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Best DIY Recipe Kits

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The perfect compromise between cooking from scratch and ordering takeout

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While the past year has been hugely challenging for the hospitality industry, there have been a few positives. With restaurants forced to close throughout various lockdowns, the food delivery industry has seen a massive surge. Not only are more restaurants offering delivery services than ever before, a new trend has emerged: DIY recipe kits.

While this isn’t totally new (Mindful Chef, for instance, launched in 2015), there’s now more choice than ever. Fancy fresh pasta? Pad Thai? Buttermilk pancakes? The world is your oyster with our pick of the best make-at-home recipe boxes.

Best DIY Recipe Kits

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  • Berber & Q lamb box

    Berber & Q’s Moroccan Lamb Metchoui Feast

    Planning a BBQ to celebrate the heatwave? Let the professionals do the hard work for you by ordering a DIY kit from London grill house Berber & Q. The feast is centred around a Moroccan Lamb Mechoui, a dish traditionally cooked over hot coals in northern Africa. Alternatively, plant-based eaters can enjoy a shawarma-spiced cauliflower topped with crispy chickpeas. Each is paired with a selection of sides – think beetroot salad and cumin carrots – and boxes come with a healthy dollop of the restaurant’s signature hummus, plus pita bread for dipping. Everything has been pre-grilled so all you need to do is reheat – no faffing around with the barbecue necessary. £70 for 4 people. restaurantkitsuk.com

  • Bocca di Lupo BBQ Grill Box

    Bocca di Lupo’s BBQ Feast Box

    Beloved Soho restaurant Bocca di Lupo has launched a new recipe box featuring a whole host of dishes ready to be sizzled up on the grill – from octopus with gremolata to 28-day aged sirloin. Pair with sides such as roast peppers marinated in garlic, burrata, and smoked ricotta with grilled aubergines, before ending on a sweet note with Bocca di Lupo’s signature tiramisu. boccadilupoathome.com

  • otto

    OTTO

    There’s nothing like getting home from a long day and sitting down to an unctuous plate of perfectly cooked pasta. And now you can make exceptional, next-level pasta in the comfort of your own kitchen thanks to OTTO. It’s the just-launched meal kit service from celebrated chef Phil Howard of Michelin-starred Elystan Street restaurant, offering world-class ingredients and unique recipes to make at home.

    The kits feature a revolving menu of eight seasonal pasta dishes, so expect to try plates of delicious linguine with wild garlic pesto, or flavoursome gnocchetti with smashed sausage and fennel. Plus, you can choose between a selection of antipasti to nibble while cooking, from a box of focaccia, olives and dips, to creamy burrata with a chilli and olive crumble. You’ll never be able to go back to your usual week night pasta bake again.

    Pasta boxes from £8.50pp. ottopasta.com

  • Surusu by Masaki, Dinings SW3

    Dinings SW3

    Celebrate the Japanese ritual of the slurp – deemed the best way to enjoy a noodle or soup-style dish – with one of Chelsea’s best restaurants, Dinings SW3. Executive chef Masaki Sugisaki has launched a DIY kit for his Kamo-Nanban Udon, on offer for a limited time only. Your recipe kit will contain all the finest ingredients needed to make a delicious duck udon noodle dish, including noodles that have matured for more than 36 hours and dry aged duck leg sourced from Cornwall, plus all the finishing touches to top your bowl with. Heartwarming and packed with flavour. £18pp + £7 delivery, bbot.menu

  • Padella

    Padella

    Padella’s homemade pasta dishes have people queuing down the street for hours. Order one of its DIY kits, on the other hand, and you’ll have a mouth-watering pasta dish on your plate in a mere five minutes. There are a number of dishes to choose from, including the famous pappardelle with eight-hour long horn beef shin ragu, and a fiery fettuccine made with cured ‘Nduja, mascarpone and Amalfi lemon. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can choose between a gorgonzola fonduta and slow cooked onion number, or a simple yet delicious tagliarini with slow-cooked Sardinian tomatoes. Heaven. shop.padella.co

  • Comfort & Joy, Jikoni

    Comfort & Joy by Jikoni

    The team behind Portland Marylebone restaurant Jikoni has launched a sister brand: vegetarian home delivery service, Comfort & Joy. The menu features a number of meal boxes which stay true to Jikoni’s ethos of celebrating global flavours. Boxes are available for either one or two people, and made up of a thoughtful selection of balanced dishes designed to sit together in harmony. ‘The Desi Box’, for instance, currently features a dhal, a tomato and tamarind curry, and a carrot and cabbage stir fry – certainly both comforting and joyful.  jikonilondon.com

  • Hakkasan

    Occasions by Hakkasan

    Create Michelin-starred style food in your kitchen with the DIY kit from famed Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. The box features some of its most popular dishes, including grilled Chilean sea bass, smoked beef ribs with Jasmine tea and Hakka noodles, plus a delivery exclusive: the Hakkasan Chocolate Soufflé. You’ll also receive your own dim sum basket and Hakkasan chopsticks, plus sticks of the restaurant’s incense and a specially curated playlist so you can really feel like you’re dining out.

    £200 for two people. hakkasan.com

  • Musette by Tom Aikens

    Musette by Tom Aikens

    If you’re after a DIY kit where most of the hard work is already done for you, Musette by Tom Aikens is sure to fit the bill. The food is already 90 per cent made when it arrives – all you need to do is add the finishing touches using written instructions and plating tutorial videos from Tom. Opt for three-course ‘makeaway’ to enjoy a ricotta and pickled wild mushroom starter followed by succulent 24-hour braised short rib (don’t worry, the braising is done before it reaches you), served with a sweet Marmite onion tatin and salt baked beetroot. For dessert, it’s a perfectly rich and silky-smooth dark chocolate mousse with pistachio. Ideal for an at-home date night.

    £98 for two. tomaikens.co.uk

  • Norma vegan DIY kit

    Norma

    Trying to eat more plant-based this year? Sicilian hotspot Norma is here to make things more interesting with its DIY vegan kit. Feeding two, the box includes everything you need to make an Italian-inspired feast of winter tomato spaghetti, braised aubergines with almond, caper and olives, and couscous with sweet and sour pumpkin. For dessert, it’s spiced poached quince with pistachio and honeycomb – all washed down with a bottle of Puglian wine.

    From £75 for two. Delivered on Fridays, orders taken until the proceeding Tuesday at 5pm. normalondon.com

  • Dirty Vegan Kit

    Dirty Vegan

    Another plant-based option: Dirty Vegan, the sister to New York comfort food brand Dirty Bones, has launched a vegan burger kit. The Ultimate Vegan Comfort Kit contains the ingredients for two vegan chilli cheeseburgers with skinny fries, plus a bottle of Espresso Medatini and ready-to-bake vegan cookies.

    £42 for two. getdirtyathome.com

  • Fidelari

    Fidelari

    Fidelari founders Vanessa and Valentina bring a wealth of experience in Italian food to their first solo venture. Not only did the pair both grow up in one of Italy’s most celebrated foodie regions. Puglia, they met while working at Restaurant Theo Randall on Park Lane. This expert knowledge comes across in their pasta kits, with options ranging from ravioli pumpkin and ricotta to pappardelle with beef shin ragu, alongside soups and focaccia. Maximum taste, minimum effort.

    From £7.50. fidelari.com

  • CERU Cook at Home

    CERU’s Cook at Home

    Bring Eastern Mediterranean flavours into your home with Levantine London restaurant CERU, which has just launched a new range of DIY recipe boxes. Options include chicken shish with polenta fries, slow roasted lamb shoulder with zucchini and feta fritters, and a vegan box featuring spiced cauliflower, an apple, mint and pomegranate salad, homemade hummus and freshly made Greek pitta bread. Not only are the meals very tasty, you can cook them in under half an hour and they come in eco-friendly packaging, wrapped in a beautiful cloth which can be reused as a tablecloth.

    From £40 for two people. cerurestaurants.com

  • Nonna Tonda

    Nonna Tonda

    A fresh pasta dish you can prepare in under five minutes? Yes please. Nonna Tonda’s DIY recipe kits include everything you need to create a sumptuous Italian-inspired dinner: fresh pasta made with St Ewe eggs from Cornwall, sauce, parmesan and garnish. Boxes can be ordered for two, four or six people, with recent dishes including a fusilli with rocket pesto, green beans and Cornish new potatoes, and a beef shin ravioli.

    From £6.25 for two people. nonnatonda.co.uk

  • Dishoom Bacon Naan Roll

    Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll Kits

    Dishoom’s bacon naan roll is legendary – and now you can recreate it in your own kitchen, thanks to their new at-home cookery kits. Available to order nationwide, the kit contains everything you need to make the delicious dish: smoked streaky bacon, naan doughballs, tomato-chilli jam, fresh coriander and cream cheese. Cooking instructions are supplied – along with a handy video for first-timers – alongside loose-leaf Darjeeling tea, chai spices and fresh ginger slices for brewing Chef Naved’s much-loved Masala Chai.

    £16 for two. dishoom.com

  • SpiceBox

    SpiceBox

    For a healthy alternative to a curry takeaway try one of SpiceBox’s new vegan curry kits, now available to order nationwide. Inside you’ll find all the ingredients needed to make either a spicy Tikka Masala or a creamy Coconut Korma – both fully plant-based – alongside a recipe card with step-by-step instructions. Each box feeds four people, and comes with a selection of tasty sides such as bhajis and dahl.

    £45 per box. eatspicebox.co.uk

  • Hame

    Hame

    Hame – the Scottish word for home – is the lockdown-born food delivery service from zero-waste chef Adam Handling. The menu offers some of the best loved dishes from Adam’s restaurants, including The Frog Hoxton, Frog by Adam Handling and Adam Handling Chelsea – but rather than providing hot dishes, food arrives ready for cooking, complete with step-by-step video instructions. This one’s all about indulgence: cheese doughnuts, fried chicken, whole lobster and beef wellington all feature.

    Available Thursdays to Sundays, orders must be given 48 hours ahead of preferred delivery/collection date. adamhandling.co.uk

  • Mindful Chef x LEON

    Mindful Chef

    Since its launch in 2015, Mindful Chef has become a market leader in healthy meal delivery. Each week there are 16 recipes to choose from, with meat, fish and plant-based options – everything being free from gluten, dairy and refined carbs. All ingredients are delivered to your door, along with an easy to follow recipe: perfect for those who want to make life a bit easier, but still enjoy cooking. You can choose between one, two and four person bundles, and as everything is measured out precisely there’s no waste. Portions are generous too, particularly the meat and fish, which are sourced sustainably.

    One person portions from £8 per portion, two people from £5.50 per portion, four people from £5 per portion, mindfulchef.com

  • Shoryu Ramen

    Shoryu Ramen

    There are few things as comforting as a bowl of ramen, but noodle soup can be a tricky dish to get right. Lucky Japanese restaurant Shoryu Ramen is here to help with its new DIY recipe kits, available for nationwide delivery. Each box contains 12-hour tonkotsu soup, ramen noodles, char sui BBQ pork belly and toppings, alongside a step-by-step guide. If you can handle heat, go for the extra spicy option – or if you want to go meat-free, opt for the tofu alternative.

    £20 for two people. japancentre.com

  • Where the pancakes are

    Where the pancakes are At Home

    Make your own restaurant-quality brunch with these DIY kits from Southwark pancake mecca Where the pancakes are. The Big Brunch Box includes everything you need to make pancakes for six, including organic buttermilk pancake flour mix (or vegan and gluten-free), Canadian maple syrup, streaky bacon and blueberries. Saturday, sorted.

    Order online by Monday 5pm and the box will be delivered by Friday anywhere in the UK. £45 including p&p. wherethepancakesare.com

  • Chotto at Home

    Chotto At Home

    Its unique blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine has won Chotto Matte many a fan – and now the Soho restaurant is offering a sneak peek inside its kitchen. Order the Chotto at Home kit to discover how to make some of its hero dishes, including padron peppers and black cod aji miso. All ingredients come inside an elegant box reminiscent of the restaurant’s unique interiors, with detailed cooking instructions printed on recipe cards.

    £60 for two people, with a £10 delivery charge. chotto-matte.com

  • Wild Radish

    Wild Radish

    Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? Expand your repertoire with new chef-led recipe box Wild Radish. Delivered weekly, each box comes complete with a recipe from the likes of Philip Howard, Anna Hansen and Alyn Williams, alongside all the ingredients and some top chef tips. To top it all off there will be a little surprise too, such as artisan chocolate, a bottle of matched wine or fresh bread.

    wild-radish.co.uk

  • Rosa’s Thai Café

    Hearty and bursting with flavour, it’s no surprise Pad Thai has remained Thailand’s national dish for 75 years. Rosa’s Thai Café is celebrating the anniversary by launching new DIY Pad Thai kits, designed to serve four people. Try your hand at founder Saiphin Moore’s signature Pad Thai – either prawn or tofu – without the hassle of sourcing tricky ingredients.

    £40 for four people, greatfood2u.co.uk   

  • Passo To Go

    PASSO To Go

    Pizza has arguably been the most popular takeaway choice for many years, but DIY kits add a new element into the mix. The boxes from Old Street Italian restaurant Passo include freshly prepared pizzas, which can be cooked either in a frying pan or in the oven. Fan of unconventional flavour combinations? Opt for the Build Your Own, where you can select your favourite toppings. If you’d rather leave it to the professionals, give the Nancy Silverton special a whirl: white pizza with fennel sausage, mozzarella and spring onion.

    From £15 for two pizzas. passotogo.com