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Meal kits from top London restaurants for a bit of Valentine’s Day romance

Set the mood with food

Angela Hui
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Laura Richards
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Angela Hui
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Did you know that the way to the heart is actually through the stomach? Sounds gross, but trust us on this one. That means that if you’re no Casanova in the kitchen, the approach of Valentine’s Day (Monday February 14) might have you breaking out in a sweat because Monday night is the least exciting day of the week to go out and many restaurants are closed on the big day.

Fret not, you’ve not left it too late for deliveries, and these ever-reliable and ever-delicious London restaurants have pulled together some very special (and not to mention easy to assemble!) meal kits for the international day of lurrrve. That means you can focus on setting the mood at home just right, or just settling in for a night in front of Netflix (cos meal kit for one = the ultimate act of self-love). Spread the love and cook up a storm with some awesome Valentine’s meal kit options. 

Andrew Edmunds

Recreate some of that famed date night magic from one of London’s most romantic restaurants. Head chef Tom Trubshaw has designed a three-course menu that’ll have you fall head over heels in love, from creamy carrot and chestnut soup to confit duck leg and a layered black forest gateau. They’ve even thrown in some candles from Issy Granger to help really set the mood for an amorous tablescape. Kits before the big day have sold out, but they’ll be available until the end of next month. Who says love is only reserved for one day?

£65. Pre-order for Feb 18, available for delivery until March 25. https://www.dishpatch.co.uk/feasts/date-night 

José Pizarro 

Time for some amor. London’s luminary Spanish chef José Pizarro is whipping up a feast for lovers to finish at home. If you believe that sharing is caring, then order in the Spanish steak supper which includes a 30 day-aged steak with triple-cooked chips and a chocolate ganache for pud. There’s also an option to add on a lovely bottle of rioja too.

£75. Pre-order for delivery on Fri Feb 11. https://www.dishpatch.co.uk/feasts/spanish-steak-supper

Burger & Beyond

The DIY bacon butter patties from Burger & Beyond are bound to make a mess, but boy are they good. Also in the kit: DIY fried chicken, truffle tots, brownies and a bottle of fizz. The napkins you’ll need to source for yourself... plus maybe some Rennies (why not cut them into heart shapes and make it cute?). 

£59.95. Flexible booking (but order for delivery on Fri 11 Feb for Feb 14). www.burgerandbeyondshop.co.uk/product/date-night

Jikoni 

We were already obsessing over Jikoni’s veggie and vegan meal kits, but now it’s a bonafide crush. That’s because for V-Day, its Comfort & Joy food boxes will feature a swoonsome South Indian-inspired, small plates bonanza – which can be ordered for one or two. 

£30 for one, £55 for two. Order now for London-wide delivery. www.jikonilondon.com

Smokestak 

Give in to the carnal pleasures of a meat feast from Smokestak. This special delivery comes loaded with beef brisket and pulled pork plus all the restaurant’s signature sides and its cult-like sticky toffee pudding. Smokin’. 

£75. Pre-order before 6pm on Wed Feb 10 for nationwide delivery on Fri Feb 12. www.smokestakshop.co.uk

Cafe Murano

Some say the French know the most about romance. But we say it’s the Italians, cos they created foccacia, cheese and pasta. Either way, Angela Hartnett’s heavenly restaurant is whipping up a stonking four-course feast for V-Day, complete with rosemary foccacia, mushroom and truffle arancini, osso buco and brioche bread and butter pudding with pistachios. 

£70. Pre-order now for delivery on Fri Feb 18 Feb and Fri Feb 25. www.dishpatch.co.uk/feasts/osso-buco-supper

Makes Miso Hungry

Alright, lovebirds. Valentine’s falls on a Monday this year, but just because it’s the least exciting night of the week doesn’t mean you can’t pull out all the stops, right? Make it one to remember with Makes Miso Hungry meal kit with all the Japanese trimmings. It’s bookended by a grilled yellowtail on a bed of buttery miso leeks, mushroom takikomi gohan (rice) and matcha brownie with dark chocolate chips for pud. 

£116. Pre-order before Tuesday 8 Feb for delivery on Fri Feb 11. https://makesmisohungry.bignight.app

Lina Stores

This romantic spread from Lina Stores will be sure to melt a loved one’s heart. Start with fresh foccacia, big fat green olives, cured Coppa meat slices and Tuscan Pecordino Cacio di Pienza Nero cheese, which makes for the perfect aperitivo board. Take your pick from a wide variety of pasta options including pappardelle with beef shin ragu, tagliatelle with truffle butter, pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage. Plus, a bottle of Italian Prosecco, and an indulgent brownie to finish. Now, that really is amore.

£62 for two. Pre-order on Fri Feb 11 for nationwide and Sat Feb 12 for London delivery ready for the big day. www.linastores.bignight.app

Not taking your fancy? Try one of these meal kits, instead. 

Don’t even want to heat it up? Get a red-hot delivery from one of London’s top restaurants instead.

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