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The ATF Guide To Restaurant At Home Experiences In Lockdown #3

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 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.

3) Boco (c) (v) (vg) (d) (w) (f)

Boco are the latest pizza restaurant to join the bake at home brigade. Bases come half-baked to be finished in the oven at home, with crushed tomato sauce, Fior di Latte cheese and the toppings for whichever ones you pick, as well as that all important woodfired garlic mayo. Deliver is available within 10km of the restaurant in Dublin 1 from Friday - Sunday and they get cheaper the more you order. Kits keep for three days and can be ordered on their website.

4) Asador/Prado (c) (d) (w) (f)

Sister restaurants Asador and Prado have six at home meal boxes available, with four designed for the barbecue. They've covered a lot of bases from a healthy Mediterranean box with piri piri chicken and halloumi sticks, to the ultimate BBQ box with beef, lamb, prawns and sausages (only available for the May bank holiday). Available for collection or delivery Thursday - Sunday and they cover most of Dublin. Check out their boxes here.

5) Ripasso (c) (d) (w) (f)

Bray's bone fide Italian Ripasso is doing a weekly three-course regional menu, and they're delivering to Dublin 14, 16 and 18 as well as the Dunlaoghaire-Rathdown area. This week it's Tuscany with a fish stew to start, pappardelle with Italian pork and mushrooms for main, and a chocolate mousse with a biscuit base for dessert. It's €26 pp and you can add on their suggested wine pairing too. Order online here, and if your address isn't coming up send them an email.

6) 777, Dublin 2 (c) (D) (n) (v) (w) (f)

Mexican 777 have just launched nationwide delivery for €9 on their taquito kits (meat and veggie versions available), and if you're in Dublin there's also a weekly special. Optional (necessary) margaritas can be added on as well as other cocktails and Mexican lager, and in Dublin they're available for collection or delivery within the M50 for €7. Order here.

7) Fade Street Social, City Centre (s) (vg) (D) (w) (f) (1)

Fade Street Social is back with an at home menu and all we can think about is pie. There's a set menu at €38 a head for snacks, three courses and petit fours, or you can pick and choose from the à la carte, with dishes like honey-glazed ham hock for two, crispy confit garlic potatoes with cep mayo, and that chicken, ham hock, duck liver and tarragon pie. There's cocktails too and they deliver across Dublin on Friday and Saturday. Order here.

8) Loretta's, Phibsborough (s) (f) (1)

Loretta's in Phibsborough is also back after a hiatus, with a three-course menu and snacks for €32.50 a head. The firrst week's menu features black olive gnocchi, confit duck leg with maple toasted oats and blood orange drizzle cake, and you can add on wine. Available for collection on Friday and Saturday. Order here.

9) Bibi's, Portobello (c) (vg) (w) (f)

Bibi's bake at home dinners for two were a Dublin 8 highlight of the last lockdown, with dishes like meatball lasagne, lamb shank shepherd's pie and butter chicken, and they've just brought them back. First up is beef short rib (or bean) chilli, with sides including charred corn, kale and sweet potato salad, and desserts including chocolate bread and butter pudding. Order for collection only on Fridays and Saturdays here.

10) Oliveto, Dun Laoghaire (s) (c) (v) / (vg) (d) / (D) (n) (w) (f) (1)

Oliveto in Haddington House have a to-go menu from Wednesday - Sunday, with pizza, pasta, salads and cocktail kits at the weekend. We like the sound of the Mantovana sausage ragu with n’duja and fresh pappardelle, and the sweet potato gnocchi with St. Tola goats cheese, caramelised aubergine, asparagus, fresh peas, watercress, basil & pangrattato. It's available for click and collect or delivery on Deliveroo.

11) Bia Rebel, Belfast (c) (v) (n) (w) (f) (1)

Belfast ramen mecca Bia Rebel have launched at home kits for nationwide delivery (ROI and UK) and this is one we can't wait to get our hands on. There's a vegetarian (£16) o