Lockdown Takeout

By Sandra Iskander

While we still can’t step into our favourite restaurants, our favourite restaurants are coming to us. Take advantage of the delicious new offers put forward by some of our favourite hotel restaurants and dining establishments to get a taste of the culinary treats we have been missing lately.

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is delivering lunch and high tea to your doorstep with chef Jérôme Banctel drawing inspiration from his Michelin-starred menu at Le Gabriel. The menus change every week but could include delights such as salmon served with seasonal vegetables drizzled with a curry vinaigrette.

For anyone missing fine dining as we have always known it to be, chef Christophe Bacquié is literally bringing the experience to your home. The chef behind the award-winning restaurant at the Hôtel & Spa du Castellet will personally come to your home to prepare a four-course lunch or dinner, which include some of his signature dishes.

Chef extraordinaire Alain Ducasse has just launched the Ducasse Chez Moi service, bringing you his signature dishes from his various restaurants around the French capital. The service allows you to mix and match the dishes you crave to create your ideal, three-course meal. All the ingredients are sent to you, all you have to do is mix and serve to enjoy Spoon’s tabbouleh, Cucina’s potato salad, Allard’s duck with green olives, and Benoit’s baba au rhum.

Chef Alain Ducasse and team for #DUCASSECHEZMOI

The chef Alain Ducasse and his team for #DUCASSECHEZMOI

Meanwhile, at the chef’s fine dining restaurant, Le Meurice Alain Ducasse at the posh Le Meurice hotel, executive chef Amaury Bouhours has created a take-away three-course menu that includes a dessert by pastry chef Cédric Grolet. And for anyone who enjoys recreating signature dishes made famous by chefs, the chef has also put together the Producers Basket that is made up of a fattened hen, two lobsters, seasonal vegetables and olive oil, which come along with the chef’s recipes to prepare the dishes. All you have to do is place your order between 12 and 5pm for next day delivery or pick-up.

Over at the Brach hotel a new menu available for pick-up or delivery is on offer. Changing every week, the menu tantalises the taste buds with world food dishes borrowing from all the Evok hotel group establishments that could include Brach’s creamy hummus, Sinner’s ceviche and even Nolinski’s kebabs. On Sundays you can even take-away your expertly prepared Sunday roast complete with dessert.

Sinner Hotel Paris

Sinner Hotel Paris

If you are social distancing in Arles you are in luck with Michelin-starred restaurant La Chassagnette’s chef Armand Arnal putting together fancy picnic baskets to be unpacked in the restaurant’s plush garden. You can order your basket online or by phone, 24 hours in advance, though do keep in mind the garden is limited to 20 people at a time to ensure social distancing measures.

In Lyon? The Mob Hotel has put together a take-away menu featuring only organic dishes. Savour dishes with Mediterranean flair that include a Niçoise salad, pizza and creamy burrata and tomato salad for either lunch or dinner, with all the ingredients sourced from local producers.

And it isn’t only hotel restaurants that are coming home to us. With the warmer weather upon us we can cool down with ice-cream from Paris’s finest ice-cream shop, La Glacerie Paris. Available for pick-up or delivery, artisanal ice-cream maker David Wesmaël has created a mouth-watering ice-cream cake with layers of hazelnut and vanilla ice-cream.

The Frog & Rosbif Paris pub is also making happy hour at home festive with ice cold beer. From Wednesday to Saturday between 4 and 8pm you can pick up your craft beer of choice to bring back home.