What can you tell us about Hame?
This is the "at home" delivery service from Adam Handling. During lockdown, the chef's Covent Garden restaurant is sending our finish-at-home meals that include brand new dishes, feasts and some of his greatest hits. And yes, his chicken butter is included.
How involved is the "finish at home" process?
We'd say that it's a little more involved than some of the deliveries we've had, but that is no bad thing. Every dish comes with multiple parts, all provided in compostable bags, and with pretty much everything you will need to complete the dish. Even single eggs (in a little nest) are provided to complete the egg wash on any pastry orders so you won't start cooking and realise you're missing a vital ingredient.
The recipes range from "put it all together" like the tartare below to "set aside some time and make sure you've read the instructions" like the cheese doughnuts. Each dish comes with a very detailed recipe card as well as a QR code link to a video of Adam finishing up the dish. For the more complex items, we'd recommend watching those videos first.
So it helps to have some kitchen know-how?
We'd say it's not for someone who's hoping for a simple heat-up-in-the-bag/bung-in-the-oven affair. Generally, it definitely helps to have a little bit of know-how in the kitchen, but the benefit of this is that the end product turns out to be something quite special.
Here's what we had - and we'll give a rough idea of the complexity (or not) of each as we go along:
There's a lot more to the menu other than we've covered above. There are meals for special occasions (a steak and chips 3-courser for Father' Day at the time of writing), a whole lamb shoulder if you want to order Sunday lunch and a cod and brown shrimp dish that looks very tempting. New dishes are being added all the time.
What about drinks?
Adam Handling's restaurant bars are famed for excellent - and quite unique cocktails. Most of the favourites are here, supplied in bags that just need pouring into a glass. The measures are smaller than we've seen elsewhere, but are quite potent. You should also keep an eye out for his own-label sparkling wine, made in East Sussex.
Handling has clearly put a lot of thought into Hame. The dishes and meals are all quite unique, and his own signature dishes have translated perfectly to an at-home setting.
There's a delicate balance needed to translate popular restaurant dishes to something that suits home delivery. Some of the dishes - like the doughnuts here - require a little more effort, but those efforts pay off hugely. This balance between things that need simple re-heating and others that require that extra effort is a great template for providing something much closer to the restaurant experience. Creating this in the short few months we've had under lockdown really is an impressive feat.
More about Adam Handling's Hame
Where is it? 34-35 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HG
When does it run? Thursdays to Sundays, orders in 48 hours before delivery/collection.
How to order: Via the website
Delivery range: 10 miles radius from the restaurant
Find out more: Follow him on Instagram @adamhandling.
Hot Dinners received the Hame delivery as a gift. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
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