They keep getting knocked down but they keep coming back swinging. Here's the latest at home restaurant experiences to add to your eating list...
The Crab Pasta Kit From Michael's
Michael's just keep thinking of new ways to get us to Mount Merrion, and the latest is the crab pasta kit from their pop-up shop - Little Lockdown. Born out of the fact that the fishermen who catch their crab had ended up with a large surplus and no restaurants to sell it to, owner Gaz Smith came up with some new ways to get it to the public. The kit comes with handmade pasta, fresh crab meat, a chilli and lime cream sauce and fresh herbs, and costs €18.50 for one. Pick one up from Little Lockdown, and add on a bottle of Meinklang's orange wine 'Graupert' for maximum enjoyment.
The Legal Eagle/Winding Stair At Home
The Legal Eagle/Winding Stair is now available in the comfort of your own home, complete with treacle brown bread, bacon and cheese crisps, and bread and butter pudding with whiskey caramel sauce (epic is the word). For mains there's a choice of Châteaubriand, olive-fed pork belly, fish or vegetarian options, and the Toonsbridge goat's curd panna cotta with fresh figs, onion marmalade and hazelnuts is worth an order alone. Currently available Friday and Saturday with more days to come. Order here.
Food For Thought's 'Live With Love' Box
Mister S head chef Daniel Hannigan has been raising money for the charity 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) with his Food For Thought events for the past three years, and not one to let a pandemic stop him, the next event takes place virtually on November 21st in your own home, with their 'Live with love' box. Taking part in this one are Chapter One's Eric Matthews, Allta's Kevin Burke, Mr Fox's Anthony Smith, Marcus O'Laoire, and Jacob and Jack from cheese toasty truck Griolladh, and boxes go on sale this Monday 16th November. Keep an eye on their Instagram for more details.
Tomahawk's Roast Kits
Tomahawk in Temple Bar have just launched new roast kits, with a choice of butterflied leg of lamb (€69) or rib of beef (€99). Both feed four-six people and come with duck fat roast potatoes, thyme and honey parsnips and carrots, buttery mashed potatoes and gravy. The beef also comes with yorkshire puddings and herb stuffing, while the lamb comes with homemade mint sauce. Roast kits are available from Wednesday - Sunday and can be delivered across Dublin for €5 or collected from Dollard and Co. Order here.
Back To Dine
Back To Dine is a new chef collaboration project promising to "elevate the dine-at-home-box". The first iteration brings together San Lorenzo's head chef Temple Garner and Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Yann Florio (also of Kriedel, London), for a seven-course meal featuring bread, canapés, a shared starter, choice of mains, desserts, mignardises, and a duck liver parfait for the following day. Boxes are €99 for two people are will be available Thursday - Saturday until the 23rd December. Presumably the chefs (and menu) will change in the New Year. The first week goes on sale this Sunday 15th November, and you can see the full menu and order here.
The Bresson Box
Bresson in Monkstown have launched their new 'Bresson box', featuring some of their greatest hits. For €60 for two you get a Pissaladière, Coquille St Jacques & Sticky Toffee Pudding, with optional wine pairings for an additional €55. Sounds like our kind of night in. Available Wednesday - Sunday and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance here.
The Luxury Feast Box From Green Man Wines
If all that cooking sounds too much like hard work, head to Green Man Wines for one of their luxury feast boxes, which includes Italian Cinghiale (wild boar), sausage & truffle salami, cheeses, crackers, olives, pesto, hummus, tapenade, almonds, quince and a wine pairing - obvs. It's €55 and delivery is €7.50 in Dublin or you can collect from the shop. Order here.