The lockdown has been extended, which means this week’s dinner dates are off. The one bit of silver lining? More and more restaurateurs and cafe owners are transforming themselves into fancy takeout and delivery spots, to keep you fed at home.
Broadsheet will soon publish a live list of what’s open for takeaway and delivery. In the meantime, here are some picks to get you started.
Brisbane’s newest Italian restaurant has barely been open a week and already made a seamless switch to takeout. Chef Dario Manca is boxing up housemade pasta kits for you to prepare at home – see the full menu here. There’s also a short selection of fabulous (and mostly Italian) wines available.
Emily Yeoh Restaurant
Former Masterchef contestant Emily Yeoh’s Paddington restaurant will reopen from Tuesday for takeaway noodles, dim sum, roasted duck and more. Yeoh is also running a plating competition in which you gussy up your takeaway and share the pics online – the prize is a ticket to her upcoming Sunday brunch series. See the restaurant's website for details. Order online via the restaurant’s website.
Honour Ave Cellars
This terrific Graceville bottle shop and bar will be open for takeaway Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with 15 per cent off all its fancy wines. It’s also running a pasta pop-up on Friday and Saturday, serving cacio e pepe, a Wagyu ragu pappardelle, and a South Australian mussel and finger lime spaghetti. Check the website later in the week for details.
George and Danielle Diacos’s super popular pizza spot is staying open for takeaway on its usual Thursday to Monday roster. There’s the typical mix of pizzas, arancini, fried chicken, plus a rotation of other treats such as George’s triple “chockdown” cookies.
The celebrated Brisbane restaurant is serving a short, sharp pre-order menu that includes gorgonzola gnocchi with spinach and pine nuts, and slow cooked lamb shoulder with mint, crushed peas, broccolini and salsa verde. It’s takeaway only (no delivery) and you order either by phone or SMS on 0424 986 005. Find the menu on the E’cco website.
Order ahead from Tuesday at this Gabba Italian icon for pasta dishes (including the iconic pork and fennel sausage gnocchi) along with mains such as veal saltimbocca, and Moreton Bay bugs in a basil pesto cream. You can also grab something from the restaurant’s brilliant selection of Italian wines. Order via Bopple here.
Kin + Co
This brilliant Teneriffe cafe continues to open its takeaway window 6am to 2pm daily, serving açai bowls, cabinet food and pastries, washed down by smoothies, ache, kombucha and expertly made coffee.
Brisbane’s best burgers are available for takeaway only from Ben's Winn Lane spot, including the Classic, Cheesy and Veg burgs, along with sides such as the veg chilli fries. Phone ahead on 07 3195 3094 for all orders.
Albion coffee roaster, distillery and craft beer joint Fonzie Abbott is celebrating its 10th birthday in lockdown by offering a 25 per cent discount on all beans, beers, spirits and pizza. Specials are available for pick-up only. And yes, you can get a takeaway coffee while you’re there.
Baja is doing at-home packs of its northern Mexican inspired tacos, including its duck carnitas (slow-cooked duck) and al pastor tacos. It’s also selling traditional Mexican-style salsas, wine, beer, bottled cocktails, and mezcal and tequila. Baja at home kicks off on Wednesday.
Houseside by Southside
Southside has rebooted its at-home restaurant, offering a bunch of favourites takeaway – including char kway teow, Wagyu beef stir fry, and master stock duck with housemade noods – alongside bottled cocktails and wines selected from its extensive cellar. This time around you can get it delivered too via Bopple. Order takeaway or delivery online here.
Bianca is serving its fun and fast menu of antipasti, entrees, pastas and mains takeaway. See the restaurant’s website for menu details. Order and pay via phone on (07) 3063 7679 and pick up from the restaurant.
This celebrated East Brisbane eatery is open for takeaway cafe eats in the morning all week, and fragrant Thai dinners after 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. You can order via the cafe’s own app or by calling 07 3891 5100.
The Fortitude Valley people’s favourite is offering its entire menu for takeaway as well as delivery within 10 kilometres of the restaurant on the northside (via a delivery partner. Southsiders can phone 0413 246 890 to chat to the Happy boy team directly about delivery). There’s also a short selection of cracking small-producer wines available. Order online here.
Gerard’s Bistro chef Adam Wolfers will return tomorrow with his celebrated takeaway menus. Expect dishes such as grilled hawaij chicken with green zhoug, and coal-roasted pumpkin with fesenjan (Persian walnut-pomegranate stew) and mint. Wine, beer and bottled cocktails are also available. Order via Gerard’s online store. Delivery is available between 5pm and 6pm within a four-kilometre radius of the restaurant.
The Teneriffe hotspot is still churning out some of the best Italian in Brisbane, with the majority of its dine-in menu available for both takeaway and delivery. Order through the restaurant’s website or via 07 3666 0207 for takeaway, or hit Deliveroo for delivery.