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.
Sardinia Macellaio From Bocca di Lupo’s Bocca at Home
Stripped-down, unfussy but superb (and thus authentic) Italian cuisine is the stock in trade of this Soho institution which makes or prepares its gelati, breads, sausages, salame, pickles, mostarda and pasta in-house.
The regional menus change each month, and in March they’re taking at-home diners (vicariously at least) to Sardinia. One of many very enticing options on the menu features an octopus starter with roast tomato, chickpea, celery and basil salad; a main course of suckling pig with potatoes, artichokes, white wine and bay; and a chocolate and ricotta cake dessert. Available nationwide.
£92 for two, ORDER NOW
Romulo Breakfast Essential Kit
Since opening in 2016 on Kensington High Street, Romulo Café & Restaurant has seen tony West Londoners dining take to fine Filipino dining with zeal. Now, a nationwide delivery service is introducing fresh flavours of Asia with an American and European spin to a wider audience (deliveries are nationwide).
The five course special menu for two (£60) includes delectable beef “Adobo Sa Gata” and “Pansit Puti” (Bihon noodles cooked in olive oil and garlic chips topped with shrimp, chicken, green onions and hard boiled eggs) whilst a traditional breakfast box contains 12 pandesal (fluffy bread rolls), ube mousse jam, chorizo de Cebu and butter spread with ‘tuyo’ (salted dried fish).
For many, it’s a great way to use lockdown to introduce yourself to new cuisine categories. Forty-eight hours’ notice required.
£25 per person, ORDER NOW
Holborn Dining Room’s Pie Offering
One of the scene-enhancing establishments (along with Mirror Room and Scarfe’s Bar) found within Rosewood London, the award-winning Holborn Dining Room specialises in typical British fare done extravagantly well: and their website is justified in describing Executive Chef Calum Franklin’s pies, part of the hotel’s Dine At Home initiative, as showstopping.
Curried mutton, cheesy dauphinoise or hearty chicken pie, all with sides and sauces, are available from Friday 19th March, with delivery across Central London.
From £45 per person, ORDER NOW
Cinnamon Club’s 20th Anniversary At Home Menu
Two decades after the Indian fine dining restaurant first opened its doors in Westminster, The Cinnamon Club has launched a six-course tasting menu which runs the gamut of the establishment’s most popular signature dishes.
A luxurious line up of canapés and appetisers is followed by delicacies including Sandalwood tandoori chicken breast; tamarind glazed duck break; a gilded lamb leg ‘Raan’. Also included are black lentils, bejewelled biryani rice and aromatic saffron sheermal bread. Dessert is Vivek’s signature mango shrikhand with Rasmalai sauce, gulab jamun and pistachios followed by chai truffles exclusively created by chocolatier Paul A. Young. Available nationwide.
£160 for two, ORDER NOW
Aquavit London’s DIY ‘Pescatarian Hamper’ Meal Kit
A seafood extravaganza offered by the Nordic-inspired restaurant located in St James’s Market, led by Head Chef Jorjon Colazo. With Aquavit London’s DIY meal kits, available for nationwide delivery, diners get to choose between three exciting Scandi menus.
The pescatarian box includes salmon Gravlax, Langoustine Bao bun, Houghton spring trout, smoked cod papillotte rakor and sea herbs. Meat (£80) and vegetarian (£60) boxes also available, as is a ‘Create Your Own’ option.
£90 for two, ORDER NOW
Drake & Morgan’s vegan brunch & cocktails
A vegan option from the upmarket London chain of cocktail bars and restaurants, made in collaboration with Symplicity Foods’ chef Neil Rankin. Expect smashed avocado on toast with Symplicity vegan n’duja, feta and pesto, served with breakfast martini and elderflower gin fizz cocktails (one per person).
Definitely one for weekend/hair-of-the-dog occasions.
£40 for two, ORDER NOW
Hot Stone Steak & Sushi Bar’s Omakase Box
Available across London, the Islington-based Japanese establishment’s traditional ingredients come straight from that country: Sanpuki Nori grown on the shores of the Ariake Sea; premium Koshihikari rice; Wagyu cuts including A5 Japanese sirloin; authentic wasabi; soy sauces matured for up to 30 years.
The Fatty tuna with truffle and caviar in the Omakase Box (pictured) is sublime, in terms of both texture and taste. Available Thursday-Sunday from 5-9pm, with delivery available up to six miles from the restaurant.
£110 for two, ORDER NOW
The Botanical Rooms’ ‘At Home’ Packages
Ben Champkin, new Head Chef Botanical Rooms – one of the restaurants at what is arguably the brightest jewel in Somerset’s hospitality crown, The Newt – is behind these three-course suppers for two, designed specifically to be warmed up and tucked into at home. And, as with the restaurant’s fare, provenance and seasonal ingredients from The Newt’s Kitchen Gardens is at the heart of the culinary philosophy.
With meat, fish or vegetable mains available, the menu will change each week, but expect fare such as boat fish (with the type confirmed once the catch of the day has landed) with confit new potatoes and lemon and caper vinaigrette; chicken thigh with garlic and lardo, mushroom spelt, wild garlic and chimichurri; or fava bean miso roasted cauliflower, wild garlic spelt and crispy fava beans.
All come with a side of grilled purple sprouting broccoli, while potted spreads, a West Country cheese board and – crucially – the Newt’s fermented-in-house “cyder” are all options. Local and London delivery is free.
£59 for two, ORDER NOW