• Lisa Cope

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

Updated 16th February '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 info@allthefood.ie. 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) Locks (s) (v) (w) (1)

Locks have a weekly meal collection service on Friday and Saturday nights, with snacks, a starter, a main, sides and dessert for €70 - €80, depending on the main. Recent dishes have included ras el hanout lamb rump and Thornhill duck á l'orange, and we'd drive to Portobello for the breads with trout and dillisk butter alone. The menu goes online and orders open each Sunday for the following week. Check them out here.

2) Little Forest (c) (v) (vg) (f) (1)

The pizza master is back, and the reviews are better than ever. After parting ways with Pi last year, Reggie White has taken over the pizza oven at Little Forest in Blackrock, the third opening from John and Sandy Wyer, along with former 2IC Shane Windrum. The critics love it, the collection spots sell out every week, and they're mixing up the menu regularly - although we're still not over the fact that we missed the one with roast cauliflower, Taleggio, grapes and brown butter. Praying for a comeback. Orders go live every Monday at 10:00 for that week and you can book a collection slot (if you're fast) here.

3) Bresson (s) (v) (1)

Upmarket French restaurant Bresson in Monkstown have an à la carte menu of ready to eat dishes like French onion soup, rolled gratinated lobster pancakes with gruyère and thermidor sauce, and apricot glazed brioche bread and butter putting. It's collection only and slots become available here at 11:00 on Monday mornings.

4) Airfield (c) (f) (1)

Urban farm and estate Airfield in Dundrum have a weekly seasonal menu using ingredients from the estate, for collection only from the restaurant on Friday and Saturday between 17:00 and 18:00. It's always interesting and very good value, and there's also a Sunday roast at €24 for one and €44 for two. See this week's menu and order here.

5) Michie Sushi (c) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Michie services most of South Dublin for crispy salmon temaki, tuna maki and fire dragon rolls, alongside katsu currys, yaki soba and seaweed salads. Collection is available from their three branches in Ranelagh, Dun Laoghaire and Sandyford, with delivery charges ffrom €2.50 - €3.50. See their menu and order here.

6) Kakilang, Dublin 1 (c) (d) (f) (1)

Bubble tea and fried chicken house Kakilang had barely gotten off the ground before the lockdowns began, but buoyed by the response of their customers they've stayed open for takeaway throughout, and have started offering a delivery services to different parts of Dublin each day (you can check their weekly schedule on Instagram). Taiwanese chicken steak, chicken wings with Korean and Japanese sauces, and takoyaki (octopus balls) are the savoury options, with filled croissants, cheesecake and crêpe cakes for dessert. There are 25 different types of bubble tea, all customisable with fruit, tapioca and jelly toppings, and they do excellent value meal deals.

7) The Port House, Dublin 2 & Dundrum (s) (v) (d) (w) (f) (1)

The Port House will deliver a tapas box and wine anywhere within the M50 for €60 feeding two people. You get a starter, three main tapas, a side, a dessert and a bottle of wine (or upgrade to cava for another €10). Boxes also include almonds, olives, a candle and a playlist. Order here. The Port House in Dundrum only (for now) are also doing an extensive menu of hot tapas to take home, with everything from pil-pil to patatas bravas, paella to pimientos de padron. See the menu and order here.

8) Michael's, Mount Merrion & Sutton (s) (w) (f) (1)

Michael's is back in business from this Friday 22nd after a well deserved break, promising ready to eat meals, meal kits to cook at home and an increased range of products in their spin off shops - Little Lockdown (Mount Merrion and Sutton). Collection slots for hot food will open this week on their website and will go fast, so keep your eyes peeled.

9) The Dough Bros, Galway (c) (n) (w) (f)

Galway pizzeria The Dough Bros send their DIY pizza kits nationwide, containing 3 wood-fired pizza bases, roasted garlic dips and toppings of your choice. The kit is €35 and delivery is €3.50. Order here.

10) The Legal Eagle, Dublin 1 (s) (v) (D) (w) (1)

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.

11) Uno Mas, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (D) (w) (1)

Uno Mas’ gildas, tortilla and flan de queso are on every Dublin food to-do list, and now you can have them delivered to your door – you can even buy the perfect tortilla making pan to make sure it’s just right. They don’t always feature in each week’s set menu (available for one or two people), but can be added on – and you really should add them on. Other optional extras include cured meats, tinned fish and olive oil, as well as sherry, wine and cocktails, so enough to set you up for a very nice weekend. They're back from this Thursday 21st January and are available for collection and delivery from Thursday - Saturday, costing €32 for one or €62 for two. Order here.

12) Two Pups, Dublin 8 (c) (v) (w) (f) (1)

Two Pups have dinners for collection from Thursday - Saturday, and at €25 for three courses it's a bit of a steal. This week's menu includes wild mushroom arancini, black lentil moussaka and hazelnut baklava with pink grapefruit cream, and you can order here.

13) Etto, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (w) (1)

Etto will be back a week later than sister restaurant Uno Mas, on Thursday 28th January. Their set menu for two people is €60 and includes olives, almonds, cured meats and sourdough, then a weekly changing starter, main and dessert. The food comes cold with minimal assembly at home, and collections are available from Thursday - Sunday. Menus and how to order should go live on their website soon.

14) Tang, Dublin 1 & 2 (s) (vg) (D) (w) (f) (1)

We love Tang’s healthy, Middle-Eastern vibe (and their nut butter, never forget the nut butter), and their dinner box for two is excellent value at €45. You get four nibbles, a main with three sides, and a dessert, and this week features lovely things like McNally Farm Crown Prince Pumpkin hummus, Sean Ring’s organic roast chicken with cardamom and caramelised onion, and a chocolate torte with sweet tahini. Deliveries Friday and Saturday. Order here.

15) Host, Ranelagh (s) (v) (w) (1)

Host at home was one of the highlights of a sad 2020 for us, so we're delighted they're back in action this week, serving their chefs' menus from Thursday - Sunday. You can add on signature dishes like their pumpkin cappellacci with walnuts and sage, and burnt ricotta cheesecake, and there's wine too. Order here.

16) Juniors, Dublin 4 (s) (v) (1)

Junior's is doing dinner for collection from Thursday - Saturday from an à la carte menu with individual and sharing options like mushroom arancini, venison wellington for two, and their famous pint of prawns. See the menu and order here.

17) Pickle, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Pickle are doing takeaway from their Camden Street restaurant until they can reopen, including their kid goat mince curry, venison keema samosas, and takda dahl. It's available for collection or delivery and you'll need to book a slot on their website here.

18) Mamó, Howth (s) (v) (w) (1)

Mamó in Howth are doing an à la carte collection menu on Friday and Saturday nights, with dishes like Howth nettle and ricotta tortellini with courgette and basil, and a côte de boeuf for two with rosemary garlic potatoes and bearnaise. See their website for the menu and how to order. You can also get heat at home mains from their upmarket food shop Margadh a few doors down. Order here.

19) The Cake Café, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (D) (f)

For some serious escapism, The Cake Café will deliver afternoon tea to your door, with prosecco cocktails as an optional add on. It costs €49.80 for two and includes mini sandwiches, cakes, scones and teas, and they deliver anywhere in Dublin for €10. Order here.

20) Bujo, Sandymount (c) (v) (vg) (n) (w) (f)

We have a lot of love for Bujo’s perfectly crafted burgers, and this is another one for the nationwide delivery list. Their masterpiece kit comes with everything you need to make four doubles and four singles, so you just need to round up some friends and family (if allowed), or commit to multiple days of eating burgers, which won’t be an issue. Kits are €40 and can be ordered here. There are veggie and vegan options, and keep an eye out for limited special boxes, like the Bujo weekender for Valentine's Day (on sale later this week), featuring breakfast sandwiches and Belgian chocolate brownies as well as the usual burgers. Delivery is every Friday, with the cut off the day before at 12pm.

21) Mulberry Garden, Donnybrook (s) (v) (D) (w)

Mulberry Garden in Donnybrook are doing a three-course menu for two for €65 from Thursday - Sunday, with a weekly changing menu focusing on seasonal Irish produce. Collection or delivery across Dublin. Get involved here.

22) Uno Pizza, Rathmines (c) (v) (n) (w) (f)

Uno Pizza’s at home kits are probably the closest you’re going to get to wood-fired pizza made fresh at home. The clever frying pan/oven method produces a surprisingly good result, and they provide everything you need for a margarita or diavola. You can also add on prosecco, wine or beer. Order here.

23) Dax, Dublin 2 (s) (1)

If you've got something to celebrate, you'll be delighted to hear that upmarket Dax is now available to have at home on Friday and Saturday nights. It's one of the pricier options in the city right now at €48 per person for three courses, but yellowfin tuna, smoked Challans duck and Dublin Bay prawn ravioli don't come cheap. See the menu here.

24) Mr Fox, Dublin 1 (s) (v) (w) (1)

Mr Fox is doing a very appealing set meal for two on Saturday nights for €75 (€45 for 1), which you reheat and assemble at home. It's very generous, with nibbles, a starter, main, cheese and two desserts (because you're worth it), and is available for collection only. Order here.

25) China Sichuan, Sandyford (s) (v) (vg) (w) (f) (1)

China Sichuan in Sandyford have started doing cook-at-home kits alongside their regular takeaway menu. Options include black pepper merlot beef and dan dan noodles, and they cost €22.50 and feed two. Or you can just save yourself the work and order some "Man & Wife" spicy beef slices and soft-shell crab to go. Reserve a collection spot via their website.

26) Bistro One, Foxrock (c) (v) (f) (1)

Bistro One reopened last week for collections on Friday and Saturday nights from 17:00 - 20:00. It's rhubarb and blood orange season and they're promising plenty of both, along with classics like brisket lasagne, smokies and roast duck. Order on their website.

27) Woodruff, Stepaside (s) (v) (1)

Woodruff in Stepaside are back since last week, offering takeaway from an á la carte menu from Thursday - Saturday night for collection only. Last week's menu included charred line caught winter mackerel with beetroot kimchi, and a white choocolate, clementine, lavender and pistachio mille feuille, and comes out at around €40 a head for snacks, three courses and sides, but you can order as much or as little as you want. There's also a pop up wine shop and Bar 1661 cocktails to take home. See the menu and book on their website.

28) Street By Sunil, Clonskeagh (c) (v) (vg) (f) (1)

Pickle's Sunil Ghai opened the more casual Street By Sunil in Clonskeagh a few months ago, and the critics have already been describing it as "sublime" and "beautiful food". The curries, kebab boxes and 36-hour black dahl are available for takeaway from Wednesday - Monday, with orders by phone or via their website.

29) Richmond, Portobello (s) (1)

Richmond have a weekly changing call and collect menu, with starters, mains, sides, desserts and wine, so a one-stop shop. They're operating from 17:00 - 21:00 Thursday and Friday, and from 14:00 - 21:00 on Saturday. Call them on 01 4788783 to order, and you can see the current menu on their website.

30) The Fumbally, Dublin 8 (c) (v) (vg) (w) (f) (1)

The Fumbally's Wednesday and Friday dinners are the calm we need in our lives right now. On Wednesday you'll get a main and a dessert for €18 (last week was tinga tacos and chocolate chilli brownies), and Friday is lasagne night (€13.50). Orders via their website, where you can also add on jars of Fumbally ferments, Harry's nutbutter and natural wines.

31) 3 Leaves, Blackrock (s) (v) (vg) (f) (1)

3 Leaves is back for collections this week from Friday - Sunday, between 17:15 and 20:00. Slots open on their website on Wednesday and will go quickly so set an alarm if you've been missing their samosa chat, beef rib masala and rainbow rice.

32) The Chop House, Ballsbridge (c) (v) (f) (1)

The Chophouse are serving their "untouchable" menu from Thursday - Sunday, with dishes including spicy king prawns, dry-aged rib-eye and a "fish board in a box". See the menu and nab a collection slot on their website.

33) Gaillot et Gray, Dublin 8 (c) (v) (f) (1)

Bread and pizza mecca Gaillot et Gray is open for collections from 08:00 - 21:00 Wednesday - Saturday, with pizzas from 16:00, including their new special with roast aubergine, garlic, semi sun-dried tomato, caramelised red onion and Toulouse sausage. Call them on 01 4547781 to order.

34) Kinara Group (c) (v) (vg) (f) (1)

Kinara in Clontarf and Ranelagh, as well as Kajal in Malahide, are doing a limited takeout menu with 15% off menu prices, available Thursday - Sunday from 17:00 - 21:00. 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 via whatsapp - full details here.

35) Circa, Terenure (s) (v) (1)

Circa are back from Friday 22nd January, with brunch (12:00 - 15:00) and dinner (17:00 - 21:00) Fridays and Saturdays. Menus and how to book are on their website.

36) Nunki Tea House, Dun Laoghaire (s) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Regional Chinese specialists Nunki Tea House in Dun Laoghaire are open for delivery or collection with a huge menu including specialties that need to be pre-booked 24 hours in advance. You can choose from stewed pork ribs with pickled cabbage; prawns with crab sticks, black fungi and wolfberries, or Nunki's special deep-fried milk custard. See the menu and how to order here.

37) Hang Dai Chinese, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Modern Camden Street Chinese Hang Dai have a takeaway and delivery menu featuring favourites like their sesame prawn sourdough toast with yuzu mayo and mapo tofu with minced pork, along with their take on classic takeaway dishes like crispy, sticky sweet and sour pork with roasted pineapple and Kentucky fried kung pao chicken with peanuts and chilli. They're also doing a set family meal for €55, with two starters and mains, two kids meals and icebergers for everyone. To order call them on 01 5458888 or head to Deliveroo.

38) Boco, Dublin 1 & Clontarf (c) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

North city centre pizzeria BoCo have pizzas for collection or delivery. They're doing pizza (numbered from 1-13, no fancy names here), sides including woodfired flatbreads and truffled mac n cheese, salads and desserts. Don't forget at least one dip for the crusts. Order from BoCo here.

39) Nightmarket, Ranelagh (s) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Thai restaurant Nightmarket is offering collection and delivery within a 7.5km radius of their Ranelagh restaurant. It's the same extensive (often spicy) menu and is availale from Wednesday - Sunday for the moment. See their menu and order here.

40) Riba, Stillorgan (c) (v) (d) (f) (1)

Stillorgan restaurant Riba are doing family style mains, grazing platters and an à la carte menu for delivery and collection. Spicy chicken wings, whole black sole and hand-rolled pappardelle with Italian sausage ragu and buffalo mozzarella are all on the menu, as well as trays of tiramisu and cannoli, and they're offering their wine list at wine shop prices. Open Wednesday - Sunday - see the menu and order here.

41) Cirillo's, Dublin 2 (c) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Good news for Cirillo's fans (which seems to be all of you), their pizzas (and truffle aioli) are available for delivery or collection from the restaurant. We very much recommend the Calabra with tomato sauce, mozzarella, nduja, Young Buck blue cheese & basil, or you can't go wrong with their classic Margherita, and truffle aioli is non-negotiable. See their menu and how to order here.

42) One Society, Dublin 1 (c) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

One Society are doing pizzas and pastas for collection and delivery from Wednesday - Sunday. Pizzas include the 'Sizzling Garlic Prawn' with Toonsbridge mozzarella, parma ham and fresh chilli, and 'The Farmers Wife' with Toonsbridge mozzarella, red onion, parmesan and slow cooked pulled brisket from the owner's sister’s farm, and pastas are the usual suspects like arrabbiata and spaghetti bolognese. See the menu and order on their website.

43) Lobstar, Monkstown (s) (f) (1)

Lobstar are doing pretty much their full menu for collection from Tuesday - Sunday, and yes there's lobster - whole with garlic ginger butter and fries, and lobster rolls. There's also oysters, seafood linguine and steak, and you can see the menu and number to call here.

44) Allta Box (s) (w)

Allta led the way with nationwide delivery from the get go, and each week we've seen people in takeaway starved parts of the country excitedly Instagramming their shiitake miso butter, house charcuterie and crab macaroni. Unfortunately they've now limited it to Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath makes a great gift for anyone who’s stranded far from a decent restaurant, and in our opinion has just gotten better and better. The first boxes of 2021 go live on Monday 25th for delivery that weekend, and will set you back €80 (including a wine pairing) plus €8.95 for delivery. Set your alarms and order here.

45) 777, Dublin 2 (c) (v) (w) (f)

Mexican 777 have three at home options - a taquito party kit with tostadas and tortillas, a veggie version of the same, and a weekly special. Optional (necessary) margaritas can be added on as well as other cocktails and Mexican lager, and it's available for collection or delivery to South Dublin (within the M50). Order here.

43) Bang, Dublin 2 (s) (v) (D) (w) (1)

Bang have two options - a hot food collection and a finish at home option. Hot food can be collected or delivered within 3km of the restaurant, while the finish at home box can be delivered across Dublin. Various set menus are available as well as "simple dinners" (two courses), and you can find all the options and how to order here.

47) Ananda (s) (v) (vg) (f) (1)

Longtime ATF favourite Ananda have a dine at home menu featuring popular dishes like their Old Delhi chaat platter, Goan seafood curry and gulab jamun (warm, caramelised milk dumplings). There's also an early bird for €26, a tasting menu for €70 for two, and a children's menu. See all the details here.

48) Gursha, Phibsborough (c) (v) (vg) (d) (f) (1)

Ethiopian Gursha and doing collection or local delivery from their Phibsborough base, comprising of five mixed dishes or six vegan ones for €21. Extra injera (a spongy teff based pancake to mop everything up) is €3. Order and choose from the menu here.

49) Potager, Skerries (c) (v) (f) (1)

Potager are back this weekend with a more condensed menu than before. There's a dinner box for two with one main for €35, a charcuterie box for two (€30), and a to-go menu of hot dishes, including a braised lamb flatbread and a duck and white bean cassoulet. See more information here.

50) Back 2 Dine (s) (D) (w)

Back to Dine and San Lorenzo's Temple Garner are back with collaboration number two - this time with Galway chef JP McMahon, of Michelin-starred Aniar. The seven-course menu for two is inspired by McMahon's "The Irish Cookbook", and features dishes including rabbit, cider & juniper rillette, Castletownbere crab & seaweed roll, and peat whiskey and woodruff fudge. It's €99.95 and you can see the menu and book here.

51) Aimsir (s) (D) (w)

Definitely the fanciest option on this list, two Michelin-starred restaurant Aimsir, in Celbridge, have launched an eight-course at home menu for two for €210. You'll get bread, butter, snacks, a starter, main, cheese, dessert and petits fours, with instructions for plating each dish and even an Aimsir branded tweezers. You can watch video content online from Jordan Bailey, Majken Bech Bailey and the team, including recommended drinks pairings, and wine and coffee can also be added to your order. Boxes go on sale here each Friday for Saturday of the following week, and can be collected from the restaurant or delivered in Dublin and selected towns in Kildare. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for the next release.

52) Le Perroquet (s) (v) (w) (1)

Le Perroquet has been through something of a bizarre change over the past few months, with owner Nick Munier departing and a second restaurant 'Le Petit Perroquet' opening on Wicklow Street with a menu in no way resembling the original, but ardent fans will be happy to know that their new dinner boxes are very much in the style that chef Chris Fulham became known for pre-Covid. Four-course meals are €32.50 per person, with a meat, fish or vegetarian option, and dishes like chicken liver parfait, marinated beetroot, crispy chicken skin and confit garlic, and espresso chocolate and roast hazelnut mille feuille with candied hazelnuts and caramelised crème fraiche. Orders can be placed here for collection only - despite there being a delivery option it's not currently operational.

53) The Butcher Grill (s) (c) (d) (w) (f) (1)

The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh have quite a few options for food at home - a weekly three course set menu, a steak box, a hot food menu collected ready to eat, and a Sunday roast (also ready to eat). Delivery is available in Dublin south inside the M50, or collections can be made from the restaurant. See all of their menus and order here.

54) The Vintage Kitchen (c) (f)

The Vintage Kitchen have a hot food menu for two people for collection Thursday - Saturday from 16:00 - 19:00. It comes ready to eat (bar some reheating), ranges from €55 - €70 depending on which one you pick, and includes dishes like prawn risotto, duck liver creme, caramelised red onion focaccia, and côte de boeuf for two with horseradish sauce. See the options and order here.

We'll add more to this list as and when they become available.