Set in an unlikely part of Dublin for such a quality restaurant, Chapter One is really something special and well worth the trip across the Liffey.
I was there with a group of customers for a business dinner recently - my first time - and found the experience to be first class. I was the last of my group to enter the restaurant, and as I did I heard a booming voice welcome everyone. It was rather like the welcome from a character at a theme park greeting a group of eager children. The co-owner Martin Corbett is your guide for the evening and leaves you in no doubt that you can leave your worries at the door, for you are in very good hands.
Every item on the menu is explained and recommendations made, and while the menu is straight forward to understand, our group hung on Martin's every descriptive word. He told stories about the building, once the home of the Jameson family, the ballroom of romance next door and the writer's museum above us. He also took some time to explain to me the painting of the Queen of England's visit to Ireland which hangs on the wall. Chapter One were the 'caterers' for that state meal.
It goes without saying that the food and service are impeccable, the staff are knowledgeable and friendly and attention to detail is just what it should be in a fine restaurant.
For a business dinner, costs were at least comparable with other high end restaurants and I felt we got good value for money.
I would highly recommend Chapter One. It's a special place, with great food. But perhaps because of Martin, it's a great experience too.
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