Here are some of the best restaurant meal kits on the market…
By Abbie Schofield
Is staying in the new going out? The number of restaurants launching DIY meal kits would lead you to believe so. Some of London’s finest eateries are now offering door-to-door deliveries of their produce and recipes so you can recreate their famous dishes in your own home. From southern fried chicken to Michelin-starred menus, these are our top picks.
DIY Restaurant Meal Kits To Try
Patty&Bun x Swingers – Date night kit
Burger experts Patty&Bun have collaborated with crazy golf club Swingers to create a Date Night Kit Box full of everything you need for a romantic night in. The box includes ingredients for four summer citrus daiquiris and two epic burgers (either the Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson) and costs £30.
The Proof – Proofiteroles Kit
This new east London delivery-only bakery and pudding house will send you an incredible profiteroles kit with a rich dark chocolate sauce to warm and pour on yourself, plus mix and match toppings like strawberries and honeycomb. Order boxes of 10, 20 or 30, or even one of their show-stopping profiterole cakes topped with a choux tower. The Proof also create wonderful dessert boxes filled with four of their most popular puds, from lemon meringue pie to chocolate soufflé cake. It arrives in a beautiful box, perfect for birthdays or weekend treats.
Flour & Grape
Bermondsey’s Flour & Grape is known for authentic and affordable Italian food and wine, and now you can get perfectly prepared pasta to your door. The tortelloni with pork shoulder are little pockets of meaty heaven. Pop into water with 26g of salt — instructions are very precise — to cook for just a few minutes while heating the silky sage butter sauce. It’s utterly divine, and takes less than five minutes.
Soho restaurant Yeni has a new delivery service, Yeni Home. Order from them and expect masterful Mediterranean cuisine full of traditional Turkish flavours. There’s manti (filled dumplings in yoghurt sauce), kofte fritters with a piyaz salad and the main event, chunky lamb shanks which fall off the bone, topped with aubergine dressing. Simply follow instructions to finish cooking.
Mother Clucker – D.I.Fry kit
Fried chicken joint Mother Clucker has launched it’s own D.I.Fry kit for Londoners to create their own crispy fried chicken strips at home. Complete with buttermilk, chicken breasts, hot sauce, coleslaw, Mother Clucker’s secret flour mix and more, the kits cost £18 for two servings or £27.50 for four.
Brindisa – Aperitivo box
Brindisa and Gin Mare have collaborated to launch the Aperitivo Box, a celebration of the Mediterranean pre-dinner ritual. It costs £25 and includes everything you need to create a gorgeous summer cocktail experience for four people: a variety of Perelló olives, a bottle of Gin Mare and 1724 tonic water.
Bubala – Shakshuka kit
Middle Eastern restaurant Bubala has launched The Bubala Store, where you can order your very own shakshuka kit to recreate your own version of the mega-popular brunch dish. It’s £20 for two portions and comes with all the necessities: a ready-made shakshuka sauce, four eggs from Fenton Farm (expertly packaged), two laffa breads, a tub of hummus and garnishes of parsley, dill and olive oil. A recipe card complete with illustrations ensures that even the most disastrous of cooks can pull this off.
Casacosta – Pasta kit
Founded by restaurateur Roberto Costa, CasaCosta provides bespoke deliveries of the finest Italian produce to homes within 10 miles of their Union Street site. You can order everything from salami to wine as well as meal kits to create your own Italian pasta dishes such as tagliatelle al ragu, gnocchi al pesto and ravioli al tocco.
Wanda – dinner experience box
Wanda is a series of curated dinner experiences sent to your home, including tableware, objects and accessories alongside a menu, grocery list and recipes from a top chef plus a playlist to listen to for some ambience. Created by Natalie Jones, founder of Somerset lifestyle store Caro, Wanda boxes are themed by country and will transport you to the likes of Mexico, Greece or Vietnam for an unforgettable evening in. £40 for two people.
Dishoom – Bacon and egg naan roll kit
Bombay-inspired restaurant group Dishoom has an epic breakfast menu, and now Londoners can recreate their own iconic bacon and egg naan roll at home. The kit costs £16 for 2 portions and comes with everything you need, including streaky bacon, dough for the naan, tomato-chilli jam and loose leaf tea and spices for making chai.
Mambow – Malaysian meal kit
Fans can now experience chef Abby Lee’s Malaysian cuisine at home thanks to the Mambow meal kit, special menus designed for home delivery. The first is the Nyonya Summer Series which merges Malaysian, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai cuisines by way of dishes such as smoky aubergines, char sui and deep-fried tofu. Customers can build their own box of a main, two sides and a dessert per person to be cooked in the Mambow kitchen but finished off and served at home. It’s available Monday-Wednesday, with delivery on Thursday or Friday and costs £30 per person.
To order, DM choices to @Mambow_ldn or Whatsapp 07833 778850; wearemambow.com
Smokestak – smoked meats
Chef and founder of Smokestak David Carter is offering DIY bun boxes and smoked meats by the pound for delivery across London, and nationwide from 31 July. Meat will be cooked in the Shoreditch restaurant before being delivered via overnight courier for customers to reheat and assemble at home. The menu includes 15 hour beef brisket, brined pulled pork shoulder, dry-rubbed pork belly and chilli and fennel sausage plus desserts and cocktails, perfect for effortless summer BBQs.
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