We all have times when we can’t or don’t want to cook. Due to my recent health issues, cooking isn’t very high on my priority list this week. But saying that, I’m not fond of the idea of eating ready meals and takeaways and pretty much just eating junk all week. With this in mind I thought I’d give Housebites a go. I had heard quite a bit about them and I really liked the concept so we ordered our dinner from them last night.
If you’ve not heard of Housebites, then watch this video and it’ll explain everything to you.
So I really like the idea of fresh, restaurant quality food prepared to order and brought to your house. It sounds healthier, tastier and a lot more inviting than a cold chicken chow mein or questionable sushi platter and the fact that there’s such a wide variety of food is pretty amazing.
Yesterday afternoon, we placed our order through the website which was really easy to navigate and chose dishes from Chef Laurent Rossi. Unfortunately, we got a call about 15 minutes later saying his dishes weren’t available anymore. This could possibly throw a spanner into the works for some people or may put them off but it really shouldn’t. We were notified promptly, the customer service representative was very apologetic and really nice and there was enough to choose from that it was pretty much exactly the same as going to a restaurant and being told that they’ve sold out of the dish of the day. No skin off our noses and it was handled really well. We regrouped and reordered, this time from Danielle Brown, and requested our food to be delivered between 8.30-9pm.
At 8.30pm sharp there was a knock at our door and our food had arrived. It was all packaged neatly in takeaway cartons and branded sleeves and it was still piping hot. So far, so good.
I had ordered an Asparagus Risotto and as soon as I had opened the container I was hit with the scent of lemon and mint. It looked creamy and fluffy and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. When I put the food on my plate I realised just how large the portion was. It could easily feed two (if you’re on a portion controlled diet) though my fiancé was convinced it’s a pretty standard portion size so I would still recommend ordering a single dish per person.
On the plate you could see all the green flecks of asparagus and the lemon rind and though it wasn’t the most colourful dish I’ve seen in my life, it was still really inviting. Once I had tasted it I was sold on Housebites completely. It was quite sharp from the lemon but it was balanced with the fresh, soft mint and the creamy flavour of the rice. The asparagus was fresh and crispy and added a bit of earthy bitterness and it was lovely to have very small pieces of asparagus running through creating more texture with the larger asparagus spears adding a bit more variety. It was really well seasoned and had little pockets of parmesan cheese adding even more texture and flavour so it didn’t become too samey.
My fiancé ordered the Beef Meatballs with Penne pasta and, again, the portion was huge. The meatballs themselves were very large and dense, packed with good quality meat. The accompanying sauce was full of flavour but his one complaint was that there wasn’t enough of it. However, overall he was satisfied and full – something that rarely happens.
As a side dish we ordered a Broad Bean, Mint and Feta salad. The vegetables were all really fresh and crisp, the feta was a great contrast as it was so crumbly and salty and once again, it was a huge side salad. My one complaint was that as it was warmed up in the bag with the rest of the food, this made it taste amazing but when it cooled down, it adopted a bit of a funny flavour and we couldn’t finish it.
Overall it was a really pleasant experience. The food was fresh, great quality and delicious. The portions were more than satisfying and there was no way of feeling hungry after finishing your meal. I would prefer it if they had some clearly marked healthy options or if you could order from multiple chefs on the same order but that’s just me being picky.
I would highly recommend trying Housebites next time you’re considering ordering a takeaway. It was a lot tastier and more satisfying than a pizza or a burger and they cost roughly the same price.