When I first learneda few years ago, gourmet service was the most expensive around, with single meals for about $25 each. I had a chance to try the food and it was really tasty, but as I expected, it wasn’t really worth the exorbitant price per dish. And certainly not regularly.
Cut to 2022. Home Bistro’s prices have dropped slightly. Most dishes cost between $17 and $19 (still expensive), while others can be had for as little as $15. The brand has since added a list of celebrity chefs who have created a collection of recipes for Home Bistro. With all these changes, I decided to give the high-end food delivery service another shot.
- Average food is better than most services
- The dish is well prepared with tender meat and crisp vegetables
- Premium meats include short ribs, steaks and seafood
- No subscription required
- One of the most expensive services, meals range from $15 to $19
- Some of the dishes were excellent, while others were very poor, especially for the price
- Additional cost for shipping
After round 2 of the tasting, my take on many Home Bistro dishes remains the same: just not worth the money. Other dishes I tried made a case for their high price. If budget isn’t a factor, Home Bistro might be the right service for you, but I still think so most of people. He said, Home Bistro doesn’t subscription requires you to try it and decide for yourself without much commitment or risk.
Here’s how it works and what I thought of Home Bistro.
How Home Bistro works: Ordering, prices and menus
Home Bistro has a large menu of dishes to choose from, many of which have been created by well-known chefs and food personalities, including Cat Cora and Ayesha Curry. You can order dishes individually, search by chef who created them, main protein (chicken, salmon, beef), or filter by best sellers or price. Most dishes are $17 or $19, and some are $15.
You can also purchase pre-selected meal packages or chef’s choice packages to save a little more per meal. Meal packs are available in packs of six, seven, 10, 12, 14 or 20 meals. There are various themes such as best sellers, Mediterranean and meal packagesrecipes. Whichever package you choose, it will break down to about $15 per meal.
There’s no subscription to Home Bistro, so you just order what you want, and more if and when you’re ready. The menu doesn’t change much from month to month like meal kits and some other food services, but there are plenty of dishes to choose from, so you shouldn’t get bored. There are additional costs for shipping, which vary depending on your location.
How is Home Bistro food?
Home Bistro presents its food as restaurant quality, which helps explain the value. When sampling dishes from Home Bistro, you’ll find more upscale dishes like braised short ribs, pulled pork, salmon and steak. Most budget-friendly servings usually rely on cheaper proteins like chicken and shrimp. Home Bistro offers a few plant-based meals, but few compared to other prepared meal services.
Each meal usually includes a protein, a starch, and a vegetable with some type of sauce. There are also some heavier pasta dishes and rice dishes like shrimp jambalaya and risotto. The food I ordered arrived vacuum sealed and frozen. I could either keep them in the freezer for another day or let them thaw in the fridge, which takes about four hours. Portions were decent but smaller than average. I never had leftovers, but I wasn’t hungry after eating either.
What I had and how I liked it
I chose a total of five Home Bistro dishes. Most were good, some were great, and thankfully none were bad or inedible. Here’s what I thought of my Home Bistro meals.
Salsa Verde Pork with Mexican Red Rice ($17): The pork was mostly cooked well, although a few pieces were tough. The rice was nice but nothing special and a bit bland.
Harissa Shrimp with Garlic Potatoes and Cauliflower Gratin ($17): I was impressed with this dish. The shrimp tasted fresh and the cauliflower was flavorful and filling.
Grilled chicken with parsley-mint sauce and cauliflower over coconut rice ($17): This was an example of a Home Bistro meal not worth the money. The chicken wasn’t tough, but it wasn’t too soft either. The sauce was good, but didn’t excite me like I had hoped.
Grilled salmon with pomegranate sauce, Israeli couscous and honey carrots ($17): Another good one with fresh and tender salmon and a bright, complex and interesting sauce.
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs with Potato Risotto and Garlic Broccoli ($19)): It was as close to restaurant price as I’ve gotten from a takeout service. The beef was fork tender and the broccolini was cooked perfectly.
How I made my Home Bistro meals
There are microwave instructions on the back of every box, but I always try, except for some sides like mashed cauliflower or roasted potatoes. For chicken dishes, steaks and pasta, toss it all in a non-stick pan for a few minutes, cover with the sauce over low heat before serving. Yes, you will have a bowl to wash, but I promise it will be worth it.
Who is Home Bistro good for?
If you want to stock up on high-quality frozen meals for those lazy evenings when you don’t feel like cooking or even dining out at a restaurant, Home Bistro can be a good choice. Chef-created meals are more premium than other services, but they cost more.
Who is Home Bistro not suitable for?
Because of the prices, Home Bistro isn’t a great food delivery service for anyone on a budget. services such asand costs about half as much and still delivers delicious food menus every week. It’s also not a good service for anyone following a plant-based or vegan diet. Weekly options for plant-based meals are few and far between. It is not the healthiest of meal delivery services as some of the meals are high in calories and fat.
My final verdict on Home Bistro
Home Bistro is hard to rate because it is a completely different model from other prepared food services. Since most meals cost $17 or $19, the service is more in line with restaurant prices than a typical food delivery outfit. Some of the dinners I tried lived up to the “restaurant quality” of the service, while others did not. Overall, the main part of the food was better than most services, although it can take some trial and error to find dishes you like. The good news is that they will likely stay on the menu, so you can reorder them whenever you want.
If you don’t have a steady line of good local restaurants to order food from on nights when you don’t have time to cook or even eat out, stocking your freezer with gourmet Home Bistro meals may be the right choice. With medium portions, don’t expect too muchbut you can bet that most of the food you order will hit the high marks from other food delivery services.
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