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“Nice experience”
Review of Aniar Restaurant

Aniar Restaurant
Ranked #48 of 495 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $43 - $71
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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”.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Trying different kitchens is a family habit. This time the modern Irish kitchen (Terroir based, i.e. almost every product sourced local). The look of the restaurant is very simple, nothing shoddy or overdone. Modern and efficient. Unfortunately, the wine card could not be tested due to driving.

We tried the "scallops, pea, lardo, broad bean" as started. That was absolutely heavenly.
For the main we had "duck, pudding, dandelion, broccoli" and "john dory, artichoke, mussels, monk’s beard". Quite surprising, knowing her disliking of black pudding, the partner enjoyed her duck to the last drop of sauce. And I really enjoyed the "john dory".

Serving of the dishes was all done with much pump and an extensive explanation of what we got and how it was done. Unfortunately, some of the explanation went lost in translation.

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Thank EddyLandzaat
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We were a party of 10 friends from different countries and had a dinner. Aniar is a terroir based restaurant with mostly local food, all fresh. We had the tasting menu, which was a great experience. Aniar has won the Supreme Award for "the business that most strongly reflects the Good Food Ireland experience". Marvellous combination of tastes, and excellent wine. Not cheap of course, but worth every penny. A young and very friendly team runs the business. The restaurant has only few tables, one feels almost at home, but reservation is highly recommended.

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Thank chuchichaetschli
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

We ate at Aniar Saturday 18th of May. I had scallops, pork neck and a cheese board, all of which were 10 out of 10 for taste. The pork neck was a very small portion. Similarly my boyfriend was disappointed with his portion of lamb. Although delicious, over 30 euro for two thumb sized medallions of lamb seems steep.
As we finished we ordered the bill. We sat another while. Our waiter brought us our jackets and left them with us. He has been great all night and very attentive. When we went to leave having paid 155euro excluding tip, nobody said goodbye or even looked in our direction. There were only two other tables still eating at this point. We actually looked around to say goodbye but could not catch either waiters eye. After such a good experience we felt let down. Its not often we pay that much for a meal. Thank you would have been nice.

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2  Thank Starshapedshiv
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

My husband and I put ourselves in the chef's hands and ordered the tasting menu. It did not disappoint. All of the courses were delicious, but we particularly enjoyed the plates that involved items we never would have ordered on our own (for example, duck hearts). Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We would also suggest splurging for the wine pairings. Each selection was excellent and really did add something to the food. The atmosphere is surprisingly casual, which we enjoyed. While Aniar is certainly not cheap, it is worth the money for the quality ingredients, beautiful presentation and delicious surprises. We would highly, highly recommend this restaurant. Also, there are a limited number of tables, so if you are set on eating at Aniar on a certain night, we would recommend reservations. We visited on a Tuesday night and it was full.

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Thank TJBSt_Louis_Missouri
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

I was so excited to go to aniar having read all about it in the times. I had an amazing meal - the veal cutlet with wild onion was outstanding and the beetroot fraiche dessert. loved our waiter who advised us on wine. the only slight criticism is whenever the door opens a blast of cold air enters but otherwise enjoyed my meal. You do spend a little bit more than average but I thought it was worth it!

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Thank Thomas W
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