While I think we can all agree that the present situation with regard to restaurants being closed is not ideal, there is something to be said for our newfound access to previously unavailable restaurant quality food at home. A Friday night takeaway suddenly has new meaning and is no longer the hastily consumed yet instantly regretted meal it once was. This weekend, up your takeaway game, you (and these restaurants) deserve it …
In Dublin, John & Sandy Wyer of Forest Avenue in Dublin 4 continue to operate their restaurant as a green grocers due to high demand. With a wide selection of fresh bread, vegetables, pasta, readymade meals, fresh meat and fish available, you will find everything you need to create your very own at-home masterpiece and they will deliver locally. Dinner boxes are coming soon too and the baby of the family, Little Forest in Blackrock are also open for mouthwatering click and collect pizza. little-forest.clickandcollection.com / forestavenuegreengrocers.ie/
In Phibsborough, the enduringly popular Two Boys Brew are open for click and collect with breakfast, brunch and lunch available. There is bread from Firehouse Bakery and peanut butter cookie sandwiches which sound like a very indulgent weekend treat. www.twoboysbrew.ie
In Howth, Mamó are open for weekend dinner (collection only) and you can expect dishes like Howth nettle and ricotta tortellini, with courgette and basil to start or porchetta with lima beans, roast squash and n’duja for mains.
In Blackrock, Liath has evolved yet again to bring us Liath Uncut – a two hour interactive meal experience that will bring Liath Restaurant back to life in your own home. Connect with the team via a live Zoom chat, bringing the Liath service to your table with chefs on hand the whole way through cooking. This is as close to going out as you could possibly get right now and seems remarkable value at €90 for two for ten courses. Bookings go live this week so set those reminders. www.liathtogo.com
In Galway, The Twelve Hotel in Barna are continuing their drive through takeaway service for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and the seaweed battered fish and chips would go down a treat while strolling down Barna pier should you be lucky enough to be within 5k. The Twelve also provide brown bag cocktails, available for nationwide delivery along with a cocktail subscription service which might appeal now that dry January is nearing a close. www.thetwelvehotel.ie
As of this week, Allta Wine Bar are back with their Allta Box delivery service nationwide and you can expect dishes like leek and smoked cheddar sourdough with shiitake miso butter and smoked lamb shoulder pappardelle to name but a few. Each box is paired with wine so your meal experience will be complete. Be warned, this is another that sells out quickly. www.alltabox.ie
And finally, should you feel a hankering for some authentic Turkish food, Saides Kitchen is a fledgling start up by Turkish national Saide Esbah Sen. Saide, who relocated from Istanbul with her husband 6 years ago has turned her passion for food in to a Mediterranean food delivery service. Menus are updated each Friday for the week ahead and cost €15 per person for three dishes, with optional add ons available too. Menu items include authentic kofta, yogurt soup, hummus and baklava and many more. Delivery is available throughout Dublin. www.saideskitchen.com
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