Artisan named best restaurant in Galway

Artisan Restaurant on Quay Street has been awarded the ‘Best Restaurant in Galway’ at the regional finals of the Santa Rita/Sunday Independent Life magazine Irish Restaurant Awards, which took place in Galway last week.

Matt Skeffington, proprietor of Artisan was delighted with the award commenting, “As Galway’s culinary offerings become more diverse and with the city now being acclaimed as one with the best dining options; to be named as best restaurant in Galway was a great accolade and I was honoured that Artisan was nominated in such great company. At Artisan, we are continually updating and reviewing our options both on the menu and to the restaurant so it is great to be recognised for this”.

Nominations for the awards were made by readers of the Sunday Independent Life magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. All nominees were then assessed by regional judging panels of industry experts. The county winner in each category is determined from votes from the consumers, members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, and the regional judges, and results are independently assessed by KPMG.

Located in probably one of the best spots in the city, above the popular Ti Neachtain’s pub, Artisan’s windows look down on the charming medieval buildings of Quay Street and Cross Street and create the perfect spot to while away a couple of hours while enjoying the best food and restaurant in the city. Candlelight, soft sounds and subdued lighting create the perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy the extraordinary culinary delights of this true foodie restaurant. Serving the very best of local, in-season produce, organic where possible, Mr Skeffington prides himself on serving continuously exceptional French classic/Irish dishes with a twist – drawing inspiration from Parisian bistros.

To coincide with the award, Artisan has just launched their new menu which includes mouth watering delights such as ‘saffron, charred leek and toasted pistachio risotto’, ‘oven baked whole poussin, pon neuf potatoes, roasted asparagus wrapped in serano ham’, ‘Pan roasted halibut fillet, courgette gratin, tomato Provencal’ and ‘grilled 8oz Fillet or prime Irish beef, Deauphinois gratin, tarragon and shallot jus’. The restaurant has also added new selections to their renowned and desirable fine wine list.

“I have over 60 wines on the list with my current love for wines from the Rhone Valley in France, “ he said. “The list offers one from nearly each region and will be hosting a wine tasting evening next month so customers can sample each. We also offer a range of premium cocktails and will be launching our new cocktail bar at the entrance of the restaurant in the upcoming weeks”.

Artisan Restaurant – a proud supporter of the arts in Galway city - is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. For more information, log onto www.artisangalway.com or call 091 532655.

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