What’s the one best thing to come from six more weeks of COVID-lockdown? Melbourne’s restaurant-quality eats at home.
As Melbourne shuts down once more, our foodie favourites come to the rescue, shifting their model (again) to takeaway. And as difficult as it is for our hospitality friends, they push through and adapt to the new norm. So to keep you well-fed from home, (and to the small and mighty businesses of Victoria) we’ve rounded up some of our favourite feasts to pick up or have delivered straight to your door.
Albert Park Hotel
Albert Park Hotel | 85 Dunda Pl, Albert Park VIC 3206
Babajan | 713 Nicholson Street, Carlton North, VIC 3054
Baby Pizza will be serving up its delicious Italian offering for takeaway with pick-up and delivery available daily. Guests can order online from 4pm for pizza, pasta, signature Baby mains and more as well as cocktails, beer and wine.
Baby | 631-633 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121
L’Hôtel Gitan, Bistro Gitan and Frédéric invite patrons to celebrate Bastille Day at home with Gitan Hampers. Available in the Couples Hamper or Family Hamper, the menu includes French classics such as Burgundian Gougère, Duck à L’orange, and Crème Caramel. Order via the Gitan website, available for collection from South Yarra’s Bistro Gitan and contactless delivery on Tuesday 14 July between 10am to 2pm.
Bistro Gitan | 52 Toorak Rd West, South Yarra VIC 3141
Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Lane restaurant is going back to takeaway featuring some of its cult-favourite dishes, including unstoppable classics like Chicken & Chilli Jam Stir Fry w. Snake Beans & Cashews and Rendang Curry of Wagyu Beef. The takeaway is available daily from 4pm – 9pm for pick-up and delivery from two locations at Melbourne CBD (125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) and Richmond (522 Church Street, Richmond).
Chin Chin | Melbourne CBD 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne or 522 Church St, Richmond
This premier catering and events company is no stranger to a pivot. Cookes will still continue their Friday Night Roast offering, as well as an extended delicious takeaway menu. They will also be delivering produce boxes, including the Cookes Basics which include artisan bread, eggs, milk and more as well as the Cookes Essentials including burrata, prosciutto, marinated vegetables, basil pesto and more.
Cookes Food | 11-11A Wellington St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Craving your weekend Yum Cha fix? Luckily for you Prahran’s David’s restaurant has launched take-home yum cha boxes every Saturday and Sunday, complete with a selection of 10 classic dishes for $56. ThinkBBQ Pork buns, ginger prawn dumplings, pork and prawn shu mal, prawn dumplings, pan-fried pork dumplings, veggie spring rolls, crispy chicken ribs, sweet and chunky eggplant and more! David’s yum cha boxes are available for two “seatings” at 12pm and 1pm via Mr Yum with the option to pick up at David’s Restaurant or delivery for suburbs within 4km. Pre-orders must be made by 5pm the day prior and can be done online or via phone.
David’s | 4 Cecil Pl, Prahran | (03) 9529 5199
ETA — Estelle Takeaway — will continue to operate from the Northcote venue, offering a daily menu of ready-to-eat Estelle classics. The chef-prepared dishes are available via Click & Collect from Estelle, seven nights a week from 4:45pm to 8:00pm. For those who can’t make it to Northcote, Providoor will be delivering anywhere within 35-kilometres of Melbourne’s CBD. Choose from the Ready To Eat, Seafood or Vegetarian set menu. Or, if you want to get back in the kitchen and advance your culinary skills, give a go to their Cook At Home menu.
Estelle | 243-245 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Firebird’s Mighty Duck flies again. Preorder this Vietnamese take on the classic French Duck a l’Orange, available every Friday and Saturday. Head chef Steven Ngo (previously Long Chim) brines, marinates, and stuffs each Mighty Duck with spring onions, lemongrass, garlic cloves, sesame oil and oyster sauce before slowly roasting them with burnt orange zest and five-spices in Firebird’s custom-built oven. You really do have to try it to believe it.
Firebird | 223 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
Southside’s much-loved modern Vietnamese restaurant Hanoi Hannah is also back doing takeaways out of their Elsternwick and Richmond locations. The menu features all of your Hanoi Hannah favourites, from light vermicelli bowls to warming phos for the cold weeks ahead. Order via the Hanoi Hannah website for collection, or via Deliveroo or Uber Eats for delivery
Hanoi Hannah | Vol.II – 306 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick or New Quarter – Ground Level/79 Swan St, Richmond
Chapel Street food and beer hall, Hawker Hall will be open for takeaway with dumplings, rice and noodle dishes, signature Hawker Hall curries and more, all available for pick-up and delivery daily from 4pm. Cocktails, beer and wine will also be on the menu to help cure any iso-blues.
Hawker Hall | 98 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181
Horn Please | 167 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
King and Godfree
Victoria’s oldest licensed grocer will remain open for takeaway and delivery to over 90 suburbs across Melbourne. Stock up on all the essential pantry items as well as fresh produce, a range of Italian meats and cheeses and ready to eat meals prepared by executive chef Matteo Toffano. Delivery is free for orders over $50, order by midnight for next day delivery.
King and Godfree | 293-297 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
One of Australia’s best contemporary Japanese restaurants, Kisume will keep its sushi bar open for takeaway. Pre-order is available at two locations at Kisumé Melbourne CBD (175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) and Baby Pizza Richmond (631-633 Church Street, Richmond). The CBD menu will include delicately prepared sushi feature boxes as well as hot dishes such as Donburi bowls, gyoza and more. The Richmond takeaway menu will include sushi feature boxes only and two Don options.
Kisumé | 175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne or 631-633 Church St, Richmond
Maker & Monger
Classified as an essential business, everyone’s favourite cheesemonger Maker & Monger will remain open for trade during the six-week lockdown. For those not wanting to venture out, a wide variety of cheese will be available in 250-gram portions for purchase online, as well as the cult classic toasties uncooked which you can cook at home – for the ultimate melted feast!.
Maker & Monger | Inside The Prahran Market, Stall 98, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Neptune’s fully-fledged provision store Neptune Provisions & Liquor is returning this July. Patrons are invited to recreate their favourite drinking and dining experience at home by heading online or in-store to shop takeaway offerings, including an extensive list of wines, spirits and ready-made bottled cocktails, Nduja Jaffles, Tiramisu as well as ‘Heat & Eat’ options.
Neptune | 212 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
Looking for the freshest dumplings in town? We already know they’re lovingly made at the Oriental Teahouse in South Yarra, which you can now have at home! Oriental Teahouse is offering takeaway between 11:30am-3:00pm and 5:00pm-9:00pm daily for pick up or home delivery via deliveroo. Better yet, you can choose from your favourite cooked delights or a variety of cook-at-home dumpling kits, which come complete with wrappers, cooking instructions and delicious fillings like wagyu beef, prawn and mushroom or vegan. Dumpling packs start from $14 and each kit has enough ingredients for 30 dumplings!
Oriental Teahouse | 455 Chapel Street South Yarra | (03) 9826 0168
If you’re looking for restaurant-quality dishes, but you’re keen to get hands-on, then ST. Ali’s Make at home series is for you. Pick from three sensational boxes, filled with fresh produce and ingredients, step by step instructions and a few other basics. Our pick of the lot – the Make at Home Series 1#: My Mexican Cousin. An ST. Ali chef staple for years, the My Mexican Cousin will have you whipping up a sensational meal. Plus, you’ll also receive some thoughtful provisions including fresh bread, bacon, eggs, and coffee. The box is $99 or subscribe and save over the next six weeks as the team reveasl a fresh Make at Home Box each week.
ST. Ali | 12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne | (03) 9132 8966
Tipico-to-go is back, with new dishes, stir-through sauces, and set menu packs now available from this Windsor Italian restaurant. Choose from heat-and-eat Italian classics such as beef lasagne, ricotta and spinach cannelloni or duck ragu pasta from the Tipico kitchen, with truffle butter, basil pesto and more available from their pantry. For date night at home, the set menu for two includes burrata, house-made focaccia, duck gnocchi, Brussel sprouts and tiramisu ($75), and the family dinner box will serve four for $130 and include salumi misti, melanzane parmigiana, house-made focaccia, pappardelle ox cheek ragu, insalata verde and tiramisu. Complete the at-home experience with pre-batched cocktails and vino for an additional cost. Order via the Tipico-To-Go online store, Uber Eats, or Deliveroo. Please note the packs are to be ordered by Wednesday to be delivered on Friday and Saturday by 5pm.
Tipico | 242 High St, Windsor, VIC 3181
Modern Japanese dishes from Windsor’s Tokyo Tina are now available for takeaway and delivery. All of Tokyo Tina’s favourites are available, from tasty snacks such as pork belly bao, karaage chicken and okonomiyaki, to more substantial dishes like the duck bibimbap and beef udon. Pick-up and delivery is available from the Japanese disco-dining venue Tuesday through to Sunday.
Tokyo Tina | 66A Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181
If you’re looking for more culinary delights to keep you sated at home, try exploring our top healthy home delivery options. Or, if you want to make more of your own culinary talents, try this recipe book collaborated on by a host of Melbourne cafes and restaurants, or try your hand at Bekka’s fried cauliflower recipe.