For those who like a little extra guidance in the kitchen, following a step-by-step process this Christmas, and New Year the restaurant kit is for you.
With London now locked into Tier 4 aka Lockdown 3.0, restaurants, bars and hotels across the city have once again closed their doors for an unknown amount of time. But there are certain ways you can still support your favourite restaurants, one way to do this is by recreating their signature dishes at home with a foodie kit.
If you fancy donning your apron, recreating your favourite restaurant dish at home and supporting the industry, get stuck into these 28 DIY kits, offering everything from dirty burgers to Michelin-starred dishes.
It doesn’t get much more special than Claridge’s dining experience, and while we can’t experience this in person this festive season, experience it at home with their Dine at Home kits.
Begin your evening with the individually-bottled Fumoir ‘Aged Negroni’, before tucking into winter warmers, including their Lobster Wellington. It’s as luxurious as you can imagine, served alongside Sauce Américaine. Order in some side of heritage carrots, green beans and mousseline potatoes.
Corbin & King
Dine in style courtesy of Corbin & King. Get all of your favourite dishes delivered straight to your door, from The Delaunay’s Roast Fillet of Sea Trout, salsify and wild mushrooms to The Wolseley’s Haddock Goujons with frites and tartare sauce, to this irresistible Roasted Squash & Ricotta Pithivier with a chervil beurre blanc from The Delaunay.
It’s restaurant quality at home in the comfort of your pjs. What could be better?
Come “hame,” as the Scots say, to one of the finest meals ever to have in your own house – providing you have someone else to cook it for you.
Hame by Adam Handling takes the award-winning Scottish chef’s menu (he was named Best Restauranteur at GQ’s Food & Drink Awards earlier this month) and makes it plausible to cook at home.
There are multiple boxes on offer, from the Sunday Lunch Menu for 2 which includes a whole truffle-stuffed roast chicken, mash and Caesar salad; to the Dine in Style for 2 which includes lobster linguine and a whole lamb shoulder, couscous, courgette and feta salad.
Then there’s the brilliantly named ‘Who are you trying to impress? for 2’ package filled with Adam’s famous sourdough and chicken butter (if you know, you know), wagyu and caviar tartare, ‘Lobster wagyu’, beef Wellington, clotted cream mash, spring greens, roast carrots and a tarte tatin. Impressive indeed.
Date nights will never be the same again.
If staying in really is the new going out we may as well take tips from the masters of a great night. Sketch, the iconic London restaurant, bar, club and home to the most Instagrammed toilets ever (sorry, Annabel’s), have launched Sketch at Home.
First up, the Mmmm Menu & Mmmm Vegetarian Menu, both of which comprise of a four-course meal devised by Sketch’s Executive Chef Frederic Don. Then there’s the Mmmm Sunday Lunch offering: a côte de boeuf for two to share, served with Yorkshire pudding, Bearnaise sauce and Bordelaise jus, with a side of potato gratin, green beans, a seasonal fruit tart and crème anglaise. There’s also a Christmas diy kit you can order in too.
Plus, to ensure you’re having more pleasure over painstaking stove slaving, the dishes are simply designed to be reheated and presented as if they’ve come out of the Sketch kitchen itself.
From the Game Menu Box of dreams to Mince Pie Kit that’s just perfect for the festive period, there’s something for everyone at one of London’s finest restaurants, Lyle’s.
Treat your partner or housemate to the Game Kit, that comes complete with Sourdough and cultured butter; Raw Scallops served with blood orange vinaigrette; Jerusalem Artichokes, ceps and Vin Jaune sauce; Venison Loin, pumpkin and brussels tops; Game Liver Parfair, toast and damson jelly; Game Broth; Quince Sponge and custard; Caramel Chocolates; and Brown Butter Cakes.
For a first-class steak dinner and a night in to remember order Hawksmoor at Home. The iconic London steak restaurant are offering fans of the brand boxes that include everything you need to make the perfect Hawksmoor dinner.
That includes; two British fillet steaks, bone marrow gravy, creamed spinach, sticky toffee pudding and, most exciting of all, Matt Brown’s ultimate oven chips (which will arrive nestling amongst nuggets of beef dripping ready for a blast in the oven).
While the restaurants remain closed, get your Michelin-star fix at home courtesy of Gymkhana.
Get your hands on the Gym Club Experience kit, which serves four, for the ultimate at-home experience. The kit is jam-packed with everything you need to make a Gymkhana feast at home, from Wild Muntjac Biryani to Makai Palak, Fresh Garlic Naans to fragrant Dal.
One order staple from Dishoom is their famous bacon naan rolls and now you can get your fix without even changing out of your pyjamas and leaving your humble abode. Their first ever at-home cookery kit includes everything you need to recreate the famed dish, all of which have hailed straight from Dishoom’s café kitchens straight to your door.
You’ll be able to make enough doughy goodness for two, and each kit also comes packed with loose-leaf Darjeeling tea, chai spices and fresh ginger slices so you can brew Chef Naved’s favourite masala chai. Sunday morning breakfast never looked so good.
Fresh Cornish seafood straight to your door? Yes please! Stein’s at home menu boxes brings Rick’s famed classics straight to kitchen every week. Each box serves two and comes complete with a three-course meal. All of the hard work is done for you so all you need to do is finish off the dishes at home following the heating up instructions.
Choose from the Hake Box, Coq Au Riesling Box, Sea Bass Box, Indonesian Curry Box, Steak Box or the Lobster Box.
Know your Patty & Bun from your Bleecker and everything in-between? If you’re as well versed in London’s burger offerings as us, you’ll be familiar with Dirty Bones’ beastly burgers that are some of the dirtiest (and we mean that as a compliment) in the capital.
Order their at-home kits and start flipping the likes of the Mac Daddy, the Dirty Vegan Chilli and the loaded Lamb Fries. The restaurant’s heady cocktails are also on offer in easy-to-serve pouches, for the perfect boozy night in.
Lina Stores is coming through with the goods!
Having first launched back in 1944, Lina Stores has become the heart and soul of the Soho community for over 75 years and the pandemic certainly hasn’t wavered their ability to bring Londoners authentic Italian ingredients, fresh pasta and now pizza kits too.
Revive your bank holiday weekend and let Friday night become homemade pizza night with a little help from Lina Stores. In your carby bundle, expect to be indulging on hand-rolled pizza bases and rustic toppings, including homemade tomato sauce, prosciutto Di Parma, semi-dried tomatoes, tender Apulian artichokes and Apulian turnip greens. You certainly won’t regret this buy. Or, try one of their delicious pasta bundle kits for an ultra Italian feast.
Nobody does bao better than BAO. Enjoy the fluffy clouds of dough at home thanks to their delivery kits. There are two kits available, one meaty, one vegetarian and you’d be a fool not to snap up a box to try out.
Each box comes packed full with six Gua baos. Recreate their classic pork bao, with their 12hr slow braised pork and top it off with peanut powder, fermented mustard greens and doubanjiang, and fresh coriander. Or try out their panki daikon box. It comes packed with six panko daikons, pickled daikon, hot man sauce and fresh coriander, all to be stuffed into the fluffy bao buns.
If there are any newly converted vegans out there missing an indulgent meaty fix, hit up The Vurger Co. for one of the most realistic chicken burger experiences of your life without being, you know, real.
Right now, their diy kits only boast their beef-style burgers but don’t miss out on one of their August slots to try one first hand. Think a veggie patty with all the trimmings stuffed inside a vegan brioche bun.
Mix and match with your favourite dishes from Bancone’s delicious Italian selection. Begin your date night with a selection of salumi and their creamy burrata with kale, marinated beetroot and chive oil. Choose your pasta of choice; we’d recommend getting the spicy pork and n’duja ragu with mafalde and finish off with their coconut panna cotta topped with mango and passion fruit, and coconut and cherry crisp.
All of the dishes come packed with everything you need. All you’ll need to do is drizzle on your olive oil, parmesan or pecorino to serve.
From the shore to your front door, London Shell Co. spent lockdown dedicated to bringing the restaurant experience to Londoners homes. Their delivery boxes are still available. Their picnic box is ready to eat, brimming with a regular changing menu of fresh fish and quality produce, or you can opt for a bbq ready box – filled with all of the fishy essentials needed for cooking up a storm on the grill.
Finally! Someone has both your meat loving housemates and your plant-based friends covered.
Patty & Bun have helped to raise the game on delivery, helping you feel productive in the kitchen while also getting your takeaway fix, thanks to their burger DIY kit allowing you to create their humble classics at home.
Both their signature box and their vegan DIY selection allows you to rustle up two tasty burgs at home, all you need to do is add in some lettuce and tomato. Oh, and some napkins, this date night is going to be a messy one!
Some dining experiences last a lifetime, and my first dinner at Rosa’s Thai Cafe is one that I’ll always hold close to my heart. My partner, mother-in-law and I were off to see Wicked in the West End (theatres, remember them?) and we needed somewhere quick and easy to head to before the show when we stumbled upon Rosa’s Victoria branch and we all instantly fell in love with the cosy window seats, friendly staff and aromatic flavours. Since then, me and my partner have been back several times purely because we know we’re guaranteed a simple, hearty dinner, so when I heard Rosa’s was launching their first ever DIY kit, I was ecstatic!
This November, the resto and Tourism Thailand are celebrating 75 years of Thailand’s national dish, the Pad Thai, with the launch of Rosa’s new DIY home kit. Each kit contains everything you need to bring an authentic taste of Rosa’s to kitchens all over the UK, including Rosas’ signature pad thai sauce, and a QR link to a step-by-step cook-along video, hosted by Saiphin. We tried it out last night and it’s super simple to follow and utterly delicious.
Pre-order from Great Food 2 U for orders for 20th November
Our favourite Middle-Eastern inspired restaurant, Arabica is bringing their hearty mezes and house favourites straight to the nation’s doors this lockdown.
They’ve just launched a brand new feasting menu, one meaty, one vegan, so you can whip up their dishes at home, with ease. Choose from the Feast for Beirut, that’s filled with goodies, including baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, grilled halloumi, Lebanese style beef short rib and bakalava, or the Meze Feast, a vegan alternative, packed with fragrant flavours and textures.
They’ve also launched a DIY falafel kit and a Turkish-style Kunefe kit too, perfect for sharing.
We’re in need of a helping hand to perfect our favourite ramen recreations at-home, which is exactly why Shoryu has announced they’ll be launching their very own DIY kits so you can become a noodle master in the kitchen.
From ramen to katsu curry kits, sushi to miso soup, uncover new ingredients and try something new with Shoryu and the Japan Centre. We love the Piri Piri Tonkotsu Ramen for a kick and the Ganso Ramen, served with gluten free noodles. Yum.
Indulge the right way with a slice from London’s best pizzeria, Homeslice. They’ve recently partnered with Jameson to serve up the nation the best pizza and whiskey cocktails.
The Jameson x Homeslice Take & Bake kit includes two authentic 12″ Homeslice pizzas, ready to bake at home, and everything you need to make a perfect Jameson, ginger ale and lime cocktail. Yum.
If there’s one thing that lockdown taught us, it’s that we sure missed being able to head into the city for a quick burger and a pint. One restaurant that had our back throughout is Burger & Beyond who have launched their bacon butter burger in lockdown form.
In the box you’ll find everything to create your own burgers for four, from demi brioche buns to their signature 35 day ages minced beef blend, burnt butter mayo (it’s amazing!) to pancetta bacon.
Pop on your cooking apron and recreate these burgs at home.
Learning the craft of light-yet-chewy dumplings is near impossible for mere mortals like you and I, but there are ways around it and that’s why we’re turning to dumpling experts, Ugly Dumplings, to help satisfy our cravings. If you don’t fancy venturing out to Carnaby right now, lucky inner city dwellers can enjoy their dumpling creations with their new frozen service.
All you need to do is head to Slerp, order in your dumpling mix and you’ll soon be diving into creations, including cheeseburger dumplings, mushroom and truffle, halloumi and courgette and satay chicken. Then you’ll be able to cook these guys up at home. Yum.
Mac & Wild’s meaty flavours are city renowned and you can now enjoy their wild venison and beef patties at home.
During lockdown Mac & Wild launched their Venimoo burger kit, that comee packed with four venison patties, four beef patties baby gem lettuce, gherkins, cheese slices, onions and sesame brioche buns. Plus, a selection of their infamous sauces because it wouldn’t be complete without them.
All of the meat and game comes directly from the Scottish Highlands, and these kits are available UK wide so no matter where you are, you can get your Mac & Wild fix in no time.
Sometimes cooking really is as simple as just adding stock. Well, at least it is when you shop at Supa Ya Ramen’s online shop.
Ramen experts, Supa Ya Ramen, have recently launched their DIY ramen kits that come loaded with enough noodles, seasoning and oil for two portions. All you need to do is top the selection up with boiling chicken or veggie stock and you’ve got yourself one of their ‘traditionally inauthentic’ bowls of goodness.
Their online shop is open Mondays from 10am until Wednesday at 12pm, with deliveries taking place on Thursdays. Perfect for a weekend pick-me-up meal.
If cooking isn’t your forte or you’re are continually on the move, Flour & Grape’s pasta kits are the quickest and easiest to get your head around.
While the restaurant remains closed, you can still get your pasta kicks with their indulgent but affordable kits. They’ve been designed so you can whizz up a hearty dinner in less than ten minutes, which is always a bonus after a long day. There are eight options to choose from but we’d recommend you get your hands on the Taglierini. It comes packed with preserved truffle, butter emulsion and parmesan. Yum.
The Address at Home
Take the stress out of your Sunday morning and order in a breakfast DIY kit from The Address. Two tempting breakfast offers to choose from, dive into the meat feast for two, or go veggie with their vegetarian house breakfast for two.
Who knew breakfast in bed could look so good?
Plus, they’ve got three feasting kits perfect for lunch or supper time too. Yum.
While it’s best not to be travelling physically right now, we can travel mentally through food. Helping to transport you to the sun kissed Israeli city of Tel Aviv is London’s prime brunch spot, The Good Egg.
You can still get your Middle Eastern flavour fix through their bake-your-own babka kit. Babka is essentially a super sweet brioche dough that’s swirled liberally with chocolate and is usually topped with cinnamon crumbs on top. Just one bite and you’ll never go back to normal brioche again.
Cool down this sweltering summer with Chin Chin’s at home experience.
Chin Chin’s liquid nitrogen technique comes in handy on the delivery front, meaning that their ice cream stays cooler for longer so you won’t have to worry about it arriving in a melty mess at your doorstep.
Order in your favourite flavours, cook up their cookie dough starter, pile on the sugary sweet toppings and create your very own ice cream sundae. You might enter a sugar induced coma afterwards but it’ll be oh, so worth it.