Who said romance is dead?
So our hopes of being out of lockdown for Valentine’s Day 2021 haven’t really materialised but you needn’t fully miss out on a romantic meal in a restaurant this year. These Glasgow businesses are bringing the restaurant to you by launching Valentine’s Day-themed food kits that take little or no preparation whatsoever. You needn’t have to go to too much effort (after all, we’re going through a pandemic here), just simply put your order in for a food kit or heat at home package and relax.
1. Home By Nico
Six by Nico is known for their fantastic themed-meal boxes during the lockdown, and this time they’re bringing a Valentine’s Day experience directly to our homes. What says Valentine’s more than cheese? The restaurant has launched a Valentine’s edition of their Cheese Club range which includes a selection of five British artisan cheeses including a Cheddar, Caerphilly and goat’s cheese. The box also comes with Earl Grey tea and Meadowsweet sugar, as well as crackers, chutney and a half bottle of moscatel wine. The boxes cost £50 each, including delivery, which is a great deal for high-quality cheese and restaurant cuisine.
2. Porter & Rye
Bringing the Porter & Rye experience home, steak fans can now enjoy the treat in the comfort of their own living rooms this Valentine’s Day. With two Porter & Rye lockdown kits to choose from it’s hard to choose, with both kits including two 55 day dry-aged fillets, however the difference being that one kit offers fillets aged for an additional 7 days in a butter coating to further enhance the flavour. Both food kits come with your choice of the three sauces available (whisky and peppercorn, chimichurri, or port and blue cheese), plus sides such as bone marrow mac and cheese, beef dripping potatoes and wild mushrooms. The full experience costs £80 for two, and also comes with a selection of hand crafted chocolates and a bottle of Prosecco, or you can upgrade to something even fancier like Veuve Cliquot champagne. For the butter-aged beef steaks option, this costs an extra £30.
Providing comforting Thai food for us to enjoy this Valentine’s Day, Mamasan in Glasgow are offering an at home dining experience with their One Night In boxes tailored for the occasion. Thai food fans can enjoy an elevated version of Mamasan’s usual offerings with a four course menu that includes a snack, starter, salad, main and dessert as well as the cooking instructions. We can’t stop drooling at the thought of Mamasan’s main course of dressed lobster with Thai green butter or a 16oz tomahawk steak with smoked salt and miso butter, so take care when it come to serving this to your loved one. The kit also includes a cocktail for two, curated by the restaurant’s director of mixology, that includes Bottega Rose prosecco, rosemary and sage plus pink gin pearls. You can order your Valentine’s Day box here.
4. Five March
The contemporary Glasgow restaurant on Elderslie Street has launched some delightful at home meal kits this Valentine’s Day, including a vegetarian menu too. Both meat-eaters and veggies will enjoy a starter of hummus, endive, zaatar and chilli olives followed by either a smoked trout rillette or babaganoush dish. For main course, there is the choice between ribeye steak, mushroom xo, charred spring onion and soy gravy or slow cooked aubergines, tamarind, roasted onion, fennel and white bean puree. Both menus finish with a with a chocolate tart with smoked caramel, hazelnut praline and raspberry- it doesn’t get more romantic than a chocolate tart! Five March’s dine at home kit varies in price with the vegetarian menu costing £75 for two and the meat menu costing £90 to serve two people. The restaurant offers delivery to numerous Glasgow postcodes as well as collection between 3-6pm on the day of your booking.
5. The Marlborough
After the success of their Burns Night meal kits, The Marlborough in Broomhill has whipped up an amazing Valentine’s Day menu for two. The Glasgow restaurant is offering a three course meal at a reasonable price of £22.50 each. The starter choices include poached chicken, wild mushroom and apricot terrine; tiger prawn cocktail or roasted wild garlic and parsnip soup. As for main course, the options are braised blade of beef, crushed celeriac, green beans, maple carrots and red wine jus; pan roast loin of cod, chorizo and garlic crushed new potatoes, buttered kale and hollandaise sauce; or wild mushroom and tarragon risotto with sautéed spinach and goats cheese. Plus, you can indulge in either a vanilla panna cotta, Kirsch soaked cherry tiramisu or mini shortbreads and coconut champagne truffles. Decisions, decisions… The Marlborough recommend you get your order in pronto by calling them on 0141 338 6606.
6. Glasgow Distillery
Ok, so it’s not exactly a food kit, but gin lovers will be over the moon to hear that Makar Gin has launched a Valentine’s special cocktail making kit. You can get shaking on this romantic evening with all the ingredients to make a delicious Makar Cherry Spritz. The Valentine’s cocktail kits come with Makar Cherry Gin, cranberry juice, sparkling prosecco, sugar syrup, recipe card and garnishes, as well as some lovely little chocolate hearts to enjoy while you have a few tipples. Find out more here.