A new West of Ireland terroir-based Café and Wine bar has opened in Galway’s West End, owned by husband and wife team JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffey of Aniar and Cava Bodega restaurants.
Drigin Gaffey and JP McMahon in newly opened Tartare Cafe + Wine Bar, 56 Lower Dominick Street, Galway Photo: xposure .
Drigin Gaffey and JP McMahon in newly opened Tartare Cafe + Wine Bar, Photo: Xposure .

All of the dishes on both the daytime and evening menus draw on a wealth of in-season West of Ireland produce. The wine list is focusing on organic, biodynamic and natural wine.

The daytime menu has a delightful range of tempting sandwiches, soup, organic salads with small plates of really good Oysters and a Beef Tartare. For the sandwich enthusiasts, expect sourdough bread with Corned Beef with Pickled Cabbage and Ham Hock with Smoked Gubbeen Cheese. Salads are organic and include Goat’s Curd, Radish & Hazelnut. The coffee is Bell Lane and the ideal companion to a delicious Chocolate & Nori Brownie, Meadowsweet & Custard Tart or for the savoury diners you can enjoy a scrumptious Cheese Scone with Fermented Butter.

The mouthwatering evening menu features signature Local and Native Oysters; Potted Crab & Sea Herbs; Beef Tartare & Watercress; Eel, Potato & Nori; Tomato, Lovage & Goat’s  Curd; and Courgette, Hazelnut & Gooseberry. In addition to these dishes, the menu celebrates Irish farmhouse cheeses and charcuterie with a selection of boards. Mussels & Seagrass; Herring & Sour Cream; and Vegetables & Sheep’s Yoghurt are among the pickles’ choices.

JP McMahon said, Tartare is inspired by travel to Copenhagen and all of the dishes draw on a wealth of Irish produce. There are really good oysters, pickles and preserves, with vegetarian and vegan dishes. It’s a celebration of Irish farmhouse cheeses and charcuterie, too.”

Tartare Café, Galway
Tartare Café, Galway

Drigin Gaffey, who oversaw the interior design, said, “When in Berlin recently, I loved the relaxed and contemporary feel of the casual eateries there and I thought this style would work really well in Galway, so I married this with International design trends to create a warm and welcoming space with an element of fun.”

Tartare Café + Wine Bar is located at 56 Lower Dominick Street, West End, Galway, Ireland. Tel +353 (0)91 567 803.

Tartare Café + Wine Bar is open from morning time through to evening, Monday to Saturday.

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