The best meal kits for Valentine’s Day
Although dining out on Valentine’s Day can be really special, staying in doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style. We’ve rounded up the best restaurant boxes available for nationwide delivery in time for the 14th February.
Whether your idea of the perfect Valentine’s meal is a steak, lobster, fondue, or pancakes in bed, we’ve tried and tested every one of these recommendations – so you know they’re going to be good.
If your lover is a cheese fan, this fondue kit from Provisions has everything you need to make a melted cheese meal of dreams. There’s no need to have a cast iron fondue set for this meal – just a pan, three candles and something to sit the pot on is required. There is something very romantic about a meal that takes only 10 minutes to put together, and which can be eaten in such a relaxed manner as this. It’s interactive and cheering, and perfect for the cooler weather! Add a glass of white wine and a salad to cut through the moreish cheese for a romantic, stress-free meal. Fondue, we salute you. Available from Provisions (£29).
Michel Roux Jr’s Valentine’s kit
Michel’s four-course menu for Disptach begins with a beautiful champagne and saffron soup with poached scallop, served with sourdough bread and butter. The main course is a beef wellington to serve two, which comes with a red wine jus, carrots and parsnips dressed in beurre noisette, and a potato and celeriac dauphinoise. Are you drooling yet? For pud, a favourite of Michel’s: chocolate and whiskey tart. The menu is available to order from 22nd January, for delivery throughout February. Available from Dishpatch (£120 for 2).
Lovers of langoustines should not look past the Hairy Bikers’ new nationwide box straight out of Fife’s the Harbour Cafe. Inside you’ll find a feast of sizeable proportions including sourdough bread, anchovy houmus, East Neuk Kilnhouse hot smoked trout pâté, dill pickled cucumbers, Harbour Cafe’s rich and glossy fish soup, 3 meaty langoustines and aioli (plus salad and a pebble to use to break the shellfish open!), roast balcaskie beef and horseradish, Andalucian potato salad, and a sticky toffee pudding with a Kingsbarns salted whisky caramel sauce. Available from the Harbour Cafe (£60 for 2).
If you and your beau are more into brunch than a formal dining affair, then this fun kit is here to deliver. Brought to you by pancake royalty Where The Pancakes Are (a London hotspot), the box comes loaded with everything you need to make their famous buttermilk pancakes at home. The ingredients are of the highest quality – from their signature buttermilk pancake flour mix down to the box of carefully wrapped St Ewe’s eggs. The pancakes take a little prep to put together, but that’s the fun part, right? Plus their instructions come with pictures, to keep you on track. And once your fluffy creations are ready, you’ve plenty of toppings to choose from – with Swaledale butchers smoked streaky bacon, 100% pure Canadian maple syrup and plenty of fresh fruit to scatter on top. Pop on your favourite Spotify playlist and your best PJs and make this a Valentine’s brunch to swoon over. Available from Where The Pancakes Are (£45 including P&P).
The famous bacon naan from Dishoom is the perfect V day breakfast in bed for lovers this Valentine’s weekend. If you’ve never tried one, we’re talking streaky Ramsays of Carluke bacon, served in a freshly baked tandoori naan, with a dollop of cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and fresh herbs. Alongside the naan, Chai spices and loose-leaf tea are included to make delicious a Dishoom chai for two. AND, for every kit sold, Dishoom will donate a meal to their charity partner Magic Breakfast. Pre-order for 11th February to ensure you have the kit for Valentine’s weekend. Available from Bacon Naan (£18 for 2, including delivery).
The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach – and the Italians sure know how to pull off a romantic dinner in style. Lina Stores, Soho’s famous Italian delicatessen is offering a Valentine’s At Home box this year. The kit, adorned in their famous green and white striped packaging, contains fresh focaccia, Bella di Cerignola olives, cured Coppa and Tuscan Pecordino Cacio di Pienza Nero cheese, one pasta kit for two of your choice, a bottle of Italian Prosecco, and a seriously indulgent baci brownie to finish. It’s a lot of food, so just a warning: you won’t be able to move afterwards, but the best part is, you’ll already be home! Available from Lina Stores (£75).
If you’re cooking for a vegan date this Valentine’s day, Libertine Burger’s offering is available as a nationwide kit that is extremely simple and satisfying, and beats spending hours cooking when you could be spending hours talking! Expect a plant-based patty, plant-based brioche, vegan cheese, ketchup, French mustard, lettuce and pickles. Please note fries are not included! Available from Libertine Burger (£29.50 for 4).
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