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Friday, July 17, 2015

The latest in a line of ready meal kits for kitchen novices in a hurry, Burgundy Box stands out for several reasons. Rhea Dhanbhoora tells you why it should be at the top of your shopping list

Unfortunately for Burgundy Box, they weren’t the first ones to the meal kit party. So, there’s nothing about the brand that stands out, apart from its unusual name and the fact that it does come to you in a very attractive  burgundy (well, more purple really…) box. Options for your meal include everything from a Basil Chicken & Corn Soup to an Egg Chettinad Curry, or for vegetarians, everything from Paneer Steaks to Tacos. With around 25 options, you’re not going to get bored of what they have on offer, even if they don’t switch it up anytime soon.

The one thing that is different about Burgundy Box is that it’s associated with a renowned chef, Ajay Chopra, who has hotels such as the Marriott and The Westin Mumbai Garden City on his impressive menu. So, you can be sure that the singer, stage performer and chef’s meals are going to be experimental enough to stay interesting.

Taste test
It doesn’t matter how well a meal is presented — at the end of the day, it’s the way it tastes that really matters. I’ve tried numerous meal kits this year, and this definitely stood out. When they say they give you everything, they really mean everything! You won’t need salt, pepper or even oil — it’s all measured out, well proportioned and perfectly balanced. With a star chef at its helm, that doesn’t come as a surprise.

What we tried: The Moroccon Chicken Steaks were perfectly balanced by a Moroccan Harissa marinade. They came with olive pilaf had to be gently drizzled with a tangy orange glaze that lived up to the delectable pictures on their site. It’s one of the simplest, most impressive recipes I’ve ever tried, and takes only around 15 minutes to prepare, as promised. They send you everything from the marinated steaks (very tender, fresh chicken), butter and chopped olives to the boiled rice, pepper, oil, vegetables and the balsamic vinegar. The orange glaze comes pre-prepared just like the chicken, so putting everything together is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Money talks
And, at Burgundy Box, you’re going to like what it has to say! The meals are surprisingly affordable — for less than Rs 500 (Rs 410 for what we tried) you can have a comfortable, filling meal for two.

What you should remember
Unfortunately, for those looking for lunch in a hurry, Burgundy Box is currently taking orders only for dinner, and on the same day only if you order by 6pm. However, if you plan your meals in advance, you could prepare for a lunch the next day. It’s a small hiccup, but with customers looking for the most convenient option, it could see people drift away to competitors who may offer all-day service. Hopefully, this is only because they’ve just set up. Definitely order the meal that we tried though; it’s worth your time and money — not to mention how delicious it tastes!

Where www.burgundybox.in

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