We miss restaurants. The getting ready to go out music, the pre-dinner cocktail, having your coat taken and being shown to your table. The thoughts of getting back to our former reality have us on the verge of giddy, but in the meantime we’re coping through much restaurant food at home. Though we’re locked into a 5km radius until December, the consensus is that you can break it to collect a takeaway, but if you’re a sticker for the rules or just can’t be bothered driving across town for dinner, here are 12 places that will deliver anywhere in Dublin. (Note that all have a little bit of work to do preparing or reheating.)
Baste X Sprezzatura
This is currently a one-off, limited to this weekend, but Baste plan to continue the collaborations so keep an eye on their social media. This week they’re bringing the BBQ with Italian/Irish pasta place Sprezzatura, and their €50 meal for two includes small plates of straciatella with charcoal salt, smoked gaucho sausage, grilled pears with caciocavallo, smoked vine tomatoes, and a main of fresh pappardelle with oak smoked beef cheek ragu. Delivery (Saturday only) is €10 anywhere in Dublin, or you can collect from Baste on Clanbrassil Street from Friday - Sunday. Order here.
The Crudo Kit
Crudo in Sandymount’s ‘Crudo Kit’ has five courses of snacks, a starter, main, dessert and a cheese course for €60, to bring the Crudo experience to your own home. Last week’s menu included grilled flat bread + semolina ciabatta with hazelnut romesco, clogherhead crab raviolone, and roast porchetta with smoked black pudding, and this weekend's menu should be going live very shortly. Both deliveries and collections are on Fridays, and you can order here.
Uno Mas’ gildas, tortilla and flan de queso are on every Dublin food to-do list, and now you can have them delivered to your door – you can even buy the perfect tortilla making pan to make sure it’s just right. They don’t always feature in each week’s set menu (available for one or two people), but can be added on – and you really should add them on. Other optional extras include cured meats, tinned fish and olive oil, as well as sherry, wine and cocktails, so enough to set you up for a very nice weekend. Available for delivery Friday and Saturday, costing €32 for one or €62 for two. Order here.
We love Tang’s healthy, Middle-Eastern vibe (and their nut butter, never forget the nut butter), and their dinner box for two is excellent value at €45. You get four nibbles, a main with three sides, and a dessert, and this week features lovely things like McNally Farm Crown Prince Pumpkin hummus, Sean Ring’s organic roast chicken with cardamom and caramelised onion, and a chocolate torte with sweet tahini. Deliveries Friday and Saturday. Order here.
The Allta Box
Allta were one of the quickest off the block when it came to not only Dublin-wide, but nationwide delivery of their Allta boxes. Each week we see people in takeaway starved parts of the country excitedly Instagramming their shiitake miso butter, house charcuterie and crab macaroni, and it makes a great gift for anyone who’s stranded far from a decent restaurant. Orders open each Monday at 12:00 with deliveries Friday and Saturday, and you'll need to set your alarm for this one as it sells out fast. An Allta box for two with a wine pairing costs €75, and you can order here.
Another early adopter to the citywide delivery game, barbecue spot Mister S has been making locked down people in all corners of the capital very, very happy. Their Bo Ssam feast is supposed to feed six but we comfortably fed eight with a lot of leftovers, and their meals for two, like the Curragh lamb taco box, or the porchetta with fermented potato focaccia and Ballymakenny spuds with seaweed butter will be the eating highlight of your week. Order here.
Mamó's Supper Club
Mamó in Howth have just launched their “supper club”, which features four courses that you finish at home. There are meat and vegetarian options (including venison wellington and their famous côte de boeuf), and you get snacks, a starter, a main and a dessert. This week's menu includes gruyère & cep gougeres, pecorino culurgiones (a stuffed pasta), and Irish pork cheeks with apple & Hazelnut, and orders go live on Monday evening for delivery Friday or Saturday. Order here.