The Food Awards

Galway win big at The Food Awards 2019

The Food Awards

The Food Awards Ireland 2019 welcomed over 300 guests at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Dublin Airport on Monday, November 4th in an annual a celebration of those who work hard to provide us with delicious dishes and unique experiences when we visit their establishments.

The awards recognised the achievements of local suppliers, wholesalers, chefs and restaurants amongst others that always serve the community with the freshest of products and work tirelessly within their establishments to deliver great customer service to their diners. The winners are a true reflection of the quality and excellence that remark the country’s food industry.

The elegant ceremony was hosted by the Irish celebrity Jenny Buckley. She welcomed on stage meritorious individuals, acknowledged for providing visitors and residents with great gastronomic delights and working within establishments where excellence is standard.

Several of the awards were split into local regions to ensure the diverse range of businesses from across the country are recognised for their exceptional work.

Some of Galway’s best restaurants walked away prestigious awards on the night in the following categories;

 Best Mexican Establishment: Tuco’s Taqueria

 Best Irish Cuisine: McHughs Traditional Pub & Restaurant 

 Restaurant General Manager of the Year: IL Vicolo 

 Hotel Restaurant of the Year: Restaurant gigi’s at the g Hotel 

Gastro Pub of the Year Connaught: John Keogh’s Gastropub 

Huge congratulations to all of the winners! #GalwayGrub

 

Introducing Pizza Amore

We were absolutely delighted to be invited to check out the newest addition to Galway’s food scene – Pizza Amore.

Situated on Cross Street, Pizza Amore is the twin restaurant of Pizza & Pasta Napoli, one of our favourites! It offers a different experience to its twin while maintaining the high standards they have set across the road in the 9+ years they have been in business.

Inside you will find a simplistic and warm decor that stays true to their Napolitano heritage. Likewise, the food is a wide variety of Pizza, specials including Mushrooms Arancini, Bruschetta, Cheese boards and more.

57649208_1147256408781303_8968061902127104000_n

61188643_1170747403098870_8198316175415836672_n (1)

59896255_1157877657719178_6510358933910061056_n

We may have eaten just a little bit too much but when food like that gets put in front of you, what can you do?!

In the end, we were extremely impressed with everything Pizza Amore had to offer – their food was top notch, the people were extremely friendly and the location is perfect. Make it your mission to give this place a try, they accept walk-ins but you can book a table as well

#GalwayGrub

ARTISAN OPTIONS #3 – Goodness Me

Over the past few years, a new wave of Irish food producers has emerged onto the scene, largely in thanks to initiatives such as the SuperValu Academy and Grow with Aldi. Recently, on a visit to Cork, we came across Goodness Me – tasty & hearty pastries filled with delicious, healthy fillings.

DSC00923

I bought a couple of boxes of each flavour; Mature Cheddar Cheese & Onion and Ratatouille & Quinoa. Each box contained two of the hand-crafted pastries with a 20 minute cooking time from frozen. They freeze each pastry straight away to utilise natures pause button and lock in all of the natural goodness with no need for any artificial additives or preservatives. With the pastry frozen unbaked, they popped out of the oven as fresh as if I had baked them from scratch by myself.

DSC00810

A quick Google search brought up the story of how the owners, from the tip of the Beara Peninsula in Allihies, West Cork, were inspired by Cornish miners who had found an ingenious way of bringing their dinners to work by wrapping them in a pastry casing, an edible lunch box so to speak. Intrigued by this concept, they went about creating their own savoury pastries with a modern twist.

Although seemingly not readily available in Galway yet, keep an eye on SuperValu stores in your local area and upcoming promotions in Lidl.

Do you want to read about more Irish Artisan products? Check out our Artisan Options #1 and #2.
#GalwayGrub

The Best Places For Burgers In Galway

Forget all that fancy nonsense for a minute and just put a massive burger in front of me. Thankfully, the burger scene has absolutely exploded in recent times throughout the city and we are now blessed with a variety of options, each with their own unique take on the classic comfort food. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best places to get a burger in Galway. At the minute, they’re in no particular order but each of them is worth trying.

Handsome Burger

It would be ridiculous of anyone to put together a list of where to get a good burger in Galway and ignore a restaurant known solely for their good food. Handsome Burger, on Dominick Street, have been getting rave reviews since they opened up their new establishment in Galway’s Westend. Be warned, taking one look at their social media channels is only going to result in saliva flowing from your mouth in anticipation of those juicy creations.56968306_2387279821305910_4477235936991641600_n

The BurgerStory

Brought to you by the team at Martine’s of Quay Street, The BurgerStory define themselves as US-style burgers. Their menu makes extensive use of high-end Irish & locally produced ingredients, including McCarthy’s of Kanturk black pudding in the signature “Damnation Burger”. With the Summer months upcoming, their outdoor seating by the Spanish Arch is a bit of a game changer.57247067_792216567806986_7277425511561691136_n

(The Damnation Burger in all its glory)

BóTOWN

We’ve been huge supporters of BóTOWN since they opened, not only is their food delicious but the whole story behind their business is worth hearing. If you get a chance to meet either of the owners when you’re in, make sure to ask them a bit about it – it’s fascinating. 49592367_360592108088265_6275984363863670784_n

The youngest addition to our list in terms of the length it’s been open, BóTOWN is actually a neighbour of Handsome Burger, adding to the already overflowing culinary scene in Dominick Street.

The Chili Shack

38544227_1009030429270222_8889557824170885120_n

We’re creatures of habit. If we find a place we enjoy, we’ll always make sure to go back for more, often at the expense of trying somewhere new. The Chili Shack is the original innovator in Galway when it comes to the Burger scene. With it’s easy going, relaxed vibe, The Chili Shack’s Burger menu is smaller than the other options on this list but what they do, they do well.

If you’re like me and you have a student ID from a number of years ago with the expiry date rubbed off, you can claim 10% off Monday – Wednesday too!

Wholly Cow Burgers

Want to avoid the city centre? Wholly Cow Burgers offer more than just an excuse not to head into town with their no-fuss burgers. They use the simple rule of using high-quality ingredients including succulent meats that are bursting with flavour.27752365_144169929598237_8430097816116889299_n

As an added bonus, they are very environmentally friendly with 100% compostable packaging and by keeping all of their food waste to a minimum.

Of course, there are many other places we love to grab a burger including Scotty’s & Caribou to name but a few, but we can’t go through them all! If you have any other suggestions let us know and if you like this, you might want to read our blog on the ‘Top 5 Pizza Places in Galway’

#GalwayGrub

HIDDEN GEMS #2 – C’est la Vie

After our first Hidden Gem blog a couple of months back, a recent discovery has excited us beyond belief. We’re talking about C’est la Vie, a traditional French boulangerie.

Using only traditional French methods, they create delicious breads with the finest organic flours. As well as being a bakery, they are a café first and foremost. They open at 8am where they serve breakfast with a gorgeous choice of teas, coffee, hot chocolate and freshly baked viennoiseries (croissants, pains au chocolat & danishes). For lunch, there’s a choice of sandwiches, ham & cheese croissants, sausage rolls, quiches and croque-monsieur. Whether you prefer to eat meat, fish or are vegetarian, there is something for you!

39391937_274631029930363_6289907599865282560_n

(The smell of that freshly baked bread is magical)

Then anytime during the day, you might be tempted to try one of their patisseries: strawberry pies, apple pies, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringue tarts and more depending on the seasons. Be careful to get there early as stocks are limited!
#GalwayGrub