Fish cookery demonstrations at Mary’s Fish Shop next week


To celebrate the very successful opening of Mary’s Fish Shop there will be a party on Holy Thursday. Go along and see some great chefs cooking fish to perfection and also demonstrating how to make a great chowder. Everyone loves chowder and it is pretty easy to make, however it really helps to see it done in front of you or to be able to ask a chef for advice.

Put a note in your calendar to go along on Holy Thursday April 17 any time from 12 noon. There will be a tent in the grounds of Fyffes Total produce building in Ballybrit, just in front of Mary’s Fish Shop. Sample Mary’s fish cakes, barbecued fresh mackerel, chowder, and some more surprises. Mary is also selling the best organic mixed salad in Connacht, Stephen Goulds salads from Headford. To prepare a great dish in five minutes, grill or fry a piece of your favourite fish, add some dressing to Stephen Goulds salad, and serve, that’s it.

Paleo night at 37West


37 West has announced the arrival of the world’s first fine dining Paleo restaurant to come and take over its kitchen for the Galway food festival.

Gill, owner of 37 West, said: “We are excited to welcome the team from Sauvage. We have a big push on healthy eating at 37 West were are motto is healthy is the new sexy.”

Out with the old



I spent a few years working on Eyre Square many moons ago, when the lunchtime choices were few and far between. My old boss would always try to convince us to have a hefty carvery dinner in Fagan's (in the Great Southern) which would lead to a soporific afternoon in the office trying to keep my eyes from shutting while staring glassy eyed at my computer screen.

There are a good many choices now for workers on the Square, dependable places like Jungle Cafe for all sorts of diverse lunch menus and light snacks, Cafe Express with excellent coffee, stuffed sandwiches, and thick crust pizzas, or the Parlour at The Meyrick for one of their fresh and tasty salads or even afternoon tea. But it has been all change at The Meyrick recently. Fagan's is no more, cleared out to make room for The Oyster Grill which has been consigned to the basement. The Oyster Grill's old space, in turn, has been transformed into the all-singing, all- dancing, rather fabulous Gaslight Bar & Brasserie. It is cool and contemporary with gleaming tiles and bare bulbs. Keeping all the advantages of the period features, lofty ceilings and elegant windows to people watch over Eyre Square.