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Four Date-Night Worthy Meals and Booze Pairings You Can Order To Your Door

Match boozy iced tea with a platter of tacos, or a full-bodied cab sav with spicy lamb curry.
By Emma Joyce
May 22, 2020
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Four Date-Night Worthy Meals and Booze Pairings You Can Order To Your Door

Match boozy iced tea with a platter of tacos, or a full-bodied cab sav with spicy lamb curry.
By Emma Joyce
May 22, 2020
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If you live with your significant other, it's likely you've already reached the stage where you dine together in PJs with unwashed locks and something distracting playing in the background. And while there's no shame in being comfortable, perhaps you'd like to bring a sense of occasion back to your date nights? And, if you're visiting your date for dinner, maybe you'd like to take the pressure off your partner by ordering takeaway for one night during lockdown.

While ordering-in share dishes like tacos, curries and decadent desserts will bring you both back to the dining table for some all-important eye contact time and fresh conversation (we bet your chat game is starting to dry up), you might want to spice things up a little more. If you usually reach for a white wine to pair with your takeaway pizza, or a beer to wash down those dumplings, we've got some more unexpected drinks to match with your meals. We've teamed up with Pernod Ricard to bring you four at-home dining suggestions that you can order (booze included) to your door, so you can pop that well-worn cookbook back on the shelf and try your hand at boozy iced tea or whisky highballs next time date night rolls around.

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Baja

SHARE CITRUSY-SWEET TACOS AND BOOZY ICED TEA

You may not be able to plan a casual weeknight date at one of your favourite Mexican restaurants right now, but you can recreate the experience at home. Instead of cracking into a tropical lager to knock back with your fiesta-worthy feast, try making a jug of spiked iced tea that you can share along with a selection of meaty or vegetarian tacos. Include a squeeze of lime or a side like pineapple salsa, as the citrus pairs particularly well with the zesty fruit flavours of a single malt whisky in that iced tea.

What to order: In Melbourne, you can get Mamasita's DIY taco packs via Mr Yum with prawn, jackfruit and barbacoa beef options, or El Sabor's nachos and burritos via Deliveroo. In Sydney, order the chargrilled chicken or beef brisket tacos from Mejico via Deliveroo, or takeaway vegan and gluten free cauliflower or stir fried oyster mushroom corn tortillas from Bad Hombres. Brisbane's The Burrito Bar has pulled pork, steak and crispy fish tacos, which you can order in from Deliveroo, or swing by Baja, which has takeaway set up for its Mexican-inspired menu.

Pair with: The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve and T2 Iced Tea. Order a packet of Packs a Peach loose leaves as it creates a fruity cocktail that's naturally sweet, so there's no need to add sugar.

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Mary's Burgers by Nikki To

PAIR A JUICY BURGER WITH WHISKEY DRY AND LIME

Just because it's date night, doesn't mean you have to use cutlery. If you're feeling the call of comfort food, and want to move onto that episode of Unorthodox without having to stack the dishwasher, make your date night feed a handheld treat. Order a couple of new-to-you burgers and go splitsies, that way you can taste-test beyond your go-to patty and (as no one else is around to judge you) go large on the sides. A simple whiskey cocktail, such as a classic ginger and lime mixer, helps cut through the fat with a refreshing aftertaste.

What to order: In Brisbane, you can order a wagyu or soft shell crab burger from Yuzu Burger and Co in Milton, or a vegan and gluten free Biggie from Lord of the Fries, both on Deliveroo. In Melbourne, you can get Huxtaburger's Andrew (grilled or fried chicken, bacon, cheese, jalapeños) for $14, or Royal Stacks has its Prince Harry, Queen Bey or Regina George patties — both available on Deliveroo. In Sydney, Ume Burger is slinging its karaage, fish katsu and cheeseburgers to your door, as is Mary's with its signature beef patties, plus mushroom and chicken options.

Pair with: a highball glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey, dry ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

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Colonel Tso's cauliflower at Daughter in Law by Peter Tarasiuk

COSY UP WITH CABERNET SAUVIGNON AND A CURRY

Feeling that wintery chill? Warm yourself from the inside out with an elegant Indian takeaway. Though a cold beer or creamy lassi is a more traditional pairing for a spicy subcontinental feed, you might want to try matching a fruity, full-bodied red wine with a mild lamb-based curry, such as rogan josh. The backbone of tannins and subtle oakiness makes for a wine you can take from the dining table to the couch after your belly-warming banquet.

What to order: In Sydney, Indu delivers a Kashmiri-style lamb shoulder curry, and Darlinghurst's Malabar has lamb shank rogan josh as well as a creamy lamb khurumah made with cashew nuts and a touch of mint. In Brisbane, Halims Indian Taj Restaurant has madras, vindaloo, nariyal and korma, which can all be made with lamb as the hero ingredient. All three of which can be ordered to you door via Deliveroo. And, in Melbourne, you can get Daughter in Law's Kashmiri-style lamb rogan josh (or its famed Colonel Tso's cauliflower dish, pictured), or lamb biryani from Mukka in Fitzroy.

Pair with: a bottle of St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon — expect mint and blackcurrant aromas with a silky mouthfeel.

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Lukumades

INDULGE IN PLAYFUL CHOCOLATE DESSERTS AND GROWN-UP HIGHBALLS

If you're snatching meals between Zoom calls, or bickering over whose turn it is to do the supermarket run, it's possible that you've lost some childlike joy in your day-to-day life with your partner. We get it — there's a lot to juggle right now. To bring back some of that fun and frivolity, make your date night especially decadent with a chocolatey dessert (or, forget the mains altogether). If a boozy nightcap is in order, match your malty or dark, bitter chocolate snacks — such as a warm chocolate brownie — with a whisky highball. The spirit's nutty and vanilla flavours are a grown-up complementary tipple to your otherwise nostalgic sugary snack.

What to order: In Melbourne, go all out with handmade Greek doughnuts from Lukumades, including oreo, twix and tella classics. In Brisbane, Cakes & Sh!t has oreo cheesecake and double choc brownies with toasted marshmallows. Sydneysiders and Melburnians can stock up on Koko Black choccies, and diners in every city can have Gelato Messina's tiramisu tarts delivered to your door.

Pair with: a classic highball made with Chivas Regal Extra, which has a toffee and milk chocolate flavour.

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Right now, Pernod Ricard is offering a $10 Deliveroo voucher for every $50 spent on a select range of its wine and spirits — bought online or in-store at its partner liquor stores. Find out more, here

Top image: Bad Hombres. 

Published on May 22, 2020 by Emma Joyce

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