Dish'd is a premium frozen food delivery service, launched with chef extraordinaire Jacques Reymond. A lot of the dishes are actually made in their country of origin, so the pasta comes from Italy, the pad thai comes from Thailand and the French desserts from France. Jacques Reymond was brought on board to work together with chefs around the world to create some of the delicious dishes. The point of difference for dish'd is that the food is accessible, easy and not time-consuming.
Heritage raspberry & pistachio tart on display at the launch event
I attended the dish'd launch event at Establishment last week, sampling a plethora of their dishes. The desserts were definitely the highlight for us. The Black Pearl is my absolute favourite from the entire dish'd range. It's rich, chocolatey and smooth - exactly what most people crave in a dessert. The pearl-shaped drop is a dark chocolate mousse with an oozing caramel chocolate sauce centre all atop a chocolate almond base. You can order this dessert for $10.95 per box (containing two black pearls).
In the savoury department, my favourites were the lamb backstraps and the mozzarella & pesto pizza. The pizza is a thin 28cm base is topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and pesto. Yes, it's simple, but I find when it's made with good ingredients, simple pizzas are the best. And for $6.95 the pizzas are reasonably priced, and so easy to bake. Forego the spinach and mascarpone pizza if you're like me and don't like white pizzas as much as tomato-based pizzas.
The beautiful heritage raspberry & pistachio frangipane tart was another crowd pleaser at the launch night. The entire tart only sets you back $16.90, so it's perfect if you're entertaining a group of friends at home.
After the launch event last week, we also tested out the dish'd delivery. Our order arrived around 9.30am in a styrofoam box. If you're not home, your dish'd delivery will be left in a shady, secure spot that you've specified. Your order can also be delivered to your workplace if that suits you.
For dinner we baked the hake on papillote, potato dauphinois and vegetarian moussaka, then finished off the meal with a slice of the mango passion cheesecake. You can also choose to microwave all the dishes, which will be much faster, but for best results use your oven.
The vegetarian moussaka ($6.95 for a single serve) is my favourite - eggplant, zucchini, potatoes and mushrooms are blanketed in a creamy bechamel sauce, flavoured with kefalotiri cheese. We cut it in half and share it between the two of us, but you can easily enjoy this by yourself if you're dining solo at home.
The hake en papillote ($9.45) with zucchini, cherry tomatoes and pesto comes in an awesome paper tray, which we later discover can easily be unfolded because it's not even glued together. While the zucchini has a bit of strange texture, it's otherwise a great fish dish that's flavoursome but doesn't feel too rich.
The potato dauphinois comes in a bag, so you can actually use however much you need at the time. We use half the bag in a small porcelain tray. To be honest I probably could have eaten the entire bag myself because I'm obsessed with anything involving potatoes and cheese (especially emmental cheese, which this is made with). The potato dauphinois browns nicely on top, boasting a creaminess that's essential to a good potato bake.
For dessert we defrost the mango passionfruit cheesecake with a speculoos crumb (2 slices in a box for $8.90) is a delicious balance of a creamy cheesecake, fruity puree topping and a spiced, crunchy base. Keep in mind that you do have to defrost it for three hours before you can giddily dig in.
Having now tried a dozen or so of the dish'd dessert range, we're suitably impressed by the quality. The box of two slices is handy if you're just having afternoon tea or dessert at home, but if you're having a dinner party, I'd recommend getting one of the larger tarts or cakes. You can get an entire cheesecake for less than 40 bucks.
All in all, if you don't enjoy cooking, then dish'd is the perfect way to get tasty, easy food in your home. The directions to prepare each dish are simple, and you won't be wasting time looking for recipes online or slaving away in the kitchen just to get dinner on the table.