As of this week, Adelaide’s restaurants and cafes are allowed to reopen for (outdoor) dining. But with social distancing measures still in place (capacity is limited to 10 people per venue and the sale of alcohol is prohibited), many will remain shut. That means takeaway is still the order of the day. Here are some of the best meals you can get to-go right now.
Pork buns. Pappardelle with blue swimmer crab. Lamb and ratatouille pithivier. Some of Press’s most popular dishes are now available to take home. The CBD favourite is also turning out warming winter comforts such as pork and fennel meatballs with creamy potato mash; braised sticky oxtail with parsnips and celeriac; and smoked ham hock and winter vegetable soup. Go the whole hog and order the lot with the Press Weekender package. The evolving menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays, to pick up from Waymouth Street or the two Hills locations (Stirling Golf Club and Uraidla Football Club). Order online before 9pm the day before pick-up.
The Gang Gang, er, gang know good takeaway. Before the Parkside deli opened last year, the team operated out of a bright yellow food truck (nicknamed Trailer Swift) flipping some of Adelaide’s best burgers at festivals around town. Get them to go, alongside tacos, hot-pressed sandwiches, popcorn chicken, shakes and house-made sodas. Since lockdown, the team has introduced an additional Fresh Feeds menu on Thursdays, featuring dishes that stray from the diner’s Asian influences. Last week the theme was La Famiglia: handmade gnocchi and fettuccine, lasagne for two, polenta chips and garlic bread. Pre-order Thursday morning for that day’s dinner service.
Sure, you mightn’t have the impressive rooftop setting, but with chef Trent Lymn’s new cook-at-home menu you’re halfway to recreating the 2KW experience at home. Choose from 18 dishes, including signature plates such as the blue swimmer crab crumpet, 14-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder and triple-cooked salt and vinegar potatoes, or opt for themed packs (there’s Date Night, Backyard Picnic and Movie Night). Available for pick-up, or there’s delivery on Wednesdays (order by 5pm Sunday) and Fridays (order by 5pm Wednesday) within a 10 kilometre radius of the CBD. Recipe cards are available via 2KW’s website to walk you through the final steps of cooking and plating dishes.
After launching a takeaway spread for Mother’s Day last week, Fino continues its At Home offering with a warming winter feast: there’s a winter greens and cheddar spelt pie; Fino sourdough bread; crab, bacon and white-bean chowder; quince and apple strudel; a tub of house-made walnut ice-cream; and more. The meals are available for pick-up at Fino Vino on Fridays and Fino Seppeltsfield on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll sorely miss co-owner and restaurant mananger Sharon Romeo’s expert service, but you can still follow her wine recs by ordering her choice of white or red (or opt for a cocktail – there’s a Manhattan and “Finotini” to choose from).
Part Time Lover
Want the pride of plating up an impressive meal without having to do the cooking part? Part Time Lover can help with that. The CBD hotspot has introduced assemble-at-home meals that arrive deconstructed – all you have to do is heat, plate up and eat. The menu changes each week but might include twice-cooked sticky eggplant; Sarawak chicken (or tofu) laksa with coconut broth, egg noodles and bok choy; and dark chocolate coconut cake with vanilla coconut cream. Pair your meal with a wine that’s been selected to match, from producers such as Ngeringa and LAS Vino, and a soundtrack curated by Part Time Lover maître d’ Luke Turton (it’s very good). Available for pick-up or delivery between 4pm and 8pm Friday and Saturday. They’ll also run the food out to you if you park on Flinders Street.
Shobosho Ramen Stop
One upside to this brisk, wintry weather is diving into a steaming bowl of ramen (figuratively, of course, though we wouldn’t judge either way). Thankfully, Shobosho has introduced a timely new takeaway option – Ramen Stop – complete with new branding on the door. There's just one ramen on offer each week: hearty noodle soup with fall-apart beef rib and kimchi broth, say, or chicken and prawn wontons with greens and wood-roasted-chicken broth. Just remember to order in advance (and get in fast) – there’s a limited number of bowls each week. In fact, this week's ramen is already sold-out, so the team has added a pork-cutlet katsu sando to the menu. Pick-up on Thursday between 12pm and 2pm, and try to snag a table out the front.