Seven dishes you must try in Galway, Ireland: Chef Jason O'Neill

GALWAY NATIVE OYSTERS

These are wild oysters cultivated in a protected bay for five years before being plucked for your plate. The ultimate slow food and the subject of not one, but two oyster festivals to celebrate the new native oyster season each September. See kellyoysters.com

GOAT'S CHEESE, GALWAY GOAT FARM

A delicately flavoured cheese regularly featured on our menus in Restaurant gigi's but also available from Sheridan's Cheesemongers & Wine Bar with a host of the finest artisan products. See sheridancheesemongers.com

PIZZA, DOUGH BROTHERS

These guys serve the best wood-fired pizza I have ever tasted in Ireland. Two red-headed Galway brothers who started with a food truck in 2013 followed by a pop-up restaurant and now have a permanent foodie haunt. See thedoughbros.ie

Fish fingers at Kai.

Fish fingers at Kai are a lunchtime favourite.

FISH FINGERS, KAI

A much-loved lunchtime dish from Jess and David Murphy's multi-award-winning restaurant. The fish changes daily but they always use the freshest of local white fish before coating it in a slightly spicy buttermilk breadcrumb crust. See kaicaferestaurant.com

CONNEMARA LAMB

My absolute favourite meat is the succulent mountain lamb from Connemara to the west of Galway city where the animals freely roam the hills and valleys, dining on a natural diet of heather, herbs and grass unique to the area and coated in a sprinkling of salt from the Atlantic ocean. Available from autumn to spring. See connemaramountainlamb.ie

BOYCHIK DOUGHNUTS

Fresh, hot, melt-in-the-mouth textured rings of airy perfection. Based at the Galway Market, Daniel Rosen is one of Galway's well-known characters producing mini magical mouthfuls. No website but available at Galway Market outside St Nicholas Collegiate Church.

GALWAY GIN

The new gin on the block as Galway embraces the gin revolution. Infused with the taste of the west using dillisk seaweed as the main botanical backed up by a burst of lemon. I have been known to sip one or two before dinner. See facebook.com/Galwayginco/

After a stint there from 2011 to 2013, Jason O'Neill returned to the g Hotel in 2016 after a stint in Australia and at other acclaimed Irish restaurants. Acknowledged as one of Galway's best eateries, Restaurant gigi's has a unique atmosphere and style befitting the hotel with interiors by milliner Philip Treacy. See theghotel.ie

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Compiled by Julietta Jameson who travelled to Ireland as a guest of Qatar Airways and Tourism Ireland.

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