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Our daily #ShopForIreland guide

How to support Irish businesses today.


Even though we're all still practising social distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers. 

We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland so we'll be posting every day to highlight producers around Ireland. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.

Frontline drive-thru at Balfes at The Westbury

Balfes at The Westbury in Dublin is offering a complimentary drive-thru service tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6th) as a way to say thank you to frontline workers. The breakfast menu is available from 8am until 9.30am and includes bacon rolls, granola and yoghurt, tea and coffee, while the lunch menu, which is available from 12pm until 1.30pm, and includes chicken Caesar salad with soft drinks and water. To avail of this complimentary service, frontline workers simply need to drive up to Balfes where the team will safely give them their meal. Currently, Balfes isn't open for takeaway or delivery but stay tuned to the restaurant's Instagram to keep up with the team. 

Balfes at The Westbury.
Balfes at The Westbury.

Dede takeaway

Ahmet Dede, formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Mews, was set to open his own Turkish-inspired restaurant in Baltimore this spring but due to the ongoing pandemic, he had to press pause on his new venture. Luckily for the people of Cork, Ahmet has pivoted his concept to offer a takeaway menu for €25. Vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free diets are all catered for with dishes including Walsh's butchers six-week aged beef, barbecued cabbage with shiitake mushrooms and more. You can also add on an Irish cheeseboard, pickled shiitake mushrooms or homemade bread for an extra cost. For more info about Ahmet's takeaway, head to his Instagram page.

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News!!! New week, new menu 珞落☘ Thank you everybody for your support this week and for the great feedback. We really appreciate it and are so happy that you enjoyed it. We are opening for orders from Tuesday at 10 o'clock so call 028-48248 for Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8 and 3 to 7 on Sunday. We have gluten, nut free and vegetarian options. This weeks menu is €25 6 weeks aged beef from Walsh's butchers, cooked on a Yakitori bbq, seasonal west cork vegetables, two types of potato, Vegetarian option is bbq cabbage with Shiitake mushrooms and broth, spring vegetables and two types of potato. Mix of salad/mustard leaves from Monica Gonzales and Cape clear. Sourdough bread - dede style. Rhubarb from Mary and Tom Stout, meadowsweet cream and crunch, fragrant rhubarb root oil. Secret treat to be included! Cheese board with home made crackers and home made jams and chutneys. three different Irish cheeses €9.50. Pickled mushroom from Shiitake West Cork - 300 grams €6.50 Turkish country style spiced soup - €5.50 per person. Homemade sourdough baguette and dips €10.  ❤We look forward to welcoming you soon. Maria and Ahmet

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Kete Kai box delivery from Good Day Deli, Cork

This South Pacific-inspired café is now delivering sustainable food boxes right to your door. Each box, which serves two to four people, contains Good Day Deli mezze with bread, cheese, nuts, fruit and pickles, a bottle of Le Caveau natural wine and your choice of four decadent cake slices. Each box is made up of sustainable local ingredients, including Hegarty's cheese, Bushby strawberries and more. The delivery is completely contactless with an online ordering system. Click here for more info or to order.