Michael Caines at ABode
Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, Great views / scenery, Special occasions, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Michael Caines at ABode
I love the glamour on offer here, but if good-looking people, food and things aren’t your thing, then go for the incredible views of the city from the fifth floor. Chef Michael Caines is mixing up the way we eat, with a (somewhat initially confusing) number of ways to dine. But whether you go with a la carte or the tasting menu, or choose to “graze” on smaller dishes, you’re sure to find something to make you reach across the table with a fork, demanding “you must try this”.
This is classic and quality fine dining with a modern touch.
I recently enjoyed the finest duck dish of my life here (it was the Goosnargh duck breast dish with apricots and pistachio at £23 from the a la carte menu).
Locals are still trying this new restaurant, and coming back because they love it. The air is friendly and chatty yet intimate. Most tables for two end up in a row along the bank of padded seating, which takes away a bit of the intimacy.
Have drinks in the Champagne Bar first, where food orders can be taken at your bar table from the friendly waiting team. Service is attentive throughout.
On the fifth floor of the ABode hotel, it offers amazing views.
The a la carte is a little pricey (average £22 main course), though if you dine early (6pm-7pm) you can get two courses for £14.95 or three for £19.95, which I think is incredible value given the surroundings and quality of the food. The tasting menu is £65, the grazing options range from £5 to £14.
There aren’t many “cosy” tables for two, so ask to sit by the windows if you want a more intimate table. These are also the tables to request if you fancy a view of the racecourse, as well as your fellow diners.
More information on Michael Caines at ABode:
- Price guide:
- British, Fusion, International, Modern
- Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ
- 01244 347 000
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm and 5pm-9.30pm (when last orders are taken). Closed Sundays.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Al fresco