They were never going to take lockdown lying down: but Britain’s burgeoning restaurant scene has gone one stage further when it comes to feeding the nation’s most discerning diners, by re-imaging their menus to incorporate meals which best recreate the fine-dining experience in customers’ own dining rooms. These, for us, are some of the offerings which translate best from professional kitchen to (often far-flung) domestic environments, with little or no prep required by the recipient.
The Grazing Goat’s Cubitt House At Home Kit
Portman Marylebone at 40 Portman Square – a 110-acre oasis of independent shopping and dining – has several fine-dining establishments offering set menus for simple home prep.
These include fine-wine-and-seasonal-food-pairing outfit Vinoteca and their marinated bavette box for two; Basque Country charcoal-grill specialist Lurra’s offering, which includes octopus with piquillo puree and 40-days-aged Galician blonde bone in rib eye steak; and The Grazing Goat’s superb, simple-to-cook (for anyone who can read) ‘Cubitt House At Home’ kit: think exquisitely seasoned prime grass-fed Côte de Boeuf with Dauphinoise potatoes, roasted root vegetables (Jerusalem artichokes, chantenay carrots, parsnips) and tenderstem broccoli with a red wine jus.
And, The Grazing Goat being a pub (in the most gastro-prefaced sense of the word), you also get a Bramley apple pie (with salted caramel sauce and pecans) dessert and either a two-pint hopper of draught beer or pre-batched cocktail.
If planning this for a Sunday, consider The Grazing Goat’s roast option: it’s one of the best available in London. Available for delivery nationwide.
£100 for two, ORDER NOW
Kimchi Pancakes with Sourdough & Coffee From Caravan At Home, Bloomberg Arcade
Those who are missing the abundant bacchanalian offerings in London’s Square Mile during lockdown may well be pining specifically for those offered by Bloomberg Arcade (www.bloombergarcade.com): a dining and nightlife boulevard, built along an old Roman thoroughfare and packed with establishments from Chinese to Nordic cuisine, via breakfast spots and whisky bars.
This Korean-influenced offering comes with sourdough and coffee, whilst at Home Kits are also available from New York/London icon Bleecker Burger (winner of The Best Burger in the UK accolade last year), Indian barbeque tavern Brigadiers, authentic pizza establishment Homeslice and Udon noodle house Koya.
£39 per person, ORDER NOW
The Lobster Special From Stein’s At Home
Every dish included in the seven three-course menus for two offered by the establishment that changed Padstow is one of Stein’s tried and tested classics, with the tricky parts carried out by the restaurant’s chefs in Cornwall (a spot of fish grilling, sauce reheating or sourdough toasting is all you’ll be undertaking).
The lobster option comes with a light cream and dry vermouth sauce and is flavoured gently with Parmesan cheese and mustard, plus new potatoes, mixed salad leaves and grilled scallops with hazelnut and coriander.
Enhance the experience with a bottle of paired wine selected by the family wine buff, Charlie Stein. Available nationwide on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
£100 for two, ORDER NOW
Galvin at Home’s Weekly Special
Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle’s Spitalfields space, with its arched windows and high stone ceilings, is a glorious setting in which to savour its modern French flavours: but you won’t notice the difference in terms of the cuisine, when enjoying the three-course set menus, which change each week, designed by the eatery’s Chef Patron Jeff Galvin.
The service is available on Fridays and Saturdays with nationwide delivery available. Order now, and your package will include whole grilled Dorset blue lobster with wild garlic butter and jersey royal, terrine of ham hock, Suffolk chicken and foie gras and sauce gribiche, and much more.
£130 for two, ORDER NOW
Bermondsey Larder’s ‘The Classics’ Meal Kit
The newly launched at-home meal kits Bermondsey Larder, the newish British bistro from Robin Gill (formerly of Clapham-based The Dairy fame), see his supplier-led ethos come to the fore.
Homemade sourdough snacks, smoked bone marrow butter, chicken liver mousse and charcuteries, followed by steaming bowls of agnolotti, Delica pumpkin, cashew blue and cavolo nero are all on the menu, along with salt-baked celeriac with wild mushrooms and pickled walnut vinaigrette or an impressive beef short rib, served with celeriac gratin.
Round things off meanwhile with the ‘Bermondsey Larder Americano’ – made with Vault Vermouth and finished with a bay leaf panna cotta with poached Yorkshire rhubarb. London deliveries are available every Friday and Saturday.
£70 for two, ORDER NOW
AYO’s Lockdown Lasagne
Paul Murashe, proprietor of a Hackney Wick restaurant concept whose opening has been delayed due to Covid, is a borderline-obsessive flavour aficionado, who recently made it a mission of no little importance to creative a lasagne that would trump all lasagnes before it.
Needless to say, the foundation for this endeavour was sourcing the very best ingredients: rump steak via Hill and Szrok Butcher, three premium cheeses (Isle of Mull Cheddar, Westcombe Ricotta and Parmigiano San Pietro) from Neal’s Yard Dairy, lovingly hand-kneaded pasta.
The results, now available as a home delivery package – accompanied by a herb salad and white wine vinaigrette and bookended by Aubergine Parmigiana and Molten Chocolate Chip dessert – will shift your expectations when it comes to a dish which originated in Ancient Greece (trivia fans) forever. Pair with a good Chianti.
Delivery is included within Zone 1, costs £10 to Zone 2 and can be arranged anywhere further afield.
£60 per person, ORDER NOW
Benares’ ‘Finish-At-Home’ Kits
Michelin-starred Indian food from the Mayfair restaurant whose Delhi-born Executive Chef, Sameer Taneja, incorporates techniques learned from time spent in European kitchens to create a fresh spin on traditional Indian food.
With the restaurant’s Finish-at-Home kits (available on Fridays, from 19th March; order by 6pm the Tuesday before), customers choose between coastal chicken curry, lamb rogan josh and mixed vegetable moilee, with poppadums, chutneys, kale saag, rice, dal tadka, salad, naan dough balls and a dessert also in the mix.
Thankfully beers can be added – this is, after all, a curry – as can champagnes and pre-batched artisan signature cocktails. Available within the M25.
£68 for two, ORDER NOW
The Chesterfield Mayfair’s Pies & Puds Programme
Billed as “the perfect alternative to a Sunday Roast”, this offering from a Mayfair hotel already receiving acclaim for its afternoon tea deliveries, includes fillings such as Jacob’s ladder short rib, curried mutton and black onion seed steak, roast chicken, truffle and chestnut mushroom and smoked haddock, parmesan, chive and white wine cream sauce – all served with buttery mashed potato, peas and heritage carrots.
Puddings, made using exclusively British produce, include: sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla custard and bread and butter pudding with brioche, chocolate and Gran Marnier sauce. A cold, refreshing beer is a requisite part of the whole ritual. Delivery available in Zone 4.
From £15 per pie and £10 per pudding, ORDER NOW