at 5 pm.
CHI take-away brings Galway healthy convenience food choices using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The menu is a culinary experience, offering main courses from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China and Vietnam.
Happy New Year!

Le petit tour de France @ Tom Sheridan’s

tom Sheridan's

On Thursday the 30th of January, the restaurant Tom Sheridan’s (in Knocknacarra) is celebrating a French Food day, and offering the possibility to join them for free by liking their post on Facebook

This culinary tour of France starts at 7.30pm and it includes a 4 course French style menu paired with hand picked fines wines that compliment each course beautifully.

You can book a table from their website

Vive la France!!!

Three Options for Brunch

 Ard Bia Nimmos.

Offers Brunch all day Saturday and Sunday

With options from 5 euros, this small and great place by the Spanish Arch offers on the weekends good options like Home cured sea trout and wilted spinach with poached market eggs and herby hollandaise on potato cake.

Or the Hippy fry with poached eggs, roast mushroom, spinach, roast tomatoes, potato cake, spiced tomato relish and toast.


House Hotel (Lower Merchants Road)

All options are 7 euros, and, maybe more basic than the ones in Ard Bia, but still super tasty. Especially the Light and Fluffy homemade pancakes with blueberry maple butter and toasted pecans.

Outside the brunch menu, but ready for lunch time there are two sweet interesting options:

Rhubarb and Honey Parfait with Ginger Anglaise and Mojito Cheesecake  with Mango Coulis

Artisan Restaurant (Best restaurant in Galway & Connacht in 2012) Offers weekend brunch until 3 pm. Among others you can get:

Eggs Benedict, Streaky Bacon on a Toasted Muffin, topped with Poached Egg, and Hollandaise Sauce for 8 euros

Or the Irish fry with a twist. They call it Artisan Breakfast: Poached Egg, Bacon, Black & White Pudding, Tomato, Stout and Leek Sausage, Sauteed Mushrooms


galway international oyster & seafood festival

The opening night is tomorrow and still, there are some tickets available!!

This is going to be the 59th edition of the Oyster Festival here in Galway, maybe not so famous as the one in Clarenbridge but a great oportunity to enjoy this fancy seafood in the Irish way: with a pint of Guinness. If your stomach is not used to oysters there may be something else for you because some of the best restaurants in Galway are preparing their best menus for the weekend. Some of the restaurants are: Artisan Restaurant, Brasserie on the Corner, Cava Bodega, Cookes Restaurant, Martine’s of Quay Street, RAW Sushi Restaurant, Oscar’s Seafood Bistro.


On Saturday, the 28th at 2 pm the World Oyster Opening Championship starts in the Marquee at Galway Harbour. This year there are 25 countries registered including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Wales. There will be approx. 5 heats of 5 minutes each where each country has an opportunity to win the coveted title – if your country is not represented, we encourage you to adopt a favourite & cheer all the same.It will be on until 9 pm

Saturday night is time for the OYSTER MASQUERADE ‘MARDI GRAS‘ EXTRAVAGANZA but it is already sold out (with tickets at 95 euros it has to be a fantastic party!!) Maybe for next year?? We will start a piggy bank to pay for the ticket, the mask and the cloak

Sunday will be the Family Day and, from 12 am kids can enjoy Circus lessons, join in the Pirate Fancy Dress or Play the giant family games (from 12-3pm)

This link will take you to their website with all the details, times etc.

Enjoy the festival!!


Logan Wine & Food evening


Thomas Woodberry Wines have published this event in their Facebook page and we find it very interesting.

Hope there are still some places and you can join them this Friday 27th from 8 pm (in Middle Street). This is the information about the event:

We’re delighted to welcome back Peter Logan of Logan Wines this month. In conjunction with our neighbours in Kappa Ya Japanese Restaurant, Peter will be guiding us trough a selection of wines which will be paired with some great Japanese and Japanese inspired dishes. Tickets for this wonderful evening’s food & wine tasting are €35 per person or €60 for 2 people. Tickets can be order via email, or over the phone on 091-533706.

Spaces are limited.

For any further information or queries drop us an email, or give us a call on 091-533706

Best Restaurants in Galway

This week The Restaurants Association of Ireland has celebrated the Irish Restaurant Awards in Dublin.

The Awards recognise achievement and excellence in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry throughout the 32 counties of the Island of Ireland in 21 categories and celebrate all aspects of the Industry from Chefs and Restaurants, Cafes and Gastro Pubs, to Food Producers, Local Food Heroes and Cookery Schools.

And these are the best places in Galway in some of the biggest categories:

  • Best Gastro Pub: Eat@Massimo. Remember our post Food & Rugby?gastropub
  • Best Casual Dinner: Il Vicolo. One of our first posts was about this small restaurant in St. Augustine Street. You can read it here.
  • Best Chef: Enda McEvoy (head chef of Aniar Restaurant)bestchef
  • Best Restaurant: Aniar. We have a beautiful piggy bank and when it is full, we’ll go to Aniar and write about it.
  • Just Ask Award: Oscar’s Seafood Bistro

If you want to know which places are the winners in the different counties of Ireland, check their website.

Quite useful for the summer trips around Ireland and the gastro weekends we all love.



I don’t know how I can start talking about the only (now) Spanish restaurant in Galway, because being Spanish myself it is sometimes hard to rate a menu of traditional food which can bring you back home for a while, and a place that offers the proximity and joy of the small family business of my country.

I think it would be fair to focus on the menu, and give you the best tip: don’t be afraid to try it all. Lunares changes the menu and adds or moves away some plates every now and then so you can have a better knowledge of the spanish traditional gastronomy by trying different recipes.

For example, lately they offer us Ox Tail Cordobesa style, a super tasty stew with a sauce of white wine and saffron. I don’t know if you have tried tail dishes before, if you don’t, get ready to finish it licking both the plate and your fingers.

rabo de toro

Check their menu for lunch and tapas in here. I’m going for the squid roll, a traditional lunch from Madrid, one of my favourites.

Also you can go for a selection of tapas, and be sure you ask for the croquettes. They make them with cod, with spanish ham, vegetarians, with garlic prawns… And you have to try their tortilla and the “patatas bravas”, fried potatoes with a spicy sauce.

Lunares is open for lunch at 12  and for dinner from 6 pm. The are closed on Tuesdays. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5

It is in 3 Dali’s Place, Woodquay, not that you need the exact address, I’m sure you are going to notice this facade:

lunares fachada

This is their number 091 445618, just in case you want to book a big paella dinner.


Tasty and cheap

Here we have some offers for a bunch of restaurants in Galway. Good prices and different options for all the days of the week.

We start in The Bentley, in Eyre Square.

They open from 12 to 19 h, and Friday and Saturday until 20h:


In Vina Mara, in Middle Street

Monday to Wednesday all main meals for 10 euros. You can check the menu here

Vina Mara, Galway

Da Tang Noodle House, also in Middle Street

Noodles in vegetable and meat broth with pieces of vegetables and potatoes for €8 with tea or Coffee.

da tang

Creole Restaurant,  in Dominick Street:

Main course on Sunday lunch for 9,95, from 12 30h. Check the menu here


Cottage Bar Salthill. (Lower Salthill)

They have an early bird menu, from 3 to 7 pm, two courses for 14 euros.