With 26 years at his trailblazing Chapter One, Cork-born owner and chef Ross Lewis has earned both notoriety and a well-deserved Michelin star. His passion for provenance and seasonality shine without feeling pretentious or inaccessible. Sure, the €110 tasting menu and €50-€75 wine pairing may be a stretch, but lunch starts at just €35 for two courses. Plus, this is more of a dining experience than a night out. The smart, understated dining room and formal, friendly staff perfectly match the luxurious yet down-to-earth cuisine. In an added and not uncharacteristic touch, most furniture and artwork are Irish-made.
Time Out tip: A spot at the Chef's Table may break the bank, but it’s an incredible experience to see the Chapter One team in action.
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