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meet-the-team-kamel-justynaWhere It All Began – Read Our History

Since they met, Justyna and Kamel have shared the same passion for good, wholesome food that nourishes the body and comforts the soul. Both well travelled and inquisitive, they love sharing their own culinary traditions and heritage, discovering old recipes and experimenting with new ingredients, blending various cuisines and refining flavours. Their shared interest finally led them to take the opportunity of a lifetime in 2011 and open Péarla na Mara in Oranmore, a place that would embody their own vision of an eatery. A cosy and unintimidating place with long opening hours where anyone can find shelter in a whirlpool of a day. A family-friendly space where children are as welcome as parents and where they can also eat well. Soothing music, subtle, non-intrusive décor, low-key but efficient and friendly service and above all – the food, fresh, reasonably priced, wholesome, uncomplicated, but mouth-watering and very tasty.

Kamel brings to the venture his 20 years of experience in the catering business, his leadership ability, along with his creativity in the kitchen and strong cooking skills. His background in engineering also helps a lot, as he is Péarla’s leading handyman. Justyna holds a BA in Marketing and Management, and her strong organisational skills and her eye for detail, combined with her spirit of genuine hospitality and warm personality complement the picture. From this exciting and original match, Péarla na Mara concept was born.

Another milestone for the business was the opening of the second venture in May 2015, a brasserie-style restaurant located just off Dominick Street in the West End. The new restaurant provides a completely sophisticated, sensual, yet casual dining experience for the many Galwegians and visitors who frequent the city’s casual dining spots and entertainment venues.