Ok so some of our favourite restaurants are a no-go right now. But you know what? You can still enjoy some of Sydney’s finest from the comfort of home, and have a whole lot of fun recreating signature dishes in your own kitchen. Jazz up a date night, have a birthday treat or just do something a little different with our pick of the best DIY meal kits in Sydney here.
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The North Spoon - This charming restaurant is helping you to have Italian nights at home with its tasty looking meal kits. Dine on succulent lamb shanks, salmon confit, gnocchi with braised beef and salted caramel cheesecake knowing you made it all yourself.
Chin Chin - These snack packs from popular Surry Hills restaurant Chin Chin will have you chowing down on signature Asian bites cooked on your BBQ with minimal effort. Going the whole hog? Top off your feast with cocktails that just need to be mixed.
Fabbrica - Lockdown calls for one thing: carbs, and lots of them. Dive into bowls of pasta from Fabbrica, with the beef cheek and red wine ragu catching our eye. Feeling adventurous? Go one step further and try your hand at the pasta making kit.
NOMAD - NOMAD has launched its very own online grocery store for lockdown, so you can get your fill of posh nosh by simply ordering from its website and picking up the goods. Cook at home options include ready to bake cookies, roasted lamb shoulder and harissa chicken.
Saint Peter - One of the best places for DIY kits in Sydney, Saint Peter has launched a service called Mr Niland At Home, which will have you recreating some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes for yourselves. Act quickly though, slots for the weekly seafood-filled menu go quickly.
Messina Gelato - Having claimed to be the minds behind Australia’s best gelato, Messina is somewhere you have to order from. Indulge your sweet tooth with one of their packs, such as the banana split with peanut butter and banana custard cookie pie, topped with frozen peanut crumble.
Gumshara - Ever wanted to make authentic ramen? Now you can with Gumshara’s DIY kit which will have you whipping up proper tonkotsu from bones. There’s even pork belly, tare sauce and fresh noodles to use as you follow the handy instruction guide included.
Restaurant Hubert - Go all-out on your next date night by ordering Le Grande Banquet from Hubert. Whack on the dedicated playlist and become a top chef for the night by cooking up two entrees, two mains, two sides, dessert and the house baguette - it’s a lot easier than you’d think.
Porteño X Bastardo - Two of the city’s best restaurants have teamed up to bring you a feast for all kinds of palate. Get stuck into eggplant parmigiana, braised lamb and slow-cooked ribeye, with sublime desserts and bottles of wine to round the experience off.
Fratelli Paradiso - From their famous pasta scampi to the family-size tiramisu, Fratelli Paradiso is filling you up with some of the best DIY meals in Sydney. Chow down on a plethora of Italian classics, which you can whip up at home and pair with a top selection of wines.
Lankan Filling Station - Bringing authentic Sri Lankan flavours to your dinner table, Lankan Filling Station is offering a selection of banquet menus and individual dishes throughout lockdown. Treat yourself to a night full of spice, with dishes including sambol, fish curry and dhal.
Cicciabella - This restaurant has launched a weekly selection of 'almost ready meals', which have been carefully masterminded by their head chef. Check out what Cicciabella has to offer for your next night in, from bucatini meatballs to the oh-so tempting banoffee pie.⠀
Dear Sainte Éloise - If you’re looking to wow a special someone with an at-home date night, channel a little French amour with these finish at home packages. You and your partner will get to lock eyes over plates of burrata, potato dauphinoise and beef ragu, with glasses of their famous wine.
Din Tai Fung - Got a craving for steaming hot dumplings? Din Tai Fung launched the DTF at home service just for that reason. Order online for pickup or delivery, and all you've got to do is follow the simple instructions to cook up a traditional Taiwanese storm in your kitchen.
Peppes - If supermarket pasta isn’t quite cutting it for you, fear not. Peppes have launched a pick-up service so all you need to do is order what you’re craving and eat at home. From the signature lasagne, through to the ‘Mama’s looking after you’ feast for two, there’s plenty to fill up on.
Ezra - Ezra at Home is the go-to snack pack for people looking for something different. Have a crack at cooking Tel Aviv-inspired dishes such as lamb shoulder pastrami with roast cauliflower, burnt honey and grated halloumi, with the menu changing on a weekly basis.
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