I have a big passion for trying Michelin rated restaurants. Call it the snobbery in me, but I find it very adventurous and fun. When work called to me from Dublin, my friend Rock Star found a grand place – Chapter One! To the locals, they all recognize it as a big achievement that this restaurant has one Michelin star, since it’s the only one in North Dublin (apparently there are several in the south). The north is considered ‘rough’. What separates the two halves of Dublin is a river in between.
Behold the mysterious opening:
You go through a green metal fence and down a set of unassuming stairs, where you’re ushered into a warm, cozy dining room with absolutely friendly service.
Apologies for the horridly dark photos, but I was so exhausted they all came out terribly! I also forgot to put it on close up mode. Oh wells =(
This is the Irish Angus Beef for two. Rock Star and I split it. Local beef covered in a wonderfully creamy and savory mushroom sauce with two sides of potato and veggies. The cool thing about this meal is that they rolled out a silver cart with a wooden cutting board on it, had a giant piece of beef, and sliced it in front of us, served it, then doled out the mushroom sauce on top. They also bring the veggies out in a silver pot and dole it out onto little white serving plates.
It’s not entirely true that Dublin doesn’t have good food! This place is great! Everyone else loved their meals. Mind you, it was four girls, and we did a pretty good job in eating all our food!
And of course, a cute pot of tea and the standard place of rich chocolates to complete the meal.
This is definitely a JEWEL in Dublin! The last time I was here the meals I had were okay not stellar, but this goes to show that there is definitely a place for fine dining.
18 – 19 parnell square
dublin 1, ireland
tel +353 1 873226