Originally established in NSW in 2007, The Dinner Ladies meal delivery service has grown in popularity to such a degree that they are not only expanding to other major cities but to the Gold Coast as well. Clearly there is a market for a meal delivery service that prides itself on fresh, quality ingredients that your grandmother would recognise (as long as she was a worldly and well-travelled grandmother who knew her turmeric from her tamarind), with no pesky preservatives or additives.
Founders Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine Westwood share a passion for quality home cooking that utilises family recipes passed down through generations, with the odd contemporary twist. And that shows in their hearty, soul-nourishing meals, mostly delivered part-cooked and just requiring some form of heating and putting together.
We tried out a week of The Dinner Ladies’ meals and were seriously impressed by the easy-as-pie ordering system and thoughtful selections. While everything was delicious, we particularly adored the Spinach, ricotta and fetta filo pie ($24 for large), a low-fat twist on traditional Greek spanakopita, which I chose to serve with my own homemade salad and sweet potato mash. Of course the Ladies do sides as well, including but not limited to garlicky root vegetable mash, grain salad, lentil dal, macaroni cheese, fried rice, Asian greens and more.
Other favourites for us were the Dukka crusted barramundi fingers; a tasty, healthy and versatile protein which we turned into fish and salad wraps, the generous serve of Pulled pork in BBQ sauce ($13) that was perfect on burgers, and the delightfully creamy Chicken and roast vegetable pie ($18), the small version of which was plenty for two. My five year old gobbled up the healthy Salmon, sweet potato and broccoli bites in two seconds flat ($12).
The menu changes regularly, apart from a handful of continuous faves, and currently includes such tempting gems as Prosciutto and parmesan pizza ($11 small), Butter chicken ($14 small), Ginger soy salmon ($28) and Vietnamese caramel and lemongrass chicken ($22), as well as a handful of vegetarian options.
If you want to go all out, the Dinner Ladies all do a range of snacks and desserts, including Molten chocolate puddings ($20) and a range of Dumplings ($13).
One of the more exciting specials available is the Christmas range, available for delivery between 22 and 24 December. The Christmas offerings are generally traditional, with ham, turkey, salmon, stuffing, duck fat potatoes and gravy all featuring, alongside a range of charcuterie and antipasto platters, including prawns. Why slave for days to create the perfect Christmas dinner when you can get it delivered in one handy box?
Visit the dinnerladies.com.au page to browse the mouth-watering menus and find out if they’re available in your area now. Orders close 14 December and reopen 11 January. Use code BLANK25 for 25% off your first order only if you order before 14 December (excludes the Christmas menu).