Our tour group was spending the night in Galway, so what luck to be booked into a hotel that was a short walk from a pedestrianized section of Galway off of Quay Street. In need of a substantial sit-down dinner, my wife and I headed into the neighborhood, reminiscent after dark of the Latin Quarter in Paris. With numerous restaurants vying for our custom we happened upon The Charcoal Grill, a Turkish restaurant. It was a clear choice, having recently traveled to Turkey, so in we went. It’s a cozy, unassuming establishment, always a promising characteristic in my opinion, but big on welcoming you and serving you an ample meal of good food for a modest price. That’s exactly what we received. One item on the menu in particular called out to us, and when it arrived at our table, we were wide-eyed and practically drooling to see in front of us a large platter of savory grilled meats (lamb, chicken, beef, mostly on skewers) served on a bed of rice, with salad, pita bread, and chips (French fries). A pitcher of cold water was provided as well. This was a veritable feast, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was delicious from start to finish. All the food was of a high quality and expertly prepared—and more than the two of us could eat all at once, although we tried our best! We took the leftovers with us. All this for a mere 19 euros! Our meal at The Charcoal Grill was a highlight of the day and a travel dining experience we will fondly remember.
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