51 Lower Do­minick St, Gal­way 091-449252 dela.ieg

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

Wife and hus­band Mar­garet and Joe Bo­han opened Dela in 2013, in the space that used to house JP McMa­hon’s Cava res­tau­rant be­fore it moved to its new home on Mid­dle Street. The menu of­fers com­fort food clas­sics such as steamed Kil­lary mus­sels with chorizo, fen­nel and white wine (¤6.50 starter) and the dela sweet potato tagine Hot Pot (¤14.50).

I’m cu­ri­ous about the Mid­dle and Far East­ern in­flu­ences that run through the veg­e­tar­ian op­tions in the brunch and dinner menus. The ap­pear­ance of a falafel and hum­mus on a Scandi-in­spired Ir­ish res­tau­rant, among the free-range mus­tard chicken and seared steak sand­wiches, feels a lit­tle off mes­sage. But it all tastes great. The veg­gie break­fast (¤8.50) comes with crispy falafel and a lightly bat­tered cau­li­flower pakora. Paired with fried pota­toes, mush­rooms, eggs and fried toma­toes, it’s a big plate of food and a wel­come hang­over buster. My but­ter­milk pan­cakes (¤8.50) are made in the Amer­i­can style, stacked tall on the plate, driz­zled with maple syrup and served with good qual­ity ba­con.

The break­fast bur­rito is not a break­fast op­tion I’m a fan of – too messy, too big, too Guy Fieri – but Dela does an el­e­gant job of it. The brunch bur­rito (¤7.50) is wrapped in a toasty tor­tilla that doesn’t go soggy half­way through. The flavours of the scram­bled eggs, the rel­ish and the co­rian­der and lime salsa are bal­anced well. Dela is open for brunch and dinner only.

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