Foodies are getting their kicks with restaurant kits, which deliver all the ingredients for your favourite meals to your door, straight from some of the most popular restaurants.
Supper clubs are out and restaurant kits are in as the coolest foodie activity right now. Which, until we can go out to eat, sounds like a good way to spend an evening.
Yup, the new plan for date nights, birthdays and anniversaries is, instead of going out, getting dishes from your favourite restaurants delivered straight to your door and making them at your own convenience.
Cult restaurants all over London and beyond have been creating their own kits, which means loyal customers can recreate menu classics at home and still get their fix for the best pizza, burgers, Indian cuisine and more, in town.
We’ve picked out some of our favourites which you can order right now.
Enjoy an authentic taste of Spain’s world-famous cuisine from the comfort of your home with a host of DIY kits from Ibérica.
With Michelin-starred executive chef Nacho Manzano at the helm, Ibérica has earned itself a delicious reputation and has grown to include a fleet of restaurants across London and in Leeds.
We recommend trying the Ibérica feast for two, which includes bread and extra virgin olive oil, torreznos and manzanilla olives, alongsidr toasted bread with tomato and a selection of five different cheeses.
Then it’s time for Juan Pedro Domecq’s 100% ibérico bellota ham, with tomato, avocado and basil as well as roasted onion petals and cantabrian sea anchovies.
If you’ve got room, there’s a whole leg of milk fed lamb to try, gamba blanca de huelva and Ibérica pulpo. Oh, and a creamy Gloria cheesecake for afters.
Goila Butter Chicken
Goila’s founder Saransh Goila says he wants his butter chicken dish to become everyone’s favourite curry, and we can see him succeeding.
Fresh, incredibly tasty and with just the right juiciness, this chicken-based dish is perfect for a Saturday-night feast.
Saransh says the secret is switching up the tomato to dairy ratio (80:20 as opposed to the usual 60:40), the all-important infusion of smoke and only using the best quality ingredients.
The Butter Chicken Experience serves two and includes Goila butter chicken, dal makhani, jeera rice, sourdough naan and pickled shallots and coriander chutney. There’s also a vegetarian version, offering butter paneer instead of chicken.
Mama Chen's Dumplings
Mama Chen’s Dumplings is a wonderful way to practice authentic dumpling cooking at home. It is founded by the lovely Michelle who launched her business in lockdown. She was inspired by her earliest and happiest memories, learning to make dumplings with her grandma Chen.
Michelle’s kits are freshly made and frozen immediately to ensure the best quality and taste, and then delivered to selected London postcodes weekly.
There are lots of options to choose from but some highlights include golden nugget chicken dumplings, the OG wontons and little emperor’s pork dumpling kit.
What we really love about Mama Chen’s Dumplings, though, is that while they taste delicious, it’s also a chance to learn more about Chinese cuisine and support a small, female-founded business. Win, win.
Fallow is the sustainably-minded concept restaurant and meat-eaters dream, with a menu laden full of the best British produce on the market.
While the restaurant gets rave reviews, you can recreate some of the magic at home with a selection of specially-curated DIY boxes.
The corn ribs and burger box, for example, serves up lashings of smoked streaky rare breed bacon, thick and juicy UK dairy cow patties, soft brioche buns for that tastebud-tingling mix of salty and sweet, alongside homemade English cheese slices, signature kombu seasoning and pink pickled shallot for the best burgers ever.
Crispin is the kind of neighbourhood restaurant everyone wishes was just around the corner. Specialising in locally sourced ingredients, independent growers and small-scale farms and producers, the vibe is relaxed and the menu centres on European cuisine.
Crispin’s at-home boxes aim to create the same informal and sociable feel as the in-person experience with an array of food that’s easy to share and utterly moreish.
As there’s a keen focus on sustainability, ingredients are seasonal and therefore the boxes change monthly. The May feast, though, includes sourdough, cultured butter, fennel salame, burrata, leek and herb crumb alongside buffalo spinach and ricotta ravioli with baby gem and mustard dressing. To finish, it’s creamy vanilla cheesecake and rhubarb. Yum.
Crispin is also a bottle shop and works with wine specialists to create a small but well-curated selection of low-intervention bottles from around the world. You can opt in for a bottle of red, white or fizz to come with your at-home box, too.
Borough Market is renown throughout London as a foodie hub, brimming with hole-in-the-wall restaurants and stalls with best-quality produce.
Now you can get the magical experience of one of the city’s most exciting food markets at home, with a whole range Borough Market DIY meal kits via Good Sixty.
These kits are stuffed with premium products, many of which are UK-sourced, and cater for any time of the day. From the picnic box which contains olives, cheese and charcuterie to the pancake brunch kit with orange blossom honey, Glastonbury butter and artisan bread.
We particularly like the steak and cheese night for two box which has everything you need for a restaurant-worthy meal with a friend or partner at home. Think rump steaks from Northfield Farm Butchery, fresh vegetables, a bottle of Chateau Reynier Bordeaux 2018 Vintage red, St Felicien cheese and much more.
Carluccio’s has long been one of the UK’s favourite haunts for a big, warming bowl of pasta. And, after the year we’ve all had, there’s never been a better time for comfort food.
You can now get your carb fix from home with Carluccio’s meal kits which employ a ‘minimum fuss, maximum flavour’ ethos. There are three to choose from: the classic Penne Giardiniera with antipasti of homemade focaccia and olives; the Caserecce picante, a spicy tomato pasta with Italian sausage, plus focaccia with nduja and burrata; and the Funghi, featuring a creamy mushroom soup and Carluccio’s classic mushroom risotto.
Each kit comes beautifully presented in a gift hamper with a ribbon and easy-to-follow instructions and menu cards, to make the experience feel like even more of a treat. Plus, there are options to add on wine or ingredients like truffle oil at the check out, to make even more of a night of it.
Blacklock At Home
Blacklock, one of London’s most mouth-watering steak and chophouses, has launched a new hot delivery menu available across selected London postcodes – starting with Shoreditch, Wandsworth and Camden.
While it’s not possible right now to enjoy the restaurant’s cool, industrial feel in person, the team have done everything they can to help you create the same atmosphere at home. From the pared-back brown paper packing with fluorescent details, to the tealight and branded matches and bottled Old Fashioned cocktail to get you started, this is a great way to enjoy an evening in. And, when it comes to the food, let’s just say you won’t be wanting for more.
Portion sizes are generous and the quality is brilliant. Choose between an all-round feast, steak night for two, the ‘big chop’ for two or beef or lamb Sunday roast. While the meat is delicious, the Ceaser salad also deserves a shout out for being spot on, and don’t forget to smother everything in the Chop Sauce – we could have eaten it with a spoon.
The Ninth Made Simple
While you can’t visit the fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant The Ninth at the moment, you can enjoy this Fitzrovia haunt’s famous menu at home, and in a fuss-free way.
That’s right, the creators of this delicious restaurant kit have developed a process that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and eat. So, you can enjoy high-class food but in a convenient way. Start with a vibrant Mediterranean salad and then choose between marinated sea bream, caramelised lamb neck or chargrilled delica pumpkin for the main event, with a divine chocolate fondant for afters.
This kit feeds two, very generously, and is available for nationwide delivery. You can also opt for a bottle of red or white wine from the restaurant’s cellar for an extra £25.
Tattu home box
Tattu is a family-owned independent group of Chinese restaurants spanning Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Tattu’s sleek-with-an-edge style is a signature part of everything they do and while it’s not possible to go into restaurants right now, the at-home boxes have been created with the same flair.
Tattu is treating customers to monthly boxes, each one with a different delicious menu. For example, February’s box included Scottish aged fillet steaks, aromatic crispy duck rolls, asparagus spears, special fried sweet potato and Hangin Snakes Shiraz red wine. Plus, for each DIY kit sold Tattu will donate £1 to a local homeless charity.
The Tramshed Project
East London restaurant and coworking space, The Tramshed Project, has launched a range of weekend feast kits that are perfect for indulging at home. As the most recent venture from Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, The Tramshed Project promises to deliver deliciously fresh meal boxes for those missing their favourite London food haunts.
Curated by head chef Andrew Clarke, each kit caters for two people and features seasonal ingredients. Choose between the vegan and meat options, and get ready to enjoy meals such as whole roasted herb fed chicken and beetroot, celeriac and mushroom pithivier.
If you fancy something a little extra, you can add small plates to your feast (with ox cheek croquettes and burrata with blood orange on the menu, it would be rude not to!). And if that wasn’t enough, you can throw in a premixed cocktail to add to the occasion.
The Taste of Ynyshir
StarChefs and Gareth Ward, Michelin-starred chef patron at Ynyshir restaurant in Wales, have teamed up to bring you a delicious at-home BBQ experience, in the form of the The Taste of Ynyshir meal kit.
The DIY kit contains four delectable dishes and sides to feast on, including beef wagyu with black bean sauce, garlic salt & raw shiitake and glazed miso black-cod. All you need to do when it arrives is pop on the grill to finish it off.
Not only that, the kit also includes a professional chef’s tweezers (worth £14), plus a bespoke playlist created by Ynyshir’s DJ to set the mood.
Boxes cost £150 for two people, including delivery across the UK.
Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred restaurant from James Lowe and John Ogier has put together a specially curated selection of menu boxes, allowing fans of this acclaimed haunt to cook up signature dishes at home.
While all of the meal kits are delicious, the mid-week offering is a little different to the other restaurant boxes out there as it specialises in lighter, more casual meals which are great for weeknights.
The menu changes every few weeks but for an example of what you can expect to see, the current box includes cured, dried and grilled mackerel that is served with a preserved gooseberry condiment alongside xxtail Pithivier made with puff pastry, swede and radicchio. There’s also blood orange and olive oil cake as well as brown butter cake for your sweet tooth.
Please note: this product is only for London delivery.
Sujin is a premium Korean meal box founded by Sujin Mackellar, a Korean-born, Aussie-raised Cordon Bleu and Michelin-trained chef. Now creating meals in her Islington kitchen, this unique Korean dining experience is a sensory overload in the best possible way.
With every detail of Sujin’s menus carefully considered, you can create top restaurant cuisine from the comfort of your own home and with minimal effort.
Each Sujin box includes a main meal, designed for two, in addition to Bansang (a series of small dishes that are served alongside rice) and a garnish. Chicken fans, we have just the box for you - Sujin’s recently launched ‘KFC’ box, which comprises of crispy Korean fried chicken boa buns, a chicken and rice main dish and pear tarte tatins for desert. This is not your ordinary Friday night dinner.
Sujin offers complimentary delivery within Central London, fees apply to nationwide deliveries.
Patty&Bun’s sister brand Sidechick is all about deliciously-seasoned butterfly chicken that you can dig right into. Although the White City and Hackney branches are, of course, currently closed, Londoners can still get their fill of finger-licking fun with the DIY kit.
There are three to choose from including za’atar, piri piri or butter and herb and each one arrives pre-marinated and boneless, so you can just pop it in the oven.
The pack includes simple cooking instructions (including how to finish your dish under the grill for extra crispiness), as well as some herb yoghurt and hot pepper sauce to enjoy on the side.
Note: this kit delivers to London postcodes only.
German Gymnasium in London’s Kings Cross is one of the city’s must-visit spots. Voted the most beautiful restaurants in the world in 2016, it is famed for its staggering ceiling, pink leather seats and architectural staircases.
But, of course, it is most loved for its food. True to its name, the menu follows a German theme with highlights such as schnitzel and apple strudel. Well, you can still get this part of the experience at home and even sitting on your sofa, it’s an incredibly lavish way to spend an evening.
Choose between the schnitzel experience or the ultimate experience, both of which are available to be upgraded with alcoholic drinks. We recommend going the whole hog, as it were, and opting for the ultimate package as it includes three courses to replicate the restaurant experience. This includes a starter of smoked salmon potato rösti, a main of whole duck braised red cabbage, potato dumpling and duck jus and a dessert of apple strudel.
The Ginger Pig & SHUK Brisket Pita Box
Imagine beef brisket, lovingly braised for 12 hours with date honey, baharat spices and sweet red wine, which has been wrapped into a soft pitta, layered with cheese and finished with a big dollop of smokey mayo, delivered straight to your door to assemble when you please.
This is the creation of SHUK and Jamie of The Ginger Pig, who have come together to make a mouthwatering weekend DIY dish.
Each box includes: a set of instructions, a bag of cooked 12 hour spiced beef brisket, a pot of smoky mayo, a pot of pickled red onions, four cheese slices, a head of baby gem lettuce and four bespoke Shuk pitas.
PAPA L's KITCHEN
Chef Lawrence Gomez is bringing his delicious African-fusion fare to the masses with a new at-home service. Those within the M25 can now order pre-cooked dishes ready to heat up from the celebrated PAPA L’s KITCHEN in Earl’s Court, with highlights including BBQ lamb cutlets with a side of Ma’s Benachin rice and butternut squash and ginger soup with coconut cream and pumpkin seeds, just to name a few.
Gomez spent 10 years working his way up to become one of the head chefs at Covent Garden’s The Ivy, before spending 18 months at Sexy Fish.
Since then, he’s channelled all of his efforts into creating a menu brimming with high quality, tasty dishes inspired by his Gambian heritage at his very own restaurant.
Expect fantastic flavours and succulent textures – this isn’t one you’ll want to miss out on.
Hoppers Cash & Kari
Hoppers is the boutique south Asian restaurant chain which has been delighting Londoners with its award-winning dishes and authentic style.
In light of lockdown, Hoppers has developed a new service called Cash & Kari which is inspired by the one-stop corner stores found in Sri Lanka and South India. With personality and playfulness, these ready-to-cook meals make dinner at home feel like an experience.
Meal kits can cater for two, three or four people with options such as lamb kothu roti, paneer kothu roti, and kalupol chicken, coming with delights such as homemade banana chips, mutton rolls, pol rotis, chicken rasa and their take on the all-time favourite dessert, the chocolate-coco biskut pudding.
The Yan Untethered
The Yan Untethered is known as one of the best places to eat in the Lake District but don’t worry, you can try its scrummy menu of comfort food wherever you are in the UK.
Everything is made from scratch (even the ketchup!), with every meal not only tastes amazing but is inspired by the farm’s history, on which the restaurant and rooms sits.
We particularly like The Yan’s delivery kits because of their themed options, which make a special night in a lot easier. For example, the ‘date night’ package includes a starter of slow-cooked potted beef brisket with Yan chutney (made from the vegetables grown in the restaurant’s garden) with sourdough toast topped with smoked cheese as well as a pork belly sharing platter with roast potatoes, pickled red cabbage, apple sauce made from their own apples and cider gravy. Plus, you’ll have to save room for the traditional sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla custard… and a cheese board with three local cheeses, our own chutney and Yan crackers.
These options can change weekly but there’s always something delicious in-store and you’re welcome to buy dishes separately, too.
Barge House’s Breakfast En Bread brunch kits with Gail’s Bakery
Although many restaurant kits cater to dinner time, we like that Barge House’s Breakfast En Bread kit is all about brunching. This neighbourhood eatery, based in east London’s Hackney, has breakfast dish available to order throughout the UK – and it’s something you won’t want to miss.
They’ve teamed up with Gail’s Bakery to create three types of ‘loaded sourdough bread rolls’ which are filled with typical breakfast foodstuffs, popped in the oven at home by you.
The Original recreates a classic Full English breakfast with oyster mushrooms, bacon, Barge House banger, spinach, egg and much more (it also comes in a scrumptious vegetarian option).
The Smokey Salmon takes locally smoked salmon from Chapel & Swan combined with crème fraiche, spinach, slow roast tomatoes and leeks before being garnished with dill, a squeeze of lemon and topped with an egg.
While the Au-Barge is filled with baked aubergine and aromatic tomato sauce with black olives, oyster mushrooms, vegan feta, spinach and finished with green sauce.
Chotto at Home
Chotto Matte is the luxurious Japanese fusion restaurant which mixes grill dishes and sushi, right in the middle of London’s Soho.
The restaurant is famous for mixing sleek interiors with a grungy Tokyo edge, as well as stand-out food, of course. Although you can’t have the full experience right now, you can order one of Chotto Matte’s restaurant kits so that you can whip up some of the menu’s delicious dishes at home.
Designed to give customers the opportunity to cook restaurant-quality food from the comfort of their own home, the kit includes five of the restaurant’s hero dishes, including the iconic Padron Peppers and Black Cod Aji Miso.
PASSO to go
Shoreditch-based Italian restaurant Passo has created a range of delicious DIY pizza kits allowing you to whip up mouth-watering pizza at home.
There are loads of options to choose from including spiced salami, smoked speck and portobello mushroom and a three cheese margherita.
The kits are available nationwide and can be delivered next day if ordered by 10am the previous morning.
BAO serves up contemporary Taiwanese dishes with an edge and even though you can’t go into the London branches right now, you can feast at home.
The Classic BAO made-by-you kit box contains six BAOs, 12hr braised pork, coriander, fermented mustard greens and peanut powder (pictured at the top of this article). Each box comes with instructions on how to cook and assemble.
BAO also has a vegetarian-friendly home kit option (pictured above) as well as pre-made BAO creations that you can simply heat up at home.
SMOKESTAK is a favourite among east Londoners, who flock to its Shoreditch site for slow-roasted meats in an industrial setting.
For those who can’t get a slice of the action in E1 though, chef and founder David Carter is firing up his wood-fired smoker and offering DIY bun boxes and smoked meats by the pound for delivery across London and nationwide.
All meat will be fully-smoked and cooked in the Shoreditch restaurant before being chilled and vacuum-packed for dispatch nationwide in a thermally insulated and recyclable box via overnight courier. Once it arrives, simply reheat and assemble using the instructions.
Weekly menus go live every Monday at midday until 6pm on Wednesday, so get your orders in quick as they often sell out. You’ll have to wait until the weekend for your meat though, as deliveries only happen on Friday night.
Dishoom's Bacon Naan Roll kit
Dishoom is the cult South Asian restaurant which has us all queuing down the street for a chance to bag a table.
Although Dishoom is loved for lunch, dinner and cocktails, there is one dish that gets touted again and again as a favourite: the breakfast bacon naan roll.
This at-home kit means you can have a bacon naan roll whenever you like (and skip those long wait times in the process).
It contains fresh ingredients straight from the restaurant including: smoked streaky bacon from Ramsay of Carluke (matured in the traditional Ayrshire way and smoked over applewood and beechwood chips), three naan doughballs (enough for two plus a spare for experimentation), tomato-chilli jam (their sweet, sharp, spicy signature sauce), fresh coriander and cream cheese.
There’s also some cooking instructions and loose-leaf Darjeeling tea, chai spices and fresh ginger slices for brewing Chef Naved’s much-loved Masala Chai tea.
Plus, for each kit sold, Dishoom donates a meal to Magic Breakfast which is a charity who provide nourishing free meals to schools.
Patty & Bun's The Meat Kit Box
Patty & Bun has got it down when it comes to delicious, juicy burgers – the kind that you’d think only a restaurant could whip up.
But, specially for lockdown, the chefs have put together easy-to-use and mouth-watering kits so that you can recreate the magic of their kitchen, in yours.
In each box you’ll find all the ingredients Patty & Bun use to make their burgers, all you need to provide is the lettuce and tomato. The contents includes two signature HG Walter beef patties and two Smokey Robinson beef patties, four brioche buns, a pot of Smokey P&B Mayo, cheese slices, and homemade pickled and smokey onions.
Classic Margherita Frying Pan Pizza Kit
Pizza Pilgrims have come up with a novel way of giving you your pizza fix while at home, with a frying pan version that you can cook in your own oven.
Choose between a Margherita or nduja pizza kit and you’ll receive two or four Pizza Pilgrims Neapolitan 48 hour proved dough balls with Caputo Flour from Naples, marinara sauce, fresh Fior Di Latte, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and parmesan.
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