With 11 days to go you'll want to be quick if you plan on grabbing yourself a restaurant meal for V-Day. Lots have already sold out (including Bastible, The Butcher Grill and The Cali Kitchen), but there are plenty still available. Just don't dawdle too much on this one. Note: lots are available for collection or delivery on Friday 12th or Saturday 13th, but will stay good until the 14th, so don't worry if you can only get one of those dates. Also PSA: This article contains a LOT of steak, which appears to be our national Valentine's Day dish.
Allta's Valentine's Day offering goes on sale on Monday the 8th at 12:00 and you'll need to be on the ball for this one. It's €130 for two people but includes two killer bottles of Gobillard 1er Cru Champagne and Le Grappin's red Beaujolais, as well as the usual sourdough and shiitake miso butter, charcuterie, pickled veg, dressed leaves, shortrib cassarece to share, chocolate fondants and miso caramels to end. There's a vegetarian option too. You can collect from Allta on Friday 12th or they're delivering to Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath on Saturday 13th for €9.95. Boxes go on sale here on Monday at midday.
New Leeson Street wine shop Neighbourhood Wine have put together a 'Hopeless Home-Antics' box for two, which can be collected from the shop on Friday 12th or Sat 13th. For €89 you get a John Stone Côte de Boeuf, David Bradshaw’s (ex-Potager / Lyle's in London) dauphinoise, Young Buck blue cheese sauce, long stem broccoli, a Bread 41 Loaf for two, Allta's shiitake miso butter, and a bottle of that same Le Grappin 'Saint Amour' Beaujolais. Stretch to €149 and you'll get a bottle of Bollinger Champagne too. Order one here.
Back To Dine
Back To Dine's collaboration with JP McMahon has just opened up for Valentine's Day. It's €99 for seven courses and dishes include venison pithivier with Jerusalem artichokes, whiskey and oyster mushroom sauce and potato gratin, pavlova with lemon curd and forced rhubarb, and ham hock and egg terrine with Durrus cheese & linseed crackers for the next day. It's available for collection from San Lorenzo's on George's Street, and they can sometimes do delivery - email them to check. Order one here.
The Legal Eagle
The Legal Eagle have a really wide range of options available for your Valentine's Day feast, including mains of Châteaubriand, smoked haddock, and a vegetarian option of Jerusalem artichoke and Crozier Blue cheese pancakes. They even have meal options for one - ideal if you and your partner are being kept apart by Covid/quarantine/travel restrictions. They're available for collection only on Sunday 14th and you can see all of the options here.
Overends Kitchen, Airfield Estate
Overends Kitchen have an excellent value meal box available for collection on Friday 12th or Saturday 13th, for €55 for two people. A celebration of the estate's produce, it includes gildas, taramasalata and brown bread, grilled purple sprouting broccol with a miso dressing and sliced pancetta, potato and parmesan gnocchi with Cashel blue cheese and a rosemary sauce, Airfield Estate Lamb served two ways, with Jerusalem artichoke and cavolo nero, a craquelin choux bun with beetroot molasses and sweet woodruff pastry cream to share, and petit fours. Probably the bargain of 2021 so far. Order yours here.