ASRC | UPDATING | Catering, New Melbourne Cafes, Home Meals | September 2023

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With a few cups of hard work, a healthy spoon of determination, and a pinch of impact, ASRC Catering is happy to announce our best recipe yet, the opening of not one, but two locations for Journeys Café

As a continuation of the joint initiative between the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and the University of Melbourne, the latest Journeys Café is nestled in the heart of the uni’s Southbank campus, serving both students and locals alike - the response has been warm and welcoming. 
We’re thrilled to be serving up tasty lunches, great coffees, and tempting sweet treats now at two inner city locations. 
Both cafes offer more than just delicious world flavours with each location functioning as a training space for people seeking asylum to gain hands-on experience as they enter the workforce. 

They also provide affordable and nutritious meals to patrons, with no menu item costing over $10, something that is becoming increasingly rare to find in the city. This price structure has been designed specifically to support students on campus however, it also provides benefits to the local community as well. 
With Melbourne’s student and low-income population facing food insecurity due to the continued cost of living increases, there is no better time than now. 
Southbank has also served local residents, a lot of whom are students, as well as arts precinct workers and teachers, bringing a sense of community to the area. 

Community is further mirrored with both our locations offering menus that draw inspiration from the cultures of the people we employ, showcasing global recipes with bold flavours. Expect a mostly vegetarian menu with breakfast, lunch, and snack options. 

We look forward to welcoming you for a coffee, soup, or sandwich at either the Southbank or Parkville campuses of the University of Melbourne.

Kind regards,
The team at ASRC Catering

Check out Journeys Café

Journeys Café Parkville
The University of Melbourne, Student Pavilion
Level 4, Building 162 Monash Rd, Cnr, Swanston St Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
Opening Hours: 8am–4pm Monday to Friday

Journeys Café  Southbank
The University of Melbourne,
Building 877, 28-30 Dodds St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Opening Hours: 8.30am–3.30pm Monday to Friday

Conscious choices for your next celebration

With end-of-year celebrations fast approaching, now is the perfect time to consider a catering provider that makes a difference, like ASRC Catering.

Whether it’s to celebrate a special birthday, end-of-year- work parties, or even an engagement, ASRC Catering will bring delicious world flavours to the party!

We provide a range of canapes, soups, salads & wraps, as well as filling main meals to share.

Each meal is packed with delicious, globally inspired flavours - there are plenty of choices for vegans and people with dietary requirements.

We are more than just good food and catering though, being a social enterprise of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, we also create pathways to employment for people seeking asylum.

Enjoy meals from home

Did you know that ASRC Meals are back in action? We’re bringing you brand new flavours, from our kitchen to yours. 

Feast on bowls of warming soups or hearty meals like Sbanikh Mae Eads, a delicious rich stew-like dish made with lentils, spinach and tomato. 

Enjoy all these dishes at home
  • Gawaher’s Sudanese Ragu
    A family favourite recipe brought to you from Sudan. This humble dish shines bright with bold flavour. 
  • Butter Chicken with New Delhi spice mix
    Creamy curry flavours, balanced perfectly with tangy tomatoes - you’ll be dreaming of New Delhi with each bite. 
  • Middle Eastern Spiced Chickpea and Pumpkin Salad
    A wholesome Spring salad paired with filling chickpeas, pumpkin, and mouth-watering spices.
Order yours today – available for pick up or delivery. 

How It Works:
  1. YOU PRE-ORDER - Add your meals to the online cart and pick a time for pick up or delivery
  2. WE PREPARE- Sit back and wait while we prepare your delicious meals
  3. IT’S READY - Pick up your meals from our kitchen or they are delivered according to our weekly schedule
  4. ENJOY AT HOME - simply heat up your meal and assemble(meals can be kept refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for later) 
It really is THAT simple.

Ways to support ASRC Catering

  • Let us cater for you
    Team lunches at work, conferences, birthdays or weddings - we’ve got your covered.
    Enjoy meals at home
    Take the night off cooking and order one of our delicious at-home soups, snacks or main meals. 
  • Visit our cafés
    In the CBD? Visit our Journeys Café in Southbank or Parkville and enjoy a coffee, cafe or a bite for lunch. 
  • Support our socials
    Share the love and interact on socials. Like, comment or share a post to help us reach more great people like you. 
  • Get involved
  • Donate
  • Advocate
  • Collaborate
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is an independent not for profit whose programs support and empower over 7,000 people seeking asylum each year to maximise their physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to creating social and policy change for people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia.


ASRC Catering
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
Address: 214–218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Tel:  +61 3 9939 6320