Some of the biggest names in the Melbourne restaurant scene are collaborating, with a new food delivery service bringing gourmet dinners directly to your door. Operating under the watchful eye of ex-Fat Duck chef Matt Germanchis, Endulj replicates and delivers signature dishes from Tokyo Tina, Saigon Sally, Lee Ho Fook and Thirty Eight Chairs, as well as Germanchis' old haunt at MoVida and his current digs at Pei Modern. UberEats, meet your stiff new competition.
Unlike typical food delivery services, Endulj is involved in the actual cooking, with each dish created to order in a purpose-built kitchen in Windsor. Current menu items range from snacks, like Tokyo Tina's karaage corn balls, to mains, like Pei Modern's hanger steak with grilled leek and caramelised yoghurt. There's desserts, of course, like Lee Ho Fook's tea custard with burnt caramel. And, they also offer a selection of wines curated by sommelier Ainslie Lubbock.
"Most restaurant kitchens are designed to serve 40-50 covers across multiple sittings each evening, with the dishes prepared to be served as soon as they're plated up," said Germanchis. "At Endulj I've designed a kitchen capable of serving a dining room that spans multiple suburbs rather than individual tables, where we only prepare dishes that travel well."
Each dish from Endulj is personally endorsed by its restaurant of origin. "The dishes at Lee Ho Fook are incredibly precious to me and to put them in the hands of someone else was a big ask," said Lee Ho Fook co-owner and executive chef Victor Liong. "After a lot of research I felt super confident with Endulj and the team. I think the expectations of people regarding delivery food are getting higher and higher, as are people's expectations in restaurants. It's nice to know there is someone out there who takes this as seriously as we do."
Endulj operates between 5:30pm and 9:30pm, 365 days a year, although for the time being they're only delivering within a 5km radius of Windsor. The good news is that they're planning on building additional kitchens around town ASAP.
For more information or to place your first order visit www.endulj.com.