*Updated - 6th May '20*
The last few weeks can only be described as a roller-coaster, especially when it comes to the hospitality industry. One minute somewhere's open, then they're closed. Then they're doing takeaway, then they feel forced into stopping because of some bolshy opinions on Twitter on whether it's right or wrong. Then they say screw this, we've got staff and bills to attempt to pay, we're opening again. It's been hard to keep up, but as of today these 16 places are all open for business, for collections only (with a few local delivery exceptions), and they're all operating responsibly so no queues. All going well you shouldn't even have to be in the same air space as anyone else. (Also check out our list of restaurants newly offering delivery, most of which you can collect from too)
Daddy's in Rialto have reopened from 10:00 - 15:00 Wednesday - Saturday serving sandwiches, savoury tarts, cake and of course coffee. The Turkish eggs are available to go, and look out for specials like their 'croissandwich' with O'Neills bacon, Dubliner cheddar and a fried egg.
China Sichuan, Sandyford
After a bit of back and forth China Sichuan are back open again with a limited menu and limited collection slots every evening. It's worth trying to get one though for the wild Irish mushroom fritters with wasabi mayo, or the fresh Irish lobster in ginger & scallion sauce on a bed of noodles. See the menu and how to order here.
Bistro One, Foxrock
Another place that was open, then closed, and is now thankfully open again is Bistro One in Foxrock. The menu changes daily but expect options like Kilkeel crab with brown bread, kohlrabi and radish; duck liver pate with sourdough and brandy prunes, and a shorthorn corned beef brisket bun. They also have a cook at home range with dishes like brisket lasagne, chickpea and aubergine gratin with St Tola goat's curd and wild garlic, and soon to be added - empanadas. Check them out here.
Across the road, Kerb in Foxrock are also back open from 10:30 - 15:30 with their Middle Eastern inspired kebabs to go. Choose from crispy coconut shrimp with mango chutney, dill and curry mayo, or the buttermilk chicken flat with garlic aioli and fermented hot sauce. They also have takeaway coffee, smoothies and treats. See their Instagram page for the menu and order in advance by calling 01 2896735.
The Exchequer on Exchequer Street and in Ranelagh are bring their Sunday roast and prosecco brunch to your home. A roast chicken for four with all the trimmings and a bottle of wine is €59 (beef €69), and a prosecco brunch on Saturday or Sunday is €40. There's also a regular menu featuring tapas, mains and a couple of desserts. See the menu and how to order here.
Old Street, Malahide