The new most offensive “c-word” in the English language, COVID-19, has left a lot of uncertainty in the air, however we can all agree to replace it with a better “c-word”, community.
While some of you (*cough flat earthers) are stockpiling like it’s the zombie apocalypse the rest of us are out here doing our best to get the necessities and champion independent business in our local communities in any way we can.
If you want to join us, supporting your fav foodie spots is a good place to start - because like us all they’re feeling the effects. Sip a coffee at your local café, a beer (or two) at your neighbourhood brew bar or enjoy your favourite meal at the restaurant down the road (using cashless payment of course).
However, if you’re in self-isolation or wanting to stay home (we don’t blame you) there are some places going a step further to introduce delivery and takeaway options so you can put down the HazMat, keep calm and order online. Here’s where to call in Central Otago.
Arrowtown’s favourite Asian fusion joint, Fan Tan is remaining open from 5pm until late every evening, but even better you can now enjoy their simple, yet ever-so-delicious food from the comfort of your own home. With FREE delivery anywhere in the Arrowtown area, ring in your order then sit back, relax and wait for it to arrive. Head to their Instagram for more deets.
The Cow Pizza
Cow Lane, Queenstown
If you feel like some good old comfort food right about now (don’t we all), then you’ll be happy to hear that The Cow Pizza are delivering sweet, cheesy goodness around the Wakatipu Basin daily between 5pm-9pm. Don’t be deprived of life pleasures, ring up and get amongst it.
Food on Q
Local delivery service, Food on Q have introduced contactless delivery—amen! So if you’re stuck in quarantine you can get your favourite local takeaway, think burgers from The World Bar, vegan salads from Habebes or the old classic fush and chups from Eriks Fish & Chips. Your driver will knock on the door, place the food on the doorstep and head back to the car—easy as.
If you feel like loading up on delicious carby-goodness, but the pasta aisle of your local grocery store has been stripped bare, Armando’s Kitchen in Cromwell is here to help. The team is locally delivering your favourite Italian fare, from freshly baked ciabatta bread, to homemade raw spaghetti, penne and bolognese sauce and the best part is delivery is completely free for the elderly and only $5 for everyone else.
With the postponement of the Remarkables Market, stall holder Nevis Gardens is providing an alternative way to get your hands on fresh produce. Delivering locally grown fruit and veges straight to your doorstep, while honouring market prices this is an epic way to support local without having to do so much as enter a supermarket. Head to the Remarkables Market Instagram page to find out how to order.
Cow Lane, Queenstown
Not quite delivery, but worth a mention nonetheless. Queenstown’s quirky little alleyway bar and restaurant, The Bunker is offering 25% off everything—yes, you heard that right. Whether you’re after something from its rustic fine dining food menu or a craft cocktail from its “Old School Cool” Cocktail Bar, you’ll be provided with a little taste of normality amidst the chaos.
Industrial Place, Queenstown
If all this panic has you craving a nice coldie, Searchlight Brewery have you covered. While it’s not quite the same as the full brewery experience, the team is encouraging people to make the most of their takeaway options, which we love. Buy a one or two litre growler and fill it up with your choice of 16 different styles of beer—there’s at least one to please every palate, so you and your tastebuds will go home happy, or should we say hoppy.
Beach Street, Queenstown
Fishbone have been serving up locally caught, fresh seafood since 1992, so they’ve pretty much nailed the game. They’re also the latest local restaurant to jump on board and dish up the goods in a time of need. Now preparing generous takeaway portions of the good old Kiwi classic, fish and chips for pick up. The menu consists of tasty battered Blue Cod or Hoki with Makikihi fries and your choice of tartare sauce or mayo, mmmm.
Speights Ale House Queenstown
Corner of Stanley Street and Ballarat Street
Queenstown travel and tourism operators, this one's sure to put a smile on your dial. Weekdays between 11am - 3pm Speights Ale House Queenstown are offering a special $10 lunch feed exclusively for you. Simply show the waitstaff your payslip and bob’s your uncle.
Image credit: Fan Tan