Michael Caines at ABode

Address: Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 347 000

- Expensive

4.7

The latest fine dining offering in Chester that’s causing a stir.

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”.

Food and drink
4.9
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Service
4.6
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Food and drink
4.9
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.9
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Location
4.6
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Food and drink

This is classic and quality fine dining with a modern touch.

Recommended dishes

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).

Ambience

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.

Service

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.

Location

On the fifth floor of the ABode hotel, it offers amazing views.

Price advice

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.

Tables to book

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.

 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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