With so many of us working from home, the days seem somehow intertwined and it’s difficult to distinguish a weary Wednesday from a sparkly Saturday. Food, however can be a great divergent when it comes to distinguishing between the weekday commonplace and the weekend indulgences that we so sorely need.
This weekend, consider hunkering down on Friday evening as Storm Christoph descends with that Friday night classic – the Chinese takeaway. Make it a memorable one with some Szechuan classics from M&L Chinese Restaurant who offer a take away and delivery service just off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The deep fried chicken with dry chilli & crispy peanuts is excellent and I’m sure you have heard about their legendary Szechuan green beans. If Chinese style duck is tickling your fancy then Bullet Duck and Dumplings on Little Mary Street are providing a take away and delivery service throughout Dublin. Pick up some extra dumplings from Little Dumpling (same owners and just next door to Bullet) and if you are collecting, you could do worse than dropping in to Bar 1661 on the way and picking up a bottle of one of their exceedingly popular Craft Cocktails or indeed a selection from their ‘Dream Dram’ range to round the night off in style.
On Saturday afternoon, if you happen to be within 5k of Sallins, Co Kildare, Two Cooks have launched their Beef and Duck Tacos, available to take away on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 – 4pm. Tacos are the perfect hand held food for a winter walk by the canal and there is coffee and a variety of treats available too. www.twocooks.ie
Saturday night dinner is an occasion in itself and Juniors in D4 have certainly elevated the already high bar. Their Venison Wellington for two competes with a classic Cote du Boeuf in the sharing platters available, but if something fishy takes your fancy then the Monkfish Bouillabaisse looks utterly scrumptious. www.juniorsdelicafe.clickandcollection.com
In Cork, Iyers Café are well placed to fill all your take away needs with a small, but perfectly formed menu available for collection. You don’t need to be vegetarian to enjoy the delicious authentic Indian food being prepared in this kitchen. www.facebook.com/iyerscafe
Should you prefer something of a more casual nature as you cosy up on the couch ready to binge watch your latest TV addiction, the Lockdown Winter Picnic Box from Olive Café in Skerries could be just the ticket. Filled to the brim with Tartine organic sourdough, Sheridan’s cheeses, Filligans Fiery Pepper relish, a bottle of red or white wine as selected by Red Island wine, Lilliput 12 year balsamic vinegar and a bar of Aine’s milk chocolate. Cheese, chocolate and wine, just what Saturday nights were made for. www.olive.ie
And finally to Sunday, a day for long walks, reading the papers and generally lazing around, all of which becomes so much more attainable when your meals are prepared for you. Even better if it’s a click and collect roast from Overends Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dundrum. The roast organic chicken for two comes with all the trimmings you could want and rumour has it there should even be enough for leftovers. For afters, there is an Apple and Oat Crumble with Jersey Cream Custard which just epitomises wintery Sunday comfort food. www.airfield.ie
Finally, when it comes to Sunday evening nibbles, proper fish and chips is difficult to beat and to that end, we are very happy indeed to hear that Fish Shop in Benburb Street reopen on January 21st for collection. Everything that we have tried here in the past has been memorable and you can even pick up a bottle of natural wine to sip by the fire as you prepare yourself for the week ahead. www.fish-shop.clickandcollection.com
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