Boxing clever

If you want a fine dining experience at home, but you don’t know which end of a whisk you’re meant to hold, fear not! One of the few bright spots to have come out of the past year is that many leading restaurants now offer heat@home kits for delivery or collection. It means you don’t need to go further than the front door to sample signature dishes from some of the best restaurants in the country. 

If fish floats your boat, try Rick Stein at Home rickstein.com. You’ll find a selection of seven seasonal recipe boxes, each offering three courses. Chose from lobster, sea bass, hake or go for an Indonesian curry, steak or a veggie menu. Prices range from £40 to £140.  You can also opt for a breakfast box filled with artisan bacon, sausages, hog’s pudding, eggs, sourdough bread, butter, coffee and jam or marmalade for £35.

You can keep it local at The Seafood Bothy in Stonehaven. The seafood is landed from their own boat and cooked up in their new expanded bothy on the pier head. It’s difficult to beat for freshness and is a good way of supporting the local fishing industry which is hampered by export red tape. Collections only for now, but you can check what’s on offer at Facebook.com/seafoodbothy

St. Andrews Haar restaurant, run by Masterchef the Professionals finalist Dean Banks, has managed to bring most of the kitchen staff back from furlough thanks to their Haar at Home boxes. You can choose from guest chef boxes with four courses for two people, or a five course tasting menu at £99.95. There are also kits for making your own dishes such as oak-smoked langoustine linguini and a fair selection of extras like fresh baked bread and a chocolate ganache tart with salted caramel. It’s not really geared for vegetarians or vegans though. Check out the menu at haarathome.co.uk

Staying south of the city, The Stack Restaurant in Muchalls offers a boxed takeaway selection and heat@home menus for collection. They often have special menus for events such as Mother’s Day and also theme menus. The first one for March is packed with Spanish delicacies. If you prefer the take-away menu, you’ll find choices like mouth-watering spring rolls with local crab, Korean BBQ wings, a great black bean burger and their rather special smoked chocolate brownie. Find out more at thestackrestaurant.com/
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Home-X.com offers heat at home boxes from a range of restaurants. Six by Nico’s four course menu for two is inspired by a different place each month, with Bangkok, the Hebrides and Tuscany featured so far. At £60, the box is great value and comes with a bottle of wine too. You’ll also find an eight course vegan sharing menu from Green Haus or a chateaubriand, plus sides, dessert and wine for £70. 

210 Bistro, on Market Street near Union Square have extremely popular themed heat@home menus. They offered a French/Scottish fusion menu for the Six Nations match and will have something special planned for Mother’s Day. They also have vegetarian versions of their menus. Find out what’s on next on their radar at 210bistro.com 

Udny Green’s Eat On The Green does a set menu every weekend. Special occasion menus tend to sell out quickly, so book well in advance if possible. They can cater for full vegan, fully vegetarian, fully gluten free or fully dairy free set menus for two on request and the food is for collection only. Check it out at eatonthegreen.co.uk

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