PROFILE: City Larder
Q&A WITH REBECCA BELL, CO-OWNER, CITY LARDER
Who is City Larder?
My husband Robbie Bell has been a chef for over 20 years, with classic French cuisine his foundation. I am the front-of–houser! We started City Larder around 18 months ago as a way to continue our skill in, and love of, food and hospitality, but in a format that offered more hospitable hours – so we could actually spend time with our now two-year-old, Monty. We met Comptoir’s Tim and David when we all did time together at Rockpool Bar & Grill, and it’s great to be working together again, but within our own respective businesses.
What do you bring to Comptoir?
For Comptoir we create terrines and pâtés that are available to eat at the bar, as well as to take home. Robbie is all about creating classics and producing items that you probably won’t make at home. It’s the kind of food aimed for sharing with friends with a bottle (or two!) of wine, which is why what we offer sits so well at Comptoir. We like the idea of food bringing people together. We worked closely with Tim to get the offer right for Comptoir, and part of this was creating a Rabbit, Confit Onion & Mustard Terrine especially for their bar menu. The Free Range Chicken Liver Pâté we supply to Comptoir is actually one of my favourites – you’d think I’d get sick of it but I continue to love it.
What drink have you been enjoying of late?
Recently we opened a bottle of Ruinart which was pretty spectacular. I saw that Comptoir has the COS Frappato which I’ll have to come in and try. It’s one of those delicious wines that is tricky to get hold of. I think that is the beauty of Comptoir – you can get access to and enjoy these amazing wines with food, plus savour them without the hefty restaurant mark-up!