Latest in our ‘at home’ or ‘food in a box’ series, though this time it was food in a placcy bag, because it is very local and so was dropped off at designated time and popped straight in the fridge.
We go to the Deli quite often in normal times. Its not far from ‘town’ centre, has its own parking, we really like the front of house people ( they tipped us off about Moor Hall before it had a star ) and they do GF for my dad and make him and mum feel like they are proper looked after.
All of this is, of course, lost when you are warming stuff up yourself and doing the dishes after.
The food ?
Well, it was mixed (placcy ) bag.
Two starters - beetroot filo with goats cheese ( warm ) and smoked salmon timbale with herbs and avocado ( cold ) were fine. We reckoned we could’ve done the filo ourselves but the salmon was something we wouldn’t have faffed with, esp the mousse interior. Avocado was a bit tired looking but I’m not a huge fan of it anyhow so wasn’t too bothered. Salmon could’ve done with a bit of crunch on the plate too.
Lockdown has definitely made us start asking ourselves - yeah but could we have just done this ourselves ?- a bit more. I’m not altogether sure that is a good thing, but it is definitely a thing.
Main courses were more disappointing. Other half had cod with chorizo crumb and greens, with a mussel and clam sauce. Sauce was lovely and definitely a ‘wouldn’t try this at home’. Cod was, well cod. Not ideal for heating. Not ideal, in my book, unless coated in batter and served with chips. This did not change my view. Greens were, weirdly, over done.
I had a smoked haddock, prawn and trout fish pie with a saffron sauce. There was lot of it, and it looked like a bit of a lump on the plate. Prawns were good and not overcooked but the haddock was just a bit bland, it was all just a bit samey. Ended up whacking some of other half’s clam and mussel sauce on it ,which gave it a lift but made me feel like a ‘two sauce’ glutton.
We shared one pud ( one is still in the fridge ) - a custard tart. It was nice, but not as nice as the ice cream we rustled up ( aka took out of the fridge ) to go with it .
Fifty quid for two, so decent value ( esp my whacking great fish pie).
Either we are getting bored of these meal in a box things, or eating out really is all about, well, eating out. Maybe both