Mister S, Dublin 2
An excellent way to sample Mister S, if you haven’t yet been, is by ordering the generous “BoSsam Feast”. Enough for four if you’re absolutely starving, six if you’re very, very hungry and eight if you’re clever, the BoSsam Feast costs €85, and has a centrepiece of Andarl Farm pork shoulder which has been dry brined, rubbed with spices and smoked over applewood for twelve hours. Tear it up with tongs and serve it with the other goodies supplied in the box – flatbreads, spicy peanut rayu, apple hoisin, black garlic and preserved lemon yoghurt, crisp fennel slaw with Korean dressing and house pickles. There’s also two fresh salads and Mister S’s “crack spuds” (with brown butter miso mayo). The BoSsam Feast is ideal for a lazy weekend and can be reheated in the oven or on a barbecue. Order the Feast or dinner for two from www.misters.clickandcollection.com before 8pm on Thursday and your box will be delivered in Dublin City and surrounding area on Friday for just €5. Equally you can order online and pick it up from the restaurant between 2pm and 6pm on Friday or Saturday. www.misters.ie
Aimsir, Cliff at Lyons
Open for dinner only from Wednesday to Saturday, and seating just 16 guests, bookings at the two-Michelin starred Aimsir are almost impossible to get. Now the tasting menu can be experienced for lunch, by booking an overnight Friday stay in Cliff at Lyons with lunch in Aimsir the following day, exclusively available on certain dates. This is a special opportunity to discover chef Jordan Bailey’s contemporary take on Irish ingredients. Check in to Cliff at Lyons from 3pm on Friday after which you can enjoy a twilight spa experience in The Well in the Garden, before a three-course night dinner in the casual Trellis restaurant at Cliff at Lyons. After breakfast on Saturday, work up an appetite by taking a stroll or a cycle along the canal, before lunch in Aimsir. This new Saturday lunch experience is available for €865 for two people sharing and includes spa treatment, dinner and lunch and overnight stay. www.aimsir.ie; www.cliffatlyons.ie
The Dough Bros, Galway
The Dough Bros on Middle Street Galway City have been named in the prestigious 50 Top Pizza (Europe) for 2020. Eugene and Ronan Greaney, who run The Dough Bros, were proudly ranked 21; their secret is to prove the dough for between 48-72 hours, before pairing it with seasonal produce and local cheeses, and finally cooking it in a 500-degree Stefano Ferrara wood fired oven. Currently the Dough Bros have relaunched their gourmet DIY Pizza Kits. Containing three wood fired pizza bases and all the goodies to make three restaurant-quality pizzas at home, also included are roasted garlic dips and an extra three toppings of your choice. From €35 for delivery nationwide; www.TheDoughBros.ie.
Asador, Dublin 4
Asador, and its sibling, Prado At Home have introduced their “Striploin Beef ” and “Roast Leg of Lamb” boxes meaning they’ve taken the stress out of Sunday lunch. The striploin beef box includes a 1.2kg dry aged striploin of beef, honey glazed carrots, parsnips, duck fat roast potatoes, tender stem broccoli, sage and onion stuffing and a selection of home-made sauces. The marinated roast leg of Irish lamb comes with cooking instructions and sides and is an ample feast for four to six people. Both cost €75; www.asador.ie.
Poulet Bonne Femme, Dublin
Looking for a healthy family dinner delivered to your door? Poulet Bonne Femme has just launched its new app, meaning you can now order from their stores in Ballsbridge and Monkstown, and get delivery directly to your door, seven days a week between 12pm and 6pm. (Delivery is limited to 7km from the store location). Customers can choose from a wide range of options from a light lunch of chicken with fresh baguette and salad, to dinner of a full rotisserie chicken, roast potatoes, and sides; www.pouletbonnefemme.com.
Bang Restaurant & Wine Bar, Dublin 2
Bang Restaurant & Wine Bar, 11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2 has just launched a delivery and collection service. Every week, a five-course set menu will be curated and made available to order. For instance, a recent menu included seeded sourdough and cultured butter, coppa with smoked almonds and stracciatella with beetroot, nasturtium and chicory as openers. Main course was a slow cooked lamb with gnocchi, tomato, nduja and pecorino. Pudding was a chocolate marquise while a cheese board and crackers finished the feast. Delivery is available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening in Dublin; www.bangrestaurant.com.
Galway Food Tours
Galway Food Tours has been guiding people through the food scene of Galway for over five years – and they are an enjoyable way to discover its local produce, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. Now Sheena and Gosia, the women behind the original tours have launched the The Galway Food Tours Guide Book. This keepsake pocket book, with illustrations by local artist Gala Tomasso, reveals what they particularly love about Galway, and of course, there is the inside track on where to visit, eat and drink, as well as vouchers and discounts in their collaborative partners locations too. Some of the highlights: one of the best sourdough sandwiches in Galway is in Tartare and with the pocket book you can enjoy just that, as well as a glass of wine at Ruibin on the docks. Discounts are also offered at Hooked Seafood, Tigh Neachtains where you will get 10% on craft beer, WA Sushi, The Tweed Project and Kai Restaurant. Priced at €35, it is available to buy from McCambridges, Ard Bia Restaurant, Charlie Byrnes, Coffeewerk + Press and Tigh Neachtains. www.galwayfoodtours.com
Handsome Burger, Galway
Named as Ireland’s best burger in 2019, Handsome Burger is an example of how businesses have had to pivot this year. Throughout lockdown, it reduced its staff from 22 to three – with the founders’ idea of Handsome At Home keeping the business afloat. Now the Handsome Burger business has taken back all 22 staff and are operational across three counties – Galway, Limerick and Mayo. The Handsome at Home burger DIY kits, can be shipped to every county in Ireland, and include the Handsome classic burgers, loaded fries and traditional triple cooked fries with rosemary and more; www.handsomeburger.com.
The Wilder, Dublin
Something to book after the indoor dining restrictions are lifted in Dublin: The Wilder has a new package in association with Vintage Tea Trips. This overnight experience will allow guests to stay in the restored Victorian Townhouse as well as exploring the streets of Dublin on board a vintage Routemaster bus while enjoying afternoon tea. The tour route passes St Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church, Trinity College, St Stephen’s Green, Wood Quay, O’Connell Street and Phoenix Park. As for the afternoon tea, it’s served with finger sandwiches, desserts, cakes, and pastries to a soundtrack of fabulous 1950’s jazz. www.thewilder.ie
Dylan Hotel, Dublin
Dylan Hotel, located just off Baggot Street, Dublin has a special two-night weekend package which is perfect for foodies. Starting from €558 per stay, guests will enjoy a complimentary room upgrade, a la carte breakfast in The Eddison each morning, and a €100 food and beverage credit that can be used for dinner or cocktails in The Ruby Room. There’s an all-day dining menu at the Dylan bar while the chic Eddison restaurant has a tempting three-course menu. Starters include celeriac and hazelnut soup, confit duck croquettes, flamed monkfish tail with artichoke mousse, bacon powder and dried samphire, or goats cheese roulade with puff pastry. The “Land and Sea” main course options include fillet of turbot, smoked paprika chicken with tomato and saffron risotto, a beef fillet, and sweet potato gnocchi with sage cream. As a finale, leave some space for a Frangelico pavlova, or a chocolate brownie trifle, a cheese plate with a selection of Irish cheeses or, for a healthier option, try the oat milk crème brulée; www.dylan.ie.
Calling All Budding Bakers!
Do you have a budding baker or chef at home? Kenwood, in association with the Association of Teachers of Home Economics, are calling on students to enter their best bakes for a chance to win a complete Kenwood kitchen kit. There are two categories in the Kenwood Young Baker competition; Junior (1st – 3rd year) and Senior (4th – 6th year). The closing date for entries is October 19, and winners be announced on November 2. Judges include chef Patrick Ryan of Firehouse bakery and bread school, keen cook Susan Coleman of De’longhi Group in Ireland and Sinead Keegan, President of ATHE. The overall Kenwood Young Baker in Junior and Senior categories will win a complete Kenwood kitchen kit out for them and their school worth €10,000. There will also be prizes for the runner up in each category. Every entry will receive an online certificate. www.kenwoodyoungbaker.com
If you are not doing “Sober October”, one way to ease into the weekend is with a gin and tonic. One which is new to the Irish market is Malfy from Italy, distilled from botanicals, including juniper, Italian lemons, pink grapefruits, blood oranges and blended with Italian water. I’ve enjoyed the Malfy Gin Rosa which is distilled with Sicilian pink grapefruits and rhubarb – just add some tonic, a grapefruit wheel and sprig of rosemary. Malfy is available in retailers nationwide including O’Briens and is €35; www.malfygin.com.
Dundrum Town Centre
While Dublin may be in a current Level 3 lockdown, you can still get your pasta fix at Jamie’s Italian and L’Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi, eat chicken-galore at Nando’s, get a Thai takeaway at Wagamama or enjoy pub grub at P.Macs in safe outdoor spaces. These are just some of the many restaurants at Dundrum Town Centre operating a takeaway and delivery service. The centre also also has limited seating located on Town Square and Pembroke Square for visitors to enjoy a coffee (from Butler’s Chocolate Café, Fools & Horses or Starbucks) outside in a safe, socially distanced space. www.dundrum.ie
Marks & Spencer
Did you know there are over one million mentions of #macncheese and #cheeselover on Instagram? Proof positive that it’s one of our favourite comfort foods. Available from October 7, Marks & Spencer is launching Our Best Ever Macaroni Cheese, made with four different cheeses for varying texture and flavour; cave aged cheddar, pecorino, Emmental and mozzarella. It’s topped with a ciabatta garlic crumb, a drizzle of garlic oil, parsley, crispy onions, and more mozzarella. For €5.50, it makes an easy side as part of an all-American feast, or eat solo with a crispy side salad. www.marksandspencer.com
Allta, Dublin 2
Allta Box is back – a weekly box filled for two, available for collection or delivery, with handmade sourdough, house charcuterie, freshly prepared pasta, a dessert and cookies to cook Allta-style at home. Costing €75 per week (plus delivery), it now includes a specially selected wine to match each week’s menu chosen by Allta sommelier Ian Fitzpatrick; www.alltabox.ie.
Catch, Co Clare
Catch, The Armada Hotel’s outdoor American airstream food truck in West Clare, is serving fresh, local seafood dishes – just what you need after a bracing beach walk or swim this autumn. Serving rustic and refined dishes such as traditional fish and chips, seafood platters, paired with an impressive selection of wines, guests can experience tasty treats under the comfort of a cosy picnic blanket, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean; armadahotel.com.
Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford
The luxurious “House Restaurant Experience”, designed by its new head chef Ian Doyle, is now available to book at Cliff House Hotel. Guests can enjoy a delicious eight-course seafood focused tasting menu in The House Restaurant, including overnight accommodation in a Sea View Room and a full Irish breakfast, costing from €439 to €635 for two people sharing a deluxe seaview room. www.cliffhousehotel.ie
If you are popping up to Belfast for a weekend – do stay in Grand Central where bed and breakfast is from £70 per person sharing (a two night Weekend break with breakfast is available from £125). Once there you will be spoilt for choice with regards food. The Cathedral Quarter is a mecca for foodies where Hadskis’ comfy and eclectic dining room and its ever-changing menu of daily specials is popular. So too is the stylish AMPM Bohemian Restaurant which serves everything from global comfort food to pub classics. However, there’s no better place to start your foodie journey in the city than at Belfast’s historic St George’s Market where you’ll find over 300 food stalls (check out the soda farls, Belfast Baps, Suki Tea and Broughgammon goat’s meat). A visit to Sawers, Northern Ireland’s oldest deli is not to be missed. Or try a classic Belfast food tour. Taste and Tour NI takes you “off the eaten” track on a fun four-hour walk to experience the true flavours of the city. www.tasteandtour.co.uk
Finally, in Ireland there is over one million tonnes of food waste disposed of each year, around a third of which comes from households. To address this issue, FoodSpace is launching a Zero Food Waste campaign. “We are planning to host a series of zero waste and sustainable lifestyle classes at our FoodSpace Location INK Café in Dun Laoghaire and also through our social media channels, to ensure that people from across Ireland can get involved,” says Graine Carberry. The “Reducing Food Waste” programme will be very practical and hands on approach – championing what’s in season, what you can do with the entire veg, meat cuts and fish so that each household knows how they themselves can adapt and cut down on the food waste being created,” says Conor Spacey who will be leading the programme. Starting on Tuesday October 27 at 7pm in The Studio, dlr Lexicon (entrance through INK Café) tickets, €30 are on sale via Eventbrite. To find out how you can cut your food waste log onto www.food-space.com.
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