For a couple of years now the undisputed centre of the restaurant scene was over the river in the West End. Dominick Street to Sea Road had all the better places to tempt people over the bridge, from Rouge all the way up to Kai. But at last there has been a seismic shift and there is a new dining district in the heart of the city. Middle Street is Galway's newest dining destination, where you can feast on tapas in the new Cava Bodega, slurp your way through lunch in the long serving Da Tang Noodle House, or dine on modern Irish cuisine in the comfort of The Malt House. With the inclusion of the friendly wine shop that is Thomas Woodberries, I may never go over the bridge again.
It is however Kappa-ya that is my current obsession. Nestled beside Thomas Woodberries, with its door awning waving to you in the breeze, it is what you might call bijoux, seating about 20 but with amazing food served by a friendly staff. There is an informal atmosphere with an unusual soundtrack (Gloria Estefan often features) and the menu is a tightrope walk between traditional and experimental Japanese cuisine. The original Kappa-ya sushi rolls are a regular working lunch option for my current husband. Probably not like any sushi you've had before, and though in Japan no one puts teriyaki chicken in sushi, they do here and it is very good. The rolls are sizeable and very good value especially to take out at €3.70, so you may as well have two. The prawn tempura with asparagus and mustard sauce is a particular favourite.
The team at the Galway Bay Hotel have picked up yet another award at the Unilever Foods Solutions Great Carvery of the Year 2013, held at the Herbert Park Hotel in Dublin recently. The hotel was awarded Best Hotel Carvery in Connacht, which is a testament of the quality of food and service provided in Harvest Café under the watchful eye of executive chef Robert Webster.
Each year, the Great Carvery of the Year competition acknowledges Ireland and Northern Ireland’s love of carvery, recognising the very best pub and hotel carveries that the island has to offer. A mystery shopper shortlisted the hotel into the top three carveries in Connacht, and Unilever Food Solutions’ business development chef Mark McCarthy and his team of mystery shoppers chose Galway Bay Hotel as provincial winner of the Great Carvery Competition 2013.
Renzo gallery café is located on Eyre Street beside Debenhams, in Galway city centre. Renzo is now open late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, serving fine Italian wine and cuisine at recession busting prices. Good Italian food is at the heart of Renzo, with menu options to suit all ages and occasions. It offers simple, fresh, delicious, food, bursting with flavour, texture, and colour.
The set menu is a reasonable €16.50, which consists of an Italian platter to start and a main course of your choice, including a range of salads, pastas, and pizzas. The dessert menu features popular Italian sweet treats such as tiramisu and limoncello cheesecake. The wines on offer have been carefully chosen to complement the flavours of each dish. The team at Renzo are passionate about good Italian coffee, and trained baristas will be happy to serve you a rich espresso or a frothy cappuccino to top off your meal.