The popular Galway City bar 1520 has launched a new menu with a taste of the continent in their all-day Tapas style offering.
Living up to promise of the Latin Quarter name, Head Chef Nicolas Betts has crafted a new menu inspired by his 20 years in Spain since his recent return to Galway.
Pinchitos, Gambas Al Ajilio, Croquetas de Jamon Serrano, and Tortilla con Chorizo are just a few of the delicious offerings that have been added to the Tapas menu.
But while this is a major overhaul, it is far from a complete abandonment of all Irish cuisine, as the team at 1520 have striven to incorporate traditional Irish dishes, albeit with a Mediterranean influence.
The menu embraces a variety of innovative small plates, perfect for sharing and showcasing the best of West of Ireland produce.
These are coupled with a wide choice of non-meat and vegan options as well as a firm favourite the Tequila Lime Chicken Sandwich and the Estafado, a braised slow cooked Irish beef vegetable stew.
Head Chef Nick’s flair for food started at a young age, growing up in the Yorkshire countryside.
On completing his formal studies he worked as a personal chef and catering consultant then later began his adventure abroad in Argenton-sur-Creuse, France.
He continued on to the Canary Islands where he settled for over 20 years with his young family, learning about the Spanish way of living and eating while cooking for visitors from all over Europe, as well as teaching cuisine techniques to catering students from Northern Europe.
Since taking up his post, nick and his team have working with the best local and regional produce, for him to add his Spanish influence to.
With this continental twist as the essence of his dishes, he enjoys the challenge of creating great food experiences and is excited with the wide variety that Galway has on offer.
1520 is known for its delicious craft cocktails and beautiful atmosphere, boasting an eclectic design style atop the old medieval building.
Their new tapas menu is now available seven days a week in the heart of the Latin Quarter