WHERE TO GET THE BEST PARTY FOOD
Lazy hosts, listen up. Here are your secret weapons for a minimal effort, maximum impact dinner party. Just remember to dispose of the packaging before your guests rock up. By Sarah Jappy with quince paste, muscatel clusters, justbaked bread and house-made lavosh ($50). Delivery? No. 157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182. 03 9537 2225. milkthecow.com.au. Tue-sat noon1am; Sun noon-11pm.
Best for: Sushi If the words ‘100 maki rolls’ don’t put you in the party mood, check your pulse. Ichi Ichi Ku delivers party-perfect Japanese platters to your door. Choose from the regular sushi and sashimi platter (eight pieces of lobster, avocado and cucumber roll topped with seared salmon and Japanese mayonnaise, plus 12 pieces of assorted sashimi or nigiri) or get the 100-piece maki platter (a bargain at $70). You can also get booze brought to you – try a sake. Delivery? Yes. 119 Park St, South Yarra 3141. 03 9820 9119. ichiichiku.com.au. Daily 7.30am9.30pm.
Best for: Deli Thomas Dux’s good-looking food stores are armed with a fleet of onsite ‘Foodies’, whose job it is to point you towards the finest Australian and globally sourced produce. This is dangerous – if you come in for two things, you’re likely to leave with 20. You can also find the best of the season’s fruit and veg here, as well as gourmet salads, whiffy cheeses, artisan bread, sushi, sweet treats and more. Delivery? No. 153 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121. 03 9427 7225. www.thomasdux.com.au. Mon-sat 7am-9pm; Sun 8am-9pm.
Best for: Cake Picture the admiring eyes as you unleash your amazing Luxbite cake on your dinner party. Choose a selection of little tarts or pick one of the bonkers full-size cakes for maximum party points. Either of the following will impress: Meringue Monster (green-tea sponge, pistachio, watermelon yoghurt, sour strawberry mousse, freeze-dried raspberries and macarons) or Endless Love (lychee ganache, rose cream, lychee, fresh raspberries, rose and lychee macarons). Delivery? Yes. 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra 3141. 03 9867 5888. www.luxbite.com.au. Daily 10.30am-7pm.