The Merrow in Galway

The Merrow in Galway

We are so lucky to live on an island packed with amazing food! Amazing restaurants are popping up all over Ireland and this week has been no exception- These two fab new spots are ones that you will definitely want to visit soon.

Merrow at Pálás, Lower Merchant's Road, Galway

Merrow, named for mythical Irish mermaids, is Galway's newest eatery. Having officially opened on October 1st, the restaurant is located in the Latin Quarter's Pálás building, which also houses a three screen independent cinema.

The menu at Merrow, created by head chef Liga Jarovoja, centres around locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients inspired by the West of Ireland with an Eastern European twist. Aiming to redefine pre and post-cinema dining, the food should appeal to both locals and visitors alike with firm favourites like confit duck, hake with chorizo and Angus steak mushroom wellington featured on the expansive menu.

Speaking about the new addition to the Pálás, Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures commented:

"We are delighted to be now launching Merrow led by the brilliant Liga Jarovoja and Bronagh Beattie and their able team. Their talent, skill and passion will deliver an amazing dining experience and immeasurably enhance a night out at Pálás for Galwegians and visitors alike.”

Merrow looks set to be a perfect addition to the Galway dining scene and we can't to try it. Find out more about Merrow here.

Xavier's Bar, FX Buckley, Pembroke Street, Dublin 2

FX Buckley, known to steak lovers everywhere as one of the best places in Ireland for a red meat fix, has opened a gorgeous new Georgian style bar at its flagship Pembroke Street restaurant.

Featuring soft lighting and open fires, Xavier's Bar sounds like a cosy spot to while away the Autumn afternoons. With an extensive menu including bespoke cocktails, beers, Champagne and fine wines, there's sure to be a tipple to tickle your fancy.

We here at F&W are particularly excited about the bar food menu, which features Achill Island oysters and Irish charcuterie and cheese boards, perfectly formulated to complement your drink.

Knowing the quality the FX Buckley consistently provides in its other locations, we are sure that Xavier's bar is set to become a Dublin favourite. Find out more at the FX Buckley website here.

Let us know about any other new restaurants you want to try in the comments below.