Show off your culinary skills this Valentine’s Day with these kits.
A Valentine’s Day meal can be quite a lot of effort and no one needs that whilst in lockdown. Luckily, restaurants in Bristol are on hand to make the occasion more bearable in the form of dine at home and DIY foodie kits so you can recreate that special dine-out experience from your humble abode. Here’s a round-up of the Bristol restaurants offering delicious finish at home meal kits as well as make-your-own kits to create a delicious Valentine’s Day evening.
1. Mercado 44 for Bar 44
Can’t quite decide what to eat this Valentine’s Day? Well, why not have a little bit of everything by ordering tapas from Mercado 44? With so many dishes included it’ll look like you’ve pulled out all the stops this Valentine’s Day despite ordering one of these finish at home meal kits. Bar 44 are offering a click and collect service, with collection on February 13 from their Bristol restaurant in Clifton village. Each Valentine’s Day kit will include Bar 44 olives, sourdough and Mallorcan black pig Sobrasada and Cádiz boquerones, tomato & rama 44 olive oil salsa for starters and appetisers. This is then followed by six small tapas dishes: wild prawns in chilli, garlic and olive oil; Jámon Ibérico croquetas; Leon chorizo poached in cider; flat iron steak, mojo verde and truffle manchego; Morunos spiced chickpea, chestnut mushroom, spinach purée, pedro ximenéz raisin and pine nuts; and of course their signature patatas bravas, with their award winning bravas sauce and sherry alioli. The dine at home kit, which costs £75 and serves two, also includes dark chocolate, sherry and sea salt truffles to finish.
2. The Ox
Bringing the experience home, fans of The Ox can enjoy the restaurant’s food in the comfort of their own living rooms this Valentine’s Day via Hyde and Co’s website. There are three different types of Valentine’s Day kits to choose from: a meat option for two, a vegan option for two or a combination with one meat and one vegan option, the kits vary between £60 to £75 and all come with a bottle of pink fizz. The menu features Cornish crab on toasted sourdough or roasted carrots, hummus, dukka and vegan labne to start, with either a chocolate salt caramel delice with Baileys chantilly and hazelnut praline or a sticky toffee pudding with ‘butterscotch sauce’ for dessert. Both main courses sound delicious and you can either select from fillet steaks with crispy layered potatoes and bone marrow Madeira jus, or charcoal roasted celeriac, spiced lentils, babaganoush, green harissa and tahini.
The seafood restaurant in Clifton is also offering a three-course Valentine’s dine at home kit for couples to enjoy. Fishers serve fresh, sustainable fish caught on the South Coast and their Valentine’s Day menu is definitely not short of it. In each Valentine’s kit you’ll find Cornish King Scallops with a crispy chorizo crumb, Lobster Thermidor with thyme roasted new potatoes and rocket salad, and a delicious Blackberry crumble with Chantilly cream to finish. The restaurant has also paired their favourite drinks for you to try as you prepare and eat your three course meal, including gin in a tin and tonic water and a bottle of fruity Spanish white wine. The kit for two, which costs £110, has simple instructions that mainly involve popping the food in the oven to cook or re-heat. Find your Valentine’s Day dine at home seafood kit here.
4. Paco Tapas
With Spanish cuisine being so diverse, why not give this tapas restaurant’s Valentine’s Day menu a try? Paco Tapas are offering a bottle of Cava alongside their four course dine at home this Valentine’s. The highlights of this delicious Spanish box include their Duroc ribs, stuffed quail and slices of Chorizo Iberico de Bellota, plus the meal finishes with a decadent chocolate mousse. Nothing says Valentine’s more than heavenly chocolate dessert, that’s for sure. There’s also the option of their Chef’s Menu at Home box for two which features garlic prawns and Gallego octopus. Paco Tapas’ Valentine’s dine at home kit costs £120 with the choice of collection or nationwide delivery.
5. Woky Ko
Bristolians are in for a treat this Valentine’s Day as for one night only, Woky Ko are bringing back their signature ramen as a couples cook-at-home kit. Whether you’re all loved up or single we can all agree that a ramen DIY kit from this restaurant in Wapping Wharf is worth ordering during lockdown and these colder climates. You can choose from either pork belly or shitake mushroom and each kit comes with Woky Tantanmen dashi broth, handmade ramen noodles, spring onions, nori oil, beansprouts, soy pickled egg, Woky XO oil and kimchi. Plus, as a Valentine’s Day special, these ramen kits come with a complimentary bottle of Woky Ko spicy gochujang ketchup. Each ramen kit costs £30 and serves two and comes with a link to step-by-step instruction from one of Woky Ko’s chefs.
[Featured Image: The Ox and Woky Ko]