Ever the innovator, when forced to close their doors during lockdown, London's restaurants didn't simply accept defeat. Instead, chefs across the capital headed into the kitchen and devised ingenious ways to bring their Michelin-star dining to our homes and - while restrictions may now have lifted - the popularity of fine dining from your sofa shows no sign of waning. So pop the champagne in the fridge and fire up your laptop because your Friday night takeaway just got lot more stylish...
The Savoy, Covent Garden
For those hankering after a little decadence, The Savoy is offering the best of its world-class kitchens for home delivery via Slerp. Predominately catering to special occasions, the range extends to the hotel's signature collection of expertly cooked Wellingtons and pies as well as celebration cakes by its master pastry chefs. The Savoy's signature afternoon tea is also available for delivery (with both vegetarian and traditional options available) alongside special feasts for events such as Valentine's Day, with dishes including fruits de mer, hand-rolled truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Launched during the second lockdown, Sketch at Home is a click-and-collect and delivery service from one of London’s prettiest restaurants. Available to order seven days a week, Sketch at Home centres around cocktails and patisserie, with a menu of macarons, cakes and pre-mixed drinks, including quirky takes on the classic Negroni, Magarita and Julep, available. The full Mmmm... afternoon tea is also on offer, with traditional, vegetarian and pescatarian options featuring dishes such as truffle brioche buns, cranberry and coconut marshmallow and pineapple eclair.
Mmmm afternoon tea from £55 per person, shop.sketch.london
Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair
During the first national lockdown, Jean-Georges at The Connaught launched its famed, truffle-topped pizzas on the fine dining app Supper. Almost two years later, the restaurant is still tossing dough for delivery, but has also expanded the menu to include a vast array of the kitchen's best-loved dishes. Highlights include crispy salmon sushi, Cornish lamb chops, truffle cheeseburger and a choice of decadent desserts. There's even a full drinks list to choose from too.
Hakkasan at Home allows you to sample the restaurant's Michelin-starred menu from the comfort of your living room. Arguably one of the most instantly recognisable restaurant names out there, the brand (of which there are two locations in London) is famed for expertly prepared dim-sum dishes and Cantonese specials such as roasted chicken in satay sauce and langoustine har gau with Prunier caviar. The delivery menu (which can be ordered via Deliveroo) features the restaurant's signature array of set menus, plus a select range of ti most popular dishes and bottles from its extensive wine cellar, including a 2006 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri at £495 if you're trying to set a new delivery price record.
Claridge's Dine at Home, Mayfair
Enjoy Claridge's from the comfort of your home this winter. The five-star hotel has curated an edited menu of refined comforting classics, including game terrine (£60), lobster or beef Wellington (£75) and chicken or fish pie (£25) for collection or delivery. You can also order an assortment of indulgent sides (the hotel's famed Dauphinoise is not to be missed), desserts, wine and champagne.
Available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays either by delivery or for pick-up from Claridge’s, claridges.slerp.com
Park Chinois, Mayfair
Park Chinois in Mayfair may be welcoming customers to dine behind its velvet curtain again, but you can still sample its menu of classic Chinese dishes include tiers of dim sum, dumplings, Wagyu short ribs and king crab with homemade rice noodles at home. A decadent highlight is the duck de chine, roasted to order and rested for more than 72 hours and served with homemade pancakes. As ever, the restaurant is not doing things by halves – create a real sense of occasion with the ultimate feasting Dynasty Menu, a lavish family spread priced at £450 for four.
Available via Slerp and Uber Eats; parkchinois.com
Purveyor of modern Anatolian cuisine Rüya now offers Rüya at Home, a delivery and click and collect service that allows you to sample the restaurant’s Turkish-inspired dishes from the comfort of your own abode. Meaning ‘dream’ in Turkish, Rüya is the brainchild of Istanbul restaurateur Umut Özkanca, and is overseen by chef patron Colin Clague. Available for delivery through Supper London, Yolk and Deliveroo, the restaurant offers a modern Anatolian menu including dishes such as Adana kebab with spicy minced lamb, and 24-hour slow-cooked short rib in a Turkish chilli BBQ glaze. If you're not sure where to start opt for the set menus for two or four.
Home by Simon Rogan, across London
Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan found such success when he started offering dishes from his Soho restaurant Aulis for delivery that he spun the model out into a standalone business. Created in Rogan's kitchens in Cartmel, the monthly-changing three-course menu is delivered with simple instructions on how to finish and plate at home and always features seasonal locally-sourced ingredients. Recent highlights include Goosnargh confit duck with spice lentils, salt-baked celeriac with softened leeks and baked rice pudding with new season rhubarb.
£45 per person, homebysimonrogan.co.uk
Kricket, Brixton/White City/Soho
When all three of Kricket’s restaurants closed to the public, the team pivoted to offering a bespoke delivery service via Deliveroo - and the offering is still going strong. Devised as ‘feasts’ for one, two or four people, featuring a choice of the restaurant's famed starters, curries, sides and desserts, as well as individual dishes such as their signature bhel puri (a crispy salad of sev and raw mango) and veggie samosas.
The Farmer’s Mistress, Battersea
Launched during the third lockdown, and now available for pick-up only, lucky residents of SW11 can skip the queue and order dishes from brunch favourite, The Farmer’s Mistress. Choose from pre-built packages such as the ‘breakfast celebration hamper’, which includes a bottle of Terre di Sant Alberto Brut prosecco and a magnificent spread of pastries, granola and sourdough crumpets. You can also order tempting open sandwiches and burgers, signature brunch dishes and a range of juices, smoothies, coffees, wine and cocktails.
After a successful pivot to delivery during lockdown, one of East London's most lauded barbecue joints will continue to offer two of its signature meals as finish-at-home kits available via Dishpatch. Veggies look away: the offering includes the restaurant's classic barbecue beef brisket served with mustard barbecue and pickled chilli or a choice of barbecue classics, such as smoked beef brisket, barbecued-glazed pork ribs or pulled pork, accompanied by pickled cucumber and a selection of sauces. For the full experience, a range of extras can also be added, including gochujang chicken wings, smoked dripping chips, coal-roasted aubergine and white chocolate cheesecake.
Dabbadrop, Hackney/Leyton/Tower Hamlets
Dabbadrop is London’s first plastic-free, vegan takeaway, delivering dishes in metal ‘dabba’ boxes, which are similar to a tiffin carrier. Billed as ‘convenience with a conscience,’ the South Asian menu specialises in plant-based meals, including colourful curries and signature slow-cooked daals, as well as punchy extras like Punjabi-spiced potato samosas and avocado raita. Diners sign up in advance to a weekly or fortnightly subscription service from £30, available in a wide range of North, East and South London postcodes.
Sumosan Twiga, Knightsbridge
Sloane Street's Sumosan Twiga is the east-meets-west gourmet-party venue from hospitality powerhouse Flavio Briatore. A mashup of menus from Japanese favourite Sumosan (by Janina Wolkow) and Briatore’s nightclub-restaurant Twiga, the restaurant serves upmarket sushi and sashimi alongside traditional Italian dishes. Its home delivery option initially launched via two set menus designed for two to share with both a Taste of Sumosan and a Taste of Twiga (each £90) showcasing signature dishes from the restaurant’s two types of world cuisine. There's now also a Best of Both option, for £120, including tuna tartare and the grilled Angus tenderloin with sweet chilli sauce, while a large number of dishes from the a la carte menu can also be ordered individually.
Farmacy, Notting Hill
Farmacy, Notting Hill's popular plant-based restaurant, offers a home delivery menu from both its Notting Hill restaurant and East London delivery kitchen meaning its vegan fare is now accessible from almost anywhere in the capital. Select from an enticing menu, including the signature Got No Beef Burger and vegan 'mac n cheese', as well as chocolate chip cookies, cakes, smoothies and vegan cocktails. In addition to the delivery service, a range of at-home meal kits is also available for those looking to give plant-based cooking a whirl. Options include Mexican chilli beans, loaded nachos, and spicy chocolate cake or Asian salad, Framacy summer rolls, Thai pumpkin laksa and matcha yuzu cheesecake.
Romulo Café, Kensington
Founded by Rowena Romulo, the granddaughter of the late General Carlos P Romulo, this gem in West London serves dishes including kare-kare – a Filipino favourite prepared with British top brisket and oxtail with aubergine, bok choy and green beans stewed in annatto, drizzled with peanut sauce served with sautéed shrimp paste on the side. The restaurant delivers across Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith and limited areas in Westminster, while breakfast, three- and five-course meal kits are also available.
Lina Stores pasta kits
If you can’t get to Italy, this is the next best thing. Central London’s best pasta pit-stop has created cook-at-home kits, available nationwide. The range is vast. Choose from Lina Stores’ classics such as porcini mushroom and truffle butter risotto, Sicilian cannoli and ravioli verde (melty mouthfuls of cheesy, truffley heaven). Buon appetito!
Stein at Home delivery boxes