Caution: expensive treats lie ahead, but some very big fish entered the dine-at-home pond this week. Pencil them into your diary for the next time you really want to treat yourself.
Minamishima x Chotto Motto
Koichi Minamishima of Richmond’s three-hat sushi-ya has joined forces with chef friend Yoshiki Tano of Chotto to bring premium seafood and wagyu sukiyaki to your isolation pad. Minamishima is creating a premium chirashizushi, a bed of rice bejewelled with Hokkaido scallops, otoro (belly tuna), prawns, and other sashimi-grade fish (pictured above). There is also premium seafood shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot) featuring king crab and abalone.You can also get a sake match from sommelier Randolph Cheung. Delivery available. minamishima.com.au/athome
Vue to You
The Rialto fine diner Vue de Monde has launched home delivery with a bang. Head chef Hugh Allen is offering online master classes for Vue’s signature dishes such as the chocolate souffle (buy their starter pack and cook along at home). You can buy ready-to-heat meals such as Flinders Island lamb pies, accompanied by mash, mushy peas, salad and baguette for $28 or, if you still have (a lot) of money you can get their seriously premium produce including Lui Bar’s bottled negronis, Blackmore wagyu tomahawk steaks, 250-gram tins of Osietra caviar and a bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon. Lavish. vuetoyou.com.au/shop.
Tipo 00’s signature ‘Tipomisu’. Photo: Pat Scala
Little Bourke Street’s stunning pasta bar took a beat when the shutdown was announced, but chefs Andreas Papadakis and Alberto Fava have roared back onto the scene, offering their ink-black spaghetti al nero, rabbit papardelle and trademark Tipomisu to take home. Buy the bits to finish at home (ragu, and casarecce pastas) or get ready-made meals and a bottle from the cellar. tipo00.com.au.
Clinton McIver’s two-hat Armadale restaurant is another stickler for using top-quality producers and you can now get at those products either through produce boxes filled with organic vegetables, premium butters and beef, or by ordering in an unbelievable seven-piece banquet for two featuring charcuterie, bread with pumpkin seed butter, smoked eel broth with macadamia, and pork with blood orange mustard. There are even petit fours. Dinner for two is $98. amarumelbourne.com.au
Black garlic macarons with salmon roe are part of the Navi at home package. Photo: Ed Sloane
Julian Hills of petite Yarraville fine diner Navi has taken a two-pronged approach to shutdown. On the weekends, Navi is one of the most sought-after bakeries in the west, selling sourdough and gluten-free breads and other baked goods as well as take-home “staff meals” such as meatballs and pizzas. From Wednesday to Saturday, Hills is offering a three-course snapshot of his tasting menu including the restaurant’s signature black garlic macaron wreathed with salmon roe, a main of dry-aged duck with rotolo, and chocolate parfait with wattleseed caramel. It’s a crazy deal at $70 for two. Pick up or local delivery. restaurantnavi.com.au/navihome