The best fine dining experiences you can enjoy from the comfort of your home
It might feel a little like we are going backwards as we hole ourselves up in lockdown for the second time, but the good news is there are some big differences this time around. After having been tested to their limits, many chefs have adapted to the current climate, and more kitchens than ever are offering up their food for delivery. In 2020 staying in is the new going out, so why not be a happy hermit and opt for a fine dining experience straight to your door? We’ve compiled ten of the best options for your very own restaurant reenactment.
Jason Atherton at Home
Jason Atherton, the Michelin-starred mind behind seven London ventures including the acclaimed City Social, has now teamed up with farmers from the Lake District to create a weekly changing menu that can be delivered anywhere between zones one and six starting next week. Priced at £140 for two, the meal includes delicately crafted dishes such as Cured Loch Duart Salmon, Lemon Gel, Finger Lime and Ponzu Dressing, Pickled Cucumber, Fluffy Gem Lettuce and Crème Caramel, Miso Caramel, Fruit Garnish, Cooked Quince.
Hide at Home by Ollie Dabbous
Since opening his hugely successful London restaurant Hide back in 2017 and quenching the capital’s thirst with basement cocktail bar Hide Below, Ollie Dabbous has continued to spoil the nation by sending his Michelin-starred dishes and drinks straight to us via Hide at Home. The extensive spread on offer is suitable for every occasion, serving up everything from a lavish three-course weekend set menu to elegant breakfast plates such as the iconic Hide Croque Monsieur with Black Truffle.
Claridge’s Davies and Brook To Go
In the last lockdown, New York City chef Daniel Humm took one of Mayfair’s most iconic five-star hotels in an unexpected direction when he launched the incredibly popular Claridge’s Fried Chicken delivery deal for £45 a head. Now his Davies and Brook takeaway service is offering a slightly classier option of Roast Chicken with Foie Gras and Black Truffle. This new addition, which also comes with sides including Potato Gratin with Onion, Parmesan and Gruyere, may be a more costly affair at £145, but it’s probably safe to say it’s a cut above your standard Sunday dinner. It also comes with two puddings and even a thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken.
Hame by Adam Handling
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to visit Frog by Adam Handling, or indeed any other of the acclaimed young chef’s ventures, do not fear, as his delivery service Hame is on hand to assist you in indulging your Christmas cravings from the comfort of your own home. The team are now offering a mouth-watering festive menu including dishes such as their signature sourdough with chicken butter and cheese doughnuts, followed by stuffed turkey crown with all the trimmings and rounded off with Adam’s Christmas spiced tarte tatin.
Simon Rogan at Home
Simon Rogan, whose Cartmel restaurant L’Enclume has earnt him two Michelin stars, is now delivering nationwide with his delivery service Simon Rogan at Home, offering up dishes such as Kohlrabi Velouté, Rye Bread Croutons, Diced Apples as well as traditional bread and butter pudding with compressed apples and woodruff custard. You can also order from his Soho venue Aulis, who will hand-deliver to anyone in zones one to three.
Claude Bosi’s Oyster Bar at Home
Claude Bosi’s Michelin-starred restaurant is currently shut, but the good news is he’s adapted his acclaimed oyster bar for collection. If you can’t get to the seaside, you can experience the next best thing by picking up his esteemed shellfish or trying something a little different with elevated plates such as lobster fish pie, steak tartare and Cornish skate wing.
Stein’s at Home
For another classy seafood experience, you might also want to consider ordering in a three-course meal with ingredients prepped by Rick Stein and his team courtesy of his Stein’s at Home service. The menu includes classics such as Indonesian curry, and gives all the instructions for cooking and plating up your food so that you can achieve the freshness of a restaurant dish. There’s even the option for a whole lobster if you want to really push the boat out.
Champion of Middle-Eastern cuisine – and even pop culture icon since having his own rap named after him – Yottam Ottolenghi is now permeating the London food scene even more deeply by delivering straight to your door. The chef has crafted new signature Nopi and Rovi menus to enjoy at home, or for those who want to get stuck in, there are finish-at-home kits such as a Shasuska brunch option.
Delivery app Big Night was born out of lockdown as a way to help restaurants stay open and reach their customers. The service boasts “exceptional dining experiences straight to your doorstep”, and works in partnership with restaurants all over London spanning all kinds of world cuisine, from Japanese Udon at Koya to contemporary, seasonal British at Salon, to pizzas courtesy of 10 Greek Street.
Lovers of Indian will also find some great options for a night in that’s almost as good as going out. Benares are offering a delivery service that will change your view on takeaways for good, serving up indulgent Indian spices with a modern British twist. Benres@Home encompasses many of the restaurant’s classic dishes such as paneer malai tikka and a mixed grill platter cooked on the tandoor.
Le Gavroche at Home by Michel Roux
One of the world’s legendary dining dynasties is also taking part in a Cumbrian collaboration, with Michel Roux Jr prepping delivery boxes in the kitchens of the Michelin-starred La Gavroche. The chef is supporting the best of British produce with the French classics for which he is famous, serving up plates including Braised Venison Haunch with Red Wine & Medlar Jus and Dark Chocolate & Praline Indulgence. The dishes come with instructions on how to finish at home – though you’ll have to source the white tablecloth yourself.