Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a great summer, and enjoying the fab weather! I’m back with another review today – trying to keep my promise to blog more this summer!
The lovely folks at The Connacht Hotel in Galway invited me to sample their new summer lunch menu – needless to say I jumped at the opportunity! Free lunch plus something to blog about? Win-win!
I went to the hotel on a busy Saturday, when the heat wave was in full swing. Finding the hotel is very straight forward, though I did still manage to end up at the wrong hotel.. Totally going to blame it on my co-pilot, Laura! Once we found the right hotel, I had no problem getting parking. The lobby was bright and airy, and featured a counter of all the Facebook likes the hotel page has – coolest thing ever! I, of course, liked the Facebook page there and then – I can confirm the counter is accurate! Yeah, I’m really easily amused..
Once we got over the excitement, we were directed to Bar Solo, the main bar of the hotel, by our lovely waitress, Aisling. I eagerly awaited seeing the menu, and wasn’t disappointed! There was a huge range of salads, which I was really impressed by – not just a token Caesar salad thrown in at the end! There was also loads of mains to choose from, like ravioli, beef burgers, lasange, stirfries, and a range of pizzas. I was spoilt for choice!
I eventually decided on the Thai fish cakes for my starter, which came with lemon curd, sweet chilli dip, penny loaf, and a little side salad. The fish cakes were delicious – perfectly cooked, with a crisp coating of bread crumbs. The dips worked really well with the dish – the lemon curd in particular had a really interesting texture, which I enjoyed. Even the mini loaves of bread were great – I planned on just having a little taste, but they were too good..
After some deliberation, I decided to go for the marinated chicken and minty bulgar wheat salad as my main. The presentation was great – almost too nice to eat! Almost.. The salad also had tofu, stuffed Italian olives, and a drizzle of olive and truffle oil, though I had it without the olives – I’ve never gotten over my childhood dislike of them! The salad tasted really great, though I must admit the ravioli Laura got did make question if I made the right choice.. It looked insanely good! No regrets though, fab salad!
I was pretty satisfied after the main course, but said we may as well take a quick look at the dessert menu.. Once I saw Ferrero Rocher cheesecake on the menu I totally caved and went for it! We decided to share one between the two of us..
Just kidding! Kinda.. The dessert looked absolutely divine, there was so much attention to detail with the presentation! I was ready to dig into to it straight away and had to be reminded by Laura to take a picture first.. I’m such a bad blogger! The cheesecake was really good, though there wasn’t a strong Ferrero Rocher flavour to it apart from the piece of ferrero on top.. Still delicious all the same though! The ice cream was served in a really cute, edible chocolate cup which was a nice touch. All in all, I was a big fan of dessert!
We also shown the cocktail menu, but unfortunately I was driving and couldn’t sample them.. I may just have to come back and sample the espresso martini!
I’d really recommend trying The Connacht for lunch – the range of salads and cocktails was really excellent! The staff were lovely, and the bar had a chill, relaxed vibe.. What more could you ask for!