Heather Flaherty can take the most unpromising sounding dish – vegan spaghetti bolognaise, anyone? – and, thanks to the the right mix of culinary technique and culinary temperament, she can put a masterpiece on the table in front of you. In fact, the slow-cooked meld of lentils and umami tomato sauce in a tangle of pasta is so lush that you almost imagine you are eating meat. That’s the sort of winning touch Ms Flaherty brings to everything in Builin Blasa, her little café at the rere of the craft village in Spiddal. Her baking is amongst the best-regarded on the West Coast – don’t miss those cinnamon rolls! – but everything cooked here is true and deeply enjoyable: the Russian-style sausages; the filo tart of goat’s cheese; the Galway Bay fish and chips. Great kids’ menu is particularly noteworthy.
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