All out of cooking inspiration? Crispy duck, barbecue, pizza and posh pantry items make the weekend a little bit special …
With so many of us working from home, it’s difficult to distinguish a weary Wednesday from a sparkly Saturday. Food can be a great diversion when it comes to distinguishing between the weekday commonplace and the weekend a-little-bit-special that we so sorely need.
This weekend, consider hunkering down on Friday evening as Storm Arthur (its ok, he’s tropical apparently) descends, with that Friday night classic – the Chinese takeaway. Make it a memorable one with some Szechuan classics from M&L Chinese Restaurant which has launched a takeaway and delivery service just off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The deep-fried chicken with dry chilli and crispy peanuts is excellent and I’m sure you have heard about their legendary green beans. www.mlchineserestaurant.com
If Chinese–style duck is tickling your fancy then Hang Dai on Camden Street are providing a takeaway and delivery service and the meal for four comes with wonton broth, four starters, steamed rice, full duck with sliced breast, chopped leg, crispy skin, pancakes, vegetables, homemade cherry hoisin sauce and four Icebergers for dessert. https://www.hangdaichinese.com/
On Saturday, if you happen to be within 5k of Ranelagh, Host Restaurant is now operational as a grocers and I’m told must–haves are Castletownbere crab, rosemary focaccia and chicken liver pâté which I am sure would make for a rather lavish Saturday lunch. Gorgeous hot dishes can be finished at home. A great neighbourhood atmosphere prevails. https://hostrestaurant.ie/
Saturday night dinner is an occasion in itself. Potager in Skerries is just the ticket for a special meal in and has everything from pre-dinner nibbles to petit fours to recreate the ultimate restaurant experience at home, dry martinis are optional. www.potager.ie
Should you prefer something more casual, Goats Gruff Pizza in Dublin’s Strawberry Beds in Dublin 15 will be churning out excellent wood fired pizza at their drive-thru at The Strawberry Hall Pub, although you will need to pre-order. www.facebook.com/Goatsgruffdublin
Sundays are 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. Weather dependant, you could order from the newly launched Baste BBQ which launched this week from the brains behind The Big Grill Festival. A quick jaunt to Clanbrassil Street and you could be taking home a (pre-cooked) box of smoked chicken and beef with all the sides one could wish for on a sunny Sunday afternoon. A barbeque without the cooking sounds ideal after a busy week. Just pop a bottle of your favourite tipple and enjoy. www.bastebbq.com
If your Sunday mood is swaying towards brunch rather that barbeque then Stillorgan stalwart Riba is a good choice. There are plenty of brunch favourites to choose from the usual to the unique. The prawn and avocado benedict with nduja, poached eggs and hollandaise sounds tempting and there is a kids menu to boot www.ribarestaurant.ie
Finally, when it comes to Sunday evening nibbles, a generous cheeseboard can often do the trick. In Stoneybatter, L Mulligan Grocer has launched a collection service that should meet that need. There are Irish farmhouse cheeseboards with rhubarb chutney and homemade soda bread for €20 or charcuterie plates with craft beer pairings at €24. L Mulligan Grocer also has plenty of wine, cocktail and beer to end the weekend in style. www.lmulligangrocer.clickandcollection.com
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