They're baaacccckkkk!!! In what's hopefully the last hurrah for the restaurant meal kit, the enforced 8pm curfew (i.e. the lockdown that's not a lockdown) has meant the slow and sleepy resurgence of meal kits. It feels like a lot of people and places are totally burnt out and can't muster the energy for another round in the ring (or have had their staff obliterated by covid), but here's who's bringing the goods right now, and we'll update as more come on the market.
We've kept some helpful colour coding to make things a little easier for those of you with specific requirements.
(v) / (vg) Vegetarian/Vegan
(d) / (D) - Limited Dublin delivery / Dublinwide Delivery
(n) - Nationwide Delivery
(1) - Meals for one
Winedown (v) (d) (1)
Winedown is the big new addition (so far) to the at home kits this month. A six-course, finish at home meal for two is €55, and we're really liking the sound of the menu. There's a veggie version available, and meals for one (€30), and it's available for collection from Thursday - Saturday between 12:00 and 19:00, or delivery is €5 within 6km of the Montague Street restaurant. The deadline for orders is midnight the day before, and you can order here.
Tang (v) (d) (1)
Tang's dinner boxes are back as of this weekend, although sadly this time delivery is limited to those within the M50 (€8) - however they do say if you're really desperate they can get you a delivery quote. Otherwise you can collect from their Dawson Street café. The roast chicken, lamb kofta, and flexitarian (half meat, half vegan) boxes are €49.50, and there's a fully vegan option, as well as meals for one for €27.50. You can add on wine, granola and their ridiculous nutbutter, and you should. Order here.
777, Dublin 2 (v) (vg) (d)
777's at home boxes are back from next Thursday and you can get your order in now. There's a meat and a veggie version, it's €55 for 2-3 people to share, and you can add on their pre-mixed margaritas - reason enough to order. You can collect from 777 or Dillinger's in Ranelagh, and delivery is available for €8, but again only to those inside the M50 (we can already hear the boos). Order here.
The Butcher Grill, Ranelagh
Sister restaurant The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh is also back with boxes. Their steak at home option is only available for collection on Thursday, with their Côte de boeuf for two coming with smoky black eye beans with bacon, mash potato and red wine jus for €50, and you can add on starters, more sides and dessert. There's also a hot takeaway menu available from Thursday - Sunday. Order here.
Jaru (v) (vg) (D) (1)
Jaru's meal kits and pre-prepared meal delivery have been a constant over the past two years, and we have been grateful on many occasions. For the last few months their monthly meal kit has focused on a region of Korean (January is the Jeongol hot pot), with a meal for two with sides and desserts coming in at €50, and their fried chicken meal kit gets excellent reports. There's also a menu of cooked dishes that you can reheat at home or freeze for later, and you can add on food products in the Mart to make the €6.95 delivery charge worth your while. Check them out here.
Yumo Kits (v) (vg) (n) (1)
Yumo Kits (from Aungier Street's Bao House) also kept flying the food at home flag despite society reopening, and you can order their DIY gyoza, bao, ramen and kimchi for nationwide delivery. Impressive. You can also subscribe for a discount, and who wouldn't want a regular dumpling delivery. Check them out here.
Uno Pizza, Rathmines (v) (n)
Uno Pizza’s at home kits are probably the closest you’re going to get to wood-fired pizza made fresh at home, and they also deliver nationwide, as well as offering pick up from their Rathmines restaurant. The clever frying pan/oven method produces a surprisingly good result, and they provide everything you need for a margarita or diavola for €18-€20 for two pizzas. You can also add on prosecco, wine or beer. Order here.
The Dough Bros, Galway (v) (n)
Galway pizzeria The Dough Bros.99 also send their DIY pizza kits nationwide, containing 3 wood-fired pizza bases, roasted garlic dips and toppings of your choice. The kit is €39.99 including delivery. Order here.
Bujo, Sandymount (v) (vg) (n)
Bujo’s perfectly crafted burgers were another highlight of multiple lockdowns, and we're very glad they're coming back next week, with some new additions. New kits will go on sale this weekend (exact details TBC) for delivery in two weeks, which would be really be something to look forward to. Eyes peeled on their order page.
Sister steak restaurants Asador and Prado have moved to nationwide delivery, with a cut off of midnight on Wednesday each week for Friday delivery. They've got boxes with gambas and a Tomahawk, BBQ tacos and chicken adobo, and you can add on dessert, cheese, cocktails and wine. Order here.
Sustainable Seafood Ireland (n)
SSI's 'seafood suppers' are still going, with something new announced each week, and they deliver fish plus meals nationwide. Next week it's the goods to make Ahi tuna poke bowls (four for €48), but it could be bouillabaisse or lobster en croute depending on the week. Have a look at what's on offer here.
Smokin Bones (n)
The BBQ box from Smokin Bones in Temple Bar can also be delivered nationwide, with orders needing to be in by midnight on Wednesday. A box for 2-3 people is €44.95 and contains baby back ribs, pulled pork, brisket, beans, corn, buns, sauces and slaw. There's a vegetarian burger option too. Order here.
Not meal kits but...
Circa, Terenure (v)
Circa's at home menu is back tomorrow. It's €80 for two starters, two mains, two desserts and a bottle of house wine, and it's collection only on Friday and Saturday nights between 20:00 and 21:00. See the menu here, and book a slot here using the takeaway option on their table reservation system.
Michael's, Mount Merrion & Sutton (1)
Michael's click and collect is back this weekend, with lunch and dinner slots from Friday - Sunday. All the big hitters are there, the fritti, the arancini, the seafood platters, the steak, and there's wine too. Book a collection slot here.
Margadh, Howth (v) (1)
Mamó in Howth have closed until February for refurbishments, but you can still get heat at home mains from the same kitchen team from their upmarket food shop Margadh a few doors down, and in Elm Epicurean in Dublin 4. Did someone say confit duck leg and guinea fowl Wellington?
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