Love Spohie’s at the Dean, Robertas for brunch on a Sunday, The Stellar Theatre for date night ??? Well try not to get too excited because the well oiled machine that is the Press Up Group has just added another shiny feather to their cap.
Isabelle’s Restaurant & Bar, a brand new dining destination in the very heart of Dublin city, stretching from its entrance on South Anne Street right through to a seated terrace on Royal Hibernian Way.
The design of the restaurant is contemporary yet crafted, with clean lines and a meticulous attention to detail and materiality. Oak clad walls, natural marble floor, large mirrors, bespoke light fittings, and a mix of comfortable banquette seating and locally crafted furniture, blend together to create a welcoming, warm and inviting feel.
The open animated show kitchen is a real focal point and feature of the restaurant, with a high a level of decorative finishes, from the copper clad pizza counter to the handmade clay glazed wall tiles. Diners can peer through the pass to watch the expert team of chefs at work, or perch at the Pizza Counter and take in the team throwing dough before placing it carefully in the burning hot wood fired oven.
On entering, guests will be greeted by a gorgeous polished concrete bar countertop and beautiful black and white marble flooring, which gives way to rich oak timber as you move through the restaurant. One of the key features of Isabelle’s is a bespoke wine display created with crittal framing, which will house a selection of drops from the extensive wine menu.
Heading up the team at Isabelle’s is General Manager Joanna Duda-McKenna. Formerly of Roly’s Bistro, Sophie’s Restaurant and Angelina’s, her focus is on a warm welcome for all guests. The experienced floor team will be on hand to make sure that everyone feels at home, from the very moment they enter.
Head Chef Barra Hurley has been working in the food industry for 20 years, beginning his career as a commis chef in L’Ecrivain and Chapter One. It was there that he developed a serious passion for food and working with quality produce and ingredients. With nine years at Shanahan’s On The Green under his belt, and a stint at The Butcher’s Grill, his flair for cooking has made him a hugely respected chef.
Barra spent the last year as Head Chef at Tomahawk Steakhouse on East Essex St, and he now steps away from Tomahawk’s firing grill to take the reins at Isabelle’s, putting his stamp on the city centre’s brand new addition.
The menu has been created as the result of a collaboration between Barra and Chef Stephen Ryan, who also joins the team. The pair travelled to London on numerous occasions to get inspiration for the menu, which has been in the works for the past six months. They wanted to create food that has been prepared with love, simple but packed full of flavour, centered on seasonality.
There will be a focus on low ABV (alcohol by volume) drinks, to be enjoyed pre and post meal, including a selection of spritzers. ‘The drinks menu has been created to lift and add to the dining experience. The low ABV creations are also a great way to enjoy some sociable drinks”. Ronan explains.
The wine list has been carefully crafted by Mary O’Malley, Sommelier for Isabelle’s. She tells us that “The wine list works to balance personality with breadth and versatility. There is a purpose to every wine on the list, complementing the food on the menu and giving wine drinkers great options”.
Isabelle’s has teamed up with both IMMA and Kerlin Gallery to curate the art that lines the walls. IMMA have brought in 10 pieces from Clare Ormerod, an Irish artist working with fabric and materials in innovative and exciting ways. This 2018 collection is entitled She Is On Her Way and is made up of fabric, pastel, ink and wool.
For booking check out www.Isabellas.ie