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Dinner party essentials for the ultimate Melbourne night in

Don’t ruin the joy of finally having a few friends around for dinner with food prep stress. These small businesses in Melbourne can sort out the entire night for you, with contactless delivery and takeaway options. Or just pick and choose a few treats to make your iso gatherings easier.

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Let these Melbourne restaurants make your mini dinner parties a cinch

Drinks on arrival

Pop some bottles on ice and celebrate with cocktails, local wines and more.

  • Blackhearts and Sparrows offer fancy drops including Tempranillos and Beaujolais. If you want something a bit more spirited, they can deliver Starwood Whiskey and various kinds of vermouth. And did we mention the lamington cocktails?
  • One of Melbourne’s most essential (and microscopic) laneway bars, Bar Americano has bottled its negronis, brooklyns and signature americanos. Available for delivery.
  • Described as a ‘hug in a mug’ the Bar Clara team has just introduced mulled wine delivery. Get perfectly spiced, rich red wine sent to your door, then simply heat and pour.
  • San Telmo has opened an online wine store (you’re welcome). Will you try a top shelf red, order an authentic Malbec or test your mixologist skills with a bottle of Pisco?
  • Urban Alley has the capacity to produce 1 million litres of beer a year. Settle in at home with craft beer from their online store.
  • Sparkling wine, beer, pinot and more – Atlantic Group are doing it all, delivered. Check out their near endless range of cellar door supplies online.
  • Pair your triple cream brie with a rich bottle of red (Tahbilk cab sav anyone?) or go spicy with house-made alcoholic ginger beer from Macaulay Cellars. A great range of local white wine, beer, rose and more are also available for delivery.
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Keep the cocktails coming at home

Cheese board provisions

Melbourne’s cheese offerings are so good it could upstage the main meal.

  • When the weekend swings around and cheese night is upon you, make sure you’ve got one Ripe’s un-brie-lievable cheese packs locked and loaded. Pop in and visit them at the Vic Market or order ahead for delivery. Split a five-cheese pack between you and 5 mates and you’ve got yourself some very affordable fancy cheese. Got a gluten-free friend? They’re covered too.
  • Indulge until the cows come home when you order one of Milk the Cow’s cheese boards delivered by Uber Eats. For $55, a selection of five cheeses is chosen by an in-house expert, paired with quince, muscatel clusters and house-made lavosh.
  • Spring Street Grocer is now also available as a virtual deli. Choose from a range of charcuterie board provisions, like fresh bread, hot smoked salmon, prosciutto, pickled veggies and gourmet crackers (including gluten free!). Dairy-free friends can feast on cashew cheese, vegan feta, hemp chocolate and egg-free aioli.
  • Feed an army and fuel the fridge with King and Godfree’s endless range of cheese. They’ve got swiss gruyere, soft blue cheese, mozzarella, fruit cheese, mini camembert, cow’s milk ricotta and so much more.
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Steeze with cheeze in your very own home

Gourmet mains for lazy chefs

Click and collect then heat and eat. Extra lazy food lovers have delivery options, too.

  • Poked was always too fancy to remain an office lunch. Order kits for DIY wagyu beef bowls, vegan poke, sashimi grade salmon treats and even crispy katsu sandos. They come with all the trimmings for an authentic feast, and you can add on a board game for extra entertainment.
  • Elizabeth Andrews is delivering high-end meals and provisions to your door. Mains all clock in at less than $9 per serve and pantry hampers cater to vegans and cheese lovers alike. The warming homemade gnocchi is best enjoyed among friends.
  • You plus five guests equal six. And Pentolina’s family feast serves exactly that many people. If you were waiting for a sign, this is it. Just over $18 a head will get you a pasta dish, main course and side dish. Think hearty Italian beef lasagne, slow-cooked pork belly and rosemary and garlic roast potatoes.  Available for pick up and delivery.
  • Long lunch sessions around the hotpot table need not wait any longer. Panda Hot Pot delivers spicy or mild broth, noodles, pork ribs, tofu, veggies and pretty much any delicious thing you can think of. Make it with your pots at home or go all out and buy a butane stove for ultimate broth bubbling.
  • Praise the dinner gods because Nobu is now available for takeaway. Fine dining at your door includes sashimi, sushi and the famous black cod saikyo miso. And did we mention there’s a couple of sneaky cocktails available too?
  • Order from an icon with Grossi A Casa and you won’t even have to make any decisions – just select the at-home celebration option and let the food times roll. Then sit back and enjoy four-courses of iconic Melbourne dining in the comfort of your own home. Options available for groups of two to six.
  • Punch Lane has packed up its iconic dishes to deliver. Dine on duck cassoulet and seafood ravioli. Stock up on pantry staples like fresh pasta and Napoli sauce too. Free delivery for orders over $100  – and a free bottle of wine when you spend over $120.
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Family feasts from Pentolina

Decadent desserts

Sweeten the deal, with options for GF and DF friends too.

  • La Belle Miette’s airy macarons make the perfect light end to a big meal, and they’re posted straight to your door. From créme brûlée to hazelnut praline, all of their flavours are gluten free.
  • Bodega Underground needs to be next on your list. Three words: gluten-free churros. You’re welcome.
  • Invite Lygon Street legends into your home (well, at least to the door) when you order a tub of Pidapipo’s finest on Uber Eats. Mix flavours, order waffle cones for everyone in attendance and treat your crew to a thick Nutella drizzle on top.
  • Kinfolk can and will deliver their cake sampler box – feat. yuzu ganache bundt cake, dark choc brownie and cherry fudge. Share them round or have a cake each!
  • Bring the sweet life home and order from Mille & B. The delicate crepe cakes offer 10 – 12 servings, so there’s more than enough to go round.
  • Treats are made convenient in the form of Lukumades on Deliveroo. They even have vegan options, and extra Nutella is only $2.50. A sweet end to a decadent evening in.
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Caramel popcorn crepe cake from Mille & B

Tea and coffee

The universal sign it’s time for people to leave. Give them something warm before you kick them out.

  • Get a container of Mörk’s house brand hot chocolate to treat your guests to a classic hot choc, salted dark hot chocolate and more.
  • Coffee beans can be purchased in bulk online from Industry BeansSensory Lab and Everyday Midtown. Black Velvet Coffee is also selling bulk beans, with free shipping for orders 2kg and over.
  • Give your guests a heart-racing send-off and order from Sensory Lab online. Get 1kg of steadfast beans or 60 capsules for $50 straight to your door, with free shipping.
  • Your pod machine needs the Calia matcha capsules – extra points if you can master the latte art.
  • Campos has cute cups and all the equipment you could ever need to serve barista standard drinks to your loved ones.
  • Stop in IRL or online for McIver’s coffee and tea supplies. A refreshing Rooibos prepared in a chic teapot will make any dinner party pop. Or go wild with a monkey tea strainer.
  • From apple pie to Moroccan mint and velvety vanilla chai, Gewurzhaus’ tea range could almost replace dessert entirely.
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Make matcha, Calia style