With the recent arrival of Chef Graham Neville Dax has popped up on the radar of the food writers and two of the country’s most respected recently visited.
Gillian Nelis described Graham’s food as “simple luxury with a light touch” and went on to say that “Graham Neville’s food whispers rather than shouts, and it is all the better for it.”
Tom Doorley published his review in the Irish Mail on Sunday after he had lunch in Dax. Tom is a great fan of Dax and he loved the new food saying of his lunch that it “was simply sensational…!
The Dublin International Piano Festival is proud to present Titan of the Piano, this year’s prime Festival highlight, featuring Russian giant, virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovsky, who embodies the epitome of piano mastery, Berezovsky is considered to be one of today’s greatest living pianists. After a dazzling debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1988, he was awarded the gold medal in the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition at age 21 and has since played on the world’s most prestigious stages. His impressive discography has won numerous awards, including Record of the Year from the BBC Music Magazine. A not-to-be-missed event in Dublin this Summer, Titan of the Piano is guaranteed to enthral, performing an exciting and alluring programme of classics from around the globe.
DIPF is proud to announce that this recital will be in aid of ChildVision, Ireland’s only Centre for Blind and Multi-disabled children who, for over 150 years have been working with families from all over Ireland to provide therapeutic care and residential services for children with sight loss and other significant disabilities, and we are honoured to support the vital work they do. Witness the astounding talents of one of the world’s greatest pianists while contributing to an incredible charity this summer.
Our Early Bird menu is available for people booking tables from 6pm to 6:45pm Tuesday to Friday, tables must be vacated by 8pm, but the concert begins then anyway.
Pre-Theatre Menu at Dax:
A salute to the tune-filled magic and romance of the musical throws the spotlight on some of the greatest talents from Broadway and Hollywood
With classic songs from giants of the past – Rodgers & Hart, Kander & Ebb and Leonard Bernstein – and modern marvels Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz and Elton John, there’s a showstopper here for everyone – and that includes fans of Frankie Valli’s Jersey Boys, the Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever and Abba’s Mamma Mia!
The National Concert Hall is only a short walk around the corner from Dax Restaurant on Earl’s Fort Terrace. Make a real evening of it and enjoy a fabulous pre-Theatre menu by Chef Graham Neville. Our pre-Theatre / Early Bird menu is available for bookings between 6pm and 6:45pm Tuesday to Friday; tables must be fully vacated by 8pm sharp.
2 Courses €32.00 and 3 Courses €39.00View the Pre-Theatre Menu
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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|
Our Early Bird / pre-Theatre menu is now available for reservations arriving between 6pm and 6:45pm and diners on the early bird menu can stay until 8pm.
This is perfect for pre-concert dining before visiting the National Concert Hall which has a full scheduled this autumn including the Dublin Culture Night
And lots more, visit the NCH website for more informationPre-Theatre Menu
Dax is renowned in Dublin for its high standards of customer care and exquisite cuisine; so it is not surprising to find it’s one of Dublin’s favourite destinations for business professionals looking for group festive dining or a place to host their Christmas party. The restaurant regularly hosts corporate groups and delegations for lunch and dinner.
The combination of the gentleman’s club-like interior, professional service and stunning food can only impress upon clients and colleagues the valued to which you hold them. Dining in Dax is an experience!
We have various spaces within the restaurant that can cater for different size groups in semi-private dining.
We have three areas which can cater for semi-private dining and various group sizes; the room specifications and layout are as follows:
|Room||All Round Tables||All Long Tables||All Casual set up|
|Room 1||33 people(3×11)||16 people(1 table)||20 people|
|Room 2||25 people(2×8 + 1×9)||16 people(1 table)||16 people|
|Semi-Private Room||-||12 people(1 table)||12 people|
|Whole Restaurant||-||-||66 people|
23 Pembroke Street Upper, Dublin, D02 AK20
Phone: + 353 (0) 1 676 1494
Dax supports the Dublin Simon Community both financially and in a volunteer capacity to help their efforts with Dublin's homeless crisis.