For a burst of Mexican sunshine to brighten up a dreary winter evening, look no further than 777’s Taquito Party Kit. A complete dinner for two to three people, the kit includes tortilla chips with two salsas and guacamole , chorizo taquitos, tinga tostadas (chicken) and setas taquitos (mushrooms), with sides of grilled corn salad and pico de gallo, and bread and butter pudding to finish. A vegetarian version is available, and you’d miss out if you didn’t add a bottle of Margarita To Go for €40. The kits cost €55 and can be collected from 777 in Dublin 2 or partner restaurant Dillinger’s in Ranelagh.
As part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, on Sunday, January 30, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Eva Pau of Asia Market will host a live, interactive Explore Cook Eat experience, including a collaboration with celebrity Malaysian chef Shamzuri. (Sham) Hanifa from The Cottage restaurant in Carrick-On-Shannon. Order a Journey To The East Box for two before the event (orders end at midnight Monday) and cook with Sham as he creates his steamed sea bream. The box contains Chinese tea, New Year’s snacks and appetizers, as well as a special bag for Asia Market’s 40th anniversary, as well as the majority of the ingredients (Hanifa’s famous One For All sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice, garlic, ginger, scallions, red chillies and bok choi) needed to create the dish – you just need to buy the fish or another protein (other types of white fish, chicken, pork or beef are all fine). 45€, delivery nationwide.
Galway’s Dough Bros Pizza Kits have been a big hit over the past two years. You get three bases with San Marzano tomato sauce, parmesan, fresh mozzarella, basil, wild garlic dip and a choice of three toppings from a list that includes salami from The Wooded Pig, tomatoes semi-dried cherries and nduja. Gluten-free bases are available, as well as a vegan kit. You can add extras such as their famous hot honey, fancy socks and extra toppings. Priced at €39.99, the kits are available for collection or free delivery nationwide.
Tramore, County Waterford, beachhousetramore.ie
Jumoke Akintola and Peter Hogan’s Beach House are taking a break in January, but its effortless meal kits will be available again in February. The offer is structured as an à la carte menu, allowing customers to choose from seasonal dishes such as shellfish bisque, rustic pork terrine, braised shoulder of Comeragh mountain lamb and tarte aux almonds. National delivery.
A chicken fajita meal kit for four includes marinated chicken thighs, tortillas, fresh peppers and onions, Mexican rice, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsas, jalapeños and pickled red onions – everything you need to create your own Mexican feast at home. €22.99 (special offer), with delivery anywhere in the Republic of Ireland for €4.50, or alternatively pick up in store.
Terenide, Dublin 6W, restaurantcirca.com
As long as the 8 p.m. closing time applies, or even longer, the [email protected] menu is an opportunity for those who prefer to avoid eating indoors to enjoy a restaurant meal at home. You get two starters, two mains and two desserts, plus a bottle of house wine, for €80, or €90 if you opt for the prime rib to share. The meal is available for collection only on Friday and Saturday evenings between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If smoked brisket, North Carolina pulled pork, baby back ribs, and a slew of sides—barbeque in a box—sound right up your street, look no further. All the work is already done; all you have to do is reheat. Boxes from €44.95 with local collection available in Dublin and nationwide delivery every Friday.
Jaru’s Korean Meal Kits change every month and offer the opportunity to try a new interesting dining experience at home. January kit is Jeongol Hot-Pot, including light soy dashi broth, suyuk brisket, jeon hake, Venus clams, bok choy, bean sprouts, wild mushrooms, Chinese cabbage , chives, tofu, carrots, chrysanthemums and udon noodles, soy-glazed salsify rice, fresh kimchi, winter salad, dips and semifreddo dessert. As an alternative — or perhaps as a complement? – there is a korean fried chicken kit. You can collect your parcel from Jaru’s headquarters in Nutgrove or opt for delivery within the Dublin area, between Balbriggan in the north, Greystones in the south and Lucan in the west. €50 for the monthly kit, for two to three people; €34.50 for the fried chicken kit for four people. Delivery is 6.95 € or free from 100 € of purchase.
Bujo’s brilliant burger kit was one of the first to emerge at the start of the pandemic and it has remained faithful ever since, with the classic kit being a sure winner. You will find six patties for two double and two single burgers, brioche buns, homemade burger sauces, slices of cheese and two whole dill pickles. Beyond Plant-Based Burgers are available for vegans and the kit can be delivered nationwide on Fridays (delivery charges apply) or picked up from BuJo’s headquarters in Sandymount. €35.
The grocer Mulligan
Stoney Batter, Dublin 7, lmulligangrocer.com
The special meal kit for Burns’ Night on January 28 includes haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, Irn-Bru and whiskey tasting via Zoom. The Burns’ Night dinner has been an unbroken tradition at L Mulligan Grocer for 11 years, and chef/owner Seáneen O’ Sullivan isn’t letting a pesky pandemic get in the way of the celebrations. TBC price at time of press.
With four different options available, including a flexible half vegetarian box, Tang’s dinner boxes serve one or two people. We love the sound of the lamb kofta box, which includes homemade pickles and smoked almonds as bites to start before moving on to the labneh, beet and pistachio dips, roasted carrot hummus with fennel pesto served with focaccia, followed by pumpkin and arancini mozzarella, tahini, mint and pine nut koftas and sides of roasted potatoes and organic greens from McNally’s. If you have room left, there’s sticky caramel pudding left over to finish. €27.50 for one or €49.50 for two, collected from Dawson Street, with delivery available in the M50 for €8. (Tang says if you live outside the M50 and are desperate to try the meal kit, they’ll get you a delivery quote.)
Donnybrook, Dublin 4, mulberrygarden.clickandcollection.com
A three-course dinner for two – also available as a vegetarian version – is offered at Mulberry Garden. You can start with a terrine of foie gras and chicken, followed by venison served with broccoli, parsnips, mashed potatoes, blackcurrant jelly and wine jus, and finish with a chocolate cream. Molasses bread, butter and petit fours are included, and dinner boxes can be collected from the restaurant or delivered in Dublin. 75 €.
Sustainable Seafood Ireland
Niall Sabongi and his team offer a different seafood dinner every week. This weekend, you could have ordered organic salmon in a crust for €55, and next weekend, it’s a Goa-style monkfish and prawn curry, served with jasmine rice, yogurt vinaigrette, pickled lime and poppadoms, for four people for €60. You can add extras like shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon with horseradish cream and sourdough baguette. Available for delivery nationwide.
Barna, County Galway, menus.preoday.com/the-twelve-hotel
The Twelve offers a full a la carte menu for drive-thru pickup. You can order anything from a cocktail kit to a full three-course meal, and there are pizzas with all the work done for you as well as the Pizza Dozzina Take & Bake Kit for four, priced at £39. €, if you prefer to do it yourself.
Winedown’s January offering is a six-course dinner for two featuring some of the restaurant’s best-loved dishes — including smoked mushroom croquettes and pork belly with celery mash — that come with easy instructions on how to finish restaurant standard food at home. The box costs €55, with the option of adding a bottle of wine (Gran Cerdo is a fair price of €15) and is available for collection from Montague Street, Dublin 2, or delivery within 6km for 5 €.
Other meal kits available include:
Butcher Grill, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, thebutchergrill.clickandcollection.com
Yumo, Aungier Street, Dublin 2, yumokits.com, dumplings, ramen and bao kits for nationwide pickup and delivery.
No, Rathmines, Dublin 6, unopizzakits.com for nationwide delivery
Home kits by Kwanghi, homekitsbykwanghi.clickandcollection.com, Dumpling and Peking duck coming soon
Restaurants offering hot dishes to take away…
Blairs Inn & Out, Cloghroe, Blarney, Liege, blairsinn.ie
Michael’s, Mount Merrion, County Dublin, michaelsmountmerrion.clickandcollection.com
3 Sheets, Blackrock, County Dublin, 3sheets.clickandcollection.com
Bloom Brewery, Dublin 4. bloombrasserie.clickandccollection.com
Mr S, Dublin 2, misters.clickandcollection.com
And if you’re looking for something sweet…
The baker, Co Dublin, lepatissier.ie