Robert Street; Castletroy; UL & Ennis
Cafe Noir Robert Street:
Tel: (061) 41122
Cafe Noir Castletroy:
Blas by Cafe Noir UCL:
World Music Acad Building:
Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Tel: (061) 234904
Pat O’Sullivan has created one of the most dynamic Café/Restaurant chains in Limerick and happily intends expanding far and wide. No newcomer to the food industry, Pat really knows what he is about and what his customers want and has set about providing it. Managing Director of Masterchefs Hospitality Munster, he always had this vision of bringing a little bit of Paris to Irish café society and this he has done so successfully with his Café Noir Group, which is currently in four locations, Robert Street, Castletroy, a large 120-seater cafe ‘Blas by Café Noir’ at the University of Limerick, and more recently with a new branch in Ennis. The first Café Noir opened its doors in February 2008 and was a runaway success. Pat’s attention to detail was meticulous sourcing a superb Fair Trade coffee called Blue Earth Organic, producing their own wonderful breads in a state of the art bakery, from roast pepper bread, to walnut and date, Vienna loaf to handmade baguettes & brown soda, and making all their own foods. The minute you walk through the doors of any Café Noir you get this wonderful waft of fresh bread and coffee emanating from behind the counters.
They have their own team of pastry chefs producing the most wonderful handmade pastries, scones, cakes and biscuits, pear and almond tartlets, Gateaux Paris Brest, chocolate Danish, carrot cakes, chocolate éclairs to die for …the list is endless…you could be forgiven for thinking you were in any French town enjoying the lifestyle and ethos. However, there is our own bit of Irish charm and top artisan foods available as well.
At breakfast time you might perhaps try their ‘posh’ scrambled eggs, with a side of smoked salmon and homemade brown soda bread – fantastic – or perhaps one of their several gluten free or vegetarian offerings such as their artisan berry granola topped with a mixed berry compote and Greek style yoghurt. They also do a wide range of savoury dishes and wonderful lunches including beef and mushroom pie capped with puff pastry, and a cracking seafood pie, as I said all made by themselves. You can have a brilliant French Onion soup, steak sandwiches, sausage rolls, crepes, baked Brie, all yummy. What I love too are their sandwich bars where you can have freshly carved hot or cold sandwiches of your choice filled just with what you want. At their Salad bars, you will find fresh prawns, smoked salmon, roast Mediterranean vegetables, spiced couscous, McGeough’s ham, and a whole lot more besides! The Roberts Street branch opens until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday doing a Tapas Menu as well as their great Salad Bar. The Tapas menu is very reasonably priced with tasty morsels including Chorizo sausage, smoked Kenmare salmon, dry-cured French ham, smoked local chicken, a good Irish cheese selection – oh yes and of course their wonderful homemade desserts. Makes a really nice evening out in lovely atmospheric surroundings – and of course you can have a glass or ten of wine from their very well chosen and reasonably priced wine list. In their Castletroy branch an evening menu is served seven days a week and again makes a great casual night out with really good reasonably priced, well sourced and well cooked food.
There are some fantastic mains to choose from at Café Noir including a char-grilled 70z Garrets beef burger in a toasted Waterford blaa served with a side salad and fries, or a delicious sounding slow cooked pork belly served on whipped mash with creamy cabbage and smoked bacon lardons. Their 6oz steak sandwich of prime char-grilled beef comes served on toasted Café Noir Vienna bread with red onion confit, crispy cos lettuce, plum vine tomato, coleslaw and fries, whilst grilled garlic and thyme marinated chicken comes with a spicy mango and chilli salsa, along with sauté or mash potatoes, roasted root vegetables and a red wine jus.
Of course the signature French Onion soup is a must, and there are some great pizza and pasta dishes to try. Leave room for the vast selection of those homemade desserts in the display cabinet…As Monsieur O’Sullivan says - Goutez la difference!