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 up online shops, allowing you to buy the ingredients or a hand packaged kits for their signature dishes so that you can recreate their delicious staples at home. These restaurant kits are still up grabs so if you fancy donning your finest cookery apron and recreating your favourite restaurant dish at home with these 16 DIY kits.

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.

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!

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.

La Nonna

Forget your trusty penne arrabiata ready meal, we’d like to introduce La Nonna in Casa, the fresh pasta delivery kits from pasta heroes La Nonna. 

You’ll be able to pick your choice of sauce, pasta type and cheese topping too, perfect for those who prefer their tagliatelle to their rigatoni or their parmigiano reggiano to their pecorino romano. 

Whether you’re missing one of their famed signature dishes or you want to try one of their weekly changing specials, La Nonna is the comfort food favourite we couldn’t live without during lockdown.

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 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.