Fodor's Expert Review Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen

$$$$ O'Connell Street and Around Modern Irish Fodor's Choice

When Michelin-starred chef Mickael Viljanen partnered up with this venerable Dublin dining institution, great things were expected. We weren't disappointed. This wonderful, culture-vulture favorite gets its name from its location, downstairs in the vaulted, stone-wall basement of the Dublin Writers Museum; the natural stone-and-wood setting makes it cozily cavelike. The daringly modern French, four-course, set dinner menu is the talk of the town and W. B. Yeats himself would have loved the roast pigeon, brussels sprouts, pear, offal tart all with sauce perigourdine. The only downside is the place is so popular you have to book well in advance.

Modern Irish Service Sophisticated Lunch Dinner Pre-Theater Dessert $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

18–19 Parnell Sq.
Dublin, Co. Dublin  Dublin 1, Ireland


Known For:
  • Polite and attentive staff
  • Offers chef's table experience
  • Flawless food and service
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch Sat., Reservations essential

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