Sunday, 30 July 2017

Chapter One Dublin

Modern Irish charm

Grilled lasagne of scallop and Atlantic crab, pickled seaweed butter

Not to be getting mixed up with Chapter One in Kent, Chapter One Dublin is also a Michelin starred restaurant located in the northern part of the city. It appeared this is a much loved restaurant in Dublin, as it had countless awards and also rated highly on Trip-advisor. Interestingly enough, the restaurant was part of the former home of George Jameson, the founder of the world renown Irish Whiskey brand Jameson. Like most modern fine dining restaurants, Chapter One offers an a la carte menu, a tasting menu and 2 well priced lunch menus. We opted for the four course dinner menu as a group but shared all of our dishes so we got the chance to sample more than 10 dishes per person.

Ballyhoura mushroom and fennel
Tartare of veal and mushroom, black truffle
Ox tongue, gribiche, white radish, hazelnuts, brown butter
Violet artichoke, peach, goat’s curd, pistachio
John dory, broccoli, bonito vinegar, mussel

Tartare of veal and mushroom and black truffle had luxury written all over it, it was a showcase of rich and earthy flavours, yet it wasn't overwhelming to the palate. The grilled lasagne was really interesting with a crispy pasta layer, the filling of Atlantic crab was light and fresh, as was the well cooked scallop, which was full of natural sweetness. The salt marsh duck with blood orange was a wonderful dish, combining the sharpness of the orange to offset the boldness of the duck, it was very tender and well seasoned. The desert flavours and textures of Irish milk and honey was a beautifully crafted piece of masterpiece. It was light and yet blessed with layers of smooth pleasant flavours, it was really a sweet sensation.
Lamb, aubergines, caper flowers, garlic scape
Salt marsh duck, bonito sesame seeds, blood orange
Flavours and textures of Irish milk and honey
Cocoa puff pastry, chocolate cream
Irish coffee

The whole dinner experience at Chapter One was very enjoyable, unlike The Green House and Patrick Guilbaud, the ambient was so much more laid back and relaxing, which is ideal for those who enjoy fine dinning but prefer in a less formal surrounding. Food quality wise was hard to fault, some very creative ingredients combination and totally delivered on taste. I especially enjoyed the Irish coffee which was served at the table side with the drama unfolding in front of us, what a wonderful way to finish off a wonderful meal. To sum it up, Chapter One is top quality fine dining restaurant with top class service to match, strongly advice to book well in advance as it is one of the most popular dining destination in Dublin.

Food 4.5/5

What I paid: 

£78 per head with wine

Average cost without drinks and services:

£65 dinner menu
£83 tasting menu

18-19 Parnell Square N, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland

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