During our first night in Ireland, Mr. Selfish and I inquired at a local pub for traditional “Irish” food.  The bar man informed us that there was no such thing.  Nevertheless, we did manage to find Irish food but we also ate plenty of other types of food, including Indian, and Nepalese. 

Ireland Trip Report

  1. Ireland Overview
  2. Driving in Ireland
  3. Castles, Castles, and more Castles
  4. Kylemore and Connemara
  5. The Cliffs of Insanity!
  6. The Loop Around the Dingle Peninsula
  7. Searching for the Best Guinness in Dublin
  8. 6 Hotels in 7 Nights! Part 1
  9. 6 Hotels in 7 Nights! Part 2
  10. Ireland’s Fine Eats – Part 1
  11. Ireland’s Fine Eats – Part 2

This post will explore the foods we ate while exploring the Irish countryside – particularly in Galway, Dingle, and Waterford.  The second post will focus on the food in Dublin.

1. The Galleon in Galway – This quaint little restaurant was located in the beachy Salthill area.  We arrived as the sun was setting, and it was lovely.

While in line to be seated, the gentleman in front of us told us that the chowder and the fish and chips were the best.  We took his advice and ordered both, which were delicious as he led us to believe.  We also ordered the Irish lamb stew, but unfortunately, it was disappointing.  The ambiance was nice, and two out of three dishes were good.

2.  Chowder in Dingle – After touring the Dingle Peninsula, we lunched at this restaurant.  Dingle is a very touristy town, and it was a nice day out so the crowds were in full effect.

Mr. Selfish ordered lamb liver, which was overwhelmingly livery.  I had the Irish seafood pie, which was delicious even though it was chocked full of cream.  The food at Chowder was average, but I had low expectations since we were in the ultra-touristy part of Dingle.

3. Planet Spice in Waterford – After eating too much Irish food, we opted for Indian food at Planet Spice.  The service was great, but the food was a little bland for us.  We enjoy our Indian food a bit spicier than the Irish it would seem.

We ordered the Chicken Raj, which is described as “Succulent pieces of tandoori baked chicken cooked in a delicate sauce with cream, ground pistachio, coconut, butter & aromatic spices.”  We also ordered the Bindi Bhaji: “Fresh okfa (Lady Fingers – exotic vegetables) with crunchy spiced onions.”  Both were tasty but not nearly spicy enough for Mr. Selfish and I.

The “traditional” Irish food wasn’t half bad, but it was quite heavy.  As a result, we had to take a break between every couple of Irish meals and eat non-Irish food every now and then.