The long-established Da Tang Noodle House is widely recognised as Galway’s most authentic Chinese restaurant, rated highly for quality and value.
The striking red-painted facade is as much part of the local scene as its neighbour across the road, Charlie Byrne’s bookshop.
Du Han To, the personable owner-chef (his own art and calligraphy adorn the walls) has a loyal clientele who return again and again for outstanding noodle, dumpling, stir-fry and rice dishes.
The restaurant itself is simply furnished with glass-topped tables close together, seating no more than thirty and immaculately clean.
The generous noodle dishes are most attractive, prepared to order, and little side salads of sweet-pickled vegetables are served free of charge.
From a range that includes noodles with chicken, beef, prawns and pork, you might choose an excellent house special of roast duck in ginger and scallion sauce with noodles (€16.50), the roast duck pieces still tasting crisply roasted, having been added to the noodles, vegetables and stock at the last minute.
Or try a vegetarian option of stir-fried tofu and vegetables with noodles (€11.50), with all vegetable looking and tasting fresh.
This Galway restaurants desserts are limited to a choice of pineapple or banana fritters, but you can finish with very good teas and Lavazza coffee.
Service is attentive and a short, reasonably priced wine list includes some organic and biodynamic bottles, also a choice of Chinese beer and Sake.
Da Tang is a little gem, perfect for a light lunch or more substantial dinner in the low to medium price bracket.
* The innovative Pan Asian take-away, CHI, is a sister enterprise (+353 (0)91 861687; Westside Enterprise Park, Le Chéile Road, Westside, Galway.)