So, here we are again, staring right down the barrel of another lockdown. There are at least five days ahead of too much Playstation, too much Netflix and too much time with your housemates, family or significant other. But there ways to make the most of the downtime; instead of panic buying a week’s worth of sub-par pasta, why not support your local and order in.
It’s really a win-win situation here. You’ll be helping small business put their ingredients and produce to use that would otherwise go to waste, and your roomies won’t have to stomach another of your bolognese house special. Take a look at some of Melbourne’s favourite diners, restaurants and cafes doing takeaway and delivery during lockdown, and settle in for a feast fit for royalty.
We'll continue to update the list over the coming days, and we'll be sharing the love on Instagram, too. If we've missed your local, let us know at email@example.com and we’ll add them straight in.
For the first time ever, the already-institution Poodle will be slinging takeaway. Expect classics from their menu—like the Patio Burger and prawn cocktail—as well as a couple of very special numbers courtesy of mastermind head chef Josh Fry; the man has been busy dry-ageing beef in the Poodle cellar which'll be placed delicately between two buns and served as a Prime Rib Sandwich with Horseradish Cream and Cheddar Mornay. To top it off, you can also grab yourself a takeaway hot toddy or cocktail. 12pm until sold out between now and Sunday—more details via Instagram.
East Melbourne's Euro-leaning diner has charmed its patrons from the moment doors opened last year, and now it's about to charm its way into your home with several menus available for pick up and delivery. A12 hour braised beef cheek Beef Bourguignon is up on offer as the hero for one of the offerings, as is a Navarin-style lamb shank for the other. Both come with oysters, and they may be some of the best in town—order via Mr Yum here.
Southside sensation, Deeds Brewing, has proven very popular since they opened their Glen Iris Brew Pub, and for good reason.
In great news, you can now take Deeds home with you. There are several meal options, including their almost already famous Southern Fried Chicken (with a rustic mash that truly slaps) as well as a roast dinner where you can pick between 36hr slow cooked pork scotch, free-range chicken, beef rump cap or a veggie-friendly butternut pumpkin. There are of course plenty of trimmings to join your main, too. Order up for delivery or take-away via Mr Yum.
The gorgeous Bar Idda Cafe is returning for the weekend, and if you've managed to score one of their roast pork belly rolls in the past, you'll no doubt be wanting another. Also on the menu is mulled wine and takeaway cocktails. Details here.
A (welcomed) newcomer to the hospo offerings just south of the Yarra is Vesper, and for this weekend in lockdown, they'll be serving up a considered selection of Mediterranean street food numbers. Expect the likes of O'Connor Short Rib BBQ Souva, Vesper fish and chips with prawn seasoning, Panino with grilled octopus and Fougasse cured trout—order up here or call in via (03) 9038 8088 for takeaway as well as delivery within 5km of Vesper.
Saluministi | Popping Up At Postmistress
The CBD's favourite Italian brunch spot is popping up at their mate's place in Brunswick, and they'll be slinging those panini's that the city goes bonkers for. Grab a porchetta and cotoletta number for pick up or via Uber Eats this Saturday evening. More info here.
Nobu @ Home
Fancify your lockdown dinner with Nobu@Home, the high-end Japanese fine diner is bringing back its home-delivered goodness. Each box has been carefully curated straight from the minds of the NOBU kitchen, expect to see menu highlights like the Black Cod Miso and Wagyu Tacos. The NOBU experience is available for pick-up, and delivery if you reside within 25km of their location at Crown Melbourne.
Little Prince Wine
St Kilda’s favourite little wine and bottle shop Little Prince Wine will be slinging a range of their A grade goods, including cheese, charcuterie ingredients as well as pre-made meals from the chef team. As well as a range of French and Italian style Antipasto platters they’ll also have your favourite drops and plenty of new vino to sample.
Coe & Coe
Cremorne, Port Melbourne, Yarraville
Top notch coffee, stacked paninis and some of the friendliest hospo staff you’ll ever meet in Melbourne. Head in for your lockdown brunch and leave with new mates—Coe & Coe is serving takeaway across all three of their locations.
Hanoi Hannah Vol. II
Warming, hearty and full of flavour. There’s something comforting about a meal from any of the Hanoi Hannah venues, and let's be honest, we could all do with a little comforting right now. Order up on takeaway direct or delivery via Uber Eats and Deliveroo.
Hanoi Hannah Express Lane
Can you really go past a bowl of their chicken pho? Nope. Southsiders can get Hanoi Hannah Express Lane takeaway or delivered via Uber Eats and Deliveroo, as well as direct pick up.
New kid on the suburban block, Matteo’s Delicatessen, isn’t letting a lockdown stop them from opening up shop. Head on in for takeaway baguettes, hot coffee, and artisan grocer goods.
Nico’s Sandwich Deli has quickly become sandwich royalty in Melbourne. They’ll be slinging their classics as well as several specials throughout the five-day lockdown from their bright blue roller door in Fitzroy.
The northside burger joint is quickly becoming a big vibe around Brunswick East and surrounds, and for good reason. Owner Frank Scardamaglia spent years touring America learning the art of the humble burger and now it’s available to you; get some of the best burgers north of the river direct via the Meat Frankie website for pick up or deliver, or via Uber Eats.
Brunswick East, Essendon, Eastland
Award-winning pizza veterans are of course on board the takeaway train for lockdown. Order up directly from 400 Gradi for pick up or delivery, or via Uber Eats.
Scott Pickett’s northside charmer Estelle is helping you make lockdown that little bit more special with a contemporary Australian a la carte menu available every day during lockdown. Orders open at 10am for same-day pick up between 5pm and 8pm. Head to their Instagram for the full menu.
Preston And Abbotsford
Both Moon Dog locations are converting into a bottle-o for the weekend in lockdown. Pick up some old and new favourites, like a slab of Old Mate brew, or Melbourne's favourite seltzer, the Fizzer.
Firebird, everyone's favourite flame-driven restaurant, is bringing back their Mighty Duck, the Vietnamese take on Duck à l’Orange. The pack includes a whole roast duck, dressed egg noodles, Gai lan, Firebird excellent sauce, pickled ginger and a grilled orange. It'll feed up to four, but there'll no doubt be fights at the table for the last drummie. Order up here.
LUCAS Group Room Service is back, which means you can get takeaway or free delivery within 5km of the CBD or free delivery within 10km from Richmond or the CBD. Order from one of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants, Chin Chin. between 3pm and 9pm daily here.
Feeling fancy? Treat someone special, even if that someone special is yourself, to Fitzroy's finest cocktails at the Everleigh Corner Bar for takeaway. Scope what you need to know via their Instagram.
Cult sandwich joint, Stan’s Deli, will be operating Tuesday through Sunday as per usual serving up some of the best sangas south of the river for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Get in quick and you might even score one of their specials—first up is a collab with Leonardo's Pizza Palace.
Daughter In Law
One of restaurateur Jessi Singh's beloved 'unauthentic' Indian diners is offering up takeaway. Scope out the hefty menu here.
The Fishmonger's Son
The Fishmonger's Son is quickly becoming an institution not just because of their incredibly fresh seafood on offer, but for their banging lunch rolls too. Grab yourself a prawn and cray roll one day, and a lobster the next—find out everything you need to know here.
Frankie’s Tortas and Tacos
Everyone’s favourite taco caravan, Frankie’s, is keeping Smith Street abuzz with their signature tortas and tacos. Catch them in action for breakfast and lunch over the weekend.
They’d be known for their name if the falafels weren’t so damn incredible. Just Falafs will be operating takeaway only, seven days a week from 11am until 9pm. Nice one.
Northside’s purveyor of fresh pasta, Pasta Poetry, is sorting you out for all your fresh pasta needs. Order click and collect here.
Ichi Ni Izakaya
Southsiders wanting their Ichi Ni fix are in luck. They'll be serving up a favourites-style menu from 5pm to 8pm daily. Pick up or deliver via your preffered delivery partner.
The recently opened, and already loved, INDU is serving up their warming Sri Lankan cuisine for pick up and delivery during lockdown here. They also have several meal boxes which have been lovingly pre-prepared and ready to go for the next seven days. Order here.
Jessi Singh’s playful “Indian-ish” curry pub Mr Brownie is taking it takeaway. Get everything from his signature butter chicken parma to one of the many curry pies delivered or prepped for pick up here.
King & Godfree
Babajan made a permanent pivot last lockdown to focus on takeaway, so it’s business as usual for the Middle Eastern, brunch spot, grocer and coffee stop.
Some of the finest Japanese about town is taking it takeaway—and delivery for that matter. Scope out their take-home menu here and make sure you order some of their Wagyu.
Mr Bianco, the longstanding Italian stalwart of Melbourne is doing several make-at-home boxes. They’re more affectionately known as The Italian Job and you can order them right here.
Leo’s Spaghetti Bar
The 60-year-old spaghetti bar is offering their tried and tested dishes up for takeaway. Check them out here.
Vegetarian Middle Eastern cuisine at its finest. Tahina is doing a meal for two-pack and a family pack of their all-star dishes available for pick up at both of their northside locations. Order via their website.
Beggs & Acon
The name may be playful but they take their eggs and bacon very seriously. Bonafide breakfast artisans, Beggs & Acon, will be serving up the goods—like their bacon and egg donut—from 8am daily.
As iconic as the street it resides on, Chapel Street's Mr Miyagi will be open for takeaway tonight and tomorrow evening. Preorders via their website are essential—and yep, the duck taco is back on the menu.
Good Times Milk Bar
Good Times Milk Bar has earned a loyal following, and for good reason. You can order the entire menu for takeaway here—don’t miss their chilli scramble.
All the fresh food and grocery stores will be trading as usual at the much-loved southside market. Stores like the Sweet Greek will also be offering up takeaway meals and goods.
Queen Victoria Market
Stock up on fresh produce from your favourite grocery stalls in the market, or, order online and even have it delivered—details here.