Local restaurants receive prestigious Bridgestone awards

After just eight months in business Kai Cafe and Restaurant on Sea Road has earned its place among the culinary elite, and been named as the best restaurant in Ireland.

Owned by Jessica Murphy, previously awarded best chef in Connacht, and her husband David, the pair transformed a one time flower shop to a bohemian food heaven.

The pair have racked up an impressive number of awards this week with the launch of the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012. The prestigious awards are recognised in the industry as an indication of excellence and quality highlighting only the most creative, dynamic, and original restaurants in the country.

Kai Cafe and Restaurant was not only awarded as one of the 100 best in the country, but also as the restaurant of the year, along with four other commendations.

The building’s traditional stone walls and flagstone floor was named as one of the top 10 happening rooms in the country. The intimate restaurant and private dining room was designed by local man Stephen Walton using reclaimed wood and a mixture of industrial design, and warm country furniture. Kai was also named as one of 10 great ‘him'n'her’ places as well as a wonderful a place to eat with friends and family.

Jessica’s 50 Mile Salad was mentioned as one of 10 great signature dishes, while the chef herself was named as the fourth great women chef in the country.

Other Galway eateries mentioned among the Top 100 restaurants are Ard Bia at Nimmos, Aniar, Kappa Ya, and Oscars.

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