Restaurants and takeaways offering home delivery during lockdown
A round-up of restaurants and takeaways still offering home delivery of food in Glasgow and Edinburgh
The coronavirus closedown darkened dining rooms across the country. While in the early days a number of restaurants scrambled to offer some sort of pick-up or takeaway service, many found even this unfeasible and joined the majority in entering a form of hibernation phase with their staff on furlough. A few have adapted their systems and seem determined to offer food to their local communities and loyal clientele. Here our food and drink editors survey of some of those worth looking out for during lockdown and beyond. If it's booze you're looking for check out our round-up of the best beer, wine lockdown discounts and delivery services.
For a bowl of comforting ramen, Ashton Lane's Ramen Dayo! will send the noodles and broth separately to help ensure you get the top quality experience. There's also contact-less collection only at its West End hang-out (noting: 'no hugs at this time').
Finnieston's sushi rebels Pickled Ginger are delivering their sushi, broth, and mains including some Korean dishes, while Temaki are shipping its extensive range of sushi, including its Pacific Rim fusion speciality: the sushi burrito. NHS staff can give them a call to get 50% off their bill. Halloumi – sister venue to Temaki – is also doing 50% off for NHS when they order from its range of Greek specialities, including mezze and grills.
For a classic burrito, Taco Mazama is rolling and sending out their Tex-Mex creations, plus fajitas, quesadillas and more. Taco specialist Mezcal is also cooking for collection or delivery, and are giving away a complimentary toilet roll with every litre of their classic Margarita mix.
Pizza Punks are still creating anarchy in their ovens, with 50 unlimited toppings available – plus they've got an NHS Pizza Fund ongoing to help feed 2,500 staff in the coming weeks and have donated enough for 500 people to get it rolling. Plus you can scan your pizza box for a typically punked-up playlist to accompany the meal.
In times of crisis, Glaswegians always find comfort in a curry. Still spicing up the kitchen is Charcoal's – with top-quality North Indian food delivered from its city centre kitchen. Southsiders can order takeaways and deliveries from the reopened Kebabish Grill, back in action recently after the grill sizzled the place down. Also delivering on the Southside is New Gandhi, which is also dropping off free meals for NHS staff.
Where would Glasgow be without a burger? One of the best in town is available with El Perro Negro grilling the patties at its Woodlands shop – with delivery only for its award-winning creations. BRGR are also doing takeaways and deliveries from its Kelvinbridge branch – with NHS staff getting 50% off when collecting their food.
Bilson Eleven are concentrating on home dining, with a set meal for two including a main, side, bread and dessert (£50), with options for an additional cheese course and wine matching. The week's menu goes up on social media on Sun/Mon and is cooked each Saturday, ready for pick up or delivery (Dennistoun area) between 2–5pm. Complete instructions on getting your meal reheated and ready at home are included.
You can also check out Serveback for lists of local businesses offering food and drink deliveries. Set up by Glasgow-based digital product studio Neu, the site is designed to support businesses that were changing their business models in innovative ways in order to keep going during the national lockdown. It has listings in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Read more about the initiative in our interview with the creators.
Victor Hugo Deli on Melville Terrace by the Meadows is offering a takeaway and home delivery service. The menu can be viewed on their website and is currently available daily, 9am–5.15pm, last delivery 4.30pm. A mobile app is available to download, with a special section showcasing produce from local suppliers including fresh vegetables, bread, non-dairy milk, free range eggs and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Bross Bagels in Edinburgh have officially launched its 'Bross Deli' delivery service with freshly baked Montreal-style bagels coming directly to your door. Bross Deli is covering most of Edinburgh Monday to Friday (and even East Lothian on Mondays) with next day and free delivery with a minimum order of only £20.
Junction Street's Aurora is offering a small but perfectly formed dinner menu available for delivery Wednesday to Sunday via Just Eat. If you're lucky enough to be in the delivery area you can order a range of options including nibbles, starters, mains, desserts and wine.
For a minimum order of £20 you can have Wedgwood's beautifully prepared food delivered ready to heat and eat in the comfort of your own home. Its service operates Thursday to Sunday every week and can be placed via its website, with advance ordering highly recommended.
The team at Fhior are supporting their supplier network as well as the Edinburgh community through their new Root to Market initiative. You can order an array of restaurant quality produce to be delivered to your door, including fruit, vegetables, meat, larder essentials and toilet roll and hand sanitiser. They're also offering a small range of comforting home meals, Fhior cultured butter and home baked beremeal and chocolate cookies.
Stockbridge Michelin Bib winner Merienda have launched a 'Social Distancing' delivery menu, flexing owner Campbell Mickel's considerable private and corporate catering muscles to offer diners the chance to enjoy the finer things in lockdown life. With a minimum order of £50 via its website, it offers a range of classics to stock fridges and freezers and an excellent selection of wines too.
Whiskers Wine Café, also based in Stockbridge, is offering delivery on a daily essentials range such as fruit and vegetable boxes, bread, milk, pasta, passata and toilet rolls and wine. At the weekend it can also deliver a selection of hot and cold food dishes from a regularly changing menu, available to view every Thursday, plus a limited number of roast Sunday dinners.
BBL (Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch) on The Pleasance are delivering Vegan Food Boxes featuring non-meat sausages, burgers and roasts.
Over the past couple of weeks a lot of the stalwart venues listed on Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats have furloughed staff and ceased trading altogether in an effort to reduce unnecessary contact in kitchens and with delivery drivers. A few notably good takeaway places are still trading for delivery only. Hungry Wolf on Iona Street is still sending out 'Georgian pizza' (khachapuri), while Razzo Pizza is delivering the classic Neapolitan kind, on a tasty sourdough.
On the East Asian side of things, Kim's Bulgogi can provide Korean favourites to your doorstep (before standing the appropriate distance away and waving as they go). Ting Thai Caravan have joined the ranks of Deliveroo and Vietnam House are dishing out doorstep pho and summer rolls via Just Eat.
Slumdog are still going strong covering classic Indian takeaways, and newcomer Cutting Chaii are on Just Eat.
On the burger front Dirty is a new opener on Duke Street, serving wagyu beef burgers. It is incredibly popular and is running a skeleton staff, so deliveries are limited to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for now. And the Friday night chippie is still an option since The Fishmarket has signed up to Deliveroo.
Along with many other discounts flying around, it's worth noting that Just Eat are offering 25% off for all NHS staff.
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