These Sydney 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 chicken schnitzels, crab pasta and vegan burgers takeaway.
In an attempt to contain COVID-19, the Australian government has announced the mass closure of indoor venues — a move that comes after stacks of events across the country have been axed, restrictions have been placed on non-essential outdoor and indoor events, international travel has effectively been suspended, domestic travel is strongly recommended against and large cultural institutions are temporarily shutting. It's all part of the government's efforts to encourage social distancing and, unsurprisingly, there's been a spike in the number of people now spending more time at home.
As a result, bars, cafes and restaurants are now required to shut their doors to dine-in customers — so they're adapting by beefing up their takeaway options, launching new delivery meals and even creating boozy care packages. That means that 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, we'll keep you updated on all the restaurant-quality eats you can order takeaway, or have delivered to your doorstep.
Arthur (Surry Hills)
The fine-diner has launched Arthur To-Go, with different meals available each night. The meals are $30 and serve two, and include the likes of pork and tomato ragu lasagne or duck sausages with mash.
Bibo Wine Bar (Double Bay)
The Double Bay bar is now serving up a heap of its snacks, desserts and cheeses, plus a $50 per head degustation, takeaway. Pick up only — full menu and details on how to order over here.
Cook and Archies (Surry Hills)
This long-running Surry Hills cafe has made its entire menu, including cakes, breakfast wraps, burgers, salads and bowls available for takeaway. You can place an order online.
DOC (Surry Hills)
Surry Hills' newest kid on the block, DOC is offering its full menu for takeaway any day between 12–10pm, available to order over the phone or in person.
Bondi's natural wine and Euro-style bistro has launched Ode Bunker: a new grab and go-style offering that is good for a quick ready-to-eat feed or for freezing. There are natural wine gift packs available, too.
Ragazzi Wine and Pasta (CBD)
This CBD spot serving up limited amounts of DIY pasta kits every weekday — think spaghetti cacio e pepe and mafaldine with duck ragu — between 4–7pm. Natural wines at retail prices are available, too.
Sample Coffee (St Peters)
Whether you're just after your caffeine fix or looking for some brunch, the specialty coffee roaster's St Peters spot is doing takeaway coffee, beans, coffee making gear and food.
Where's Nick (Marrickville)
This inner west wine bar has temporarily transformed into a bottle shop selling drops off its super-extensive list to help support its suppliers. The shop is open from 2–8pm Wednesday–Sunday.
TAKEAWAY AND DELIVERY
Bar Ume (Surry Hills) and Ume Burger (Barangaroo)
Japanese burger joints Bar Ume and Ume Burger have both shifted to takeaway and delivery only, so you can enjoy the signature Ume burger or a fish or chicken katsu burger with a side of lotus root chips from the comfort of your couch. Give either venue a call to place an order.
BL Burgers (Darlinghurst and Parramatta)
As well as continuing its outrageous weekly specials (and full menu), the team behind the legendary Blame Canada burger is offering its burgers for takeaway and delivery via Deliveroo from both its Darlinghurst and Parramatta stores.
Butter (Surry Hills and Parramatta)
A silver lining in these strange times: Butter is bringing its legendary ramen back. From Tuesday, March 24, the fried chicken-topped ramen will be available for takeaway and delivery from its Surry Hills and Parramatta stores. Stayed tuned for details via Instagram.
El Jannah (various locations)
The cult Lebanese-style charcoal chicken chain is now serving all meals in takeout containers at all of its locations. Tables and seating will be available for use, but no plates, cutlery or table service will be available. And if you're after delivery, you can find them on a number of delivery services.
Emma's Snack Bar (Enmore)
This much-loved Enmore eatery has made the majority of its menu available for takeaway, including $20 snack packs — filled with grilled meat, salad, garlic potatoes and bread — and a bunch of sides. You can also order via Uber Eats.
Fratelli Fresh (Darling Harbour)
With its chain of restaurants closing across the city, Fratelli Fresh has pivoted to an online delivery service, with everything from ready-made meals, like soups and lasagne, to fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, canned goods and dry goods up for grabs. Customers can pick up from the Darling Harbour restaurant between 2–4pm daily (except Sundays) or opt for free next-day delivery. Head here to see the full range of options.
Glebe Point Diner (Glebe)
This longstanding local is currently offering its full menu for takeaway with a 15 percent discount. Owner and chef Alex Kearns is also offering a home delivery service. The menu will change daily but includes the choice of three mains ($20), two sides ($12) and a soup ($12). Find more info here.
Johnny Bird (Crows Nest)
Lower north shore favourite Johnny Bird is available for delivery as well as offering curbside collection from its Crows Nest store. Call ahead on
(02) 9436 4672 to order, then again when you've arrived and a team member will run out with your order and an EFTPOS machine for payment.
Love, Tilly Devine (Darlinghurst)
The wine bar has wines and meat and vegetarian lasagne available from 3–8pm Monday–Saturday. Email your order to [email protected] Free delivery within three kilometres of the store available for orders over $50.
Madame and Yves (Clovelly)
When you're mostly living on pantry staples, a treat is more than deserved — and you can't go past this Clovelly patisserie's insane creations. You can order everything from savoury pies and bread to eclairs and chocolate-dipped croissants to your doorstep via the Bopple app — or takeaway from the store if you do want to venture outdoors.
Mary's (CBD and Newtown)
The burger experts are launching a new vegan offering on Deliveroo from next week (March 23), including a plant-based Mary's cheeseburger with eggplant, cauliflower, tofu, tempeh, mushrooms, onions and beetroot.
Nakano Darling (CBD)
Nakano Darling is available for takeaway and delivery within the Haymarket area direct from the restaurant via telephone. To order, call 02 8957 4301. From Wednesday, March 25, it'll also be available for delivery via Uber Eats. You can also order take-home packs of its frozen gyoza and karaage ($15 for 15) to heat and eat at home via email or telephone.
Nel (Surry Hills)
Lauded for its themed degustations, this Surry Hills diner is now putting the power in your hands with its selection of delivery food boxes. Starting at $80, the boxes include a week's worth of seasonal vegetables and your choice of meat or seafood, plus some recipes to get those creative juices flowing. Delivery is $10, and you also have the option to add in a bottle of vino for $50 or pantry essentials for $45.
Nutie (Balmain and Surry Hills)
If you've burned through all your supermarket snacks already and need a quick sugar fix, Nutie is now delivering its gluten-free and vegan doughnuts, cakes, cookies (fresh or frozen) and muffins straight to your door for $5. It's also put together gluten-free and vegan meal packs, which include a salad, meal, dessert, fruit and a cold-pressed juice for $32. You can also pay it forward and buy the meal box for a local in need for $27. The menu will change daily but includes the likes of spinach and mushroom lasagne, corn fritters and lentil stew. Plus, both stores are also still open for takeaway, and the Surry Hills outpost has frozen gluten-free bread and rolls on sale, too.
Pepe Saya and Crumpets by Merna (online)
A visit to Carriageworks Farmers Markets is not complete without a steaming crumpet slathered in butter — and now you can keep up the weekly tradition at home. King of cultured butter, Pepe Saya, has teamed up with Crumpets by Merna to create the ultimate breakfast box, featuring a six-pack of traditional crumpets, butter, crème fraîche and lemon curd. Place your order here.
While its newest venue in Waterloo is closed for now, Peppe's Bondi is offering takeaway and delivery within the eastern suburbs. Along with a handful of antipasti items (including garlic bread, olives and arancini), the menu features lasagna, spaghetti and three types of gnocchi, plus sides and tiramisu for dessert.
Prince of York (CBD)
The three-storey CBD venue is now offering its house-made pastas, sauces, A-grade meats to buy and take away, as well as ready-to-eat items from its new takeaway menu (including its famed crab in a bag pasta). It has also launched Little Prince, a travelling van filled with dinner boxes and pantry goods that'll be roaming Sydney streets throughout the week. Follow its adventures on Instagram to see when it'll be near you.
Rara (Redfern and Randwick)
This super-popular ramen joint has just started delivery from its two stores, so you can slurp the piping hot tonkotsu with black garlic and chilli or vegan shio ramen from the comfort of your living room. You can place and order for pick-up or delivery here.
Saint Peter (Paddington)
Oxford Street's seafood-focused diner is cooking a dish a day available to pre-order via fishbutchery.com.au before midday and pick up from 3pm. Dinners serve four, or two hungry people, and include the likes of a trevalla and potato pie, yellowfin tuna burgers and fish sausages, mash and gravy. Keep an eye on Instagram to see what dishes are announced next. Home delivery is $15 for Woollahra and Paddington addresses only.
Shwarmama (Surry Hills)
The shawarma spot is doing all its sabich, kebabs, snack packs and beer available for pick up and delivery
Single O (Surry Hills)
This much-loved coffee spot is all guns blazing with ways to keep serving its community. For starters, it's offering free shipping on its new Stimulus blend. In store, there's a limited takeaway menu, which includes its legendary Mothership bowl, alongside a bunch of ready meals to reheat at home — think lamb shoulder, wattleseed and coffee spiced brisket and anise myrtle and chipotle pulled pork. It's also got a selection of corner store staples to stock up on, which range from the simple stuff (flour, eggs and avocados) to the much fancier lemon myrtle kimchi and kangaroo sausages.
Sourdough bread is a self-isolation staple in our books, and Sonoma has you covered on that front. The artisanal bakery is offering both click and collect and delivery within four kilometres of all of its Sydney stores (except Glebe for now). You can place an order from your closest store via the website.
The Full Elephant (Marrickville)
This inner west Thai spot — which has been around since the 80s — is now offering its menu for takeaway and delivery via UberEats, Menulog and Deliveroo. So, you can get its pork-filled golden tartlets, burrata and banhi mi bread, and morning glory salad dropped right at your door.
The Unicorn (Paddington)
For the first time, The Unicorn has launched a takeaway menu on Deliveroo, which includes its famous chicken schnitzel. Also on the delivery menu: parmas, vegan schnitzels, Mary's burgers and pavlova.
This neighbourhood bar has launched both hot and frozen yum cha packs, which are available for delivery and takeaway. Head to Instagram to see the full menu, including spiced beef dumplings, steamed charcoal barbecued pork buns and kaffir lime chicken spring rolls.
Yulli's Brews (Alexandria)
Vegan brewery Yulli's Brews is taking online orders for pick-up from its Alexandria warehouse or delivery on all of its booze, so syou can get a six-pack of Amanda mandarin IPA ($20) or carton of Dad's Army pumpkin ale ($78) dropped to your door.
Have you come across one we've missed? Let us know at [email protected]
Top image: The Unicorn chicken schnitzel
Published on March 18, 2020 by Concrete Playground