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Kai Cafe & Restaurant

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1 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Kai Cafe & Restaurant
Sea Road, Galway City Co Galway
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Kai is a most worthy venture by a serious chef and her experienced team and it very quickly earned a following
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Kai Cafe & Restaurant

Kai, meaning food in Maori, is the brainchild of chef Jess Murphy, a New Zealander who, with her Irish husband David front-of-house, has converted this former tearoom/café to a rustic, bare wood, flagged-floor, stonewalled café and restaurant.


In shades of green and grey, with a central glass conservatory roof and plain furnishings, she has created a most unusual dining space. In fairly basic surroundings, which may not appeal to everyone, Jess displays her talents for cooking that are unashamedly dedicated to the very best of local foods, cooked in her own inimitable manner. She cuts no corners in seeking out the very best raw materials and then cooking them simply with a minimum of fuss.


This Galway restaurants menus change daily dependent on the best ingredients available. Home-baking is the morning attraction and daily lunch is built around soups, quiches, pies, stews and salads; usually no more than four dishes, all under €10.


Dinner is a short à la carte menu consisting of five starters, five main courses and five desserts, including the farmhouse cheese du jour. The house focaccia comes with herb butter at no extra charge.


Starters could include The Farm Plate & Aioli – served on a wooden board, this may typically offer a colourful array of beetroot, (two kinds), carrot, fennel bulb, turnip, herbs and flowers with a light aioli - and dishes based on local fish, such as Connemara Potted Crab (served in a glass jar with a thick seal – perhaps too thick - of clarified butter and cucumber pickles, this is a good fresh-tasting combination), and Achill Island smoked mackerel, avocado and apple salad - delicately smoked fish, beautifully garnished.


Main courses include good fish - Ray wing and Hake, for example, both excellent in quality and cooking, although portion sizes may vary – and fine, generous steak (Brady’s Striploin; very good beef which, in the Guide’s experience, would have benefited from longer hanging) with flavoursome savoury butter and summer onions.


Excellent desserts may include Hokey pokey ice cream (a honeycomb ice) with roasted nutty crumbs and succulent fruit, such as Roasted Nectarine and Burren honey Ice cream.


You may expect very good coffee, and a short wine list is carefully selected to match the quality of the food.


Staff are informal and friendly, and – although dinner prices may seem high given the unsophisticated furnishings/décor – it offers good value for the quality of the food.


Kai is a most worthy venture by a serious chef and her experienced team and it very quickly earned a following.

Seats 30 plus private room for 15 diners. Café open Mon-Fri 9.30-12 for cakes, pastries and scones. Lunch 12.30-3pm. Sunday Brunch, 12-3pm. Restaurant open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday 6.30 to 10.30pm Limited on-street parking. MasterCard, Visa, Laser, Amex abbreviations
Last Updated: 03-04-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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