Galway is a great little city. We ate out in various interesting places, so here are some reviews. First, in Galway town centre:
- Tigh Neachtain - a well-known pub in the middle of the old town, with a nice interior with loads of old wood cubicles. We expected pub grub - and we were hungry - but no pies were to be had. Instead fancy salads (chicken and mango salad with cheese and croutons), sandwiches (chicken with brie and rhubarb jam), and desserts - all nice. Good pint of Galway Hooker ale to go with it.
- Revive Café - just next to Tigh Neachtain. Their brownie is definitely recommended (Philippa went back the next day for more); the snickers cake was OK, as was the rhubarb pie.
- The Malt House, again in the middle of the old town, was our choice for a special meal. They recommended us a great wine, then we both had the special: john dory with asparagus, fondant potato and lemon beurre blanc. It was all done perfectly and presented perfectly, with both baby and full-size asparagus, and the lemony beurre blanc was exquisite.
Then for afters I had chocolate fondant while Philippa had rhubarb crumble - both delicious (though both a little colder than they should have been). Definitely recommend this place.
- Kashmir, an Indian, unfortunately not great in our opinion. My paneer bhuna was too sweet and tomatoey, and Philippa's dhal wasn't up to her high dhal standards. (I quite liked her dhal and would happily have swapped it for my bhuna!)
And some places in Salthill (the seasidey suburb on the south-west of Galway):
- The Office - a pub/B&B. The service was slow and confused. All we ordered was a couple of cooked breakfasts - the toast arived ages before the fried breakfast, and the black puddings were stone cold (literally; we're not sure if they remembered to cook it). Decent interior but not a good choice in Salthill for food.
- Gourmet Tart Company - good place for a bit of fancy-sandwich lunch with fancy afters. My lemon meringue tart was OK but Philippa loved her plum and walnut tart, a nice combination.
- Oslo Bar - nice steak sandwiches (but too much dressing IMHO), but expensive - on Mondays the place is rammed cos of their 2-for-1 offer. The range of delicious beers, though, is definitely recommended, including their own micro-brewed ale on the premises. (I'll blog separately about ales.)
Finally a couple of places in towns outside Galway which we visited:
- The Boot, a pub in Oughterard (north-west of Galway), served up a nice bit of homemade beef and Guinness casserole. Philippa loved it.
- Kettle of Fish was a fab fish and chips takeaway in Gort (south-east of Galway). All was perfectly done, though it took a while as quite a few orders came it at the same time as ours. Special mention has to go to the excellent mushy peas. They also do homemade burgers and other stuff.