Time Out (Melbourne) - - PARTY ON, MELBOURNE -

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.

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