5 London Restaurant Boxes I have loved (and a dessert bonus)

Throughout the pandemic, restaurants have had to pivot and many have been offering dine-at-home options – and the Mr and I have absolutely delighted in trying them. From this testing, I thought I’d gather together my top 5 London restaurant boxes that deliver nationwide. (We’ve also been supporting local restaurants, but you probably don’t live in my neighbourhood so recommendations would be pointless…)

Adam Handling Gourmet Restaurant Box

I suspect many places will continue doing this into the future; I’m loving that friends who are in other parts of the country, especially more remote ones, are able to enjoy their favourite London restaurant dishes, but from the comfort of their own home. [Note to self: order more to justify a second ‘best of’ 5 London restaurant boxes post…]

Having these boxes has become a bit of a Sunday afternoon ritual; mid-afternoon we pull out the ingredients and go through the instructions. It’s been quite fun to learn a few new skills (like how to make a Tarte Tartin or Adam Handling’s infamous cheese doughnuts) but with restaurant quality ingredients and instructions (occasionally via video.)

Adam Handling Gourmet Restaurant Box

We set the table properly – I’m talking tablecloth, floral centrepies and napkins – put on a good playlist (often provided by the restaurants which is a delight for scene setting) and pour a glass of something cheeky to enjoy with the meal.

Patty & Bun

The Patty and Bun burgers are proper delicious dirty burgers, and I’ve fallen in love with their burger sauce (which is epic with a toasted cheese sandwich.) The unctious HG Walter patties are epic, the lightly pickled red onion moreish and the bacon adding a perfectly salty note to the bite. Just add your own lettuce & tomatoes – which probably wouldn’t survive the courier.

Time to prep: 5 minutes

Time to cook: 10 minutes (25 if you decide to make a stop-motion.)

Smokestak

We love a good piece of meat, and the Smokestak box was beyond delicious. And so generous; for two people they sent beef brisket with pickled red chilli, pulled pork with mustard barbecue and pickled cucumber. On the side, we had purple sprouting broccoli, ginger and green chilli slaw and crispy baby potatoes. And for dessert, it’s half a sticky toffee pudding loaf. We were enjoying smoked meat for a couple of days, and it only got better. This box was voted favourite by the Mr…

Courses: main, pudding + a cocktail

Time to prep: 5 minutes

Time to cook: 20 minutes

London Restaurant Boxes

Roti King (with a special bonus)

My love for Malaysian style curry & roti began as a university student in Wellington – there’s an amazing hole-in-the-wall spot that we used to gather around their simple tables and try to solve world problems (usually centred around creative blocks if I’m honest.) To my delight I snared a Roti King box via Dishpatch (they sell like hotcakes). It was so good. So good.

Courses: starter kari, main laksa + light pudding

Time to prep: 5 minutes

Time to cook: 20 minutes

London Restaurant Boxes

Knowing that I wouldn’t want to share, and that the Mr wouldn’t like the flavour, I ordered him the Chicken Berry Pulau, by Farokh Talati – Head chef St John Bread and Wine. (I split the 2x 2 people kits over two nights.)

“The long standing Britannia Café has been serving up its chicken berry pulau to the people of Mumbai for decades. A masterpiece created by the owner’s Parsi wife, the owner being an Iranian immigrant himself. What makes this dish stand out are the tiny deep red barberries that are generously sprinkled on top of  the rice bringing a tart fruitiness to the already fragrant pulau. My version is a homage to the Brittania classic lovingly re-created from the mind’s eye.” It was an absolute feast of balanced flavour.

London Restaurant Boxes

Black Lock Chops

This Sunday dinner was gorgeous. So well organised, streamlined to put in the oven and an absolute pleasure to enjoy on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. The Blacklock kit included: handpicked 55 day aged Beef Rump Roasting Joint from the Blacklock herd, duck fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, roasted seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, horseradish cream, gravy, and to finish, a white chocolate cheesecake + seasonal berries.

Courses: main + pudding

Time to prep: 5 minutes

Time to cook: 20 minutes

London Restaurant Boxes

So good.

Sidenote: I love this “For every Blacklock at Home sold, we will plant a tree in our Blacklock Forest. We want to play our part to help build a sustainable future for our planet and together with Ecologi are planting trees to support the regeneration of wildlife habitats and make Blacklock and our team Climate Positive by offsetting the impact of our operations and daily lives.”

London Restaurant Boxes

Adam Handling

Adam and his team put their heads together and created ‘Hame’ – the Scottish word for home – to offer a taste of their restaurant experience from the comfort of your own house. I popped the truffle stuffed roast chicken in the oven, put together the tart tartin, and pushed aside the starter (we decided to enjoy the London Buratta, smoked aubergine and dill another night). Full review HERE.

Course: starter, main + pudding (I also ordered an extra cocktail + cheese doughnuts)

Time to prep: 30 minutes or so

Time to cook: an hour or so for the chicken, 45 minutes for the tarte tartin

Adam Handling Gourmet Restaurant Box  

It’s a lovely treat to look forward to – most places deliver (bar Patty & Bun which are all the time) on a Thursday/Friday so you can enjoy them over the weekend. I did struggle a little with the carbon footprint of both the courier and the packaging; but justified it with my complete lack of any transport bar my feet and with how much better the companies are becoming with compostable/recyclable packaging. Oh, and no journey home to make. Bliss.

Oh, how in this list of 5 London restaurant boxes could I forget my bonus dessert? Most of these boxes are designed to to be a complete meal, but if you’re looking for a sweet treat:

Radio Lamington

Asking an antipodean to describe a lamington is like asking a pre-coffee person to describe a dream. It’s childhood weekends in the sunshine, filled with laughter and your mum snatching a second one out of your hand. It’s spending time with your aunts & grandma on sleepy winter mornings all cosied up with tea.

Well, The Daisy Green crew have been incredibly busy during lockdown, launched Radio Lamington and giving out over 30,000 tastes of deliciousness (fun fact: over a third of London’s paramedic crew are antipodean, and many more of us expats have infiltrated the NHS) to hardworking teams in hospitals all over London. Somehow, I honestly don’t know how, they’ve also taken the time to develop a litany of luxurious lamington flavours teasing the tastebuds, honouring and diverging from the classic chocolate. For each box sold, they have donated a full one to the NHS. Full review HERE.

London Lamingtons

Have you tried any restaurant boxes?

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