Ten great Christmas meal kits and takeaway services
This year Christmas day won’t be anything like what we are used to, but – fear not – a new wave of options has emerged during the last few weeks from top restaurants and exotic marketplaces that will make the festive celebration easier and potentially tastier than ever before.
Restaurant group Iberica won’t let the festivities be hampered this year with the launch of Nacho Manzano at Home as well as a host of online activities and luxury hampers celebrating traditional dishes, wine and the culture of Spain at this time of year. Carefully curated by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Nacho Manzano, taking inspiration from advent in Asturias where he grew up, Iberica’s lineup will be the top of every foodie’s Christmas list to enjoy this year.
Iberica have selected their most loved dishes from their popular restaurant menu for their home delivery boxes, offering up the perfect treat to escape via Spain or feast in the runup to Christmas Day. The Feast Box is perhaps the most tempting option, with preorders encouraged for a true Spanish Christmas for those who might want to do something a little different for Christmas this year. The celebration box includes tapas of bread and extra virgin olive oil speciality olives, pan con tomate, followed by charcuterie, salads of anchovy adorned tomatoes, a cheese board of five Spanish cheeses before moving on to dishes of octopus, prawns and the centrepiece of a leg of milk fed lamb. Dessert is a crowning Gloria Cheesecake. With simple instructions to finish preparing your meal, a delicious pick-me-up can be delivered right to your door. (Starting from £66 per person)
Adam Handling Hame
The festive season is certainly going to feel a bit different this year (what hasn’t?!), but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less spectacular. Award-winning chef and restaurateur Adam Handling has launched an incredible set of Christmas and New Year’s Eve menu boxes via his nationwide delivery service, Hame, which are guaranteed to make this year’s festive period one to remember for all the right reasons.
Available in kits for up to four people, Hame’s festive boxes are perfect to be shared in your Christmas bubbles, and come with every aspect pre-prepared so all you need to do is finish off the dishes at home. The Hame Christmas menu kicks off in signature fashion with sourdough, chicken butter and of course – Adam’s legendary cheese doughnuts. Then for the “Main Event”, it’s your choice of a stuffed turkey crown or Beef Wellington, each served with all the trimmings. Or there’s the option of adding a vegetarian pumpkin pie with all the trimmings for any non-meat eaters. For dessert, it’ll be a tough decision between an Adam Handling Christmas pudding, or a deliciously spiced Tarte Tatin. To top it off, there’s the option to add on a cheese board, and the Christmas kit comes complete with a celebratory bottle of Adam Handling Own Label English Sparkling Wine. The Christmas Hame kit is £250 and serves three to four people. Final delivery date before Christmas will be 23rd December. To place a Hame box order, visit www.adamhandling.co.uk/hame.
Hide at Home
As the festive season coincides with the latest lockdown & we are forced to close once more, the Hide at Home team have been hard at work creating plenty of seasonal specials & Christmas treats to keep your spirits up. Their ever-popular weekend menus will start again – kicking off this weekend with the restaurant’s favourite new 2020 tradition, lockdown lobster!
The Hide at Home Christmas set menu will also continue to be available throughout the month, perfect to treat your colleagues as an office Christmas party alternative or a special family dinner at home. There will be a variety of festive cocktails as well as, of course, over 9,000 options of matching wines from Hedonism to suit all budgets. Hide at Home is available daily from 12pm.
London’s first Japanese grocery service, Ichiba Online Marketplace, has just landed, delivering over 600 of the very best Ichiba grocery products direct to homes across London every day. Known as the number one destination for authentic Japanese goods as well as Europe’s largest Japanese Food Hall, Japan Centre Ichiba’s ingenious new delivery service will serve up a range of signature products to transport customers on a whistle-stop tour of Japan.
Shop make-at-home sushi and ramen kits, freshly made bento, poke and ramen from their kitchen, as well as store cupboard essentials and fresh slices of meat and fish, including tuna, salmon and beef straight from their butcher. Those searching for a vitamin hit can also purchase a healthy range of fresh and organic fruit and vegetables. Customers can choose to order online via Ichiba Online Marketplace and reserve a delivery day (for all main London postcodes), or safely click and collect from Ichiba Westfield London Shepherd’s Bush store. There is a minimum order of £25 with local delivery charged at £2.99. Order online at https://shop.ichibalondon.com/.
Sabor en Casa
Sabor En Casa brings a celebration of Spanish food and drink to your own home through carefully curated meals delivered right to your door. This December, they are also offering a special festive feast menu for the ultimate Christmas indulgence. All you need to do to enjoy a restaurant-prepared feast at home is add the finishing touches, plate up, and enjoy.
This Festive Feast Menu has been carefully selected for you to indulge yourself with Sabor’s favourite dishes, providing the Sabor experience in its entirety from their kitchen to yours. It’s perfect for sharing with family, friends and loved ones.The Festive Feast Menu serves 6 and includes cecina de rubia gallega, whole tuna empanada, arroz negro and a whole Basque cheesecake. You can also order extra tapas dishes, pantry items, sommelier chosen wines and other Sabor souvenirs to add to your box. There is even a Christmas Wine Kit for those who enjoy a bottle or two – or add a sangria as recommended. For further information or to order visit the website here.
Veeraswamy at Home
Veeraswamy, the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant, is now offering delivery for the first time. The Michelin-starred restaurant which overlooks Regent Street, has partnered with platforms Supper and Deliveroo to deliver Veeraswamy at Home. Both platforms also offer a collection option.
The restaurant’s menu combines both classical and contemporary regional dishes, prepared by a team of specialist chefs from all over the Indian subcontinent. A condensed version of the menu includes dishes that require no further cooking and can be enjoyed straight away. As well as a selection of appetisers and main course dishes,several vegetarian options and side dishes are available.In addition to the à la carte menu, there are meals for two (meat-based or vegetarian) include a starter, a choice of curry, vegetable sides, basmati rice and naan, and a dessert for £85. And, taking centre stage is the Grand Meal for Six, a generous feast with a selection of dishes from the à la carte menu (£285). A concise drinks list includes sparkling wine and Champagne (bottles from £50); white and red wine (bottles from £28); and the restaurant’s own bottled cocktails. For further information check out their menu at www.veeraswamy.com.
Savoy at Home
Patrons can dine on something truly spectacular this festive season with The Savoy’s Norfolk Turkey Feast. The hotel’s talented chefs have been lovingly creating an experience for guests to enjoy at home.
Customers will be able to celebrate in Savoy style at this special time of year with a three-course banquet, including a whole roasted bronze Norfolk turkey, Cumberland sausage, chestnut & apple stuffing, pigs in blankets, honey-glazed carrots, Brussel sprouts with crispy streaky bacon, Maris Piper duck fat confit potatoes, oven-roasted parsnips and turkey gravy, cranberry sauce and bread sauce. This exquisite delivery will also include a Jerusalem and smoked tomato veloute and a traditional Savoy mince pie with brandy butter to finish.
Those less comfortable in the kitchen, need not fear as this delivery comes complete with detailed instructions on how best to serve this Savoy feast. The prince ranges from £299 for 4 persons to £450 for 8 persons, with 48 hours’ notice required. It is available to order until 31st December 2020. To order, visit their page at https://thesavoylondon.slerp.com/order.
Pali Hill’s Christmas Feasting Menu
Opening to critical acclaim in the heart of Fitzrovia this October, Pali Hill is back with a spectacular Christmas feasting menu to rival the traditional turkey and trimmings. Created by Head Chef Avinash Shashidhara (previously River Café) and inspired by India’s diverse culinary heritage, the new menu offers a festive celebration for two people priced at £80. Dishes include a showstopping Dhuni wale whole Suffolk lamb shoulder, Navratan pulao, signature Pali Hill breads and a zingy Kachumbar.
The menu is available for delivery, offering both freshly prepared dishes and finish at home dishes that can be pre-ordered in advance or on the day. Finish at home dishes include Marinated Lamb Cutlets; Tandoori Monkfish; and a Make your down Dosa kit with Chutney and Sambar, with especially created videos and recipe cards for perfect plates. For those in need of instant gratification, the rest of the menu arrives ready to be devoured straight away. For more information, visit their website at palihill.co.uk or order via Deliveroo within a five-mile radius from Wednesday to Sunday.
Arros QD At Home
Arros QD has designed two sharing meals to bring the taste of Spain to your table this New Year’s Eve. Available for collection or for delivery straight to your doorstep, this selection of small plates and grill dishes from the three-Michelin-starred Quique Dacosta is sure to be a menu to remember.
The sharing menu for two people for £90 includes olive oil coca bread, kale citrus salad, beef cheeks, rib-eye, wood-grilled baby gem and for dessert and chocolate slates. The sharing meal for four people for £190 includes olive oil coca bread, stone bass ceviche, beef cheeks, smoked mussels, “bravos”, black ash rice-braised cauliflower, tomahawk for the oven and to finish, rice pudding. To make it even more special, the sommelier will carefully pick the best wine paired to each dish, depending on the guests’ tastes. Arros QD at Home is delivered nationwide. For further information or to order visit their page at https://www.arrosqd.com/online-shop/.
Dinner by Heston
Heston and his team have curated a five-course Christmas day menu for you to experience at home. Available for collection from 24th December, between 12:00-19:30 and 25th December, between 09:00-15:00, priced at £160pp. There is also an equally decadent vegetarian menu available. The chefs have also created a further selection of festive inspired Four-Course Menus, priced at £85pp, available for collection from Friday 18th December, daily from 12:00-19:30. The range consists of three British historically inspired menus: The Vivendier, Forme of Cury & Royal Cooking. There are even two further New Year’s Eve menus on offer. To ensure dishes are served in the best possible way, some of the dishes require finishing touches, and re-heating instructions will be provided on collection. Book your slot now.
Luca at Home
Yes, we said ten and this is number 11: we thought of throwing in an extra option. The sister restaurant to the Clove Club, Luca offers an Italian-inspired Christmas menu to enjoy during this festive season and bring the flavours of Luca to your own home. Dishes include pumpkin soup; strozzapreti with roasted Brussels; breast of Norfolk Bronze Turkey stuffed with onions; and date and walnut pudding with caramel sauce .
Some plates require a few simple and fun finish-at-home procedures, a chef’s guide will be included with each delivery. There’s also a vegetarian version of the menu (with a crisp parcel of Castellucio lentils as a main). Due to seasonal availability, some ingredients may be subject to change. The kit is priced at £80 (for two people) and the food is intended to be consumed within three days of arrival. The nationwide cutoff for Saturday deliveries is Wednesday while the Christmas delivery will be done on 23rd December in London and 22nd December nationwide. Order your box on Luca’s website.
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