Lockdown has given us ample time to flex our home-cooking muscles – but can your kitchen creations ever match the might of one of London’s must-try restaurant dishes?
A host of the capital’s favourite restaurants are challenging you to do just that, allowing you to recreate their signature serves at home.
While many restaurants have upped their delivery game, recipe boxes filled with everything you need – apart from the chef – can let keener cooks get stuck in and cut your food’s journey time to the 10 seconds between your oven and the dining table.
We’ve listed our favourites below (each kit serves two unless stated otherwise), with end results ranging from pizza to paella, pasta to poke.
Ready, steady? Cook.
Pizza Pilgrims No pizza oven, no problem – this margherita kit can be made with just a regular oven and a frying pan. From £15, various locations, nationwide delivery via pizzainthepost.co.uk
Patty & Bun The fast food favourite has boxed up all the components for its signature burgers, and their vegan counterparts. From £25 (serves four burgers), various locations, nationwide delivery via shop.pattyandbun.co.uk
Padella Get fresh pasta without the queues, as the popular restaurant is selling pasta and sauce to cook at home. From £12.50, SE1 and EC2, local delivery and collection (Shoreditch only) via shop.padella.co
Bao Build your own bao buns, and fill them with either 12-hour braised pork or panko daikon. From £20 (serves six bao), various locations, Greater London delivery via baolondon.com (from June 8)
Mac & Wild The Scottish restaurant has turned online butcher, selling recipe kits for its signature half-beef, half-venison Venimoo burger. From £28 (serves four burgers), EC2 and W1, nationwide delivery via macandwild.com
SpiceBox Walthamstow’s vegan curry house is sending out all the components for a home curry feast – choose tikka masala or korma. From £45 (serves four, £2.50 from each box sold donated to The Woodland Trust), E17 4PG, nationwide delivery via eatspicebox.co.uk
Arros QD Quique Dacosta is sending out home paella kits, complete with pan, spoon and the same stocks used in the restaurants. From £75 (serves six portions), W1W 8NQ, nationwide delivery via arrosqd.com
Farang Seb Holmes’s Thai hotspot is now selling ingredients, ready meals and curry recipe kits. From £18, N5 2XE, collection only, faranglondon.co.uk
Bancone The West End favourites have packed up their pastas and sauces, with the option to add antipasti and sides to your order. From £17 for pasta (kits serve from 2 to 4), WC2 and W1, delivery within five miles of Soho restaurant via bancone.co.uk
The Cheese Bar The London fromage master is delivering all you need to make it grilled cheese sandwiches and classic fondue. From £10, WC2 and NW1, nationwide delivery via the-cheese-bar-london.myshopify.com
Burger & Beyond Get your dirty burger kicks with a kit to make the Shoreditch favourite's bacon butter buns. From £25 (serves four burgers), E1 6JE, nationwide delivery via burgerandbeyondshop.co.uk
Lords of Poke Do your salads Hawaiian-style, with all the components for fish-filled or vegan poke bowls. From £28 (serves four bowls), W2 6BD, delivery to Zone 1-3 via lordsofpoke.com
Nonna Tonda Fresh pasta through your letterbox, along with accompanying sauces, garnish and parmesan cheese. From £12.50 (boxes serve from two to six), SW1E 5NE, nationwide delivery via nonnatonda.co.uk
London Shell Co. Bolster your barbecue with a kit from the floating seafood restaurant, filled with marinated fresh fish and summery sides. From £60, W2 6DL, Greater London delivery via shop.londonshellco.com
Lahpet The Burmese restaurant has opened up its pantry to customers, with recipe kits including tea leaf salad and coconut noodles. From £12.50 (boxes serve from two to six), E1 6JW, collection or delivery up to 10 miles from restaurant via lahpet.co.uk
Strazzanti Emilia Strazzanti’s Sicilian pop-up is collaborating with a new chef every week to create a different menu. From £44, various locations, London delivery via strazzanti.co
Supa Ya Ramen Luke Findlay’s pop-up was just about to settle down in Hackney when lockdown hit, but you can taste his ramen by purchasing a Just Add Stock kit. From £20, E2 7SJ, London delivery via supayaramen.myshopify.com (orders open on site from Monday-Wednesday only)