We feel like we're suspended in some kind of dream state at the moment, not sure what's real and what's our socially starved brains playing tricks on us. Is it really over? Are we really going back to the old normal this fast? The speedy swing from "back in lockdown" to "all restrictions are gone" has understandably got a lot of heads spinning, but something we're all thinking about is long overdue catch ups with friends, family and workmates.
Our number one question from you guys over the past few weeks is "where should I book for a group?", with many of you getting ahead now on planning spring and summer gettogethers, so we've pulled together our favourites for private dining, set menus and big splurges, for serious celebrations.
Library Street's downstairs PDR seating 6 - 10 people is group dining goals. There's a minimum spend of €100 a head for food and drinks, and chef Kevin Burke will design a menu just for you (which you can make adjustments to if needed). There's a full sound system and record player and it's completely private. Where do we sign.
The team at Locks have pretty much written the book on how to keep a restaurant open during a global pandemic. Over the past two years, they’ve done take-away from their hatch and at-home dinner kits, but now it's operating as normal. They have two private dining options, The Gold Room and The Bewick Room, and can seat groups of 8 - 26.
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen
For the ultimate, no expenses spared group night out, Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, has a few choices for private, or just more secluded dining. The Chef’s Table, in the kitchen, seats up to six, the (semi-private) Demi-Salle seats four - six, and The Middleton Room seats up to 10. As far as experiences with family or friends go, this is one you'll never forget.
The semi-private space at the back of Mister S is once again open for bookings of up to 18 people. The long wood-carved table is the perfect canvas for plate upon plate of fire-cooked food, like their burnt end rendang spring rolls, smoked pork chop, and monkfish on the bone with a bisque sauce.
Big Fan can cater for groups of up to 15 in their outside space at the front, and up to 75 indoors. They'll work with you on a menu and service style to suit your group, but don't miss the bao, cheeseburger jiaozi and the enoki fan. Read our once over here.