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These Melbourne Restaurants Are Offering New Takeaway Options to Help You Eat Well at Home

Eateries across the city are adapting because of COVID-19 concerns, and are now offering smoked lamb ribs, lobster rolls and tiramisu takeaway.
By Libby Curran
March 17, 2020
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These Melbourne Restaurants Are Offering New Takeaway Options to Help You Eat Well at Home

Eateries across the city are adapting because of COVID-19 concerns, and are now offering smoked lamb ribs, lobster rolls and tiramisu takeaway.
By Libby Curran
March 17, 2020
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In an effort to contain COVID-19, stacks of events across the country have been axed, large cultural institutions have shut and council facilities have temporarily closed. And, with the government encouraging social distancing and mandating that everyone who's arrived from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days, there's also been a spike in the number of people now spending more time at home.

As a result, bars, cafes and restaurants are adapting by beefing up their takeaway options and launching new delivery meals. So, you can put down that fifth can of Aldi tuna and pick up the phone, knowing you'll be doing a local business a solid while also getting to eating a tasty, fancy, succulent meal.

Here are all the restaurant-quality eats you can order takeaway or have delivered to your doorstep.

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PICK-UP ONLY

Chargrill Charlie's (Camberwell)
The chargrilled chicken masters are now serving all meals in takeout containers. You can only pay using a credit card or the Chargrill Charlie's app and right now you can take up the offer of a $10 credit if you're downloading the app for the first time. And if you're after delivery, you can find them on UberEats.

Estelle (Northcote)
Right now, your tastebuds can take advantage of a new, rotating menu of takeaway dishes from Scott Pickett's Northcote gem Estelle. On Monday, March 23, you can order a red duck curry for $45, available to pick up from the venue between 5–8pm.

Fancy Hank's (CBD)
The American barbecue joint has ready-made meal packs for $25 a head, filled with smoked meats, mac 'n' cheese, salad, pickles and a bottle of Fancy Hank's sauce. They're available for pick-up alongside a selection of smoked meats, like vac-sealed brisket, which can be ordered here. The final pick-up time is 9pm on Tuesday, March 24.

Hanoi Hannah Vol 2 (Elsternwick), HH New Quarter (Richmond)
These modern Vietnamese eateries have kicked off a new online ordering service for pick-up food options. Jump online to order dishes like rice paper rolls, pho and vermicelli bowls, to be collected in-store.

Lagoon Dining (Carlton)
The Lygon Street restaurant is offering a limited takeaway menu — with the likes of popcorn chicken, hot and sour shredded potato, and rolled rice noodles with XO — for pick-up only.

Lagotto (North Fitzroy)
Available to pick up from 5–9.30pm Tuesday–Saturday, Lagotto's takeaway menu features lamb rigatoni, pork cotoletta, gnocchi and a selection of beers and wine.

Lover (Windsor)
The Mcilwrick Street spot is launching 'Gnocchi on the Blocky' drive-through pick-up service for gnocchi, of course, and selected menu items. It'll also be offering delivery. Keep an eye on its Instagram for updates.

Mile End Bagels (Fitzroy)
The bagel shop is now takeaway-only. Customers can enter and order, but cannot eat the food on site.

Mono-XO (Fitzroy)
The tiny Fitzroy spot is currently running a takeaway-only situation with ramen, bento boxes, Japanese sandwiches and 7-Eleven-style snacks available for pick up.

Neptune (Windsor)
Those who can venture out of the house will find a raft of pick-up food packages available at this Windsor restaurant, including wine and cheese, and fresh pasta and tiramisu.

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PICK UP AND DELIVERY

Bar Margaux by Gareth Sobey

Bar Margaux (CBD)
Melbourne's underground French haunt Bar Margaux has a delivery service running ready-to-eat French classics to your doorstep. Available across metro Melbourne, the 'plat du jours' menu will see beef bourguignon, coq au vin or lamb navarin — and bottles of French wine — available with free delivery or pick-up from 5–11pm.

Cantina Carolina (South Yarra), Marameo (CBD), Bar Carolina (South Yarra) and Il Bacaro (CBD)
Joe Mammone's four Italian-leaning venues are each offering takeaway menus based on the dishes you already love. Try Cantina Carolina's lamb shoulder pappardelle or chicken cotoletta as a main and a cannoli for dessert, Marameo's porcini risotto or grilled spatchcock, or Bar Carolina has plates like fritto misto and salt-crust barramundi. Or, you might fancy splurging on Il Bacaro's takeaway menu, which can be delivered within a 3km radius for orders over $100. Cheer yourself up with dishes like goat ragu pappardelle and agave nectar cheesecake.

Connie's Pizza (CBD)
Connie's Pizza now has its own delivery service with a range of pizzas to choose from, including Sicilian and four-cheese options. You can also order those cheesy slices to pick up from the venue between 5–11pm, found at the rear of Heartbreaker, or Connie's is offering free delivery across inner Melbourne.

Good Times Milk Bar (Bentleigh)
GTMB is launching a new Tropica Taqueria takeaway menu, available for pick up daily from 2–5pm and on UberEats, from Monday, March 23. As well as ready-made tacos and quesadillas, the takeaway option will include taco packs with eight soft tortillas, fillings, garnish, toppings and sauces. It also has grocery boxes filled with milk, eggs, coffee and wine available for delivery.

Lune Croissanterie (Fitzroy and CBD)
The world-class pastry shop is now offering its treats for takeaway and same-day delivery, at both the CBD and Fitzroy stores. Takeaway options are running with a strict 1.5m distancing rule. For delivery, it's a minimum $50 spend plus a $5 delivery fee. Simply order over the phone. You can also order bags of coffee for your at-home fix.

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Mrs Singh (CBD), Daughter In Law (CBD) and Horn Please (Fitzroy North)
These sibling venues are now offering free inner city delivery on curry in isolation packs, starting from 4pm on Monday, March 23. Order by text before 4pm for Mrs Singh, by 4.30pm for Daughter in Law, and between 4–9pm for Horn Please. You can pay over the phone for a selection of signature curries and rice from Horn Please and you'll score 30 percent off your bill if you choose pick-up.

Punch Lane (CBD) and Saint Urban (Richmond)
These sibling restaurants are joining forces to offer a special lineup of takeaway meals, available to pick up in-store, or for a $5 delivery to anyone living within five kilometre of either venue. Delivery has a minimum spend of $50 and the menu features dishes like beef bourguignon, kingfish crudo and Punch Lane's legendary steak sandwich.

Red Sparrow (Collingwood and Prahran)
Collingwood's plant-based pizzeria is still delivering its vegan slices, sides and desserts to your door via Doordash, Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

Smith & Daughters (Fitzroy)
This much-loved vegan spot is now offering a limited menu available for takeaway and delivery, so you can enjoy penne carbonara, vodka-spiked spaghetti and tiramisu in your own home. Check out the full menu here.

Teta Mona (Brunswick East)
This Lebanese spot is offering take-home packs for pick-up and delivery via Deliveroo. Setting you back $28 for one person, $50 for two and $95 for four, they come filled with smoky eggplant dip, haloumi, seven-spice chicken and slow-cooked lamb (and more).

Tipico (Windsor)
Windsor's pizza and pasta bar is offering a slew of takeaway Italian meal options, from a jar of house-made sugo and packet of dry pasta ($15), to a two-person, ready-to-eat lasagne for $30 (48-hours notice required). You can arrange to pick up from the restaurant, or Tipico can deliver to nearby suburbs including South Yarra, Prahran, Armadale and Malvern for an extra $5.

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Top image: Mrs Singh by Peter Tarasiuk

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Published on March 17, 2020 by Libby Curran

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