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.
We’ve almost done it New Zealand, Level 3 is here and there’s no better time to champion independent businesses in our local communities. Supporting your fav foodie spots is a good place to start!
There are delivery and takeaway options left, right and centre and plenty of lit food to go around. So put down the HazMat, keep calm and order online. Here’s where to call in Central Otago.
Akarua Wines & Kitchen By Artisan
To say we’re excited about Akarua’s new takeaway menu is an understatement. The kitchen is producing a weekly “at home” menu and wine specials (double yes!). This week’s slow cooked lamb shoulder, beetroot miso glazed salmon and vegetarian baked mousakka have us salivating already. Pre-order by phone or online for pick-up between 12-6:30pm and don’t forget to make the most of the wine specials to wash it all down.
2019 Cuisine Chef of the Year, and Executive Chef at Amisfield, Vaughan Mabee is bringing the taste of Central Otago to your doorstep with the new Amisfield at Home menu. The menu includes delicious family style dishes like Manuka Smoked Bluff Blue Cod Pie and Glencoe Lamb Quarter, using only the best local and seasonal produce. Order online for pick-up or delivery ($20 in the Wakatipu Basin) seven days a week.
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 gnocchi, a delicious new pasta every day and pizzas. Open 5:30-8:00pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday for home delivery and pick-up.
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.
If you’ve been missing your local coffee fix, you’ll be excited to hear that Bespoke Kitchen are back up and running this week. Grab a coffee, a trusty scone (we can vouch, they’re some of the best in town) or a tasty breakfast or lunch. Download the eatery’s App or ring in 03 409 0522.
The Boat Shed
One of Queenstown’s cutest little café’s, The Boat Shed has just extended its offering, introducing a new delivery dinner menu. Get your coffee and scone fix from 8am daily and head back from 5pm-9pm to pick up dinner–the hard part is choosing what to have. Cauliflower and chickpea tikka masala, beef or vege lasagne and carrot ginger and coconut soup are all on the list! If you’re after delivery it’s cheap as chips, only $7 around Queenstown and $9 to Jack’s Point.
Food on Q
Local delivery service, Food on Q have introduced contactless delivery–amen! Check online to see which of your favourite local takeaways are available—is it vegan eats from Lord of The Fries? Delicious salads from Habebes? Or the old classic fush and chups from Eriks Fish & Chips? Order online and your driver will knock on the door, place the food on the doorstep and head back to the car—easy as.
Buttermilk pancakes, smashed avo, salad bowls, smoked fish chowder and curries—Frank's Eatery have all your breakfast and lunch needs covered. Jump online to check out the full menu, order in via phone, on @regularapp or contactless on the day and enjoy.
Hawker & Roll
Yes, yes and yes. Dishing up Malaysian inspired street-eats, Hawker & Roll is all set to deliver its casual yet delicious fare to your doorstep this week. You can’t go past one of the famed hawker rolls and dumplings or a delicious laksa on a cold day. Open from 12pm-8pm for contactless pick-up and free delivery on all order over $30—score!
What’s not to love about Love Chicken? Organic, free-range chicken in about every way, shape and form you can imagine. Delicious crispy or grilled chicken burgers, chicken breast tenders, wing nibbles and yummy fries and slaw will be available for delivery and pick-up this week. Winner winner chicken dinner!
Pedro’s House Of Lamb
If you don’t have the time, or can’t be bothered putting the work in for your Sunday dinner, Pedro’s House of Lamb is the answer to all of your roast prayers. All you have to do is order in, take out and you’ll get to enjoy the deliciousness in the comfort of your own home. We suggest trying the iconic whole lamb shoulder, smothered in rosemary and garlic and slow roasted so perfectly it falls right off the bone. It comes with a generous side of scalloped potatoes already, but we recommend chucking in some coleslaw and cheeky bread rolls to soak up the goodness.
Provisions Of Arrowtown
The early bird catches the worm. Opening each day at 7am Provisions of Arrowtown will be offering “out the window” takeaways with soul-warming treats that are seriously out the gate good. Think hot Allpress coffee, sticky buns and freshly baked bread through to a daily hot roast sandwich and baking specials. Call 442 0714 or txt 027 555 1661 to order in, pop up to the window, tap your card and you’re away laughing (and eating).
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.
Craving a burger? Slow Cuts are back up and running, offering a delicious pick-up and delivery menu with burgers galore. Open Tuesday through Sunday, they’ll be delivering goodies like your classic cheeseburger, rotisserie chicken and an epic range of sides—mac & cheese gratin for starters! Place your order via phone 03 442 0066 for pick-up from 12pm and delivery from 5pm.
After all that gourmet feasting, why not take yourself out for a run on one of Queenstown's best running tracks.
Image credit: Fan Tan