Take Away Some Great Food With Good Food Ireland
Having a takeaway is a little treat we give ourselves when we don’t feel like cooking or think we deserve to be pampered after a hard week. Among all the outcry that takeaway food isn’t the best for us, there are some establishments serving up foods to go that more than match what they put on the in-house menu. Fine dining is coming home to a sofa near you with these gems.
COUNTRY CHOICE, NENAGH, TIPPERARY
This recent winner of Café of the Year 2017 at the Food & Wine Magazine awards, proves just why it is still attracting critical acclaim after almost 30 years the minute you walk in the door. A quick browse of the deli counter at Country Choice will provide a veritable feast for home consumption. Add to that with homemade desserts, breads and cheeses for after the main course. Then check out the wines, many of which are sourced from small wineries in Italy, in keeping with Peter and Mary Ward’s ethos of small, local and sustainable production. Country Choice is a shining beacon of excellence in every way. People of Nenagh and the world, rejoice!
BUTTON & SPOON, BRIDGETOWN, CO. WEXFORD
This cute little vintage tearoom is a total homage to the best of baking. Button & Spoon isn’t just a pretty face though. You’ll get superb savouries here too and a full Takeaway Menu available every day. Whether you’re peckish at breakfast or lunch or want something to serve for dinner, look no further. Breakfast includes the famous Button & Spoon Buttermilk Pancakes with a choice of toppings or a full-on Breakfast Roll.
Move on to lunch and avail of soup of the day plus a variety of fresh filled bread rolls or salads. Two hot dishes are also available. And then there’s the cakes. You can have a portion of one or a whole one made to order in advance. Peruse the list and see if you can choose. Nuala advises that all takeaway orders are placed in advance to cut down waiting time. If you wish to grab something to bring home for dinner, the takeaway menu is available till 3pm Tue-Thur and 4pm Fri/Sat/Sun. One call to these wonderful people and your dining problems are solved.
CAFÉ NUTSHELL, NEW ROSS, CO. WEXFORD
Patsy and Philip Rogers have built a little foodie empire here in New Ross. A wonderful café and deli serving the best of local and homegrown produce, plus health foods, natural skin care and vitamin supplements, are keeping the locals well fed, beautiful and healthy! If you fancy a shot of that to take home, don’t hesitate to call in. The deli counter at Café Nutshell brims with temptation. All of what you find behind the glass is made on the premises every day. There’s no packaged sarnies or boxed salads in this joint. Choose from an array of chilled dishes to go, deli salads, great breads and baking. At lunchtime, there’s a busy freshly made sarnie trade too. Lunch Al Desko was never tastier!
KALBOS CAFÉ SKIBBEREEN, CO. CORK
Siobhan O’Callaghan is known for wowing the folks of Skibbereen and surrounding area with her amazing home baking. Kalbos Café in North Street owned by Head Chef Siobhan and her organic farmer husband Anthony Boyle, is a tiny premises in the town but a giant in culinary reputation. Siobhan’s forays into opening a second café at the Uillinn Arts Centre in town, and operating the mobile café always at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, has done nothing to diminish the energy of this lady.
When she’s not doing all those things, she’s also a dab hand at organising your outside catering needs if you’re having a bit of a shindig at home, or if you want to impress the neighbours with your entertaining skills. A full list of dishes is available on request. You need never get your hands dirty. You know what they say. If you want something done, ask a busy woman! Put in that call and your food prayers will be answered by a cool chick who runs a mighty culinary empire, from her tiny mothership café in West Cork.
THE BUTLER’S PANTRY
The Butler’s Pantry was originally born as a small food to go business serving the working community of Dublin. Those who didn’t have time to rattle the pots and pans at home but wanted something nice to eat when they had finished work. Its creator worked hard to create homely dishes that were as good and wholesome as any you made yourself.
This empire has grown, with shops in all the residential areas of Dublin. But the ethos has remained the same. The Butler’s Pantry creates foods to go to suit every occasion. From a quick dinner in front of the telly after work, to lavish dinner party specials. With puds and wines to go with them. Every culinary desire you have is here at the click of a finger. The Butler will arrive from his pantry to present you with a feast of flavours!
RUA DELI, CASTLEBAR, CO. MAYO
Rua Deli, owned by brother sister act Aran and Colleen McMahon of Café Rua fame, does the county of Mayo proud in food terms. A total representation of what Mayo has to offer food wise is the ethos of these sister premises. The McMahons not only please their regulars in the original café on New Antrim Street, but keep those who want an easy life at home happy too. Rua Deli on Spencer Street always has a selection of artisan specialities and ‘hotpots’ to take home anytime. Add to that homemade condiments, wine and baking and you need never cook dinner when you don’t want to. For parties, three days’ notice is required to provide a feast fit for a king.
From breakfast gatherings, to lunch meetings, through kid’s parties, special celebrations, christenings and communions, Rua sweeps the board for great takeaway foods for all outside catering occasions. Call into Spencer Street to place orders or call them outside lunchtime hours.
INDIAN/SOUTH ASIAN SPECIALITIES
CHAKRA BY JAIPUR, GREYSTONES, CO. WICKLOW
We all love a bit of takeaway curry as the weekend approaches. There’s something about the warming spice that lifts the spirits as the week draws to a close. For the lucky people of Greystones, Indian takeaways are in the realms of award winning food. Chakra by Jaipur puts as much effort into the dishes on its full takeaway menu as it does for the plates that go out into the restaurant.
Curries with beautifully balanced spices represent Indian cuisine in every way. There’s a choice of three Tasting Menus for 2 people, with a vegetarian option, starting at €30 for four dishes. Or else you can choose from the full A la Carte Takeaway Menu. You’ll find gems like Konkan Prawn Curry with ‘Prawns simmered in smooth coconut and Chilli masala Paste’ (how divine does that sound?!) rubbing shoulders with your typical Tikka Masala, Rogan Josh and Vindaloo, among other familiar dishes. Whatever you choose, be assured it’s all going to be delicious.
COPPER AND SPICES, NAVAN CO. MEATH
Nitin Gautam and his wife Carmel Corrigan run a pretty classy ship here, serving the best of Indian and South Asian specialities. This dynamic duo have married the best of the exotic cuisine of Head Chef Nitin’s Asian roots, with the freshest Irish ingredients. A tale of two cultures, just like their own marriage. Copper and Spices Takeaway Menu serves Jalfrezi, Madras and Butter Chicken alongside Himalayan Curry and Thai Green Curry, and a heap of vegetarian options.
Smell the freshly ground fenugreek, coriander, mustard and caraway seeds among the specially sourced spices used in Nitin’s delightful cooking. We’re hungry already!
SPICE INDIAN RESTAURANT WEXFORD TOWN
Emma and Richard Lett never thought they would be the owners of an extremely popular Indian restaurant when they first started running cafes in Wexford town. It was only when one of their chefs, who hailed from Southern India, began to put some of his region’s specialities on the menu, that the idea was born. The Letts soon saw the Indian dishes knock their usual fare into a cocked hat. Spice Restaurant came to be in 2009, after deep consideration about making the departure from traditional Irish café to full on Indian Restaurant.
Cooking at Spice makes the most of the fresh fish and seafood of Wexford to recreate South Indian dishes. Spices are ground fresh before service, bringing vibrant life to the flavours of the dishes. A takeaway menu offers a Takeaway Special for two, which includes two poppadums’, two onion bhajis and two mains of choice at €24.95. Or choose from a full A la Carte which covers familiar Indian dishes and some Southern Indian specialities.
TOONS BRIDGE DAIRY AND CAFE
Deep in rural West Cork, Toons Bridge Dairy and Cafe now has a Pizzeria to add to the extensive list of achievements of this award-winning business. Toons Bridge, owned by Toby Simmonds and Jenny Rose Clarke of The Sandwich Stall in the English Market Cork, produce beautiful Italian style cheeses from local milk in the dairy. These are used to top gorgeous handmade pizzas, with other toppings of choice, to eat in at the café on site, or for take away.
The Toons Bridge Pizzeria is available Friday and Saturday from 12.30pm to 4pm then again at 6pm to 9pm. Sunday hours are 12.30pm-6pm. Ring in your order and bring home your pizza all fragrant and aromatic, straight from the woodfired oven. Yummy.