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10 best food boxes: Enjoy the finest cuisine from Irish restaurants in the comfort of your own home

We'd all rather be clinking glasses and doing some people-watching, but, says Lucinda O'Sullivan, the finest cuisine from Dublin's Michelin and other high-end restaurants can now be had in a box and enjoyed at home.

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You can have a high-end banquet delivered in a box

You can have a high-end banquet delivered in a box

You can have a high-end banquet delivered in a box

ANANDA

The fabulous Ananda at the Dundrum Town Centre is always out of this world and head chef Karan Mittal's stunning fare is to die for. Currently, they are offering a Dine at Home Menu, with lots of great dishes. Or, for a real treat, check out the Taster for Two offer (€65), which changes weekly, but has included mouth-watering selections like Goan seafood curry, butter chicken and their gorgeous gulab jamun. Collection or delivery available from Wednesday to Monday.

Tel: (01) 296-0099, or see anandarestaurant.ie

CLIFF TOWNHOUSE

They are giving it full welly at Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen's Green, going so far as to wipe your car boot clean when you collect a meal from their new takeaway menu. Feed the whole family with a fish-pie meal for four (€57), which includes salad and a bottle of Cliff white wine. They're also doing Heat at Home kits at €32.50 per person, offering a three-course meal with dishes selected from their great takeaway menu, including lobster bisque and beef sirloin café de Paris butter and there's a half lobster with a €7.50 supplement. Pre-order up to 24 hours beforehand for collection or delivery (limited distance) Friday to Sunday.

Tel: (01) 638-3939, or see clifftownhouse.ie

DAX

Located on Pembroke Street Upper, Olivier Meisonnave's little bit of France, and the winner of Best Restaurant in Dublin with Graham Neville (also Best Chef in Ireland) has some truly fine at-home dining for you to enjoy. Their Very Dax collection service has a fantastic menu at €43 per person. The menu changes weekly, but think smoked Challans duck or seared yellow-fin tuna to start, followed by Dublin Bay prawns raviolo, or slow-cooked Irish beef in red wine. Collection available from Thursday to Saturday.

See dax.ie

GLOVERS ALLEY

Andy McFadden's Glover's Alley on St Stephen's Green has a Make at Home Kit with three courses at €38 per person, including tasty dishes like Irish Hereford Beef short rib, with spring vegetables and wild garlic. Starters and desserts come pre-prepared, requiring little at-home assembly, while the mains take around 10 minutes to complete in your own kitchen. Not feeling your inner Nigella? Then check out their Instagram page for step-by-step tutorials. Collection available from Thursday to Saturday.

See gloversalley.ie

LIATH

In the southside 'burbs of Blackrock, Damien Grey's Michelin-starred Liath has had avid foodies scrambling for a table ever since it opened. It was first in on the at-home experience, with his superb value Liath To Go menu, pictured, at €33 per person, which is posted at 10am on Friday mornings for the following week. Grey's menus are always exciting, and include delights such as Squid-Onion-Saltwater; Beef Short Rib-Kelp-Sea Vegetables and Dark Chocolate-Preserved Raspberries. Collection available from Thursday to Saturday.

See liathrestaurant.com

OSTERIA LUCIO

With a superb range of antipasti, pasta and wood-fired pizza, Michelin-starred chef Ross Lewis' second restaurant, Osteria Lucio on Clanwilliam Terrace, is perfect for an evening of delicious contemporary Italian food. Currently, they are offering a brilliant three-course menu at €30 per person. Think Italian treats such as meatballs alla puttanesca, nduja-marinated chicken wings and home-made tiramisu for dessert.

Collection available from Thursday to Sunday. Deliveroo also.

See osterialucio.com

PEPLOE'S

Barry Canny's bastion of good food and fun on St Stephen's Green, with superb chef Graeme Dodrill manning the stove, has a top notch Home Dining a la carte menu (€8-€30). Starters include the likes of pan-fried gambas or Baily & Kish smoked salmon, while the mains has hearty offerings like monkfish and prawn spaghettini or short rib of JJ Young beef. Look out for great specials too, like the west Cork lobster thermidor. Collection available from Wednesday to Sunday.

Tel: (01) 676-3144, or see peploes.com

POTAGER

Cathal Leonard's newish Potager in Skerries has raised the bar in north County Dublin dining. His At Home A La Carte (€4.50-€18) has some real treats, such as confit duck leg with braised barley and chorizo, black truffle dressing or maybe warm home-smoked salmon with crushed pink fir apple potatoes. For dessert, try the sheep's yoghurt panna cotta with rhubarb gin jelly, lemon curd and meringue. Call from Monday to Wednesday, 10.30am-3.30pm to pre-order for collection from Thursday-Saturday.

Tel: (01) 802-9486, or see potager.ie

RASAM

Nisheeth Tak's Indian restaurant in Glasthule in South County Dublin has long been a popular haunt for famous faces. Among these fans of Rasam are the likes of Chris de Burgh, Miriam O'Callaghan, and moi!

Its fab At Home menu has delicious dishes, from tiger prawns in a sweet and tangy mango sauce to Chettinad Chicken with curry leaves, stone flower and fennel, to an Old Delhi butter chicken dish in an exotic fresh tomato sauce. Try the Rasam Platter (€16.95), featuring a little bit of almost everything from their starters selection. Collection or delivery from Tuesday to Sunday.

Tel: (01) 230-0600, or see rasam.ie

VOLPE NERA

Barry Sun's absolute jewel in Blackrock, south County Dublin, only opened in November, and has adapted with aplomb to a superb click-and-collect service. Their At Home menu (€52) feeds two people, and includes six courses. Most of the work is done for you, all you have to do is reheat/assemble, with the simple instructions included. Think black-olive fettuccini with spicy lamb shoulder, peas and asparagus and black-olive crumb.

Collection available from Friday to Sunday.

Tel: (01) 278-8516, or see volpenera.ie

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