These Melbourne Eateries Are Offering Takeaway and Pick-Up Options to Help You Eat Well at Home
Restaurants are back to takeaway and delivery services only.
Melbourne has entered yet another snap lockdown, which is set to run until at least 8pm on Thursday, August 12. It means the city's hospitality venues must keep their dine-in services closed, switching the focus to takeaway and delivery. Luckily, this isn't their first rodeo, so many of them have been able to pivot and pivot fast.
The result of this head-spinning feat is that bars, cafes and restaurants across the city are already offering takeaway food and delivery meals. So, you can put down that fifth can of tuna — or give up on your most recent attempt at making sourdough — and pick up the phone, knowing you'll be doing a local business a solid while also getting to eat a tasty, fancy, succulent meal.
Here are all the restaurant-quality eats where you can order takeaway or have it delivered to your doorstep.
To find out exactly what you can and can't do during lockdown 6.0, head to the DHHS website. Remember, if you live in Melbourne — the five reasons to leave the house apply. Exercise is still limited to two hours a day with your household members, your intimate partner or one other person who is not from your household or your partner, but you can venture up to five kilometres from your house while you're working out or shopping.
VENUES OFFERING TAKEAWAY AND DELIVERY
Babajan (Carlton North)
This Middle Eastern spot is offering takeaway, for pick up and delivery, including the likes of moussaka, borek, bottles of wine and gift hampers. You can order online — there's a $15 fee for deliveries within 15 kilometres, with a minimum order of $100.
Baby Pizza (Richmond)
Pizzas, pastas, desserts and wine are all available daily for pick up and delivery from this Richmond restaurant. Order here and enjoy free delivery if you live within five kilometres.
Burch & Purchese (South Yarra)
Need a sugar fix? You'll find this sweet studio's usual lineup of dreamy dessert creations available for in-store pick-up, as well as delivery to select suburbs. What's more, from August 8–15, it's hosting Cheesecake Week, with a limited-edition menu of mouthwatering cheesecake varieties also on offer. Shop online here.
Cannoleria by That's Amore (various locations)
You can now get Cannoleria's small, large and gluten-free cannoli, as well as DIY cannoli kits delivered across most of metro Melbourne for a $5 fee (on purchases over $23). Order here.
This corner pizza joint is offering takeaway and delivery once again, with vodka sauce tortiglioni, square pizzas, tiramisu and bottled cocktails all available to order. To nab yours, call 9134 8555 or head to the website.
Chin Chin (CBD and Richmond)
The Flinders Lane restaurant is again offering takeaway and delivery of its signature dishes, such as massaman curry and twice-cooked beef short rib. Also on the menu: beers, wine and a coconut panna cotta dessert. Order over here and enjoy free delivery within five kilometres of Chin Chin, or of its sibling kitchen in Richmond. As a bonus, Chin Chin's also slinging batched cocktail packs and finish-at-home dinner kits, with the latter available for delivery only this Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14.
Dari Korean Cafe (CBD)
This Korean cafe is doing bulgogi burgers, fat toasties, pumpkin pie shakes and fusion cocktails (plus much more) for takeaway and delivery — with a cheeky 10 percent discount, no less. You can order over here.
Hot pot at home? Yep, you can order it from David's. The CBD restaurant has two different set menus available for delivery, with zero delivery fees for those within 20 kilometres of the CBD. Order by shooting them an Instagram DM, or calling 0404 960 196.
You can pick up meals — such as chicken and coriander spring rolls, a two-person fish pie and strawberry gum profiteroles — nightly from 4.45–8pm. Or, try Estelle's selection of finish-at-home dishes, delivered via Providoor.
Green Acre (Brunswick)
This low-waste pizzeria is whipping up its much-loved pies for pick up, as well as delivering locally via Mr Yum. Jump online to place an order and you might even spy some weekly specials.
Hanoi Hannah Vol. II (Elsternwick) and Express Lane (Windsor)
Jump online to order vermicelli bowls, rice paper rolls and warming bowls of pho for pick-up from either of these Hanoi Hannah stores. Deliveroo and UberEats delivery is also available. And for something new, try the deliciously messy Drip Drop Banh Mi, loaded with chicken and lemongrass sauce, and served with a side of warm pho-inspired gravy.
Horn Please (Fitzroy North)
Available from 4.30pm daily, Horn Please's takeaway menu of curries and rice is 30 percent off the usual price if you order direct and pick it up. You can order via the website or by calling (03) 9497 8101. Otherwise, get the full offering of non-traditional Indian fare delivered straight to your door via Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
Ichi Ni Nana (Fitzroy) and Ichi Ni Izakaya (St Kilda)
A menu of Japanese classics and loaded bento boxes are now being whipped up for takeaway by the Ichi Ni kitchen in St Kilda from 5–9pm. You can pick up in-store, or have your meal dropped to your door by one of five delivery partners. Order here.
This modern Sri Lankan restaurant has finish-at-home dinner boxes for two — as well as add-ons like a slow-cooked lamb raan — available to order via the website for both pick up and delivery. Find them here. For this week (August 9–15), $10 jugs of takeaway sangria are also on offer until sold out each day.
Kickin'Inn (Port Melbourne)
Fancy diving into a deliciously messy mixed seafood feast at home? Well, you're in luck, because this Port Melbourne newcomer is offering its Cajun-inspired menu of ocean-fresh goodies for takeaway and (free) delivery via Menulog. Right now, you'll also score 10 percent off mixed bags and Kickin'Licious products if you mention the deal upon ordering — place your order here.
King and Godfree (Carlton)
Offering delivery to a hefty list of Melbourne suburbs, King and Godfree's menu features everything from vacuum-sealed pizzas and loaded antipasto boxes, to pasta night packs and giant eggplant parmigianas. And plenty of vino, of course. Order online.
Lagoon Dining (Carlton)
You can enjoy a range of clever mod-Chinese eats from this Lygon Street diner, available for pick up (Wednesday to Saturday), as well as for delivery via Providoor (Wednesday to Sunday). Place your Providoor order here, or jump over here to pre-order for in-store collection.
Little Prince Wine (St Kilda)
The Prince Hotel's Euro-inspired wine bar, food store and bottle shop have lots of goodies available daily for takeaway — including coffees, sandwiches and salads, cheese, charcuterie, ready-to-eat meals and top-notch wines. You'll also find a selection of snack platters, deli goods and booze offered via Providoor.
Maker & Monger (South Yarra)
One word: cheese. Maker & Monger is selling the stuff to-go, delivering cheese in both 150-gram and 250-gram wedges, along with other cheese platter essentials and four of its cult-favourite cheese toasties, which you can finish off at home (so they're extra hot, not soggy). Order delivery over here.
Hankering for some Mexican eats? This CBD spot is slinging plates like brisket empanadas, salt-baked trout tacos and margarita cheesecakes, for pick up six days a week. Order here, or jump to the website to organise a finish-at-home dinner kit for delivery instead.
Mister Bianco (Kew)
This Kew restaurant is back to offering its Italian Job finish-at-home meal boxes for pick up and delivery (August 11–14 — check here for details). It's also got a menu of ready-to-eat fare, including dishes like the famed duck pappardelle and gnocchi osso buco — order from that lineup here, Thursday–Saturday.
New Shanghai (various locations)
Get your dumpling fix courtesy of this legendary restaurant group's impressive take-home and delivery menu. Order everything from xiao long bao, to kung pao chicken and wonton soup, by calling either the Emporium or Chadstone store.
Panda Hot Pot (Carlton)
This Carlton spot's signature Sichuan hot pot is now available to enjoy at home. Choose your spice level, then order here for pick-up or delivery. Minimum order varies depending on your delivery location.
Palermo might be closed, but it's still offering finish-at-home meals including empanadas, beef short ribs and loaded date night dinner boxes for delivery via Providoor. Order over here.
Patient Wolf Distilling Co (Southbank)
This inner city distillery's bottle shop will remain open on select days for takeaways, but you can also get cocktail packs, batched drinks and signature G&T cans delivered to your door by heading over here.
Red Sparrow (Collingwood and Prahran)
Collingwood's plant-based pizzeria is delivering its vegan slices, sides and desserts to your door via Doordash, Tuesday to Saturday. Or, you can pick up your feed from either store. For the latter, order here.
Rice Paper Scissors (Fitzroy)
Right now, the Rice Paper Scissors kitchen is serving up Southeast Asian banquets, signature sauces and popular dishes — like the sticky soy tofu and the sugar cane prawns — for takeaway and delivery. Jump online to see the menu and order. Also available for Lockdown 6.0 is an indulgent boozy brunch box, complete with curated playlist, clocking in at $45 per person — order yours here by 4pm for next-day delivery or pick up.
Scoopy Milk Bar (CBD)
Just because you're in lockdown, doesn't mean you need to forgo dessert. Scoopy Milk bar is offering its bingsu — a colourful Korean shaved ice dessert — for pick up and delivery, doing drop-offs to a different suburb area each day. Check out full details and order here.
Spring Street Grocer (CBD)
Shop an impressive selection of vino, cheese, hampers, platters, pantry items and chef-made ready-to-heat meals over at Spring Street Grocer's online store. Both click-and-collect and delivery are available — see the range here.
Tahina (Northcote and Fitzroy)
If you're keen to get your mitts on some top-notch vegetarian Middle Eastern eats, Tahina's two stores are currently open daily for pick up and local delivery. Head here to order dishes like falafel-stuffed pita and plump sabich, plus feasting options like a $39 date night feed and the $89 family spread.
That's Amore (Thomastown)
Get your lockdown cheese fix dropped straight to your door, courtesy of That's Amore's expansive online store selection. Delivery is available for orders over $20 — place yours here. The onsite Cheesery is also open for takeaway.
The B.East (Brunswick East) and The B.East of Brunswick Street (Fitzroy)
You'll find The B.East's next-level burgers, sides and vegan eats available both for local delivery and takeaway — order online. Or, swing by either store from 12–2pm daily to grab brekkie burgers and Espresso Quarantinis from the Brettfast Club pop-up.
The Happy Mexican (Abbotsford)
Abbotsford's colourful Mexican spot is offering both delivery (free if you spend over $45) and pick up during lockdown, with a menu of favourites including tortas, burrito bowls and taco platters. The popular Taco Tuesday specials continue to run as well. Order here.
The Left-Handed Chef (South Melbourne)
This Israeli eatery is slinging a menu of hummus bowls, challah schnitzel sandwiches, traditional salads and feasting packs, available to pick up or to have delivered to your door. Check out the lineup and order here.
Through its website, Tipico is serving hot dishes like beef pappardelle, eggplant parmigiana and veal cotoletta for pick up and delivery. But you'll also find a great selection of finish-at-home options for delivery via Providoor, including a romantic feed for two.
VENUES OFFERING PICK-UP ONLY
Bar Romantica (Brunswick East)
This popular late-night joint is whipping up pizzas, cannoli and other Italian delights for pick up. Along with a range of wine, they're available Wednesday to Saturday — order here. Plus, from 12–3pm each Saturday, the venue's doubling as a pop-up pizzetta shop, slinging a tidy lineup of limited-edition creations to-go.
Bellboy (Brunswick East)
Not only is Bellboy's full brunch menu available to take away during lockdown, the cafe's also serving a special-edition brunch box for two. Each one comes stocked with a couple of loaded bagels, sourdough crumpets, coffees, chia pudding and crispy potato hash for $49. Pre-order from the full lineup here.
Pretzel (CBD, South Yarra and Doncaster)
Your go-to pretzel slingers are now offering click-and-collect orders from three of their Melbourne stores. Jump online to grab some sweet and savoury versions of the signature twisty treats, and maybe even a drink to wash it down.
Rustica (South Yarra)
The bakery's legendary bread, coffee and pastries are available to take away from the South Yarra outpost from 8am daily. Check out the menu in advance over here.
Stray Neighbour (Preston)
This popular Preston spot is keeping busy putting together breakfast boxes, aperitivo kits and two-person dinner packs, which you can pre-order for pick up by calling (03) 9471 1420. The venue's also open for takeaway — swing past to grab house-made breads, sourdough pizza slices, sweet treats and more.
During lockdown, Tulum is serving up a range of Turkish street food to-go. Think, Bosphorus-style fish sandwiches, house-made vegetarian boreks and simit (a Turkish riff on the bagel). Swing past the Carlisle Street site to see what's on today — the kitchen's cooking from 10am until sold out.
Top image: Babajan by Arianna Leggiero.
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Published on August 10, 2021 by Concrete Playground