Updated 27th April '21
We're officially fed up of life right now, and have been overtaken with fantasies that involve floating through the door of Variety Jones and walking straight to the chef's table, sitting at the bar in Uno Mas watching a wobbling flan come our way, and sticking a hopeful head into Assassination Custard to see two free seats and that day's menu scratched on a paper bag. It's enough to make a group of hungry girls (and guys) weep, BUT we're on the home stretch, and until our fantasy life becomes reality again, we're making do with the city's best restaurant at home experiences. This is an ever changing landscape so we will be adding and removing places as necessary, and we've included a colour-coded key this time with our most frequent requests from you lot.
A couple of notes: A lot of places could be designated as special occasion or casual, so we put them in the one we think they're most suited to based on price/effort. As for family friendly, we think of all food as family friendly, but have stuck this on anywhere offering a children's menu or serving notoriously popular foods like burgers and pizzas - but that doesn't mean we think the kids should miss out on the crab linguine from Michael's or the venison wellington from Juniors. For anywhere catering to vegetarians but not vegans, it's worth getting in touch to see if they can take out the dairy element - most will be happy to cater for you where possible.
If you think somewhere is missing or anything is inaccurate let us know by emailing us at email@example.com. Until then let's just keep eating our way through this.
(s) - Special Occasion
(c) - Casual
(v) / (vg) Vegetarian/Vegan
(d) / (D) - Limited Dublin delivery / Dublinwide Delivery
(n) - Nationwide Delivery
(w) - Work involved
(f) - Family Friendly
(1) - Meals for one
1) Clanbrassil House (s) (v) (w) (1)
Clanbrassil House head chef Gráinne O'Keefe announced she was moving on at the start of April, and we don't know who's taking over from her yet, but you have until mid-May to try her food before thing inevitably get a shake up. April's family style menu includes hot-smoked trout with sourdough and pickled red cabbage, and a beef cheek and Guinness pie with potato puree, gravy and tarragon cream. There's also a côte de boeuf meal for two and the option to add on hash brown fries, and it's available for collection on Fridays and Saturdays. Order here.
2) Bastible (s) (v) (w) (1)
Bastible's meal kits are available for collection Thursday - Saturday from 1600 - 19:00, and the five course menu (plus bread and snacks) will definitely be worthy of your next special occasion. April's menu includes treacle-cured sea trout with fermented gooseberry and smoked yoghurt, and lamb saddle with smoked anchovy and confit fennel (so many of our favourite things), and there's a bit of work involved so you can take full (semi) credit for the results. Order here.