With the current situation due to continue for the foreseeable future, now is not the time to deprive ourselves of good food or fine wine, wherever it may be. Thankfully, both are in plentiful supply throughout the country thanks to our ever creative chefs and restauranteurs. Here are five to try this weekend.
The Shelbourne at Home
Dining at The Shelbourne has always been an experience to remember and The Shelbourne at Home is unlikely any different. Granted, you may not be kicking off your evening with a cocktail in No. 27, and you won’t find yourself whisked into The Saddle Room to be waited on hand and foot by the wonderfully attentive staff, but now you can experience the creations of head chef Gary Hughes around your own dining table. The classic Beef Wellington is the star of the show and available for collection or delivery from Friday – Sunday, with orders open until the previous Wednesday. The Shelbourne’s famous Afternoon Tea is also available seven days a week, as is the cocktail and nibbles box which includes two bottles of cocktails, rosemary and Camargue sea salt cashew nuts, smoked almonds and olives. Collection and delivery are available seven days a week on these, and many more Shelbourne goodies. www.theshelbourne.com
The Anglers Rest
Residents of west Dublin are sadly not very well represented in the restaurant delivery stakes, so the news that The Anglers Rest on the banks of the river Liffey at the Strawberry Beds are now delivering will no doubt be very well received. A member of the Wrights group, The Anglers Rest is the place to go locally for fresh fish from Wrights of Howth, and is particularly atmospheric on a winters evening with the turf fire ablaze in the background. The new delivery menu includes lots of old favourites with some new additions also making an appearance. A family dinner for four at €50 is excellent value and rumour has it that cocktails may soon be added to the menu. Charcuterie boxes are also available which include a selection of cheeses and charcuterie, candied nuts, grapes, crackers and a bottle of wine, the perfect Friday night nibble. Delivery and collection is available from Friday – Sunday. www.anglers.ie
The Beach House, Tramore
Fans of The Fish Shop in Dublin watched with interest when Jumoke Akintola and husband Peter Hogan upped sticks and moved to Waterford to open The Beach House in Tramore early last year. Unfortunately, visiting Tramore has been a challenge for obvious reasons but now food fans nationwide can enjoy The Beach House at home with their new countrywide delivery service. Do yourself a favour and have some freshly baked breads, pate and crab mayonnaise delivered, or for a heartier appetite, there is a selection of heat at home meals also available for nationwide delivery. We have our eye on the monkfish with chickpeas, rosemary and vermouth. You won’t regret it. beach-house.clickandcollection.com
Paradiso at Home
In Co Cork, the country’s favourite vegetarian restaurant has resumed at home meals for collection after a well-earned break. Starters such as skorzonera (black salsify), miso and hazelnut rayu make the cut along with a feta, pistachio and couscous cake that makes the #fetachallenge look a tad passé. Each option serves two and orders open each Tuesday at 10am with collection on Fridays or Saturdays. www.paradiso.restaurant
Bites by Kwanghi Chan
Not one to rest on his laurels, Kwanghi Chan has expanded his empire yet again with the launch of Bites by Kwanghi, a new street food concept open Thursday – Saturday at the car park of The Leopardstown Inn. Yes, there are dumplings and kimchi along with the enduringly popular Korean fried chicken, pulled pork and Szechuan tofu, all with an array of garnishes that will make the mind boggle. Perfect for that mid walk pit stop should your 5k stretch that far. Kwanghi also has a range of meal kits for preparation at home with delivery available. Perfect dan dan noodles are a mere click away. www.kwanghi.com
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