Test Driving Soul Ride - a Caribbean inspired delivery spin-off by Riding House
Here's what comes in the box, including those two lovely bottles od pina colada
What do we need to know about Soul Ride?
This is Riding House's delivery arm - which sees the group's Chef Patron Henry Omereye turning out comfort delivery dishes inspired by the Caribbean. There are seven boxes on offer in total - weekender, brunch, roast and love boxes along with chicken, steak and veggie dinners.
Ready to eat or ready to heat?
In this case, it's ready to heat - all the dishes require a very small amount of heating, frying or warming through (with the exception of the cocktails).
We took the chicken dinner for a Test Drive. That's a four-course meal for two with cocktails at £65. Here's what that featured:
Antonio's Piña Coladas - named after Riding House's barman Antonio Del Monte, these were so delicious - a nice hit of booze and sugar to get things going.
Salt cod fritters with Bajan pepper sauce. A very easy starter - all you need to do is pour spoonfuls of the fritter batter into a pan and fry for a minute a side before serving with that gorgeous Bajan sauce.
Tiger prawn triple cheese mac - we've had a lot of delivery macaroni cheeses over the course of multiple lockdowns, but this prawn iteration was amongst the best.
Peanut, cashew & coconut chicken supremes on a hot nut sauce, served with crispy new potatoes, grilled spring onions mustard and chilli kale and sprinkled with chilli and garlic. This course was perhaps the most involved - requiring frying, roasting and heating of sauces in pouches, but really all the hard work of marinating, and making those great sauces had already been done for you.
Grilled pineapple with spiced rum syrup and coconut cream - as someone who literally cannot pass up a pineapple dessert at the best of times, this very nicely bookended a meal that started with a Pina Colada. All that was required was a little warming through and plating up. Total heaven.
Having tried this introduction to Soul Ride, we can see ourselves branching out further - their weekender box, for example, includes meals for three days with additional must-try dishes like curry mutton and jerk chicken burgers. With the work involved, it's perhaps a better option for someone who fancies doing a little more cooking with their meal kit. But, if you've been missing out on trips to the Caribbean, this is a very delicious way of taking you there while plane travel is still off the table.
Hot Dinners were sent this meal as a gift from Riding House. Prices are correct at time of publication.