The thrill of cooking something new. Learning about a new technique or ingredient. The satisfaction of feeding yourself and loved ones. Supporting local producers. All reasons to spring for a recipe box for your next big night in.
While many Perth restaurants are turning to takeaway and delivery to maintain cash flow, operators are also branching out into recipe packs and dishes that customers cook or finish at home. Here are five ways eaters (and drinkers) can bring home a little bit of their favourite restaurants and bars.
With Scott Brannigan Skye Faithful and Ben Andrijasevich as alumni, this CBD bolthole has had no shortage of heavyweight cooks over the years. Under the command of incumbent chef Luke Wakefield, Balthazar’s reputation for polished cooking is assured. While eaters await the reopening of this clubby, art deco space, the new Balthazar “Dinner at your House” packs ($95) bring some of that Wakefield magic to your dining table. Built for two and consisting of an entree, main and dessert, these finish-at-home packs might feature high-flying dishes such as squid filled with nduja (spicy pork); whole rolled chicken with stewed capsicums; and apple and custard tart. Matching wines are also available. The packs are available for pick-up Friday and Saturday between 4pm and 7pm and are limited to 50 packs each night. Orders by 5pm Wednesday.
Heritage Wine Bar
Heritage’s decision to offer recipe boxes early in the piece appears to have been a smart one. “It’s been quite busy,” says Heritage Wine Bar chef Matthew Carulei. The range includes heavy hitters such as dressed, ready-to-roast pancetta and lamb racks. But the people’s choice award goes to the humble beef wellington – a beef fillet and mushroom duxelles wrapped in puff pastry. The popular dinner-for-two kit includes wellington, mash, sourdough, garlic butter and a bottle of wine. Order online for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The cocktail and bar catering arm of Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar and The Dutch Trading Co, has launched Cocktail Getaway, a weekly three-course dinner and matched cocktail delivery service that operates Friday and Saturday nights. Each week’s menu is based on a different international destination. Week one’s “Paris After Dark” pack, for instance, features coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine) with a Sidecar (cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice), and a chocolate martini with a chocolate fondant. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Packs are $65 per person and orders must be placed by Wednesday each week.
The Bird, Ezra Pound, Northbridge Dining Room
William Street’s three musketeers join forces to present Together Apart, an interactive Friday night for two. Your $100 investment gets you and a plus-one all the ingredients for cocktails and dinner, video instructions on how to finish making your dinner and drinks, plus live (webcast) music. Previous packs have featured a whiskey and Averna Old-Fashioned, glazed short ribs with jerk barbecue glaze and sides, and a bourbon and Amaretto root beer nightcap. Watch social media for dates for the next event.
Lalla Rookh is taking on hump day with its Wednesday cook-at-home pasta packs. Similar to the Friday meals-for-two, the menu changes weekly with pasta options including rigatoni with braised rabbit and radicchio, or spaghettini with crab and nduja. In addition to the fresh pasta and sauce, each pack ($90) also includes sides, garlic bread and dessert. Vegetarian options and delivery are also available. Orders by Monday, although a limited amount of packs are also made for takeaway sale in the wine shop on Wednesday and Friday.