Many of London’s Michelin starred restaurants are now offering a delivery service to help those self-isolating or social distancing receive top quality food without having to leave their homes.
During a time when restaurants have been forced to close their eat-in offering, many are diversifying in a bid to generate revenue without the usual footfall of customers meeting at their venues. This shift, restaurants hope, will help support their staff and suppliers to maintain income at a difficult time. Lots of the capital’s top eateries are now offering both take away and delivery options. Because of the sudden nature of the business change some restaurants are on wider food delivery apps – like Deliveroo, who now offer a non-contact option for food orders – but some require you to book directly with the restaurant, either by calling or contacting them online through email, websites or Instagram.
Despite Michelin starred food delivery being a fairly new concept for many, there is an existing company which specialises in high-end takeaway. Supper is the world’s first Michelin delivery service and finds its home in London. Having launched in 2015 its business model sees drivers pick up food from high-end eateries in the capital – specifically those with a Michelin star – and deliver them to businesses and homes across London. Not only can you order just for yourself, but if using the Supper app you can order for up to 30 people, which while perhaps not ideal now, could be a good excuse for a party in a post-Covid-19 world.
Eating Michelin starred food from the comfort of your own couch might sound too good to be true, but there are plenty of options out there to help you feed your high-end-eating habit. Below are a selection of places where you can order Michelin starred food from top kitchens straight to your door. Some of the places below will even send you sommelier-matched wines too, for when you want to add to your indulgence.
Hakkasan is here to take your Friday night feast up a gear, now offering its Michelin starred food to enjoy in your own home. The restaurant group is renowned around the world – and boats a whole legion of famous fans – for its immaculately presented, vibrant cooking. Expect cleverly flavoured dim sum as well as East meets West mains like steam langoustines wrapped in glass noodles with chilli and garlic sauce and our favourite dish on the menu: a spicy lamb salad with peanut dressing. Hakkasan have paired with delivery app Supper to offer this service.
In direct response to Coronavirus limitations the team at Kai launched their all new ‘Room Service’ menu. Initially this saw staff from the Michelin starred restaurant deliver dishes and plate them in customers' homes, which sadly will now not be an option. Happily though, you’ll still be able to receive the dishes to serve up yourself if you live within a 10-15 minute drive of Kai (and they recommend you get your plates warmed before your food arrives, this isn’t your usual chow mein, guys). There’s a minimum spend of £150 and dishes include soft shell crab in a chilli and shallot spiced batter with green mango and a classic roasted Peking Duck as well as family favourites like sweet and sour pork. Kai is taking orders directly.
Hide Above is headed up by renowned Michelin chef and industry golden boy Ollie Dabbous and specialises in creative flavour pairings and presentation. For those looking to stay home and enjoy such high end far from their own dining table, you can now order Ollie’s food through the Supper app. Suckling pig with mustard fruit puree or roast scallop with Jerusalem artichoke and black truffle are just a couple of the things you could be tucking into for dinner, and you can also order the restaurant’s baked bread and viennoiseries in case breakfast is needed too.
Although this one doesn’t have a Michelin star, it is recommended by the review guide and is generally a very highly thought of Indian restaurant on the Mayfair scene. The team at Benares are offering some of their top dishes for delivery which include the likes of Murg Makhani (a smoky chicken dish in a tomato and Fenugreek sauce) and tandoori grilled prawns. You can place your order through the Supper app, with orders being accepted between 12-9pm, Monday-Saturday. At the time of writing Benares was also donating a meal to a local NHS worker for every meal bought by a regular customer.
Jean-Georges at The Connaught
The food here comes from New York-based Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and is a comforting mix of richly indulgent fare and high-end brunch and breakfast places. Expect playfully luxurious Michelin-recommended dishes like silky egg yolks sandwiched between caviar-topped buttery brioche toast, lobster coupled up with a crispy fried squash flower stuffed with prawns, or a heady pizza of Fontina cheese and rich black truffle. Order through the Supper app.
The menu at Brat takes its lead from Basque country for a wonderful blend of bright flavours and the heady use of simple but perfect combinations of herbs, garlic and oil. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, chef Tomos Parry and his team have opened a Farm, Grill and Wine shop. Here you’ll be able to buy a selection of the chefs’ signature dishes to go, as well as it being possible to pick up high end produce the kitchen would usually use for lunch and dinner service. If needed the chefs can deliver straight to your doorstep, and the menu will offer up the likes of grilled whole brown crabs, fresh fish, and smoked pink fir potatoes for dinner at home. Wine, deli items and fresh produce complete the line-up.
Motu Indian Kitchen
While not a Michelin starred restaurant exactly, Motu does come from the same team who are behind the much-lauded Gymkhana – a Michelin starred Indian in Mayfair. The takeaway brand’s rich dishes feature things like a butter paneer, a fragrant chicken biryani and an expertly spiced dhal. Motu is one of Deliveroo’s Edition Kitchens, meaning they do delivery only and you can’t eat in. This, happily, reduces waiting times and means all recipes have been specifically designed to be transported in the best way possible as well as it translating to some very reasonably priced high-quality takeaway food.
It’s not only Londoners who can get their hands on Michelin-recommended food to takeaway either. Merienda, a fine dining restaurant in Edinburgh, has launched a ‘social distancing’ menu to try to encourage continued business. If you’d like to get in on the action you’ll have to order with the restaurant directly, a day in advance. Dishes will arrive ready to microwave or heat in the oven, and you can order a few to freeze if you’d like to stockpile for the following days or weeks.
Fancy takeaway but not fussed about it being Michelin starred? These are all the London restaurants who now offer delivery and takeaway menus.