We will all be eating at home this Easter, with no lunches, brunches or dinners out, but what we eat is still very much in debate. Should you prefer to spend your Easter Sunday afternoon sipping an ice cold glass of something delicious while leafing through the papers rather than peeling a mountain of potatoes amid a flurry of steamy pots, then the options are endless. Here are six dine at home kits and meals worth considering this Easter.
With Toonsbridge Ricotta agnolotti to start and lamb shoulder with herbed baby potatoes, pureed swede and Roscoff onion for mains, the Lignum Easter Box epitomises Spring. The box is available to order for two or four people (€80 and €130 respectively) and includes four courses in total. Delivery is available in Co Galway and Athlone with collection from Lignum restaurant in Galway also available. www.instagram.com/lignumrestaurant/
If there is a better value Easter feast available right now, we can’t find it. The Easter Weekend Box from burger stalwarts Bujo includes roast striploin of grass fed Irish beef with all the trimmings (including TWO types of potato), chocolate brownies with caramel sauce and a mini masterpiece kit which makes burgers for six (two double burgers and four single). The kit is priced at €90 for 4-6 people which seems incredible value and delivery is available throughout the country every Friday. www.shop.bujo.ie
3. Luttrellstown Castle at Home
Being spring, lamb is (understandably) popping up on all the Easter menu’s but head chef at Luttrellstown Castle, Nathan Greenwood is one of the few to give a choice of main course. The Easter menu from Luttrellstown includes aperitivo snacks such as charcuterie, olives, breads and hummus followed by citrus cured salmon with basil mayonnaise, heirloom tomatoes, olive tapenade and sourdough croute followed by slow cooked Wicklow leg of lamb or confit blade of Irish beef with baby onion and pea fricassee, potato fondant and baby carrots. And for dessert? Obviously it’s an Easter egg cheesecake. Collection and delivery are both available and orders can be placed up until 6pm on Good Friday. Priced at €50 per person, Easter Afternoon Tea is also available to order at €35 per person with an option to hire Luttrellstown Delph and a cake stand to elevate the entire experience.
I have been a fan of Juniors for many years now, ever since I discovered their ‘pint of prawns’ which appeals on so many levels, and their Easter Feaster for four looks every bit as good. €120 gets you smoked almonds and olives to nibble on followed by rabbit, chicken and pistachio terrine with wild garlic mayo and pickled carrot salad. Mains of roast Blackstairs lamb loin with rosemary boulangère potatoes and minted peas with bacon and baby gem are followed by dark chocolate fondant with whipped mascarpone and orange cream. Collection only. www.juniors.ie
Unless you have been living in a cave, you will know about Aimsir, one of Ireland’s most celebrated dining experiences and with a new season in full bloom, Aimsir at Home is celebrating just that. The new spring menu includes that celebrity potato Ballymakenny Dathúil layered and pressed with garlic butter finished with a chive emulsion and bone marrow, Rings farm chicken livers and rare-breed pork loin with pickled heritage carrots, sea buckthorn and hollandaise finished with a two-year-old miso among others. There are eighy courses in total and the menu is priced at €210 for two. Orders open on Friday at midday so set those reminders now.
Bang Cafe has possibly one of the most alluring Easter menus we have come across. Kilkeel crab, halibut, lamb, beef? The choices are endless and each dish sounds better than the last. Every meal comes with Bread 41 seeded sourdough to whet the appetite along with the enduringly popular (for good reason) smoked almonds and olives. Sticky toffee and pear pudding finishes off the meal and should you have room, an Old Fashioned from their bottled cocktail selection would make for a pleasing end to a very fine meal indeed. Collection and Dublin delivery available. www.bangrestaurant.com
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