Elemental Eating —
Dining inspired by prime ingredients from a pure location
Our restaurant is situated in the most elementary of natural environments where the combination of clean earth, water and air provide optimum conditions for the purest produce.
We create a four course dinner that changes nightly, based around the best ingredients that the island has to offer at any given time. The restaurant is open from 7.30pm and dinner is served at 8pm to a maximum of 16 guests. The space offers a taste-the-view dining experience with a sweeping expanse of glass revealing the surrounding island and ocean.
These elements of environment, food, space and service have been carefully married to provide a convivial atmosphere and a unique dining experience.
The restaurant is open from the middle of March to the end of October. Restaurant reservations are available from January by email, and the restaurant is open to non-residents from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive from April to August and on Tuesday to Thursday nights inclusive in March, September and October. It is necessary to overnight on the island to visit the restaurant and links to alternative accommodation options can be found in our FAQs.
“What is the best meal you ever had? A feast of fresh sea urchins at Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands.”
Ballymaloe Cookery School
We grow our own vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit in our greenhouse and gardens outside the restaurant which guests are welcome to explore. Our shellfish is caught around the coast of the island. We only serve wild Atlantic fish and homestead-reared meat. All of the ingredients we get from the island are prime ingredients. We place equal importance on the salads grown in our greenhouse as we do the lobster landed on the island pier.
The availability of quality produce, both wild and cultivated on the island is entirely dependent on weather, seasonality and practicality, however each year we aim to develop our knowledge and skills to cultivate, harvest and preserve more island food.
Because a visit to Inis Meáin should involve plenty of fresh air and island exploration, dinner is designed to suit appetites developed after a day spent in the elements.
Ruairí de Blacam
“My style of cooking is clean, light and fresh. Each dish has just two main elements, and is inspired by prime island ingredients. These are served simply to allow the natural flavours from our pure environment to speak for themselves - we call this Elemental Eating.”