Blakeaway brings Brighton a slick new grocer with meals cooked by pros

Top caterers Blakes Feast is rolling out more Blakeaway grocers selling prepared meals and daily essentials.
Top caterers Blakes Feast is rolling out more Blakeaway grocers selling prepared meals and daily essentials. Photo: Dean Bradley

Leading Melbourne catering business Blakes Feast has opened a second Blakeaway store, bringing sanity-saving prepared meals, Ned's bread, Cobb Lane pastries and other daily essentials to Brighton locals.

Blakeaway, launched last year to offer prepared meals from Blakes' kitchens, was initially only available online, but is now planting the flag in key locations.

The Brighton store joins one opened in Portsea last December geared to holidaying and celebrations, while an Armadale location is slated for November.

Bread, pastries, coffee beans and other ready-to-go items complement the huge range of prepared meals.
Bread, pastries, coffee beans and other ready-to-go items complement the huge range of prepared meals. Photo: Supplied

The Brighton shop, decked out with mint-green shelves and pale-grey marble benches, is stocked with dozens of prepared meals, from lentil and coconut dhal that needs just a quick simmer and will feed a crowd, to coq au vin and zucchini and ricotta tart. Former Ezard chef Dylan Roberts oversees the food.

A special Friday-night lockdown dinner might be five-spice pork belly with crunchy golden crackling or wagyu and 'nduja bolognese cooked by founder and chef Andrew Blake, part of the "black label" range. Tubs of Pidapipo gelato are complemented by mini chocolate and hazelnut gateaux and other desserts made by the team.

Roast beef and piccalilli baguettes, soba noodle and hot-smoked salmon salads and other grab-and-go items are also available, along with St David's Dairy milk, Inglewood coffee beans, condiments, juices and picnic hampers. Wine and cocktails are on the way.

Open daily 8am-4pm

111 Church Street, Brighton, blakeaway.com.au