Restaurant Review: Ard Bia at Nimmo’s, Galway, Ireland

Dan and I ate lunch at Ard Bia at Nimmo’s in Galway, Ireland a few years ago when we visited Ireland with our mothers. At that time, we had no reservation and showed up on a whim for lunch. We were probably lucky that they had a table, and all 4 of us loved Ard Bia at Nimmo’s and still talk about it to date! What was so great about it? I have a difficult time explaining, but Ard Bia was cosy, friendly, and kind of felt like we were in someone’s home.

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Lunch at Ard Bia at Nimmo’s in 2014!

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Cosy wall decor!

Since its been so long, I cannot recall exactly what everyone ate, but I do remember the most delicious crab toast that I loved! Crab toast is crab salad (similar to tuna salad) on a piece of bread, and its particularly popular in Galway (I had it again this trip on my Galway Food Tour at Kai Restaurant!).Β 

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Yummy crab toast.

From the pictures, it looks like everyone else enjoyed soup, sandwiches and one person, a piece of fish! Whatever we had, we all seriously still talk about our lunch here!

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Soup and sandwich.

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Soup and Irish bread.

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Soup & sandwich.

Flash forward 4 years – since we all loved Ard Bia at Nimmo’s so, so much, Dan and I returned for Thanksgiving dinner last year!. When we were seated, we were surprised to learn that the entire restaurant had been redone from our prior visit. I guess that’s not surprising given its popularity but what was surprising, is that the re-do was due to rats (although NOT Ard Bia’s fault). I was a little sad that the newly redone restaurant was not quite as cosy as before, I guess all things change. In any case, we were given the most lovely table overlooking the River Corrib. Very romantic.

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Candlelight over the River Corrib.

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A Thanksgiving Danny.

The dinner menu, like the lunch menu, is a bit limited but offers solid choices. The restaurant tries to use local ingredients and the menu changes somewhat frequently.

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Menu. November 2017.

This time around our meal started with complimentary bread and some very tasty butter that was orange in color – it almost reminded me of pimento cheese! Very tasty. We also ordered a bottle of wine from Medoc (where we visited a few years ago!).

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Thanksgiving wine.

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Irish bread!

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Delicious butter.

We split an appetizer to start – a lobster borek with “bisque aioli and pickled veg.” In short, it was a puff pastry filled with absolutely delicious lobster, a bisque sauce, and pickled vegetables. It was much tastier than the below picture portrays! It was also a good size for splitting – Dan and I each got a sizeable piece.

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Our lobster borek.

For dinner, I ordered the hand rolled taglitaelle with organic pumpkin, organic mushroom, and tarragon butter. The dishΒ was loaded with lots of Fall vegeetables, including mushrooms, zucchini and pumpkin. Very Thanksgivingy.

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Thanksgiving pasta.

DanΒ  went with a steak, which he found a bit disappointing. Irish beef is usually really good but I guess this was just a mediocre cut. No picture due to its mediocrity. We ended our Thanksgiving dinner with Chocolate Ganache, Marscapone ice cream, and a buckwheat crumble. The maracapone ice cream was so, so good! The chocolate ganache was, not surprisingly, super dense.

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Chocolate ganache.

After visiting for both lunch and dinner, I would probably recommend Ard Bia for lunch. or brunch It was more casual and more comfortable. And for good measure, here is a picture of our post-dinner stroll through Galway!

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Galway decorated for Christmas.

STEAL OUR TRIP

Ard Bia at Nimmo’s: Reservations are easy to make via email and I highly recommend one, especially for groups or dinner on the weekend.

ON A BUDGET

Go to Ard Bia at Nimmo’s for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. The menus look amazing and its a lot cheaper than dinner.

 

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