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Kai Restaurant is nestled between the church and a gay bar down on Sea Road in Galway’s Westend. This alone sums up life in the Galway neighbourhood that is famous for the unique characters that live there as much as it is now famed for its food, pub scene and café culture.
Kai’ is the Maori word for food and in 2011 they opened the door with a simple formula — high-quality produce, preferably organic or wild, sourced locally and cooked intelligently.
Kai Restaurant stone floors and subtle nod to home interior means that as soon as you walk through the door, you feel like you have been here before. Kai Restaurant evokes memories through their food because it is from memories that Jess Murphy is most inspired. There's two things for Jess when it comes to food - it has to taste great and visually, it has to be amazing.
Open Monday to Saturday from 09:30, freshly brewed coffee and their in house bakes make each morning in Galway better. With the stove fired up in the colder months, Kai Restaurant is a place that people go to read the paper, have a warm scone or croissant and have a morning meeting with a friend or neighbour. There is no wifi in Kai, it’s not a place where you want to be on your phone, unless taking pictures of the beautiful interior or the food that is bring served.
Lunch is served daily from 12 noon to 15:00, there are six dishes and these change daily. Sustainability and ethical sourcing is paramount to what Kai is all about, what’s in season will be on your plate. Dinner at Kai Restaurant is a feast of locally sourced fish, game, meat all served with the freshest and seasonal vegetables.
In 2016 Kai was named as one of the Top 50 places to visit and in the top 3 places to eat in the world by Lonely Planet Magazine. Jess and the team at Kai have won awards every year for service, food and for creativity in the kitchen. Awards like Food & Wine Magazine best restaurant, Jess has won Food & Wine Magazine Best Chef in Connacht, Best Casual Dining at the Hotel and Catering Review Awards and in 2016 Kai won best Service at the Food & Wine Restaurant Awards. 2017 has Kai Restaurant off to its winning ways yet again claiming Best Restaurant in Galway with the Restaurant Association of Ireland.