EAT @ Massimo
“I do look for tradition, but I also want to see some kind of innovation with regard to food wine, and beer. I want to see better food in pubs, better wine lists, and more artisan beers. Pubs can have all this without losing their own identity”.
Jp McMahon told us that in an interview a couple of years back, and he puts his ideas into operation every day in Eat @ Massimo. The food here is better than you expect, the wines are better, the beers are better. The effect has been to take an old pub in a less-than-fashionable part of Galway and to make it a trail-blazer for what pubs can achieve, yet all the time retaining that very thing that makes Irish pubs what they are, which is to say the space is friendly, unpretentious and democratic. You can sit at the bar and sip a soda water on your own and read the paper, or you can have a blow-out celebration with your friends, and taste the innovation that Mr McMahon has brought to pub food: smoked ham hock and pea croquettes; Galway Hooker-battered ling; duck fat chips; pork and chorizo burger in a Waterford blaa; St Tola goat's cheese pizza. Pure Galway, pure smart.
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