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  • September 1, 2015

The award winning, Galway based Kai Cafe + Restaurant has teamed up with the iconic Irish retailer, Meadows and Byrne, to bring fun and inventive recipes, cooking tips and food advice to their shared audience of culinary enthusiasts, foodies, and home chefs.

Kai’s co-owner and head chef, Jess Murphy, will feature weekly on her own page of the Meadows and Byrne website, presenting her favourite recipes, sharing inspirational how-to videos and offering professional tips and advice in her “Ask the Chef” column. Jess will also join Meadows and Byrne in sharing her passion for seasonal cooking and local Irish food producers through the various channels of social media.

For over two decades, Meadows and Byrne has been the leading lifestyle store in Ireland with 14 shops nationwide. Renowned for innovation, quality, and style, Meadows and Byrne offers an extended range of unique homewares, culinary tools and table top décor to industry professionals and high-style homemakers alike.

Kai Cafe + Restaurant, located on Sea Road in Galway, has established itself as the place to eat in Galway and the West of Ireland. This highly-acclaimed establishment has been awarded Best Restaurant in Ireland, Best Restaurant and Best Chef in Connaught. The philosophy at Kai Café and Restaurant is very simple; head chef Jessica sources fresh, organic produce from local suppliers to create daily menus bursting with flavour, texture and colour. Run by husband and wife team, Jessica and David Murphy, all menus change on a daily basis dependent on what is fresh and in stock from local suppliers.

“I am very excited to begin this journey with Meadows & Byrne. They were a very natural choice for me and Kai, as we use all their beautiful dishes, cutlery and table settings in-house for our food styling and photo shoots. Kai is all about supporting local, whether that be local to Galway or local to Ireland. Meadows and Byrne have been central to the Irish retailer sector for over 20 years and we love what they offer across all their stores,” explained Jess.

“At Meadows and Byrne, we appreciate and admire Jess Murphy’s fresh approach to cooking and entertaining. We agree that her unique presentation of seasonal dishes, filled with colour, texture and style, mirrors the lifestyle approach of our brand. We are very excited to collaborate with this talented chef to offer our customers an inside edge on the culinary world in Ireland,” said Jaye Lee for Meadows and Byrne

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Filled Under : food , Press

Last week the McKennas took a brave leap with one of their much celebrated guides. This year the Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland guide has migrated from a paperback to a digital smart guide.

This means that it’s always in your pocket and even more interactive, so there is no excuse now for not finding a great spot for lunch or dinner anywhere in the country.

The guys have really taken all the aspects of how a guide should be used, and compiled a super user-friendly App. The smart guide gives you the option to search by venue or location, offering a fantastic description and gallery of photos for each venue.

A great feature in the app is the ability to phone a restaurant to make a booking directly from the app at the press of a button. These buttons are also available for you to visit Twitter, Facebook and web pages making contact so easy.

Kai in the Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland guide

We are so grateful for the kind words and support of John and Sally down through the years, and yet again their description of what we do has blown us away.

Read it here for yourself….

Jess Murphy is cooking out of the zone in Kai right now, her work a wild riot of flavours, colours and textures. There’s nothing else like it.

Jess Murphy was always going to get there. Well, with her cooking in Kai, we can say that she’s arrived. She is in that zone where her creativity is unrestrained and wildly exciting, where all the lessons of her life and work and travels have been assimilated into a cuisine that is hers, and hers alone.

She is pushing the envelope, and not just with ideas and flavours, but with presentation also, for her plates have a painterly quality that dazzles the eye even before the flavours zonk you.There is nothing she can’t cook to its zenith of flavour and texture, no ingredient that doesn’t make her mind race with a furious creativity – Silke’s halloumi; goat’s curd; Brady’s striploin; sea buckthorn and apple sea beet hogget chops; her own labneh with dukkah; West coast crab with Green Goddess dressing.

The food in Kai is not just elemental, it is instinctual, it broaches no argument in its total confidence and philosophical sureness. It is a thrill, it’s a Kandinsky riot of colours, a Frida Kahlo wave of unlikely flowers and dried fruits, a conception of how everything can be art. That’s what it is, art spun from beautiful ingredients.

We wish the McKennas the very best of luck with their smart guides. Make sure you download the app straight to your iPhone now to find out what it’s all about – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/100-best-restaurants-in-ireland/id811290744

 

Filled Under : Award , Press

  • September 14, 2013

At the prestigious Food and Wine restaurant of the year awards 2013, it was announced that Galway’s own Kai Café and restaurant was awarded with the title of best restaurant in Connaught.

The announcement was made at a gala luncheon at the 4 Seasons in Dublin on Sunday afternoon, and we were only delighted!

Not only did we win the notable award, but our head chef and owner Jessica Murphy also received a commendation for her work running the kitchen at Kai.

Having previously scooped best chef in Connaught at the same awards, this is yet another plague for us to hang on our walls in a very short period of time.

In total 21 awards were presented at the ceremony, which was attended by over 400 people representing the restaurant industry from all over Ireland. The awards presented included Best Restaurant and Chef Awards for the four provinces and Dublin.

The Food and Wine awards are highly recognized in the food industry, with all awards voted on by a panel of judges from all over Ireland.

In operation for just over two years, Kai continues to attract national and international critique.

We’d like to thank all our customers, suppliers, and staff for getting us here. It’s been a very special time, and we’re going to keep doing it!

Filled Under : Award , Press