January can be a dreary and long month without something delicious to look forward to at the weekend. What’s better than pancakes and eggs? Blushing beef and crispy roasties, surely.
If you want something traditional and comforting to mark the end of the week but don’t have the time, energy or inclination to labour over cooking a Sunday roast, we’ve got you covered. After all, Sunday is a day of rest, right?
For a celebratory Sunday, lunch in Leonard’s Corner gem Bastible is a real treat. This Michelin Bib Gourmand holder never fails to impress with elegantly plated dishes packing a serious flavour punch.
For Sunday lunch, this means an array of seasonal sharing snacks for the table, think Venison Pie with nduja mayo and kimchi and Lamb Island Crab with Jerusalem artichoke and pear. Followed by the main event, a shared celebration of tempting cuts like rump and blade of Black Angus Beef and a choice of inventive desserts, a price tag of €34 – €38 per person is well justified.
This charming eatery on the banks of the canal in Portobello is an idyllic spot for a lazy Sunday of indulgence – Locks certainly has the key to our hearts with their sumptuous roasts. Sunday specials vary but have included temptations for two such as Roast Rump of Lamb with Faggots and Tongue or Roast Manor Farm Chicken with buttermilk wing and every trimming your greedy guts could ever possibly crave.
The Old Spot offers a feast of a Roast for Two for €39.95, which you can tell yourself you’ve earned after a brisk walk on Sandymount Strand (New Year, New You and all that jazz). The only job left for you is choosing between classic roast chicken or Pat McLoughlin’s Irish sirloin, both served with duck fat roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, cauliflower cheese and red wine jus.
If your Sunday includes trapsing through the shops in the city centre and you need to refuel, parking yourself in The Exchequer with three of your fellow foodies is the perfect way to round out the weekend. Sunday lunch here is served for four and includes a bottle of wine and all of the trimmings, with a choice of Roast Rib of Beef for €79.95, Roast Rack of Pork for €69.95 or Roast Irish Chicken for €59.95.
The only caveat is this meat feast has to be booked in advance, no later than the Friday before, as it is so popular but it is also served in the Ranelagh branch, so your chances of nabbing a spot are pretty high.
In the heart of Donnybrook, O’Connell’s puts on a Sunday spread worthy of a trip to the leafy suburb. With a Josper grill, their prime cuts of Irish Hereford beef and traditional roast chicken take on a seductive smokey hue, as do the root veggies served up on the side.
Pat Whelan beef dripping roast potatoes, yorkies and three day gravy mean this one will give your Mother’s signature roast a run for its money. For €26 per person you can choose from a selection of starters before you dive in to a roast to remember.
If you’re the kind of person who can never make up their mind, Brookwood on Baggot Street is the Sunday joint for you. Their “All In” option allows you to combine a trio of roast rapture – Rib of Beef, Organic Irish Roast Chicken and Belly of Pork with sides aplenty for €24, or share the love with a fellow carnivore for €42. Will you get the meat sweats? Yes. Will it be worth it? 100%.
Sunday lunch, or indeed any meal, at the recently revamped Legal Eagle is a gastronomic challenge for even the mightiest of appetites, but never fails to make over-indulgence into pure pleasure. Even glancing at their menu is an exercise in drool-prevention, with cracking dishes like Roasted beef rib with batter pudding, cauliflower rarebit, roasties, horseradish and bone marrow gravy (€19) to coax out your inner glutton.
The Woodlock Brasserie at Citywest Hotel offers Sunday feasting family style with an abundant board designed to feed two adults and two kids. There’s a little bit of something for everyone with Supremes of Roast Chicken and Slow Roast Beef, served with all the trimmings from roast potatoes to Yorkshire pudding and the all-important gravy boat. This bulging board will set you back €45 for the whole family.
For a lavish and luxurious end to your week, The InterContinental in Ballsbridge offers a five star Sunday Lunch worthy of a celebration. This opulent ritual kicks off with an abundant starter buffet, followed by the delicious struggle of narrowing down your choices from dishes like Spatchcock Poussin, Rare Breed Pork Loin and Roast John Stone Sirloin of Beef. Lunch is served in the grand surroundings of Seasons Restaurant so you’ll want to linger – just be mindful that you’ll need to try to save room for their spectacular dessert selection too. A spectacular Sunday here costs €42 per person.
Growing up with the name Darina, I was constantly asked if I could cook like my namesake. I am the only person to have contested both Masterchef and the Great Irish Bake Off and am passionate about discovering and creating delicious things – I can sometimes be caught in the act on TV3’s Six O’Clock Show or RTE Today. Working with TheTaste allows me to satisfy this craving and marries my food fascination with my love of writing and ranting. Follow me on my pursuit of deliciousness.