If you can't get into the City of London yourself or just aren't comfortable dining in at restaurants, then you can still support these businesses by ordering their DIY cooking kits.
You may not be spending much time in the City of London these days, but you can still support your local restaurants and bars from home. While you could get takeaway food delivered, the high-quality stuff just doesn’t travel well. That’s why we are all about the DIY cooking kits.
Simply choose your favourite dishes from the restaurant’s menu, wait for the pre-prepared meals to be delivered to your door and finish it all up at home. Most of the hard work is done by professional chefs so it is surprisingly easy to put together. It’s also super affordable. So, hurry up and give it a go. Support local City of London businesses while staying safe and eating delicious grub. It’s a win, win, win.
We have been obsessed with Mac & Wild’s venimoo burger for years now – it is epic. And now we get to make them at home ourselves. Each kit is filled with ingredients and recipe cards to feed four people, packed with four wild venison patties, four beef patties, baby gem lettuce, gherkins, burger cheese slices, two peeled and finely sliced onions – ready to be caramelised at home – as well as sesame brioche buns.
A selection of sauces including béarnaise, mustard and Mac & Wild’s ‘Red Jon’ sauce will come served in sachets, ready to be spooned onto burgers and layered up. And, if that ain’t enough, their in-house butcher has also gone online so you can get a bucket load of sustainably sourced meat and game from the Scottish highland delivered to your door too.
You can now make Michelin-starred food at home thanks to Chris & Jeff Galvin. They are personally putting together at-home cooking kits which change weekly. For £40 per person, you can eat a three-course meal of incredible quality – you won’t get so much for so little at any other time.
And the dishes require very simple finishing at home, so don’t get freaked out by the possibility of having to be super skilled.They even have video tutorials by Jeff Galvin, showing how to finish the preparation of the dishes – getting it to Michelin-starred standards.
And, to make things even better, they’re also sending out BBQ kits for those wanting to feast outside this summer. It doesn’t get much better than the Galvin at-home cooking kits.
The Supermarket of Dreams is a collaborative concept which brings together several of the country’s most iconic independent food and drink companies under one roof.
Since opening in June this year, they have made it their mission to create an ever-evolving roster of the hottest names in hospitality with meals and DIY kits all going in this month from Kricket, Padella, Patty & Bun, Ottolenghi, Skye Gyngell’s Spring and HG Walter. This is epic guys! You have so many options here. Just go onto their site, find your favourite chef/ restaurant and go crazy with all the kits they will deliver right to your door.
Following the opening of Mambow on Commercial Street back in February, chef Abby Lee has pivoted her home style ‘mama’s kitchen’ to bring you Mambow At Home: a series of Malaysian-style build your own meal boxes, cooked by mama at Mambow but finished off and served at home.
Mambow At Home lets customers build their own box with their choice of main, two sides and a dessert, which will be delivered to your door along with a set of ‘how-to’ instructions for the finishing touches that will have you cooking up a storm in no time. Get around sticky char siu pork, crispy fried tofu and smoky aubergine dishes all made to be easily transported and quickly cooked a home. You get all the flavour and fun with minimal effort.
Lines for local butchers are still mega long. And once you go to all the effort of getting your favourite cuts of meat, you then have to go to all the effort of figuring out recipes and the like. That’s why we’re stoked to hear that Blacklock, a City favourite for steak lovers, is now offering up at-home kits for Sunday roasts and more.
Get all the top-quality ingredients delivered to your door, along with some basic tips on how to recreate the Blacklock flavours and experience. And delivery is free which is a massive win.
The Spitalfields based fish aficionados have launched Wright Brothers At Home kits, offering home delivery of sustainable fish and shellfish. They have a range of fresh, smoked and cured fish; oven-ready whole fish to share; cooked crab and lobster; oysters and mussels; and frozen prawns and seafood.
It’s what you order when you want something extra special. Especially when they have delicacies like octopus tentacles, Alaskan king crab leg clusters and Carabiñeros prawns. They even have a vegetable and salad box to provide all the necessary accompaniments.
Patty & Bun have teamed up with Swingers to create a special ‘Date Night Kit’, containing all the ingredients for burgers and cocktails. Patty & Bun will be providing the elements to make two of their signature Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson burgers at home.
And Swingers, the Square Mile’s indoor crazy golf course, have you covered when it comes to booze. They’re providing the ingredients to make Summer Citrus Daiquiris. There will be enough to make 4 to 6 glasses of the citrusy rum cocktail.
Cocktail and cooking noobs won’t need to worry as the kit will include fool proof instructions to explain how to expertly create the burgers and cocktails.
Over lockdown, a whole host of companies have been choosing to send out Patty & Bun’s DIY kits to team members who are working from home, as a way to boost morale and stay in touch with the team. For large orders, Patty & Bun x Swingers will be offering a special deal with £5 off the kit price when you order 10 or more kits. Tell your boss to treat the staff with these burger and cocktail kits.
We’ve all been ordering a lot of rich and fatty food lately. But we can’t keep on doing that – especially with gyms still being shut. That’s why we are turning to Island Poké’s DIY kit. They are perfect for a healthy and easy lunch at home while you try to work or take care of the kids (and both at the same time for some of you).
Their DIY kit contains ingredients for four portions; two classic Ahi tuna bowls and two Yuzu Lomi Lomi salmon bowls. Plus, a tub of their heavenly sriracha mayo to slather on top! You won’t feel any guilt after eating these bowls of fresh fishy goodness.