The best restaurant meal kits to make at home

With coronavirus once again making all the headlines, many people are wary about visiting restaurants at the moment. However, you can still support hospitality businesses with restaurant-made meal kits – and they’re a delicious way to bring joy to cold winter evenings.

Thanks to multiple lockdowns, many restuarants have been inventive by packing up meal kits that customers could have delivered to their home and have fun with recreating their favourite signature dishes. Who can deny the delights of a restaurant-quality dinner at home without hours of prepping and fussing? Plus, it’s a great chance to brush up on your cookery skills.

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

Dishoom

Dishoom

Dishoom’s new Home Feast Kit contains everything required to enjoy generous servings of most-loved Dishoom dishes at home. Tuck into House Black Daal, Mattar Paneer, Lamb Sheekh Kababs, Murgh Malai, Bhel, Kachumber, and Tawa Rotis and sip on creamy Mango Lassi. Finish your feast with a sweet Gulkand Mess. In the kit, you’ll also find a Dishoom tea towel and a packet of the restaurant’s signature Kabab Masala.

£60 for two, dishoom.com

Japan Centre

Japan centre sushi meal kit
Japan Centre

If you’re looking for a truly hands on meal kit (none of this heat and assemble business), you want Japan Centre’s DIY sushi kit, which comes with easy to follow step-by-step instructions that will help you in achieving your very own restaurant grade (well almost) sushi. They also have salmon poke bowls, katsu curry and matcha cookie dough kits.

From £12, japancentre.com

Tacos Padre

Tacos Padre

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!

£29; tacospadre.com

Rick Stein

Rick Stein meal kit
Rick Stein

Rick Stein’s team in Cornwall have developed a plethora of three-course meal boxes to choose from, but the lobster menu for £110 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.

From £40, shop.rickstein.com

Eat Chay

Eat Chay meal kit
Plateaway

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).

From £22, Eat Chay

Mooshies

Mooshies vegan burger kit
Plateaway

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.

From £9, Mooshies

Rosa’s Thai Cafe

Rosa's Thai Cafe pad thai
Instagram/@rosasthaicafe

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.

From £40, greatfood2u.co.uk

Passo

Passo meal kit
Passo

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.

From £10.50, passotogo.com

Berenjak

Berenjak kabab meal kit
Berenjak

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.

From £25, berenjakbazaar.com

Bluebird

The Bluebird Feast at home meal kit
D&D London

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.

From £40; danddlondon.com

Shuk

Shuk pita meal kit
Shuk

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.

From £20, shuk-london.myshopify.com

Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims meal kit
Instagram/@pizzapilgrims

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.

From £15; pizzainthepost.co.uk

Patty&Bun

Patty&Bun meal kit
Instagram/@pattyandbun

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.

From £15; plateaway.com

Homeslice

Homeslice meal kit
Homeslice

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.

From £17.50; plateaway.com

Mother Clucker

Mother Clucker meal kit
Great Food 2 U

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.

From £18; greatfood2u.co.uk

Hawksmoor

Hawksmoor meal kit
Hawksmoor

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.

From £85; thehawksmoor.com

Shoryu

Shoryu ramen kit
Japan Centre

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.

From £20; japancentre.com

Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers meal kit
Honest Burgers

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.

From £21; honestburgers.co.uk

BAO

BAO meal kit
BAO London

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.

From £6.50; baolondon.com

Hoppers

Hoppers meal kit
Hoppers

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.

From £30; hopperscashandkari.com

Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones meal kit
Dirty Bones

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.

From £13; dirty-bones.myshopify.com

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