Be A Hero In The Kitchen With Melbourne’s Best Ready-Made Meals

By Ben Tyers
18th Aug 2020


With restaurants closed for dine-in around Melbourne right now, we're all looking for a way to still access amazing meals from restaurants all over the city that we're missing.

Luckily for us, most restaurants and cafes are still operating in a take away and delivery capacity, and some smart individuals behind the scenes have worked out ways that they're iconic dishes can be prepared in a way that you can just finish them off at home.

Here are the best ready-made meals you can get in Melbourne right now.

Supernormal Celebration Banquet

Flinders Lane is quieter than ever, and we're definitely missing its iconic restaurants that people travel from all over the world to visit.

Supernormal is high on that list, and their Celebration Banquet available via Providoor is well worth ordering.

What You Get:

  • Peanuts, kale & nori
  • Szechuan pickled shiitake mushrooms
  • Kingfish, pickled fennel, yuzu kosho dressing
  • Lobster roll
  • Szechuan pork dumplings
  • Slow-cooked Xinjiang lamb, spring onion pancake, coriander & mint sauce
  • Baby cos, sesame dressing
  • Peanut & Valrhona chocolate mousse

You'll also get a Yoshinogawa Gensen Karakuchi and a 2017 Cooper Burns Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro from Barossa Valley to wash it all down with.

Order it here.

Rare Hare At Home

The Mornington Peninsula's Rare Hare is dishing up an alternating two course menu with delivery in Melbourne and Peninsula-wide.

The menu changes each week, and you have your choice between mains that are designed to be shared. Below is an example of what you're in for.

What You Get:

  • Potato Bread, Miso Pumpkin, Walnut Furikake, Ali's Radishes, Gem Lettuce, Buttermilk Dressing, Herbs, Parmesan
  • Baked Barramundi with Nduja butter, whipped almond or;
  • Smoked Beef Brisket with pickles, horseradish, burnt onion ketchup or;
  • Eggplant Moussaka with cucumber mint & yoghurt salad

You can then add a range of extras, as well as desserts (including Black Star Pastry's strawberry watermelon cake) and cocktails to your order.

Order here.

Fair Feed's Sunday Roast

Fair Feed is a business that jumped on ready-made meals early in the piece, and in doing so were able to offer meals at a very reasonable price, and employ Melbourne hospo workers who had lost their job due to the pandemic.

Fair Feed's Sunday Roast is a classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings and changes weekly. Below is what you can expect.

What You Get:

  • Roast of the week. Recently it was a slow-cooked beef cheek
  • Roasted seasonal root vegetables
  • Crushed minted peas
  • Beef and herbed pan gravy

Fair Feed's Sunday Roast is ridiculous value at just $12.50 per serve. All you have to do is throw it in the oven, and the gravy in the microwave.

Order here.

Daughter In Law's Banquet No.2

Melbourne 'unauthentic' Indian restaurant, Daughter In Law, is putting some 80s classics up for you to cook up at home.

All curries come in bags so you can simply heat them up in boiling water.

What You Get:

  • Unauthentic butter chicken
  • Aunty dhal
  • Chana masala
  • Naan basket (3 x naan)
  • Rice
  • Raita

At just $55 banquet no.2 is an absolute steal. You can also add a range of Indian street food to your order before you check out.

Order here.

Grossi A Casa's Lasagne

This one doesn't come laden with other sides, but when you're eating a Guy Grossi lasagne, you don't really need anything else.

You can, of course, add a bunch of other options from the Grossi A Casa menu before you check out. Order from a range of fresh pasta dishes, and mains, or even dessert if you're after something sweet.

What You Get:

  • Grossi lasagne

All you have to do is put it into a 170-degree oven for around 20-minutes and you're good to go.

Order here.

The Westin x Maker & Monger's High Cheese

The Westin's High Cheese is an event always worth going to, and now that we can't head into the city for it, they've teamed up with Providoor to give you the chance to have high cheese at home.

Your order comes with a specially designed three-tier stand that you can self-assemble to put your treats on. It's a pretty rad gift idea too.

What You Get:

  • Vanilla scone
  • Fig and chocolate scone (served with fresh cream and berry conserve)
  • Chicken marinated with lemon aspen and native thyme on brioche
  • Smoked salmon, fresh horseradish and cream cheese finger sandwich
  • Dukkha spiced butternut squash, hummus, caramelised shallot on wholemeal bread
  • Egg and basil spinach pesto pinwheel on spinach bread
  • Brie, leek and chestnut tartlet
  • Salted dark chocolate and toasted almond brownie with caramelised chocolate ganache
  • Sugar crusted profiteroles with peach crème patisserie
  • Passionfruit cupcake with elderflower cream cheese frosting
  • Coconut panna cotta, raspberry mousse and compote verrine

You won't go hungry with this one.

Order here.

If you're looking for good old-fashioned take away where you don't have to do a thing, head to our live list here.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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