Our Melbourne mates are doing it tough right now and who knows when they’ll be able to make their way to Sydney again. In the meantime, NSW hospitality juggernaut, Merivale, has decided to deliver a little taste of Sydney’s best right to their doors.
From early August, Melburnians will be able to order meals from top Sydney restaurants like Mr. Wong and Totti’s to their homes for the very first time, thanks to the expansion of Merivale’s new at-home dining business, Merivale at Home.
The meals are nearly ready to eat and easy enough for any home cook, with each dish inspired by the restaurants they’re known for. You’ll need to sign up and order in advance each week, which you can do here.
The Melbourne launch list includes: Mr. Wong, Fred’s, Bert’s Bar & Brasserie, Felix, Jimmy’s Falafel and Totti’s, alongside a special truffle feast from Hotel Centennial.
Dining kits will arrive mostly pre-cooked and chilled, with only a couple of steps needed until you can dig in and ease your lockdown woes, even if only for a few delicious minutes.
That means getting your mitts on Totti’s famous wood-fired bread and lamb pappardelle, sinking your teeth into Mr Wong’s Pork Wontons with sesame chilli dressing, tearing apart Fred’s tasty bread knots with garlic oil and whipped ricotta or slicing into a juicy rib of beef with garlic and bay jus and mustard butter, Bert’s Bar & Brasserie style.
Keen diners will need to place orders 48 hours in advance and because of the nature of the business, will only be able to order set menus.
Obviously booze also needed to be considered, so a selection of drinks packages have been put together by the group’s master sommeliers. Think wine bundles, pre-batched cocktails and access to restaurant wine lists.
Merivale at Home launched in Sydney in April, but head honcho Justin Hemmes says it was in the works well before COVID-19 – they fast-tracked it so people could have at-home meals when they needed them most.
Food-loving Melbourne was always going to be next on the cards.
“We have always had amazing guests from Victoria at our venues, so our expansion into Melbourne was a natural progression,” explains Hemmes. “Our southern friends are doing it really tough right now — we hope that we can help with the comfort and joy of great meals from our best chefs”.
Melbourne is the first city to be trialled for the expansion of Merivale at Home, but there are plans in the works to launch hubs nationally.
The pivot has allowed Merivale and their partners to stay afloat, despite government closures.
“Our supply chain has been hit hard on many fronts this year and suppliers are continuing to face an uphill battle. We want to support them as much as we can and deliver a business that can operate and grow, even as things continue to change,” he says.
Sign up here to register and be notified as to when you can get your orders in.
(Lead Image: Provided / Merivale)
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