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