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Restaurant Review - Bresson

Restaurant Review - Bresson

Wednesday 06 October 2021

The rise of the local restaurant has been greatly helped by the pandemic, with so many working from home and socialising locally. The neighbourhood dining scene also had a boost in standards in recent years with aspiring chef-patrons, who, unable to afford city-centre rents, brought their talents to the suburbs instead, offering food more akin to Dublin’s Golden Mile.

In 2018, Temple Garner took over Seapoint Restaurant in Monkstown Village, turning it into Bresson, an upmarket, fashionable French restaurant. Garner is a formidable chef; not a man of many words, but one who knows his own mind and gets on with it. He’s always been involved in the city’s high-end restaurants, from winning Dublin’s first Bib Gourmand at the iconic Mermaid Cafe on Dame Street, to partnering with Ronan Ryan when the duo took over the then Mitchell’s Cellars and set up the restaurant of its time, Town Bar & Grill on Kildare Street. Here, billionaires, politicians and journos rubbed shoulders over Garner and Ryan’s New York-style Italian fare. Ryan now has the terrific Le Comptoir in Donnybrook.

Bresson has gone from strength to strength since opening, with Peter Byrne recently settling in as executive chef and Darren Campbell, ex The GreenHouse, taking his place on the floor as manager.

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First Published In The Sunday Independent