It's been the strangest week most of us have ever known. We've watched the restaurants we love evaporate, the majority of hospitality staff in the city (and country) let go, and chances are you yourself have been affected whatever industry you work in. We know painters, solar panel installers, hairdressers, childcare workers, writers, freelancers of every type, all out of work. We know others who have tested positive (or had contact with those who have) and are facing two weeks of self-isolation.
Like you we are counting the days when life returns to normal, but until then what hasn't changed is we still need to eat. Many restaurants are attempting to adapt to this unknown situation we've found ourselves in by offering delivery for the first time (along with collection if you can get there), so the next time you're feeling blue about not being able to go to your favourite restaurant, take a tiny bit of solace in knowing that some of them will come to you. (Please note: this situation is changing daily so we will update this article as and when we can)
It's no secret that we think Shouk serves the most vibrant, joy-inducing Middle Eastern food in the city, and now you can get it delivered. Read our Shouk once over here. Order from them here.
2) Coke Lane Pizza
Coke Lane pizza have been killing it at The Circular in Rialto recently, so when the doors shut they switched to delivery. Get the 'Scarface' with ventricina, chillies and chili-infused Irish honey, or the 'Mrs Mia Wallace' with roasted chicken, smoked Irish bacon, rocket, parmesan and caesar sauce. Order from them here.
3) Nightmarket, Ranelagh
Thai restaurant Nightmarket is now offering delivery within a 5km radius of their Ranelagh restaurant. It's the same extensive (often spicy) menu with a €2.50 delivery charge. See more information and their take-away menu here.
4) Goulash House
We recently wrote about Goulash House's pop up in East Wall, but they're also on Deliveroo so you can get their beef stew and desserts delivered straight to your door. Order from them here.
5) Bistro One, Foxrock
Bistro One in Foxrock are offering lots of their favourites for delivery or collection, like Kilkeel crab on brown bread and duck liver pate with grilled sourdough and brandy prunes. There's also a 'bake at home' section, with pies for one (€10) and a Shorthorn brisket lasagne for two (€20). See their Instagram page for that day's menu and how to order.
6) Elephant And Castle
Missing hot and spicy chicken wings? The good news is that Elephant and Castle have just started doing delivery. As well as the famous wings with blue cheese dressing, you can also have baby back ribs, Caesar salad and seven different types of burgers delivered to South County Dublin, Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Dublin 4, Dublin 6, Dublin 7 and Dublin 8. Order from Elephant and Castle here.
7) Circa, Terenure
Starting tomorrow (Friday), Circa will be offering a variation of their weekend brunch menu for collection or home delivery, so the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, fish tacos and snickers French toast are once again within reach. They plan to deliver to surrounding areas including Rathmines, Rathgar, Ranelagh, Crumlin, Kimmage, Walkingstown and Dublin 8, and delivery will be in the region of €5. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for more details.
8) Riba, Stillorgan
Also starting tomorrow, Stillorgan restaurant Riba reopen for delivery and collection only with a reduced menu. Regulars will be glad to know the Roaring Water Bay rope mussels with nduja and fennel cream are on there, as well as the fritto misto and the hand-rolled pappardelle with Italian sausage ragu and buffalo mozzarella. They're also offering their wine list at very sharp prices to drink at home. We would be going for a bottle of Jamsheed's 'La Syrah' at €32 for a weekend treat. They start tomorrow from 17:00 - 21:30 and orders can be placed by calling 01 2881999.
9) One Society, Gardiner Street
One Society have shut but are doing pizzas for delivery and collection from 16:30 - 21:00. Try the 'Sizzling Garlic Prawn' with Toonsbridge mozzarella, parma ham and fresh chilli, or 'The Farmers Wife' with Toonsbridge mozzarella, red onion, parmesan and slow cooked pulled brisket from the owner's sister’s farm. Order by calling them on 01 5375261 or find them on Just Eat here.
10) Wallace's Asti, Drumcondra
Wallace's Asti near Croke Park have started a new pizza delivery service on Friday and Saturday between 18:00 and 21:00 to Dublin 1, 3 and 9. You can also collect from Thursday - Saturday. See the menu here and order by calling 01 8847500.
11) Lobstar, Monkstown
Lobstar have just started a short, frequently changing takeaway and collection menu. No lobster on there unfortunately (for the moment anyway) but you can get a seafood chowder with homemade soda bread, oven baked salmon with lemony butter sauce and bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard. They're open Tuesday - Friday from 17:00 - 21:00, Saturday from 13:00 - 21:00 and Sunday from 13:00 - 20:00. There's no delivery charge but the minimum order is €25, and they're covering all surrounding areas including Monkstown, Killiney, Dalkey, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Sandymount and Glasthule. See the menu and how to order here.
Do you know any other great restaurants who've just started offering delivery? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.