After months of guesswork as to where it's going to be and what form it's going to take, Gráinne O'Keeffe has finally revealed the details of her new restaurant Mae. Her first solo venture is going to be located above The French Paradox in Ballsbridge, and will feature a seasonal tasting menu. It has an open kitchen so you can watch your dinner being made, high and low tables, and views out onto Shelbourne Road.
There's going to be a set menu (sample below, priced at €55-€60) featuring dishes like bayonne ham and gruyere; brioche, chicken liver and truffle; and rib-eye with morels and tarragon sauce. There will be two tiers of wine pairings, and that side of things is in partnership with The French Paradox.
They have a Provintech so expect lots of wines by the glass, as well as an 80-page wine list. Brothers Jacques and Patrick (who took over The French Paradox from their parents last year) will curate the wine list, alongside Mae's manager/sommelier Julien Chaigneau, who has worked for the wine shop/tasting room since 2008.
The restaurant, named after Gráinne's grandmother who passed away in 2018, and who she says was "a wonderful cook", will be open for dinner from Tuesday - Saturday with two sittings each night (at 18:00 and 20:30). Mae opens on Thursday 12th August and bookings go live on their website at midday tomorrow.