Dining at home has seen a transformation during these times with the finest and most popular restaurants adding this new option for the foreseeable future.
Whether you’re finding it hard to bag a table at your favourite restaurant or not yet ready to venture out, there are plenty of choices to recreate a la carte in your dining room or indulge in a posh picnic for the park.
Here are some of our favourite dine at home delights on offer.
Asian Fusion for Foodies
Bring the elegance and experience of contemporary Chinese restaurant Tattu into your home with its cook-at-home boxes.
There’s something satisfying about recreating some of Tattu’s refined dishes in your own kitchen using the detailed booklet of instructions and expertly-packed produce.
There are a range of three-course seasonal boxes to suit whether you prefer meat, fish or are vegetarian. Dishes to finish at home differ according to each box and include the restaurant’s signature Red Pepper Lamb Cutlets, Shanghai Black Cod and luxurious Asian Pear Sticky Toffee Pudding dessert.
Vegetarian options have the restaurant’s most popular vegetarian dishes, ranging from Wild Mushroom Spring Rolls with a decadent Truffle Sour Cream to Vegetarian Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and OK Glazed Tempeh.
For an extra special meal, you can even add wine pairings or ready to pour cocktails from the Tattu bar. Then scan the Sounds of Tattu QR code to bring its ambience into your home.
Creating the meal is a little more involved than just heating it up but it does feel like a real treat. You can also feel proud of giving something back as Tattu makes a charity donation for every Tattu by You box purchased, which supports the homeless in Birmingham, along with Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh.
Guests can also order from Tattu’s takeaway service via Deliveroo or click and collect. Prices for the cook-at-home boxes start from £55. Find out more at the Tattu website HERE
An Ethical BBQ
Entertain your bubble of guests in the garden with a bounty of superb barbecue meats sourced direct from farmers from 44 Foods.
The company supplies restaurant-quality bundles of food that have everything you could possibly need for a sizzling summer soirée.
Launched in January, 44 Foods is a collective of farmers and food producers who are passionate about ethically produced, fairly priced, sustainable food. Together, they supply meat along with fruit and veg, dairy and larder essentials direct from their farms to your door – offering customers a fairer way to shop.
Choose between the Medium BBQ Meat Bundle, packed with burgers, sausages and kebabs for £23, or the Large BBQ Meat Bundle that also has pork ribs, steaks and more for £42. It’s excellent quality and make your garden get-togethers stand out from the crowd.
There’s also meat bundles for a steak dinner or roast starting from £20.50. Find out more at the 44 Foods’ website HERE
From the Simpsons stable comes fine dining option Antona At Home to add Michelin starred style to a date night or special occasion at home.
Named after Andreas Antona, the Michelin-star chef patron and owner of Simpsons and The Cross at Kenilworth, the set menus change regularly but are always mouth-wateringly tempting.
Expertly prepared, all you have to do is follow simple step-by-step instructions and then tuck into dishes like beef wellington, creamed spinach, confit carrots, mashed potato and truffle sauce or vegetarian mains of roasted celeriac, gnocchi, apple puree and cider sauce.
Three exquisite courses feature finely crafted starters including pea and asparagus velouté, goats curd, wild garlic and croutons, while desserts are a dream to eat ranging from Rhum Baba to Treacle tart.
Chefs source the best seasonal ingredients to create dishes that bring the distinguished quality of Andreas’ Michelin dining experience from the restaurant into your home.
Luxury Mailbox store Harvey Nichols has also teamed up with Antona at Home to offer exclusive weekly wine pairings to match the home meal kits.
Prices for Antona At Home start from £45 per person. Find out more from the Antona At Home website HERE
You no longer need to travel to London to indulge in Cantonese cuisine from Mayfair’s award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant Hakkasan.
The upmarket establishment has created a selection of Occasions by Hakkasan meal kits containing all the ingredients you need to recreate its iconic dishes in your own kitchen.
Delve through the layers of packaging to reach the finest quality ingredients and straightforward culinary instructions written by Executive Chef Andrew Yeo.
There’s the standard Signature or Vegan Collections or an enhanced Bespoke Collection, but they all allow you to select exactly which starter, main and dessert dish you would like. That’s a tough choice with options like sanpei chicken claypot, smoked beef ribs with jasmine tea and chocolate and hibiscus souffle.
Hakkasan’s cuisine blends authentic Cantonese recipes with contemporary influences and there’s a bit of preparation to do on your own before serving up, but the gastronomic delicacies when served up are truly divine.
The Hakkasan At Home meal kit cost between £145 and £175 . Find out more at the Hakkasan website HERE
Gastro Pub Gourmet
Suave gastro pub The High Field in Edgbaston is now offering Peach at Home boxes containing three courses that feature its standout specials.
Boxes are put together by the pub’s award-winning team of chefs and offer a prime choice of its main courses, starters and desserts that are ready to finish off easily at home for two people.
From Aubrey Allen’s signature Beef Wellington collection to a Dover Sole fish box or 28 day dry-aged BBQ Cote de Boeuf , deliveries are made on Fridays and Saturdays to help make your weekend just peachy.
Using fine British produce, you can plump for starters like twice-baked Godminster Cheddar soufflé with cheese sauce and walnut pesto or rich game liver terrine with red onion marmalade and toasted brioche.
Each box has wine-pairing ideas with the option to add an award-winning bottle to your order. You can even jump onto a Peach Spotify playlist for sounds to set the mood for your weekend supper.
Prices start at £70 and are delivered nationwide. Find out more at The High Field website HERE
A Parcel of Dumplings
Get Dim Sum to your door with this Steam at Home offering from Chinese restaurant Ping Pong.
Specialising in handmade dumplings, buns, puffs and crispy dim sum, this London eatery is now sharing its delicious Asian flavours nationwide, to enjoy at home.
It takes only a few minutes to cook the dishes, with a choice between steamed, crispy or rice options. Don’t worry if you haven’t prepared dumplings before as they come ready to be finished off in the oven or microwave, but you can steam them on the hob for a more authentic approach.
Billed as “little parcels of deliciousness”, there’s an array of dumpling flavours that are priced at 6 pieces for around £6. There’s spicy chicken, chicken and cashew nut, traditional prawn har gau, prawn and chive, spicy vegetable and spinach and mushroom.
The varied menu boasts Shanghai chilli wonton, char siu or vegetable buns, spring rolls, sticky rice, spare ribs and smoked chilli chicken wings.
The minimum food order is £30. Ping Pong recommends ordering two to three dim sum containers per person and offers free UK next day delivery for all orders above £42 when placed before 2pm. Find out more at the Ping Pong website HERE
The Ultimate Posh Picnic
With a background in catering at top-class and upmarket events, family business Noble House Prepared has expanded its range to offer restaurant-quality food that will transform an outdoor meet-up or garden party into a posh picnic.
It’s no wonder the quality of food is so good and beautifully presented as Executive Chef Owen Sullivan has experience leading Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and catering for celebrities like Elton John at his Oscar’s Viewing Party in LA.
Sullivan creates mouth-watering wholesome food and meals that now include sweet and savoury picnic packages that are full of simply divine delights.
Delivered to your door, this wonder of treats will make any outdoor get-together even more special. Gourmet mini cakes and cheesecakes are baked to perfection and guaranteed to make you lick your spoon, while the crumbly scones come with clotted cream and a prestige jam packed with fruity zestfulness from Rosebud Preserves.
It’s a real feast for the eyes and tastebuds with generous-sized portions and notable additions like tartlets, a charcuterie board and the best sausage roll you are ever likely to taste.
Prices start from £40 a picnic. Find out more at Noble House website HERE
Rock Up Your Mealtime
Iconic Hard Rock Cafe restaurant has launched its first ever ‘at home’ fresh food box in the UK this year and now has two offerings in its collection for nationwide delivery.
Recreate the Hard Rock Cafe’s famous Ribs or BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger in the comfort of your own home. Beautifully packaged and including a coveted Hard Rock Café bag, the produce is high quality that offers excellent flavour.
Instructions for Hard Rock At Home are easy-to-follow and it takes less than half an hour to get delicious results of a memorable meal that is available for two or four people.
The Ribs Box comes with racks of smoked baby pork back rib that have been prepared and smoked by chefs for at least four hours using hickory wood chips. All that’s left is for you to gently rub them with Hard Rock’s ‘secret’ Love All seasoning and cook.
Alongside is Hard Rock’s signature BBQ sauce and sides of coleslaw and jacket potatoes. While the mouth-watering Bacon Cheeseburger includes the lip-licking BBQ sauce and seasoned fries and is extremely satisfying if you love a juicy burger.
It’s been 50 years since Hard Rock Café launched and its popularity hasn’t waned worldwide. This is particularly good for Hard Rock fans in Birmingham as the nearest restaurants are in Manchester or London.
The meals start at £19.95 and are delivered through Plateaway and you can find out more HERE
Curry Favour with a Michelin Star Chef
Michelin-starred chef and Great British Menu winner Aktar Islam has added the Aktar at Home range that is delivered to your door every Thursday and Friday.
There’s dine at home selections that range from curry boxes to meat boxes and a Sunday roast, from this chef that owns acclaimed Opheem in Summer Row.
You won’t be short of options with The Curry Box and Vegan Box that both include a selection of 10 traditional dishes including pulao rice and breads from Birmingham’s own master of spices.
The Meat Box offers premium dry aged steaks and a selection of traditional Argentinian sides to cook at home, using Aktar’s expertise from Argentinian restaurant Pulperia.
Growing popularity for dine at home options has led to new additions including a Tandoori BBQ Box, ideal for garden gatherings as it features around 4kg of marinated meats that serve up to six people.
Expanding the range further, there is also a Biryani Box with a kit to recreate a classic Hyderabadi style biryani for six people at home, which can make a showstopping centre piece dish for a dinner party.
The Biryani Box costs £45, with other boxes priced at £70. Find out more at the Aktar at Home website HERE
Spice Up Your Breakfast
Indulge in breakfast in bed with Dishoom’s tantalising kits of Bacon Naan Roll or Vegan Sausage Naan Roll that can even come with a Mimosa.
The eatery in Chamberlain Square pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay. These kits allow you to enjoy its gently spiced breakfast offerings in your pyjamas, which includes Dishoom’s renowned Masala Chai and the option of adding a decadent orange marmalade-based Mimosa cocktail.
It all takes about 20 minutes to serve up. The naan bread is ready to roll and put under the grill while the bacon or vegan sausage fries. The vegan sausages have been specially developed for Dishoom by chef Neil Rankin, of Symplicity Foods, and used fermented beetroot, mushroom and onion mixed in with spices to create the plant-based meat substitute.
There’s loose-leaf tea, chef Naved’s secret ingredient of chai spices and fresh ginger slices to make your own version of the hot, soothing Masala Chai.
With fresh, flavoursome ingredients, the kit offers something new and there is a delicious tomato chilli jam that gels beautifully in the naan for a breakfast sarnie with a difference.
What’s more, for every kit sent out, Dishoom donates a meal to charity Magic Breakfast that provides free meals to schools. From £16 per kit. Find out more at the Dishoom website HERE
Feast On Filipino
Enjoy Filipino food at its finest from renowned Romula restaurant, offering nationwide deliveries from its London base.
The generous five course meal kit comes with three courses coverings its most popular dishes. Salmon sinigang, fresh vegetable spring rolls, chicken sisig, crispy pork hock with garlic fried rice and stir fried bok choy tantalise the taste buds with glorious rich and spicy flavours.
Everything is vacuum-packed and ready to heat up with simple instructions for easy dining at home. You’ll feel full to the brim as you round off this delicious meal with the bright purple, unusual dessert of Ube Cheesecake.
Diplomat General Carlos Romulo started the restaurant, which is now run by his granddaughter Rowena. She showcases the finest foods from The Philippines, where the food is a mix of Spanish, Chinese, Malay and American influences. If you haven’t tried Filipino food before, this is an ideal way to discover the range of delicacies it offers.
The Taste of the Philippines meal kit costs £70. Find out more at the Romulo website HERE
A Little Piece of Italy
Reacquaint yourself with the delicious Italian dishes from Piccolino’s in Brindleyplace with this at home offering.
Seasonal bundles in the Piccolino2go range offer meals to fit in with every lifestyle with Family Sunday, Movie Night, Date Night with Fizz and even Mum and Dad’s Night Off collections.
It’s up to you which starters, mains and desserts you pick but there’s a wide choice of authentic Italian favourites of pizza, pasta and much more.
Whether you choose rigatoni con melanzane, lasagne or sirloin dish Bistecca fiorentina, it’s all freshly cooked to the high standard we’ve come to expect from Piccolino’s; all you need to do is warm up and serve.
The restaurant is also offering a wide choice of wines to accompany your meal from fresh Italian sparking wines to stable whites and reds.
Bundles start from £12 for a Pizza and Peroni to £90 for Date Night, which includes a bottle of Fergherttina Franciacorta Rose Brut. Find out more at the Piccolino2go website HERE
Bring the Guys Home
Enjoy Five Guys’ famous fries and more at home from the Resorts World eatery.
Then all you have to do is choose from more than 250,000 possible topping combinations for its burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches.
Five Guys’ hand-cut fries that are distinctively cooked in 100% peanut oil while there are 1,000 different Shake mix-in combinations.
For those wanting to dine during a movie or a family games night at home, this takeaway option allows you to bite into your favourite Five Guys burger in the comfort of your own surroundings.
Find out more from Five Guys at Resorts World HERE