Similarly to a page-turner novel, Chapter One is a fine dining institute which keeps diners gripped via its championing of Irish ingredients, intriguing dishes and artisanal decor
Set in the former home of whisky legend George Jameson, and current basement of the Dublin Writers Museum, chef Ross Lewis leans on his international culinary CV to create Michelin-starred dishes in a stylish setting.
Ireland holds a special place in Lewis’ heart, evident in the restaurant’s focus on seasonal produce and locally-made furnishings. Hand-woven baskets, contemporary artwork and bespoke wooden tables hail from Irish craftspeople while ingredients are sourced from the rich Irish terrain – expect country butter, Ballyhoura mushrooms and free-range pork from Tipperary.
The menus at Chapter One are certainly complex, with several tasting menus and a dash of Asian inspiration. The line-up includes terrines, rehydrated numbers, and dishes dedicated to the flavours and textures of Jerusalem artichokes. Beyond these starters, you’ll find braised short rib of Irish beef with poached bone marrow, and organic chicken with Irish sweetcorn and black truffle. Vegetarians don’t have much choice but can savour globe artichoke with goat’s curd, followed by parmesan dumplings. Desserts honour Irish staples – think a warm chocolate mousse with Guinness and barley puff pastry, bourbon cream and Irish coffee sauce. The wine list is a considerable feat, with an emphasis on small organic and biodynamic producers – expect rare and exclusive vintages to go hand-in-hand with tasting menus. Irresistible cocktails and a selection of Jameson whiskies pay tribute to the former owner of the house.
The restaurant is the ideal spot for a pre-theatre culinary show, an impressive business lunch or the place to splash your cash and tickle your taste buds. With a name like Chapter One, the restaurant leaves you longing for more.