French Flair off Eyre Square

French Flair off Eyre Square – There’s a lot of good things a happening around this side of town….  We have “Loam” a recently Michelin Star restaurant, cool coffee shops: “Badger & Dodo” and the “Jungle Cafe”, “Tribeton”- opening soon in the old Meadows & Byrne building,  its exciting and wonderful to see.

Le Petit Pois is also one of those new exciting places; you might recall this used to be a well known restaurant, dating back 15 years ” The Arch Way Restaurant”.

Set on Victoria Place the warm cozy seating area outside entices you in; heading up a short flight of stairs the room opens up to an atmospheric space; exposed white walls, colorful light fixtures and cartoonistic pictures (drawn by the owner’s best friend) , really make this a spacious, bright and cheerful room.

The owners Michelle and Phillipe, both originally from Paris and worked in IT. They both had the same 2 dreams : The first, open a restaurant and the second move to Ireland. So for 15 years they spent every summer holiday with their 4 children in Ireland. They finally made the move over a year ago and in July of this year they opened Le Petit Pois.

Michelle, spends most of her time in her kitchen, she has always had a passion for cooking and would always be creating original dishes for her family back home.  She changes the menu every fortnight, making traditional and delicious French dishes.

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Phillipe is as equally passionate about his wines as Michelle is about her food. He has a terrific list of wines that are nowhere to be found in Galway or Ireland as he imports all his own. For a wine lush like me this is terrific and exciting, he explains the producers  as I sample different grape varieties and blends, bringing this wine  experience to life….. especially after the second bottle. 🙂

The last time I was in the “Escargots de Bourgogne” caught my eye. They were served  in beautiful  garlic and shallot butter, they are a timeless classic but hard to find in Galway…. those little buggers are so good! 9€

This was  followed by another traditional soft and rich  “Blanquette de veau”; this recipe dating back to the 17th century is a staple in French cuisine.The veal slow cooked and slightly caramelised was very tender simmering in a luscious cream and butter sauce sharpened by the tastes of onion, carrot, mushroom  and tarragon. 21€

After half an hour of sipping on my wine and having chats with the very pleasant and attentive staff. I was finally ready for dessert.

I went for  a delicious mi cuit chocolat cake with a marmalade center. The bitter dark chocolate was a terrific combination with the slightly bitter and liquid marmalade bite in the center. 8€

I recommend if you want to try a different glass of wine with each course that you opt for the menu that includes 2 Courses and 2 glasses of wine 37€ or 3 courses and 3 glasses of wine for 48€

I have yet to make it in for lunch but I hear they also have a great lunch offer with a choice of a Soup, Salad, Pie, Dessert any 2 for 13€.

For me Le Petit Pois has nailed it! Offering traditional french cooking , good wine and terrific atmosphere! Que demander de plus!

By Sheena Dignam for This is Galway

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