Anair the restaurant
So CJ and the friends at DIT reiterated that we try the food at Anair restaurant. They are preparing a tasting menu and using all local ingredients from the Galway area. The layout of the menu was confusing to me and that was even before the drink, lol with its very limited descriptors and poor grammar - take a look:
At any rate this is a 28 seat restaurant that is walking distance (30 min) from our hotel and well worth the walk. We decided to take the 5 course menu with wine pairings and it was wonderful. We had a 7 pm reservation and we were finished by 9:40. All the seats were taken and the server told us that it has been pretty busy since March, which is very unusual. Maybe the Celtic tiger is ready to return? If you happen to visit the Galway area - this place is a keeper!
Bread starter - made in house, in fact the pastry Chef had been in since7:00
course 1 - baby radish and turnips with a Chenin Blanc from South Africa
Course 2 - peas and broad beans and shoots with goat cheese with Grechetto from Umbria (i'ld say my favourite dish! Loved the Color)
Course 3 - pork belly (very little fat so I really enjoyed this dish) with Viognier/Marsanne from Australia
Course 4 - herbal tea & lemon balm sorbet
Course 5 - pigeon with Syrah from St. Joseph Rhone (dark meat like a very mild duck)
Finally course 6 arrives and the restaurant is fully seated and the light levels are inappropriate for a 40++ person - rhubarb cheese cake with Muscat d'Alexandria from Malaga
Now I'm getting full of the rich flavours and ready for an espresso before the walk home. Guess what they serve? mignardes - Chef Aron would be impressed.
Tomorrow we get to see Ashford Castle!