g Hotel & Spa is also featured on a regular basis and since Cedric Bottarlini took over the reins of the kitchen last year, we have welcomed a number of well known faces. One of our favourite recent reiews is from Niamh Mannion of TheTaste.ie. We just love her way with words so have blatantly copied segemts of her review and the link to the full aticle is below.
"Like the rest of the hotel, Restaurant gigi’s is sumptuously decorated
in deep rich colours and plush fabrics that are warm and inviting.
Despite being spacious there is nothing stark and minimalist here but
rather, this is a room that encourages you to spoil yourself! With this
in mind, and after being shown to our table, we decided to have
cocktails whilst we examined the menu in greater detail. Sipping on a
very well-mixed Negronis and nibbling on the wonderful selection of
breads which had arrived at our table soon after we were seated, we
decided to opt for the ‘Indulge’ menu."
"Our starters of Crab & Asparagus and Crisp Irish Free-Range Pork-Belly
were both beautifully presented and we descended upon them with gay
abandon. Mixed through the crab were little nuggets of diced apple which
complemented the crabmeat perfectly and leant a fruity freshness to the
dish. The quenelle of crab bavarois presented atop the crabmeat was, by
contrast, rich and silky-smooth and completely addictive. The classic
paring with steamed green asparagus along with a spear of lightly
pickled white asparagus and an asparagus purée excited the taste-buds as
all the best starters should… leaving an air of anticipation regarding
the dishes to follow."
"The other main course of Sliced Peppered Sirloin Steak & Braised Rib
was absolutely superb. Here wonderfully flavoursome sirloin steak had
been perfectly cooked medium-rare to order. This was a well-aged, prime
cut of quality beef so perhaps it was to be expected that it would be
good, but the slow-cooked rib was every bit as good. Thinly sliced
radishes with their fresh peppery crunch and sweet heritage carrots
danced a metaphorical jig across the plate, so artfully had they been
placed. This was a dish that screamed EAT ME! The spinach purée with its
iron-rich flavour was faultless........As an aside, I would strongly recommend the Sweet Potato
Fries… believe me, they are truly exceptional!"
For the quality of the food on offer, Restaurant gigi’s offers great
value for money. Rather cleverly, the
restaurant has managed to provide
options that will appeal to the more conservative diner but also
something for those with adventurous palates. Each dish that I ate was
beautifully presented and contained elements that surprised and charmed
in equal measure.....Each individual menu in Restaurant gigi’s arsenal is just the right
length and overall there is plenty of choice and many tempting dishes.
More importantly, what restaurant gigi’s does, it does well… very well! Service was impeccable with staff who were friendly and attentive and
well-informed about the menu and the ingredients used. This is a
restaurant that clearly has high ambitions and a desire to create a
delicious dining experience using quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
This it achieves and it is easy to see why it has been awarded and has
retained an AA 2 Rosette rating for three years running."
Thank you Niamh for visiting and for your kind words. Follow Niamh on Twitter or SEE THE FULL REVIEW HERE
Monday, 22 June 2015
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Galway has a long established connection with the sea and it is easy to see references to our maritime history from the iron fountain at the top of Eyre Square (rusted to mirror the colour of Hooker sails) to the logo of Galway itself. We are a city that grew through port trading and of course fishing. The Claddagh area was originally a fishing village and there was once hundreds of vessels known as ‘Galway Hookers’. They are an iconic symbol of Galway and an integral part of Irish heritage.
With the arrival of electricity and the improvement in road transport the hookers were no longer able to earn their keep and fell into disrepair. Also the fishing industry went into decline due to increasing competition from larger trawlers fishing in Galway Bay. This gradually led to reduction in the city hooker fleet as the larger and more efficient trawlers began to take over. However in 1978 the Galway Hooker Association was formed to promote and preserve these wonderful craft and to oversee the annual regattas. Since then new boats have been commissioned and built in Connemara and then more recently the Claddagh Boatmen or in gaelic Bádórí anCladaig came together in the city of Galway. Now you will regularly see local Claddagh Boats taking part in Festivals and city regattas. There is nothing more magical than watching the rich maroon hues of a Galway Hooker sail up the Corrib with Spanish Arch in the background.
There are two companies offering excursions on Galway Hookers - Bow Waves based in the city and Wild Atlantic Adventures based in Roundstone. It is a fantastic experience that gives an unrivalled view of Galway Bay and the surrounding countryside and highly recommend you take the time.
There are four classes of Galway Hooker:
- Bád Mór (pronounced bawd more), 35-44 ft
- Leath Bhád (pronounced la fawd), 32 ft
- Gleoiteog (pronounced gloychug), 24-28 ft
- Púcán (pronounced pookawn)