So, you’re curious about QuiteLike.
They’re part of a new wave of meal kit services in Australia looking to improve your home cooking experience. Fresh ingredients delivered direct to your front door, pre-portioned and ready to cook.
How are they different? Well, they promise to help you enjoy your time in the kitchen with recipes that celebrate mealtimes.
I’ve tried every meal kit in Australia, so I’m uniquely placed to share with you what the QuiteLike meal kit experience is really like.
QuiteLike Meal Kit Review
QuiteLike Review Summary
Although relatively new, QuiteLike offer a polished meal kit service. 25 meals to choose from each week, with recipes producing delicious meals from high quality ingredients. There’s a lot to like about QuiteLike.
Ordering - Website - 9/10
Food - Quality - 9/10
Ordering - Meal Choice - 7.5/10
Food - Taste - 10/10
Ordering - Delivery - 6/10
Value For Money - 8/10
- Restaurant-standard meals
- Fresh, high quality ingredients.
- Great recipe cards.
- Limited vegetarian options.
- Minimal choice of delivery days each week.
- Only available in Sydney & Melbourne.
I’m always inclined to get excited about Australian-owned meal kit services like QuiteLike. They are filling the gap for customers who care about where their ingredients are from and want to expand their repertoire in the kitchen.
At launch, the QuiteLike service is very standard for a meal kit service. You get a choice of meals each week and they’ll deliver the ingredients in a single box so you can cook dinner without stepping foot in a supermarket.
The most important questions will revolve around the freshness of their ingredients, how easy the recipes are to follow and whether the food actually tastes good. We’ll get into all of that very shortly.
QuiteLike is a new service, so are only servicing parts of Australia. Their delivery network is currently very small, only including:
- Melbourne Metro Area
- Sydney Metro Area
If you’re outside of these areas, QuiteLike are planning on expanding their network soon. Keep an eye out.
Getting Started with QuiteLike
QuiteLike only offer a weekly subscription service with no commitments. You can change, skip and cancel each week with no penalty.
Jumping onto the website, they’ve opted for a dark theme with fun cartoons and animations to liven up the place. They’ve clearly invested heavily in the website, making it very easy to use.
There are a few different subscription sizes available. These are:
- 2 or 4 people
- 2, 3, or 4 meals per week.
These are fairly standard for meal kits, although some kits will serve 5-6 meals per week, or serve up to 6 people. QuiteLike isn’t yet too suitable for larger families or anyone looking to buy meals for every day of the week.
One meal kit trick I love is ordering larger meal kits than your needs. This leaves you with extra portions that can be quickly reheated and will reduce your cost per portion.
Meal Options Available
Expect to see 25 different recipes each week. This is a good selection that should easily allow even the pickiest eaters to find 4 recipes they like.
There’s been a trend recently for meal kits to offer as many different meals each week as possible, such as Marley Spoon offering 50 options each week. Unless you have specific dietary requirements, a choice of 25 recipes is more than enough.
Speaking of dietary requirements, QuiteLike offers just 4-5 recipes each week for vegetarians. This is quite a limited offering, so you’ll need to like most of the meals on offer each week for QuiteLike to be enjoyable.
Before you choose each recipe you’ll be able to see all the ingredients, the nutritional information per serve, and the full recipe. This makes it super easy to pick out the recipes that are most suitable for you.
Meals need to be selected (or paused) 8 days before your delivery date.
Here are some of the interesting options available at the time of writing this review:
- Italian Steak Salad with Tomato, Rocket and Parmesan
- Light Sweet and Sour Turmeric Fish Curry
- Chicken, Spinach and Zucchini Enchiladas
- Sticky Pork and Eggplant San Choy Bau
QuiteLike keeps it simple with delivery fees. A flat $9.99 on all orders, clearly displayed when you sign up for their meal kit plan.
That’s in line with the cheapest meal kit services for delivery and a plus point for me.
However, there is very limited options for delivery days as QuiteLike are still a small company. In Sydney, they were only offering deliveries on a Monday.
This is likely not an issue for many people, as the boxes can be left for 6-8 hours whilst keeping the contents cool.
I was also very impressed with communication from the courier service. They shared a more specific ETA in the morning and I was able to track the van’s progress throughout the day.
Unfortunately, the shared ETA was 10:30am and the box didn’t arrive until 13:45. Whilst this could be a one-off, it definitely shows that delivery estimates can’t always be relied on.
How much does QuiteLike Cost?
QuiteLike are competing at the premium end of the meal kit market. They offer a full-service experience with quality ingredients that mean QuiteLike isn’t the cheapest meal kit service.
Considering what you receive in each box, I find QuiteLike’s prices to be quite reasonable.
My QuiteLike Review Box
That’s enough background information. Let’s find out what a QuiteLike delivery is really like.
As mentioned, the box arrived a couple of hours later than expected, but well within the promised delivery timelines. I love the branding on the box, something that definitely adds to the excitement when receiving your first box.
Opening the box up, I found my meals packed neatly alongside some extra goodies. A tea towel and a pot of matcha tea powder. It’s always nice to get a few extras although these certainly aren’t guaranteed.
Pulling everything out of the box, you can see each meal is clearly labelled and has a QR code to take you directly to a digital version of the recipe. In line with this being a premium meal kit, you do of course receive full printed recipe cards.
The pantry ingredients are stored in the brown bags, whilst the refrigerated ingredients are all packed away in the cool-bags at the back.
As I always do, I inspected the ingredients for freshness as soon as the box was delivered. This is good practise just in case there are any issue, so you don’t get caught out when you are ready to cook.
All of my ingredients from QuiteLike were very fresh and high quality. I was impressed by the quantity and quality of the vegetables, as well as the meat which had plenty of days left on the best before date.
How’s The Food?
When trying each meal for this QuiteLike review, I’m mainly thinking about three primary factors: Cooking, Taste, and Portion Size.
Meal kits are supposed to be easy, with a recipe specifically designed for the ingredients in front of you.
Overall, that’s exactly what I found with QuiteLike.
Having a high-quality printed recipe card with pictures is exceptionally helpful, especially when cooking new dishes.
Each card is split into 6 recipe slots, which can make some of the steps quite complicated with more challenging recipes. However, I didn’t experience any issues with unclear instructions on the meals I tried.
In fact, I found every recipe really easy to follow.
One improvement QuiteLike could make is to help people get ahead with the prep-work more often. I occasionally found myself reading ahead of the recipe to find the ingredients I should be prepping.
I cooked four different dishes, with different protein sources and cooking styles. They all resulted in exceptionally tasty dinners that I thoroughly enjoyed eating.
Using plenty of fresh herbs to bring flavour out of quality ingredients was the key to making each dish so enjoyable.
The end results were highly comparable to restaurant-quality dinners and my favourite meal kit based on taste, HelloFresh (read my review of HelloFresh).
If I had to pick a favourite meal, the Lamb, Feta and Za’atar Pie would take the victory. Crispy filo pastry on top of a spiced lamb and feta mix… perfect.
I had a 4-person box and found that each meal comfortably served four portions.
You won’t find particularly huge portions with QuiteLike, which is better when trying to maintain a balanced diet anyway. However, each meal was still very filling, so I wasn’t having to reach for the snacks (or dessert) after eating.
We did have way too much food with the Red Curry & Coconut Fish Parcels because QuiteLike had sent around 500g more sweet potato than was listed in the recipe! Fortunately I noticed this before cooking so we saved them to eat another day.
What isn’t included?
As is standard with all meal kit delivery services, QuiteLike ask that you provide some standard ‘pantry‘ ingredients alongside their provided kits. These are some of the ingredients that they might ask you to have:
Oils & Vinegars
- Olive Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Caster Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Plain Flour
I’m always a little disappointed when meal kits don’t provide small amounts of ingredients that aren’t super common. I don’t often have a bag of brown sugar, or a bottle of apple cider vinegar, hanging around at home waiting to be used so this can be quite inconvenient.
I always recommend checking your recipes before your box arrives so you can make sure you have all your staple ingredients available.
Managing My Order
I found it incredibly easy to navigate through the QuiteLike site and manage my order, no matter what I needed to do.
Changing meal selections was a breeze. Simply look through the 25 recipes available for that week and select the number of meals that match your subscription.
Changing subscription size can also be done very easily. They have this in the settings page and are up-front about the impact on your weekly subscription cost.
Skipping QuiteLike must be done before the cut-off point around 8 days before delivery, but is as easy as pressing a single button in your online account.
Finally, cancelling the service can be done online very quickly either by cancelling your account or pausing your subscription to prevent any further deliveries. Remember, you aren’t locked into receiving your subscription box every single week.
My Overall Thoughts
I think QuiteLike have launched a high-quality, polished meal kit service without a lot of the teething problems other services often go through.
Everything was easy. From the ordering process through to the recipes and ultimately pausing a subscription, it was exactly the customer-friendly experience I’d expect from a meal kit.
QuiteLike stands out through the use of quality, well-sourced ingredients that combine to deliver delicious restaurant-standard meals that anyone can cook at home.
As a result, it’s not hard for me to recommend QuiteLike to anyone who wants to make meal-time easier without compromising on flavour.
Are there any downsides to QuiteLike? I think some of the recipe steps could be structured better, and there is a limited variety of meals for anyone with dietary restrictions. That’s about it.
Now, we just have to wait until QuiteLike expand into more parts of Australia.
The most similar service available currently would be HelloFresh. I’ve always found their recipes to deliver restaurant-standard meals, much like QuiteLike. The service is less personal but you’ll get more variety and pay a little bit less. There are many others you can try though.
I’d love to hear about other people’s experiences with QuiteLike – were they similar to mine? Did you find my QuiteLike review useful? Let me know in the comments section below!