Look for Mike O'Grady's stylish modern restaurant in a revamped alley at the river end of Quay Street. Tables clad in white damask (covered with paper tablecloths at lunchtime), narrow floor-to-ceiling windows, and a quarry-tile floor set the stage for an informal, bistro-style menu. A seafood bar offers a tapas-style light menu, that includes sushi, local oysters, and fresh crab cocktail. On the main menu, a great starter is seared king scallops and crispy pork belly with cauliflower puree and plum preserve. Main courses have similarly imaginative twists—breast of chicken and venison sausage with girolles, farfalle, pear and rosemary puree, or sautéed scallops with smoked garlic-infused spinach, and a vegetarian favorite: wild mushroom and asparagus risotto with truffle oil and Parmesan shavings.
Kirwan's La., Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland
Oct 23, 2010
We had an exceptional meal at this lovely, warm and inviting gem of a restaurant. I'm a foodie and rarely give rave reviews but this place deserves a major rave. To begin, the service is lovely. When we ordered a bottle of wine that they discovered was sold out they recommend two alternatives, and both CHEAPER than our original order...when is the last time a restaurant did that? Then they served our first course...an absolute delight. We had the
best that the season and locale could produce and it was perfectly prepared and presented. Even though we were completely full after our mains, we still ordered desert because we didn't want the evening to end. This place takes a tiny bit of effort to find and it's worth every little bit of effort and then some. We highly recommend it and will definitely return.