Anybody remember the days when Galway was a rubbish city for eating, and when Harriet Leander’s Nimmo’s was just about the only beacon of culinary delight, down at Spanish Arch? Today, Ard Bia at Nimmo’s, curated by Aoibheann McNamara with manager Amelia Colleran and head chef Ronan Reynolds, forms a vital connection with those days, continuing the spirit in which Harriet, and before her Seamus and Kevin Sheridan in The Blue Raincoat, envisaged the business of running a restaurant. The point was not to be a slick, profitable restaurateur. The point was to offer a special, inimitable space, with special cooking, a place and a plate that made people feel good. And that is what Ard Bia at Nimmo’s does today, and that is what it has always done. It’s the spine of the city’s food story.
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