The Handbook
The Handbook

For those who like a little extra guidance in the kitchen, following a step-by-step process, the restaurant kit is for you.

Lockdown saw many restaurants up and down the country open online shops, allowing you to buy the ingredients or hand packaged kits of their signature dishes so that you can recreate their delicious creations at home. Many of our beloved restaurants are now up and running again and many of those have continued to offer the kits to hungry foodies, providing them with another revenue stream during such testing times.

If you fancy donning your apron, recreating your favourite restaurant dish at home and supporting the industry, get stuck into these 21 DIY kits, offering everything from dirty burgers to Michelin-starred dishes. 

Hame by Adam Handling 

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.

Hoste

She may not have a bricks and mortar restaurant but cook, author, TV presenter and all-round fountain of foodie knowledge, Laura Jackson, knows how to put on a good spread.

She’s just launched her Hoste dinner boxes, born out of her “make a meal of it” hashtag that went viral during lockdown – a celebration of making even a midweek dinner at home feel special.

The box comes with a Friendsgiving theme and includes a luxurious beef bourguignon with creamy mashed potatoes and heritage carrots, drizzled in hazelnut butter; or a veggie version of wild mushroom and onion. For dessert, a succulent sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and clotted cream and a mixed berry craft cordial made using an age-old steaming method is also included, designed to pair perfectly with the meal.

But the best bit might just be the tablescape touches that Laura is famed for that are also included in the box: two Wax Atelier x Hoste natural wax celebration candles; two Irish Linen Hoste dinner napkins; two specially designed menus; a box of Hoste matches; as well as tablescape ideas to get your creative juices flowing; interviews with the independent creatives; and specially made Spotify playlist to enjoy with your meal.

Sketch at Home

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), are launching Sketch at Home on 26th October.

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.

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.

The Ninth

Get ahead of the game and plan for your Christmas lunch now with Michelin-starred chef Jun Tanaka’s The Ninth Christmas Box.

The hassle-free, assemble-at-home Christmas dinner, which can be delivered anywhere in the UK in time for the big day, is available to pre-order for two, four or six guests, and come December 25th, will have your best Christmas lunch yet on the table in just 45 minutes.

Tuck into pre-brined and prepared turkey ballotine; beef fillet in a herb salt crust; or celeriac, potato and truffle pithivier. All of which come with a sumptuous selection of trimmings and sauces, a panettone bread and butter pudding for dessert, and the option to add paired red, white or fizz, or all three.

Hawksmoor at Home

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).

Dishoom 

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.

Dirty Bones

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 

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.

BAO

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.

The Vurger Co. 

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.

Bancone 

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.

London Shell Co.

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.

Patty & Bun 

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!

Rosa’s Thai Cafe

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

Arabica

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.

The kits are also a continuation of Arabica’s support of the region, following on from the recent success of its Bake for Beirut cake sale in Borough Market, raising essential money for the individuals affected by the August tragedy.

Shoryu 

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. 

Homeslice

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.

Burger & Beyond 

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. 

Ugly Dumplings

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

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.

Supa Ya Ramen

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.

Flour & Grape

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.

The Good Egg

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.

Chin Chin

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.


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