You will have heard of pop-up restaurants where talented chefs without their own commercial premises will feed you in their own homes.
Now it's pop-over where the cook will pop over to your place with your dinner.
The concept is not new and we have all had pizzas, curries, and chicken chow mein delivered to our doorsteps. But this is gourmet food put on your table courtesy of an internet service called Housebites.
Type in your postcode to find an array of chefs ready to deliver top nosh. So far, it has been a postcode lottery that only those in London or Brighton could win. But Edinburgh is soon to get its tea.
Housebites is extending its coverage to Edinburgh which they describe as "the Brighton of the North". I thought Auld Reekie was the Athens or, during the Edinburgh Festival, the Islington of the North but never mind.
Housebites appears to be a good deal for home diners. Reasonable prices with main courses under a tenner. Plus you don't have to pay £30 for something decent from the wine list since you got a half-price deal down the supermarket.
The food choices and the quality appear attractive when you read such comments as "the duck confit with honey mustard crust was delicious" and "the beetroot confit was wonderful". And "it was thoughtful to include a box of cinnamon to top the desserts with".
There can be problems, of course, when your sea bass is held up in traffic. Or how you get the courier service to come back and collect your steak when it is well done but you asked for medium rare. Or, in Edinburgh, the complaint that there is no salt'n'sauce on the chips.
One complaint directed at a French chef in London was that the croque monsieur he sent was soggy. I would suggest to this online diner that if you want a toastie, make it yourself.
The dinner-by-website business can only make people lazier. Meals on wheels are supposed to be for the infirm and the elderly not for those who can still chop an onion. With so many people watching TV chefs, you might expect folk to have absorbed enough information to whip up something tasty for the tea.
My advice is cook for yourself. Can't cook? Buy in some quality ingredients and invite someone who can to pop over to your place.
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