Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge has launched its first fresh Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. The prawns, or langoustines, are known for their succulent buttery taste, though are not caught in Dublin Bay, as their name suggests, but on the west coast of Ireland. Roly’s prawns come from supplier Donal O’Sullivan of Shellfish Ireland, Dinish Island in Castletownbere, who have been fishing along the south and west coast of Ireland since 1987. Roly’s delivery service is available seven days a week from 5pm – 8pm (within a 6 km radius). Deciding what to order might be problematic as there are so many tempting choices of starters and main courses. There is a fresh prawn Bisque (€4.95); classic prawn cocktail (€10.95); scampi with homemade tartare sauce and chips (€21.95); and the menu classic Dublin Bay Prawns in garlic, chilli and ginger with coriander scented rice (€21.95). If collecting your order do check out Pembroke Wines pop-up wine too. They recommend a light, balanced tropical white wine such as Leeuwin Estate, Siblings Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Margaret River, Western Australia to serve with your prawns; www.rolysbistro.ie.
Struggling to make dry January appealing and appetising? Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirit and Currabinny, founded by James Kavanagh and William Murray, are a match made in flavour heaven, both believing in the same “farm-to-fork” philosophy. Nature is integral to Seedlip, while Currabinny takes pride is creating beautiful recipes using the freshest and most organic ingredients possible. James (@jamesalankavanagh) and William (@williammurrayfood) will be sharing recipes and tips on their Instagram (@currabinny) until the end of the month as well as the perfect non-alcoholic accompaniment. For example, The Seedlip Grove 42 French 0.5 Cocktail pairs perfectly with Currabinny’s slow roasted salmon with blood orange, lemon, fennel and parsley recipe. Alternatively, the Seedlip Spice 94 Conference Collins Cocktail and Currabinny’s preserved lemon and thyme cream with orzo recipe. Bon appetit!
Sally Ann Luykx has more than 25 years of experience in catering, and is an expert when it comes to putting together the perfect intimate feast. This year she has launched “Food by Sally Ann” – at-home menus for those celebrating special occasions whether an anniversary, engagement, promotion or “just because”. Her range of canapés, hearty suppers and decadent desserts add a luxurious touch to any evening without the hassle of preparing multiple courses. She also proposes a Valentine’s Dinner for Two (€45 per person). This starts with a white peach Bellini cocktail and is followed by a choice of two starters (Coquilles St Jacques or marinated heritage tomatoes, caramelised fennel, goat’s cheese curd and sourdough croute), a choice of two mains (Thornhill duck breast with duck croquette, celeriac purée, pickled beetroot, red wine and thyme jus; or pan roasted cod with cauliflower purée, pea and samphire, clam and chorizo sauce, French beans, toasted almonds and creamy champ), and a dessert of Valrhona chocolate mousse, peanut brittle, Seville orange sponge, and vanilla anglaise to share, along with petits fours. For further details visit www.letseat.ie.
Good news for allta fans – alltaBOX has just been relaunched for collection and delivery just in time for a weekend treat. The menu and contents change each week though favourite items include its signature sourdough, house charcuterie, freshly-prepared pasta and dessert to cook allta-style at home. Costing €80 per week, this includes a specially selected bottle of wine to accompany your meal, and can be bought online through the website. Now that dry January is almost over, allta is also putting together some drinks packages from €45 which will be a mix of wines, craft beers and cocktails. For more details visit www.alltabox.ie, 101 Setanta Place, Dublin 2.
Luttrellstown Castle, Castleknock, Dublin 15 has an at home menu, available via a click and collect service (from Friday to Sundays each week) is a three-course feast that requires minimal cooking. As an example, a selection of nibbles (sourdough baguette, olives, smoked beetroot hummus or prosciutto) is followed by a starter of chicken truffle terrine and then a main course of braised blade of beef with carrot, potato and oxtail terrine, completed by a morello cherry cheesecake, Dome Chocolate Crumb and a Berry Compote. There’s an optional cheeseboard, children’s menu and a selection of wines available to accompany meals. The three course meal is €30 per person and the kid’s meal is €13.95 per child. www.luttrellstowncastle.com
If you are about to ditch your diet and exercise programme then Dublin-based fitness and weight loss expert Gillian Hynes may be able to help. She has created the Body Project meals and training programme as a solution for meal fatigue, and her ambition is to help as many people as possible to make lasting and meaningful lifestyle change. The Body Project’s special meals programme are gluten- and wheat-free and are cooked and prepared by chefs (in safe HSE certified kitchens). It’s one way to help make weight loss more manageable especially when done in tandem with one of the online exercise programmes; www.bodyproject.ie.
Dundrum Town Centre has plenty of takeaway and delivery food and beverage options to suit every palate. For top notch contemporary Indian cuisine Ananda delivers on taste and ease of ordering (it’s open from Tuesday to Sunday with a special dine at home menu). For Asian cuisine Wagamama and Siam Thai have special couples’ menus, while burger fans can choose from Mad Egg, Five Guys, Eddie Rockets, KFC or The Counter. If you’re looking for Italian, then Zizzi is the place to try; www.dundrum.ie.
Aimsir at Home has a new eight course menu for two dining option available to click and collect from Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge, Kildare. Each Aimsir at Home box contains bread, butter, snacks, starter, main, cheese, dessert and petits fours, with full instructions for plating each dish. The boxes also have a QR code that links to additional video content from Jordan Bailey and Majken Bech Bailey, and their talented team, as they talk you through the elements of each course and recommend drinks pairing. Costing €210 for two people menus change according to produce available. As there are only 50 boxes available per week Aimsir at Home sells out fast, so best to plan ahead. You will be asked to pre-book your collection slot when you order: the team will put your Aimsir at Home box in your car boot in Cliff at Lyons car park at your appointed time; aimsir.ie.
Fans of The Happy Pear food community will be pleased to note there are three new additions to its vegan range of meal pots – perfect for lunch, dinner or life on the go. The new flavours include Lentil and Sweet Potato Dhal, Mexican-Style Chilli and Thai Red Curry (pictured). The latter is a creamy medium red curry sauce with edamame beans, bamboo shoots, baby corn and brown rice. Two words – simply satisfying. @thehappypear
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