12 tasty food to try for working lunches

As many EAs, PAs and administrative staff know all too well, it can be difficult to order corporate catering for a large group of people in the office. It can sometimes be challenging to cater to the wide range of tastebuds and if you have training, a conference or a meeting that lasts for a few days, it’s important to try not to order the same meals over and over again. And you do want to please everyone – studies have shown that office lunches can help increase productivity, engagement and can boost morale.

If your office is stuck in a sandwich rut and you need some inspiration, then look no further! It’s possible to order a variety of cuisines from Greek to Japanese catering, without alienating any member of the team. If you're not sure what to have for lunch at work, check out our top picks below for inspiration.

Indian food

indian food by Spiced by Billu’sSome people may be scared by Indian food due to the spice, but there are plenty of delicious dishes with barely a hint of heat. Some Indian catering menu items you could order include:

  • Samosas
  • Tandoori chicken
  • Chana masala – great for vegetarians
  • Butter chicken

Order-In has a range of Indian cateres including Beyond India, Jays Curry, Bombay Bliss, The Colonial. Try them today!

Photo credit: Spiced by Billu's

Thai food

corporate catering – Red Lemon Thai CaféFull of flavour and fresh ingredients, there are loads of great food options with Thai catering. From the exotic flavours to the familiar sweet and non-spicy, there’s something for everyone.

Try these delicious food options:

  • Noodles including Pad Thai or Pad See Ew
  • Chicken satay skewers
  • Massaman curry
  • Stir fried including chicken with basil, chicken (or other protein) with cashew nuts

Try Red Lemon Thai Café, Heart Thai Food for your next working lunch.

Spanish paella

corporate catering – Paella del MarFull of flavour and fresh ingredients, there are loads of great food options with Thai catering. From the exotic flavours to the familiar sweet and non-spicy, there’s something for everyone.

Paella catering is fun, engaging and a hassle free way to feed a group. This well-known and loved Spanish dish is designed for sharing and for bringing people together, which makes it perfect for office lunch meetings or staff lunches.

Try Paella del Mar in Sydney for your next working lunch with their delicious range of paella options.

Photo credit: Paella del Mar

Japanese food

corporate catering - Japanese foodThere’s so much more to Japanese food than sushi. We love these:

  • Noodles
  • Gyoza – pan-fried dumplings often filled with pork and cabbage
  • Teriyaki chicken
  • Sushi
  • Bento – the traditional Japanese bento boxes are a healthy and delicious choice for a working lunch or corporate event. We love how the boxes have several compartments for a mix of items.

Try Shuji Sushi for a selection of sushi, donburi, noodles and bento boxes.

Photo credit: Salon De Sushi

Vietnamese food

Vietnamese food for your next working lunchThis might be the easiest cuisine to order, as there are plenty of options to please everyone. Chao Catering offer a wide range of Vietnamese catering options to tickle every tastebud. Try:

  • Rice and noodle dishes
  • Crispy pork belly bao buns
  • Stir fries
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Spring rolls
  • Healthy salads

Need some ideas? Try Roll'd, Mrs Luu's Vietnamese Catering, Banoi Brisbane, Bun Me North Sydney for your next office lunch. 

Photo credit: Chao Catering

Middle Eastern

middle eastern office cateringNot only is middle eastern catering incredibly popular and healthy, it translates well into a single-portion, low-maintenance working lunch. It could include a kebab, tabbouleh, hummus and Lebanese bread for dipping. It’s great for keeping energy levels up and steady throughout the afternoon, as it’s packed full of whole grains and vegetables instead of highly processed carbs – no 3pm slump here!

Try Beirut Falafel or Agraba Lebanese for your next working lunch.

Photo credit: Sundweesh

Hawaiian Poke

office catering – poke’dIf you’re looking for healthy catering, but still want something tasty and filling that even the blokes will love, then you have to try poke! Pronounced po-kay, it is a Hawaiian dish with Japanese influences and translates to ‘section’ or ‘to slice or cut’ for the way the fish is cubed in the dish. It’s packed full of lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats and vegetables and is gluten free.

Try Poke’d, Nude Fish, Nama PokeNosh or Cheeky Poke Bar for your next working lunch.

Photo credit: Poke'd


corporate catering - healthy Mexican street food with Pablo’s KitchenThe tortilla is Mexico’s answer to the traditional sandwich. It’s versatile, inexpensive and delicious. Best of all, there’s loads of different fillings to try so you can build your own to suit your taste.

We love Pablo’s Kitchen with their take on healthy Mexican street food or classic South American street food from Guzman Y Gomez, available in Sydney Australia Square, Sydney Central Park, Darling Harbour, Newtown, North Sydney, Ryde and Sydney World SquareMexican catering ideas include:

  • Braised beef and salsa verde tacos
  • Pulled pork tacos with Mexican slaw, fresh pineapple, jalapenos, limes and their signature green salsa
  • Fish stick tacos
  • Cheese quesadilla
  • Burritos
  • Enchiladas

Photo credit: Pablo’s Kitchen


pizza catering – Kookaburra CaféNothing fails to excite people more than pizza and Italian catering! Make your next business lunch meeting more interesting and fun with pizza catering. Try Made in Italy with their wide range of Italian food, including:

  • Pizzas
  • Pasta
  • Calzones
  • Lasagna
  • Vegetarians won't miss out with a wide range of vegetarian options available

Photo credit: Kookaburra Cafe

Malaysian food

try Malaysian food for your next working lunchOne of the best things about Malaysian food is its huge range that will be sure to satisfy any taste bud. We love these yummy food options from Ipoh on York, Merchant Society and Ya Malaysia.

  • Fried rice
  • Stir fried noodles
  • Chicken curry with rice
  • Chicken satay skewers
  • Curry puffs
  • Spring rolls
  • Laksa

Moroccan food

Moroccan foodMoroccan food is very diverse and the use Mediterranean fruit, vegetables and aromatic spices combine to make delicious, flavour-filled dishes everyon will love. Try The Moroccan Feast for your next office lunch:

  • Couscous
  • Lamb tagine
  • Chicken tagine
  • Shakshuka

Photo credit: The Moroccan Feast

Greek street food

try Greek catering for your next office lunchMore than just a greasy hangover cure, if you're after simple, fresh and full of flavour gyros that hit all the right spots, than you'll love Greek street food! Char-grilled lamb, pork or chicken, with tomato, tzatziki, onion, hot chips and paprika, wrapped in a warm pita bread. Heaven!

Try Zeus for your next working lunch. They also offer a Spartan lunch box which includes chicken, lamb or pork with your choice of Aegean salad, Village Greek salad or seasonal salad, served with tzatziki and pilaf. Available in Sydney CBD, North SydneyBrisbane and Southbank.

Photo credit: Zeus

Let’s not forget the sweets…

donuts for your next working lunchPerk up a meeting with boxes of donuts from Dr. Dough with interesting flavours like:

  • Buttered popcorn glaze topped with butter toffee popcorn donut
  • For the 90s kids, you’ll fondly remember this! Rainbow Nerds sprinkled over a pink glazed donut
  • Sour blueberry glazed donut
  • Dulce De Leche and sea salt filled donut
  • Cheesecake filled donut, topped with blueberry icing and cookie crumble

Photo credit: Dr Dough Donuts

If you’re a fan of sandwiches, switch it up

Of course, our awesome corporate caterers offer a selection of gourmet sandwiches and wraps with delicious fillings like turkey, roast beef, egg, chicken, tuna and more!

Hungry yet? Order corporate catering now or if you're not sure what to have for lunch, speak to our office catering gurus for recommendations and tips and make your next working lunch, training or conference more memorable with catering that will delight.

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National Eat What You Want Day is celebrated on May 11 and is the day to indulge yourself without feeling guilty.

For some people, National Eat What You Want Day is a day to pig out on fast food. For others, this day will entail taking yourself out for a fancy dinner and enjoying an expensive bottle of wine.

While it is doubtful that you need much of an explanation of how to celebrate this day, if you need some inspiration or want to try something different, scroll down to find out some wacky yet delicious meal combinations to try.

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