By Amy Rohu
Restaurateur Ronan Ryan has launched a brand new French café and bakery in the heart of Dublin 4.
La Comptoir, which opened its doors two weeks ago, is a café with a little more flair. Currently just offering a take-away breakfast and lunch menu, the restaurant hopes to be able to open fully once restrictions ease, offering a larger menu and a terraced seating area.
Speaking about the new venture, Ronan said: “When our catering company came to a halt last March due to the pandemic, we decided to do the café and bakery and found the perfect location in Donnybrook.”
When asked if he found the process difficult, Ronan replied: “No, the Local Enterprise Office couldn’t have done more for us, they were superb, our landlord was great and everything worked out well.”
Ronan has teamed up with Temple Garner for the venture, who is an experienced chef and has worked in the industry for over 30 years. When asked why they choose French cuisine he said ‘Temple has a lot of experience and I was led by him to go with French.’
Even though they have only been open for two weeks, the menu has already changed and will continue to meet customers demands. ‘The menu is always evolving, our most popular orders at the moment are the lobster roll and the Irish crab baguette, they are flying out’ Ronan added.
As well as these options, customers can also choose from classics such as porridge and seasonal fruit for breakfast or scones and homemade soup for lunch. Le Comptoir also has an in-house bakery which is providing freshly made sourdough loaves, Guinness brown bread and classic baguettes.
Of course no French bakery would be complete without croissants and they have several options from classic butter and homemade jam to bacon, crab and a vegetarian option too.
La Comptoir is open now in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. For more information see comptoircafedublin.ie.
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