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HerbiDoor delivers a variety of fresh vegan and plant-based meals around Australia. The meals are chef-created, delicious and made with good-quality wholesome ingredients.

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Updated September 19, 2023
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A Review of HerbiDoor 2023

The Good:

The Not So Good:

What is HerbiDoor?

Founded in 2018, HerbiDoor offers 100% Vegan Australian Certified readymade meals, desserts, and snacks. Made by chefs using Australian produce, delivered fresh, not frozen, HerbiDoor aims to make it easier to choose delicious vegan options. I previously tried HerbiDoor a year ago, and whilst I enjoyed most of the meals, I found their meals expensive for the portion size and was disappointed by the vegetable and protein content – you can read my first review here. So, has HerbiDoor improved when it comes to value for money and nutritional quality?  

How does HerbiDoor work?

The online order process is simple – view the menu, select your meals according to your dietary preferences and allergens, then the chefs prepare your meals and deliver them fresh to your door.

When choosing my readymade meals, I recognised a lot of menu items from my previous order, however overall, the HerbiDoor menu has been updated. You can now select from their ‘signature series’, ‘vegan active meals’, ‘$8.95 everyday essentials’, ‘comfort meals’, vegan meats, breakfast’s, desserts, and gluten-free menu. They also offer ‘low sodium’ menu items which is great as some of the meals from my previous order contained high amounts of sodium. HerbiDoor’s ability to customise your meals is a standout feature – the allergens filter allows you to select from onion, sesame, peanut, nut, ginger and mushroom free. 

Their new ‘$8.95 everyday essentials’ menu was really appealing from a price point however, it was a smaller range than I expected, with only 4 items to choose from. It would great to see this menu expanded to appeal to budget conscious consumers.

How much does HerbiDoor Cost?

Menu:

Cost:

Everyday essentials 

$8.95/meal

Comfort meals

$12.95-$13.95/meal

Signature series

$15.95/meal

Vegan active meals 

$14.95/meal

Vegan meats

$12.95-$18.5/meal

Breakfasts

$12.95-$17.95/meal

Desserts

$6.95-$12.50/meal


The cost of their ‘comfort meals’ has increased from $9.95 to $12.95, and I still feel their breakfast options are at a high price point. HerbiDoor is a more expensive readymade meal service option compared to other brands such as Soulara (starting from $9.55/meal) and My Muscle Chef Vegan range (from $9.95/meal). However, it is still more affordable than premium, organic vegan readymade service Garden of Vegan. Whilst HerbiDoor’s meals are better quality than Soulara and My Muscle Chef due to the absence of preservatives, additives and focus on real food ingredients, I believe you get better value for money with My Muscle Chef.

My HerbiDoor Experience

I selected meals from the ‘everyday essential’ and ‘signature series’ menu:

  • Korean Gochujang (350g)
  • Paneer Masala (350g)
  • Tandoori Chick’n (400g)
  • Sweet Chilli Tofu Bowl (350g)
  • Vegan Steak (400g)
  • Thai Green Curry (300g)
  • Buttered Tofu (350g)
  • Pumpkin Korma (300g)

In my previous review of HerbiDoor, I noted that the menu items on their website look really appetising, yet when I received the meals, not all of them looked like they did on the website. When my recent HerbiDoor box arrived, I could immediately tell that the meals have had an upgrade, they all looked fresh and more closely resembled their images from the website. 

Each meal was well labelled, with clear allergen information, cooking instructions and nutrition facts. The meals heated well in the microwave and to my delight, they were all really tasty! There was a noticeable improvement in the appearance of the ingredients and flavours since my last order – there was a great use of herbs and spices. My favourites were the Buttered Tofu, Tandoori Chick’n and Thai Green Curry – they tasted authentic and were bursting with flavour and creaminess (sans dairy!). I also loved the texture of the vegan chick’n, it was “meaty” and filling.  

HerbiDoor Nutritionist’s Review

The main concerns I had when I tried HerbiDoor previously were the low protein content and lack of vegetables in their ‘comfort meals’ and ‘signature series’. 

The vegetable content of the ‘signature series’ meals has slightly improved compared to last time, however in some meals they were included in very small amounts. The Thai Green Curry was very ‘beige’ in appearance, and whilst it tasted great, I was searching for the cauliflower, green beans and broccoli that are listed in the ingredients list. The Tandoori Chick’n and Cumin Rice was a similar story, I counted about 5 green peas in the meal which was very disappointing. The Vegan Steak might have been the worst culprit, with 1 floret of broccoli included in the meal! As the meals are not significantly large portions (and there is plenty of space in the containers), I believe it would be reasonable for HerbiDoor to include more vegetables across all their meals. The meals with the best servings of vegetables were the Sweet Chilli Tofu Bowl and Korean Gochujang – you could actually see the vegetables! If you are looking for a high quality vegan readymade meal provider which prioritises vegetables, I would recommend Garden of Vegan over HerbiDoor.

In terms of the protein content, I was generally pleased. Most meals contained over 20g of protein – the Vegan Steak contained the most at 48g, whilst the Korean Gochujang had the least protein at 7g. The use of ‘vegan meats’ in the form of Vital Wheat Gluten provides a lot more protein. Other sources of protein included tofu which is a good quality source. 

Compared to other services such as Soulara or My Muscle Chef, there are no preservatives or additives in HerbiDoor’s meals, making them a suitable option for those who are looking for wholefood based readymade meals. I also noticed that the sodium content of their meals is lower compared to last time which is fantastic! Often ‘vegan meat’ replacements contain a lot of sodium to enhance the flavour, however by using good quality herbs, spices, and sauces, they have been able to keep the nutritional quality of the meals. However, whilst the protein content has improved and the overall quality of their ingredients is great, I would still love to see more vegetables included in meals to improve the overall micronutrient content of HerbiDoor’s readymade meals.

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HerbiDoor Final Thoughts

HerbiDoor is a good mid-tier readymade meal option for those following a plant-based diet. The meals are delicious, made with good quality ingredients, however they are lacking in vegetables and some portions may be small for some individuals. If you are looking for a high-quality option which includes more vegetables, I would recommend Garden of Vegan.

HerbiDoor FAQs

Whilst the quality of their ingredients is good, the portions may be small for some and the cost per meal is higher when compared to other services such as Soulara or My Muscle Chef. Therefore, I believe you get better value for money with My Muscle Chef.

HerbiDoor is not advertised as a premium service however, they are a more expensive option.

Yes, My Muscle Chef, Chefgood, Soulara, Garden of Vegan and Activate Foods all offer vegan readymade meals that cater to a variety of dietary preferences.

Overall Rating

HerbiDoor Meals
Lauren Parchi
Website & Ordering Process
5/5
Packaging & Delivery
5/5
Product Quality (taste/freshness)
3/5
Price
3/5
Customisation
5/5
Summary
HerbiDoor is a good mid-tier ready-made meal option for those following a plant-based/vegan diet.
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4.2/5