Until recently, us Melburnians spent significant chunks of our lives in our city’s world-renowned restaurants, bars and cafes. Drinking and dining out is part of our DNA.

Right now, we’re settling into a new reality – one where picking up or ordering in is the new dining out – and some of the best venues in town have adapted with creativity and innovation.

You’ll find the full list of delicious new initiatives here, but for a tighter list of takeaway picks, as selected by Broadsheet Melbourne editor Ellen Fraser, read on.

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Mjolner’s Viking Feast
Dinner at the Eau de Vie crew’s medieval-themed city eatery is a meaty affair across the board, from the staff’s leather aprons to the horns holding savoury cocktails to the menu itself. Now – by ordering takeaway, and perhaps draping yourself in an old faux cow-hide rug to eat it – you can recreate the experience, in a sense, at home. There are seven dishes in the banquet, including a “meat-glazed” beef short rib and a whole rotisserie chicken. If that’s not scratching your carnivorous itch, you can add on a serve of roast bone marrow, too.

The feast is available for two, four, six, eight or 10 people ($70 per person). A vegetarian option is available. Pre-order by 3pm for next-day pick-up or delivery.


Ice Magic from Piccolina Collingwood, Hawthorn and St Kilda
This colourful gelateria’s at-home menu includes a product of the dessert world dark arts: a take on Cottee’s Ice Magic, an ice-cream topping made with Callebaut dark couverture chocolate that insta-freezes on impact. The rest of the menu is the stuff of sweet, wintry comfort-food dreams – apple crumble, sticky date pudding and Nutella-stuffed ravioli. Warm them up in your oven, then pop a scoop of Piccolina ice-cream (maybe coconut, peanut butter or stracciatella) on top, and enjoy that hot-cold contrast, which is magical in itself.

Order online for pick up from Piccolina Collingwood, Hawthorn or St Kilda, or get it delivered.


Greek Fridays by Cookes Food
One of the city’s top caterers faced an influx of cancelled events when Covid-19 hit. But without clients calling the shots, head chef Jimmy Vardis is taking the opportunity to create dishes for the public that tie in with his Greek heritage. Expect slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Greek salad, roast potatoes and pickles. Roll it all up – with a good glug of mint-and-cucumber smoked yoghurt – in one of his fluffy woodfired pitas. For dessert, there’s house-made baklava ice-cream, which has chunks of honey-soaked baklava swirled through. Just add ouzo.

$80 for two people or $150 for four. Pick up from 11–11A Wellington Street, St Kilda, or get it delivered. Fridays only, though other dishes can be ordered for Wednesday pick-up and delivery.


The return of Bistro Vue
Shannon Bennett’s classic French diner Bistro Vue closed in 2017, but now it’s back – only this time, instead of a plush city dining room, it’s at your place. Executive chef Hugh Allen is preparing winter-appropriate dishes such as boeuf bourguignon served with pomme purée; confit duck with braised lentils; and French onion soup. Everything comes with a side of salad greens from Burnham Beeches, and house-made bread with Vue’s cultured butter. The team will even dig out wine from the Vue group cellar, and you can add-on French cheeses too.

Open Thursday to Sunday. Each serving feeds two people. Order by 3pm for same-day pick-up from Vue de Monde or delivery (within 10 kilometres of the CBD) after 4pm.


$10 pasta bowls at Giro D’Italia
These clever little dinner bowls come almost ready to serve – just add the supplied herbs, cheese and other accompaniments, and throw them in the microwave for a few minutes. Choose from bolognaise, Napoli, amatriciana, four-cheese and arrabbiata, all with either house-made fettucine or gluten-free gnocchi. And at $10 a serve, they’re very decently priced.

Available daily from 7am to 9pm. Pick up from 401 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, or get it delivered.


Check out previous takeaway picks at Broadsheet’s Top Takeaway hub.