Kai Cafe and Restaurant, 20 Sea Road, Galway

Kai Cafe & Restaurant, Galway

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When I received an email a week or so ago telling me that Kai Cafe & Restaurant in Galway has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for May, I wasn’t surprised. Patrick and I were invited to meet up with my cousin and his family for lunch at the cafe & restaurant during our stay in Galway last year for the Galway Arts Festival and we were more than happy with our dining experience there.

The food was fresh and delicious. The service was friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. It catered to all our tastes and was child friendly which at the time made no difference to me but now that we have junior will make all the difference when we visit again … (click to zoom photo’s)

Kai’s decor is funky and hip but not pretentious – natural woods mixed with vintage lamp shades, old-school stick-style dining chairs seats you under contemporary art gracing the walls. Lots of character and fun. We ate there for lunch which is called the cafe but I can imagine the place shows another side to its charming face during its restaurant opening times … with candles flickering shadows onto the open stone walls.

If in Galway I would recommend you check Kai Cafe & Restaurant out … for now have a read of the press release I received with lots more information on why Kai is such a special place …

Press Release:

Kai Cafe & Restaurant in Galway

is awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month

Kai Cafe & Restaurant in Galway has been awarded Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for May.  Fun, quirky and always busy, Kai (meaning food in Maori), is the brain child of New Zealander Chef Jess Murphy and her front-of-house Irish husband David.

Bord Bia’s Just Ask campaign encourages diners to look for information on where the food on their plate comes from when eating out. The Restaurant of the Month award is given to restaurants and cafés that demonstrate best practice in providing customers with this information.

Commenting on the win, Jess Murphy said: “our menus change daily according to availability of the best seasonal ingredients, and regular suppliers are given star treatment on our website, where we host photos and information about our outstanding range of producers.

We source our fresh meat from Brady’s of Athenry who are third generation family butchers and many of our vegetables come from Lough Borra Organic Farm in Offaly.  Ernie’s on Sea Road is like a treasure trove for foodies and our go-to green grocer! The chocolate we use in our baked goods comes from Hazel Mountain. The Galway Goat Farm and Almond I Great are key suppliers to the café and restaurant, with fresh fish delivered by Galway’s leading seafood supplier Stefan Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers”.

Now in its sixth year, the Bord Bia Just Ask campaign has been wholeheartedly embraced by the restaurant trade. Selected by renowned food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that have committed to showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.

“Not surprisingly, Kai – which is also the 2015 Georgina Campbell Restaurant of the Year – has earned a loyal following in Galway and has become a must-visit destination for food lovers from all over Ireland”, commented Georgina Campbell. “This extraordinary little restaurant where ‘good food lives’ has taken a well deserved top place in the Irish food scene.”

For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit www.bordbia.ie.

Further information on Kai Cafe & Restaurant can be found here.

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