Our brand partners are some of the top food and drink concepts in London. It’s no surprise, then, that they have some brilliant brains behind them. They’ve risen to the challenge provided by lockdown and shown us what they’re really about. This is our guide to what they’ve been up to and how to get your fix.
No sooner than lockdown was announced, Lina Stores rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in creating meal packs to deliver to Londoners in need. They raised over £25,000 to provide 10,000 meals to members of the hospitality community who lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Umbria-born Head Chef Masha has taken to Instagram to share informative recipes for dishes like Pici alla Norcina or Gnocchi with Courgette Flowers. If from-scratch cooking isn’t for you, they’ve also created a series of home meal kits to help recreate some of their summery Italian dishes at home, available from their online shop alongside deli items like fresh pasta and sauces, meats, cheeses and homemade desserts.
Head Chef Manuel has been sharing step-by-step videos for delicious Le Bab recipes such as toum and harissa. The videos are super easy to follow, seasonal and all available on their feed. The team have also been sending us wild with sneak peeks at their comeback menu. They’ve tried out a masala peanut topping for their hummus, new buns for their aubergine ‘sabich’ sandwich and, with a bit of extra time on their side, a 200-day aged beef rib. Avoid their Instagram if you’re hungry. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Flat Iron have dedicated much of their attention to supporting the Felix Project, an incredible charity that collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold and delivers it to charities and schools. The out-of-use chip kitchen downstairs at Flat Iron’s Curtain Road branch has been put into action by their team of volunteers preparing meals and Fred, normally Head of Beef, has run four marathons to raise funds. If that’s not enough, they’ve found time to respond to fan requests for *that* creamed spinach recipe. Hot tip: find the recipe in their highlights.
El Pastor have been hard at work ensuring that they come back stronger than ever. They’ve also managed to squeeze in the occasional cook-along video on their feed. As part of the mini-series, accomplished Mexian chefs Gabriela Camara and Enrique Olvera join founder Crispin Somerville sharing cooking tips and chatting about Mexican food, lockdown and the restaurant industry at large.
During lockdown, Casa do Frango have worked tirelessly to deliver over 5,000 meals to frontline NHS workers. Their award-winning Piri-Piri Chicken and delicious pasta del natas (alongside the full menu) are also available to order on Deliveroo. Home cooks will be pleased to know that Great British Chefs have published some of Casa’s most well-loved recipes, including a certain wildly popular Portuguese African Rice.
Not only can you get Pophams’ world-class pastries (yep, even the Marmite & Schlossberger) delivered to your door, you can also choose from a range of fresh pastas, sauces and mouthwatering deli items like Cobble Lane cured pancetta. As the days get warmer, you can even order your very own Pophams picnic box which, to name drop, includes PB&J bread pudding sandos and potted duck with sourdough crispbreads. Oh, and a handy kilo of ice for keeping the booze chilled – wine and beers provided as an add-on. Phew.
Chotto Matte are continuing to deliver on their Nikkei goodness via Deliveroo. If you’re not familiar with Nikkei cuisine, it combines Peruvian ingredients, such as tropical fish and amarillo peppers, with Japanese cooking techniques. That’s why you’ll see pork and prawn gyoza sharing a menu with sea bass ceviche. It hits all the spots – perfect if you can’t decide what takeaway to get.