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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar

Tasty Spanish Treats (1st Visit): Celebrated Halloween 2010 here with friends. It was my friends’ second visit and my first. I had high expectations as my friends had already told me so much about their previous experience. Everything that my friends had told me were true. The food was simply delicious and reasonably priced too. We ordered 10 different tapas which were perfect for sharing. My favourites of the night were the confit of pork belly, monkfish with lemon aioli and the fried potato cubes in tomato aioli (Patatas Bravas). The lovely waitress that took our order, was quick to reply and helpful when asked to recommend a wine. Casual wear with a relaxed ambience. DJ playing some funky tunes. Between us the bill came to €110, which is excellent for 10 different tapas, a bottle of wine and 3 full bellies! I’d definitely go back again.

Sharing is Caring (2nd Visit): This is my second visit to Cava and I’m delighted the food is still delicious. The menu has had some changes since the last time I was here. Nice to see the restaurant keeping up with the seasons. Some of the dishes I ordered the last time were still on, some were not. I was really looking forward to ordering the battered monkfish with lemon aioli again.  Nonetheless, it was a good opportunity to try new dishes! We had a table of four and ordered two each allow for a nice selection of different tapas. We ordered:

Whole fresh prawns with garlic, parsley and sherry
Spanish style sausages with chickpeas and chorizo
Cubed potatoes with tomato aioli (Patatas Bravas)
Sweet potato and goats cheese croquettes
Aubergines stuffed with Spanish cheese
Salted cod cakes with lemon mayo
Pigs cheeks braised in apple, cinnamon & white wine
10-hour confit pork belly

All of the above tapas were delicious and I highly recommend all of them. I dining in numbers is an excellent way to experience Cava. The portion sizes are big, perfect for sharing. We were all full so we just ordered one dessert, “baked cheesecake”. The cheesecake was OK, but I’m not much of a dessert person. The restaurant was already quite busy when we arrived, early Saturday evening. Parties are welcome here as we passed a long table set up on the way to our table. The restaurant is small so it does not take much to get a good atmosphere going. At times we had to raise our voices and was difficult to hear each other, partially due to the large party group. Service was fine, nothing special and food came out within reason. The sommelier was very friendly while presenting and serving the wine (2009 Badajo). Cava is a restaurant great for good food, wine and fun! Definitely worth a visit.

51 Dominick Street, Galway, Ireland
+353 (0)91 539 884 | www.cavarestaurant.ie

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2011 by in Co. Galway, Ireland, Restaurants and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

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