Lunch - 5 People - Sunday Feb 16th 2014
Restaurant was busy but not packed. The food was delicious and represented excellent value for the quality on offer (25 euro for 2 courses) or €29 for 3. Superb presentation of the food also. Definitely recommend for lunch. The goats cheese and beetroot start was as good as it gets, and the ham terrine foie gras starter was also excellent. The Beef cheek main was melt in your mouth tender and the Atlantic Cod dish was flavoursome. Will be going back again soon.
I love One Pico. I have been a few times and recently went for Mothers Day Lunch. We had the set menu and I had a delicious goats cheese salad, followed by ray wing and a dessert of Panna Cotta. Presentation is very good and you almost dont want to mess it up by eating it! The wine list is good and we found the Bergerac to be a nice compliment to our meal. The decor is very nice in One Pico, I was very comfortable sitting in a big grey armchair. The staff are attentive and helpful and i will be back soon for another treat day.
The starter looked like something Vermeer would have wanted to capture in oils, lustrous beet red again a matt slate background, creamy goat's cheese and that oh so delicately arranged salad that if food were apparel would be the 'nonchalant' silk scarf that nails the look.
In short, food you want to stare at. Wistfully, lamenting that soon your greed will cause its inevitable destruction. Food that gives rise to oohs and aahs, and the odd 'I'm jealous!' comment. I was jealous of everyone because it all looked so good, even if I can never get over that thing about ducks, gullets and feeding methods that others seem only too well equipped to deal with, if the numbers going for foie gras were anything to go by. In my non-defence, though, can a meat-eater really be a kinder shade of cruel?
Weirdly (worryingly?), the vegetables looked so beautiful you wouldn't be surprised to find out they were sentient, too.
Thank the heavens for work lunches on special occasions, in this case, the celebration of the life and work of a truly wonderful author, to bring you to places you don't really belong. Like One Pico. You read about this place, where politicians throng (presumably just to make extra sure they stay right out of touch with the populus) and media types hob-nob. Or maybe that was the good old days.
Business is not looking slack here though, as this lunchtime trade showed.
You know the kind of place where the waiters know everything? They have this vaguely elusive air of authority that not only makes them remember every small detail of your order, but makes you feel that they might also be privy to such information as your bank balance, favourite record, or recent lingering internal self-doubts. It's the way they look at you - quietly all-knowing, all-seeing. That's your One Pico variety of waiter. You don't want parmesan in your risotto? He understands. You crave a deeper, more lasting sense of self-affirmation? He understands.
It's too easy to cave at 'delicious' for food descriptions (I promise I won't use 'amazing'). But it just was goddamn delicious, every last morsel of starter, main and heart-breakingly small dessert that actually completely fills you up whilst stopping just short of causing you to identify with whales.
They're not snobby about tap water, either.
It's far from cheap, but it deserves to be - it does it all beautifully and it doesn't make a fuss. I want to go back. Now. Somebody rich take me. Please. I'll tell you loads of interesting gossip. Even if it's made up it'll be entertaining. And we can play a game of 'what do you know about the depths of my soul?' with one of the waiters. I'm sure they'd be up for it - after they've finished hypnotising you and downloading all the personal information from your brain before snapping their fingers with the words, 'Be seated now. You will remember none of this.'
A quick interview with myself:
How good is it here? very very good
How was the service? exceptional; smooth, professional, non invasive
How much did it cost? quite a lot, but worth every penny - we had a set menu, 68Euro per person, wine extra of course and several menu items carried a surcharge (the cheese plate for example)
Do you have any regrets? not really, I very much enjoyed my starter (foie gras) but my companions all had a prawn Moussaka which looked and by all accounts tasted, spectacular.
Yup, very very very good, I highly recommend it!
last question before I let you on your way.... can you remember where we left the car keys?
Returned for another delightful meal.
Seafood is a standout, both presentation and preparation.
€39 prix fixe for 3-course dinner offered Monday - Thursday before 7 pm. Something for everyone.
Tip: Choose the prix fix dinner menu for best value.
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Had fabulous lunch here. The dining room is cosy and quite elegant but casual. Reasonably priced considering quality .The risotto was one of the best risotto dishes I have had . The service staff is attentive and friendly . Highly recommended
ooooh swanky! It was great to try a new place especially when someone else is footing the bill! My review of the food may not be totally on the ball what with me being a bit stunned from an event earlier that day. I rarely have dinners in my honour (this is something that I think should happen more!) and even more rarely in swanky places like this.
Service was professional but also friendly and welcoming. I was slightly confused by my starter. I had ordered the onion soup and a bowl with a lump of something came out.... I had this moment where I wondered if I was so out of the loop and it might be passe to think that soup should be liquid. However there followed some ceremony where a gravy like liquid was then poured into the bowl, and then it all made sense. Yes soup is liquid!
The mains, dessert and wine seemed as lovely as could be ascertained in my not-totally-with-it state. Actually I particularly liked that my dessert (creme brulee) came with ice-cream and biscuits as I like variety. It was a lovely relaxed dinner and despite the busy restaurant they really did not hurry us out. Just lovely!
Was in One Pico yesterday for a business lunch, and was thoroughly impressed.
Food-tick. Absolutely delicious, well-thought out food.
Had beautiful beetroot and goats cheese salad to start, a sumptuous sweet and savoury taste, which whet the appetite just enough for mains.
Main course was a fabulous tart tatin of Clonakilty black pudding (can't resist it on a menu!) and cabbage which was simply wonderful, very fine dining with a distinct echo of traditional, homecooked Irish fare.
To finish I had a very light lemon curd paired with basil jelly and a few other bits and pieces.
Three courses for €25 is a great way to sample one of Dublin's best without breaking the bank...
Had been dying to try this place out for ages and finally got the chance on Sat night. Boy, I wasn't disappointed. We arrived at 6 (only booking available) and were promptly seated.
I loved the decor, modern, sophisticated yet still had an intimate ambience.
We were given the a la carte and the early bird special - 3 courses for 36.00.
I chose the langostine risotto with snow pea and truffle froth to start followed by scallops with pork belly and a side of beetroot. The food was elegantly served and presented on the plate and the langostine melted in the mouth. The others had foie gras to start followed by Fermanagh chicken (both declared excellent) and a smoked salmon followed by sea bream for my health conscious friend. All of these were off the early bird special.
The sommellier was very nice, not at all pretentious and chose a very nice french Pinot Grigio to accompany our meal from their House range.
Now the downside and the reason they failed to score a full 5 stars was the dessert. I had a wonderfully executed vanilla creme brulee, my hubby had chocolate fondant, with pistachio ice cream and it didn't disappoint. But our pals were sorely let down by the lemon tart. I couldn't believe when it was presented to them. The pastry was dark brown and very obviously burnt!! It was such a let down and such a fundamental error we felt it should never have been served up and taken off the menu. We pointed it out to the Maitre D' and suggested he pull it off the menu as it was not acceptable at all. Having said that it won't stop us bookmarking this place to return to as there were a few other tasty options I want to try.
The other woman in my life....my fantastic mother, turned 60 the other week so we treated her to a birthday dinner in One Pico and as always they didn't disappoint.
We were welcomed at the door by Anthony who, being previously informed of the reason for our visit, popped a bottle of champagne and offered our party a glass each to enjoy in the lounge before we took our table.
The menu, like the interior, has had a make over since my last visit and, just like the interior it has been slightly modernised yet keeps a certain mystique about it.
There is far too much food to mention in this review without it turning into a small essay so I'll have to stick to what I had...but it won't disappoint I guarantee!
To start I had the mullet which was exquisitely presented along with a wonderful black olive puree. Next was the steak, now I know I should have been more adventurous but sometimes it pays to stick to what you know and being a red blooded male there's something about feasting on the flesh of an animal that makes me feel even more manly!! This steak was cooked to absolute perfection and practically melted in my mouth, but what made it really special was a garlic bulb that was cut in half and baked in duck fat. What you do is scoop out a clove and eat it with each bite (aside: has txt spk ruined ur ability2spel aswel?!) of your steak. It really opens up the flavour and adds that little extra kick that I really like! I cooked that at home tonight, while not as good it really made my mouth water between mouthfuls.
Will I be visiting again? You know it!
Just had a very good lunch in One Pico.
started with whipped goats cheese and beetroot, dressed with lovely micro herbs, very tasty.
followed with roasted cod on a bed of potato puree, french beans and peas. really good
Two of us with coffees, 55Euro, that's good value for food of this quality.
Food was good but we found a hair in my wife's risotto and they claimed it was staged.
Great saturday lunch here in July 13. Excellent value set menu, wonderful service and really nice ambience. Companion's cheese and tomato risotto was very tasty while my elderflower parfait served in a watermelon consommé was ingenious and refreshing. Excellent wine selection.
In Dublin for a couple of days during one of my rare visits home to Ireland from San Francisco. I've dined at plenty of Michelin star restaurants and I'd give One Pico one.
Excellent meal, excellent service and we went for a cheaper bottle of wine (budget issues) and it was excellent as well. The only issue we had was that my fillet steak was over cooked (ordered medium rare) , I choose to keep it, it was still delicious and the matter was taken care off more than satisfactorily.
Great ambiance and I'll be back in a couple of years.
Well done Kazanger for reminding me about One Pico, one of my best meals ever, about 4 years ago so can't remember the meal exactly. It's tucked away and you'll need to book.
Just celebrated our anniversary with dinner at One Pico,it didn't disappoint!!! Lovely intimate place,excellent service and amazing food-you can't lose! Especially when you do the early bird,€39 per person for 3 courses-will be back!!
There's nothing negative to say about One Pico. For me, it is fine dining food and serve without the price tag. Don't get me wrong, it isn't the cheapest place to eat but I think it's worth spending that little bit extra to get such good food. They also cater very well for vegetarians and vegans. If there's nothing on the menu to suit your diet, they will adjust it. Always a good sign of a great restaurant in my opinion.
I love this restaurant I visited One Pico during valentines day and it really didn't disappoint! Most other diners seemed to be locals. Service was excellent and food was outstanding. A starter of beetroot and goats cheese was delicious and the halibut was perfectly prepared. I found the One Pico to be a very pleasant restuarant with excellent food and quality service and highly recommend it to all visitors and locals of Dublin.
Excellent value for the quality of food. The staff is very knowledgeable.
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