London restaurants deliver
We’re staying up to date on all the restaurants that have converted to ghost kitchens, and we’re directing you to all the sites that provide information.
Luxury London reports on local neighbourhood restaurants offering home deliveries, divided by area in London (North, South, East, West, Central).
The Evening Standard divides restaurants into London areas as well, but also includes a wine and cocktail bar section at the bottom. Ladies & Gentleman’s cocktail delivery menu for example features ‘Quarantinis’.
Hot Dinners update their list of London restaurant deliveries regularly, so it’s a good one to save in your tabs.
London On The Inside divides their restaurant delivery list into old favourites and new options. Spoiler Alert, Black Axe Mangal and Rice Error (from the BAO team) are on the list.
Time Out, sorry Time In, gives us a straight-up line-up of London restaurants that have taken matters into their own hands to bring their food to us.
The Infatuation gives us a map with new restaurant delivery & collection options divided by London areas, by situation (brunch, spicy food cravings, vegetarian or vegan, etc.) and a map of bars and restaurants that deliver alcohol as well.
The London Restaurant Co-operative is a not-for-profit social kitchen that brings chef-cooked meals to your door – from members who all recently became unemployed. They offer the same or next day delivery for only £6.50 a meal, with a choice of two different dishes per day (one of them suitable for vegetarians).
Deliveroo has signed almost 3,000 new UK restaurants in the past month, so be sure to check out their page as well for some novel additions.
And finally, if you’re looking for an alternative to the Deliveroo app, Supper connects you to restaurants such as Cinnamon Kitchen, Jean-Georges At The Connaught, and Homeslice. And you can order a fruit tea from YiFang as well.
How else can you help restaurants?
Order their cookbooks, buy their merch (tote bags, mugs, T-Shirts, you name it), purchase vouchers for that birthday you’ll have to postpone celebrating properly until things return to normal, or simply donate – these are some of the things you can do to help our London restaurants. Restaurants that offer vouchers include Kricket, 40ft Brewery, Crispin, and The Cinnamon Collection.
The great things people are doing in the restaurant industry
Lina Stores has raised more than £21,000 to offer free food to those in need. They will also be delivering their food and groceries soon. Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong has switched from cooking up a feast in his A. Wong restaurant to preparing free food boxes for those who need it the most. And there are plenty of cafés offering free drinks to our NHS workers or restaurants such as Yard Sale Pizza offering discounts to them.
Quoot restaurant group, which includes By Chloe and Dominique Ansel Bakery, is providing free meals to school children, while London-based brewery Pressure Drop is donating £25 to a customer’s pub or restaurant of choice whenever they order 15 or more cans from their website.
For those of us cooking at home, Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski is offering Instagram cooking classes, and Bread Ahead is doing the same for baking. There’s a social media class for making drinks at home as well – 1940s-inspired Soho bar Cahoots, for example, is launching a new social media series on 4th April entitled Cocktails from the Captain’s Larder. Tune in to be taught some of the bar’s amazing cocktails – we can’t wait.
Supermarkets need you
If you’re in need of a job, consider working at a supermarket, because they need all the help they can get. Lidl, Aldi, and Co-op are recruiting 16,500 new store assistants and delivery drivers. Tesco created as many as 20,000 jobs. Other companies hiring are Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons, Iceland, Amazon, Ocado, Deliveroo, Uber Eats, and Just Eat. And for those of you who would prefer to work in nature, local farms across the UK are in urgent need of workers to help pick and pack fruit and vegetables.
A podcast to listen to
Innovation has become an essential skill during the Covid-19 pandemic, and one chef talks us through the ways in which he is adapting his business during these troublesome times. You can listen to chef Eric Rivera, formerly director of culinary research for Chicago’s Alinea, on the Food Tech Show podcast.
Recipes from chefs
London chefs have changed gear to bring their food to our homes via delivery. But they’ve also been sharing recipes so that we can recreate our favourite dishes at home. You’ll find a recipe for fried rice, courtesy of BAO and XU, and one for Pici Cacio e Pepe from the mastermind behind Padella and Trullo, amongst others. Or if you’ve got some potatoes leftover at home, these five recipes may be just the inspiration you need.
Getting food from wholesalers
We know it’s been difficult these past few weeks to get the food products we need, let alone make an order online. Luckily wholesalers, who would usually deliver to restaurants, have made their products available to the wider public and you can still fill your baskets online. There’s Bestway Wholesale, L.C. Supplies, Regency Foods, Bidfood, JD’s Food Group, Brakes and Café Deli Wholesale. For veggie and fruit boxes, check out New Covent Garden Market and Pale Green Dot, Fresh Pasture Shop for toast bread, yoghurt and milk, and HG Walter for meat.
Getting food from nature
We finish off with a nudge toward this Guardian article by Tom Hunt. You may be comfortable around the kitchen but are now thinking of taking it to the next level, going out in search for food that doesn’t require a trip to the supermarket. Sounds crazy? We assure you it’s not. Collect nettles and dandelion leaves and you’ll have the perfect green, umami-rich chips that’ll become your go-to snack. We know what we’ll be looking out for on our next socially-distanced walk.