Two Scottish takeaways feature in Deliveroo top 100 worldwide roundup - including acclaimed Thai restaurant

The annual report looks at the trending dishes across the world - and two Scottish businesses have made the cut.

Published 14th Nov 2023
Updated 14 th Nov 2023

It’s that time of the year again when food-delivery company Deliveroo, looks back over the past year to reveal its annual ‘Deliveroo 100 Report’

This is a list of the top trending dishes ordered on the platform across its ten markets around the world.

This year’s trending list features an eclectic mix of dishes, with customers branching out from regular eating habits and exploring the wealth of different foods right on their doorsteps.

From burritos to build-your-own salad bowls and even bunches of bananas, this year’s top 100 trending list includes some familiar movers and shakers from previous years and several new additions for 2023.

Here’s some of this year’s top ten trending dishes on Deliveroo around the world - with four UK dishes featuring in the top ten globally:

  1. 腩肉墨丸米線 (Mixian (noodle soup) with Pork Belly and Cuttlefish Ball) from TamJai Yunnan Mixian, Hong Kong
  2. Linguine Carbonara à la Parisienne (Linguine Carbonara, Parisian Style) from Livio Più, Paris, France
  3. Build Your Own Poké Bowl from Poké Shack, London, UK
  4. Gran Crispy McBacon® from McDonald's, Milan, Italy 
  5. Original (Burger), from SALT, Dubai, UAE
  6. Burrito Bowl from Boojum, Dublin, Ireland
  7. Salmon Style Poké Bowl from Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Ghent, Belgium
  8. Build Your Own Salad Bowl from atis, London, UK
  9. Sausage McMuffin® with Egg Combo for 1, from McDonald's, Hong Kong
  10. Burrito from Fresh Mex, Aberdeen, UK

For the first time in the history of Deliveroo 100, Hong Kong takes the top spot for the most trending dish globally with TamJai Yunnan Mixian - a warming, traditional noodle soup made with pork belly and a cuttlefish ball. 

Deliveroo top 100

France came in second with a Parisian pasta dish twist from Livio Più, closely followed by a build-your-own Poké bowl from Poké Shack in London.

In fourth place, we find Italy, with the Crispy McBacon burger from McDonald's unexpectedly overtaking pasta and pizza dishes. 

In tenth place is the burrito from Fresh Mex in Aberdeen - the only Scottish takeaway listed in the top 10.

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Full of colourful, fresh, healthy ingredients, this trend proves a favourite across seven different countries, making up 40% of the global top ten list and a fifth (20%) of the top 100 global list.

The biggest bowl food consumers are based in Italy, with the highest number of bowl-based dishes in the top 100 trending list. 

Long-time favourites, pizza and burgers, continue to reign supreme within the top 100 trending list globally, accounting for 7% and 19% of top global dishes, respectively.

That said, the popularity of Mexican burrito wraps and bowls has nearly doubled since last year, now making nine appearances across six countries in the top global 100 list, compared to five in 2022. 

UK top trending dishes for 2023

The list of the UK’s top ten trending dishes on Deliveroo for 2023 include a takeaway in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

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  1. Build Your Own Poké Bowl,  Poké Shack, London
  2. Build Your Own Salad Bowl from atis, London
  3. Burrito from FreshMex, Aberdeen 
  4. Build Your Own Burrito from Tortilla, London
  5. Small Fairtrade Bananas from Waitrose, London
  6. 8 Pieces Boneless from Wingstop, London
  7. Chicken Ruby from Dishoom, London
  8. Harissa Chicken from Farmer J, London
  9. Gochujang Chicken Bibimbap Bowl from Grounded Kitchen, Birmingham
  10. Cheeseburger from Five Guys, London
  11. Choose Any 2 Meats with Rice from Three Uncles, London
  12. Pad Thai from Ting Thai, Edinburgh

In the UK, Poké is back in prime position with the Build Your Own Poké Bowl from Poké Shack in London, making it to number one in the local top ten list.

It is closely followed by the Build Your Own Salad Bowl from atis in London, who have bagged themselves second place.

In Scotland, Aberdonians have gone bonkers for burritos from  FreshMex in Aberdeen, taking bronze ahead of Tortilla’s version of the Mexican dish in London, which comes in at fourth place. 

Avocados may have proved popular in 2022, but this year, there is a new favourite fruit on the block. Londoners have been besotted with bananas this year, with Waitrose’s Fairtrade banana bunch sliding into fifth place, overtaking Deliveroo’s Restaurant of the Year winner 2021, Wingstop with their much loved 8 pieces Boneless dish (sixth), Dishoom’s famous Chicken Ruby (seventh), whilst London lunchtime favourite, Harissa Chicken from Farmer J is in at eighth, followed by the Gochujang Chicken Bibimbap Bowl from Grounded Kitchen in Birmingham (ninth).

Five Guy’s much-loved classic cheeseburger and Deliveroo customer favourite makes it to spot ten, marking the seventh consecutive year it has featured in the UK’s top 10 most trending dishes. 

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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.

"Recent research shows us that people in the UK are becoming more adventurous with their food choices, with seven in ten (71%) saying they have tried new dishes and cuisines this year, which is evident from the variety of trending dishes in both the global and UK lists.

"We’re delighted to see customers sampling - and enjoying - the wealth of food on their doorsteps.”

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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