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“Disappointing second time visit”
Review of Aniar Restaurant

Aniar Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 489 Restaurants in Galway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $43 - $71
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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 March 21, 2014

We went to anair in September 2013 and although it is expensive we had a wonderful food experience, every mouthful of food was amazing, we didn't want it to end. However we went back to eat here a few weeks ago on a Friday night and we were so disappointed with the standard of food, it really was quite far away from the quality of food that was served to us in September. I ordered crab for starter, there were shells in it. Then monkfish which was nothing special for the price of it. Only good thing was the salted caramel desert. So overall I wonder what has gone wrong with this restaurant since sep13 when in my opinion was deserving of its M star. It certainly is not now. I will not return or recommend anair until I hear it's back to what it used to be. I have also since heard disappointing reviews from other locals who have dined here recently.

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Simple relaxed setting, excellent service.
Attention to detail shines in food presentation & flavours! WOW!
Choosen wines were superb by our server,
Cheese board devine.
First class all round, definately will return!

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Thank maureen1250
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

What a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to cook with Jp McMahon, it's not every day
you eat in Michelin star style let alone cook in one. Cooking and learning from Jp who has such passion for his food and all the ingredients (all Irish) was just 'Totes' Amazing!!

The chicken was cooked five different ways with purees and oils risotto and desert, the quantity of food was spectacular, we ate very well learned so much and even brought home enough food for this greedy woman! I am completely hooked on Aniar and would love to return. Michelin star all the way. Well done Jp, super job. I'll be back.

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Thank RuthWestport
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Walking into this small little restaurant I had no idea that such a wonderful dining experience awaited me. The menu is so simple. Deceivingly so, as was the wine list. The wine was exceptional and very reasonably priced and the food was truly a wonderful farm to table culinary experience. The server was highly knowledgeable about the menu items and provided a comprehensive description of each dish as it was presented. I thoroughly enjoy the meal and the overall dining experience.

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Thank luxurybarginlover
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We had heard about this restaurant and had tried to eat here once before but they didn't have an opening for months. We were curious about what the only Michelin starred restaurant in the west of Ireland had to offer. This time it was easy to book a table and given that it was a Wednesday night, we were surprised that we were two of only 6 guests that evening. It is a very small space and starkly decorated. The blackboard lists local suppliers rather than specials, as there are no specials. It is quite casual in atmosphere.

The menu was surprisingly limited with a choice of three starters, three mains, and three desserts, as well as a sampling menu for a minimum of two. Each of the mains was priced at €32.50 - rather on the high side. The wine list was very nice. There was a basket of bread that was to die for. The white bread with cheese was addictive. We ate it all. Then there was a selection of dried vegetable leaves with droplets of exquisitely flavourful sauces. We split the crab appetizer and it was delicious although the "scallop" turned out to be a dried flat leaf heavily scented of scallop roe. Not as expected but interesting.

Our mains were fantastic. We had the venison and monkfish. Whereas the choices were simplistically described on the menu, the waiter described in great detail the origins of the ingredients - as many local as possible. And although the portions appeared tiny on over sized plates, they were actually quite substantial and perfectly prepared with truly exquisite flavouring. We left satiated but not stuffed. This was an anniversary treat and it didn't disappoint. Very interesting.

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Thank cruising_kitty_57
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