Despite the many restaurant deals on offer, people are still deciding to dine at home and with supermarkets now promoting great bargains including main meals, sides, desserts and a bottle of wine, you’d be hard pressed to find any restaurant able to deliver on that. But is the quality and amount sufficient to sustain you and a hungry partner or are the portions sadly lacking? We’ve looked at the best Dine In For £10 supermarket deals that bring you restaurant quality and satisfy your appetite.
The original Dine in for Ten Pounds concept came from Marks & Spencers and for £10 you can choose from a selection of main meals, side dishes, desserts and a bottle of wine. Main meals include Breaded Plaice topped with a Mornay Sauce, Gastropub Chicken & Prawn Paella, The Cook Menu Beef Roulades and Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts.
With side dishes of New Potatoes and Herbs, Garlic Mushrooms, Green Pea, Bean and Vegetable Layer and Large Spinach & Pinenut Pasta Pots and desserts of Strawberry & Rhubarb Puff Pastry Pie, Raspberry Sherry Trifles and Cherry Frangipane Slices, this really is fine dining at its best. The main meal portion sizes are good but the sides could be larger and you may find you need to add to them, perhaps a green salad or more vegetables. All in all a good value for money deal.
Waitrose have recently began their £10 dine in deal and have a similar deal to Marks & Spencer. Choose a main meal, side dish, dessert and bottle of wine for ten pounds. Mains include Waitrose Easy Salmon en Croute, Waitrose Easy Butterfly Pork Shoulder, Waitrose As Good As Going Out Moussaka, sides are a range of Waitrose As Good As Going Out Creamy Mash, Waitrose Greek Side Salad, Waitrose Peas and Broccoli with desserts from Waitrose Chocolate Melt in the Middle Puddings, Waitrose Fresh Fruit Tarts and Winter pudding.
All the portion sizes are good and the desserts are especially sumptuous. There are a good range of wines and as with M&S you know the meat has been sourced from local farms.
Tesco’s £10 dine in which you can choose from a specially selected range of their Finest Mains, Sides and Desserts and a bottle of wine. Choose mains from Tescos Finest Salmon En Croute or Finest Steak Au Poivre, sides from Finest Creamy Mash or Finest Chunky Chips and desserts include Finest Strawberry Cheesecake or Finest Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake.
To be honest the choice is not as varied as Waitrose or M&S, the gourmet fine dining aspect is a little lacking in some of the dishes but the quality is there and the portion sizes are good. Not what I would call a restaurant experience but okay for an evening in when you cannot be bothered to cook.
If you want a really special night in with lovely food as an accompaniment, go for Waitrose, they have some exciting and different recipes to make you feel as if you are in a real bistro.