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“Exciting & delicious”
Review of Aniar Restaurant

Aniar Restaurant
Ranked #55 of 466 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$43 - US$71
Cuisines: Irish, European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The food is based on our terroir, the ensemble of natural influences that give a food a sense of place. In the west of Ireland we are surrounded by lush ancient woodland, bountiful shorelines, thriving farmlands all heaving with some of the best ingredients in Europe but unique to us. Aniar obeys the seasons and lets nature decide our menu.Recently returned from Noma, the Danish restaurant, voted the World’s Best Restaurant 2011, Enda McEvoy heads the kitchen. He works closely with local producers while also gathering wild herbs, plants and seaweeds each day from the woodlands and seashore around the area to produce a cuisine based around light clean flavours.Light sauces and stocks, properly reared animals (utilizing all of the animal), sustainably caught fish with an eye to the future of the fishing industry and evolving with the seasons using vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries, either from the wild or cultivated, all encompass the Aniar philosophy. The Chefs pickle and brine as much as is bountiful during the spring and summer to see the restaurant through the winter. Enda explains “we use modern culinary techniques to obtain the best out of the ingredients, while never losing sight of the integrity of the produce”.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Exciting & delicious”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Had the tasting menu and loved the little surprises with each course. Matched wines were lovely too. The gooseberry and hay desert was a stand out! As was the langoustine. Loved the duck hearts too. Pretty much loved the whole thing.

1 Thank Kate S
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A wonderful Dining experience”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

wonderful restaurant with helpful and knowledgeable staff. The Taster menu was to die for, beautiful flavour combinations throughout and superbly cooked.
Compares very favourably with another 1 etoile restaurant elsewhere in Ireland we'd visited earlier in the Holiday which, to be honest, at the time we'd thought was good.
Aniar was in an entirely different league altogether.

Seek it out when you're in Galway

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Trefor W
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Mayobridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

First off, I must point out that we didn't dine in the Aniar restaurant in Galway, but ate at the "pop-up restaurant" they staged in the Model Gallery as part of the recent Sligo food festival. The starters before the main course were fine, but ultimately forgettable. They were small courses - tasters more than starters - which would have been fine had it not been for the fact that we had arrived at the event at 8pm and by the time the main course arrived, it was almost 11pm. I had, at one point, considered nipping across to the chipper across the road just to get something to stop myself from fainting with the hunger. By the time the mains arrived I was so hungry, I would have eaten anything - even a serving of blandly seasoned fish on top of a plate of barley. Which is just as well, as that is exactly what we were served. Before the meal began, the owner had given a small speech in which he referenced the "theatre" of the dining experience we were about to experience. However, with the main event being a huge disappointment served to a room full of largely disgruntled diners (who were wondering if they were ever going to be fed), it was more "drama" than "theatre". The highlight of the meal was the dessert which was in an otherwise unremarkable evening a superb dish. I left the venue dissatisfied and wondering if the owners & chefs had forgotten a few basics and had become victims of believing too much in their own hype. Pity, because I was really looking forward to the meal.

  • Visited June 2014
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6 Thank starbelgrade
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Why so expensive?”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

We visited Aniar whilst touring Ireland. The food was tasty and well cooked and presented. However, the portions were very small and the price very large. I looked around at others as they were trying to explain to themselves why they were paying quite so much for a meal they could hardly see on the plate. Service was too scripted and not responsive. Perhaps they are trying too hard to be a Michelin starred restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
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5 Thank Helen A
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Booked for the Aniar for our anniversary meal and what a delight to dine at this restaurant. We chose from the A la carte menu which as others note is just listed ingredients . This may be uncomfortable for some but at this standard of restaurant you put your trust in the chef ! Imaginative ingredients some foraged and largely locally sourced. Each course beautifully prepared and presented provided new culinary experiences without any pretentiousness as so often found. We left the matching of wines to our courses to the knowledgable staff and they did a great job. Friendly and efficient service without fuss .In our opinion great value for the standard , maybe partly due to the sterling exchange rate ? . We found the portions to be just right and are puzzled by the criticism by some reviewers . ( note ...there is a huge range of restaurants and different cuisines in Galway available if you seek quantity above quality) . If you desire something a little special we would recommend the Aniar which is refreshingly unique and most deserving of the Michelin*.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Paul M
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