Ideal for those wanting a special treat for dinner during lockdown 3.

Brighton is a place so defined by summer. Curiously subdued during the festive period, it’s during festival season that the famous Sussex seaside town really comes alive. Plastic pints on the pebbles, pickled cockles from polystyrene, pennies lost to teddy pickers, parties in the park and Pride….it’s all happening here provided the skies are blue and the sun is shining.

Ahem. With the nation currently confined to their homes in the deepest, darkest recesses of Winter, things are looking a little bleak in the rainbow-flagged city. Fortunately, some of the town’s best restaurants are here to pick up the pieces, lift the spirits, and make sure that this third lockdown is spent full and content.

With some of Brighton’s best restaurants doing home delivery of their most popular dishes during this difficult time, now is the time to get involved, support local businesses and have a damn good feed in the process! Here are 5 of the best restaurant delivery meal kits in Brighton in January 2021, IDEAL for those wanting a special treat for dinner during lockdown 3.

CURRY LEAF CAFE AT HOME

Having successfully served Brightonians their delicious homemade Indian food in the first lockdown, Brighton’s beloved curry connoisseurs are now offering an option to enjoy Curry Leaf Cafe at Home once again, and we’re well and truly here for it.

Allowing you to welcome a little corner of India into your home whilst trips far flung are off the menu, the restaurant has several meal deal options on offer, with a family meal costing £40.95 – for four curries, a selection of samosas, pakoras, breads, rice…the business – all the way down to a single items off the menu or a £12.95 Tiffin Box for those self-isolating solo. A huge selection of vegan options is also available.

That, or you could go off piste and get creative with your order from the vegetarian friendly, loyally delicious menu. Either way, we’d recommend adding an extra of Curry Leaf’s famous Gulab Jamoons to your order. These traditional sweet dumplings with delicate, aromatic spicing are the perfect way to treat yourself right now.

Free delivery is available all across Sussex, on select days and requiring an order before noon to receive your meal later that day, with the Curry Leaf Cafe now offering nationwide delivery, too, for an extra £4.95. That, or you can collect from their Kemptown daily, between 1 pm and 9 pm. Meals arrive chilled; all you have to do is heat them through in the oven, microwave or on the stovetop. So good!

PETIT POIS

During the last lockdown, fabulous French restaurant Petit Pois opened up their menu to delivery and we couldn’t have been happier; we never thought we’d be enjoying frogs leg goujons and ox cheek bourguignon from the comfort of our living room, and we bloody loved it. 

This week, thank the lord, they’ve announced that they’re back, albeit in a slightly reduced format. Petit Pois are now offering their incredible Sunday roasts for home delivery, alongside a bespoke selection of French charcuterie and cheese, and it’s a steal. A choice of pork belly, leg of lamb or aged rump of beef, with all the trimmings, will set you back just £15, with vegetarian and kid’s options available, too. Macarons of the day and a Chocolate and Baileys truffle to finish? Well, it would be rude not to.

Collection is available anytime between midday and 10 pm, every Sunday, with delivery to BN1, BN2 and BN3 postcodes secured via email: [email protected] or via petitpoisbrighton.co.uk.

CIN CIN AT HOME

Though the trend for daily, freshly made pasta with refined but generous sauces has taken over London completely, it’s yet to permeate the UK’s other foodie cities in quite the same way. Brighton, though, is rightly proud of Cin Cin, the premier purveyors of the good stuff here, and a more than capable match for any of London’s top pasta slingers. 

During the first lockdown back in April, the Hove branch of Cin Cin rolled out an ‘at home’ offer to include home delivery; a bespoke box (beautifully presented, by the way) containing enough for a hearty meal for two.

This January, the Cin Cin Dine at Home meal kits follow a similar format, but it’s been expanded to meet the hungry needs of the city. You can now order a 5-course (plus olives, cured meat and focaccia), restaurant-quality chef’s menu for £35 a head; a £25, 3-course box for two which includes arancini, handmade pasta and two portions of one of the restaurant’s incredible desserts; a large sharing lasagna for £24, available in meat or vegetarian, which could easily feed 6 people, or a smaller lasagna for £12. You can even order a house mixed negroni!

What’s more, they’ve opened up their perfectly appointed wine cellar and are selling bottles at retail price during this tough time. As anyone who’s been to Cin Cin will know, the food is consistently superb; prepare to be impressed if you haven’t.

Collection is available from Western Road, Hove, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, between 12 pm and 3 pm. Delivery days are allocated by postcode; click here to check when your day is.

DISHOOM

Back in November 2020, cult Indian comfort food restaurant Dishoom announced that they would be opening their first delivery kitchen outside of London, with the foodies of Brighton & Hove delighted to learn that it would be here, in Hove. Available to order via Deliveroo’s ‘Brighton Editions’ page, you can get your fix of their famous house black daal, jackfruit biryani and all sorts of other treats which have made the restaurant group so popular.

Delivery starts at midday every day, and ends at 10:30pm. If there was a better way to lift your lockdown, we haven’t written about it!

WILD FLOR TO YOUR DOOR

Wild Flor, on Hove’s Church Road, is one of the most acclaimed recent additions to Brighton and Hove’s exciting restaurant scene. Settling into an evening with their confident, classic French cookery and superb wine list was one of last year’s biggest treats; you’d always leave squiffy and extremely well fed, make no mistake.

Last lockdown, the restaurant started their Wild Flor To Your Door service, bringing the warmth of those cherished neighbourhood restaurant vibes into your home.

This January feels like the perfect time for their hearty, comforting French fare once again, and we’re so pleased that the restaurant are offering collection and delivery of a 3-course, finish-at-home meal every Saturday, costing £25 per person. This week’s menu sees pumpkin soup and Caerphilly cheese scones (what a pairing!), followed by braised pork shoulder with green peppercorns, sage and sides of January cabbage and pink fir potatoes. And to finish, it’s chocolate mousse with clementine caramel. The restaurant have a wicked way with desserts; this one’s not to be missed!

You can also order from their ‘Bread and Provisions’ menu on Deliveroo. Here you’ll find wonderful sounding puff pastry tarts such as ‘A Slice of Pissaladiere’ which is billed as a delicious anchovy, black olive and caramelised tart served with a Cornish salad – sounds like a slice of puff pastry heaven to us!

Delivery is only available locally; simply enter your postcode on the Wild Flor Shop’s page to check if you’re eligible. Alternatively, order and collect is offered. This one sells out fast, so get your order in early if you’re keen!