Restaurants across the UK are opening and closing quicker than we can keep up with (as they stay within the guidelines for their area’s tier-related restrictions), but one thing we can still rely on are restaurant-made meal kits – and they’re a great way to continue to support these businesses during turbulent times.
During lockdown 1.0 that started back in March, many restaurants got inventive by packing up meal kits that customers could have delivered to their home and have fun with recreating their favourite signature dishes, and even more outlets have started offering the service during this second series of restrictions.
Yes, staying in became the new going out, and while using your extra spare time at home to flex your cooking-from-scratch skills has its place, who can deny the delights of a restaurant-quality dinner at home without hours of prepping and fussing? In fact, we almost can’t believe these DIY restaurant meal kits didn’t already exist before 2020.
There are so many restaurant meal kits on offer with nationwide delivery now and some of the best are listed below. Take your pick, or follow our lead and line one up for every Saturday night for the foreseeable.
DIY restaurant meal kits to get delivered to your door
Renonwned chef Ottolenghi’s meal kits include a shakshuka box. It includes everything you need to bring Saturday brunching to you, including a pouch of Ottolenghi’s shakshuka sauce, Clarence Court eggs and the all-important focaccia to mop up the sauce with.
Tacos Padre’s Pork Cochinita Pilbil Taco Pack contains 10 corn tortillas, limes, onion and coriander plus extra spicy habanero guacachile salsa and pickled red onions. There is also the option of Cauliflower Al Pastor, Lamb Barbacoa or Beef Short-Rib. Don’t forget to add on a margarita pouch (£15 for 300ml) too!
Dodo Pub Co.
Oxford-based pub chain Dodo Pubs Co. is now selling ‘homebake pizzas’ – all you have to do is pop it in the oven. Choose from a variety of toppings including chorizo picante and vegan no’duja. (They also have fantastic merch for sale).
Rick Stein’s team in Cornwall have developed a plethora of three-course meal boxes to choose from, but the lobster menu for £100 looks particularly très magnifique. Plus each meal box has a recommended wine list that you can instantly add to your cart for the ultimate fine dining experience at home.
Sicilian restaurant Norma currently has a feasting box for two and a Veganuary feasting box for two available, and neither lacks on the ‘feast’ with multiple courses included in each plus a bottle of wine.
For the most authentic Spanish tapas feast you could create for yourself outside of Spain, you want José Pizarro’s meal kit. Known as the ‘Godfather of Spanish cooking’ in the UK, Pizarro’s kit (for 4) starts with olives and Padrón peppers, with larger tapas dishes of hake in salsa verde and Iberian pork cheeks, finished off (if you have room) with lavender honey Basque cheesecake.
Transport your tastebuds to South Korea without leaving your home with Eat Chay’s East-Asian-inspired plant-based street food kits. Choose between the bibimbap kit, bao kit or the tonkotsu kit (or just order all three).
Sticking with Veganuary? Then you’ll want to try out Mooshies black bean and quinoa burger complete with vegan cheese slices and plenty of gherkins (essential to the making of any good burger). Add on a portion of their vegan loaded fries for good measure.
London favourite Blacklock’s Sunday Roast that’s famously ‘almost as good as Mum’s’ can now be delivered to you as a meal for two, from the 55 day aged beef rump to the duck fat roast potatoes, Blacklock gravy and white chocolate cheesecake to finish it all off.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Have a go at making Rosa’s Thai Cafe’s signature Pad Thai or Green Curry at home with their easy to make home meal kits, all of which come with a QR link to a a step-by-step cookalong video hosted by co-founder chef Saiphin.
Love jerk chicken? Juici Jerk’s cook at home DIY meal kits bring a taste of the Caribbean to you – even the classic £30 box comes with a plethora of side dishes, from rice and peas to plantain fries and macaroni cheese, as well as the main event, the marinated chicken thighs.
Make any night taco night with Club Mexicana’s DIY taco boxes. Available right now is their festive offering, from the Fully Loaded Festive Feast complete with ‘turkey’ tacos to the NYE Taco Mega Mix featuring piles of fully loaded nachos, as well as their classic BBQ short rib, Al Pastor (spiced seitan), Cheeseburger tacos and homemade cocktail kit additions. Available for pre-order now.
Freshly prepared by the Passo Shoreditch chefs and delivered to your door, Passo’s mouthwateringly good pizza and pasta kits make anything from date night meals to midweek dinners an absolute treat. There’s lots of meals to choose from so we suggest starting at the top and working your way through the entire menu.
Bring the tastes of Tehran to you with Berenjak’s meal boxes – there’s the classic Kabab Kit or the new Kabab e Tond Kit – and don’t forget to add a Mazeh Box to your order, which includes some of Berenjak’s most popular starters.
The Bluebird at Home Feast is an absolute belter – Jerusalem artichoke soup garnished with pickled mushrooms, Creedy carver duck breast with cauliflower and pickled blueberries followed by apple and plum crumble and a bottle of Whispering Angel to wash it all down. They’re also doing a selection of Christmas dinner, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day brunch kits, too.
Recreate Shuk’s mouthwatering pitas and chocolatey babkas at home with their meal kits – there’s even a babka twisting tutorial video on their Instagram to help you along.
Yum Bun have been serving up pillowy steamed buns since 2010 and now you can recreate the magic of bao at home. Choose from pork belly, miso mushroom or a mix and if you don’t have a bamboo steamer, no problem, they can deliver that too.
Homemade pizza can be a tricky thing to nail, so ditch the effort and indulge in one of Pizza Pilgrims frying pan pizza kits. Each kit makes two pizzas; choose from classic Margherita or spicy nduja.
Get signature classics from the Patty&Bun menu, including the Smokey Robinson and Ari Gold (both also available vegan), delivered right to your door ready for you to cook and build at home.
For a taste of Padella’s truly mouthwatering pasta, (seriously, Londoners queue round the block for it), order one of their hand-rolled pasta and sauce kits which will help you recreate the restaurant’s signature dishes at home. The first lockdown saw these kits available only across London, but they’ve since worked on their distribution and will very soon be available nationwide.
Recreate Kricket’s Old Delhi Chicken Curry with the restaurant’s DIY meal kit. With one kit serving 4 people, it comes with everything you need for a lip-smacking meal, from tandoori marinated chicken and their signature lightly spiced buttery makhani sauce to picked ginger for garnishing.
Famous for their sharing size 20-inch pizzas, Homeslice are knocking up ‘take and bake’ style pizzas for everyone to enjoy at home. They do all the hard work for you – all you have to do is add the toppings and pop it in the oven to cook. And whisky lovers will adore the Homeslice X Jameson Pizza And Whiskey Box – as well as your pizza, these boxes includes all the ingredients to make Jameson’s signature drink, the Jameson, Ginger and Lime.
Up there as one of the best breakfast options in London, Dishoom’s famous bacon naan roll is now available as a deliverable kit. Containing everything you need to cook and assemble the iconic dish, chai spices are also included for the full-on ‘Dishoom at home’ experience. And for every kit sold, Dishoom donate a meal to the charity Magic Breakfast who provide free meals to schools.
Mother Clucker’s D-I-Fry kits contain everything you need for a fried chicken feast, from tea-brined chicken breast (or halloumi), buttermilk and their signature flour mix to hot sauce, lime mayo and slaw. No need for a deep fryer here, instructions on how to execute the perfect fry are all included. Plus £2.50 from every order of the four person box goes to Brixton Soup Kitchen.
Got something to celebrate at home? Award-winning London steakhouse Hawksmoor have lovingly created ‘Hawksmoor at home’, an indulgent meal box that will provide the most decadent steak and chips you’ve ever eaten at your own dining table. Order a box with or without alcohol, each box contains two 35-day dry-aged rib eye steaks and all the trimmings, plus sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Become a ramen master at home with Shoryu’s DIY kits, which contain everything you need – from the noodles and stock to the all important toppings – to create a delicious and authentic ramen experience. There’s the original ganso ramen with bbq pork belly as well as gluten-free, vegan and extra spicy options.
Get the Honest at Home experience with Honest Burgers’ DIY kits. You’ll recreate the Honest, Tribute or Plant burger with all the necessary ingredients found inside your box, including some of their famous rosemary salt for sprinkling on your own homemade chips.
BAO’s Made-By-You Kits include a classic pork and vegetarian daikon option, and they come with everything from the fluffy steamed buns to all the ingredients to make the tasty fillings with. If you’ve got an idea for a different kind of filling, you can also purchase plain steamed bao buns ready for you to steam and fill.
London-based Sri Lankan restaurant chain Hoppers launched their online store, Cash & Kari, inspired by the one-stop corner shops of Sri Lanka & South India. Here is where you can buy a range of ingredients, spice blends and their own-brewed beers, as well as their three restaurant meal kits: Lamb Kothu Roti, Kalupol Chicken or Paneer Kothu Roti.
Looking for the ultimate comfort food? You can’t go too far wrong with a Dirty Bones burger, and their DIY Food Kits are the next best thing. The hardest part is choosing which one to go for: will it be the Classic, Hero, Vegan Chilli Cheeseburger or the Mac Daddy (yes, it’s a burger with mac & cheese in it). Don’t forget to team it with an order of the Lamb Fries Kit.