Aniar Restaurant

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Aniar Restaurant
53 Dominick Street, Galway City Co Galway
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Seasonal, local and natural food – the appealing ethos behind one of Galway’s most highly regarded restaurants - where diners can expect exquisite ingredients expertly cooked in a contemporary and lively environment.
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Location - By a lake
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Private Parties
  • Wedding Venue
  • Atmospheric
  • Cool Venue
  • MSG Free
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Aniar Restaurant

Well-known restaurateurs JP McMahon and Drigin Gaffey opened Aniar in 2011, and it soon became the most talked about restaurant in Galway. Meaning ‘from the West’, the philosophy emulated that of Copenhagen’s Noma, favouring local, seasonal, wild and foraged foods simply and elegantly prepared.

Enda McEvoy (now nearby at this own first restaurant, Loam) was the original chef, his creative cooking and lightness of touch ensuring this small restaurant quickly became a destination dining experience. Though he has left to pursue his own business interests, Aniar’s strong food philosophy is unchanged.

Open six days a week for dinner only, menus are brief, with just three choices per course. (A five-course tasting menu, which must be ordered by the whole table, features additional choices.) Once the trio of bread arrives – perhaps focaccia made with Irish rapeseed oil, white rolls with Mount Callan cheddar and treacle bread with seeds served with a creamy pat of home made butter – diners will realise the level of care and love in the kitchen.

Dishes are described simply by ingredients, perhaps a summer starter of brown crab, apple, celery and hazelnut or main of lamb, peas, onion and broad bean. (The lengthy collection of local suppliers is listed on the end of the menu). With such fresh and natural ingredients it’s a joy to find them expertly handled and beautifully presented, with each flavour allowed to sing.

Desserts are a particular high point, with simple sounding imgredients used to create sublime and picture-perfect confections. Coffee is good and the accomplished petit fours finish a meal on a high note.

Service is professional, if surprisingly formal, and the light and breezy décor is more café than fine dining room which some may feel to be at odds with the exceptional standard of cooking; however, the impeccable ingredient sourcing means a meal here is a gourmet extravaganza. Portions may be small but the menu changes daily to ensure one of the most seasonally in-touch eating experiences in a city with a rapidly developing creative food scene.

*JP McMahon, who is the driving force behind the innovative Irish Food symposium for chefs, Food On The Edge (, offers cookery classes at Aniar.


Seats 30; Open Tue & Wed 6-10pm, Thur & Sat 6-10.30pm. Set D €40. House wines available by the bottle, carafe and glass. Bottles from €21 (champagne €80), wines by the glass €5-10. Children welcome; free broadband wifi. Limited on-street parking and nearby carpark. Closed Sun & Mon. Master, Visa, Laser, Amex abbreviations
Last Updated: 15-10-2015
Author: Georgina Campbell

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