Lots Of Award Winning Restaurants in The Galway Area

December 18, 2011   Filed under Hotel

Aoibheann McNamara’s Ard Bia, winner of Food & Wine magazine’s Best Regional Restaurant, is a committed sourcer of top quality local and seasonal ingredients. Located beside the Corrib river, it simply lives up to its reputation for delightful food, with pleasures like rib-eye steak with roast shallot potato cake and Crozier Blue sauce and chickpea pancake with spinach and feta. Its positive staff and service have earned it much praise from Georgina Campbell.

Overlooking Eyre Square, and located in a Victorian setting, the newly renovated Oyster Griddle restaurant is an ideal example of fine dining. The visitor to Galway will give this a miss at their peril. Conventional steaks and local Irish seafood are just some of the features of its menu not to be missed, but wild forest mushroom risotto with goat’s cheese and ginger, and free range breast of chicken with fresh sage wrapped in Parma ham, also feature. Choose your own fresh lobster or shellfish from the selection to be found in its oyster tank.

Originally established in 1975 as the Eyre House Restaurant, the Park Restaurant is a favourite with neighbors and visitors alike. The owners have ensured this restaurant’s acceptance is deserved, with an inexpensive menu and selection of wines. But it’s not merely a case of cheap and contented ; diners are assured a real welcome, friendly staff and service which is unmatched. This good value has resulted in a unswerving customers of over three thousand who return repeatedly for high spec, locally grown food.

At McDonagh’s Seafood House, located beside Galway Bay, the only real way to get fresher fish is usually to catch it yourself. 4 generations of this casual, family owned restaurant and take away have maintained the quality of its menu, which includes lemon and parsley crusted sole with spring onion mash and baby spinach leaf, chicken fillet with a salmon and spinach filling, and range baked cod with broccoli, curry and mushroom sauce.

The candlelit medieval surroundings of Cooke’s Restaurant & Wine Bar will only add to your delight in their wholesome, extremely tasty, and extraordinarily reasonable, food. You won’t find fussy, pretentious food here. They specialise in dishes like their seafood platter or Scallops Thermidor, and their exquisite pork medallions in cream sauce beg to be sampled.

At the little but fashionable Abalone, opened in 2007, fusion is the name of the game. Here, they serve only top notch local ingredients. Therefore you will find creations such as mussels in a Thai curry with tomato and coriander, duck in a spring roll, and crab cakes with lemon aioli. In this relaxed bistro-style restaurant, regionally caught seafood is patently the primary feature, but quality vegetarian dishes, lamb, veal and steaks are also other treats to be found on the menu.

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