Last Sunday I joined my parents, brothers, granddad and aunt for lunch in Chapter 16 in Kildare. It is part of the Silken Thomas enterprise and is listed as the “jewel of the crown.” I had been there a few years ago and enjoyed it but was keen to sample its wears again. The restaurant is particularly lively on a Sunday and it was great to see so many families out enjoying themselves. They offer a competitive Sunday lunch menu with 2 courses for €18.95 or 3 for €21.95. There is a fine selection on the menu and although supplements do apply on steaks there is plenty of other alternatives.
For starter I went for “homemade free-range chicken liver paté.” It was strong and gutsy and cut perfectly by the cumberland sauce. I’m so often disappointed by pate’s in restaurants being too mild but this was excellent. A great start.
For mains I ordered “pan-fried irish salmon garlic & parmesan crust, chargrilled asparagus, potato gnocchi, roast red pepper & red onion salsa.” The salmon was cooked perfectly and retained plenty of moisture. I didn’t quite understand the parmesan crust though. It completely overpowered the taste of the salmon and although it was enjoyable I could’ve been eating any type of fish. The salsa was delicious but the gnocchi were a bit rubbery.
Being a fan of Italian food I got excited when I noticed my favourite dessert on the menu; tiramisu. I needn’t have gotten excited at all. Described as a “traditional homemade Italian favourite” on the menu I had been expecting a traditional dish. Instead I got a tiramisu cake. The flavours were decent and it’d be harsh of me to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Maybe with the addition of the word “cake” to the menu I would have known what I was in for.
The service was excellent throughout and we were never left waiting. The staff were all friendly and were great with children too. The ambiance was very enjoyable and although it wasn’t quiet, it was great to see so many families out with their children. It is on value that Chapter 16 really shines. €21.95 is exceptional value for a three course Sunday lunch and although I did have some issues with my main and dessert, it was worth every penny of the money paid.