Restaurant DIY Kits: London and UK-wide ways to get chef-created dishes dropped to your door

Recreate your favourite restaurant dishes from home

Updated on 14 October 2020 • Written By Rosie Conroy

Restaurant DIY Kits: London and UK-wide ways to get chef-created dishes dropped to your door

One of the many lessons lockdown taught us was that our love for restaurants is a true and real one. When found cruelly separated from our usual lives by factors outside of our control (looking at you, Coronavirus) we, along with the rest of the UK, of course missed our family and friends, but a close second factor pulling at our heart strings? Restaurants. We mourned the joy of eating food someone else has taken the time and care to consider, prepare and cook. We swore never to take them for granted again. And, finally, we began to look for ways to recreate our favourite dishes from the comfort of our own homes.

Thankfully we didn’t have to look far. The hospitality industry is made up of a pretty creative crowd, and when owners were faced with the devastating closure of their restaurants up and down the country, they found a way to survive and to serve their customers from afar. And so was born the restaurant DIY delivery kit. These DIY restaurant kits carefully distil down the essence of the eateries they’re born from to give punters like us and your good selves a signature dish or dishes from the chefs who run some of the best kitchens in the UK.

When it comes to restaurant at home kits we’re truly all spoiled for choice, with something for every mood. There are indulgent burgers made with top-class British beef as well as moreish pizza parcels that are a doddle to make in a frying pan at home. Those looking for something a little more refined can enjoy paella kits from a Michelin starred chef, or even a seafood BBQ platter from London’s floating restaurant, London Shell Co. We think it’s safe to say you could never get bored of the restaurant delivery kits now on offer across the UK.

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Each restaurant DIY kit is as unique as the place it comes from, but most include readymade elements which are ready to just cook and serve. We love them as a fun date night idea or a way to mark a celebration from home, but really no excuse is needed. Below are 12 of our favourite restaurant delivery kits, but we’d love to know if you have a favourite which is missing from the list. Let us know via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

 

Yum Bun at home

Why: Bao buns have become all the rage among London foodies over the last couple of years, with everyone wanting to find the ultimate bao with that perfect fluffy texture. What's not so easy though, is recreating the buns at home. Until now that is. Luckily for bao fans, Spitalfields Market stall Yum Bun has created an easy to use, at-home kit which allows you to recreate its delicious buns in your own kitchen, and there are a number of different options to choose from too. We had the chance to try the mixed bun kit, which consists of four pork belly buns and four miso mushroom guys. Of the two fillings, we particularly enjoyed the pork belly which crisped up in the frying pan very easily and melted in the mouth once drenched in hoisin sauce. The buns themselves were fantastically fluffy after just four minutes in the steamer.
How much: From £25
And, delivery? UK-wide delivery
Buy it: restaurantkitsuk.com

12:51's 'Around the Cluck' DIY kit

Why: Someone who has certainly been busy during lockdown is James Cochran, who has not only created a new fried chicken takeaway sub-brand at his Islington restaurant 12:51, called Around the Cluck, but has also started offering a DIY kit too! Simply order online and you can either collect your kit or have it delivered right to your door. We had the chance to try the jerk buttermilk fried chicken burger kit, which serves four people, and were incredibly impressed with the final result. Everything from the soft brioche buns to the slightly spiced chicken, which was very easy to batter and fry, came together to form some pretty special burgers. We particularly enjoyed the blue cheese mousse and the ultra hot Scotch bonnet jam, which contrasted each other beautifully as toppings.
How much: From £25
And, delivery? UK-wide delivery
Buy it: restaurantkitsuk.com

PASSO to go

Why: Let’s face it, making pizza at home can be a bit of a faff. You want it to be very quick and easy, but getting the dough right often takes a while and creates a floury mess all over your kitchen surface. Well Shoreditch Italian favourite PASSO has come to the rescue with its new DIY delivery offering, PASSO to go. Its at-home pizza kits give you everything you need to quickly build the perfect pizza, with a variety of different toppings available. Simply roll out the dough, whack everything on top, pop it in the oven or a frying pan, and you’re ready to go. When we tried this kit we loved the ease of it despite our distinct lack of pizza tossing skills, and the final result tasted fantastic. PASSO to go also offers pasta kits and pre-mixed cocktails, if you’re wanting a full-on feast.
How much: Pizza from £12, pasta and sauce from £7.50
And, delivery? Nationwide next day delivery
Buy it: passotogo.com

SMOKESTAK's DIY bun boxes

Why: Meat lovers’ dreams might have just come true in the form of SMOKESTAK’s brand new DIY bun boxes. The buns at David Carter’s Shoreditch joint have always been somewhat of a legendary London dish and now you can indulge in some of that smoky goodness without even leaving your home. You have the choice of either beef brisket, pork belly or pulled pork to fill the fluffy buns, with all the meat having been smoked on site before being vac packed and sent fresh to your door, ready for reheating and assembly. We couldn’t get enough of the beef brisket buns when we tried this kit. It took just 20 minutes to reheat the meat in the oven and it sliced like butter. Once drenched in SMOKESTAK’s house barbecue sauce, topped with the provided pickled chilli, and shoved inside the buns, it took every ounce of restraint not to jump straight in a cab and head round to the restaurant for more.
How much: Bun boxes from £26, meat packs also available from £29
And, delivery? London only
Buy it: smokestakshop.co.uk

Mother Clucker's D-I-Fry strip kit

Why: While some DIY kits only really require you to heat up the elements and assemble the dish, others involve a little more work and Mother Clucker’s D-I-Fry is one of them. However, you’ll only feel more achieved once you sit down to eat and the food will taste even better having spent some time on it. Mother Clucker has been serving up some of London’s finest fried chicken since 2013 and its ingeniously named D-I-Fry kit now provides you with everything you need to recreate the twice battered, tea brined chicken at home. All you need to provide is the oil in which you will be deep frying your chicken. When trying this kit we were surprised at just how easy it was to create that crisp coating, and found that after three minutes the chicken was perfectly cooked inside. Warning though, the hot sauce is not for the faint hearted so make sure you can handle the heat before you smother your chicken in it.
How much: From £18, for a two-person kit
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: greatfood2u.co.uk

Bancone's pasta-at-home kits

Why: Since opening the doors to its first restaurant back in 2018, Bancone has become known across London for serving some of the finest hand-crafted pasta in the Capital. However, even with a second branch having opened earlier this year in Soho’s Golden Square, tables have a tendency to book up rather quickly. Luckily that’s no longer an issue thank you to Bancone’s new pasta-at-home kits. Although its signature silk handkerchiefs aren’t available to order, dishes including bucatini cacio e pepe and spinach and ricotta mezzaluna ravioli with sage butter can be delivered straight to your door. Arriving accompanied by simple recipe cards, you can knock up these dishes within minutes and they taste just as wonderful as you’d expect. A short list of starters and desserts are also available to order, as well as a selection of wine.
How much: Pasta from £17
And, delivery? Anywhere within a 5km radius of Bancone Golden Square
Buy it: bbot.menu

Patty & Bun’s P&B DIY Kits

Why: Burger aficionados will know Patty & Bun from the scene, you know, the burger scene. Purveyors of the finest filled buns on the market, we can’t say we were sad to see the team release their top-class burgers in DIY form to enjoy from home. There are a few different kits, including vegan alternatives and date-night bundles which come with cocktails, but each one provides all the ingredients you’ll need to make four of the brand’s signature burgers, less any super fresh garnishes that are better bought on the day (like lettuce and tomato, for instance), and each kit is accompanied by easy-to-follow recipe cards.
How much: From £25
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: shop.pattyandbun.co.uk

London Shell Co.’s Fish Boxes

Why: If you’re feeling fancy and nothing but the best will do, let us gently point you in the direction of London Shell Co. While this London floating restaurant was safely moored up in lockdown the kitchen got cracking on some seriously tempting takeaway options. Our favourite is the ready to eat picnic box which changes from week to week but always includes a bottle of something nice along with bread, pickles, mayonnaise and some freshly cooked or cured seafood elements, which when combined are perfect for creating a posh picky lunch from. Other options include a BBQ box with marinated fish plus sides and salads and a ready-to-cook fish pie with extras like prawns and mayonnaise for starter and a side of greens, plus wine.
How much: From £45
And, delivery? London only
Buy it: shop.londonshellco.com

Flour & Grape's DIY pasta kits

Why: Bermondsey favourites Flour & Grape have been serving up delicious but affordable fresh pasta for a while but until now the only way to get a taste of its indulgent pasta was to go to the restaurant itself. Well, thanks to its brand-new DIY pasta kits that’s no longer the case! Anyone within a five-mile radius of the restaurant can have the beautifully packaged pasta kits delivered right to their doors, with the option to collect too. We absolutely loved the roast pork shoulder tortelloni which came with a creamy sage butter sauce and took less that 10 minutes to prepare following the provided recipe card. We also highly recommend getting a portion of the wonderfully light caramelised onion focaccia which proved the perfect implement to mop up any remaining sauce.
How much: From £7
And, delivery? Anywhere within 5km of the restaurant
Buy it: flourandgrape.com

Townsend’s Sunday roast kits

Why: If you’ve found yourself missing restaurant quality Sunday lunches during lockdown (sorry Mum) then check out the DIY roast kits from Whitechapel restaurant, Townsend. We chose to try out the pork belly option and were thoroughly impressed. Super simple cooking instructions come with your kit (mainly involving heating things up and peeling veg), but you still end up with a mighty roast, featuring high-quality pork belly sourced from Paddock Farm and a moreish hazelnut and cider stuffing. The kit is designed for two people, but we found that it happily fed three - just note that the pork belly needs to be brined overnight, which is why Townsend wisely delivers its kits on Saturdays.
How much: From £20
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: townsendrestaurant.co.uk

Lina Stores pasta kit

Why: So you tried to master making fresh pasta while on furlough, but it didn’t quite pan out? Us too. Instead, cut out the middle man and order direct from the famous Lina Stores, which can send its fresh pasta kits to pretty much anywhere in the UK. When we tried it out, we were most taken by the indulgent artichoke and truffle ravioli parcels, which take just a few minutes to cook in a pan. We also loved the added touches of organic salted butter and plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to grate over our pasta plates.
How much: £32
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: linastores.co.uk

Pizza Pilgrims Frying Pan Pizza Kits

Why: Pizza is a truly unifying food, with barely anyone (at least anyone worth knowing, we think) disliking it. In fact, it must be the most popularly cited ‘favourite food’, with enthusiasts of this bready food of the gods more often than not loyal lifelong fans. If you include yourself in the category of lifelong pizza fan then this one from Pizza Pilgrims is  for you: homemade pizza dough proved over 48 hours made from flour from Naples, along with tomato sauce, fresh Fior di Latte cheese, extra virgin olive oil, basil and Parmesan for the perfect Margherita. You’ll be sent simple step-by-steps for how to assemble your pizzas at home and instructions for how cook them in a frying pan, with each kit containing enough ingredients to make two pizzas. If you like trying new things there’s also a limited-edition Franco Pepe kit which shows you how to make an intriguing sounding ‘upside down pizza’.
How much: £15
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: pizzainthepost.co.uk

Legare at Home Kit

Why: Legare happens to be one of our stand-out restaurants from last year, thanks to its ingredient-led menu of simple Italian plates, homemade pasta and gelatos, plus its succinct but seriously good drinks list. And now, hallelujah, you can get the full restaurant experience from the comfort of your own home, which is a true blessing when you consider how joyful eating pasta in your PJs is. There are a whole range of options but if you’re willing to go all in, we’d recommend the four-course dinner box for two, which includes a selection of spuntini, antipasti, a pasta of choice and a chocolate cremoso for dessert. For solo celebrations there are also ‘a la carte’ options where you can pick and choose individual elements. These nice guys really have thought of everything.
How much: Four course dinner for two, from £48
And, delivery? South and East London only
Buy it: legare.bignight.app

Bao at Home Kits

Why: If you’ve ever tried to make bao you’ll know the pain of waiting for the dough to rise as well as all the stress shaping the buns can bring. The answer? Bao’s DIY restaurant kit which beautifully removes the slog and replaces it with fluffy ready-made bao and delicious fillings delivered straight to your door. Choices include a veggie daikon option as well as the classic pork buns the restaurant is so famous for, and each recipe comes with all the fancy odds and ends to fully garnish your bao for a final restaurant-y flourish. These kits are only available twice a week currently, and sell out routinely, so plan ahead if you fancy one, and make sure to act with speed. Bao are also selling plain buns, to fill with whatever you fancy from your own fridge, if that appeals.
How much: £20, for six
And, delivery? Currently London only, soon to be nationwide
Buy it: baolondon.com/shop/

Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll Kit

Why: Dishoom’s bacon naan already enjoyed cult-like status, so we think it’s safe to say a lot of people would have been missing their favourite brunch fix come the weekend when the brand’s handful of restaurants closed. Thankfully Dishoom responded quickly in a time of crisis (because life without your favourite brunch is definitely a crisis) and began making their DIY bacon naan kits. Included in the package you’ll find naan dough, bacon, chilli jam, cream cheese and a coriander garnish in quantities for two people. All you have to do is cook the included elements - which come with detailed instructions - and serve. An added bonus is the kit comes with chai tea for two, too.
How much: £16
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: dishoomathome.com

Arros QD’s Paella Kits

Why: If Michelin dining is the level you’re aiming for with your DIY kit then skip past the pizzas and the pastas (although, no shade here, those guys are fantastic Friday night fodder), and head straight for the paella. Yep, this humble rice dish has had a makeover and is now mingling with the best in the bizz at Arros QD, the London restaurant specialising in paella, which is headed up by Quique Dacosta (who holds a casual three Michelin stars for his eponymous restaurant in Spain). The restaurant’s DIY kits include a choice of house stocks as well as carefully sourced paella rice, so you can produce an intricately curated dish in the time it takes to cook your rice. Other options include a set which comes with a paella pan and spoon if you want the full kit, and a ‘paella in the pan’ product, where you can go to the restaurant and pick up ready-cooked rice.
How much: From £76 for a paella kit which includes rice, stocks, pan and spoon
And, delivery? Nationwide, or collection in London only for ready-cooked pans of paella
Buy it: appaway.eu

Mac & Wild Restaurant Kits

Why: Mac & Wild specialises in meaty Scottish fare, and its DIY kits reflect some of the restaurant’s most popular serves. Pick between the Venimoo Kit (everything you need to make the house signature burger, which combines beef and venison), the Cote De Boeuf Feast Box (for a pretty fancy steak night - salad, sides and all included) or the Dirty Brunch Burger (for a loaded egg-topped extravaganza). Whichever you choose you’ll receive enough ingredients for between two-four people along with simple instructions for how to cook your recipe perfectly. Quite the kit to impress with we say.
How much: From £28, for Venimoo burgers for four
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: restaurantkitsuk.com

Kricket Old Dheli Butter Chicken

Why: Curry has to be one of the hardest things to home cook well. If you don’t have all the spices to hand (let alone the know-how for how to balance them perfectly) you’re going to be left a little disappointed. With this in mind it’s not hard to see why curry has become one of our favourite things – as the collective people of the UK - to get some else to make for us. To take your next curry night up a notch or two why not cheat and get the experts to do the tough bit for you first, then waltz in and take all the credit by doing a bit of last-minute heating. Kricket is famed for its Anglo-Indian small plates which have kept its tables full since it opened back in 2015 as a pop up in Brixton. One of the restaurant’s most famous dishes – Old Delhi Butter Chicken dishes – is now available as a DIY kit. This includes marinated chicken thighs, the all-important curry sauce, basmati rice, pickled ginger, garnishes and a recipe card, and serves four.
How much: £35
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: restaurantkitsuk.com

Honest at Home

Why: Honest Burgers’ DIY kits have proven so popular that the mini chain has had to release the bundles on a ballot basis. Each kit contains everything you need to have a properly tasty feast from the comfort of your own home, which is great if you don’t live near one of the restaurants. If you’re lucky enough to win a spot in the ballot you’ll receive four patties, four cheese slices, relish and pickles, smoky bacon rashers and soft Honest Burger baps. All you need to do is get the grill fired up and add some fresh lettuce. As an added feel-good factor, this initiative by Honest Burger is not for profit, so you’ll be asked to donate to Landworkers Alliance, Trussell Trust or Hospitality Action instead of paying the restaurant directly.
How much: A donation of £20, £40 or £60
And, delivery? Greater London only
Buy it: honestburgers.co.uk

Berenjak Kabab Kits

Why: If you’ve ever tasted the disappointment of a poor BBQ you’ll know there’s nothing sadder than inviting your friends round only to see their crestfallen faces when you offer them a plate of dry burgers and sausages. The answer doesn’t have to lie in you suddenly becoming a top chef thankfully, as BBQ Soho restaurant Berenjak has come up with a simple solution. Its at home kababs kits serve two and include both chicken and lamb marinated skewers, along with the metal skewers themselves. There are also tomatoes for grilling, a yogurt sauce, ingredients for a salad and soft clay-baked flatbreads to wrap everything up in. If that doesn’t get your heart beating a little bit faster, we don’t know what will. The kits completely sold out when they were first released, so if you see them available, snap one up quick.
How much: £25
And, delivery? Nationwide
Buy it: berenjakkababshop.slerp.com

Padella Pasta Kit

Why: You’ll have to be in London to get your paws on a Padella pasta kit, which makes us almost feel okay about paying our sky-high rent all these years. Known for its queues down the street, this is an easy way to skip the line and get some pasta perfection, pronto. The available recipes change regularly but you can expect classics like the Datterini tomato fettuccine or parpadelle with beef shin ragu. Each kit contains fresh pasta, sauce and garnishes in compostable packaging.
How much: From £12.50, for two
And, delivery? Pick up only from Padella Shoreditch
Buy it: shop.padella.co

PAUL Bakery Bread Making Kit

Why: Having a go at making bread is something that a lot of amateur bakers stay away from, for fear of it all going horribly wrong. Thanks to PAUL Bakery though, you can now try your hand at bread making with confidence, courtesy of its new Bread Maker Kits. The kits arrive well equipped with 1kg of white bread flour and 1kg of multigrain bread flour, plus some active dried yeast, a dough scraper, a proving basket and even a sac du pain to keep your creation nice and fresh in. An accompanying recipe booklet gives you lots of ideas and we found the instructions were simple to follow, and don't confuse you with too much technical terminology. Whether it’s because of WFH or not going on holiday, we’ve all found ourselves with a bit more time on our hands during 2020, so it’s the perfect year to learn a new skill. With a kit as simple and effective as this one, we think mastering the art of bread making should shoot straight to the top of your list.
How much: £38
And, delivery? UK-wide delivery
Buy it: paul-uk.com

 

PAUL Bakery Coffee and Hot Chocolate Kit

Why: As winter draws in, we will all find ourselves reaching for a hot drink or two. To keep you cosy away from the cold, check out PAUL Bakery’s new coffee and hot chocolate kit, which comes complete with 250g PAUL Fresh Ground Coffee, 1 litre of PAUL’s signature hot chocolate and a chic PAUL-branded reusable cup for when you fancy a hot drink on the go. We enjoyed our hot chocolate with a handful of mini marshmallows from our kitchen cupboard (the only way to do it in our opinion) and can honestly say that it was one of the richest and most indulgent drinking chocolates we’ve ever tried - perfect for those with an insatiable sweet tooth. The accompanying coffee is of a high quality too and you can always combine your coffee and drinking chocolate to make a mocha if you fancy it.
How much: £22.75
And, delivery? UK-wide delivery
Buy it: paul-uk.com

If even heating up your meal seems like a stretch then why not order takeaway from one of these restaurants now doing delivery.