Chapter One, Dublin

There is often much furore regarding the awarding of Michelin stars… be it that a well deserving restaurant has been by-passed or that a star has been swiped resulting in a public outcry. Thankfully, since it’s award in 2007, Chapter One has held on tightly to their star. I first visited about 5 years ago, before my blogging journey began, and was eager to re-visit and share it with you all!

Situated on Parnell Square, it’s not an area I’m overly familiar with, but the Georgian square houses some beautiful buildings, including this gem.

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We visited for the Pre Theatre menu, offering 3 courses for €39.50. There is a short time slot allocated for pre theatre and very early booking is absolutely required. (I mean about a month in advance!)

Our drink of choice for perusing the menu was a glass of prosecco – of course! There’s an extensive wine list and wanting something pretty mid-range we went for the South African Diemersfontein, Pinotage at €57. The wine list states “lush, rich and spicy” and it was all of that and more, we both love a relatively heavy red so really enjoyed this.

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The menu had 4 dishes for each course, with a decent offering of fish and meat options…

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And while my Vegetarian menu didn’t offer much choice, the chosen dishes were original and innovative which is always gratefully received after one too many risottos! πŸ™‚

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SimilarΒ  to my last visit here, the food was fantastic. Beautifully presented and perfectly executed dishes… the service was also above and beyond.

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Crisp langoustine & smoked bacon roll with a pickled seaweed butter

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Organic Irish cauliflower cooked on pine, walnut milk and goat’s curd

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Salt marsh duck with bonito flavoured sesame, blood orange and braised endive, crushed white turnip and crisp duck leg

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Red cow parmesan ravioli with pied de mouton, celeriac puree, broccoli rabe and wild garlic

While I usually opt for the heaviest chocolate option possible for dessert, this time I decided on the cheese, with my dining partner going for the light and fluffy sweet option of the baked yoghurt cake.

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Baked yoghurt cake with vanilla custard, blood orange, salt ice-cream and yoghurt mousse

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Selection of cheese

After a little tour of the wine cellar and private dining areas we left the haven of Chapter One. Without doubt this is the place to visit for a treat meal, even the pre-theatre option was a lovely experience and one I’ll no doubt repeat!

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Chapter One, 18-19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Ph: +353 1 8732266
Web: http://www.chapteronerestaurant.com/

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