June 18, 2024


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How to Ship a Taste of London’s Best Restaurants All Over the U.K.

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In these extraordinary times, London’s restaurants continue to do extraordinary things. Closed dining rooms have given way to new delivery only restaurants, pivots to takeaway and retail, restaurants as grocers, provisioners, traiteurs. And now, in lockdown three, a growing number of London’s best restaurants are shipping their best-loved dishes and ingredients all over the U.K.

Whether out of town in lockdown far from home, in refuge with family out of the city, simply missing the taste of London’s best restaurants, or wishing to give someone else a taste for themselves, the (to-be updated) list below can be used as a guide to the city’s restaurants that are shipping everything from doubles to reubens all over the country.

a bowl of food on a plate: Roti canai at Roti King

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Roti canai at Roti King

Roti King’s Malaysian Street Feast

What to order: Chef Sugen Gopal’s cult-followed Malaysian favourite Roti King is delivering a meal for two nationwide. The offer includes all the classic and most delicious dishes, including Malaysian Tamil-style chicken curry, dhal, the signature roti canai, Mamak Mee Goreng (Fried noodles) and Kang Kung (Stir-fried morning glory).

How to order: £55 via Dishpatch’s online portal. Nationwide delivery is available on Fridays. “A regular box is a generous serving for 2 people,” it says online. Those dishes have a three-day shelf-life and simply need to be heated before eating.

text: Brawn, on Columbia Road, Hackney

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Brawn, on Columbia Road, Hackney

Mediterranean comfort food from Brawn

What to order: One of London’s hippest neighbourhood bistros has pivoted to full-on provisioner and takeaway restaurant since last summer, offering the likes of cassoulet, pissaladière, moussaka, pork and ricotta meatballs, and potato, leek, and Tunworth gratin — now, nationwide.

How to order: Via Brawn’s online shop. Nationwide overnight delivery is offered three times a week with deliveries scheduled every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Cut off is 48 hours before.

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Suya and kilishi from Alhaji Suya

What to order: London’s preeminent suya specialist — currently relocated to Greenwich — is offering 1kg of its melting, tender tozo ready to dredge in yaji for £29.99. To be clear, this is a stellar deal. Pair it with kilishi, its dried, tantalisingly chewy cousin,

How to order: Via the Alhaji Suya website. Delivery in London is same or next day, while nationwide is 24-72 hours. Suya comes with instructions on reheating and serving.

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Udon Bansan from Koya

What to order: One of London’s most inimitable, outstanding restaurants has entered the meal kit universe with a typically composed, comforting offering centred around chashu udon. Tangy otsukemono, a crab, tomato, and winter sorrel surinagashi that is a study in sprightly umami, and a sweet red bean ozenzai with poached figs orbit the main event.

How to order: Via Koya’s Dishpatch page. Nationwide delivery is available Fridays, in multiples of two portions, on 19 and 26 February.

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Curries from Gymkhana et al.

What to order: The group behind Michelin-starred Indian restaurants Gymkhana and Trishna, and south Asian sports bar and grill Brigadiers is offering many of its restaurants’ most well-known dishes via delivery nationwide. Picks include Brigadiers’ butter chicken wings, Gymkhana’s muntjac biryani, and Trishna’s hariyali bream. For a full list of dishes, as well as meal kit and feasting options, browse the online retail portal — Ambassador General Store — created by JKS Restaurants in lockdown 1.

How to order: Select either feasting meals for two or four diners, or as many individual dishes as you wish through the online portal. Delivery dates, which nationwide take place on Wednesdays and Fridays, can be selected once the dishes or meals have been added to the basket.

To order from its sister restaurant’s online stores — including Bao, Lyle’s, and Sabor — click here.

Quality Chop House’s Pies and More

What to order: Pot au feu; coq au vin; cheddar, leek, and mushroom pie; confit potatoes and other classics from one of London’s best Anglo-Franco restaurants. Other bits worth ordering: chicken liver parfait, the world’s best pork pies, smoked, whipped cod’s roe, and the elitist of elite vintage extra virgin olive oils. Oh, and there’s a fresh meat counter too. The bangers are absolute bangers. And lastly, a vast wine offering.

How to order: Nationwide deliveries take place every Wednesday and Friday from the restaurant. Order via the Quality Chop House shop online and note that the meals change each week.

The pasta production process that hasn’t stopped at Ombra since March 2020

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The pasta production process that hasn’t stopped at Ombra since March 2020

Ombra Pasta and Sauces

What to order: Fresh pasta, including pretty tortellini, join a vast selection of sauces and store cupboard items from Ombra’s pandemic-proof and pandemic-proven pastificio and alimentari online. Right now, it’s difficult to look beyond the cimi di rapa, anchovy, and chilli sauce.

How to order: Choose from pasta, sauces, oils and vinegars, wines, and merch at Ombra’s online shop.

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Limin’ Beach Club’s Saga Boy Doubles

What to order: Owner Sham Mahabir’s new brand “Saga Boy Doubles Doubles”, brings what he’s calling the first national delivery of the savoury Trinidadian snack comprising fried bara, chana massala and condiments such as kuchela, tamarind, and pepper sauce.

How to order: Online, via Limin’s website. £40 for 10 doubles (20 bara, 1 kg chana, and condiments) including next day-delivery. (£25 for five doubles, including delivery.)

a bowl of food sitting on top of a wooden table: Chishuru’s pork asun

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Chishuru’s pork asun

Chishuru’s Pork Asun feast

What to order: One of London’s best restaurants to have opened in the past year —Chishuru’s Adejoké’s Bakare is offering a feast for (nationwide) delivery. It includes cassava fritters with coconut sauce; pork belly asun — spiced pork with charcoal-cooked peppers and onion — jollof rice, pepper sauce, kale salad; and degue-spiced millet, with yoghurt and pear poached in syrup.

How to order: £55 via Dishpatch’s online portal. Nationwide delivery is available on Fridays. “A regular box is a generous serving for 2 people,” it says online. Those dishes have a three-day shelf-life and simply need to be heated before eating.

a bowl of food sitting on top of a wooden table

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Parsi biryani from Farokh Talati

What to order: The St. John Bread and Wine head chef’s line in Parsi supper clubs has long been one of the best culinary side-projects in the city, and it’s now available for nationwide delivery. The centrepiece is a chicken biryani based around brined chicken legs and thighs, anchored in the heady fragrance of dhansak masala, a spice blend that exemplifies the Persian and Gujarati hybridity of the cuisine. It’s ably supported by sides of kachumber, dhansak dal, and pickled mango chutney.

How to order: Via Dishpatch, in multiples of two starting at £45. It’s £90 for four people, £135 for six, and up. Delivery is nationwide, on Fridays.

a close up of a person holding a sandwich: Bleecker Burger’s cheeseburger

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Bleecker Burger’s cheeseburger

Cheeseburgers and vegetarian patties from Bleecker Burger

What to order: One of the best burgers in London is now available via delivery alongside a very good vegetarian version of the same burger, in singles and doubles, and twos and fours.

How to order: Via delivery portal greatfood2u, Zan Kaufman Bleecker currently delivers its burger kits every Friday and Saturday. For example, two double cheeseburgers, two vegetarian Symplicity burgers (for four) costs £27.50. It includes: four Bleecker beef patties; two vegetarian burger patties; four buns; six American cheese slices; an 8 oz bottle of Bleecker’s house sauce; and Bleecker “secret seasoning.”

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Monty’s Reuben Sandwich

What to order: One of London’s trendiest and most celebrated Jewish delis and sandwich shops is now sending its salt beef and pastrami reubens and smoked salmon bagels all over the country.

How to order: Through Monty’s website — sandwich packs are priced between £15 and £50.

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