Make Dublin feel like Paris ... in the perfect restaurant to celebrate July 14th

Review: This restaurant is so French, you can almost see the Eiffel Tower

Chez Max, on Palace Street, Dublin 2, offers well-priced food and plenty to see. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chez Max, on Palace Street, Dublin 2, offers well-priced food and plenty to see. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

“Wasn’t he speaking with a French accent just a few minutes ago?” After an evening of Gallic charm, mademoiselle-ing, and much gesturing at the higher end of the exclusively French wine list, we had been surprised to hear an accent that was more howya than parlez-vous when we returned to pick up a forgotten item. The fact that the restaurant, the late Les Freres Jacques, was right next door to the Olympia Theatre, probably explains everything.

An Italian pizzeria now occupies the site (a nice change for the thesps), and looks across at a little corner of Paris, where, in 2005, Gonzague “Max” de Laloubie opened Chez Max, and pitched his bentwood chairs on the pavement beside the gates of Dublin Castle.

The Irish Times
Please subscribe or sign in to continue reading.
The Irish Times

How can I keep reading?

You’ve reached an article that is only available to Irish Times subscribers.

Subscribe today and get the full picture for just €1 for the first month.

Subscribe No obligation, cancel any time.