MAITRE D' to the stars Nick Munier has swapped bottles of wine for a vacuum-packed option at his popular restaurant after the price increases in Budget 2014.
The owner of Pichet in Dublin said that with a bottle of wine costing 50c more, he will be offering customers boxed wine to avoid putting up his prices.
"You have to really watch your costs because the wine and food are going up now," he said. "That hinders the quality of wines you can buy to sell to customers. We have a set profit like everyone and we need to achieve that.
"So you have to re-evaluate, and the big thing now is wine in a box. That way, you don't have to pay for the bottle or the throwing away of the bottle, so it's about obtaining a high quality of wine in a vacuum-packed bag.
"We decided to introduce it pre-Budget, now it's something we're offering more."
Kent-born Munier said that in order to stay competitive, Pichet will not raise its menu prices.
"It's important to give back to our diners," he said. "We opened in 2009 and there wasn't much happening, but now there are a lot of small restaurants offering great value for money, so it's a question of tweaking your business and being price- conscious.
"There's a preconception that we're 'fine dining', but we're a modern take on a classic bistro."
Munier will take to the charity dance floor on December 7 for Strictly Against Breast Cancer.
He will join radio host Bobby Kerr, Prof Arnie Hill, Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor and model Lynn Kelly in a mock 'Strictly Come Dancing' fundraiser at the National Convention Centre for Breast Cancer Ireland.