This article is part of a guide to London from FT Globetrotter
Breaking news: the posh takeaway trend is over.
It’s all about the meal kit now, a pandemic-era innovation that brings even better restaurant-quality food to your door, requiring just a few finishing touches by chef you.
We recently published an article rounding up the FT’s selection of the best delivery-meal kits from London’s top restaurants — and we asked readers to share their favourite finds too. With eating out cancelled for the foreseeable and a well-deserved break from festive cooking on the horizon, there’s no better time to give them a try.
Banquist and Scully’s St James’s
We have tried and enjoyed Banquist. The food is amazing but the work is significant as well. This is more than just warming up some dishes — I think you should allow around three hours’ preparation time.
One that was a lot easier and I highly recommend is Scully’s St James’s. The beef was amazing — my only gripe is that the menus are fairly consistent. The owner [was head chef at Nopi, by] Ottolenghi and may now have eclipsed him, but anyone who likes this style of food should give it a go. — High flyer
1 Lombard Street
Thank you, FT, for this splendid article. I am wondering why you have overlooked 1 Lombard Street and its delightful Goose Box. A first-class meal kit developed long before Covid and well tested over the past few years. Leaving the City after work, this is a perfect stopover for an easily made gourmet meal. The drinks kits are well worth a try also. — Sugarman
The Cinnamon Club
The Cinnamon Club’s “Feast at Home” kit is one of the best we had so far and they do nationwide deliveries too. — RegiD
Tou, Chishuru and & Home by James Knappett
Tou’s Katsu Sando is fabulous, and Chishuru’s west African feast is the real deal. How, though, have you managed to ignore & Home by James Knappett? His two-Michelin-starred Kitchen Table does a meal kit that is a changing seasonal banquet, [and you can add] a specially paired bottle of wine or bubbly. Absolutely magic. — PastelSunrise
The Water House Project
Can strongly recommend The Water House Project’s home-taster menu. Smoked potato velouté! Hake! Miso ice cream! Marmite butter and sourdough! Pheasant croquette! All fantastic and it also really turned me on to orange wine (the accompanying 200ml-bottle wine flight is a great touch). — gauteng32
Hawksmoor at Home and Dishoom
This is a great list but I am disappointed that you left off Hawksmoor at Home and Dishoom. I have ordered from both and their kits have been reasonably priced, great fun to cook and delicious to boot!
As mentioned by others, I think that some of these meal kits are here to stay, especially as gifts to people who can’t make it to London to experience the restaurant itself.
Sorting out the packaging for long-term sustainability will be key, but right now, just keeping these homegrown businesses afloat and their hard-working staff employed is enough for me. — Betteridge
Harry Hensman at Goodness! London
Had a pretty off-the-charts James Bond movie-night meal kit from Harry Hensman at Goodness! London recently for those in the Clapham/Balham area. The “The World Is Not an Oeuf” truffled quails eggs on brioche toast and “Thunderballs” pata negra croquettes were particularly special! — Staying Inn
Gauthier! I kept scrolling down, thinking “They couldn't leave out Gauthier”, but hey, you did. Fabulous restaurant and set menu from a genuine pioneer and traditionalist in one. I miss this restaurant so much but won’t see inside it until after the vaccine, so I cannot recommend its delivery menu enough. One of our lockdown discoveries was its wine-cellar cases, and that the art on the menus is by the marketing director. — Camb
Gauthier is outstanding. They are doing a series of vegan menus (I am a carnivore, but this stuff is delicious). It costs £75 but lasts me most of the week: every dish forms the basis of a different meal. They have gone to extreme lengths to create a culinary delight that is simple to prepare. — Count Kostov
Café Murano, Andrew Edmunds, Bubala and others offer great kits through Dishpatch: in our experience an excellent service that offers free delivery nationwide if ordering two or more items. These three have been standouts from those tried so far. — Loftyc
Have you tried any meal kits from London restaurants? Share your best tips in the comments
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