August 18, 2022

Zaika

Livingston

Food kits from top London restaurants: FT readers’ favourites

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This report is element of a tutorial to London from FT Globetrotter

Breaking news: the posh takeaway trend is about.

It’s all about the meal package now, a pandemic-period innovation that brings even superior cafe-high quality food to your doorway, necessitating just a handful of finishing touches by chef you.

We not long ago revealed an short article rounding up the FT’s assortment of the finest delivery-meal kits from London’s top dining establishments — and we asked visitors to share their favourite finds way too. With taking in out cancelled for the foreseeable and a properly-deserved split from festive cooking on the horizon, there’s no greater time to give them a attempt.

Banquist and Scully’s St James’s

Scully’s St James’s

We have experimented with and savored Banquist. The food items is remarkable but the get the job done is significant as well. This is a lot more than just warming up some dishes — I believe you should really make it possible for all over 3 hours’ preparing time.

A person that was a large amount less difficult and I really endorse is Scully’s St James’s. The beef was incredible — my only gripe is that the menus are pretty dependable. The owner [was head chef at Nopi, by] Ottolenghi and may now have eclipsed him, but anyone who likes this type of foods should give it a go. — Superior flyer

1 Lombard Road

© Alex Maguire

Thank you, FT, for this splendid report. I am thinking why you have forgotten 1 Lombard Avenue and its delightful Goose Box. A to start with-class meal package designed extended before Covid and well analyzed more than the past several many years. Leaving the City immediately after function, this is a great stopover for an quickly created gourmet food. The beverages kits are well worthy of a test also. — Sugarman

The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club’s “Feast at Home” kit is a single of the best we experienced so far and they do nationwide deliveries much too. — RegiD

Tou, Chishuru and & House by James Knappett

& Home by James Knappett

Tou’s Katsu Sando is incredible, and Chishuru’s west African feast is the real deal. How, nevertheless, have you managed to overlook & House by James Knappett? His two-Michelin-starred Kitchen Desk does a food package that is a altering seasonal banquet, [and you can add] a specially paired bottle of wine or bubbly. Definitely magic. — PastelSunrise

The H2o Residence Job

Can strongly propose The Water Household Project’s home-taster menu. Smoked potato velouté! Hake! Miso ice cream! Marmite butter and sourdough! Pheasant croquette! All great and it also actually turned me on to orange wine (the accompanying 200ml-bottle wine flight is a great contact). — gauteng32

Pidgin

Pidgin in Hackney does a terrific “Homing Pidgin” menu, which variations weekly and is excellent. Assortment only [Thursday — Sunday, 5pm — 8pm] and minimal provide, alas. — Epicalyx

Hawksmoor at Home and Dishoom

Hawksmoor at Home

This is a great list but I am disappointed that you remaining off Hawksmoor at Residence and Dishoom. I have requested from both equally and their kits have been reasonably priced, good enjoyable to cook and delicious to boot!

As described by many others, I believe that some of these food kits are right here to continue to be, especially as items to people today who just cannot make it to London to practical experience the restaurant itself.

Sorting out the packaging for lengthy-phrase sustainability will be essential, but appropriate now, just keeping these homegrown firms afloat and their tough-operating team employed is ample for me. — Betteridge

Harry Hensman at Goodness! London

Had a very off-the-charts James Bond movie-evening meal package from Harry Hensman at Goodness! London recently for people in the Clapham/Balham region. The “The Entire world Is Not an Oeuf” truffled quails eggs on brioche toast and “Thunderballs” pata negra croquettes were specially unique! — Keeping Inn

Gauthier Residence

Gauthier! I retained scrolling down, wondering “They could not go away out Gauthier”, but hey, you did. Wonderful cafe and established menu from a authentic pioneer and traditionalist in one. I miss out on this restaurant so significantly but will not see inside of it till just after the vaccine, so I are not able to advocate its delivery menu plenty of. One of our lockdown discoveries was its wine-cellar cases, and that the artwork on the menus is by the advertising director. — Camb

Gauthier is remarkable. They are doing a series of vegan menus (I am a carnivore, but this things is mouth watering). It expenditures £75 but lasts me most of the 7 days: each dish forms the foundation of a diverse food. They have long gone to excessive lengths to create a culinary delight that is very simple to put together. — Depend Kostov

Dishpatch

Café Murano

Café Murano, Andrew Edmunds, Bubala and some others give fantastic kits by Dishpatch: in our knowledge an superb support that gives totally free shipping and delivery nationwide if purchasing two or a lot more items. These a few have been standouts from those people tried using so significantly. — Loftyc

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