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Kai

Kai Restaurant is nestled between the church and a gay bar down on Sea Road in Galway’s Westend. The building which was home to a florist before New Zealander Jess and Carlow’s Dave Murphy arrived over 12 years ago and transformed the space into what it is today, Kai.

Kai is the Maori word for food and in 2011 they opened the door with a simple formula — high-quality produce, preferably organic or wild, sourced locally and cooked intelligently.

Lunch is a casual service and we do not accept reservations for it. For Dinner, a reservation is essential and can be made over the phone or on their website.

Aniar Restaurant

Aniar is a Michelin Starred restaurant located in Galway’s West End. Our food comes from the specific place that is the west of Ireland. We hope to reveal the distinct and various foodstuffs that make up our particular landscape, through our farms, the wildlands and the shores that surround us. The natural course of the seasons dictates our ever-changing and evolving menu.

The kitchen is led by chef patron JP McMahon. Alongside using wild and foraged local ingredients, Jp likes to foster old traditional cooking and preservation methods, such as curing, pickling, smoking and fermenting. His aim is to look back in order to look forward: to the future of Irish food. It is only by understanding our culinary past that we can unlock the untapped resources of our future.

Our tasting menu is an immersive dining experience of Irish food through the ages with a contemporary filter.

Aniar also runs a Boutique Cookery School. The School offers one-day workshops as well as six-week classes. The classes run by JP McMahon offer hands-on experience.

JP McMahon is an accomplished writer with mainstream national newspapers & author.

His most recent book, An Alphabet of Aniar: Notes for a New Irish Cuisine (2023), is a reflective companion piece to his previous publication, The Irish Cook Book (Phaidon 2020).

While The Irish Cook Book focussed on the entire history of food in Ireland, An Alphabet of Aniar: Notes for a New Irish Cuisine discusses some of JP McMahon’s philosophy and findings from the last twelve years at Aniar through the framework of the alphabet.

Both books can be purchased via Aniar’s website.

Photo Credits: Anita Murphy

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