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The best at-home meal kits to try this lockdown

Bring the experience of a restaurant home with these heat-and-eat numbers

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Rushani Epa
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Is your pantry looking a little bare? Are you tired of recreating the five recipes you know off the top of your head? Or are you simply craving a top-notch steak with potatoes coated in an ungodly amount of duck fat? Whatever your reason to bring the restaurant experience home, we're here to help.

Below you'll find some of the best meal delivery kits by Melbourne's best restaurants and brands. There are some that include a simple heat up, while others are a little more involved. Competition in the meal kit world has never been more fierce so to help you navigate this crowded space, we've picked out a few of our favourites for you to try.

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The best at-home meal kits

  • Restaurants
  • Fairfield

Craving fresh pasta? Pasta Poetry in Fairfield has you covered, with an ever-changing menu of both filled and unfilled pasta and sauces available for pickup and delivery. Choose from 12 weekly dishes including gnocchi with ragu bolognese; saffron tagliatelle with mushroom ragu; and slow-braised ox cheek cappelletti. Each box comes with freshly made pasta and a matching sauce, which are easy to reheat. Just boil the pasta for a few minutes and heat the sauce in a saucepan and you're good to go. Order here.

  • Restaurants
  • Carlton

Scopri offers a seasonally rotating menu comprised of produce from the team's own biodynamic farm in the Macedon Ranges. While the restaurant is often booked out, you can now experience a taste of the Italian bistro at home. Scopri is offering an a la carte box that allows you to choose from any of its winter warmers to add to your own personalised box. Think pappardelle with duck ragu, braised beef cheeks, DIY cannoli kits and more available via the website. There's a minimum order of $80.

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  • Restaurants
  • Restaurants

Providoor offers ready-made meals from many of Melbourne's best restaurants. All you need to do is heat and assemble before serving up. Completing the dish at home means there's less disconnect between what you’re eating at home and what you would have eaten at these top-notch restaurants. There are plenty of acclaimed diners like Tipo 00, Cumulus Inc and Hardware Club onboard – many of which aren't doing straightforward takeaway like other restaurants in Melbourne. Browse the entire list of venues and order via Providoor's website.

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Make-Out Meals is a Melbourne initiative that combines the meal kit model of Hello Fresh and Marley Spoon, with the expertise of local chefs and restaurants. Here’s how it works: like a regular meal kit, you choose what you want to cook based on a database of available recipes, and the company then sends you the pre-portioned ingredients and instructions to make that meal. Make-Out Meals’ point of difference is that all the recipes were designed by the folks behind your favourite eateries: Bomba, Simply Spanish, Tipico, Fancy Hank’s, Ish, Babajan, La Tortilleria and others. And every time someone chooses to cook a particular recipe, that restaurant gets a cut of the sale, which helps support that venue during lockdown. Find out more about Make-Out Meals here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne

CBD-based South Indian-Sri Lankan eatery Indu, one of the best restaurants in Melbourne, is dishing up heat-and-eat meals for you to enjoy at home. ​​Boxes serve two people comfortably with three courses and are delivered ready to simply heat and serve. Some very limited cooking may be required but full instructions are provided. Check it out via the website.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Melbourne
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Japanese eatery Akaiito is offering a seafood shabu shabu banquet that you can cook at home. It comes with Australian abalone, scampi, scallops, king prawns, sashimi-grade fish, seasonal vegetables, tofu, house-made shabu shabu soup, ponzu and udon noodles for you to pop into your pot and cook away as you please. Order here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Carlton

This Carlton eatery is still offering takeaway which can either arrive hot or cold for you to finish at home. On the menu there are freshly shucked oysters or charcuterie to start with and hot roasted chicken, duck or beef short rib with roasted duck fat potatoes to follow. There's also a tiramisu with a bottled cocktail to finish. Place your orders here.

  • Restaurants
  • Southbank

A fancy Nobu feast to heat and eat at home? Yep, it's one of the fanciest you'll likely have. This Japanese fine diner has revived its popular "Nobu at Home" menu which includes two finish-at-home omakase boxes with Wagyu tacos and black cod miso. Plus, there are bottled cocktails to match.

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Hello Fresh is so synonymous with meal kits that it's now become a household name. The process is simple: You choose your meals, pick a date for them to arrive and they appear on your doorstep, colour-coded and foolproof. While there are cheaper traditional meal kits on the market, you really do get what you pay for so it’s well worth the extra couple of dollars for the highly varied recipes and overall experience. Read a bit more and order here.

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