London’s Best Dishes to Order from Home with Wine or Champagne Pairings to Match
While we may not be able to enjoy eating out at the moment, it’s truly a great time for dining at home, with some of London’s best restaurants now offering takeaway and delivery services. We’ve chosen our favourite dishes from five establishments, and suggested wine or champagne pairings to match. Cheers!
Craving steak during lockdown? There’s really only one place to turn, and that’s Gaucho. The Argentinian-inspired collection of restaurants serves up some of the world’s finest cuts of meat from Angus cattle, bred at specially selected farms. Certain menu items are now available to order via Deliveroo, including the Ribeye, with its mouth-watering marbling and crisp charring from Gaucho’s traditional Argentine grill. It’s a big steak that requires a big wine to match, so seek out a red that’s robust enough to help cut through the sweet fattiness of the steak, such as Terrazas des los Andes Grand Malbec 2017. Combining grapes from two of Mendoza’s premier sub-regions, this wine is jam-packed with ripe red fruits. It’s powerful, sweet and juicy with the intensity required to complement – and enhance – this wonderful cut of meat.
Fine dining is no longer off the menu thanks to Darby’s, Robin Gill’s New York-inspired oyster bar, restaurant and grill in Fitzrovia. “One of our highlights is our home-cured trout,” says Gill. Taking this as inspiration, we’ve chosen the ChalkStream trout cured with beetroot, horseradish and dill from Darby’s starter menu, paired with Gill’s suggestion; a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. “Perhaps add some Exmoor caviar to your order if you're feeling indulgent,” says Gill. Currently operating as a deli/butchery/bakery, you can collect orders from Wednesday to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and there’s also an online shop with delivery options.
STICKS 'N' SUSHI
If variety is what you’re missing at home, try ordering online for takeaway or collection from one of three Sticks’n’Sushi branches in the capital. With Danish origins and Japanese influence, the menu includes an incredible selection of sushi, yakitori and small bites. We’d suggest the Maki Maki, a selection of Sticks'n'Sushi original maki rolls – Ebi Panko, Hell's Kitchen, Shake Aioli and Ceviche – paired with either Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label or Veuve Clicquot Rosé. The complexity of these champagnes is a great companion to the variety of flavours and textures of the dishes in Maki Maki, making each bite a taste sensation.
From his iconic paella to seasonal fish and meats cooked over wood fires, let Arros QD’s chef Quique Dacosta bring the warmth and theatricality of Valencian gastronomy to you at home. From the tantalising menu, Clos19 recommends his Presa Ibérica with mojo verde, a tender high-quality cut of the Iberian pig, served with a green herb and olive oil salsa-style accompaniment. For a wine pairing that complements this dish, try Terrazas des los Andes Malbec 2016 . The freshness and round tannins of this delicious Malbec are the perfect match for the warmth of the tender smoked Presa Ibérica and the contrasting herbaceous mojo verde.
THE QUALITY CHOP HOUSE
The Quality Chop House on the corner of Farringdon Road and Exmouth Market has been serving Londoners deceptively simple, traditional British fare since 1869. Not one to let a lockdown get in the way of good service, head chef Shaun Searley and his team are making their classic chicken and leek pie available for collection and delivery. The team describes it as the most popular pie in the shop bar none. The essence of pie – comforting, delicious and giving. We’d suggest pairing yours with another classic; Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial . The richness of this creamy pie pairs very well with the confident, bold flavours of the champagne. Ideal for a weekend treat.