If you’re finding it a little tough settling back into normal life post-holiday season, sometimes getting your Nigella or Jamie on is a bit of a stretch. If, like us, you’re feeling a little lazy but the takeaway junk mail blocking your letterbox is uninspiring at best, we’ve rounded up ten of the best options for home delivery in Melbourne.
DAVID’S | PRAHRAN
Listen up, home delivery fans! One of Prahran’s tastiest outposts, David’s sources locally grown produce and transforms it into the spicy, zingy traditional dishes of Zhouzhuang, just outside Shanghai. A cut above your average Melbourne Chinese takeaway offering, David’s also offer a free delivery service that’s an almost exhaustive representation of their full share plate menu. Go a care package of steamed pork dumplings, one-bite soft shell river prawns, salt and pepper bean curd with chilli and garlic, and finish up with coconut and rum sago pudding with ice cream.
BABU BURGER | WINDSOR & NORTH MELBOURNE
Babu is on a mission to deliver their super-fresh and tasty burgers to Inner Melburnians with a hankering for a quality, flavoursome fast feed. With bases in North Melbourne’s Victoria Street and in Chapel Street, Windsor, their instantly recognisable delivery bikes dash around town creating a zippy orange blur. Choose your poison—we favour the chicken and avo with camembert and bacon, but the classic beef is a treat, too—elect the size and how fired up you want it and they’re good to go to your home. They make damn fine balls, too.
ACLAND STREET CANTINA | ST KILDA
Needing a bit of Mexican colour in your life but too tired to traipse down to St Kilda? No need, as the authentic flavours of Acland Street Cantina come delivered to your door, including taco kits served with a quarter of toasty, soft, tortillas and jalapeno slaw with your choice of spit-roasted pork, achiote marinated prawns, carne asada beef or baja fried fish. Veggies can tuck into the finger-licking empanadas with zucchinis, eggplant and olives. Even better, they do takeaway booze too, so you can have your self a fiesta then a siesta.
MISS CHU | MELBOURNE CBD
We love Miss Chu’s finger-licking-good rice paper rolls, and despite some storm clouds for the company at large, their city centre tuckshop on Elizabeth Street is still a stalwart of the Melbourne home delivery scene. An ideal spot for a quick lunchtime or post-work feed, the good news is they’ll also deliver to your front door, as long as you reside in a 3.5km radius from theirs. Open until 10pm, that means you can get stuck into their tiger prawn and green mango rolls, the satay chicken and coconut or roast duck and banana flower without getting your shoes back on. Throw in some Peking duck pancakes and a couple of rounds of dumplings for good measure.
TWO FAT INDIANS | EAST MELBOURNE
Nothing makes us happier than settling in for a Friday night in front of the box with a spicy serve of Indian cuisine, and if you live in or around this East Melbourne highlight on Wellington Parade, the genius brothers behind Two Fat Indians will home deliver. It’s worth making the trip to pick up, too, if you fall outside their radius, with a delicious slow-cooked lamb Rogan Josh perfect for those who prefer the hot-o-metre at the low end of the scale, or a beef Vindaloo to knock your pants off.
LEMONGRASS THAI | CARLTON
Another top pick for home delivery in Melbourne is nestled amongst the thriving tourist trap that is Lygon Street’s Italian restaurant strip, but it’s a different cuisine altogether. The award-winning Lemongrass Thai is a stalwart on the city’s finest Asian cuisine list that’s been in business for an admirable quarter-century. As lovely as the restaurant is, sometimes the sofa is just too alluring, so we’re eternally grateful they deliver to the inner-northern suburbs all week-round with a 20% discount, too. Their delicious green curry works to a family recipe that’s been handed down the generations.
MEATBALL & SONS | FITZROY
Brunswick Street’s Meatball & Sons general store-cum-shrine to meatball-loving idolatry share the love near and wide, with a dedicated Melbourne home delivery service covering the inner north and plans to expand just as soon as they can find another driver. The balls in question are some of the best the city has to offer, again dipping into family tradition with the likes of the slow-braised beef variety delivering melty bocconcini and basil sugo, or offering a tasty twist with the Thai chilli chicken goodies. They also offer yummo burgers or a grass-fed sirloin that demands roast potato sides.
SHAWCROSS PIZZA | FITZROY
There are times when nothing else will suffice on a Friday night after a particularly heinous working week than a bottle of red for one and a pizza box handed to you directly at the threshold of your pad. The Home Alone includes any 12” pizza with either a salad (who are we kidding?), or a starter (we favour the nachos) and a can of soft drink; or go all-out and summon the besties for 99 Problems But A Pizza Ain’t One—$99 for five 12-inchers, two garlic and herb and two triple cheese pizzas. If you’re a wee bit embarrassed by the regularity of your home delivery pizza requests, you can cut out the middle man and order online from Menulog. Even better, Shawcross will deliver that bottle of red for you, too.
KONG & BABY | RICHMOND
Chris Lucas’ pumping Richmond Asian-fusion BBQ joint Kong and his tip top pizza palace Baby are also great options for home delivery in Melbourne, but you have to be a hungry hippo, or at least rope in a few mates, as they only deliver in big packages and you need to pre-order a day in advance. If you’re hosting a party it saves on hours trying to fire up the Webber or the wood fired oven (who has one of those?). We love Kong’s 16-hour smoked brisket, crazy horse chilli ribs and the Gochujang and chipotle wings. As for Baby, we love all the pizzas!
So grab the remote and your other half, curl up on the couch, and work your way through these delicious Melbourne home delivery stars!
Image credit: Heather Christo