Dela is different, in the most delicious and diverting way.
As restaurateurs, Joe and Margaret Bohan are out-of-the-box original, and the style and service of their Dominick Street room is an antidote to conventional, contemporary restaurant styles. It might seem unfair to describe such hard-working people as being somewhat hippyish, but if the cap fits – and it does – then hippyish they are, so long as we remember this truth about the hippy movement: the hippies were right. And Dela, with its own working farm and its own micro-brewery, is one of those destinations that feel just right.It feels right because they offer thoughtful food, and it’s not fanciful to also describe it as mindful food, for a lot of consideration goes into deciding to offer pickled salad with silver hake, or putting radish into a mousse with smoked salmon, or putting artichoke purée with wood pigeon. The result is delightful eating – satisfying and intriguing in turns, exciting and comforting in each bite, all of it served by the most charming, proud staff. In Galway’s extraordinary mosaic of great cooking, Dela has secured its own solo spot, a place of charm, goodness, and community. The hippies were right.
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