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Café Rua and her sister destination, Rua, are a pair of places to eat which enjoy perfect pitch: the food sings, the rooms comfort, the vibe is delightful. But all the effort that Aran and Coleen McMahon invest in their benchmark Castlebar cafés is concealed: you could walk in here casually and not pay much attention to anything, not be too struck by the details, because everything is so modest, so understated. But, once you do open your eyes, you notice the feng shui of the room, the care of the staff, the calmness that comes from utter professionalism, the happiness great cooking gifts to the people of Castlebar. Most winning of all is the modesty of Rua and Café Rua: there is nothing preening or posing about these  two places where people do their very best.

Colleen McMahon
Rua Deli: Spencer Street, Castlebar; Cafe Rua: New Antrim Street, County Mayo
094 928 6072 (Rua Deli) 094 9023376 (Cafe Rua)

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