There's enough to stress about at work – lunchtime should be relaxing. As workloads grow bigger and lunch breaks begin to dwindle, local businesses around town are jumping onto bikes and into delivery vans to ensure those chained to their desks don’t go hungry.
Here’s a list of great local businesses providing lunch deliveries to offices and homes around Melbourne.
“The Queen of the Rice Paper roll” is the revolutionary force behind modern-day delivery. As one of the first businesses to deliver healthy, high-end food at a low price, you can count on Miss Chu to bring fresh Vietnamese quickly. If you’re feeling like Peking duck pancakes, dumplings, vermicelli salad or the classic rice paper rolls, Miss Chu is the one to call (or visit online).
Delivery locations must be within 3.5 kilometres of the Exhibition Street tuckshop. Orders must be over $25 for delivery. Available Monday to Friday.
Oriental Tea House
Creating traditional dishes for contemporary tastes, Oriental Tea House delivers countryside-inspired Shanghai cuisine to offices around Melbourne’s city. Dishes include dumplings, san choi bao, sticky honey pork ribs, chilli steamed fish and wonton soup are available.
Lunch delivery areas are CBD, Southbank and Docklands, from 12-3pm. Free delivery for orders over $30. Available Monday to Friday.
Due to a 10-box minimum order requirement, you’ll have to rally the troops for this one, but it’s worth it. Operating Wednesday through Friday, Goldilocks packs and delivers grown-up lunchboxes from a seasonally prepared menu. There’s something big, something small and something sweet in each $20 box, and the autumn menu includes Middle Eastern, French, British and Italian varieties.
Delivers Wednesday to Friday to Melbourne CBD and inner suburbs. For deliveries outside of these days, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0438 663 077.
Organic Kitchen Caterers
With a focus on wellbeing and wholefoods, gluten free, fructose friendly, vegetarian, vegan and paleo meals are all available for delivery from these guys. Spinach and yoghurt polenta pie; lentil and veggie burger; kangaroo stroganoff and Lebanese roasted lamb are some of the main dishes available alongside healthy snacks, breakfasts and sides.
Minimum order of seven main dishes. Orders required by Wednesdays 5pm and delivered every Monday morning. Delivery is available to all inner and outer Metropolitan suburbs as far as Melton, Peninsula, Somerton, Healsville, Point Cook and some regional areas.
You’ll catch these guys around the city on bright-yellow tricycles carrying delicious Indian food in tiffins, the special thermos-flask lunch boxes that give this restaurant its name. Each day a different variety of dal, vegetable curry and chicken curry is available to order alongside rice and naan bread. The set menu for each day of the week is available online.
Orders made by 11am can be same-day delivered. Delivery to Melbourne CBD only (postcode 3000).
Good Freakin Food
Following a garden-to-plate philosophy, vegan and gluten-free lunchboxes, soup boxes and healthy treats are on the menu at Good Freakin Food. The meal deal is great value; this week $20 will get you gluten-free broccoli and pesto spaghetti, a coconut pumpkin arancini and a curried carrot salad, a pina colada smoothie and a raw cacao coconut berry treat. Signing up to the newsletter will ensure the weekly menu is delivered to your inbox every Friday.
Deliveries to Camberwell, Hawthorn, Richmond, Abbotsford, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Carlton, North Melbourne, West Melbourne, Parkville, Brunswick, Northcote and Thornbury on Tuesdays. Deliveries to Abbotsford, Richmond, South Yarra, Prahran, South Melbourne, Albert Park, Southbank, Docklands, Melbourne CBD and East Melbourne on Wednesdays. Order must be placed by 4pm on Monday for Tuesday deliveries and 4pm on Tuesday for Wednesday deliveries. $35 minimum order for free delivery.
The Hungry Samurai
Sometimes a few quick and fresh sushi rolls are all you need, in which case the The Hungry Samurai is the one to call. All the classics: cooked tuna, teriyaki chicken, California and avocado roll (and more) are on offer, alongside rice-paper rolls, salads, sushi packs, even cakes.
Orders must be placed by 3pm the day prior to delivery. Minimum order of $10 for free delivery. Enquire for delivery areas. Available Monday to Friday.
These guys can help you to get the good stuff (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and other plant nutrients) via cold-pressed juice. If you’re after a full-on juice cleanse, or just want some quick and easy breakfast and afternoon tea options, an array of smoothies, mylks, green and antioxidant juices are available.
Delivery available to Melbourne Metro areas for $18 from Monday to Friday. Juice cleanses have an $18 flat rate and are delivered in multiple installments. Four juice order minimum for delivery.
Determined to provide sandwiches that are well beyond vegemite and cheese, EARL uses ingredients such as free-range chicken, pistachio mortadella, Tasmanian smoked salmon and roast mushroom. While its hot, made-to-order rolls are not available for delivery (you can call to order however), a range of cold sandwiches, salads, sweets and drinks are. $13.50 will get you an EARL Lunchbox: a sandwich, a house salad and a sweet.
Orders under $150 will incur a $10 delivery charge. There is a minimum of 24 hours notice for delivery orders, although smaller orders inside this time frame are often possible.
Sticky Fingers Bakery
No matter how busy the office, there’s always time for cake. Whipping up flavours such as chocolate ginger beer; spiced parsnip and willow blossom; chocolate raspberry caramel; and orange cointreau almond, these guys will provide you with a sugar high to get you through the afternoon. These flavour-packed, rustic cakes – made with locally sourced ingredients, homegrown herbs and at times, edible native plants – are great for office celebrations. Being quite the masterpieces, orders must be made in advance (two-to-four weeks is desired, however this is subject to availability).
Delivery fee is included in the price quoted for each individual order. Delivery is available from Monday to Saturday to the CBD, Docklands, East Melbourne, Abbotsford, Carlton, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Fitzroy, North Melbourne, Parkville Richmond, South Yarra, Toorak, Thornbury and Windsor.