Pic taken from Ard Bia website

We had the most joyous of nights in Galway last Saturday for the 2010 Irish Blog Awards.  Happily, Niall came away with the Best Music Blog award, leading to much merriment and supping and chatting and spontaneous singing and even a bit of rapping.  And that was just me.

Big congrats to all the winners, especially my foodie buddies at The Good Mood Food Blog (Best Food Blog) and 9 Bean Row (Best Newcomer).

Feeling well rested and fresh *ahem* on Sunday morning we made our way to Ard Bia at Nimmo’s near the Spanish Arch at the end of Shop Street.

I lived in Galway for a brief spell about 6 years ago, and had brekkie or lunch in Ard Bia at the end of Shop Street a number of time, loving the way the lady of the house called everyone darling and that she gave everyone little pots of honey instead of crappy plastic boxes.

Nimmo’s was a seafood restaurant near the Spanish Arch which my Mum brought me to for a special treat one weekend she visited me.  It was the first time I had ever tasted oysters and it was a really memorable experience.

I had discovered the day of this year’s Blog Awards that my two favourite eateries in Galway had morphed into one since my last visit (which was aaaaages ago).  I knew it was going to be good.  And by golly, it was.

Ard Bia inside – we were the very first customers but the place was pretty much full by the time we  left nearly two hours later.  I want to live in this cafe.

Ard Bia at Nimmo’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.   How thrilling!

I can only vouch for the brekkie, but I can tell you, it was so lovely and the atmosphere of the place so soothing, that I was seriously contemplating just sticking around until I was hungry enough to eat lunch there as well.  And guess what?  The lady who calls everyone Darling is still there!

I had a Mini Breakfast (€4.50) of poached egg, toast and bacon.  The only thing missing was a bit of Marmite.

Niall went for the Veggie Breakfast (€8.50) which featured poached eggs, portobello mushroom, grilled tomatoes, spinach and (somewhat oddly) green beans.

On the recommendation from our absolutely lovely waiter, we went for the Ricotta Cheesecake.  YUM.

We had four lattes, as well as a freshly squeezed carrot and ginger juice, and the whole lot came to €27.00.  A steal.

Check it out the next time you’re in Galway.  Let me know if you go there for dinner – send pics!