A quick poll of the Stylist offices reveals that everyone has a different go-to takeaway dish. Some favour a “dirty burger”, some “Indian every time”, while others state firmly that “it’s simply not a takeaway without noodles”. Another colleague feels that her favourite cuisine loses something during its journey from restaurant to living room: “I love Thai food, but when you get a pad Thai all mushed up in a box it is SO SAD.”
But while we all have our own individual food preferences, certain trends start to emerge when you look at a city or town as a whole. Takeaway delivery service Deliveroo recently revealed which dishes are most popular in which cities and towns in the UK – and the results might surprise you.
Chinese and Indian food, once the staple diet of the British takeaway connoisseur, have been ousted by trendier dishes from other parts of the world. Mexican burritos and tortillas are most popular in Bath, Belfast, Leeds and Manchester, while Japanese food is the order of the day in Birmingham, Reading and Edinburgh.
But by far the most popular Deliveroo meal is a variation on the aforementioned dirty burger. Time was that you could only get the classic American meal from McDonalds or Burger King – but now, happy eaters everywhere from Plymouth to Newcastle to Cardiff are chowing down on “premium” and “gourmet” burgers from the likes of MEATLiquor, Twisted Burger and 7Bone.
One possible explanation for the absence of classic takeaway dishes like pizza, curry and Chinese dishes on Deliveroo’s rankings is that these restaurants often already have their own private delivery services, making them less likely to use Deliveroo drivers.
But these findings also reveal where in the UK foodies are willing to pay most for the luxury of not having to cook. Birmingham’s most popular takeaway dish – chilli squid – is the most affordable, at just £4.99 a portion. Meanwhile, punters in Windsor are shelling out the most for their meal: their pad Thai will set you back almost £12.
Read on to see what food your town favours – and prepare to feel peckish…