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“What a night” 5 of 5 bubbles
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: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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 42 helpful votes
“What a night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Went here with a good friend of mine to have a good evening of food and wine, and boy did we.
Ended up having a nine course tasting menu nothing was two much trouble and the wines 5 star,this is not an Irish stew and sandwich shop although the bread was the best Id tasted in Ireland what it is is a class couple of chefs bringing new and exciting wines and dishes to the table good luck ,will bring the wife next time and we can get it to a ten course

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Navan, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Michelin starred food at a michelin starred restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Superb food at a reasonable price. Book early though as it's rather small. The amuse bouche, petit fours and cheeseboard were a delight.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Ronan R
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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful but overpriced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

My second time here and I held back reviewing the first time as it was very new and I assumed teething problems.
If you go here for dinner in no way will you be disappointed in the food but the hardest thing to swallow is the cheque in my opinion.
The food looks and tastes lovely, not blow your socks off amazing, but lovely. The portions are small and if you like a lot of food you will be hungry leaving.
1 of the 2 starters was delicious, 1 was bland. Both mains were lovely although lacking balance in place of appearance (not enough sauce/veg).
Maybe it's too much to ask, but for a michelin star restaurant I expect the chef not to rattle the tiny restaurant every 5 minutes with a roar for service, I expect the staff to pour your wine if you have spent as much as we did(for reference both times they have only poured first pour) and I don't expect to queue in the already tiny space for 1 little toilet.
There seems to be absolutely no dress code here either as I saw lots of people wearing old runners and flip flops.

The 200 euro bill that then came seemed a little bit high considering we did not do the tasting menu and only shared a dessert.. But then we realised items like 1 sparkling water cost €6..that explained things.
Overall it was good..staff are nice, food is nice. I would say great if not for the price.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Exciting & delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful Dining experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trefor W
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