Sydney’s lockdown has been extended, so while we’re not going anywhere, let’s make the most of the best takeaway and delivery options our restaurants have to offer.
Here are a few exciting options to try.
Marta, Rushcutters Bay
Marta’s Roman bakery is back, with delicious pastry-rich treats every Tuesday-Friday from 7.30am and 9am on weekends. Or go the full hog and order some herb-stuffed porchetta ($33), rigatoni with beef ragout ($28) or a cracking hazelnut tartufo ($14). Order pick up from order.hungryhungry.com/martaosteria/menu or delivery via UberEats or Deliveroo
Try Din Tai Fung’s xiao long bao at home. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Thai Kee IGA, free delivery to Greater Sydney
Bring Chinatown to your doorstep, with Thai Kee IGA’s free delivery for Greater Sydney. Recent menu highlights include Korean hotdogs, crisp Taiwanese pork ribs, hotpot at home and Gumshara’s thick and hearty ramen. Their restaurant range includes Din Tai Fung’s xiao long bao, Rising Sun Workshop’s “The Darkness” shoyu pork ramen, and other delicious dishes from Mamak, Ho Jiak and Taste of Shanghai. See instagram.com/thaikeeiga for inspo, and order from thaikee.com.au
Merivale, various locations
What would lockdown be without a Cantonese feast from Mr. Wong (CBD) with all the trimmings: steamed dim sums, honey-glazed pork, king crab rice and Peking duck pancakes. Totti’s at Bondi is cooking up its ever-popular wood-fired bread and pappardelle with lamb ragu, while Queen Chow Enmore and Manly will sort your cravings for sweet and sour pork, prawn toast and salt ‘n’ pepper squid. Order these and plenty more from merivale.com/takeaway-delivery-sydney
Mud crab with black pepper curry from Amah in Chatswood. Photo: Supplied
Just weeks after opening, Chatswood’s exciting new Malaysian venture Amah has pivoted to takeaway and if you’re smart you’ll get to ordering straight away. Try the har mee bombs ($19), char kuay teow with prawn ($27) or nasi lemak chicken ($19). Or, if you’re feeling fancy, make a beeline for the black pepper mud crab ($118 a kilogram). See hojiak.com.au/chatswood
Porteno, Surry Hills
Porteno at Home is back, with its five-course banquet pack ($145) for two, which includes eggplant parma, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, brussels sprouts, fennel salad and tiramisu. Available Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, plus Thursday-Saturday next week. See humblebakery.orderup.com.au
A signature grass-fed burger from Mary’s. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Mary’s, Newtown and CBD
Treat yourself to some of Sydney’s best burgers with a home delivery from Mary’s Newtown or CBD. Order their signature grass-fed beef burger and fries for $19, or buy a whole buttermilk-brined and seasoned fried chook for $40, plus a side of mash and gravy ($8). Vegans won’t miss out either, with four plant-based burger options, and golden fried cauliflower. See deliveroo.com.au/menu/sydney/sydney/marys
Re, South Eveleigh
Matt Whiley’s zero waste bar, Re is offering takeaway 100-500ml bottled cocktails, including a Koji and Co old-fashioned, melon negroni, orchard gimlet, Saint Peter martini and yuzu margarita. Delivery and pick up from shop 8, 2 Locomotive Street, South Eveleigh. Check website for pick up and delivery dates, wearere.com.au
Glacier 51 toothfish with baked miso cod and king crab meat, Japanese whitebait and salmon roe. Photo: Supplied
Simulation Senpai, Darling Square
Lockdown lunch doesn’t get more luxe than this. Sokyo chef Chase Kojima’s new high-end food court joint (yes, you read that right) is serving black truffle chutoro ($55) in a beautiful jewel-like box packed with tuna tartare and nicely diced tuna that has been marinated with Senpai’s secret sauce and served with Japanese mountain yam puree, pickled daikon radish and shaved black truffle. Not a truffle fan? Try the Glacier 51 toothfish with baked saikyo miso cod served with king crab meat, Japanese whitebait and salmon roe (a steal at $38) or the hoseki bako, 15 pieces of “treasures from the sea” served over premium sushi rice with pickled ginger and wasabi ($55). Pick up from shop T01, Maker’s Dozen food court, 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket in Darling Square. See the eatery’s Instagram account for a 10 per cent discount code, and order from simulationsenpai.com
Mr Watkins Bar, Penrith
Make life easy for yourself with Mr Watkin’s $10 take-home dinners. Old favourites such as honey soy chicken, beef stroganoff and more. Order by calling 02 4708 0605, pick up from 467 High Street, Penrith. See instagram.com/mrwatkinsbar
NOMAD, Surry Hills
NOMAD’s home takeaway packs for two are available from Monday to Saturday until sold out. The creative menu is updated every day according to fresh produce supplies (it might be ricotta pastizzi one day, or paprika and Persian lime potato chips guacamole the next) and released via their Instagram account and newsletter each morning. Limited packs available, so be quick.
Al Aseel, various locations
Craving Lebanese food? Al Aseel has you covered. Their $25 lockdown lunches include lamb and chicken skewers served on grilled bread with chilli and onions (plus garlic dip, of course). The deluxe family packs ($79) will feed the tribe come dinner time too. Pick up from Greenacre, Castle Hill, Alexandria, Penrith and Wollongong.
Saganaki cheese with honey and oregano from The Apollo. Photo: Christopher Pearce
The Apollo, Potts Point
You’ll need to be quick to order from The Apollo, whose takeaway menu is making a brief return on Friday, July 9 and Saturday July 10. Go the Full Greek ($130-$390), with taramasalata dip, saganaki cheese, village salad, lamb shoulder, roast chat potatoes and walnut filo pastry coffee cream. Or make your own selection, from braised oxtail ($26) to rice-stuffed calamari with black currants and spicy tomato sauce ($22), and plenty more. Pick up from 44 Macleay Street, Potts Point. See order.hungryhungry.com/theapollo/menu
Damascus Restaurant, Bass Hill
Fill up on Syrian flavours at Bass Hill’s Damascus Restaurant. The entire menu is halal, and includes foul (cooked fava beans and chickpeas) with tahini and yoghurt, hummus with shawarma, baba ganoush, falafel, tabouli and more. Order via 0499 455 761, pick up from 850 Hume Highway, Bass Hill, or use the DoorDash app. See instagram.com/syria_damascusresturant
Made-to-order salads from Fishbowl. Photo: Supplied
Fishbowl, various locations
Here’s one way to keep fit and busy during lockdown. Each Tuesday, the team at Fishbowl are offering $5 off made-to-order salads to anyone who tags #FitWithFishbowl across socials with proof of their daily run, cycle, skate or swim. See fishbowlbondi.com.au/order
Cho Cho Ramen, Potts Point
Keep things warm and cosy this weekend with a bowl of noodles ($24) from this Potts Point favourite. Choose from chicken or vegan ramen with agedashi and eggless noodles, on Friday, July 9 and Saturday July 10. Pick up from 73 Macleay Street, Potts Point. See order.hungryhungry.com/chochosan/menu
Efendy’s free soup is back. Photo: Supplied
Efendy’s soup and pide cart is back, serving free lentil soup and bread to the local community. The cart will be available from 4pm daily throughout lockdown, for as long as stock allows. Donate a gold coin to support Efendy staff if you can. Or recreate the Efendy experience at home, with a takeaway Turkish feast including home-made bread, dips, mixed meat, vegetable pides and baklava. See efendy.com.au
The Taphouse, Darlinghurst
In the mood for pub grub? The Taphouse has you covered, with its burgers, chicken parmas and and $25 Sunday roasts. Delivery is free within a one-kilometre radius. Or, if you’re thirsty, refill your growler at the bottle shop, or take your pick from 200 lines of craft beer and wine (25 per cent off for pick up bottle shop orders). See foodbooking.com
Chaco Ramen is hitting the road. Photo: Christopher Pearce
Chaco Ramen, delivering to selected suburbs
Chaco Ramen are delivering their bowls of brothy goodness to the ‘burbs again – next stop Marrickville, Canterbury, Lakemba and Bankstown (Saturday, July 10). Keep an eye on their Instagram account and website for new suburbs coming soon. Orders close 1pm the day before delivery. See sakenet.square.site
The Star, Pyrmont
Enjoy the cooking of top chefs at home, with Chase Kojima, Dany Karam and Luke Nguyen “table for two” menus ($65-$120) from The Star. Options include Sokyo’s miso-glazed toothfish, short ribs from BLACK Bar and Grill and seafood curry laksa from Fat Noodle. Or keep things simple with Sokyo’s sushi box, including 16 pieces of fresh tuna, salmon, kingfish, scallop and more. Add a cocktail for $15, such as a negroni, coconut martini, cosmopolitan or margarita. Pick up and delivery available daily from noon-10pm. Delivery available within five kilometres of the venue’s Pyrmont site. Pick up from the grand foyer. See star.com.au/sydney/tablefor2
Fish ‘n’ chips from Fish Shop. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Fish Shop, Bondi Beach
Fill up on fish ‘n’ chips and natural wines at Bondi’s exciting new seafood shop. Order ahead by phoning 02 9130 3994, or head over to 87 Glenayr Avenue to order in person. Open for lunch and dinner from noon-8:30pm.
ChefPrep, delivery to Greater Sydney
Can’t decide what to order? Try ChefPrep, a new online marketplace that offers affordable ready-made meals from top restaurants. Log on to chefprep.com.au and you’ll find delicious options from I Maccheroni, STIX, Little Lagos, Bondi Hardware and more. You can even order dishes from multiple restaurants at the same time, and because the meals are frozen, they can be delivered further afield – to the Sydney metropolitan area, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Wollongong. Wine and alcohol pairings, pantry items and baked goods coming soon.
Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern
Order breakfast or lunch to go at Kepos Street Kitchen from 8am-3pm daily, including a bacon and egg brioche roll ($14) and meatball sub with coriander paste, grated haloumi on ciabatta ($18). Dinner packs ($58-$84) feed two to four people, and include a butterflied, marinated and chargrilled chicken, beef sirloin or slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Or stock up on your deli favourites from the fridge, including hummus, eggplant dip, shakshuka sauce, marinated chickens and vegetarian moussaka. See keposstreetkitchen.com.au
North Bondi Nami
North Bondi Nami is offering an abridged takeaway menu of warming meals and snacks including tonkotsu ramen, daily market sashimi, gyoza and ora king salmon with chickpea miso marmalade, beans and kohlrabi. Or try the “Nami package” ($88), which includes prawn gyoza, two bowls of ramen and one cocktail to share. See northbondinami.com
Three Blue Ducks, Bronte
This Bronte favourite is offering its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for takeaway alongside wine, beer, pantry staples and condiments via the produce store. Or pick up a DIY meal (prepped and ready to finish at home) such as a 12-hour slow-roasted whole lamb shoulder or a choice of several three-course weekend feasts for two ($70 each). Pick up from Bronte, order by noon the day before. See threeblueducks.com
Single O, Surry Hills
Single O is serving up plant-based favourites such as spiced cauliflower with rye toast, macadamia butter and coconut labneh or a fried eggplant katsu roll with lettuce, bush tomato sauce and vegan mayo. For the truly coffee obsessed, don’t forget a home-brew bundle (includes pre-filled drip-coffee bags “parachutes”). See singleo.com.au
Natural wines and biodynamic drops are big at P&V. Photo: Supplied
P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants, Enmore and Paddington
Enjoy your favourite interesting drinks at home, ideally with interesting snacks (charcuterie and cheese packs, Paddington store only). See pnvmerchants.com
Serve up your favourite Chiswick favourites at home, including a whole roasted Bannockburn chicken with brussels sprouts and wild rice stuffing or a bake-at-home strawberry and apple crumble. Wine, books and bottled cocktails also available for pick up. See mryum.com/chiswick/pickup/pickup
The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington
You don’t have to miss out on the Unicorn’s schnitty and burgers just because you’re stuck at home. Call 0481 016 136 or order via Bopple.
MILPA Collective, Bondi and Potts Point
All four of MILPA’s venues (Carbón, Calita, Taqiza and Sonora) have got in on the takeaway action this lockdown but the highlight has to be their fiesta for two to four people ($100-$200), which includes all the trimmings for a perfect Mexican feast including guac, corn, tacos and quesadilla (plus margaritas, of course). See calitamexican.orderup.com.au, carbonmexicanwoodfire.orderup.com.au, taqiza.com.au, sonora-mexican.com.au
For hospo workers
Unfortunately, many hospo staff have been hit hard by the latest lockdown, so a few generous venues have stepped up to provide free or discount meals for those who may not be able to afford it. The Australian Venue Co is providing 2000 “mates bag” for staff and other hospitality workers, which include seven free, fresh meals (plus one dessert) such as beef shepherd’s pie, Sri Lankan curry and Thai pumpkin soup. The bag can be claimed via the company’s website, and collected from Bungalow 8 at King Street Wharf. Mary’s Newtown is also offering a $10 burger and beer for eligible hospo staff (bring your RSA or payslip) during lockdown (text 0435 469 421 for details), while The Taphouse is dishing out free dinners and bourbon shots for all hospo workers, no questions asked. Just ask for a “hospo meal” at the Darlinghurst venue for a house-crumbed chicken schnitzel with gravy, chips and seeded salad, or a vegetarian pasta puttanesca with onion, garlic, chilli, sun-dried tomato, olives, capers and parmesan.
Two Good Co.
Social enterprise Two Good Co. will continue providing much-needed meals for shelters throughout lockdown, feeding women with lived experience of domestic violence and homelessness. See twogood.com.au