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Review: One Pico’s Three Course Lunch

One Pico's Salmon Starter

One Pico is a place of such high repute that you might think you’d have to be the Sausage King of Chicago to have lunch there. However, put aside a fiver a week and spend an afternoon there next month. You won’t regret it. Since we reviewed the set lunch menu over two years ago, the two courses for €19.95 option is gone, so I took it upon myself to see if three courses for €25 are worth it. I’m sound like that. On the day, it will especially help if you’ve had a rough week. I met my friend Rory who’d had to watch 30 episodes of “Who’s the Boss” for work.  This trumped my nursing of sick people. We munched on a selection of tasty breads and sipped sauvignon blanc (€19.95 or €5 per glass) as we sat by the window watching the world go by.

Beetroot and Goat's Cheese Starter

To start, Rory had Teriyaki Salmon served on a slate with pickled cucumber, radish, toasted sesame and wasabi.  I had the Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese.  Delicate discs of beetroot topped and tailed large cylinders of goat’s cheese.  Watercress and candied walnuts were strewn around them and drizzled with cabernet dressing. Once we stopped admiring our food it was polished off in seven minutes.

Then, Rory had Butter Roasted Free Range Chicken with summer vegetables and I opted for the Atlantic Cod. The crispy potato fondant was particularly good. My plate was a colourful affair of mussels, broad beans and carrots in a creamy tomato sauce with sundried tomatoes and dill decorating the cod. Everything tasted fantastic.

Slowing down a little, we both ordered the Caramelised Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet.  The tanginess of the tart and sorbet cut through everything perfectly. The service was impeccable, as you’d expect, and there was no pressure to leave. We lingered over coffee and the rest of our wine, Rory filling me in on Tony Danza’s antics, me fantasising about hiring a buff manny to let me enjoy more afternoons in exquisite restaurants.  One Pico is definitely worth the money. To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, it is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend you go.


  1. Had to take a second look at the URL to see what the name of this site is again.

  2. Ah the predictable moaning when we feature a high-end restaurant. As it says on our About page, and as we have repeated here many, many times: “We cover everything from cheap and delicious snacks, to high-end restaurants that are worth every penny.”

  3. I agree with Jean, for the quality of the food served in One Pico, it really is a “cheap” eat. It’s excellent value.
    I had a long lunch there last year with a friend and it still stands out as one of the better restaurant experiences of the year. I coudn’t recommend it enough.

  4. One Pico is probably my favourite restaurant in Dublin, of all the great value food I’ve had over the years their lunch offer and early bird have yet to be beaten!

  5. Have eaten lunch here on a few occassions. For quality of food, service and overall atmosphere I think it is one of the best value higher end options around.
    Also like the fact the wine starts around @ 20 euro as sometimes the wine can turn what seems like good value treat into an expensive day out.

  6. Yep, the moaning is as predictable as sunrise. A fantastic three-course lunch and a long afternoon of lingering for €25 is incredibly good value – a decent three course lunch in a semi- okay Dublin restaurant wouldn’t cost a lot less. One Pico would almost make me want to return to Ireland!

  7. Well sunrise happens for a reason, too!

  8. Cheap is relative J, chill out! I wouldn’t have thought of eating there on my budget, but will hopefully get an opportunity to try it out sometime.

  9. You had me at “butter roasted….” Sounds great but serving food on a slate puts my teeth on edge. The thought of scraping my fork across slate makes me heave. May all my troubles be so small 😀