Rishi Sunak might want us all to Eat Out to Help Out, but we’re loving these new DIY kits that bring the top dishes from some of our favourite restaurants right to the door.
Best for a Friday night curry: Kricket’s BBQ Kits
Whilst these kits are designed for the BBQ, rain meant we used the oven instead – and the results were still delicious. Fragrant spiced curries include tandoori cauliflower, chicken tikka, marinated monkfish tail or peshwari lamb chops. Each comes in a kit ready to be heated at home, along with its own chutney or raita. You have to provide your own rice and poppadums. Delivered every Friday in Zones 1-6. Order by 10am on Thursday for next-day delivery. From £10 for 2 people, order here.
Best for a Weekend BBQ: Berenjak’s Kabab Kits
Berenjak (named after the handfuls of brightly coloured, toasted rice eaten as a snack at funfairs in Persia) was one of our favourite Soho discoveries just before lockdown and it’s no surprise that their trial of Kabab Kits proved so popular. They now release limited quantities every week for nationwide delivery. Each kit includes 2 lamb koobideh kababs, 2 chicken jujeh kababs, 4 metal skewers, tomatoes (for grilling), mast-o-musir yoghurt dip, lavash flatbread and onions, sumac, parsley and lemon. Kits cost £25 and serve 2 people – or more, we found them generous. Be quick as they sell out: ordering opens on Tuesday at midday until the following Monday at 5pm, for delivery Fridays. Order here.
Best for Brunch: Dishoom’s Bacon Naan Roll
The legendary Dishoom bacon naan now comes in a neat box to make at home. Each kit includes smoked streaky bacon, three naan dough balls (enough for two plus one spare for mess up’s or experimenting), tomato-chilli jam, fresh coriander and cream cheese, as well as everything you need to make Masala Chai tea. £16 with nationwide delivery. Order here.
Best Pizza and Pasta Kits: Passo to Go
Passo is the place for an Italian fix at home. Mix and match your favourite fresh pasta with pots of tasty home-made sauces like fennel sausage ragu, grilled courgette, amatriciana, puttanesca or arrabbiata. If you’re going for pizza, the DIY kits for 2-4 people come with toppings like smoked speck and portobello mushroom, grilled artichoke and roasted potato, spiced salami or classic margherita. Then you can add drinks – pick either Passo Pilsner lagers or one of two homemade cocktails, Negroni’s or Summer Blackberry Brambles. Nationwide delivery is between 9am and 6pm on your chosen day. Order here.
Best for selection: Supermarket of Dreams
The Supermarket of Dreams opened in June on Holland Park Avenue. The idea is that it sells a hand-picked selection of London’s very best food and drink – Ottolenghi meringues, Beigel Bake bagels and Allpress coffee etc. Now they’ve added a selection of restaurant kits to their offering, and they’re equally well chosen. As well as Kricket’s curry kits mentioned above, you can order DIY Cochinita Pibil Tacos from Carousel London, fresh pasta and sauces from Padella, home-made ice cream and main dishes from Skye Gyngell’s Spring and burgers from Patty & Bun. Delivery across London is free over £50. Tacos for 2, £30 order here.