Chapter One is so called because it is found below the Dublin Writers Museum, it has been serving food since 1992 and attained a Michelin star in 2007 -which it still holds. This year has seen the release of a Chapter One cookbook An Irish Food Story by Ross Lewis (co-owner of C.O.).
We went for the Pre-Theatre Menu which is great value -especially as we didn't have any vino because we were happily sipping away on Hendricks G & T.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, I was using my phone and the lighting was low - I have an issue with pulling out an SLR in a restaurant.
I had cured mackerel with crab mayonnaise and pickled sea weed to start, it was super zingy and a perfect way to enliven the senses. S had game terrine with pickled cherries, quince and mustard.
For the mains we had pheasant with salt baked parsnip, a pheasant and foie gras sausage, potato croquette, apple and horseradish compote and butter poached chestnuts -delicious but I would have preferred a plainer spud component -the flavours were so intense, earthy and rich and I'd have liked something to counter that. S had ray with salt baked celeriac and rope mussels, served with a cider apple dressing. You really can't beat a perfectly cooked piece of fish. I wouldn't have imagined a combination of apple and fish together but S thought it worked really well.
Dessert; I went for the warm chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream, confit orange, lemon jelly and praline mousse- I love nutty flavours and the praline mousse was bloody gorgeous, could have eaten a whole bowl of it. S has baked apple with molasses sponge and a quinnell of pumpkin seed ice cream - we both agreed that the ice cream was the stand out piece of the dish. The apple was presented beautifully in a carved wooden bowl unfortunately this made it impossible to photograph.
|Warm Chocolate Mousse|
The whole experience was very memorable, not only because of the food, but also because of the relaxed atmosphere created by the staff.
We had two Hendricks G & T's, two starters, mains and desserts -total E94.
18 Parnell Sq