Right now we all have to take every chance we can to celebrate love. We might not feel like it this year and being stuck in with a loved one may have lost its usual spark but there are a few clever chefs and restaurants that have come to the rescue.
Firstly – what is a restaurant kit? A restaurant kit is everything you need to cook a delicious restaurant-quality meal at home, delivered straight to your doorstep, nationwide. If you can follow basic cooking instructions, you should be fine but don’t forget you will need a kitchen to do it in, with hobs, maybe an oven and certainly not JUST a microwave. All of them do nationwide delivery and we have categorised them by price to make it easier to choose.
3 Courses with sides – £140 for 2 people.
The aim of these meal kits is to bring the philosophy and values that the team have at Lyle’s to your home.
There are three menu boxes available. A Game box, a Goose box and Lyle’s Menu box. To whet your appetite, the Game box includes treasures such as Razor Clams, Pork Broth & Jerusalem Artichoke, Beetroot, Smoked Eel, Blood Orange & Horseradish, Venison, Celeriac, Brown Butter & Radicchio and Marmalade Pudding & Custard. mmmm
They source from farmers and producers who follow ethical and sustainable practices and have focussed on ingredients that are more difficult to get hold of, thus saving you the effort. They have also selected a few bottles of plonk that work especially well with the meal kits.
Super steak including all the trimmings plus cookbook, martini and wine – £135 for two people
A steak kit experience that incorporates the best of Hawksmoor for a feast at home, complete with cooking instructions, book and videos. You can choose your cut of meat, everything from Rib-Eye to T-Bone, Sirloin or Rump and the sides are to die for. If you opt for the Valentines Day Rib Box you’ll receive a British 35-Day Dry-aged Prime Rib for 2 to share it comes with Matt Brown’s Ultimate oven chips, Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Gentlemen’s Relish, Peppercorn Sauce, Sticky toffee pudding with sauce & cream to dollop on too, Sour Cherry Negroni for 2 and Palmer & Co Brut Reserve Champagne.
Mix and match courses for a true Michelin style restaurant experience – from £45 – £110 for 2 people.
This box allows you to choose individual dishes, as well as set menus and can provide a meal for one. Restaurateur Andreas Antona offers favourites from his Michelin-starred establishments, including Simpsons in Edgbaston, The Cross at Kenilworth and Stu Deeley. Every element of each dish has clear instructions on cooking or reheating and plating up. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you might go for two starters, such as delicious salmon rillettes (£7.50) with wasabi buttermilk sauce, a doodle to assemble with almonds and cucumber balls, plus little drops of chive oil for extra zing. The mushroom gyoza (£7.50) in shirataki dashi with seaweed and tofu was generously sized and umami-packed. Ox cheek (£25) was the perfect winter dish, served with celeriac two ways, lifted by chicory, blue cheese and walnuts. This is cheffy food with all the hard work done for you.
High-end restaurant food for couples ready for a challenge! – £95 for 2 people
If you love a challenge and are looking for a two-person menu to really impress, this luxury restaurant kit from chef Adam Reid is an absolute showstopper. It offers fans of the Great British Menu the chance to recreate Adam’s four-course meal in their own kitchen. Each dish is assembled from pre-prepared ingredients of the finest quality and the results – if you follow the detailed instructions correctly – will make you feel like you’re dining in a high-end restaurant. But you’ll need some existing foodie knowledge and kitchen experience, too, as the techniques include deep-frying fritters and cooking several components at the same time. Menu options are changed weekly, but expect anything from almond Poached Cod, famous roast chicken and stew and Treacle Tart.
Three courses of seasonal dishes featuring best of British produce – £70 for 2 people
If you prefer something more traditional in terms of British food – this is a brilliant option. Yet the great thing about the Wild Rabbit is each person can choose their desired combination from the menu so you can
Your meal will include a menu, allergen information and a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and cook your meal. You will receive a beautiful menu and everything will arrive looking incredibly snazzy. This is definitely an option if you’re aiming to impress.
A feast fit for a king –£40 for 2 people
The idea for the Kolamba Feasting Boxes was born out of lockdown and the reality “If you can’t get to Kolamba (or Sri Lanka for that matter), Kolamba will come to you”. They pride themselves on the quality of produce and use only the best Sri Lankan spices and ingredients, imported directly from the island, to ensure authentic flavours. All you have to do is heat it up.
Choose from a selection of meat feasting boxes, or vegan. The chicken meat feast box includes mouthwatering Ceylon chicken curry, Beetroot curry 300g
Green bean curry, Toasted Pol Sambol, Mango chutney and rice
12 Oysters, wine and knife – (we think 6 oyster each is enough for 1 person) – £45 for 2 people
This kit from seafood restaurant Fishworks describes itself as an ‘oyster and wine experience box’. Not only is the kit unadulterated decadence delivered straight to your door – it includes a crate packed full of top-notch Jersey, Carlingford and Morecambe Bay oysters, lemon and merlot shallot vinegar to garnish them with as well as a bottle of crisp Fernao Pires White Wine – it’s also a workshop in how to shuck and prepare oysters. Inside you’ll find a shucking knife, with an oyster shell-shaped handle, and a link to an online tutorial from head fishmonger Benny teaching you how to safely prize the shellfish open.
Great fun and a much-needed break from the usual slaving over a hot oven!
On a budget
Recreate our Shoryu signature ramen at home! – £20 for 2 people
Let’s be honest. One thing you can never recreate – and that’s good Ramen. But a few clever restaurants are doing their best with some amazing home cooking kits. This kit comes with everything you need to turn yourself into a ramen master and make awesome Shoryu at home – from original hosomen noodles, 12-hour bangin’ tonkatsu soup stock or vegan tonyu stock, all-important toppings and step by step instructions, it’s all in the kits. Get ready to create one hell of an authentic Shoryu experience in your own kitchen in just 10 mins.
Everything you need for the perfect pizza – £18 for 2 people.
Honestly.. sometimes nothing hits the spot like a slice of pizza. Passo’s DIY pizza kits contain all the ingredients necessary to create two or four of Passo’s signature pizzas: Margherita; Spiced Salami; Smoked Speck and Portobello Mushroom; and Artichoke, Salted Ricotta, Potato, Olives and Rosemary. Included in all the kits are balls of its 3-day fermented dough, made with Italian flour, Passo’s fresh tomato sauce with garlic and olive oil, grated mozzarella and fresh basil, plus the individual ingredients for each pizza. The recipe is easy to follow and pizzas can be cooked multiple ways (a trusty frying pan or oven depending on how adventurous you’re feeling). It’s the closest you’ll get to having a top-notch restaurant pizza at home.
Easy, great value for good quality food and ready in minutes – £20 for 2 people
The M&S dine in for 2 deal has always represented great value for money. For around £15 you’re able to pick up a main, side and dessert for two. Ahead of valentines day, M&S have upped the ante and it’s now made up of three courses, a side and a drink and costs just £20 for two people (and the drink option IS alcohol!!)
From classic dishes to more exotic food, it has a selection of seven starters, 10 mains, eight sides, eight desserts and 10 drinks. And all you have to do is shove it in the oven. Voila!