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In the current climate, traveling to France might not be on the cards, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a proper French evening in! Here’s a round-up of delivery options that will transport you over the Channel. Put on your coolest French playlist, lay the table, crack open a bottle of vin rouge and voilà! Staying in is the new traveling out.
Maison Patron: the Parisian bistro
Light up the candles and get ordering! North London’s favourite Parisian bistrotier is back in the delivery game, with carefully crafted à la carte and wine options for your perfect date night. First relax, it’s apéro time nibbling on truffle salami and olives with a glass of fizzy crémant d'Alsace. Then indulge in a soothing coq au vin, some duck confit and a side of gratin dauphinois with red wine. To round things off, share a slice of tarte tatin and drink up those bubbles!
Best thing is, the dishes will keep up to five days in the fridge, so you can replay that Paris scene over and over again.
Delivery available for North and North West London from Oct 15th, all over London shortly after that.
Delivery Wed-Sun 6-8p
Collection Wed-Sun 4-10pm
Gauthier Soho: the gastronomic vegan
Michelin-starred chef Alexis Gauthier’s fine dining restaurant nestled in a Soho townhouse has been around since 2010. In 2016, he turned vegan and created a fully plant-based tasting menu that has been a hit ever since.
You can now recreate it at home, with a seasonal, weekly-changing kit of nine dishes — enough to feed four, keep you going for three days or even pop into your freezer for later. In addition to his cult vegan faux-gras, you can expect the likes of herb and onion brioches, wild mushrooms forestière, basil ravioli, almond financier or dark chocolate mousse.
Nationwide delivery. Order by noon on Thursday each week for Friday delivery. https://www.gauthierhome.co.uk/
Côte at Home: the crowd-pleaser
Set menus, à la carte, butcher, cheesemonger, baker, wine shop... From oven-ready bistro meals to French produce, brasserie-inspired chain Côte does it all. With an impressively vast offering delivered to your door nationwide, it’s hard to make a choice.
Looking for a morning treat? Continental breakfast is your go-to: bread, salted Guérande butter and jam, croissants, pains au chocolat, fruit yogurt and comte cheese (£29.95, serves 4)
Need to keep everyone happy? You can’t go wrong with the family menu, including the likes of hachis parmentier, Breton chicken, French fries and minted peas, chocolate mousse, wine for the parents and activity packs for the kids (£55, serves 4). That’s Sunday lunch sorted.
£40 minimum spend.
£4.95 nationwide delivery, free over £80.
Le Choux: the sweetest
Good news West Londoners! Paris-trained pastry chef Abigail Scheuer crafts and delivers the cutest French little jewels from her artisan bakery: soft choux filled with naturally flavoured creams and topped with a dark sugar craquelin, the Parisian way!
No need to spend too much time drooling over your computer, you might as well order a mixed box of six (£14): salted caramel and fudge, pistachio and white chocolate, lemon meringue, gianduja, passion fruit... make sure you taste them all!
If you’re looking for a true show-stopper to end your next dinner party of six in style, the hazelnut-praline Paris-Brest (£28-48, 3 days notice).
Can’t get enough of the addictive salted caramel and fudge chou? Indulge in a jar of it as an extra treat.