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Bringing The Restaurant Experience To Your Home
These are our top tips to help you elevate your home-cooked meals and takeaway nights.
By putting more effort and attention into the atmosphere you are creating, rather than just the food, a simple evening in can become an intimate date night or a uniquely personal experience. Craft an evening suited exactly to your tastes, from the lighting and the music right down to the food itself.
Change up your routine, and bring the restaurant experience to your home.
1. Atmospheric Lighting
Lighting is key in creating that perfect ambience. Play around with the placement of your table lamps to find the perfect light to compliment your dining experience. If you feel like now is the time to invest in those home features and make a specialised area permanent, a Tom Dixon chandelier can provide an avantgarde, stylish restaurant look.
2. Set The Mood
Music can make or break a meal when dining out. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic or want to end up dancing around the kitchen table, create your own perfect spotify playlist to enjoy throughout the evening. Sonos speakers can be controlled from any area in your home with the Sonos controller app, allowing for an at ease set up during dinner.
3. Quality Glassware
Whether it’s cocktail night or wine club, make sure to enjoy your beverage in your finest glassware to really enhance the experience. The Le Creuset Advanced lever and foil cutter set is a must have for your barware line up and ensures effortless uncorking. LSA International and Waterford Crystal provide an elegant offering whatever your tipple and provide delicious cocktail recipes to try at home.
4. Master Chef
If your dinner requires you acting as chef, you can create delicious home cooked dishes with quality cookware from Stellar, Circulon and Le Creuset. Invest in a 5 piece Circulon pan set to ensure you’re fully prepared, with the tools needed for most dishes. A Le Creuset cast iron casserole dish gives another option for slow-cooked stews or tender roasts.
5. In The Details
Elevate your dining experience by mixing up your day to day tableware and utilising the pieces you tend to save for occasions. Urban Nature Culture, Anna + Nina and Ann Demuelemeester for Serax all provide tableware with that added design focus to really maximise your table setting.
6. Create An Ambience
Personalise your experience with your favourite fragrance. The Luz pillar candles provide an eclectic look, while the Diptyque Baies indoor/outdoor provides a fragrant floral scent which can work in all locations if you do decide to retire outdoors following your meal. Alternatively, for an interesting artistic addition to your table setting, choose Fornasetti. Diptyque’s electric diffuser can also enhance the scent outside where you are dining, so you experience a fresh fragrance when moving between the kitchen and the seating area.
7. The Meal
Many restaurants offer dishes for collection or delivery, so why not see what your favourite local eatery is doing? Dax on Pembroke Street can provide a ‘Bring Dax Home’ option for collection, and Chapter One’s sister restaurant, Osteria Lucio, located at Grand Canal Quay, have click-and-collect menus available from Thursday to Sunday. Whether it’s a takeaway or a DIY kit, it’ll be a nice and exciting addition to your week.