(SPOT.ph) If you miss going out to eat but still want to make the most of quarantine to flex your cooking skills, here's the best compromise: frozen meals, which are ready to heat or cook for a hot, freshly-prepared meal at home. The good news is, a number of eateries offer these frozen eats so you can have something close to the restaurant experience, right at home. Here are 10 to check out so that you’re always just a few steps away from a tasty meal.
Stock up on frozen meals and meal kits from these 10 restaurants and shops:
FTG by Albergus
Catering company Albergus now brings their specialties to your home via FTG (that’s “food-to-go”) by Albergus: frozen meals that are easy to store, heat, and serve. Choose from no-fail offerings like the Classic Slow Roast Sirloin of Beef (P500), Rellenong Bangus (P315), Lengua Sevillana (P550), Bangus Sardines with Olive Oil (P380), and more. They deliver between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends—simply visit their website to get your fix.
For orders, check out FTG by Albergus’ website.
For crowd-pleasing Pinoy eats, look no further than Kitchen City. They have meals like Laing with Crispy Pork Toppings (P135/300 grams, P250/600 grams), their bestselling KC Signature Beef Caldereta (P300/300 grams, 550/600 grams), Chicken Teriyaki (P300/600 grams), KC Signature Seafood Kare Kare (P300/300 grams, P550/600 grams) and more, ready to heat for a quick and hearty meal. You can check out their website for orders; note that there’s a cut-off of 5 p.m. for next-day delivery, and a delivery fee of P75 within Metro Manila.
For orders, check out Kitchen City’s delivery website.
Miss dining out? Growcery MNL carries an array of frozen eats from different restaurants, including Chuck’s Deli, Din Tai Fung, 8 Cuts, Mamou, Manam, Menya Kokoro, Recovery Food, and more. Stock up on frozen meals and meal kits like Chuck's Deli + Bakery’s Callos (P425/serves one to two), Recovery Food’s Doc Sisig (P340/350 grams), or Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba Kit (P650/good for two). Just visit their website and add the items of your choice to cart; they do same-day (with a 5 p.m. cutoff) and next-day deliveries and accept payments made through GCash, PayMaya, PayPal, Unionbank bank transfer, or cash on delivery.
For orders, check out Growcery MNL’s website.
There’s something for everyone at Mister Delicious, where you’ll find dishes of different cuisines in both traditional and modern interpretations, all embodying their slow-cooked, real-food approach. Their Beef Rendang (P350/320 grams) is especially tender, while the Bacon Adobo (P350/350 grams)—made with their own Applewood Smoked Bacon—is so flavorful that you’ll be packing on the rice. They also make an All Natural Pork Tocino (P300/500 grams) that’s naturally colored with beetroot. You can place your orders on their website; they accept payments made via Paypal, credit card, debit card, mobile wallet and bank transfer.
For orders, check out Mister Delicious’ website.
Lowbrow Casual Restaurants
Lowbrow Casual Restaurants knows a thing or two about casual comfort food, and you can get frozen, ready-to-cook versions of some of Beefier and Bad Bird’s famous eats. Try Beefier’s Frozen Burger Patties (P399/500 grams) to build your own meaty burgers, or Bad Bird’s Umami Fried Chicken Cook-at-Home Kit (P399/good for six) for some serious fried-chicken action for dinner. You can easily place your orders through their website; they deliver everywhere in Metro Manila except Caloocan, Fairview, Las Piñas, Malabon, Navotas, Novaliches, Rizal, and Valenzuela. The payment options include credit or debit card, GCash, and bank deposit.
For orders, check out Lowbrow Casual Restaurants’ delivery website.
Xáncho lets you travel by taste with their array of dishes with intriguing flavor profiles that take inspiration from all around the globe. Their menu changes seasonally; right now, their offerings include the Chicken Tarragon with Shimeji Mushroom (P620/good for two, P930/good for three to four); Short Ribs with Black Grapes, Balsamic, and Bugnay (P650/good for two, P975/good for three to four); and the Boles de Picolat (P650/good for two, P975/good for three to four), a.k.a. French-Catalan meatballs—all of which bring as much comfort as they do fascination.
Moment the Grocer
You can get your favorites from Moment Group of Restaurants and serve them your way at home with Moment the Grocer—a range of ready-to-cook or heat food from their restaurants Manam, Din Tai Fung, 8 Cuts, Ooma, and Shawa Wama. Have a winning breakfast with Manam’s House-Made Tapa (P715/good for three to four), or a dim sum party with Din Tai Fung’s Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai (P490/good for three to four). Love a good burger? Try the 8 Cuts House Cheeseburgers (P820/good for four). If you’re after a Japanese bite, you can get the Ooma Ebi Tempura (P1,320/good for five to six). You can get these eats from the Moment Group’s delivery website, or on Shopee or Lazada.
For orders, check out the Moment Group’s delivery website. You can also shop their food on Shopee or Lazada.
Frozen MNL is a homegrown website that specializes in all things, well, frozen—from meats to fish to desserts and of course, frozen meals. You’ll find frozen offerings from sellers and restaurants like Eat Fresh, Bizu, Adobo Connection, Bigg’s, Que Rica, and more. Soothe the soul with Eat Fresh’s Laksa Noodle Kit (P295/good for one to two), or have a meaty feast with Bigg’s Baby Back Ribs (P495/500 grams). You can also get Chicken and Pork Adobo (P320/750 grams) from Adobo Connection or Breaded Classic Pork Chops (P310/480 grams) from Chop Stop. You can visit their website for orders, and pay via Paymaya, Paypal, GCash, Union or BDO bank deposit, Dragonpay, or cash on delivery.
For orders, check out Frozen MNL’s website.
GochuRun Korean Shop
Korean restaurant Gochu Gang now offers ready-to-cook frozen meats via GochuRun so you can have a Korean feast at home. They’ve got everything from Beef Ribeye Bulgogi (P440/350 grams) to Spicy Beef Bulgogi (P450/350 grams), Dwaeji Galbi (P390/350 grams), Sesame Samgyeop (P380/350 grams), and Sesame Dak Galbi (P360), all ready to pan-fry or grill. You can place your orders on The Grid Food Market’s website, or by giving them a call or SMS.
Love steak? You’ll be happy to know that La Cabrera offers frozen steaks that are pre-grilled, and just need to be pan-fried or grilled to finish at home. You can choose from the Ojo de Bife (P2,995/500 grams) or ribeye, Cuadril (P2,885) or coulette, Prime Entrana (P3,280/500 grams) or skirt, or Bife de Chorizo (P4,160/400 grams, P5,660/600 grams) or striploin. Give them a call to place your orders; you can send your payment via BDO bank transfer. Note that there’s a flat-rate delivery fee of P250.
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