Plantain and Okra curry. @Rasgradens on IG

When it comes to flavoursome food, nothing beats authentic, homemade cuisine.

If you’re craving some take-away, forget UberEats and Deliveroo. Why not broaden your horizons and support some of these black and minority-owned local home or street food businesses, that serve a delicious array of traditional dishes? It’s a win-win situation.

  1. Ras Gardens
Ras Gardens’ Callaloo & Okra Fried Rice. Image credit: @rasgardens on IG
Ras Gardens’ delicious vegan Bean Burger. Image credit: @rasgardens on IG

Up first is Jamaican-owned Ras Gardens. Started by @empress_narmi on Instagram, it is known for infusing CBD-oils into meals, which is has a range of health benefits, including relieving chronic pain and lifting your mood (without the high).

Ras Gardens holds 5-star hygiene rating, and a range of  homemade Jamaican-inspired plant-based meals for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, flexitarians, and more.

Made with homegrown and organic ingredients, it’s the perfect option if you want to be health-conscious without having to sacrifice taste. To order, direct message @rasgardens on Instagram.


GOD: MAN: FOOD’s Kuwaiti mushakal in the making. Photo credit: @godmanfood on IG
Kai’s appetising lamb shawarma. Photo credit: @godmanfood on IG

Kuwaiti-born chef Kai started his pop-up street food stall at Sherwood Street Food in January.

GOD: MAN: FOOD serves traditional Middle Eastern food, including different types of shawarma, traditional Egyptian koshary, Kuwaiti mushakal, and much more.

The pop-up opens during weekends, and you can pre-order meals on

3. Homemade authentic Indian food

One of the many home-made curries available for order on the page. Photo credit: ‘Homemade authentic Indian food’ on Facebook.

This business’ name speaks for itself. Started by a single mother in Nottingham who ‘loves cooking’, it has a 5-star rating from almost 300 reviews.

If you’re a lover of Indian food, you know that restaurants rarely compare to home-cooked meals. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Check out the range of dishes on her facebook page:

You can order through direct message or  calling +44 7543 520382.

4. Chai yo Thai, Nottingham

A safe an obvious choice: the famous Thai dish, Pad Thai. Photo credit: ‘Chai yo Thai, Nottingham’ on Facebook.
Some traditional Thai side dishes. Photo credit: ‘Chai yo Thai, Nottingham’ on Facebook.

Chai yo Thai is a family-run Thai restaurant located in the city centre.

With almost 200 reviews, a 4.7 star rating, and affordable prices, it’s a Thai-food-lover’s dream.

They are open for collection and delivery from 5-9pm from Wednesdays to Saturdays. You can order on, or by calling +44 115 950 6224.

5. Candice’s Cakes

To satisfy that sweet tooth, let’s finish off with dessert. This bespoke black-owned business delivers cakes, cupcakes, brownies, blondies and more.

Beautifully decorating her cakes is one of Candice’s strong suits. Photo credit: @candicescakess on IG.
Make someone’s birthday with a box of these irresistible cupcakes. Photo credit: @candicescakess on IG.

21-year-old Candice Pryce, owner of the business, has had years of experience with baking and decorating cakes.

Whether you just want to treat yourself to a delectable dessert, or need a cake for a birthday celebration, give Candice’s a try and you won’t be disappointed.