While we’re utterly thrilled that restaurants are allowed to start opening their doors again we’ll let you in on a little secret; we’ve rather enjoyed this period of creative home dining. From sampling some of the country’s most delicious recipe boxes and home deliveries to setting a stylish tablescape, we know it’s something that’s set to continue even though we have a slew of restaurant bookings coming up.
In amongst the barbecue boxes and tasty takeaways, we recently had the pleasure of sampling something all the more decandent, courtesy of One Fine Dine, purveyors of a multi award-winning fine dining experience in the comfort of your own home. Now, don’t get us wrong, we cherish the opportunity to experience a fine dining restaurant, but having the opportunity to indulge in such cuisine in the comfort of your own home, at your own beautifully set personal table and, let’s face it, away from annoying other diners is a special kind of treat.
One Fine Dine is the brainchild of On Air Dining which over the last 10 years has changed the face of dining for executive and private aviation. They now deliver the same award-winning dining and concierge experience to your home with a variety of à la carte or set menus to choose from, they are fantastic option for when you need a seriously special supper. All meals are delivered fresh, chilled and with detailed easy to follow instructions on how to heat and prepare each course, and plate them up to create a beautifully presented feast worthy of any restaurant.
With no detail too small, the dedicated concierge team will perfectly coordinate your order to ensure no element is overlooked and you’ll be treated to a perfect team dining experience. Packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible, with boxes made from recycled material, meal containers 95% biodegradable and sauce and accompaniment pots 100% compostable. With local charities to donate food to those in need and provide disadvantaged children with an opportunity to learn chef skills alongside their highly trained team. Sounds almost too good to be true, right?
Our feast, for there is no other word for it, was delivered perfectly prepped so it only required heating and plating. The two boxes were carefully packed and accompanied with a folder of detailed step-by-step instructions and menus – every tiny detail impeccably thought through so your meal is perfect and a bottle of Sancerre expertly selected and ready to be chilled.
The meal began with an amuse bouche of delicate whipped Ashlynn goat’s cheese, piped into a sweet and tangy beetroot macaron and accompanied with a fig and balsamic chutney. Finished with a little flourish of pea shoots, it looked like hours of careful prep despite taking about thirty seconds to serve. So far so good.
On to the starter, a roulade of Ayrshire ham hough and foie gras, with tarragon emulsion, pickled enoki mushrooms, candied mustard seed and red vein sorrel. With each component carefully positioned thanks to the flawless instructions, the result was a plate straight out of a Michelin star restaurant; it looked sensational, and tasted just as good. The pickled mushrooms and candied mustard seed adding a new dimension to a dish we thought we were familiar with, how wrong we were.
With two delicious dishes already nailed we had high hopes for the main and certainly weren’t disappointed. We chose a roast loin and faggot of Herdwick lamb, with potato terrine, baby vegetables, wild garlic and carrot purée. With the most components to it this was the course that took the most concentration to ensure everything ended up ready at the right time, yet once again the step by step help ensure another perfect plate. It looked spectacular (yes, we are blowing our own trumpets on this one), with the baby vegetables finishing the plate off to perfection. Every morsel was greedily devoured.
As if that wasn’t enough, desserts included a superb apple tarte tatin with a very hearty portion of boozy calvados-laced cream and a beast of a cheese plate, featuring four slabs with a beautiful array of chutney, figs, apricots, date, celery and walnuts. The piéce de resistance? The petit fours, mini macarons, coffee cake and fudge.
Unsurprisingly, our meal was swiftly followed by a post-prandial snooze; what a spread. After the best part of a year without restaurants and a new found, deep-seated boredom of home cooking, One Fine Dine’s spread was such an incredible treat. While its indulgent price tag (a three course set menu costs from £65, while the Date Night Menu we tried comes it at £195 for two) means it’s hardly for a frivolous midweek meal, for a special occasion it really cannot be beaten. What’s more, they have recently launched a chef at home service, meaning you won’t even need to lift a finger. Isn’t just just the most indulgent treat for your next staycation?
For more information and to book visit www.onefinedine.com.