With supermarket shelves being repeatedly stripped of canned goods, you may feel pressured to start your own stockpile. But let’s be real: there’s nothing more depressing than being stuck at home for two weeks with nothing but beans and soup to eat. Thankfully, Brisbane’s restaurants and cafes have banded together to provide us foodies with an endless supply of heat and eat meals to get us through this crisis. We’ll come out better, healthier and with even more refined palettes. Check out our favourite pre-made meals to put in your fridge below.
Since we can no longer head to any of their exquisite venues, Emporium Hotel has got their Executive Chef whipping up a range of ready-made meals perfect for filling up the fridge. Soups, curries, beef cheek ragu and lasagne are all on the menu, and you can also throw in some pastries from Belle Époque.
Gertrude & Mabel
Jumping on a flight to Santorini right now might be a major no-no, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of authentic Greek cuisine. Gertrude & Mabel are serving up delicious takeaway meals in bulk, so you can self-isolate with the comfort of a fully stocked fridge. Gorge yourself on traditional Greek roasted lamb with tzatziki, or pick up one of their tasty quiche creations. Be sure to order ahead—these meals come in sizable batches, and the chefs need some time to prepare. Opa!
Felix for Goodness And Florence Cafe
Brisbane CBD And Camp Hill
Now that staying healthy is more important than ever, keeping our diets wholesome should be a top priority. Thankfully, Felix for Goodness and Florence Cafe are here to save us with locally sourced, fresh and seasonal ingredients whipped up into delicious takeaway meals and pantry staples. Grab yourself a cashew bechamel potato bake or eggplant and sweet potato moussaka, with pantry and fridge staples available too. All their meals serve four people, and keep up to a week in the fridge. If you’re within 10km of the city, you can can even get them delivered.
Hunter & Scout
Whilst dining in at this tropical oasis may be out of the question, Hunter & Scout have adapted their takeout menu to include grab and go and made-to-order meals. That means you can graduate from your diet of tinned soup and frozen veggies, and instead treat yourself to homestyle lasagna, Thai pork curry and chilli con carne with salsa verde (excuse our drool). Don’t leave without picking up one of their freshly made muffins—you’ll need a sweet treat later.
Since October last year, locals have rejoiced at the return of this popular brunch joint, along with their OG favourites (yes, of course we mean the smashed peas). Thanks to COVID-19, the cafe is down to takeaway only, but with meals like beef ragu gnocchi and bean chilli and guac, we’ll happily take what we can get. Dishing out the goods from 6am–11am, head to their Insta page to find out what’s up for grabs today.
85 Miskin Street
While COVID-19 has put a lid on the fine dining experience, you can still grab the food that goes along with it thanks to 85 Miskin Street. Head Chef and owner Brent Farrell has curated an extensive takeaway menu that includes ready-to-go meals such as chicken, mushroom and bacon fettuccine, as well as homemade béchamel lasagne. And it gets even better: they serve dessert! Make your choice between berry cheesecake, chocolate pudding and smoked cheddar and manchego served with pinot paste and lavosh. We’ll take the cheese, please.
Sister Cafe have streamlined their glorious menu to just one meal a day, offering take-home dinners to keep your nights simple and stress-free. The dishes change every night, so be sure to check back regularly to see what goodies you can nab. One serve is enough for two people, so you know you’re getting bang for your buck. The only question left is: pick up or delivery?
Tired of trying to come up with brand new options for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Let Minnow has you covered. With $5 soups and $8 frittatas, the team has cooked up plenty of creative ideas for meals that won’t break the bank. Pop their pre-made meals in the freezer to enjoy anytime during lockdown. Head there now for your daily caffeine fix, and stock up with pride knowing you’re supporting local business.
The Balfour Kitchen
Burmese pork curry, turmeric broth, Korean bolognese—these are just a few of this week’s pre-made dinner options available at The Balfour Kitchen. The Vietnamese inspired cuisine is full of fresh and punchy flavours that will tantalise your tastebuds, and leave you heading back for seconds (or thirds). If you plan to pick up your order, be sure to call ahead, or place an order through UberEats or Deliveroo for delivery to your door. But be warned: the menu changes week to week, so if you see something you like, grab it before it’s gone!
Having just celebrated their very first birthday in March, Mosconi is still relatively new to the Brisbane food scene. Even so, they’ve taken the city by storm, having earned countless rave reviews from foodies and critics alike. Although they’ve slimmed down their menu to allow for takeaway options, their dishes remain just as fancy as ever—we’re talking wild rabbit ravioli, duck rillette, and mushroom and goat’s cheese risotto. Order and pay over the phone, and the team at Mosconi will bring your food out to your car. Take that, COVID-19!
Looking for something a little bit sweeter? Check out Cowch’s DIY Dessert Survival Kits.
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