Connemara Greenway Restaurant
Johnnie and Maria are a mighty team of talents. Working together, thanks to the combination of her sublime cooking and his capacious skills as front-of-house, they have gifted Oughterard with the destination dining address that the gateway town to Connemara has long needed. They have done it by creating a space where you feel welcome at any and every time of day, and by creating a space where they can show the trueness and unpretentiousness of their work. The Greenway works because it is a real charmer: Maria’s cooking has a quiet chutzpah, a quiet confidence that makes for sheer deliciousness. Her food always tastes both homemade and handmade, the work of a chef seeking to bring out the innate and true flavours of her ingredients, whether she is cooking an under-rated fish such as ling, or baking a fudge cake. In the Greenway, the simple things – fresh potatoes; root vegetables; properly cooked steak; ice creams – taste as if newly discovered and freshly minted, the sign of a gifted, meticulous chef. Johnnie and the team know just how good the food is, and it gives the team utter control and confidence in their work. They know how to make you happy, and happy is what you will be after a visit to the Connemara Greenway.