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96 DIY Meal Kits To Make Your Housemates Shout “Oui Chef”

Want professionally-made food seasoned with your own vague sense of pride? Then order a DIY meal from one of these restaurants.

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Updated February 16th, 2021

Back in March you entered lockdown, and your kitchen, with the naive enthusiasm of a first round Masterchef contestant. You were going to make ravioli, sous vide a carrot, and shower Barry from Eastenders - your firstborn sourdough starter - with warmth and affection. Fast forward to now, and things look very different. You’ve been banned from flour after Scarface-ing the kitchen, and Barry from Eastenders has been lost to the black hole, AKA the top shelf of the fridge. Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent London restaurants able to give you a helping hand with a DIY meal kit. From pizza to pasta, here are 96 options to make you feel like a pro in your PJs.

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The Riding House Café

££££
££££ 43-51 Great Titchfield St

Soul Ride is the Caribbean delivery operation by The Riding House Café, a smart brasserie that, back in The Great Old Days (pre-2020), was perfect for pretty much every occasion. Now, they’re doing meal kits for every occasion. As well as a prosecco-fuelled pancake brunch box, there’s a Caribbean take on the Sunday roast, a huge steak night dinner for two, a five spice DIY negroni situation, and their mammoth big weekender box that’ll keep you fed through till Monday.

Chuku’s

££££
££££ 274 High Rd

Chuku’s chop, chat, chill kits won’t just sort out your dinner, they’ll sort out your whole evening. Their ‘House Wrapper’ meal kit not only comes with a sweet and spicy honey suya sauce, a meat of your choice, house salad, and their signature jollof quinoa, you also get a QR code that’ll lead you to hours of entertainment. We’re talking upbeat playlists, contemporary Nigerian art to peruse, dinnertime conversation starters, and a short film about an Afrobeat legend. Heads up, there’s also a vegan option and the sticky caramel kuli kuli chicken side is a must.

Giulia Verdinelli

Brasserie Zédel

££££
French  in  Soho
££££ 20 Sherwood St

You, planning an emergency date night having forgotten to take the rubbish out yet again: Bon soir mon amour, a little steak haché et frites for my petite chouchou? Yes, Corbin and King - the people behind iconic London restaurants The Wolseley, Fischer’s, and Brasserie Zedel - are saving date nights everywhere with their heat-at-home kits. As well as Zédel classics like the mousse au chocolat, you can also opt for signature dishes from their other restaurants, including The Wolseley’s schnitzel, Fischer’s black forest gateau, and seared sea bass from The Delaunay.

1251

££££ 107 Upper Street

Calling all chicken pun fans, there’s a new DIY buttermilk chicken burger kit in town. Around The Cluck is the lockdown chicken operation from the people behind Islington’s 12:51 and importantly, it involves smoky bacon crumbs. Expect crispy jerk chicken thigh, brioche buns, scotch bonnet jam, and something that sounds entirely magical, blue cheese mousse.

CERU South Kensington

££££
££££ 7-9 Bute St

Ceru is a Levantine restaurant in South Kensington that we’ve always hit up when we want to pretend we’re somewhere far, far away eating houmous by the bucketful. Now you can bring that whole sunshine feeling home with their very aesthetically pleasing meal kits, that come complete with a silky cloth wrap that yes, we will be wearing as a neckerchief to the cornershop, thank you very much. Starting at £40 there are multiple kits to choose from, including a beef fillet option, and a slow roasted lamb shoulder situation that comes with spiced roast potatoes.

Giulia Verdinelli

Jim's Cafe

££££
££££ 59 Chatsworth Rd

Jim’s Café is a Clapton biker café that is secretly home to one of London’s best burgers. Their online shop is offering nationwide delivery on plenty of bottled cocktails and wine, but they’re also doing a rotation of meaty meal kits. The food offerings change regularly and go quick, so keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest flat iron steak options and date night specials.

Kricket White City

££££
££££ 101 Wood Lane

Can you be bothered to julienne some ginger? No? Same. Luckily modern Indian restaurant Kricket is doing all the hard work for you with their butter chicken curry kit. As well as pre-julienned ginger (hello chef), you’ll receive tandoori chicken marinade, makhani sauce, dal, and plenty of other tasty things to help you have the perfect curry night.

Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

££££ 46 Exmouth Market

The words ‘shawarma-spiced butter’ makes us salivate. If you’re having a similar reaction then check out Berber And Q’s cauliflower shawarma kit. For £27 you get a whole cauliflower, plenty of pita bread, their signature hummus, spicy zhoug, crispy chickpeas, pine nuts, and pomegranate molasses for peak decorative fun. Oh, and did we mention the shawarma-spiced butter?

Flesh & Buns

££££ 32 Berners Street

Bao make us happy. Maybe it’s the fluffy buns, maybe it’s the delicious fillings, or maybe we just really, really like anything you’re allowed to eat with your bare hands. Either way the sound of Flesh and Buns kit has got us very excited. It includes bao buns, karashi, piglet belly, pickled apples, and a bamboo steamer you can use time and time again.

Lucy Sparks

Lucky & Joy

££££
Chinese  in  ClaptonHackney
££££ 95 Lower Clapton Road

The Chinese-inspired neighbourhood favourite in Clapton is doing a limited number of Hainanese chicken rice meal kits. The poached chicken is served with aromatic chicken broth, rice cooked in the poaching liquid and pandan leaves, plus ginger and spring onion sauce, and a fermented chilli one too. DM or call 020 8617 8100 to order.

Giulia Verdinelli

St. John Bar And Restaurant

££££
££££ 26 St John St

The legendary restaurant is shipping bone marrow, braised duck leg, and Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese nationwide. Don’t weep a single tear of joy just yet, because they’re being snapped up quick via Dishpatch. There are also some alternative dishes available for collection direct from the St. John website.

Perilla

££££ 1-3 Green Lanes

Duck confit, pork belly, and Toulouse sausage cassoulet is the current offering from Perilla, the über cool-but-casual restaurant in Newington Green. It’s up to you how many courses you go for, a main and their sourdough with brown butter will cost you £30. Throw in some bouillabaisse and a citrus posset and it’ll be a bit more.

Homies On Donkeys

££££ Unit 38 Wood Street Indoor Market

In normal times the Walthamstow taqueria is a local favourite with adobo chicken, prawns al mojo de ajo, and soy al pastor tacos. The good news is that every Friday they’re doing a limited number of taco kits for collection or local delivery. The toppings switch up, but in the past they’ve done things like tunita pibil - a tuna take on the Yucatán pork dish - and for vegetarians, refried beans with roasted cauliflower and more.

Giulia Verdinelli

Noodle & Beer

££££
££££ 31 Bell Ln

The Chongqing noodle and Sichuanese spot has a few different noodle kits on offer via its website, like za-jiang mian (minced pork with wheat noodles, chickpeas, peanuts, cabbage, herbs, chilli oil, and sauce), or su-jiao mian, a vegetarian option with Sichuan-style grilled padron peppers.

Tacos Padre

££££ Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place

There’s something about not having to slow-cook your lamb for nine hours that makes the lamb barbacoa meal kit at Tacos Padre’s online shop so appealing. Their taco kits come with fresh corn tortillas, lime, onion, coriander, and extra spicy habanero guacachile salsa. Choose between lamb, pork cochinita, beef short-rib, and cauliflower al pastor. Or don’t choose, and order them all for a big taco night, along with a margarita pouch, or a bottle of mezcal margarita. Order via their online shop.

Petersham Nurseries

££££
££££ Church Lane, Petersham Road

If you’ve ever been to Petersham Nurseries, you’ll know it’s about more than just the food. The charming setting - inside a glasshouse in a private Richmond garden, surrounded by plants - along with a great seasonal menu, is what makes it so special. And even though you might not have a greenhouse at home - their new meal kits do their best to recreate the Petersham experience, including everything from fresh tagliatelle and delica pumpkin, to rustic candles, and a hyacinth in a terracotta pot for the table. Much like the restaurant, it comes at a hefty £135 for two people, so this might be one for a special occasion. Remember those?

Karolina Wiercigroch

Lorne

££££
££££ 76 Wilton Rd

Making a meal that doesn’t involve re-heating yesterdays pizza sounds like a reach right about now. But heating a coq au vin? Sprinkling focaccia crumb over a lettuce and crispy bacon salad? Finishing with a blood orange and almond financier? Yes please. ‘Lorne at home’ - this British restaurant’s new meal kits - gives you just that. You get a great three-course meal, along with a playlist, and some very useful tips including shouting ‘service’ loudly when plating the food to really give you that restaurant feel. The meal kits are available for collection or nationwide delivery.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Quo Vadis

££££
British  in  Soho
££££ 26-29 Dean St

‘Negronis optional, though of course encouraged’. In case you were wondering, those are the magic words that got us very excited about Quo Vadis’ at home operation. This Soho institution is delivering some of their classic dishes as part of a Taste of France meal kit that, in all honesty, has us feeling weak at the knees. Although you should know that is our general reaction to anything involving turkey and bacon pie and Loire valley wine pairings. Of course, cocktails are available as well.

Bar Douro

££££
Portuguese  in  City
££££ Finsbury Avenue Square

This Portuguese spot has great small plates and a laid back style. Not laid back like your current one person protest against anything that involves standing, but just a chilled, feelgood, wine-sipping energy. Bring some of that energy to your lounge with their feast for two that includes braised beef cheeks, traditional octopus rice, grilled chicory, and importantly, a range of snacks like 24-month cured black pig ham.

Restokit

Kolamba

££££
Sri Lankan  in  Soho
££££ 21 Kingly Court

Calling all fans of coconut milk and alliteration because Kolamba is delivering a ceylon chicken curry feast. As well as the main curry event, you’ll also get a bunch of other lovely things as part of their two-person heat-at-home kit. We’re talking beetroot curry, dhal, toasted pol sambol, aromatic rice, malay pickle, and a date and lime chutney we definitely want to get involved in.

Chris Terry

Sabor

££££
Spanish  in  Mayfair
££££ 35-37 Heddon Street

How do some gambas al ajillo sound right about now? Or a Basque cheesecake? Or even some happy little croquetas? We’re guessing pretty good. Get involved in some of London’s best tapas with Sabor’s meal kit. Prices start at £58 but you get a lot for your money, and it’s perfect for anyone who fancies some arroz negro but is 99% sure the Londis next door doesn’t stock squid ink.

The Laughing Heart

££££
££££ 277 Hackney Road

Meticulously hand making dumplings after a long day of work? Sounds like the kind of thing that would turn us into Regina George armed with a steamer. Nobody wants that. But simply heating up some great little dumplings direct from Hackney wine bar, The Laughing Heart? Now that we could handle. Plus, you can add some natural Beaujolais to your order to make the whole ‘cooking’ thing less stressful too.

Lima Floral

££££
££££ 14 Garrick Street (Entrance on Floral Street), Floral

Any restaurant that names their basement bar The Lost Alpaca, has our full devotion. Although you might not be able to recreate the full pisco-fuelled experience of this restaurant in Covent Garden, you can eat their slow-cooked short ribs at home as part of one of their Lima Boxes. You can choose between a box for two or a box for four, but either way expect plenty of Peruvian classics like cancha corn, acai berry dip, and tuna tartar acevichado.

Nanny Bill's

££££ Homerton High Street

We recently got acquainted with Nanny Bill’s burgers on a cold, wet January night. We’ll definitely be meeting these burgers again soon. In fact, we’re thinking about ordering one right now. Peak comfort food, their build-your-own burgers are a great shout for a fun evening with the housemates, the kids, or your housemates that act like kids. Plus, we challenge anyone to watch the meal kit instruction video on their website without cracking a smile, or realistically, dribbling.

Galvin La Chapelle

££££
££££ 35 Spital Square

Unless you’re the queen - Hey, Lizzie, how’s it going? - it would be pretty hard to recreate the epic converted chapel setting of this French restaurant at home. But the good news is you can recreate their excellent French food at home by getting involved in their £50 kit. With minimal faff you can enjoy a full fine dining experience of duck liver parfait, wild seabass, fancy sides, and chocolate marquise. There’s a vegetarian option available too.

Holly Liss

Homeslice Pizza Fitzrovia

££££
Pizza  in  Fitzrovia
££££ 52 Wells Street

Pizza makes us happy. That’s it, that’s all we have to say. If you can relate, then you’ll be happy to hear that go-to pizza spot Homeslice have got a whole selection of DIY kits. There’s a chorizo number, your classic margherita, vegan options, and more, but it’s the mushroom, ricotta, and chilli oil pizza that we’ve got our eye on. Plus, their four pizza kit is pretty decent value at just over £30.

Darby's

££££
SeafoodBritish  in  Vauxhall
££££ 3 Viaduct Gardens Road

Darby’s is perfectly lovely. You know, like your 2011 addiction to Downton Abbey and those animal-shaped slippers we all pretend we don’t own. What we’re saying is, this Irish-influenced restaurant is both classy and cosy, and that’s entirely reflected in their finish-at-home fish pie meal. As well as a warming monkfish pie, you’ll get all the trimmings like crispy beef fat potatoes, wilted greens, plus snacks like a chicken liver mousse. See, perfectly lovely.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Randy’s Wing Bar

££££ 30 – 33 MINORIES

Right now, out there, very attractive celebrities like Kate Moss and David Gandy are probably also asking themselves whether it is acceptable to wear the same pair of hot-sauce-stained trackies for eight days in a row. That soothes us. So does the idea of a huge plate of hot wings smothered in blue cheese and buffalo sauce. That’s exactly what you’ll get with Randy’s wings kits that start at 16 quid. And no, you don’t need to change out of those trackies.

Old Chang Kee

££££
££££ 15 New Row

If, like us, you are incredibly busy and important people, you probably don’t have time for peeling carrots and sieving chickpea flour. You have far more pressing tasks to accomplish, like price checking bobble removers and Googling ‘what happened to season one Made In Chelsea cast’. Luckily, when it comes to this tofu and mixed vegetable curry, Old Chang Kee will do all the hard work for you. For under £13 you’ll get a portion that serves two and all you’ll need to do is heat it up on the stove. Easy, peasy, curry-eating joy.

Parsons

££££
££££ 39 Endell St

Frankly, there is a sad lack of seafood in our lives these days. Sure, we’re partial to a lockdown tuna sandwich, but gone are the days where we’d run around London consuming more fish than Free Willy. Luckily, you can now enjoy a proper fish feast at home with Parson’s sea trout en-croute meal. Expect cod’s roe, seaweed crackers, smoked haddock chowder, trout, and presumably the rest of the Finding Nemo cast too.

Restokit

José

££££ 104 Bermondsey St

Anything involving aioli, sign us up. On top of the world’s greatest condiment - there we said it - the José Pizarro kit comes with olives stuffed with orange, padron peppers, spicy chicken croquetas, jamon iberico, pan con tomate, boquerones, tortilla de patatas, and seafood arroz. Oh, and in case you’re not already salivating, there’s a chocolate pot for dessert too.

Where The Pancakes Are

££££
Brunch  in  Southwark
££££ 85a Southwark Bridge Rd

We’ll set the scene: You can’t get to sleep due to your neck that is eternally ‘a bit sore’ and then you’re woken up at 6am by what sounds like your cat performing an exorcism in the hallway. There are tears, some expletives, sad emojis in the group chat. But then - what’s that - you remember you have a meal kit from Where The Pancakes Are. Blueberries, streaky bacon, bananas, 100% pure Canadian maple syrup, and enough pancake mix to revive you. Your day is saved before you even finish your coffee. Need we say more?

Shuk;

££££

The Tel Aviv-inspired spot in Borough Market is doing all manner of sweet and savoury DIY kits, from sabich pita kits, to a Ginger Pig spiced brisket collaboration, to a whole load of chocolate-y and festive babkas for you to make at home. Check out all the options on their website.

Giulia Verdinelli

Meatliquor W1

££££
BurgersDiner  in  Fitzrovia
££££ 37 - 38 Margaret Street

Meatliquor is about as subtle as a Flamingo doing the macarena. A loud and proud diner situation that’s always been there for us when a 4pm wing craving has hit or when we’ve needed ‘one last drink’ circa 1am, we’re very happy that we can now enjoy some of their feel good energy on our sofas. They have several meal kits on offer, from DIY buffalo wings to vegan hot dogs, and their absolute meat-fest, the beef chilli topped cheese hot dogs. Make a night of it by ordering a couple of their batched signature cocktails too.

Dirty Bones

££££
American  in  Soho
££££ Top Floor, Kingly Court

Dirty Bones make a decent burger. But this place is responsible for some of our most prolific hangovers, which makes us very excited - and somewhat scared - to report that you can get their batched cocktails along with their DIY burger kits. Whether you go for a Mac Daddy burger kit, their vegan chilli special, or head straight for the cocktails, be sure to get involved in the lamb fries kit. It’s our Dirty Bones go-to.

Cue Point

££££ 195 Wood Ln

You might have not heard of a naco before this sentence. But you’re definitely going to want to get to know them after it, because the naan tacos at this British Afghan BBQ spot are excellent. And they’re delivering DIY naco kits across the UK, which come with smoked meat, either brisket or lamb, mini naan, toppings like Afghan green chutney, crispy onions, and sour cream. As well as all that, they also have a vegan naco kit. Order here.

Chishuru

££££
££££ Unit 9 Market Row

The exciting West African spot in Brixton has some similarly exciting meal kits available to order via Dishpatch. Chef Joké Bakare switches the menu up, but expect things like ayamase, jollof rice, plantain, and lots of shallow frying action in your kitchen.

Mei Mei

££££ Borough Market Kitchen

How do step-by-step instructions, pre-measured ingredients, and the knowledge that you could eat Mei Mei’s nasi lemak at home sound? Pretty great. This Singaporean spot is delivering nasi lemak, bak chor mee, beef rendang, and curry meal kits - but hurry, they’re only making a limited amount. Order online.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Hawksmoor Air Street

££££ 5A Air Street

This London steak specialist is not only delivering huge ribeye and t-bone steaks, you can get things like whole Sunday roasts, lobster, bone marrow, roast scallops, and their excellent sticky toffee pudding for dessert. They’re delivering personalised Hawksmoor feasts within a five mile radius of their Mayfair restaurant, as well as steak and cocktail boxes nationwide.

Provisions

££££
££££ 167 Holloway Road

Anyone who has attempted a fondue with ten Babybels and a few slices of American cheese can tell you that it does not end well. Leave the melted cheese to the professionals and head to Provisions’ online shop for their fondue kit which includes fondue mix, wine, bread cubes for dipping, and a clove of garlic. Order here.

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Sidechick

££££
Takeaway  in  Hackney
££££ 397 Mentmore Terrace

Patty and Bun’s lockdown project started off with local roast chicken delivery, but now you can get their chicken kits across London. Each kit comes with a boneless chicken marinated in things like za’atar, or piri-piri rub. Order a kit here.

Decatur

££££ Hackney

Louisiana inspired seafood pop-up, Decatur, was planning on opening this year, but until that can happen they’re delivering DIY shrimp boils that you can throw into a large stock pot and boil. The kit includes shrimp, corn on the cob, smoked sausage, potatoes, and their signature seasoning. They’re delivering to SW, SE, EC, N, and E postcodes every Friday.

Giulia Verdinelli

Koya Bar City

££££
Japanese  in  City
££££ 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade

You can now get London’s best udon straight to your door. Koya has joined Big Night (along with lots of other great restaurants) so that you can enjoy hand-pulled udon with sardine kanroni, sides of plaice sashimi, or chashu pork. There are few box options, including a vegetarian one, this way.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Marksman

££££ 254 Hackney Rd

Pies, bun, and Sunday roasts are all available from the Marksman. Order for collection or delivery, Thursday to Saturday, and you’ll be enjoying beef and barley buns, braised mushroom and artichoke pie, and saffron poached quince and plum crumble, in no time.

The Barbary

££££
££££ 16 Neal's Yard

The Covent Garden restaurant has opened The Barbary Next Door, a little deli that also has an online shop. There’s a big range of mezze plates, like muhammara, labneh, and icra, as well as big dishes like whole cauliflower jaffa or Moroccan chicken tagine.

JOY

££££ 344 Ladbroke Grove

The latest restaurant from people behind Pastaio and Palantino, JOY has an entire online shop of seasonal supplies and ready meals from Flora, their pop-up restaurant. There are homemade boil in the bag meals like confit duck leg with white beans and pancetta, or harissa cauliflower with lentils and tahini sauce. Alternatively, you could just get a whole apple pie. Order here.

River Café

££££ Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd

London’s most legendary Italian restaurant has all sorts of goodies to order online. Multi-coloured napkins and gelato spoons aside, you can also get dishes like a two-person portion of rabbit in chianti classico, squid with red chilli and rocket, or a £45 tray of tiramisu. It serves 6-8, but that’s completely up to you.

Angelina

££££ 56 Dalston Lane

The mix of Italian and Japanese flavours on Angelina’s menu isn’t your everyday fare, and the same goes for their at-home menu. You’ve got focaccia, chicken kaarage, and a sausage risotto with burnt soy butter. Order for delivery or collection from Dalston.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Ottolenghi

££££
££££ 287 Upper Street

A favourite and a nemesis of kitchens the world over, Ottolenghi restaurants have now made things much easier with their ready meal range. There’s a box for two where you can choose from things like roasted aubergine with medjool date salsa and cumin yoghurt, or squash with tahini and za’atar. Alternatively, you can order pouches individually, or just get a celeriac shawarma kit for two.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Salon

££££
££££ 18 Market Row, Brixton

Salon’s at-home set menus are the perfect blend of minimum effort and hearty gain. The sharing menu for two includes homemade sourdough with whipped butter and cheese custard, beetroot and goats curd, a venison pie or pumpkin canneloni, a pudding, and other nice stuff we haven’t mentioned. Read the full menu and order.

Lyle's

££££
££££ 56 Shoreditch High St

The fine dining spot in Shoreditch has got options for a special occasion in the shape of their 7-course menu boxes. At the moment there’s a special game menu box that includes game liver parfait, venison loin, and a game broth. Or the regular box has things like crab and barley porridge and quince sponge with vanilla custard.

Giulia Verdinelli

Pophams Hackney

££££
££££ 197 Richmond Road

If handmade pasta is your thing then you’ll like what Pophams is doing. Their set menu for two has two mains - one portion of taleggio capelletti with macerated grapes and hazelnuts, and another of oxtail bone marrow triangoli with beetroot and horseradish - plus a celeriac starter and profiteroles to finish. Order yours here.

The Camberwell Arms

££££
BritishPub  in  Camberwell
££££ 65 Camberwell Church St

There’s something uniquely satisfying about a good pub meal. It’s the booze, mostly. But when it’s from the Camberwell Arms, it’s more than likely the beef and bone marrow pie too. The brilliant gastropub has made a changing selection of their dishes available for delivery across the whole of London. All you need to do is finish them off at home. Think pies and sage and lemon roast potatoes, overnight ham hock, and venison and bacon hotpot, all plated by your own fair hands.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Hoppers

££££
££££ 4 Pancras Square

A Sri Lankan feast is on the cards if you order the Kalupol Chicken Kit from Hoppers’ online store Cash & Kari. At £45, it promises to feed up to four people with mutton rolls and hot dipping sauce, a whole marinated chicken ready to roast, a selection of sambols and garnishes, banana chips, pol roti dough, and two chocolate-coco biscuit puddings to share. There are also a couple of smaller kits that centred on a lamb kothu and a paneer kothu, as well as a variety of snacks, spices, beer, and cocktails. Just remember to order before 11pm on Sunday for nationwide delivery the following Friday.

Dinings Sw3

££££
££££ Lennox Mews

On top of their takeaway and delivery options, Dinings are also doing a couple of make-your-own boxes, containing everything you need to prepare their popular tartar chips or temaki handrolls at home. This upmarket spot in Chelsea needs 48 hours to get these kits ready for collection or delivery (within six miles) and they contain everything you need to make 16 temaki handrolls (four of each of the tuna, salmon, lobster, and scallop varieties) for £135, or, for the tartar chips box, four chips of five separate fillings (toro, salmon, lobster, wagyu, beetroot) for £75.

Patron Cave à Manger

££££
££££ 26 Fortess Rd

Parisian wine bar and all-round excellent date spot Patron has launched Maison Patron, bringing French onion soup, charcuterie, paté, beef bourguignon, mussels, and more to your door. Each plate takes a maximum of 15 minutes to prepare, and there’s an excellent selection of wine to order as well.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Brigadiers

££££
Indian  in  City
££££ 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade

JKS Restaurants, the group that owns Gymkhana, Trishna, and Brigadiers (amongst others) has launched Ambassador General Store where you can buy individual dishes like tandoori lamb chops, BBQ butter chicken wings, and more dishes or meal boxes from their roster of Indian restaurants.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Corazon Taqueria

££££
TacosMexican  in  Soho
££££ 29 Poland St

Buy your corner shop’s entire basket of lime and prepare for a night of margheritas and tacos, because Soho spot Corazon’s carne asada tacos are available to make at home. Each kit serves four people and comes with 12 tortillas, two marinated hanger steaks, all your veggie bits, salsa ranchera, and citrus mojo.

Sambal Shiok

££££ 171 Holloway Road

A go-to for laksa in London, you can now get Sambal Shiok’s signature campur-style curry laksa to make at home. The kit is the equivalent of the special (with both poached chicken and king prawns) and comes with fat rice noodles, fried tofu puffs, bean sprouts, green beans, all in their hot shrimp-based broth. Order here.

Karolina Wiercigroch

Berenjak

££££
££££ 27 Romilly Street

Fire up your barbecue or, alternatively, pop to the shop and buy one of those grass-singeing tin numbers, because Berenjak are doing DIY kabab kits. The Iranian spot in Soho has started selling a choice of three delicious-sounding at-home kits, including a mazeh box with their excellent freshly made sangak bread, and also a couple of kabab box choices. One of which includes ‘bespoke metal skewers’, which sounds like a collaboration between Nisbets and Savile Row.

Giulia Verdinelli

Bubala

££££
££££ 65 Commercial Street

Bubala doesn’t just make some of the best vegetarian food in east London, it makes some of the best food in east London full stop. And now you can kind of pretend it’s your own (though no one will really believe you) by getting a Middle Eastern feast delivered to your doorstep. It includes their excellent hummus and labneh, halloumi with black seed honey and, of course, those confit-like latkes.

Farang

££££
Thai  in  Highbury
££££ 72 Highbury Park

The Thai-influenced neighbourhood favourite in Highbury is doing the kind of meal kits that we like the sound of. Or, to put it another way, they’re doing ready meals. The menu is pretty extensive, with classics like fish cakes and som tam salad on there, as well a big selection of curries. Alternatively, you can order a tasting menu box.

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Gunpowder

££££
££££ 11 White's Row

Sometimes you eat at a restaurant and you think to yourself, ”I could have a decent go of making this”. And you really believe it. But Gunpowder is not that kind of restaurant. With their exciting spin on Indian classics, and flavours that you wouldn’t even know where to start with, this Indian spot is one you would not try to replicate. Until now. They’ve created a new DIY kit for two which includes a kashmiri ghee roast rack of lamb, mustard malai broccoli, and tandoori new potatoes with makhani sauce. So next time you eat at Gunpowder, you can finally think to yourself yes, I could actually make this myself. Provided they make a meal kit for it, obvs.

Kin+Deum

££££ 2 Crucifix Lane

If the only thing standing between you and a balanced diet [see: not eating microwave burgers for dinner] is your lack of skills in the kitchen, then wholesome restaurant Kin + Deum may be able to help. They’re delivering nourishing Thai meals for two which you can finish off at home. The menu changes weekly with things like summer lemongrass fritters, pad thai, and pak choi and mushrooms, which you can either order once or sign up for a subscription and get delivered every Wednesday. Say goodbye to Rustlers and hello to a mid-week three-course meal, because that’s just who you are now.

Bleecker Burger

££££
Burgers  in  Victoria
££££ 205 Victoria St

A single patty. Scratch that, two patties. Two slices of American cheese. One soft white bun. And you, wearing nothing but a chef’s hat. Welcome to the Bleecker Double Cheeseburger Burger kit (hat not included). You can choose between regular cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, and until 18th August the return of their collaboration with Gunpowder for the Bleecker X Gunpowder double cheeseburger, which is topped with Gunpowder sauce, and curry leaf and caramelised onion mayo. Check out their website to order.

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Tata Eatery

££££

We once referred to Tata Eatery’s katsu sando as ‘London’s most precise formation of meat and bread’. And although the precision may not be as on point if it’s being made by you, an amateur, how can cripsy Iberian pork in between two brioche slices, with raspberry and XO sauce taste anything other than seriously good. Get your DIY sando kit here.

Bao

££££
Taiwanese  in  Soho
££££ 53 Lexington St

You’re hopeful. You’re sweating. You refresh the webpage every ten seconds. No, we’re not talking about trying to secure Glastonbury tickets, we’re talking about trying to get your hands on Bao’s DIY kits. Although they’re incredibly popular, it’s worth a little organisation to secure one of their classic pork bao kits and maybe (definitely) one of their umeshu negroni cocktail pouches too. Orders go live every Monday at noon.

Smokestak

££££
BBQ  in  Shoreditch
££££ 35 Sclater St

The closest you’ve ever come to ‘mastering the kitchen’ is that time you played Mr Bumble in your primary school rendition of Oliver Twist. Luckily, the Smokestak meal kits look pretty foolproof. As well as meaty finish-at-home feasting boxes, they’re also delivering DIY bun kits including their beef brisket. Plus, there’s cocktails and sticky toffee pudding too.

Dishoom

££££
££££ 12 Upper St Martin’s Ln

We hate the queues to get into Dishoom. What do we like about Dishoom? Pretty much everything else. Especially their little breakfast champ, the bacon naan. Now you can eat it at home with their DIY kit. It’s packed full of dough and bacon. It looks relatively easy to master. And, it’s being delivered nationwide. Order on their website.

Luca

££££
££££ 88 St John St

This upmarket Italian restaurant near Smithfield Market, ships meal kits and deli boxes out Friday and Saturday every week across north and east London. The deli box is just £49 and contains a bottle of Prosecco and an array of salumi. Meanwhile, the £80 Italian feasting kit for two contains everything you need for a big night in, from antipasti, and a pasta primi, through secondi like glazed beef cheeks, contorni, and dessert.

Lahpet

££££
££££ 58 Bethnal Green Road

This cute and casual Burmese spot is delivering dinner hampers, noodle kits, and DIY salad situations. If you’re wondering what a salad is, it’s something you used to eat before your diet solely consisted of gin and ‘one more jammy dodger’. Expect ginger salads, a tea leaf number, coconut noodles, paratha, and importantly, margaritas.

Legare

££££
££££ 31 Shad Thames

Shad Thames Italian spot Legare is delivering Legare-at-Home pasta boxes, cannoli, and other options from their weekly menu. You might get a cavatelli with pesto, or pappardelle with oxtail, guanciale and porcini ragu, and there’s also a small selection of wine and pre-mixed negroni that you can get thrown in.

Monty's Deli

££££
££££ 35 Earlham St

If, like us, your days revolve around the excitement of deliveries and the thrill of a new SAD lamp arriving, then imagine how you’ll feel when a hunk of salt beef or a full reuben sandwich kit is coming to your door. That’s the deal from Monty’s online shop, and we can’t really recommend it enough because, let’s be honest, you’re not gonna be making salt beef anytime soon. Plus, there’s freshly baked bagels, pastrami, and Monty’s mustard to get involved in too.

Passo

££££
££££ 80 City Rd

Making your own pizza might sound easy but so did baking your own sourdough and we all know how that turned out. But, thanks to this casual Italian spot, you can now try your hand at making your own pizza in the safe hands of their instructions and prepared ingredients. Not into freshly baked pizza? Well, yes, we are judging you but you should know there’s a fresh pasta kit too. Head to their website to order.

Patty & Bun

££££
££££ 54 James St

In case you haven’t noticed, front gardens are the new back gardens, parks, festivals, and pretty much anything else. With that in mind, a stoop barbecue has been on our minds. If you’re thinking the same, then you’ll want Patty & Bun’s DIY lockdown burger kit. It comes with everything you need for an Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson burger. You can order here.

Quality Chop House

££££
££££ 94 Farringdon Rd

QCH is a rare thing. It’s one of London’s best restaurants, wine bars, butchers, and shops, and it’s possible to enjoy it all in your own kitchen as well. Lots of the dishes here have gained legendary, almost mythological status - their pies and confit potatoes to mention two - and you can order them to cook at home from their website.

Levan

££££
££££ 12 Blenheim Grove

The takeaway options from Levan in Peckham require minimal assembly and just a touch of simple reheating at home. We’re pretty sure even we could manage that. And we’re pretty sure the potato, mushroom, and Vacherin pie will impress anyone you choose to share yours with. Same goes for the tarte tatin. Order here.

Pizza Pilgrims

££££ 32-34 Byckingham Palace Road

If you’ve ever been on a feral teenage holiday, or if you fancied yourself as ‘a bit of a Heston’ at university, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of the frying pan pizza. The people who run Pizza Pilgrims are too. Only they’re not idiots. They’ve devised an at-home pizza kit for you to impress everyone at home with. Order here and, don’t worry, there is a YouTube tutorial as well.

Bocca Di Lupo

££££
Italian  in  Soho
££££ 12 Archer St

We once described this Soho restaurant as “seamlessly excellent”, and now they are sending out some excellent-looking monthly meal kits. Each month focusses on a specific region in Italy and is available in a vegetarian, meat, or fish version. There are also loads of booze options. Order here for delivery across London.

La Mia Mamma

££££
Italian  in  Chelsea
££££ 257 King’s Road

Pacco di mamma (mamma’s package) is how La Mia Mamma in Chelsea is describing their enormous Italian care package. It’s full of DIY and ready-to-eat bits, from pizza dough to arancini, to homemade sauces, and a kilo of pasta dough in case you’re feeling confident. The mega-package is made for two, but you can also order it for one if you prefer.

Sussex

££££ 63-64 Frith Street

Sussex is a modern British spot in Soho that’s offering beef wellington, pies, garlic, wild garlic pesto, rhubarb ice cream, and more from its restaurant group’s website.

Bancone

££££
££££ 39 William IV Street

Bancone are now delivering their at home kits across London. Pasta Kits are available for two or four people, and come with everything necessary to recreate their bucatini cacio e pepe or their spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage butter in your own kitchen. They’ve also got a few anitipasti, dessert, and wine options in case you want to make a night of it. Order here.

Townsend

££££ 77-82 Whitechapel High St

Townsend is a modern British spot in the Whitechapel Gallery that’s making recipe boxes for you surreptitiously pass off as your own if you so please. For starters there are options of potato dumplings and brown shrimp, or asparagus with parsley mayonnaise and egg, while pork belly or curried potato cakes are on the mains menu. there are some Sunday roast options too.

M Manze

££££
British  in  Peckham
££££ 105 High St

M. Manze’s is one of London’s most well known pie and mash shops. They’ve been around since 1902 and you can get them in your oven too. Order from their website and fill up your freezer with pastry, liquor and jellied eels as well.

Nonna Tonda

££££ 191 Victoria St

Nonna Tonda is a pasta spot in Victoria that’s taken on the very important mantle of ensuring every area of London has a supply of handmade pasta and sauces. It’s a simple (and fun) format in which you tell them how many people you want food for, select what you like or don’t like to eat, and then where you live. Then, just sit back and wait for the carbs to come to you.

Mac & Wild

££££
££££ 65 Great Titchfield St

Mac and Wild, home of the Veni-Moo burger (a double whammy of venison and beef), have created a burger kit so you can make their signature burger at home. Each kit comes with enough to feed four and includes everything you need, down to the gherkins. Order here.

The Good Egg

££££ 93 Church St

The popular Middle Eastern brunch spot isn’t delivering shakshuka all over London, but it is delivering a DIY recipe kit to its chocolate tahini babka if you’re looking to stand apart from the banana bread crowd.

Lurra

££££
££££ 9 Seymour Place

This Spanish restaurant in Marylebone has an 8-mile radius operation delivering including jamon cut to order, wine, and incredible pieces of Galician Blond steak.

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Padella

££££
££££ 6 Southwark St

Padella is doing pasta kits. There are generally three or four on offer at any one time and they might include tomato tagliarini, beef shin ragu, or fettucine nduja. They’re around £15 each, are enough for two people, and take minimal preparation so you’ll simply need a couple of pans. Check out their shop for next-day delivery within a 6km radius of King’s Cross.

Blacklock

££££
Steaks  in  Soho
££££ 24 Great Windmill St

Blacklock specialises in huge piles of meat, so it should come as no surprise that their Blacklock at Home meal kit contains a lot of meat, and sides, and a white chocolate cheesecake. Stocks are replenished on Monday for delivery later that week. Order here.

Passyunk Avenue

££££
££££ 80 Cleveland St

Philly cheesesteak specialists Passyunk are delivering cheesesteak, wings, and combo bundles all over London. You can choose between provolone, American, and wiz cheese, or a mixture of all three.

The Cheese Bar

££££
££££ Unit 93 North Yard

The Cheese Bar have got a quite an operation going on. Not only can they deliver to most postcodes beginning with an E on your chosen day, but they’re trucking all over town, dropping packs off from Lewisham to Hounslow. They’re delivering cheese and charcuterie survival kits, but you’re here for the Fondue-It-Yourself kit,which includes a whole bunch of cheese, a baguette, potatoes, cornichons, a bottle of wine, and a couple of shots of cherry liquor. They’ll even supply you with fondue pot stand and forks if you need.

Lina Stores – 51 Greek Street

££££
Italian  in  Soho
££££ 51 Greek Street

Studies have shown that if you dream of pasta three nights in one week, that your subconscious is telling you to buy a fresh pasta meal kit from Lina Stores. Each kit has 1.3kg of pasta, with different types including fresh ravioli and pappardelle. As well as two sauces, parmigiano, and butter. They’re also delivering pizza kits, which can be a fun thing to make with your children, or your flatmate that’s been acting like a child.

Artusi

££££
££££ 161 Bellenden Rd

Peckham’s Artusi (alongside Marcella, their sister restaurant in Deptford) is delivering fresh pasta and sauces all over south London and beyond, alongside other homely Italian classics. There’s cavatelli and squid ink spaghetti, a sausage and saffron ragu, a chicken cacciatore, and a lemon and rosemary posset to finish things off. Will you be making all of this? No. Will you be taking the credit? Absolutely.

Ugly Dumpling

££££
££££ 1 Newburgh Street

The Soho dumpling spot is delivering frozen dumplings across the city. Choose from fillings like satay chicken, prawn and chive, and mushroom and truffle. DM them on Instagram to order.

ON PAUSE

Scully

££££
££££ 4 St James's Market

N.b. On pause till at least February

Scully is a restaurant that doesn’t hold back on flavour and now you can bring it into your own kitchen. The St James’s spot is doing three banquet boxes (beef, chicken and vegetarian) consisting of 6-7 dishes for two people for £80. So choose between beef short-rib pastrami, XO rice and desiree potatoes, or chicken marinated Malaysian curry pasta, and order from their website.

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