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Restaurant meal boxes - have you tried them?

(23 Posts)
tidyskatemum Wed 18-Nov-20 15:24:50

We bought a meal box from Rick Stein at Home (other chefs are available!) It came with everything for a 3 course meal for 2, right down to the parsley garnish for the starter. I was a bit dubious about shelling out 50-odd quid for one meal at home but I thought it was time for a treat. As it turned out it was excellent value as the portions were enormous. We don’t have bird-like appetites but it took 4 evenings to get through it all - and it was delicious. I’m thinking about trying another one - or another chef. Does anyone have any recommendations?

glammagran Wed 18-Nov-20 15:28:16

I’ve just ordered Cote Brasserie lobster & frites etc for 2 and creme caramel for my husbands birthday meal next week. It’s the first time I’ve ordered a meal like this online - I hope it arrives ok!

Maggiemaybe Wed 18-Nov-20 15:44:21

Can anyone recommend a veggie one? DS and DDIL have an anniversary coming up.

suziewoozie Wed 18-Nov-20 15:46:18

I’ve had two Cote ones - absolutely fine.

suziewoozie Wed 18-Nov-20 15:48:43


Can anyone recommend a veggie one? DS and DDIL have an anniversary coming up.

Just looked - Cote have 4 vegetarian mains and then you csn choose starters, sides, puddings, wines etc

Onthenaughtystep1 Wed 18-Nov-20 15:57:03

Gosh! That’s way outwith my price range.
Thankfully OH is an excellent chef (I’m a competent cook) and we cook a huge range of styles from scratch (OK I’ll admit we buy our paratha frozen).
During lockdown we fought over who was to cook dinner as it is such a lovely pastime.

tidyskatemum Wed 18-Nov-20 16:20:45

Something else we’ve had is the Dishoom bacon naan kit, which DD bought for us. The best bacon butty ever!

Maggiemaybe Wed 18-Nov-20 16:31:08

Thanks, suziewoozie, I’ll have a look. smile

JenniferEccles Wed 18-Nov-20 17:06:28

We have had Cote meals too and enjoyed them.

I might try Rick Stein after your recommendation tidyskatemum

Much as anyone might enjoy cooking surely one prepared by someone else now and again is a lovely treat isn’t it?

After over 40 years of cooking I welcome any chance of a break!

Granarchist Wed 18-Nov-20 17:32:46

my sister did Rick Stein and said it was brilliant

M0nica Wed 18-Nov-20 17:49:13

I ordered a three course meal for three from our local very highly rated French restaurant, in the summer. It was DD birthday and she had been very ill (not COVID). I laid the dining table with a table cloth, best chin, glass and cutlery and it was almost as good as eating in the restaurant.

She mentioned yesterday how much it boosted her spirits at a difficult time, to be eating top quality restaurant food with a table to go with it.

harrigran Wed 18-Nov-20 18:52:35

Alexis Gauthier does a vegan box, his restaurant is now in Soho but I ate at his Pimlico restaurant years ago and the food was out of this world. DD had the vegetarian tasting menu which she said was superb.
We regularly order from Cote at home, I don't care for the desserts, too sweet for my taste but everything else is first rate.

Iam64 Wed 18-Nov-20 18:55:46

We had three course Cote to celebrate a birthday this week. We are big eaters and found the portions generous. It was first rate and a treat to eat a restaurant meal without having todo anything more complicated than work out the timings.

avitorl Thu 19-Nov-20 00:59:33

I've been to a Rick Stein Restaurant and your description of Takeaway sounds much better than the meal I had in the restaurant but the views were better than I have at home.

BlueSapphire Thu 19-Nov-20 10:05:41

Not a restaurant meal, but an Eat Fresh box, which DD orders each week. She orders four meals for her and her DH, and everything comes with it, including storage and recipe instructions. They are very pleased with them and are enjoying new recipes and trying new things.

Nightsky2 Thu 19-Nov-20 10:23:55

We had Beef Bourguignon from Cote last week with mash and minted peas with apple tart for dessert. Absolutely delicious and much cheaper than eating out.

suziewoozie Thu 19-Nov-20 14:06:48


We had Beef Bourguignon from Cote last week with mash and minted peas with apple tart for dessert. Absolutely delicious and much cheaper than eating out.

That’s exactly what we had - nice sized portions too and the apple tartes came with cream

EllanVannin Thu 19-Nov-20 14:27:51

Much as I like and prefer my own cooking these sound delicious. I too would see it as a treat and set my table accordingly----just for myself, even though I'd do my best to plough through two meals as just ordering for one sounds a bit naff grin

Think of the Vicar of Dibley and her Christmas dinners hahaha.

Patsy70 Sun 22-Nov-20 10:01:40

We’re thinking of ordering a Rick Stein meal for our daughter & her partner on her birthday, so thank you for this, [tidyskatemum]. Might try it for ourselves too! smile.

Welshwife Sun 22-Nov-20 10:40:17

A number of local restaurants here in Dordogne are doing take aways - we go to a local one we use for a treat when things are normal. The menu is reduced but everything is proper Restaurant food and we have three courses for ——-€12.50 each. We normally only eat two courses so keep the starter (salad of some sort) for lunch the next day.
Today we have duck breast ordered with a blue cheese salad as starter and a wonderful cherry tiramisu type dessert. The salad we will eat at tea time.
A place we give a miss does burgers type things - far more expensive - and we have a cordon Bleu chef who will do anything you wish. As we will be here on our own over Christmas we are thinking of having him do a beef Wellington for us.
If we were in UK I would order from Côte!

Patsy70 Sun 29-Nov-20 08:59:51

tidyskatemum We had the Rick Stein lobster meal last night and it was delicious. Thank you for recommending it. smile

Missfoodlove Sun 29-Nov-20 09:40:09

We had a meal delivered from a local restaurant, it was awful.
I was so disappointed I’m not going to risk it again.
My lovely husband wanted to treat us as he feels I’ve done so much cooking.
I love cooking and have little else to do right now.

Maggiemaybe Sun 29-Nov-20 09:41:35

We had a box for 2 last night from our lovely local pub. Breads, houmous and olives, 6 “small plate” dishes including halloumi fries, meatballs, sea bass, pulled pork, chicken breast, all with sides, and a selection of three small puds. All homemade and delicious, and we’ve enough left for another meal today. £35.

Not quite the same as popping round there to eat, but needs must!