Just over sixty weeks since their first staff briefing, and a mere year since first opening their doors, James Moore and the team at D’Olier Street found themselves feted by the enthusiastic judges at Michelin this week, as word came through that they had just bagged themselves a coveted culinary star.
The building, its interiors and the dishes all attracted praise from the judges, while the architect of the menu, Executive Chef and Co-Owner James Moore, was singled out for his international reputation and craftmanship.
Describing the premises which houses the restaurant as “an architecturally striking building that certainly promises a certain grandeur,” the judges commented on the “more modern, pared-back feel” of the interior before turning their attention to the food.
Lauding the “visually impressive” nature of the dishes, the judges said that “D’Olier Street boosts Dublin’s dining scene with visually striking and technically accomplished dishes,” while the Michelin citation observed that the menu “demonstrates all the technical skill, refined combinations and depth of flavour you would expect of a Michelin Starred establishment.”
Responding to the news, the restaurant posted a short video showing members of the team celebrating, as good wishes flooded in from chefs and restaurants as far afield as Moore’s native Australia, with special congratulations from the Australian Embassy in Ireland.
Moore founded D’Olier Street with chef Anthony Smith, chef-owner of Parnell Square’s Mr. Fox and co-owner and general manager Jane Frye last spring. The prestigious team includes restaurant manager Scott White, who previously worked at the two-Michelin starred restaurant, Aimsir, and Executive Pastry Chef Mina Pizarro.
D’Olier Street is in great company as one of three new One Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland this year. Joining the Dublin restaurant on the 2024 list is Homestead Cottage, with ‘its delicious cooking’, and The Bishop’s Buttery which “offers top-quality produce and great natural flavours to Cashel Palace Hotel.” Honourable mention too for Jessica Murphy’s sustainably minded Kai Restaurant in Galway, which is to date Ireland’s only Green Star, and Terre at Castlemartyr in Cork which won two stars.
Well done all!
A list of all the winners announced at this year’s ceremony can be found here.
Words: Martina Murray