Dad’s dreams of a Father’s Day out of lockdown might have been dashed, but don’t worry – you can still show him you care by sending over fancy takeaway meals, DIY food kits or banquets from some of Melbourne’s top restaurants and venues (and support local hospo while you’re at it).
We’ve already put together a curated gift guide for any budget, but if you want to throw a Sunday feast into the mix, here are our top picks.
Sunda x Aru Father’s Day dinner, $190 for two
Sunda is known for bringing Southeast Asian flavours and native Australian ingredients together with a fine-dining edge, while newly opened sibling Aru does the same with a little more playfulness. Both are on show in this dinner box from the chef behind them, Khanh Nguyen. It features banh mi-flavoured pate en croute, prawn toast with red-curry Marie Rose sauce, roasted bone marrow on cassava focaccia, slow-roasted tamarind beef rib and more. There’s also a vegetarian option that includes burrata with nasi-lemak accompaniments, slow-roasted cauliflower and smoked eggplant. Order by 7pm on Friday September 3 for pick-up at The Hotel Windsor or delivery within 10 kilometres (for an additional $20).
Stokehouse’s “make-away” box, $130 for two
While the ocean view will be hard to replicate, Dad can still enjoy Stokehouse executive chef Jason Staudt’s refined seafood (and if you live with Dad, you can recreate the hospitable service). The menu includes a Parker roll with buffalo curd and smoked olive oil; octopus, mussels and radish in saffron escabeche; a dip of smoked ocean trout and cod roe with lavosh; and rolled lamb saddle stuffed with cavolo nero and black garlic. There’s also a choc-hazelnut rocher for dessert, and you can add half a dozen Sydney rock oysters. Order by 5pm on Friday September 3 for pick-up at Stokehouse.
Nobu’s assorted sashimi platter, $149 for four
If your dad’s a fan of Japanese fare, it doesn’t get much more special occasion than Nobu. The dedicated Father’s Day platter includes precise cuts of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, scallop and scampi sashimi, plus ikura (salmon roe). It’s available on Saturday and Sunday September 4 and 5. Order by 12pm on Friday September 3 for pick-up at Nobu or delivery within 25 kilometres.
Pentolina’s Father’s Day at-home menu, $139 for two to three
There’s a brand new pasta dish on the Pentolina takeaway menu just for Dad’s day: squid-ink cannelloni with lobster tail and blue-eye mousse. The shared feast comes with an antipasti platter (including arancini, frittata, pork rillettes, free-range mortadella and That’s Amore fiore di burrata) and a hazelnut-and-gianduja cheesecake for dessert. You can also add a bottle of Italian vino to your order. It’s available for pick-up or delivery (as far as the outer eastern suburbs and Mornington Peninsula) for a fee on Saturday and Sunday September 4 and 5.
Ottolenghi Cooked by Tulum, $65 per person
Turkish chef Coskun Uysal, of Balaclava’s Tulum, is serving classics from Yotam Ottolenghi’s repertoire on Father’s Day. The multi-course meal includes roasted Persian lamb shoulder, fattouche salad with pomegranate, braised green lentils, and a cardamom rice pudding for dessert, plus meze like Turkish flatbread, roasted eggplant with tahini yoghurt, kuku sabzi (Persian herb frittata) and more. Call 0424 131 881 to order pick-up at Tulum or delivery within 10 kilometres for a $15 fee.
Hazel’s Father’s Day feast, from $60
Nathan Toleman’s Hazel has options for brunch, lunch and dinner for Dad. Brighten his morning with a big-breakfast pack of sourdough English muffins, streaky bacon, eggs, black pudding, hash browns, canned coffee and more. Or spoil him in the arvo with the restaurant’s house-made charcuterie, haloumi, focaccia, beef-and-stout pie, duck-fat roasted potatoes and sticky date pudding with brandy butterscotch. It’s all available for pick-up and delivery within 25 kilometres (for a $10 fee) on Friday and Saturday September 3 and 4.
King and Godfree Father’s Day breakfast box, $95
Can’t sneak into Dad’s kitchen to whip him up breakfast in bed? Lockdown is a bummer, but this might be the next best thing – King and Godfree’s breakfast box returns this year with Dr Marty’s crumpets, Sicilian marmalade, La Boqueria chorizo, Le Conquerant butter, streaky bacon, a loaf of sourdough, house-roasted ground coffee, a dozen Burd eggs and more – enough for multiple days of special big brekkies. It’s available for pick-up or delivery across Melbourne. Tip: order it for Saturday August 4, because deliveries ($15–$22.50) are made in the afternoon.
Cookes Food Father’s Day dinner box, $125 for two
Let expert caterer Cookes Food take care of Dad this year with a menu that includes a sourdough baguette with Bloody Shiraz Gin caviar, slow-roasted lamb with smoked yoghurt, sliced rare tuna with spicy mayo, and DIY chocolate cannoli (with macerated strawberries and double cream), among other dishes. Killer bottled cocktails from Bar Americano and wines are also available to add on. Order by 12pm on Thursday September 4 for pick-up, or delivery is available within 10 kilometres of St Kilda.
Longrain Father’s Day banquet, $190 for two
Now helmed by prolific restaurateur Scott Pickett, modern Thai restaurant Longrain is serving a banquet for dads who don’t mind dialing up the spice. There’s betel leaf with prawns, chicken skewers in a sweet tamarind dressing, cured kingfish with green mango, a centrepiece-worthy beef short rib with nam pla prik (Thai dipping sauce), red duck curry, and stir-fried asparagus and snow peas in XO. And for dessert: a sticky tamarind pudding with tamarind butterscotch. Delivery is available via Providoor across all of Victoria.
David’s yum cha banquet, $126 for two
If he’s missing the trolleys and bamboo steamer baskets of traditional yum cha, cheer your old man up with this feast of classics from David’s. It includes six kinds of dumplings (including siu mai, prawn, pan-fried beef and chilli pork), Peking-duck pancakes, special fried rice, Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and white-chocolate dumplings. You can also add barbeque pork buns, house-made chilli oil and a steaming basket to keep. Delivery is available via Providoor across all of Victoria, or you can pick up at Oriental Teahouse in Brunswick.
Cannoleria by That’s Amore’s DIY Averna cannoli kit, $25
Is there anything more Sicilian than cannoli and Amaro Averna? Perhaps this: a fill-it-your-self cannolo with a swirl of Averna . This kit comes with six shells, a piping bag filled with coffee-infused ricotta, and candied orange peel and icing sugar to garnish. It could be a fun activity for Dad, or you can put the cannoli together and drop them off at his door (that way you can take some of the credit). It’s available for pick-up at Cannoleria stores or delivery within 15 kilometres of any outpost for a $5 fee.
The Fishmonger’s Son’s oyster-shucking kit, $125
If your dad is a bit of a mollusc man, this is about as ocean fresh as it gets. The Fishmonger’s Son in Carlton North is doing a kit with 18 topnotch live oysters (a mix of Royal Miyagi, rock and Pacific), Yarra Valley Bloody Shiraz Gin caviar and a wooden-handled oyster-shucking knife. Order by Thursday September 2 for pick-up in Carlton North between 10am and 2pm on Saturday September 4. Delivery is also available through Your Grocer.