Boy have we missed the restaurant experience. The atmosphere, the drinking and – of course – the food. Whilst restaurant meal kits might not be able to recreate the more ambient parts of public dining, you might be surprised at how good the food can be with a little preparation at home.
For those who aren’t big fans of the general public, DIY restaurant meal kits are perfect and provide a substantial upgrade on the Deliveroo experience. Here’s our pick of the best delivering across the UK.
Hawksmoor At Home
Although it’s difficult to beat the majestic surrounds of Hawksmoor, wherever your preferred location might be, Hawksmoor at Home boxes really are the closest thing you’ll get to the perfect steak night at home.
With various prime quality meat options twinned with sides like creamed spinach and bone marrow gravy as well as the restaurant’s trademark drinking options (those cocktails), boxes also come with a link to instructional videos courtesy of their Executive Chef, Matt Brown, ensuring you get the most from the ingredients.
At the time of writing, both the Northcote’s autumn and winter recipe boxes have unfortunately sold out and with gourmet options like Waterford Farm Salt Aged Beef, Marrowbone Crust (Winter) and North Sea Cod with Curry, Pomegranate, Almond & Coriander (Autumn), it’s really no surprise.
But with a Christmas Day Gourmet Celebration Box and New Year Gourmet Spectacular Box in the offing, now is a very good time to sign up to their newsletter for further details.
Taco Party by El Pastor
Everyone loves Tacos and everyone loves a party. Especially one that is firmly in-keeping with government guidelines. Taco heroes El Pastor know this full well and as a result, they’re now treating the nation to their finish-at-home Taco kits featuring mouth-watering tacos, tostadas, sharers and drinks.
Order by 12pm for quick delivery turnarounds and rest assured that foolproof heating options will ensure the perfect Mexican feast.
Elite At Home
Those in and around the North West will be especially aware of Gary Usher and his Elite Bistros group of restaurants featuring Wreckfish (Liverpool), Sticky Walnut (Chester) and Kala (Manchester) to name but a few. All have received ample plaudits and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of dining in, chances are you’ll have already spread the word.
Elite At Home is therefore great news for the North and beyond, with nationwide delivery available on a massive range of starters, mains, sides, desserts and drinks.
Comfort & Joy
Jikoni’s globally-inspired food (featured image, top) is the sort that’ll completely change your perceptions of vegetarian cuisine. And their Comfort & Joy meal boxes further cement themselves at the forefront of vegan and vegetarian cooking.
Choose from boxes spanning Thai, East-African Indian, Punjabi and Asian fusion, all packing delicious flavour. With a mixture of mains and sides, each order guarantees a subsequent meal for vulnerable people in the UK and the restaurant has an ethical approach to everything they make.
Bocca di Lupo At Home
Have Instagram at the ready because you’re going to want to document Bocca di Lupo’s eat at home feasts when they arrive.
January sees three-course Tuscany-inspired feasts for two with beautiful dishes spanning starters, mains and desserts. Seasonal ingredients sit radiantly on plates in an array of pastas, salads and mouth-watering Torta Della Nonna.
Further down the menu you’ll find the perfect pairing, be it an in-house Negroni or a carefully selected wine.
Made In Oldstead
We’ve got to put it out there: Michelin-starred wunderkind Tommy Banks and his Black Swan at Oldstead team putting together meal boxes starting at a mere £21 per head for a three-course menu for two people is something we never ever thought we’d see. But what a deal that is. Bravo Tommy.
With Banks and co at the helm you know those boxes are going to make the most of a bounty of phenomenal ingredients local to Oldstead. The meal boxes offer three different menus to choose from including a vegetarian option.
Probably the closest your kitchen will ever come to a Tomato gel and Beetroot Tartare.