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.
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.
The menu had 4 dishes for each course, with a decent offering of fish and meat options…
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! 🙂
Similar to my last visit here, the food was fantastic. Beautifully presented and perfectly executed dishes… the service was also above and beyond.
Crisp langoustine & smoked bacon roll with a pickled seaweed butter
Organic Irish cauliflower cooked on pine, walnut milk and goat’s curd
Salt marsh duck with bonito flavoured sesame, blood orange and braised endive, crushed white turnip and crisp duck leg
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.
Baked yoghurt cake with vanilla custard, blood orange, salt ice-cream and yoghurt mousse
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!
Chapter One, 18-19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Ph: +353 1 8732266