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Graham Neville joins Dax Restaurant

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Olivier is delighted to team up with his old work colleague Graham Neville who will be joining him at Dax Restaurant!

Olivier Meisonnave is delighted to announce that Chef Graham Neville has come on board with him at Dax Restaurant.

Olivier and Graham are old colleagues from the much loved and missed Thornton’s; first working together at its original Portobello canal-side location.

Olivier says of the move “I’m so excited to be working with Graham again and have always admired his cooking particularly at Restaurant FortyOne. I think this new partnership is going to deliver a brilliant future for Dax.”

Neville’s aim at Dax is to get to know the restaurant and its customers before he brings his inimitable style to the menu.

The announcement coincides with the completion of a smart refurbishment of Dax during April. The basement restaurant’s uneven flagstone floor, always a source of rocking chairs and reflected sound, is now luxuriously carpeted. The refurbishment also includes additional interior features and modernised facilities.

Graham Neville

The McKenna’s Guide says, “Graham Neville’s cooking is like a conjuring game…it makes for beautiful, satisfying and engaging eating”.

A stellar career, that has taken him to the top ranks of Irish haute cuisine, began in the humble surrounds of DIT’s Culinary School at Cathal Brugha Street. After graduation, he travelled the world working in divers locations from TRU restaurant and Les Nomades in Chicago, Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray, Le Caprice in London, La Pyramide in Lyon plus seven years with Kevin Thornton.

In 2008 he took up the post of Head Chef at the newly opened Restaurant FortyOne where off-site he developed the kitchen’s own organic garden. Awarded for his innovative style with a plethora of accolades including the prestigious Food & Wine 2014 awards for Best Restaurant in Dublin, Best Chef in Dublin and Best Chef overall in Ireland.

Graham Neville is the current Commissioner General of Euro-Toques Ireland, the professional chef’s and food heritage organisation. A prestigious role previously held by Ross Lewis, Derry Clarke and Myrtle Allen.

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Olivier donates €8,100 to Dublin Simon

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Image L – R: Derek O’Flaherty Bank of Ireland, Clair Rooney Dublin Simon Community, Olivier Meisonnave Dax Restaurant Manager/ Owner, Sam McGuiness CEO of Dublin Simon Community, Michelle Mannion Bank of Ireland

Olivier Meisonnave continued his ongoing support for the Dublin Simon Community in March with the handover of a cheque for €8,100 to Sam McGuinness, CEO of Dublin Simon Community. During November and December Olivier committed to donate 20% of the value of every Dax Restaurant gift voucher sold during those months to the homeless charity. Olivier has been supporting Dublin Simon since Christmas 2013 and has so far donated over €25,000 to the homeless charity.

Olivier was converted to the cause after seeing two documentaries on TV which graphically depicted the plight and extent of the homeless crisis in Ireland. He made up his mind then to do whatever he could to assist in defeating the now widely recognised national crisis of homelessness.

Sam McGuinness on behalf of the Dublin Simon Community said: “As we continue to see increasing numbers of people, families and children coming to our doors for help, we are extremely grateful to Olivier for his support. This generosity will mean the Simon Community can continue to provide vital services.”

Olivier and Dax Restaurant’s work with Simon doesn’t stop with the donations. Several times a year Olivier has brought staff from Dax to run barbecues for residents at Dublin Simon housing services sites and at the Phoenix Park “Simon Fun Run” event. Olivier hopes his efforts will inspire others to join in to alleviate this national crisis.

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Six Nations Rugby Lunches

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Dax will be especially open for pre-match lunches on the days when Ireland is playing at home in this year’s Six Nations Championships. Please do make a note in your diary and book a table for lunch in Dax early as demand will be very high this year as the two big sides return to Ireland, France and England.

Special Opening Days for your Diary

Dax will be open especially for Six Nations pre-Match Rugby Lunch on:

Date Match KO Time Dax Restaurant
Saturday 25th February 2017 Ireland V France 16:50 Open for Lunch from 12:30pm
Saturday 18th March 2017 Ireland V England 17:00 Open for Lunch from 12:30pm

Christmas Holidays

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Dax is now closed for our Christmas break.

We will be replying to reservation enquires made during our holiday when the office re-opens on the 3rd January. We re-open for dinner on Friday 6th January and Saturday 7th January. Normal hours of business resume on Tuesday 10th January.

We wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017!


Saturday Christmas Lunch 17th December

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Dax is open especially for Christmas Lunch on Saturday 17th December this year.

Take a very well-earned rest from the Christmas shopping and join us in Dax for a relaxing festive Saturday lunch on the 17th of December.

Our Christmas lunch menu is 2 Courses for 34.50 and 3 Courses for 39.50 and we will be open from 12:30pm.

Bookings are recommended!

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Help Dax help the Homeless this Christmas

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Olivier and Dax have dedicated the past three years doing their small bit to helping solve the homeless crisis in Dublin city.

Winter is a particularly desperate time and this year it looks to be a cold one. Dax will be continuing to help out and this year we are donating 20% of the value of all gift vouchers purchased on-line to the Dublin Simon Community. Please watch the video below to find out more.

To purchase a gift voucher for Dax and help towards the homeless this Christmas please click on the button below:

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Rugby Internationals – Autumn 2016

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There are three Rugby Internationals this autumn at the Aviva Stadium and Dax will be open for especially for pre-match lunch on the days of the New Zealand and Australia matches.

Date Match KO Time Dax Restaurant
Saturday 12th November 2016 Ireland V Canada 19:30 Open for Dinner from 6pm
Saturday 19th November 2016 Ireland V New Zealand 17:30 Open for Lunch from 12:30pm
Saturday 26th November 2016 Ireland V Australia 17:30 Open fro Lunch from 12:30pm

Use the booking form to make a reservation.

Early Bird Dinner – Before a concert at the NCH

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The NCH is just a five minute walk away from Dax Restaurant; so we are a perfect location for pre-concert dining.

The NCH Summer Season is in full swing with many lunch time events, so its a good time to remind you about our pre-theatre / early bird menu.

Pre-Theatre – Early Bird menu bookings are accepted between 5:30pm and 6:30pm Tuesday to Friday; tables must be fully vacated by 7.30pm sharp to make way for later sittings. But that, of course is perfect timing for a perambulation to Earl’s Fort Terrace and the National Concert Hall.

Our early bird / pre-theatre menu is very competitively priced at €24.50 for 2 courses and €29.50 for 3 courses. It bears excellent on price comparison with the NCH’s own restaurant; and you can be assured of the quality of the food at Dax.

NCH Dates for your diary:

  • Friday 22nd July, 8.00pm RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Opera Gala with Celine Byrne and Alexander James Edwards
  • Wednesday 27th July, 8.00pm Tommy Emmanuel
  • Thursday 28th July, 8.00pm Barry Douglas, piano – Sublime to Monumental

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Great Value Fine Wines: 20% off Burgundy 1er Crus and Bordeaux Grand Crus

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Our fine wines list has been updated with all the latest vintages which you can enjoy with an excellent 20% discount.

Olivier loves to ensure his guests get the very finest food matched to the very finest wines from around the world. More than this he wants you to get great value too.

All the 41 wines listed under Discounted Premier Wines receive a 20% discount when you purchase them in house at Dax.

This list includes Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, Bonneau du Martray 2013 which scores 93% and a Château Mouton Rothschild 1988 which is perfect for drinking now and is a snip at €795 (before the 20% discount).

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Food & Wine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2016

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We’ve a small request: please vote for Dax in this year’s restaurant of the year awards in the following categories:

  • Best Restaurant Dublin: Dax Restaurant
  • Best Chef Dublin: Tomaz Morawski
  • Best Wine Experience: Dax Restaurant
  • Best Sommelier: Olivier Meisonnave
  • Best Service: Dax Restaurant
  • Food & Wine Magazine reader’s Choice: Dax Restaurant
Vote Here!




Olivier is interviewed in The Taste.ie

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Stepping off the street on a bright Spring day, down into the intimate Georgian basement dining room of Dax has a bewildering effect. With it’s open fire, dark stained ceilings, rough rendered walls, and stacks of wooden wine crates, you are effortlessly transported from city centre Dublin to the wine cellar of country manor house in rural France.

You can read the whole article here: TheTaste.ie




Business Lunch Dublin

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Dax restaurant is Dublin’s favourite destination for business lunches with ample street parking and front door drop off by taxi. We promise to deliver an excellent quality lunch promptly and professionally and calmly in the short time you have available.

Our lunch menu is priced very reasonably at €24.50 for 2 courses and €29.50 for 3 courses, we can serve you three course and coffee with the bill on the table in 45 minutes if desired.

Alternatively if you require a relaxing dinner we are in no rush to see you depart.