Michelin Star Restaurant
Aniar is a terroir based restaurant located in Galway’s West End. The word terroir is usually associated with wine-making: the combination of factors, including soil, climate, and environment, that gives a wine its distinctive character. In the case of our restaurant, we use the word in order to describe the way in which our food comes from the specific place that is Galway and the west of Ireland. We hope to reveal the distinct and various food stuffs that make up our particular landscape, through our farms and the wildlands and shores that surround us. The natural course of the seasons will dictate our ever-changing and evolving menu.
Owned and operated by Jp McMahon and Drigín Gaffey who brought us Cava Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar and EAT Gastro pub. Aniar is the only Michelin Star restaurant in the West of Ireland.
Good Food Ireland Supreme Award
At the 2012 Good Food Ireland Award ceremony in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, Aniar was awarded the Supreme Award for "the business that most strongly reflects the Good Food Ireland experience". Aniar was also awarded Best Regional Newcomer and Overall Newcomer of the Year for their commitment to showcases Irish produce and upholding the philosophy of Good Food Ireland.
The kitchen is run by Ultan Cooke, a Galway native. Recently returned from London, Ultan heads up a passionate culinary team committed to the local and the wild in contemporary Irish cooking.
The restaurant is managed by Alex McMahon, who currently holds an intermediate certificate in Wine and Spirits from WSET. Alex and Zsolt excel in matching wine and beer from around the world with the many different food stuffs that abound locally.
The wine list features over 80 wines produced by small artisan wine producers who also take their ‘terroir’ into great consideration. Over 20 wines are available by the glass to allow customers to experience the diversity of wine on a global level.
Proprietors: Drigín Gaffey & Jp McMahon
Head Chef: Ultan Cooke
Restaurant Manager: Alex McMahon
Sommelier: Zsolt Lukács