We're all reeling from the events of the past week, but few more so than Dublin’s hospitality industry which has seen unprecedented closures and layoffs. While front-line medical staff will continue to be the heroes of this pandemic, some Dublin restaurant owners and staff have had to become very creative in their thinking in order to try to maintain jobs while keeping staff and customers safe, and these 14 places are going above and beyond to deliver quality food that you can collect at their door. (Also check out yesterday's feature on 8 new restaurants offering delivery, all of which you can also collect from - read that here)
1) Michael's (* On Pause For Now*)
With a collection menu featuring a ‘walk in the park’ sub-heading, Michael's are open for business. Their famous sharing seafood platters are available for collection at €32 a head, as well as fish and chips, scampi fritti and overnight slow roast beef shin with fettuccine - see the full menu on their website. They have strict protocols in place to keep everyone safe (including placing the food in your boot and wiping the handle) and have managed to keep five staff in jobs and some suppliers ticking over. So far reports are as excellent as ever.
2) The Chop House, Dublin 4
The Chophouse have just launched a concise menu which is available for collection only from their Shelbourne Road location. Famous for their steaks, you too could be the proud owner of an 8oz dry-aged rib-eye, cooked to your liking with all the trimmings for €24. If that's not up your street there's a Hereford beef burger, spicy prawns or crab linguine. It's is a cash free service and you can pay over the phone before collection. Bonus points for giving a €10 restaurant voucher with each dinner order to spend in the restaurant when we have something to celebrate again. Details of today's menu and how to order can be found on their Facebook page.
3) Ruchii, Blackrock
Hovering by the red door of Conway’s Pub in Blackrock used to mean something else (we're looking at you smokers), but in the ‘new’ normal it means your allotted time slot to collect your order from Ruchii has arrived. With orders being scheduled to stay within social distancing guidelines, you're unlikely to bump into your neighbour while darting out to collect a curry, and the meal deal is amazing value at €15 including a curry of your choice, rice and daal. Why would you bother cooking? See Ruchii's takeaway menu and how to order on their website.
4) BuJo, Sandymount (*Have Now Stopped*)
Over in Sandymount, a flash of inspiration by staff has seen Bujo able to remain open with a contactless collection service delivered via WhatsApp video. If there was ever a time in our lives that we needed a chargrilled double patty of grass fed Irish beef, cheese, pickles and homemade burger sauce on a toasted brioche bun with a side of panko pickles, this is it. Take it to Sandymount Green or the beach and have a picnic while keeping your social distance from everyone. Order and pay in advance on Bujo's website.
5) Mamo, Howth
Mamo in Howth have launched ‘The Hatch’, a take away and collection service featuring some restaurant favourites and new dishes designed to take away. A revised lunch menu will be available as a walk up service, and dinner can be ordered in advance daily from 17:00. Social distancing guidelines will apply and payment can only be made by card. Prices are approximately 20% less than theirs dine in prices so you know where to go for your fix of 'cod chip' (€6), Lambay lobster croquettes with lobster mayo (€6.50) or confit duck salad with beansprouts, roast peanuts and sesame (€8). Find the daily menu on their website.
6) Urbun Café, Carrickmines
In Carrickmines, Urbun Café are offering a kerbside service on their menu from 10:00 - 15:00. Phone in your order, pay by card, honk when outside and take your blueberry buttermilk pancakes with macadamia nut brittle or Mexican beef and eggs home to the privacy of your own house. A welcome spot for a takeaway coffee too. See the current menu on their Facebook page.
7) Gaillot et Gray, Clanbrassil Street (*Have Now Stopped*)
If it’s a wood fired pizza fix that you need to satisfy, Gaillot et Gray on Clanbrassil Street can fill that hole. With collection only pizza available daily from 16:00, now's the time to try that spiced lamb version with mint, caramelised red onion and wild garlic pesto that you've been dreaming about. They also have bread available for collection from 09:00. Call in advance for both. Daily updates and ordering details are available on their Facebook page.
8) Ebb & Flow, Clontarf
A favourite among Dublin coffee (and dog) lovers, Ebb & Flow in Clontarf are remaining open with their menu available for take away only. With a strict policy of one customer at a time, take the opportunity to stock up on a bag of Full Circle coffee to brew at home, as well as whatever cakes and sandwiches the're serving that day. Reduced hours of 10:00 – 15:00 for the moment.
9) Taza, Artane
Pakistani restaurant Taza in Artane was just hitting its stride before the madness began, with glowing reviews in the Irish Times and the Sunday Times in the past couple of months. After closing earlier this week their whole à la carte menu is available at 20% off the online price. Call them on 01 5582866 to order.
10) Two Boys Brew, Phibsboro
Two Boys Brew have reopened their doors for takeaway and some groceries like eggs and coffee. Pick up a coffee to go along with a caramel espresso brownie or a cranberry and coconut flapjack and go for a walk in Blessington Street Park.
11) China Sichuan, Sandyford (*Have Now Stopped*)
Upmarket Chinese China Sichuan has just started their 'non contact takeaway' service. You can call, order and pay by credit card, and a staff member will put the food in the boot of your car. See the condensed menu here and order by calling 01 2935100. Takeaway available Wednesday - Sunday from 17:00 - 21:00.
12) Paulie's, Dublin 4
Paulie's Pizza have been operating a takeaway only service for the past few days, with the full menu available and 50% off drinks. They're even doing Aperol Spritz and Negronis to go. See the menu here and order by calling them on 01 6643658.
13) Kinara and Kinara Kitchen, Clontarf and Ranelagh
Kinara in Clontarf and Ranelagh have brought in a temporary takeout menu with 15% off menu prices, available seven days a week. They're doing starters like Aloo Tiki and Behari Kebab (marinated beef tenderloin cooked over charcoal), and mains like Jalfrezi Jhinga and Bhuna Gosht. Orders can be made from 4pm each day by calling Ranelagh on 014060066, or sending a whatsapp message to 0899619650, or calling Clontarf on 01 8336759 or sending a whatsapp message to 0899610533. If texting send your name and order along with your preferred collection time.
14) Kajal, Malahide
Also part of the Kinara group, Kajal in Malahide is also offering a reduced menu for takeaway with 15% off. We love the Tandoori prawns and the Nehari Gosht (Pakistani beef curry with fresh ginger and coriander). Orders taken by calling 01 8061960 or via whatsapp on 0899523204 between 17:00 and 21:00 seven days a week.
Do you know anywhere else great currently offering a collection service? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.