Our recent restaurant finds include:
I loved my lunch along the water at the rustic Ard Bia at Nimmos. I had a lovely hummus sandwich with salad and pea, spinach and lovage soup. They are open for breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch. Spanish Arch, Long Walk.
Cupan Tae, 8 Quay Lane, Latin Quarter: This is a charming Irish tea shop offering teas, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. I enjoyed an afternoon tea while exploring the city.
McDonagh’s, 22 Quay St.: A well-known spot, where you can eat fish and chips on the casual side or eat in the restaurant on the other side. Here you can try a variety of seafood and other entrees. I loved the scallops on a blood pudding with balsamic reduction as well as the mussels.
Tigh Neachtain’s Pub: This is a charming, traditional Irish pub in the heart of the Latin Quarter, from 1894, that features their home brewed beers and over 130 whiskeys. They also have weekly music. I enjoyed a whiskey tasting of three Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys; a Powers James Lane, Redbreast 12 year and Green Spot. The people watching is the best!
Beer drinkers might enjoy The Salt House which features the beers of the local Galway Bay Brewery. River Terrace, Galway.
The Pie Maker: Stop in for a sweet or savory pie at this charming spot located at 10 Cross St. Upper.
Coffeewerk + Press: This is a three level coffee shop combined with an art gallery and printing shop, located in the heart of downtown. It is a great spot to relax while exploring. 4 Quay St.
For fine dining, you will find the Artisan Restaurant, featuring seasonal cuisine. This is a lovely upstairs restaurant at 2 Quay St., open for lunch or dinner. Another restaurant that gets excellent reviews is Aniar which is a one Michelin Starred restaurant. They also have a cooking school offering classes and workshops. 53 Lower Dominick St. Loam is also a Michelin starred restaurant that features a seasonally driven menu. Fairgreen Rd.