With restaurants sadly on the horizon for a while, the restaurant meal kit is well and truly having its moment! Starting with humble pizza and burger kits back in lockdown 1.0, it’s safe to say this time around the restaurant meal kit has undergone a real glow up. With many restaurant meal kits now offering nationwide delivery, there really is something for everyone. Think anything from slap up Sunday roasts to lobster tails and everything in between. No matter what your favourites, here’s my guide to the best restaurant meal kits in the UK currently.
One of London’s faves with a restaurant in both Borough Market and Shoreditch, Padella is renowned for its fresh, handmade pasta. All reasonably priced, each pasta dish comes with delicious sauces and fillings inspired by the owners’ trips to Italy. Undoubtedly one of the best restaurant meal kits in the UK, Padella has a range of tasty pasta kits up for grabs. Don’t miss their pappardelle with 8-hour long horn beef shin ragu. Padella’s most iconic dish, the kit includes the fresh pasta, sauce, and garnish along with instructions on how to cook. The best bit is it’s super quick and easy to prepare, meaning you get restaurant quality pasta to enjoy at home. Give their incredible fettuccine with cobbla lane cured nduja, mascarpone, and Amalfi lemon a try to. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
Arguably the best spot in London to enjoy juicy steaks and fall apart roast beef on a Sunday, Hawksmoor have done a great job of bringing their dishes home. One of the best restaurant meal kits in the UK, you can order a restaurant feast to be delivered to your London home, or nationwide delivery of their steak and roast meal kits. Check out Hawksmoor at Home for a real treat – their steak boxes are impeccable. For a dinner you’ll love, try the prime rib or sirloin steak kit. Delivered to your door, they include 35-day dry-aged top quality meat, oven chips, purple sprouting broccoli, relish, peppercorn sauce, and sticky toffee pudding for afterwards. You can even throw in cocktails to enjoy at home, beers, or excellent bottles of wine as a top lockdown birthday idea. Be sure to check out their incredible roast dinner meal kits too, for all the family.
One of the best restaurant meal kits in the UK, and most certainly the fanciest, introducing Claridge’s Dine at Home. Right from their kitchen to your dining room table, you can enjoy all the luxury and excellent cuisine of Claridge’s at home. For the perfect lockdown treat, their restaurant meal kits include a star feature: the Lobster Wellington. Serves with sauce Américaine, it also comes with sides of heritage carrots, green beans, and Mousseline potatoes. Other favourite dishes for an indulgent dine at home experience include fish pie, Claridge’s chicken pie, and Beef Wellington. All Claridge’s Dine at Home restaurant meal kits come ready cooked, simply requiring a quick reheat in the oven before tucking in. Don’t forget to polish it all off with a drink – perhaps a delicious individually bottled ‘Aged Negroni’.
If you’re a seafood lover, Stein’s at Home is for sure the best restaurant meal kit in the UK. Truly inspired by the produce of Cornwall, the celebrated celebrity seafood chef serves up a whole range of incredible meals to enjoy at home. Check out the lobster menu for the king of restaurant meal kits. Start off with grilled scallops in hazelnut and coriander butter; then Lobster thermidor with new potatoes and mixed salad leaves; before finishing off with a chocolate pavé, chocolate sauce, and crystallised peanuts. You can even watch videos of the Steins preparing the dishes at home so you can follow along. As well as luxury breakfast boxes, enjoy other incredible restaurant meal kits like Indonesian curry, sea bass, and coq au Riesling. Stein’s at Home also offers some delicious fresh fish boxes, including scallops, hake, sea bass fillets, dressed crab, and fish mix.
Having long dedicated their food to the Irani cafes of Bombay, Dishoom continues to dish up their incredible meals right in your home. Of course, what would a Dishoom restaurant meal kit be without the iconic Bacon Naan Rolls? Inclusive of all the ingredients you need, you can enjoy smoked streaky bacon with fried eggs and tomato-chilli jam in homemade naans. They even include Chai spices and loose-leaf tea for you to enjoy a Dishoom chai tea at home. It’s just like dining in one of their many London restaurants but right at home, thanks to their nationwide delivery. One of the best restaurant meal kits on the market, they also offer a delicious vegan sausage naan roll kit option to enjoy.
The burger gurus that offer no nonsense, fresh, and utterly delicious grub have introduced one of the best restaurant meal kits on the market. Take your pick from their mouthwatering DIY kits, and enjoy the goodness of their restaurants in your very own kitchen. All super reasonably priced, choose the quantity of people you want to feed and get stuck in. A favourite is the kit for making the classic Ari Gold and Smokey Robinson burgers. Inside, you’ll find top quality ingredients including HG Walter beef patties, brioche buns, smokey Patty and Bun mayo, cheese, and pickled smoky onions. It’s a true taste sensation in your very own home. You can also choose a DIY burger kit that comes with beers or delicious Jamaican Mule cocktails to kick things up a notch or two.
Offering the ‘chef experience’ at home, the creators of Six by Nico have innovated to offer truly one of the best restaurant meal kits in the UK. With a focus on global cuisine, each home restaurant kit samples the culinary delights of a new place around the world. Available for nationwide delivery, Home by Nico are exploring the cuisine of 12 different cities to inspire each of its menus. All you need to do is unpack the tasty ingredients and follow the instructions on the menu to prep your meal and enjoy top quality restaurant dining from your very own kitchen. Examples include the current menu, the Scottish Hebrides. It’s packed with delicious dishes like smoked salmon, black pudding and pork belly presse, side dishes, a tipsy trifle, a cheese course, and a bottle of wine. All for a very reasonable price!
From some of the best in the game when it comes to ramen, you can continue to enjoy the delicious Japense dish right from the comfort of your own home. One of the best restaurant meal kits in the UK, Shoryu offers a tasty range of dishes to prepare. Each meal kit includes everything you need to become a ramen master with all the flavour and taste of a dish in the restaurant itself. Check out the Shoryo Ganso Ramen, which includes all ingredients and instructions on preparing the DIY kit. It includes hosomen noodles, 12-hour tonkotsu soup stock, and delicious toppings including char siu barbecue pork belly, red ginger, spring onion, and Kikurage mushrooms. It’s the most delicious way to enjoy ramen at home.
So there you have it! The best restaurant meal kits in the UK. One thing I’d say in all of this is that is would be lovely to see a lot less plastic in this restaurant meal kits – hopefully something that can change sooner rather than later.
Are there any other restaurant meal kits you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!