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DabbaDrop is a sustainable takeaway service that delivers an ever-changing menu of plant-based, family-style curries direct to doors, weekly or fortnightly. It’s also London’s first plastic- and emissions-free takeaway.
No single-use plastics
Founded by two Hackney neighbourhood friends, Anshu Ahuja and Renee Williams (main image), DabbaDrop’s meals are delivered in Mumbai’s famous reusable stainless-steel tiffin boxes (known as a dabba).
Added extras are packaged in compostable paper bags and pots, meaning all deliveries are single-use plastic free. Old dabba tins are swapped on delivery with fresh ones that are filled with delicious dals and healthy, vibrant curries, roti and rice.
Reflecting this sustainable ethos, all deliveries are made on push bikes and E-bikes, and the online pre-order model means there is a huge reduction in kitchen waste.
Making a difference
Anshu and Renee bonded over their love of cooking and a desire to make a small difference to the planet and for their children.
Anshu is a Mumbai-born, Hackney-living passionate home cook. In 2014, following a successful career in TV production, she was selected as one of the finalists on the food incubator scheme, Kitchenette. The scheme allowed Anshu to launch her pop-up Indian tapas concept, Pao Wow, to critical acclaim at Stevie Parle’s Dock Kitchen.
New Zealand native Renee has 12 years’ experience with a background in restaurant operations and design, as well as events production at Soho House, Caprice Holdings and, most recently, Caravan restaurants.
Following a successful Ready-to-Eat pilot scheme on Friday nights in Hackney, Walthamstow and Leyton, DabbaDrop extends into neighbouring postcodes E2, E3, E15, E20, N1, N5, N7 with the Ready-to-Heat service from 30 January 2020.
Delivery will also be available Thursday and Saturday nights (as well as the usual Fridays).
Inspired by the Indian dabbawalla tradition of the lunch delivery and return service, plus Anshu’s family recipes, DabbaDrop meals feed two with a delicious dal, two plant-based curries, homemade roti/naan and rice.
All meals are vegan and menus change weekly, combining the best seasonal ingredients with bold, bright flavours.
Freshly made, DabbaDrop meals are all refined sugar and preservative-free and packed with fresh vegetables, protein-rich pulses and super-powered spices.