Have a chat with Heather Flaherty of Spiddal’s Builin Blasta, and Ms Flaherty will quickly start to talk about how some people in the food business have "just got it"
“It”, of course, is not just the love of food and cooking, the love of the pell-mell of service in a busy restaurant.
“It” is the total, complete and utter immersion in the nitty gritty of the kitchen, the dish, the food, the space, the buzz.
And Heather Flaherty has got “It”, and she puts it on a plate in Builin Blasta, her little restaurant in the craft village in Spiddal, in Connemara, with pizzazz.
Just look at her vegan spaghetti bol, for instance. It's a dish that could be a dog’s dinner. Yet Ms Flaherty renders it as a modern masterpiece, a svelte, sexy dish of pasta and lentils cooked in a rich, umami tomato sauce that feels like you are eating luxurious, long-simmered meat, even when you aren’t. Close your eyes, and you are in a trattoria in Bologna. Open your eyes, and you are in a sweet little space on the coast of Galway eating a vegetarian spag bol. It shouldn’t work. But she makes it work.
She makes it work, because she’s got “It”. And here newest it thing is, of course, her legend-in-the-making smoked onion mayo, which is pretty much the most vital piece of larder kit you can own. In truth, everything in Builin Blasta has it and here is a huge talent, working in a little room, in little Spiddal.
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