Lunch to your door? We’ve got no­tions

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Aoife McEl­waini

If you think get­ting your din­ner de­liv­ered to you is the height of lux­u­ri­ous lazi­ness, then surely get­ting your lunch de­liv­ered to you is pure no­tions. I feel a twinge of guilty plea­sure when I give in to the temp­ta­tion of call­ing out for din­ner. But that twinge be­comes a full-blown power surge of bold­ness when I or­der lunch for de­liv­ery, es­pe­cially be­cause I work from home. What must my neigh­bours think of me?

Whether you work from home or in an of­fice, or you want to have your lunch de­liv­ered to you in one of Ire­land’s ma­jor pub­lic parks (I mean . . . no­tions), De­liv­eroo is the en­abler you’ve been look­ing for. This piece is not at all spon­sored by De­liv­eroo nor have I been sweet-talked by free­bies or vouch­ers. To me, they sim­ply have ac­cess to the best qual­ity food on the take­away mar­ket. And I’m not ashamed to ad­mit (well, maybe a lit­tle ashamed) that I have done ex­ten­sive re­search in the area of de­liv­ery food.

De­liv­eroo was founded by for­mer in­vest­ment banker Will Shu. When he moved from New York to London, he was struck by the lack of qual­ity food on the de­liv­ery mar­ket, so he set up De­liv­eroo in 2013. It has since spread to 84 cities. The com­pany hasn’t avoided the crit­i­cisms com­mon in the gig econ­omy. It has been ac­cused of un­der-pay­ing its bike-based de­liv­ery rid­ers by see­ing them as self-em­ployed con­trac­tors as op­posed to em­ploy­ees. And it has come un­der fire for not of­fer­ing proper bike safety train­ing or pro­vid­ing hel­mets for its de­liv­ery rid­ers.

But back to no­tions. In Dublin’s city cen­tre, you can go for the healthy choice with: the Ot­tolenghi-es­que Eathos on Bag­got St; Green Beards in Ranelagh; or from a few lo­ca­tions of Cocu from around noon on­wards. Moro is a cool, rea­son­ably priced Moroc­can café on Cam­den St that takes or­ders from 12.30pm. Seafood is avail­able on the south­side with SMS Cervi or on the north­side from Klaw Poke on Capel Street, with both avail­able for de­liv­ery from 12.30pm.

Brother Hub­bard offers break­fast, lunch and din­ner on the De­liv­eroo ser­vice. Peak no­tions for lunchtime has to be Hang Dai, the stel­lar Chi­nese restau­rant on Cam­den St, which starts tak­ing De­liv­eroo or­ders at 12.45pm.

Kai and Ard Bia are the best spots for break­fast, lunch and din­ner in Gal­way, but they don’t do de­liv­ery. Wa Café, one of the best sushi restau­rants in Ire­land, doesn’t start its De­liv­eroo ser­vice un­til after 5pm, so your best lunchtime op­tion in Gal­way is to break from the De­liv­eroo tra­di­tion of this piece and get a de­li­cious Dough Bros pizza through Just Eat. If you’re in Lim­er­ick, La Cucina Cen­tro start tak­ing or­ders of its lush home-cooked Ital­ian fare from 12.15pm.

In Cork, your best bet for lunch is Rock­et­man or East, which take or­ders from 12.15pm. Miyazaki, the best ra­men house in the coun­try, starts tak­ing de­liv­ery or­ders from 1pm. If I was just a touch more in­sane and a frac­tion less aware of my fi­nances, I would con­sider pay­ing the train fare of a De­liv­eroo rider so that they could take their bike to Cork on the train, pick up an or­der of this phe­nom­e­nal ra­men, and get the train back to Dublin in time for sup­per. But that would be in­sane, right? It just couldn’t be done, could it? I mean. . . can it? No, it can’t. It def­i­nitely can’t. Right? Damn.

I would like to think that as Ir­ish peo­ple, we have moved be­yond no­tions. Heck, we’ve em­braced no­tions. So be bold and or­der a lunch de­liv­ered to you. Just don’t tell your mam or granny about it . . . and def­i­nitely don’t tell them how much it cost.

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