Our recent visit West was to attend Food On The Edge, a two-day symposium with some of the best and brightest chefs, food writers, enthusiasts, and producers. Over the two days, we attended fascinating talks that left us inspired and hungry for more. Wanting a taste of Galway’s finest foods we stopped by Brasserie on the Corner to refuel after FOTE. We arrived on a chilly Monday evening, given the day we didn’t expect many diners to be out. However, the restaurant was almost full with a lively buzz in the air.
Our waitress was warm and friendly, serving us some tasty homemade Guinness bread and talking is through the menu. To begin our meal I choose the Duck Confit Leg Parcel (€8.95), and Roisín opted for the Seafood Board (€9.50). The duck parcel was served with a tangy orange gel that was absolutely delicious adding a zingy sharpness to the duck. Served with a simple salad of baby leaves and pomegranate salad it was a lovely plate of food that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The seafood board was a smorgasbord of Galway Bay smoked salmon, potted chili prawns, tempura cod, trout sausage, and tartare sauce. Brasserie on the Corner has a number of these tasting boards, available in half sizes that are ideal for a starter.
If you’re feeling particularly ravenous you can go for a full sized board for €16.95 or if you’re sharing a bottle of wine with a friend and fancy a few nibbles. The trout sausage and salmon are sourced locally from Galway Bay, and as with much of the menu, there are lots of local and Irish suppliers.
From first glace at the menu I was sold on the Lamb Shoulder & Rack(€27.95) for my main course. On the plate sat a piece 6 hour slow roasted marinated lamb shoulder and rack of lamb. The shoulder of lamb was incredible tender and could have been eaten with a spoon.
The star of the plate was undoubtedly the rack of lamb. Perfectly pink, seasoned perfectly and full of flavour, it’s the sort of food that requires using your fingers to pick up and tear every piece of juicy meat from the bone. Served with tenderstem broccoli, toasted almonds, salsa verde, and lamb jus it was a beautifully executed dish, simple but faultless cooking.
Roisín’s Hake (€24.95) was an equally good dish. A herby crust sat on top flaky fish, complemented by a rich beurre blanc sauce. A buttery and completely indulgent black pudding mash took this dish to the next level of comfort food, and both I and Roisín made light work of this creamy addition.
After deciding that on this occasion dessert was one step too far, we enjoyed a post-dinner cocktail. Foregoing coffee I ordered an Espresso Martini, a classic and a favourite of mine. A Whiskey Sour was the choice of Ms.Flynn, her go to cocktail choice when out.
Feeling pleasently full and relaxed, we lingered over our cocktails before heading on to Tigh Nora for a nightcap. The cosy ambience, friendly service from staff and flavourful dishes cooked well made our dining experience at Brassiere on the Corner more than one could ask for. At first glace you might mistake this gem as a pub, serving up run of the mill dishes, but it couldn’t be further from this. It’s a quality venue with a menu that’s as good as any restaurant around, and I am already looking forward to my next visit west to enjoy more of their delectable dishes.
Brasserie on the Corner
T: +353 (091) 530 333
REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH