Hot Press - - The Great Irish Food & Drink Adventure - WITH LEO MO­RAN THE SAWDOCTORS

You can’t go far wrong in Gal­way, there’s so many good places. But there’s some that re­ally stand out for me. I love WA Cafe (13 New Dock Street) — it’s a Ja­panese restau­rant, owned by Yoshimi Hayakawa, who has a real pas­sion for mak­ing sushi. It’s small and friendly, and they use good in­gre­di­ents. I al­ways get sashimi, I like the squid and oc­to­pus, and they might have tur­bot or some­thing very lo­cal as well, which is fan­tas­tic.

Food 4 Thought (Unit 4, Abbey­gate Street Lower) is a fam­i­lyrun, old-style cafe. They do cof­fee and sand­wiches – but the food is re­ally healthy and it’s a lovely place to hang out and read a book. Kai (22 Sea Road) is a fan­tas­tic place too. It’s in that up­per-tier of restau­rants, but Jes­sica Murphy is the chef and she prides her­self on be­ing sea­sonal, and it’s re­ally classy. They do or­ganic Euro­pean dishes. It’s one of those unique places: they con­stantly put dif­fer­ent things on the menu.

La Tasca (1 Do­minick Street) is a hid­den gem. It’s very in­for­mal, but there’s a lovely at­mos­phere. It’s Mediter­ranean food with a strong Span­ish in­flu­ence. My­self and Eleanor go there quite of­ten and it’s re­ally good. There’s also a pizza place be­side Tigh Neach­tain’s bar called Pizza & Pasta Napoli (15 Cross Street Up­per). They do re­ally good value, big slices of pizza. Very sat­is­fy­ing and tasty.

For food shop­ping, Gal­way Mar­ket at St. Ni­cholas’ Church at the week­ends, is al­ways great. There’s lovely vege­tar­ian In­dian food, a fa­mous crepe stall, and the equally fa­mous Sheri­dan’s cheese-shop is there too.

The Gal­way Bay Brew­ery pro­duces some ex­cel­lent porters and has its own bar in Salthill, the Oslo.


Away from Gal­way, I tend to go for Asian places. I was down in Cork lately, and there’s a Miche­lin star Ja­panese restau­rant called Ichigo Ichie (5 Sheares Street), which is out of this world. It’s a chef’s choice menu and it’s ab­so­lutely su­perb.

I also had lunch at a place in Cork called Lib­erty Grill (32 Wash­ing­ton Street), which was re­ally good. They do an all-day Brunch and the food was beau­ti­fully cooked. They serve din­ner in the evenings from 5pm. It’s one of those restau­rants where you know that who­ever is cook­ing loves what they’re do­ing.

As a band, The Sawdoctors played a lot in Dolan’s in Lim­er­ick (3-4 Dock Road), and they have fab­u­lous food there. We’d be look­ing for­ward to go­ing down just to get din­ner. We didn’t even have to leave the build­ing. Bril­liant.


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