Roberta’s burst on to the Dublin dining scene earlier this year as the newest addition to the Press Up portfolio, and on opening day we were promised an even more exciting development downstairs, a luxury food hall unlike any other.
This week sees that promise kept, as Dollard & Co Food Hall and Grill opens its doors. Set on the ground floor of the historic Dollard Printworks, the building itself is the oldest steel frame structure in Ireland. The meticulously and sympathetically restored, to create a gorgeous food hall and market full to bursting with the best of Irish and international fare.
Stepping in to Dollard & Co from either Wellington Quay or the back entrance on East Essex St, right next to the door for Roberta’s, you’ll be greeted by stunning displays of seasonal produce, artisan breads, deli treats, incredible meats, freshly caught seafood, a fantastic assortment of local and international cheeses, charcuterie, juicy olives and innovative and interestingly, take-home meals composed of Press Up group classics.
On the Liffey side of Dollard & Co, you’ll find a deli bursting at the seams with delicious goodies. This is a super-casual, order-at-the-counter affair. They’ll be serving up a great range of breakfast dishes, an all day menu, vegan flatbreads, creamy homemade ice cream, a mouthwatering selection of desserts from a dedicated dessert counter, coffees and smoothies and juices for a lighter option.
Once you’ve ordered, grab a seat (they’ve got 80!) and enjoy. On the right-hand side as you enter on Wellington Quay, you’ll find a bakery, pizza and pasta counter. Like a little bite of Italy, Dollard and Co will offer a selection of fresh pastas made in-house, hand-rolled and expertly crafted.
For the ultimate fuss-free dinner, pick your pasta, top it with your favourite sauce and take it home, or enjoy in store. As many of the eateries in the Press Up group are built around fantastic bespoke pizza ovens, Dollard and Co will keep up the traditional of offering up wood-fired delights. making pizzas into the very wee hours from our hatch on Wellington Quay, too.
At the very heart of Dollard & Co is The Grill, with copper accents and an Instagram-worthy marble counter top. This casual dining centrepiece seats 40 people. Sit around the impressive open plan kitchen and watch the chefs hard at work cooking up a storm while you relax and take in the atmosphere of the entire chic space. The Grill will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On the coffee front, Dollard and Co will be serving up TwoFifty Square, roasted from a hand chosen selection of beans in their roastery in Rathmines. Widely regarded as some of the best coffee in the city, they’ve mastered the art of blending to make the perfect cup. From flat whites to lattes and beyond, coffee is on point at Dollard and Co.
The menu will feature stunning starters like Miso Glazed Chicken Wings and marvellous mains like our Crab, Lobster and Potato Omelette, Hake with Braised Calamari, or classics like a cheeseburger piled high with bacon, pickles, mustard and mayo and served with a generous portion of golden fries.
Now, on to the shopping! On the East Essex St side of Dollard & Co, you’ll find a drool-worthy grocery section with an abundant fruit and veg section and tempting meat, fish, charcuterie and cheese counters. Dollard and Co has teamed up with some of the country’s best producers to offer the finest Irish and international produce you won’t be able to resist filling your basket with.
The vibrant and colourful fruit and vegetable produce is beautifully displayed and sourced both locally and from the historic Rungi’s Market in Paris, so you can be sure you’re getting the best of the best.
A slick and impressive Butcher’s Counter is a carnivore’s dream, where you can choose from a serious selection of meats, including those matured in Dollard and Co’s own dry-aging chamber, for up to 28 days. This process leaves them succulent, tender and unbelievably flavoursome – irresistible.
Talk to the experts at the dedicated (and delicious-looking) Cheese and Charcuterie Counter, home to a fantastic selection of cured meats, artisan cheeses, marinated olives and more. They’ll be on hand to help you with pairings and accompaniments to make your choices sing and are happy to help navigate the overwhelming variety of treats.
Expect a cornucopia-like cheese selection, both Irish and international and the finest grocery items like oils, flours, porridges, granolas, jams, chocolates, biscuits and condiments, too. Fresh artisanal bakes will be hard to resist – think buttery flakey croissants, golden breads, bagels piled high, sourdough and baguettes hot from the oven.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special, look no further, as Dollard and Co offers carefully curated hampers, hand-packed with artisanal goods and culinary delights. Wicker and cotton baskets filled with unique foodie delights make the perfect gift to suit a variety of tastes – you can even personalise your own hamper.
Dollard & Co’s Head Chef, Ryan Bell, has carefully put together a menu of restaurant quality pre-prepared inspired by the most popular dishes from restaurants like Angelina’s, Sophie’s and Roberta’s upstairs.
There are over 100 different items to choose from – ranging from inventive ready meals, sauces and more, so you can enjoy restaurant quality fare in the comfort of your own home. Pick up a bottle of wine or some ice cold craft beers from the impressive drinks section and you’re sorted!
Whether you’re sitting down in the heart of Dollard and Co for breakfast, lunch or dinner, just grabbing a tasty coffee or a gift on the run, this new addition to the Dublin food scene has something for everyone and every occasion.
For more information visit www.pressup.ie.