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53 Lower Do­minick Street, Gal­way Tel: (091) 535 947 aniar­restau­

Chef-pa­tron JP McMa­hon’s ap­proach to cook­ing is rooted in the West of Ire­land, but draws on sup­pli­ers from the length and breadth of the coun­try to cre­ate a win­ning, nu­anced take on mod­ern Ir­ish cui­sine. A won­der­ful Tast­ing Menu jour­neys through flavours that draw on lo­cal pro­duce: hazel­nut, pear, tar­ragon, mack­erel, yo­gurt and cu­cum­ber spring to mind but, with food for­ag­ing an es­sen­tial part of the process, truly al­most any­thing that’s good from the fields and the wilds can be served up in some mar­vel­lous com­bi­na­tion. Lo­cated in the city’s fashionabl­e West End, they de­servedly have a Miche­lin star and also own the equally ex­cel­lent Cava Bodega and Tartare Café & Wine Bar.

Best Dish: Menu Changes Daily


Span­ish Arch, Long Walk, Gal­way Tel: (091) 561 114 ard­

Lo­cated next to the city’s most his­toric land­mark, Ard Bia likes to mix the tra­di­tional with the con­tem­po­rary, as ev­i­denced by their Harissa Steamed Mus­sels with Gubeen Chorizo, Or­ange & Co­rian­der. An Ir­ish cheese board com­pris­ing of Crozier Blue, Dur­rus and St. Tola al­ways sends us home happy.

Best Dish: Ard Bia Fish Pie – € 12


Mar­ket Square, Tuam Tel: (093) 607 00 brownes­

Mov­ing back to Tuam in 2016, hus­band and wife Stevie Lane and Amanda Fa­hey have turned their lo­cal pub into a ver­i­ta­ble foodie Mecca, with peo­ple trav­el­ling from all over the west to en­joy their pre­cise cook­ing. The fare is con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish with the Gal­way Goat’s, Ap­ple & Beet­root and the Braised Duck with Jerusalem Ar­ti­choke & Prune starters worth the price of ad­mis­sion alone. Your waist­line mightn’t thank you, but the Beef Drip­ping Hand Cut Chips are a deca­dent de­light.

Best Dish: Beef Cheek with Cele­riac & Onion – € 22


19 Abbey­gate Street Up­per, Gal­way. Tel: (083) 810 8892 thechilish­

Hav­ing started life as a food truck that fed the hun­gry masses at fes­ti­vals, The Chili Shack is now do­ing its spicy Tex-Mex thing in the heart of Gal­way. You can get your chili in a bowl, with na­chos or rice, and slathered on their crispy skinny fries. They also rus­tle up a mean burger – the Smoked Ba­con & Cheese combo is es­pe­cially tasty – and go for the culi­nary jugu­lar with their XXX Hot Wings. There’s a sec­ond out­let in Dublin’s funky Stoney­bat­ter neigh­bour­hood.

Best Dish: Chunky Ir­ish Beef Chilli with Bas­mati Rice – € 8


51 Lower Do­minick Street, Gal­way Tel: (091) 449 252

Aniar’s next-door neigh­bour has its own farm in Moy­cullen, which for much of the year

ANIAR: The world is JP McMa­hon’s oys­ter

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