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Technological University Dublin
Conor Lynam of Bierhaus, in Galway, launched the Universal, a hybrid of chic bar and small-plates restaurant, in late 2016. The head chef, Matt Davis, serves small plates with universal influences. Regular dishes include squid tentacles with miso mayonnaise, and fried nems (otherwise known as spring rolls) with a Vietnamese dipping sauce. Vegetarians will love the paneer kofta with a cashew coconut curry or the grilled fresh cheese with aubergine puttanesca and friend tempura leeks. A menu with too many influences can easily feel disorganised and unfocused, with Lynam and Davis pull off a global reach with easy-going finesse.
Restaurant, Gastronomy, Galway, Ireland