Restaurant meal kits first arrived on the scene with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Offering a way to recreate and enjoy restaurant-quality dishes from the comfort of your own home, meal kits are, unsurprisingly, still popular now – especially when they often work out to be similar in price to a takeaway.
Meal kits come in all shapes, sizes and offerings. Typically, ingredients come pre-prepared, but kits do vary in terms of how hands-on you’ll need to be.
With some, it’s a case of simply throwing ingredients into a pan or heating up dishes, while others may require more involvement, from preparing to plating up, which can be a fun way to play chef and learn how a given restaurant puts together its dishes.
How we tested
We tested a range of vegan meal kits, from burgers and hot dogs to curries, tapas and pizzas, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
We were looking for meat-free kits that produced great-tasting meals that were far better than something you could normally cook for yourself, or which offered an “experience” beyond the food itself, whether that was learning new techniques when preparing the food or listening to an accompanying playlist. We also looked for kits that offered nationwide delivery, plus those that we felt justified their price.
The best vegan meal kits for 2022 are:
- Best overall – Dishoom vegan naan roll kit for two: £17, Dishoom.com
- Best for vegan pizza – Birtellis vegan garden pizza kit for two: £10.49, Birtellis.co.uk
- Best for three-course meal kit – Hoppers Sri Lankan kari feast for two: £45, Dispatch.co.uk
- Best for curry – Kolamba jackfruit curry box: £40, Kolambahome.co.uk
- Best for treating yourself – The Cinnamon Collection vegan meal kit for two: £100, Thecinnamoncollection.com
- Best for presentation – Iberica cook vegan at home: £50, Ibericarestaurants.com
- Best for meat-free ramen – Matsudai ramen vegan ‘Tonkotsu’ ramen kit: £10.49, Matsudai.co.uk