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11 Exciting Orders That Aren’t On The Usual Delivery Apps

Excellent restaurant food delivered, but not from the usual places.

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14 Spots
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Updated February 2nd, 2021

It isn’t difficult to order food to your door, but it can be difficult to order something properly exciting. And now that so many restaurants have had to pivot to things like takeaway and meal kits, it only makes sense that new delivery options and platforms are popping up too. Only many of these ones have been started by people in the hospitality industry, to help the hospitality industry. So if you’re looking to order something a little different from your go-to this weekend, and support restaurants in the process, check out the options in this guide.

The independent apps listed in this guide include: Big Night, Dishpatch, Pezu, Plateaway, & Restokit.


A NIGERIAN-INSPIRED WRAP KIT

Chuku’s

££££
££££ 274 High Rd

The Nigerian tapas spot in Tottenham is doing ‘Chop, Chat, and Chill’ kits - three things that everybody needs a bit of right now. Choose from beef, chicken or tofu fillings, sauces like honey suya, ayamase or ata din din, plus fillings of jollof quinoa and salad.

Order from: Chuku’s

A GLORIOUS NAAN & TACO HYBRID

Cue Point

££££ 195 Wood Ln

Nacos is their name and delicious is their game. Order you lamb and brisket naco kit from Cue Point and prepare to be amazed by both innovation and your own insatiable greed. The kit comes with smoked lamb, smoked brisket, Afghan green chutney, crispy onions, pickles, and other nice bits.

Order from: Cue Point

A BIG 'OL SHRIMP BOIL

Decatur

££££ Hackney

Decatur, a Louisiana inspired seafood pop-up, is delivering DIY shrimp boils that you can throw into a large stock pot and boil. Simple. The kit includes shrimp, corn on the cob, smoked sausage, potatoes, and their signature seasoning. Soon-to-be-sodden newspaper not included.

Order from: Decatur

A BOWL OF CHONGQING-STYLE NOODLES

Noodle & Beer

££££
££££ 31 Bell Ln

The Chongqing noodle and Sichuanese spot has a few different noodle kits on offer, like za-jiang mian (minced pork with wheat noodles, chickpeas, peanuts, cabbage, herbs, chilli oil, and sauce), or su-jiao mian, a vegetarian option with Sichuan-style grilled padron peppers.

Order from: Noodle & Beer

A WEST AFRICAN FEAST

Chishuru

££££
££££ Unit 9 Market Row

The West African spot in Brixton is one of the most exciting and best restaurant openings of this year, and you can still enjoy it in your own home. The meal for two comes with cassava fritters, pork belly asun, jollof rice, pepper sauce, and kale salad.

Order from: Dishpatch

A SRI LANKAN JACKFRUIT CURRY SPREAD

Kolamba

££££
Sri Lankan  in  Soho
££££ 21 Kingly Court

Aside from a never ending supply of valium, we can’t think of anything more welcome right now than a Sri Lankan feast. Kolamba have two different varieties for you to enjoy at home: a Ceylon chicken curry and a jackfruit curry. Both come with rice, dhal, two types of sambol, and a couple of vegetable curries, plus chutney.

Order from: Kolamba

A PERSIAN KABAB KIT

Berenjak

££££
££££ 27 Romilly Street

The Soho kababi is offering a kit with two lamb koobideh and two chicken jujeh kababs, mast-o-musir (a yoghurt dip with shallots), onion salad, and clay-baked lavash bread. In case you really don’t trust yourself, there’s a video tutorial as well (switch grill on, don’t burn, etc) and you get to keep the ‘bespoke metal skewers’ too. Who said Christmas didn’t come early?

Order from: Plateaway

A MIDDLE EASTERN VEGETARIAN MEZZE

Bubala

££££
££££ 65 Commercial Street

Forget burgers and order some beetroot borani instead. Bubala, the delicious all-vegetarian Spitalfields restaurant, is doing a nine dish vegetarian mezze selection for two. There’s laffa flatbread, halloumi and honey, mushroom skewers, potato latke, and more.

Order from: Dishpatch

AN ASSAM LAKSA

Sambal Shiok

££££
££££ 171 Holloway Road

Laksa is essential from this Malaysian spot on the Holloway Road, and now you can get a kit delivered straight to you. The Assam laksa is a blend of Malay and Chinese cuisine from Penang, and the kits comes with fat rice noodles, mackerel flakes, fresh herbs, vegetables, and a prawn molasses.

Order from: Pezu

A DORITOS FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH

Snackbar

££££
££££ 20 Dalston Lane

The Dalston café is delivering grilled cheese sandwiches, vegan dan dan noodles, and a certain Doritos fried chicken sandwich.

Order from: Big Night

A WARMING AUTUMNAL FEAST

Andrew Edmunds

££££
££££ 46 Lexington St

It’s one of London’s most romantic restaurants and now the Soho stalwart Andrew Edmunds is delivering to you. Their date night menu for two has cauliflower soup with garlic croutons and tapenade, aged beef wing rib with dauphinoise and Swiss chard, and a chocolate terrine for pud.

Order from: Dishpatch

CURRENTLY ON PAUSE

Royale London

££££ 221 Grove Road

The rotisserie chicken side hustle from the folks behind Leroy is delivering juicy chicken cooked perfectly on a vintage Rotisol - is anyone having a holiday flashback to a market in France? - along with roasted potatoes soaked in chicken juices and salad.

Order from: Big Night

Scully

££££
££££ 4 St James's Market

The first time we went to Scully, our tastebuds stood to attention and everything in the world seemed just a little more exciting, and also kafir lime-filled. Then it happened the second and the third time we went, and now it can happen in your home as well. The St. James’s restaurant is selling three different six/seven plate banquets with things like masala chickpeas, roasted aubergine with sambal tumis, and beef short rib pastrami on the menu.

Order from: Scully At Home

The Camberwell Arms

££££
BritishPub  in  Camberwell
££££ 65 Camberwell Church St

It’s that time of year, and by that time of year we mean pie time of year, and Camberwell’s premier gastropub make some of the best around. You can get a rich beef, ale, and bone marrow pie with roast hispi cabbage and potato gratin to share straight to your door. Or, if meat isn’t your thing, then there’s a celeriac, porcini mushroom and mascarpone number on the menu. Don’t forget dessert either.

Order from: Big Night

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