Review on Restaurant Chestnut
Restaurant Chestnut is certainly enjoying a runaway success, having opened its doors at the end of March 2018 in the coastal village of Ballydehob in the southwest of County Cork, six months later it received the prestigious accolade of a Michelin star. Occupying the premises of a former low-ceilinged terraced pub on the main thoroughfare in the village, inside it is simply decorated with a modern décor, featuring just six tables seating 18 diners. The driving force behind this new venture is Cork-born chef Rob Krawczyk, who hit the high notes in kitchens at the Chop House in Lismore and then Tankardstown House in Co Meath, together with his partner Elaine Fleming whose deft service injects warmth into the experience.
Rob's cooking is all about impeccably fresh seasonal ingredients inspired by the abundant supplies from the local larder. Produce is also sourced from his father Frank in nearby Skull, who is one of Ireland's original and best charcutiers. The three course dinner menu kicks off with scallops with cauliflower and ink, before enjoying a whiskey sour and then it's on to the main event of venison, roast onion and Jerusalem artichoke or from the sea cod with smoked celery root, mussels and seaweed. Bring the curtain down with a dessert of chocolate, damson and clove, or if you prefer there's some excellent cheeses.
The concise wine list has been carefully curated to complement the food and there's also options available by the glass.
Modern Irish / Contemporary / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 4.00pm (March-Dec)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm Wed-Sat (March-Dec)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card