- In London, build your own poke bowls are the most popular thing people order
- Whereas over in Belfast they prefer ordering Mexican cuisine – burrito bowls
The UK’s love affair with a takeaway is well known – and over the past 12 months it appears as if Brits are becoming more adventurous than ever.
Deliveroo has revealed their 30 top trending items ordered this year, with some groceries even making the list.
Deliveroo say that the demand for supermarket items has continued to grow since they started appearing on the website in 2020.
Those in Birmingham seem to enjoy their semi-skimmed milk from Morrisons, as it ranked number 18 in the UK.
If you have forgotten to get your loved ones flowers, it seems you are not alone, as a bunch of flowers from Wholefoods just about made the top 20.
And customers in Edinburgh pushed paracetamol into spot 22 out of 30, meaning medicine beat out actual takeaway dishes.
London remains the chicken-loving city in the UK, as 33 per cent of the top 30 list containing popular chicken meals ordered within the capital.
These include the Chicken Ruby from Dishoom, 8 boneless pieces from Wingstop and the harissa chicken from Farmer J.
A third of Londoners said they would most likely order chicken wings if they were having a takeout lunch.
The popular delivery service also revealed the popular things Brits requested when they placed their order.
Some of which include asking for no tomatoes, no pickles, requesting the food is made ‘extra spicy’ and asking for their dish to have salt and vinegar on it.
Fries have remained the most popular side across the UK – but London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Brighton were the top cities who ordered the fried potato.
Ketchup has remained the sauce of choice, but mayonnaise has been knocked off its pedestal by garlic mayo.
Deliveroo Vice President of Regional Growth, Jeff Wemyss, said: ‘From bananas to burritos, Poké to pizza, it’s always fun revealing our annual list of Deliveroo’s 100 trending dishes across the globe.
‘We’re delighted to see customers sampling – and enjoying – the wealth of food on their doorsteps.’
London: Build your own Poké Bowl from Poké Shack
Poke bowls originate from Hawaii but are also rooted in Japanese cuisine.
‘Poke’ means ‘cut into pieces’ and refers to the pieces of protein that are served chopped up with each dish.
The idea is that you choose your own ingredients to put into the dish which means numerous combinations – perfect for those who are experimental.
First you choose a main protein source such as chicken, yellowfin tuna, salmon or even plant-based chicken.
Then you can choose an unlimited number of ‘base’ ingredients such as sushi rice, brown rice, quinoa, mixed leaves and ‘summer’ kale.
You can also pick an unlimited number of sauces which range from sriracha mayonnaise to turmeric vinaigrette.
Hungry individuals can also load their bowls with as many toppings as they want, from fresh pineapple, lime wedges, charred sweetcorn and even pickled ginger – to name a few.
The Build Your Own Poke Bowl also ranked third in the top 100 trending dishes worldwide.
It costs £12.95 on the Deliveroo website, which does not include service charges or the cost of delivery.
Aberdeen: Burrito from FreshMex
It seems Scots in Aberdeen enjoy tucking into Mexican cuisine after a long day.
The burrito from FreshMex has topped the charts for being the most popular dish that the city opts for.
It costs around £9.50 for a regular burrito and £11.50 for a large.
On the FreshMex website, the company states that the burrito is the most popular menu item, consisting of a flour tortilla with lime and coriander rice, refried beans and a choice of fillings and toppings.
The restaurant has won ‘Scotland’s most ordered’ for four straight years running – from 2018 to 2021.
They pride themselves on ‘fresh’ food and claim that none of their ingredients are microwaved or frozen.
The burrito can also suit different individuals as they offer vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Birmingham: Gochujang Chicken Bibimbap Bowl from Grounded Kitchen
In the West Midlands, the Gochujang Chicken Bibimbap Bowl from Grounded Kitchen is the most popular choice.
The Korean meal consists of chicken, rice, spinach, carrots, beetroot, peppers, avocado, Korean kimchi, lime, coriander, spring onions, sesame seeds and fresh chilli.
The condiments that accompany the bowl include chilli, jeju, avocado, spicy peanut sauces.
The dish will set you back £13.95, which does not include the cost of service charges and delivery.
Grounded Kitchen say they believe ‘great nutrition is a basic component of a happy, healthy life, which is why we create nourishing and nutritious meals’.
Their Gochujang Chicken Bibimbap Bowl is a relatively health-conscious choice for a takeaway at 666 calories.
Edinburgh: Pad Thai from Ting Thai
Whilst those in Aberdeen adore their Mexican cuisine, Scots 127 miles south in Edinburgh prefer Thai food.
The Pad Thai from Ting Thai is the winner for the large Scottish city, home to around 526,000 people.
The dish consists of flat noodles, peanuts, egg, nam pla, palm sugar, tamarind, chilli, bean sprouts and spring onion.
You can then pair the dish with either king prawns, tofu chicken, beef or vegetables.
It costs £12.80 on the Deliveroo website, which excludes delivery or service charges.
Belfast: Burrito Bowl from Boojum
Boojum pride themselves in ‘authentic Mexican street food’ and opened in the capital of Northern Ireland 2007.
The restaurant grew from the one tiny outlet in Botanic Avenue, Belfast, to a chain of 14 restaurants across Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Unlike the traditional burrito which consists of double carbohydrates – rice in a tortilla wrap – the bowl only has rice in it.
The first step is to choose the rice and beans you want to have in your bowl. Options include cilantro lime rice, Mexican savoury rice, pinto beans and black beans.
The you add your fillings which can be anything from chicken pulled beef, pulled pork, chorizo, sauteed vegetables, chilli con carne and vegan 3 bean chilli.
Then it’s on to salsas. Hungry individuals can choose from salsa verde, tomato salsa, sweetcorn salsa, salsa roja, chipotle or naga.
Finally to finish, customers can choose to have grated cheese or sour cream slathered on top of the bowl.
One of the cheapest winners on this list, a burrito bowl only costs £8.29, which is the same price as their traditional burrito and salad bowl.
Brighton: Margherita from VIP Very Italian Pizza
Those who live in the southern seaside location seem to favour Italian food – pizza to be exact – from VIP, Very Italian Pizza.
Since 1880, generations of the VIP family have ‘poured love and hard work into the very heart of everything we do’.
In fact, all of their ingredients come from their own farm which is located in Naples, Italy.
The traditional Neapolitan Margherita pizza consists of just a few key ingredients – Fior di Latte, a tomato base, fresh basil and olive oil.
The pizza costs £9.75 on the Deliveroo app which does not include the service charges or delivery charge.
Manchester: Burgerism Meal from Burgerism
Up in the north of England, they enjoy their American cuisine – especially burgers.
The Burgerism Meal consists of any burger that has two beef patties – the choices are a cheeseburger or a hamburger.
Those who want bacon on their burger can add it for an extra £1. The meal deal comes with skin-on fries and a choice of a drink.
The list of drinks options available include San Pellegrino lemon, San Pellegrino orange, diet coke, regular coke, Vimto fizzy, or Evian water.
Burgerism says their produce is all locally sourced and nationally sourced ‘where at all possible’.
The restaurant does not use additives, fillers, flavour enhancers or blinders in their meals.
The price for the meal is £12.95 on Deliveroo, which does not include service charges or the cost of delivery.
Bournemouth: Southern Fried Chicken Wrap from Chicken & Blues
In Bournemouth, the most popular dish is a southern fried chicken wrap from Chicken & Blues.
The dish has southern fried chicken with lettuce and homemade slaw served in a grilled tortilla with a choice of different sauces.
The chicken restaurant started off as Chicken Shack in 2013, before they trademarked their brand, renaming it Chicken & Blues.
Chicken & Blues has been crowned ‘Best Takeaway’ at The British Takeaway Awards, followed by ‘Best Family Restaurant’ at the Deliveroo UK Restaurant Awards.
The southern fried wrap costs £10 on the Deliveroo website.
Bristol: Dirty Double Burger (Double Patty) from Oowee Diner
Like Manchester, Bristol is also a fan of American food such as burgers and fries.
They particularly like to order the Dirty Double Burger (Double Patty) from Oowee Diner which has four American cheese slices in it.
The burger also has a double smash patty, relish, mustard and gherkins and those ordering from Deliveroo have the option to add lettuce for no extra cost.
The burger itself costs £10.50 on Deliveroo, without any sides.
The diner has also just released their festive menu as Brits ease into the Christmas period.
These dishes include the classic Christmas burger which has crispy chicken, brie, bacon, stuffing mayo and cranberry and red cabbage sauce.
Leeds: Pad Thai Bo Ran from Zaap Thai
Like Edinburgh, northerners from Leeds also enjoy tucking into Thai cuisine – Pad Thai Bo Ran.
The classic Thai dish has stir fried rice noodles with egg, spring onions, beansprouts, tofu and peanuts.
And protein choices include chicken, pork, beef, prawns or extra tofu for vegetarians and vegans. You can also add prawns for an extra £1.50.
Zaap Thai is a chain which has restaurants all over the country, including Nottingham and Newcastle.
Zaap say that when you step inside one of the chains, ‘you will feel like you have been transported into a Bangkok street food market’.
Their restaurants are full of colourful tuk tuks, neon lights, flags and statues.
The meal costs £12.95 on the Deliveroo website.
Glasgow: Salt and Chilli Chicken (Salt and Chilli Box) from Salt & Chilli Oriental
Chinese cuisine is the food of choice in Glasgow, with Salt & Chilli Oriental offering the dish that Glaswegians order the most.
The boxed meal comes with salt and chilli chicken, one side and a dip.
You can choose from fragrant jasmine rice or salt and chilli fries, along with either curry, satay sriracha mayo or sweet chilli sauce.
The award-winning restaurant has fed many people over the years and say they have re-imagined Cantonese street food.
Their chef is Jimmy Lee, who was honoured with Chef Personality of the Year award at the Scottish Food Awards in 2018.
The box meal on Deliveroo costs £11.50.
Nottingham – The Full Indian from Tamatanga
Tamatanga say they make their food from fresh every day using local ingredients and have ‘no nasties, no additives, no shortcuts’.
The restaurant – which has a clay oven – grinds their spices by hand to give that extra special personal touch.
Nottingham’s most popular item is The Full Indian, which feeds two people.
It comes with two sides and two mains and Tamatanga provide free poppadums with the meal.
In terms of sides, you can choose from a plain naan, vegan naan, garlic naan, coriander naan, garlic and coriander naan, tandoori roti or pilau rice.
And there are many main meals to choose from, such as chicken korma, Punjabi butter chicken, lamb Rogan Josh, Tarka Dahl, five spice aloo and even paneer Makhani.
You can get the whole dish for two for £32.95, which works out at around £16.46 a head.
Southampton: Shredded Beef Burrito from Mexigo
Mexigo’s shredded beef burrito comes in both a regular size and a large size.
Home slow-cooked shredded beef is seasoned in a rich glaze and served with a choice of fillings.
These include a choice of tomato rice, coriander rice or coconut rice and a choice of black or pinto beans.
Mexigo then asks if you would like hot sauce on your burrito, either the hellfire, which is described as hot or the sweet chilli, which is described as medium.
You can then add grated cheese and sour cream and also vegan cheese, however this is an extra 85p.
They have three salsa options – freshly chopped salsa, smooth salsa, sweetcorn salsa – and two choices of salad, either lettuce or Mexican ‘slaw.
The regular shredded beef burrito costs £9.65 and the large dish costs £11.65 on Deliveroo.
Cambridge: Sliced fried pork in chilli pepper with rice from Hong Kong Fusion
Those from Cambridge also love Chinese dishes and the most popular was the sliced fried pork in chilli pepper with rice from Hong Kong Fusion.
The restaurant is located on St Johns Street and sells a range of dishes, including classics such as crispy duck, various types of fried noodles and sweet and sour chicken.
The dish costs £11.55 and hungry Brits have the choice between plain rice or fried rice (an extra £1.50) and they can also add an egg to the dish for an extra £1.
They are rated 4.7 stars on the website.
Cardiff: Margherita from Calabrisella
Like Brighton, the capital of Wales is partial to a classic Italian Margherita pizza.
The 14 inch pizza comes with a tomato base, mozzarella cheese, oregano, olive oil and fresh basil.
Calabrisella also gives their customers the option to have the pizza in the traditional way, or whether to have it folded calzone style.
Calabrisella opened for the first time in 2014 and is owned by three friends – Salvo, Angelo and Domenico.
The trio met at high school, became friends then travelled to Cardiff and learnt English before opening the popular Italian restaurant.
Head chef Domenico has gained years of experience working all over Italy.
The pizza costs £10.50 on the Deliveroo website.
Bath: Chicken Tinga Burrito from Mission Burrito
Mission Burrito’s large chicken tinga burrito is made from 100 per cent chicken breast marinated in their in-house chipotle salsa and shredded in a traditional tinga style.
Customers can choose which type of bean they would like in their tortilla and the options are either pinto beans or black beans.
Then they get to pick their salsa and have the option of three – the mild salsa verde, hot chipotle or X Hot Habanero.
The burrito comes with rice and you have the option to add lettuce and tomato pico de gallo and sour cream.
The burrito costs £9.25 on the Deliveroo website.
Oxford: Pork slices with green chilli and rice from Sichuan Grand
Sichuan Grand has won over Oxfordians, with the most popular dish being pork slices with green chilli and rice, strikingly similar to Cambridge.
The dish is described as: ‘a country-style dish from Hunan. Thinly sliced tender beef stir-fried with green chillies and fermented bean paste. Understated yet delicious.’
The restaurant also has branches in Stratford and Holborn in London and offers hot pot.
The home-made pork slice dish costs £16.90 on Deliveroo.
Leicester: Sucuk & Butter Burger from The Barn
This American burger restaurant sells Sucuk burgers, which seems to be a big hit in Leicester.
Sucuk is a semi-dried beef-based sausage made by a dry-curing process. It is very popular in several Balkan, Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries.
The burger has an angus beef patty, double cheddar cheese, onion, sucuk and burnt butter mayo.
Those ordering on Deliveroo can also add extra toppings for no extra cost, such as lettuce, onion, gherkins, tomatoes and jalapenos.
The Barn is a family-run burger restaurant and they source their ingredients from local suppliers and bake their buns fresh everyday.
Even their sauces are made on-site.
The burger costs £8.40 which makes it one of the cheapest most popular meals on this list.
Liverpool: Salt and pepper chicken from Yum Cha
Like Oxford and Cambridge, Liverpudlians also love Chinese cuisine – in particular salt and pepper chicken.
The chicken comes with steamed rice, but you can pay an extra £1 to get either egg fried rice or soft fried noodles.
Extra sauces are also available for an additional fee, such as curry, teriyaki or BBQ sauce for £2.50.
Yum Cha has two restaurants, one in Liverpool on Lark Lane and one in Manchester, located on Minshull Street.
On their website, they state: ‘Serving Chinese roasted meats, a selection of steamed and fried dumplings, as well as rice and noodle dishes and Chinese tea, not to mention a great selection of stunning cocktails!
‘Yum Cha brings with it a neon-coloured, casual dining take on traditional Chinese classics.’
The standard salt and pepper chicken with steamed rice costs £10.95.