5 fantastic order-in meals for last-minute hosting

Too busy (or lazy) to cook for the party crowd? Fret not!

Photograph: Vidal Balielo Jr. via Pexels
By Michael MacLaren

You're hosting one of your fun holiday activities or a little get-together for your friends and family, but you're too busy (or lazy) to cook a big meal for the party crowd, or simply want to broaden the food options for your guests with a little catering help from Meituan or Eleme. Fret not! We have picked 5 amazing spots that deliver filling and heart-warming meals right to your doorstep. You can also order them on any regular day when you feel like staying in for the night and having a cozy meal at home.

Smokin' Hog

Photographs: courtesy Smokin' Hog

What better way to warm up in this cold weather than loading up on some finger lickin’ BBQ? Smokin’ Hog has been delivering their mouthwatering BBQ around Shanghai for over a year now. Tuck into heaping piles of brisket, spicy sausage or juicy pulled pork. Pair it with sides like their creamy Mac n’ Cheese, fluffy cornbread or loaded nachos. Keep an eye out for daily deals like their Ribs Monday (butter caramel Iberico pork ribs, fires and a drink for 75RMB) and buy-one-get-one-free sandwiches on Thursdays.

Delivery only. JSS / Eleme / Sherpa's / Meituan ("冒烟猪烟熏烤肉")



Photographs: courtesy Saucepan

In these cold winter months it can be hard to find the energy to cook a nice and nutritious meal after a long day at work. Let Saucepan do the hard part for you by preparing fresh and healthy meals delivered right to your door. Pick from green and protein packed meals with chicken and tuna loaded up with veggies on the side. Or, go for their build-your-own-salad option and treat yourself to some of their protein chocolate chip peanut butter balls. It’s the perfect reward after a long day of hard work.


Delivery only. Direct order / Eleme / Meituan

D.O.C. Gastronomia

Photographs: courtesy D.O.C. Gastronomia

What better way to spend this winter season than with friends in your warm and cozy home? Of course no gathering is complete without an array of tasty food and wine. Forgo the hassle of cooking and let D.O.C. take care of the food for you. Their new charcuterie boards packed full of cold cuts, cheese, olives and assorted nuts and berries are perfect for any get-together.


Pick-up or delivery. 392 Dagu Lu. Meituan / Eleme / Sherpa's

Butler & White's

Photograph: courtesy Butler & White's

These days there are plenty of places to get your British food fix here in Shanghai. One of the newer places of note, is Butler & White's. With everything from fish and chips to full English's to bangers and mash, they’ve got plenty of choices to fill those cravings. Of course, their most noteworthy dish is the Sunday roast dinner. Save braving the cold with a trip to the supermarket and order their roast dinner, available on Sundays. Imagine a plate piled high with veg and mash topped with Yorkshire pudding filled with sausage all drenched in rich brown gravy. Be sure to order early in the day as ingredients are limited.

Pick-up or delivery. First Floor, No. 7, Tianzifang, Lane 210 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu. Eleme / Meituan / JSS / Sherpa's


Photographs: REVO

Why wait for New Year’s to start your resolution of exercise and healthy eating? REVO provides healthy meal plans delivered right to your door. Using their WeChat mini program, you can pick the days and frequencies that you want to receive your meals. They even provide nutritious snacks and desserts to satisfy those mid-day and after-meal cravings. Expect dishes like tuna poke bowls and spongey tofu and soba noodles all accompanied with plenty of greens.



Delivery only. Available through mini program "SPxREVO"

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