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Le Comptoir Café

Bite-Size: what's happening in food and drink

New menus, wine in a can - and an exciting collaboration that brings a flavour of Galway to the east coast


This week in our regular news round-up, there's everything from a five-course Spanish feast in the Dublin suburbs to vegan burgers in Kildare and, yes, wine in a can. 

The renowned Circe in Terenure, Dublin plays host to a celebration of Spanish wine and food for a once-off event later in the month (which will sell out quickly, we suspect). Kildare vegans will be happy to hear a new restaurant is offering plenty of meat-free options and elsewhere, a new collaboration sees a little bit of Galway flavour reach the east coast - and vice versa. 

A taste of Spain in Terenure

Circa in Terenure, Dublin is the location of a special Rías Baixas dinner on Monday 30 August. The five-course meal, which is being created by head chef Darryl Haynes and his team, will feature dishes such as swordfish ceviche with chilli, ginger, yuzu, cucumber, monk's beard and caviar, manchego, Jamón Ibérico de bellota, croquette and 'nduja, and red snapper with brown shrimp, hispi cabbage. The wines have been selected by wine writer Leslie Williams, who will also introduce each variety on the night.
Tickets for the dinner are priced at €90 per person, which includes wine, and the evening starts with pre-dinner and snacks at 6.30pm. To book email [email protected]

Vegan bites

The historic Kildare House Hotel in, as you might guess, Kildare has opened a new restaurant. Soul Burger is a relaxed, American-style burger bar and features a full vegan menu. The vegan dishes sit alongside meat options and the menu offers the likes of nachos, melts, corn dogs, burgers, and an extensive array of fries. There are also cocktails, shakes and American-style malts (with or without alcohol), not to mention an extensive outdoor space in which to enjoy it all. See kildarehousehotel.ie for more info and the full menu.

Drinks to go

Canned Wine Company’s wines - handy for picnics or for those times you don't want to open a full bottle - are now being stocked by WineLab. Priced at €25 for four 250ml cans, there are three types available: No.1 Vibrant & Zesty Grüner 2020 is a white wine with peach and green apple notes over pepper spice; No.3 Fresh & Fruity Grenache Rosé 2020 is a dry rosé from the Pays d'Oc and No.5 Smooth & Silky is a balanced limited edition Old Vine Garnacha 2016. You can check out the range and buy online here

Coastal collab

JP McMahon of Tartare in Galway and Eoin Cluskey of organic Dublin bakery Bread 41 have teamed up to create a series of unique baked goods. It’s kicking off with a classic croissant infused with a seaweed twist - milled dillisk from Connemara is woven through the sourdough croissant dough. There’s also a pain au chocolat topped with dillisk available. The next Irish ingredients to feature in the range include wildflowers such as meadowsweet, rose and woodruff. Both limited-edition dillisk pastries will be available from Bread 41 on Pearse Street, Dublin, and Tartare on Dominick Street, Galway, from this Saturday 21 August - get there early to try beat the queues and get your hands on these pastries. 

Dining in Donnybrook 

Le Comptoir Café in Donnybrook, Dublin has introduced new menus and opening times for indoor dining this autumn. There are classic French dishes such as a 9oz fillet mignon and pan-fried crevettes with garlic and white wine, as well as the likes of five-spice duck breast and pan-roasted scallops. The café offers an array of desserts too, along with an Irish charcuterie board and a selection of French wines from Nomad Wines. On top of all of this, there is an early bird deal on offer from Wednesday through to Sunday, from 5pm until 6.15pm – a choice of two courses is €25 or there are three courses for €29. comptoircafe.ie

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