Lunch @ The Connacht

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..

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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..

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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!

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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..

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

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