The closure of Adelaide’s bars and restaurants has been an incentive for many of us to up our home-cooking game. There’s suddenly a baker or fresh-pasta maker in every family and friendship group. But the memories of our favourite venues still linger. Luckily for us, many of these places are still operating – and raising the bar for takeaway while they’re at it. Here are some of the best options right now. You’ll be supporting a hard-hit industry and its workers, too. It’s win-win.
Warning: do not look directly at Africola’s Instagram page unless you can get your fix of those hand-pulled noodles with “hot and numbing” Afghan lamb, or garlicky short noods with crispy fermented chickpeas and tahini tonight. Once you get a glance, you won’t be able to think of much else. The two new additions are now gracing the menu alongside that chicken tea sandwich with peri-peri drippings; crunchy fried chicken; eggplant curry with confit peppers and “hellfire oil”; golden dahl with coconut cream and spiced butter; and more. Don’t forget to order the grilled flatbread to mop up all the flavour-packed sauces and oils. There’s also a handful of wines – all priced at $30 – from producers such as Jauma, Ochota Barrels and Blind Corner to pair with your meal. Open for pick-up and delivery.
After a short stint doing takeaway in March, it’s been mostly dormant inside Pirie Street pasta bar Osteria Oggi since Covid-19 restrictions were put in place. Luckily for us the CBD favourite is now back, slinging house-made gnochetti, linguine, tagliatelle, campanelle (a curled, bell-shaped pasta), reginette (ribbon pasta) and two kinds of lasagne (officially Australia’s national crisis dish), as well as its popular parmesan flan with ragu; braised lamb (order it 24 hours in advance); sides; and desserts such as zeppole (Italian doughnuts) and a chocolate tart. Open for pick-up and delivery for lunch and dinner.
Noi Vietnamese Eatery
If you still haven’t experienced the food at this Fullarton diner, now’s your chance. Quang Nguyen’s Vietnamese restaurant has a seriously impressive – and extensive – takeaway menu. There’s fried chicken wings; crispy eggplant with sticky sesame and caramel sauce; wok-tossed snake beans with garlic butter; lemongrass and turmeric chargrilled chicken; barbequed pork chops; and chilli-salt lamb ribs, which was one of the best things we ate last year. Try it for yourself. But don’t sleep on the dessert: Noi is temporarily selling Shibui’s mochi doughnuts (crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside rice doughnuts with condensed milk and icing sugar). Also: this week you can order a Mother’s Day “feed me” menu and you’ll get a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Open for pick-up and delivery.
Adelaide’s pretty spoiled for excellent Thai, but Golden Boy is turning out some of the best. And I’m happy to report that hasn’t changed since the move to takeaway. The CBD restaurant’s extensive menu features hit after hit: crispy Kampot pepper fried chicken; pad Thai noodles; green, yellow, jungle and massaman curries; Thai BBC; eight-hour braised beef cheek; and more. You can’t go wrong, really. Open for pick-up and delivery.
Mantu. Banjaan Borani. Lamb kofta. Kabuli Palaw. Miss them? You can still get them. Parwana’s best dishes are available to take away from its Torrensville restaurant. If you’re further east, you can pick your meal up from Signature Wines’ Norwood cellar door – and grab a bottle of vino while you’re at it. City-bound? Head to lunchtime offshoot Kutchi Deli for Afghan curries, rice and dumplings to-go. These guys have all bases covered. Pick-up only.
Since Covid-19 restrictions temporarily shuttered the Leigh Street restaurant, the kitchen team has been providing meals for healthcare workers and people sleeping rough. Last week they expanded the operation to make it available to everyone and, well, good luck trying not to over-order. Choose from the katsu sando; teriyaki chicken; dumplings; wontons; fried rice with char siu pork; buttery udon noodles with blue swimmer crab; cook-at-home yakitori; and more. This week you can also order a Mother’s Day bento box (for two) with salmon and kingfish sashimi; kimchi; pickled cucumbers; Spencer Gulf prawns with umami butter; Korean-style marinated pork belly with gochujang; and sliced bulgogi beef. Open for pick-up Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
After initially shifting operations over to the Chefs on Wheels service in March, Thai favourite Soi 38 has reopened its doors to introduce recipe boxes for some of its most popular dishes. Try your hand at the green curry with Thai eggplant and chicken (you can sub in jackfruit and tofu if so inclined); beef massaman curry; pad Thai; and khao soi, a curry noodle soup with fried wontons and your choice of protein. Three new recipes were added this week: a confit-duck red curry (with the actual confit-ing already done for you); a yellow curry with prawn meatballs; and a chicken basil stir-fry. Best of all, the hard work has been taken out of the process – you don’t even need to get out the cleaver to chop the meat, which comes portioned in a vacuum-sealed bag. The broth is ready to go, as is the freshly made curry paste. Just throw the ingredients in a pot and you’ve got a curry. Open for pick-up and delivery.
Blink and you might miss Herringbone’s takeaway offering. After closing at the end of March, the CBD restaurant reopened last week – on Thursdays and Fridays only. The former is dedicated to fried chicken – specifically, spiced Middle Eastern fried chicken with pickled red cabbage, hummus, jalapenos and mejadra (a Levantine dish of lentils, rice and onion). Add dessert and a lucky dip bottle of wine. On Fridays you’re likely to find pan-fried gnocchi; a fragrant red curry with lamb shoulder; fried chicken and more. The evolving menus are announced on Instagram each week, so keep an eye out. Pick-up only.
Leigh Street Wine Room might be shut, but you can still enjoy its first-class drops thanks to its online store, Juice Traders. Select your wine according to style, producer, country, varietal, or even mood (there’s Netflix and Chill, Party Starters, Summer Lovin’, Funky as Fuck and Winter Warmers, in case you’re wondering) and have it delivered to your door. You can also opt for a themed pack of wines or a lucky dip. Open for pick-up and delivery (free same-day delivery is available for orders over $90). You'll even get a free loaf of sourdough – baked by owner-chef Nathan Sasi – thrown in.