Sure, there’s something immensely rewarding about mastering your first focaccia, jumping on the banana bread bandwagon, and nurturing a sourdough starter as patiently as if it were your first born child. And, over the last 12 weeks, many of us have become more capable bakers than we’d have ever dreamed possible.
But man cannot live on bread alone. We want lobster! Beef Wellington! Oysters and caviar! And, thanks to the wonderful ingenuity and speed of London’s top restaurants, we can. With Michelin-worthy stay-at-home options springing up in professional kitchens all over the capital, it’s time to pull out the stops, invite your bubble over and stream some of the smoothest jazz Spotify has to offer.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best fine dining restaurants delivering haute cuisine direct to your door. So polish up the silverware and press the white tablecloths — fine dining is coming home.
Associated with Michelin stars and Russian billionaires, Ollie Dabbous’ restaurant team were quick off the mark launching the Hide at Home delivery service. Deliveries can be made within a seven mile radius of the Mayfair restaurant, and Hide now has a tried and tested offering for all your fine dining needs. Think barbecued octopus, roast Iberico pork or grilled Herdwick lamb fillets with crushed green herbs and violet mustard.
They have created two and three course set menus, mostly sharing dishes with sides. And, to elevate the meal one step further, Hide’s head sommelier is available to make wine recommendations for guests to enjoy with their meal.
London Shell Co, Paddington
One of London’s best loved seafood dining experiences, floating restaurant London Shell Co recently launched its Seashore to Front Door delivery boxes across the capital. For minimal effort, its ready-to-eat picnic boxes contain all the components for a meal for two, such as poached rainbow trout, hot smoked Dorset char and whole cooked prawns with mayonnaise, as well as a bottle of The Grand Duchess English sparkling wine.
A boujie BBQ box is also available, with delights including king prawns and sesame, soy and ginger tuna steaks. The fish is sourced directly from Cornwall and delivered to homes within the M25 every Friday, with plans to go nationwide in the coming weeks.
Wright Bros, Soho, Spitalfields and more
Another seafood-oriented offering with a focus on sustainability, renowned fish restaurants Wright Bros are keeping their fishermen afloat by providing Londoners with Wright Brothers at Home.
Their wholesale teams at Billingsgate fish market usually supply London’s top restaurants and chefs with a daily catch straight from local fishermen and markets in Devon, Cornwall and Scotland; now, they’re bringing this to individual homes instead. Over the last month alone, Wright Bros has delivered over 10,000 oysters from shore to door across London, as well as perfectly cooked crab and lobster, caviar, bottarga and octopus.
Michelin-starred Trishna is delivering signature dishes from its menu — inspired by the south-west coast of India — across London from its Marylebone kitchen.
Londoners will be able to choose from old favourites such as Keralan prawn curry, tandoori masala lamb chops and seafood biryani, as well as indulging in a choice of feast menus for special occasions. Fresh-as-you-like Indian mangoes or traditional gulab jamun can be ordered for pudding, too. Deliveries can be made across North West London via Deliveroo and Supper.
Bancone, Covent Garden
One silver lining of lockdown is that the previously impossible wait for a table at Covent Garden and Golden Square’s Bancone (arguably the best Italian in London) is no more: everything from bucatini cacio e pepe to spicy pork and n’duja ragu with mafalde can now be delivered to your door.
There are mouth-watering antipasti dishes too: bresaola, Parma ham, and the creamiest burrata this side of Puglia. The pasta comes raw, but the effort is minimal to create restaurant-standard food, and the boxes include everything you need except for olive oil, salt and pepper. Extra parmesan can be ordered from the deli section, and a selection of Italian wines are available, too.
Hakkasan at Home offers a selection of dim sum and modern Cantonese delicacies from the restaurant’s Michelin-starred a la carte menu. If you’re in the mood for celebrating, try the ‘Dragon’ menu, with highlights including crispy duck salad, rib eye with lily bulb black bean sauce and a selection of dim sum dishes. Or go all out with a selection of sharing dishes with the ‘Supreme’ menu, featuring a whole Peking duck with Prunier caviar, paired with a selection from Hakkasan’s own wine menu.
Another Michelin-starred gem from the creators of Trishna, much-loved Indian restaurant Gymkhana has launched a delivery service for the very first time.
A bespoke feast menu for two is particularly enticing, with samosas, aloo chaat, paneer tikka, daal maharani, lamb biryani and so much more — your standard Saturday night takeaway will never taste the same again. The delivery radius includes Mayfair, Paddington, Knightsbridge, Victoria, Sloane Square, St John’s Wood, Camden, Primrose Hill, and King’s Cross.
Steak lovers will be pleased to know that Argentinian beef is firmly back on the menu; restaurant group Gaucho is delivering its pampas-fed steaks, burgers, signature sides and copious amounts of red wine to your front door. Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings, trimmings and lashings of gravy is also a winning option for a rainy weekend. Grab and go is also available from certain locations now.
Tickets for Homing Pidgin — the lockdown spin-off of experimental Hackney fine dining restaurant — are selling out quicker than hotcakes, and for good reason. Its weekly changing menu sounds sensational: smoked confit chicken with salsa verde, mackerel escabeche, dulce de leche milk cake are just a few dishes that have cropped up so far.
In the restaurant’s three years of operating, it’s never repeated a dish yet. A great array of natural wines, pre-bottled negronis and ciders are also found on its website. Tickets go on sale every Sunday at 9pm for home delivery; be quick if you don’t want to miss out.
Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia
One of London’s longest-standing Michelin-starred restaurants, Pied à Terre, has gone down a different route for lockdown deliveries while the restaurant is closed, deciding to create a 100% vegan offering.
A selection of dishes will include things like chilled white bean and truffle soup, classic ratatouille, and pineapple and coconut rice pudding. Its vegan feasts can be delivered within five miles of the Charlotte Street restaurant, and wine boxes can also be ordered online.
The Coya en Casa menu includes a selection of signature dishes and cocktails: highlights include beef wagyu, mushroom and rocket; Chilean sea bass with rice, lime, chilli and Papa Seca; grilled Argentinian prawn with quinoa, asparagus and peas; caramel con chocolate (a salted caramel ganache served with Coya’s own pisco blend and fresh raspberries); and ‘finish it yourself’ style cocktails available in three different sizes.
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