Classic dining restaurant Ajla in Clarinbridge, Co. Galway is a new venture by the team behind PoppySeed Gourmet Cafés.
Anne Forde, Judy Forde, Lisa Forde and Alison Greaney are the same team behind the PoppySeed Gourmet Café daytime restaurants in Clarinbridge and Oranmore, as well as Poppies in Athenry. The four-woman team, who are connected through family and friendship, have been working together for more than ten years.
Anne Forde of Ajla said: “Our hope is that Ajla will enhance the PoppySeed story. The vision is to offer a comforting yet attentive dining experience that hits all the senses. The space is beautiful and cocooning. The menus are simple yet interesting.”
The evening menu and daytime menu at Ajla emphasise classic dishes with a creative, contemporary edge and a strong focus on local, seasonal ingredients.
Award-winning head chef Judy Forde said: “Ajla is a happy new food story for PoppySeed. Fresh, Irish food is at the core, as well as quality produce treated with attention and care. I love playing with food and there are so many great Irish food producers to work with. Our menus are simple and our specials creative, showcasing Irish food at its best.”
On the evening dinner menu you can expect a mix of classic and global-influenced starter, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes in addition to shared mezze boards. Charred harissa chicken with Toonsbridge mozzarella & fresh tagliatelle, and roast butternut & chickpea tagine sit alongside fresh fish dishes, as well as barbary duck breast and prime Irish sirloin steak. The mezze boards come in charcuterie, Irish cheese and veggie tapas combinations.
For breakfast and brunch, a traditional Full Irish featuring local ingredients is present alongside a sweet potato & courgette rosti with Kinvara smoked salmon, poached Galway free range eggs & dill hollandaise; and further options with a contemporary twist like banana bread French toast; house focaccia with Toonsbridge mozzarella, Parma Ham & beef tomato with home fries; cranberry brioche with pastrami & smoked Gubbeen with home fries; and warm smoked duck with McCarthy’s Black Pudding, cashew butter, pear & cinnamon.
Ajla also encompasses a luxury dining area called the Oyster Room. This stylish, comfortable and tranquil space overlooks the Clarin river. Ajla is located at The Bridge Centre, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway, above PoppySeed Gourmet Café.
Ajla is open daily from 10.30am until 5pm on Wednesday and Sunday with last orders at 8.30pm on Thursday through to Saturday. The breakfast and brunch menu is available up until 5pm, with the dinner menu available from 5pm.