Because Netflix And Ordering In Is The New Champagne And Oysters – Here Are Our Favourite Valentine's Day Takeaway Meals

Takeaway and chill, anyone?

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In recent years, and with a nod to the infamous tactic that is Netflix and chill, it has become extremely evident that nights in have become the new nights out – especially when it comes to the most romantic night of the year.

And why shouldn't it be – combining love and food? Sign us up! 

As for takeaways, here are the very best 9 we could think of. Enjoy, lovers. 

1. Falafel Plate, Umi

Umi Falafel is an authentic Lebanese restaurant which uses only the freshest of ingredients to serve up some truly delightful dishes. And the most famous of their dishes? You guessed it, their falafel.

The Falafel Plate has an impressive mixture of flavours and variety, with tabouleh salad, homemade hummus, tahini and chilli sauce on offer. A real conversation starter and something different to try either with friends, or a prospective romance.

Almost looks too good to eat... Almost.

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2. Delicious Smoked Cod & Chips, Leo Burdock's

If you're going to eat in, do it right.

The folks at Burdock's know their fish and chips, to say the least, with their take on the most popular takeaway meal ever reaching iconic status in Dublin. The dish itself is a smoked fish fillet, easy on the palate and packed with plenty of flavour and served with tartare sauce.

Oh, and don't forget the crispy bits. Because the love we have for them is true love.

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3. Salmon & Avocado Roll, Banyi 

Light, easy and possible to eat without looking like a gargoyle – Banyi's got you covered with these 8 rolls combine pieces of salmon, avocado & wasabi mayo, and are almost too good to share. 

Get your significant other to pick something equally as delectable and have rolls for days.

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4. Seafood Ravioli, Il Posto

Il Posto serves up some of the best Italian food in the city, with attention to detail that's second to none.

Their Seafood Ravioli is a bestseller, made with lobster, prawn & crab ravioli dressed in garlic butter and sage. And yes, it is as good as it sounds. If not better.

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5. Dim Sum, Red Torch Ginger

For those of you unfamiliar with dim sum (God bless you), it's a Chinese cuisine prepared in bite-sized portions and served on diminutive plates or in steamer baskets, like the trio of gyoza dumplings (prawn and coriander, pork and garlic, shitake and buttered leek) which is served with dim sum sauce, a mixture of soy sauce, chillies, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sugar.

Red Torch Ginger, or RTG to regulars, know their way around a dumpling, and will not let you down. 

Top tip: perfect the art of chopsticks before your date arrives, you'll look sophisticated and suave while throwing back your grub – no mean feat.

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6. Alcatra, Taste Of Brazil

Taste of Brazil is an authentic Brazilian hotspot, with staff dedicated to showing the people of Dublin just how incredible their country's food is. 

This dish is simply an unbelievable mix of meat and sauce. Alcatra is a cut of tender rump steak, served with a creamy blue cheese sauce – and is a match made in Brazilian heaven. Impress your beau with your knowledge of such fine cuisine and they'll be putty in your cultured hands in no time at all.

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7. Penne alla Luganica, Carluccio's

Embrace your inner Lady & The Tramp and get yourself some Carluccio's pasta for dinner. 

Penne alla Luganica is made up of penne pasta tossed in a fresh tomato sauce with pieces of spicy Italian luganica sausage. 100% authentic, 100% Italian and 100% delicious. 

Need further proof that Carluccio's has you covered? They have torta al cioccolato (rich chocolate torte served with raspberry coulis in HEART SHAPES) on the menu for dessert, sensational.

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8. Seafood Platter, Klaw

For those of you going all out – you can't get much better than this.

Klaw's Seafood Platter is not for the faint-hearted. It contains half a lobster, half a crab, 4 prawns, 4 unshucked oysters and is served with deliciously creamy, buttery toast. Really guaranteed to break the ice, and truly guaranteed a whopper evening.

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9. Selection of buns, Chameleon

Chameleon is truly a find, boasting the best Indonesian food in the city. Their bun range is vast, with beef brisket, pork belly, roast duck and crispy tofu on offer. 

Seasoned with a variety of sauces and flavours, such as spiced caramel and fiery kimchi, these buns were made for sharing and will only leave you wanting more. 

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Written By

Kate Demolder

Kate is a contributing writer here at Lovin Dublin. You are as likely to see her indulging in some of Dublin’s finer establishments, as well as panic-exercising the day after.

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