The Handbook
The Handbook

Back in the olden days (ie about a year ago) Michelin Star dining used to involve walking into grand rooms, being shown to our seats by obsequious waiters and relaxing under the gaze of notable artworks or perhaps gazing at uninterrupted views across the capital. Now they tend to revolve around a bloke on a moped and your kitchen table.

And do you know what? That doesn’t matter because it’s all about the food, right? In fact, with the exception of the journey from kitchen to table being a mile or so more than you’d normally expect, this should be the perfect way to enjoy this level of dining, without any of the hype but marked simply on how it is to eat.

So here’s where you can put your tastebuds to the test, Michelin star restaurants delivering during lockdown…

A Wong

A Wong was just granted a second Michelin Star for his eponymous Pimlico restaurant, and it’s certainly still delivering…

A Wong brings British Chinese cuisine into the very top flight and his two-star-er is the place to head to experience it done properly in normal times, but these aren’t normal times.

Luckily you can still beat the lockdown have your dumplings done every-which-way or a whole wealth of other Chinese classics from the comfort of home.

Website: www.awong.co.uk

Gymkhana

An Indian takeaway might not sound like an out-of-the-ordinary event, but it is when it’s from Michelin-starred Gymkhana then it certainly is.

The Mayfair restaurant, famed for it’s Butter Chicken Masala and its Wild Muntjac Biryani, has deftly navigated lockdown with its delivery service, delivering within 8 miles of the restaurant.

Or you can try the Ambassador General Store, a joint venture with sister restaurants Brigadiers and Trishna.

Benares

Welcome back to the Michelin club, Benares. The Berkeley Square Indian restaurant regained its much deserved star this year and it caps off not only an extraordinary year, but one in which Benares has come out a rare hospitality success story.

Benares At Home has been hugely successful, with a menu that changes daily delivered to to your door.

Where: 12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS
Website: www.benaresrestaurant.com

Elystan Street

The kitchens at Elystan Street haven’t stopped since lockdown began, and their stated aim is to ensure that opening one of their Food to Order packages replicates ‘the excitement of opening a particularly good present’. And you’d surely be delighted with this gift.

The food at this Chelsea restaurant is, of course, legendary. But so are the staff, and the same goes for all the restaurants we’re missing right now. Elystan Street have put in place a raffle to raise funds for their staff at this uncertain time for any hospitality employees.

The draw gives a lucky diner the chance to win a dinner, cooked at your home by Phil Howard, as well as other exciting prizes when a donation is made to the staff fund to help the front of house team.

Where: 43 Elystan St, Chelsea, SW3 3NT
Website: www.elystanstreet.com

Galvin at home

Unless you happen to live in a grade II listed former school chapel then it might be tricky to recreate the atmosphere of Michelin starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle. But who cares, as long as you can recreate the menu.

Galvin At Home brings the magic of the Galvin restaurants into your house, with menus created by Jeff Galvin, Chef Patron of Galvin La Chapelle, and simple enough that even a novice home cook can make it work!

What’s more, no more London bias: they can be delivered nation-wide!

Hide

Take away the view across Green Park, the knowledgable sommelier and buzz of dining at one of London’s most exciting restaurants  and you’ve still got a recipe for success. Or for glazed salmon.

Hide at Home lets you do exactly that, hiding while a bloke on a bike pedals from Green Park bearing Ollie Dabbous brilliant creations.

Where: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NB
Website: www.hide.co.uk

Jean Georges at The Connaught

We might be longing to return to Jean Georges at The Connaught with its sweeping window and exquisite food, but how about a pizza instead?

Catering for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (as long as its pizza or burger (Truffle Cheese Burger, no less)) the restaurant is still finding a way to offer Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s great food to punters who live close enough.

Trishna

Indian food just delivers well. We all know it because we’ve been ordering as takeaway forever, and unlike fiddly food that requires perfect execution to get it from the kitchen to the table twenty feet away, you can pop an Indian dish on the back of a moped and it arrives tasting perfect.

Which is why there are so many Indian fine-dining restaurants continuing to deliver, and the undoubted Maharaja among the princelings has to be Marylebone’s Trishna. Bringing the tastes of South-West India to diners.

Davies and Brook

Having amassed three Michelin Stars for New York’s Eleven Madison Park, chef Daniel Humm has tried his hand this side of the Atlantic and, presto, another star!

The new restaurant at Claridge’s is a stunner and you’ll want to be in there the moment it’s actually possible. But thankfully you can still get meals delivered to you while we await the end of lockdown.

WHERE: CLARIDGE’S, BROOK STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K 4HR                                                  WEBSITE: WWW.CLARIDGES.CO.UK

Hakkasan

Normally these guides wax lyrical about the decor, indeed Hakkasan’s dark and alluring interior is one to write home about, but given we’re unable to assess the lighting situation of your living room, we’ll skip straight to the best bit, the food…

Hakkasan at Home sees the restaurant deliver their signature dim sum and Cantonese cuisine via Deliveroo, Supper and Uber Eats or you’re welcome to collect from the Bruton Street restaurant.


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