It’s official, our world has officially expanded and our dining options have increased tenfold. No longer being restricted by that pesky 5k limit has opened up a world of food options previously beyond our grasp. Here are a few worth considering, depending on your location.
The Butcher Grill
A member of the Gloss team shared how, even though she loves cooking and eating Sunday lunch, she decided to buy back the time usually spent preparing to try Ranelagh restaurant The Butcher Grill’s takeaway Sunday lunch (pick-up from 12-3.30pm on Sundays). You can have roast beef or roast chicken, with all the trimmings, small crisp roast potatoes, stuffing (yes even with the beef) Yorkshire puds (probably with the beef only) gravy, and carrots and peas. She ordered sides of chargrilled broccoli – ubiquitous now but nonetheless delicious, and excellent cauliflower cheese, one Irish cheese selection and two desserts – Chocolate Cremeux and Tiramisu, both fabulous – to share. So effectively this was a generous, expertly cooked and utterly delicious lunch for four (one veggie, so just three roasts ordered at €19) for about €100. Order online at www.thebutchergrill.ie.
4 Hands Food Studio
Located in Rathaspick, near Mullingar, Four Hands Food Studio is one to consider travelling to should you reside in Westmeath or within 20k. Proprietors Rose Greene and Margaux Dejardin have created an oasis of naturally fermented food and drinks, with Friday night dinner available for collection each week. Every Friday you are guaranteed a nourishing and delicious meal that will hit all the right notes with zero take away guilt attached. Think sprouted pea hummus, barbecue chicken with wild leaves, sourdough croutons, aromatics and homemade Caesar dressing followed by sunflower and raspberry bakewell. Still too far to travel? Fear not, selected 4 Hands produce is available in a variety of stockists throughout the country. www.4handsfoodstudio.ie
One of the first Dublin restaurants to begin offering click and collect last year, Clanbrassil House is a must for those who have yet to try. With the recently announced news that Chef Grainne O’Keefe is moving on to new projects from May, this could well be your last chance to sample some of Grainne’s dishes. The take away menu centres on family style sharing but there are also lots of options for those flying solo and please, heed my advice and order extra hash brown chips with pickled onion mayo to go with your whiskey aged cote du boeuf. Or with any dish for that matter. www.clanbrassilhouse.com
The Fish Box, Dingle
Should you happen to reside in the kingdom of Kerry, a trip to The Fish Box is back on the cards and if there is a more pleasant way to spend a sunny (albeit cold) spring afternoon than eating Dingle Bay fish and chips then we are unaware. The Fish Box has reached legendary status in Dingle – the classic fish and chips is the most popular choice closely followed by the Cajun calamari, the buttermilk wild prawns and the monkfish goujons. Extra tartare sauce optional but recommended.
Éan Bakery and Wine Bar
If you are in Galway, little sister of Loam restaurant, Éan Bakery and Wine Bar has reopened for delicious takeaway meal boxes and treats including their Éan at Home dinner box. Menus will change every two weeks with orders opening Mondays at 12pm via the Éan website. Dinner boxes cost €75 (€90 with wine) and are easy to prepare and serve at home. Expect seasonal favourites such as Jersey curds, organic salad, blood orange or for mains, confit duck Leg, miso duck sauce. Éan at Home is available to collect on Friday and Saturday from 4pm – 6pm while Éan Bakery is open for takeaway Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. www.eangalway.ie
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