Try chef-made home cooking kits
Who doesn’t want to cook like a pro? CooKit delivers you the bits you need to easily make dishes from some of the city’s well-loved restaurants at home, including the likes of The Commune Social, Colca, Area 501 and Together. They’ll deliver the dishes par-cooked, so all you need to do is follow the recipe and add the finishing touches. Prep times are about 20 minutes and are totally oven and microwave free.
Add ‘cookit-official’ on WeChat. Prices vary depending on the restaurant and the number of diners.
Tuck into a family-style Indian feast
Gather your friends at yours for some home-style Punjabi cooking from Desi Dhaba – a private kitchen helmed by part-time cook Anu Aggarwal. Catering to groups of ten more, Aggarwal serves up dishes like samosas, karahi gosht (lamb curry) and her signature gulab jamun cheesecake that might be reason alone to book. Plus, she only cooks for private dinner parties (alongside the occasional pop-up) which means you won’t taste her curries anywhere else.
Add ‘anu_aggs’ on WeChat. From 350RMB per person.
Hire a private chef
Channel the lifestyle of the rich and the famous with your own private chef for a night through Take a Chef – a service that pairs you up with your own kitchen wizard and everything they need to cook up a storm. The chefs can cook a range of cuisines from around the world and will cater for everything from romantic dinners for two to big feasts. The service and clearing up is all taken care of, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
Visit takeachef.com/en-cn. From 240RMB per person.