In the middle of lockdown, every venue has had to change the way it does business, but none more so than fine diners. Unlike take-home-friendly pizzerias or kebab joints, Melbourne’s high-end restaurants have had to re-write their menus from scratch. Even the old dogs, such as Florentino and Cafe di Stasio, have had to learn some new tricks.

These are the fine diners with the best takeaway menus. When you order from one of these places, make an evening of it: dress up, lay out a tablecloth, and bust out the good china. In the midst of quarantine, there’s perhaps no better way to celebrate a special occasion or just forget about the world for a bit.

Attica

Attica at Home, one of last year's lockdown stars, is back for (hopefully) one last job. There's a three-course lockdown menu. It's $110 for two people, which is crazy good value. There's also an Attica Summer Camp themed souva feast, too. Attica's renowned burnt Basque cheesecake is also available.

74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea

Minamishima

Melbourne’s best Japanese restaurant is now delivering stunning, kaleidoscopic sushi to your door. Previous menu highlights include platters of chirashizushi, or “scattered sushi”; A5 Japanese Wagyu; miso-braised beef short rib; and fried chicken with plum salt. Order here.

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Lûmé

During regular times, this South Melbourne restaurant creates elaborate, innovative and delicious degustation menus. Lûmé’s takeaway menu couldn’t possibly replicate the dine-in experience, but still captures its spirit. Order a “Lûmé box”, which is like a takeaway set menu.

226 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Estelle

Scott Pickett’s well-loved, refined bistro offers ready-to-eat classics and readymade meals to heat up at home. If you want something ready to eat tonight, order here. If you’d rather put in some of the work yourself, order by 4pm the day before here.

243 High Street, Northcote
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Maha

All of Maha's greatest hits are available on Providoor. Go for one of the feasts, or choose your own adventure across a range of meza, small dishes, larger plates, and desserts. Better chuck in a couple of bottles of booze, too.

21 Bond St, Melbourne

Florentino

Nothing can replicate a multicourse meal in the grand old dining room at Florentino. But the Grossi family’s Grossi a Casa – which brings together favourites from Florentino, Grill and Ombra – still delivers on the most important front: food. Start with antipasti, then heat up some gnocchi or tortellini for primi, and maybe add some barramundi or braised beef cheek after. Finish with the famous tiramisu.

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Cafe Di Stasio

A large part of the appeal of Rinaldo Di Stasio’s restaurants is the theatre of the dine-in experience. But Di Stasio Delivery is an excellent alternative. Choose from classics including fish’n’chips, paccheri bolognaise and slow-cooked beef with polenta.

31 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
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Di Stasio Citta

Di Stasio Delivery is also operating out of Di Stasio’s CBD sibling, Città.

35 Spring Street, Melbourne
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Cumulus Inc.

Cumulus has resurrected its popular finish-at-home feasts. The $70 per person family meal includes whipped cod roe and flat bread, ricotta gnocchi, the roasted lamb shoulder and chocolate mousse for dessert.

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Epocha

This Carlton diner is still doing takeaway (it arrives hot, but you can make it a finish-at-home scenario if you wish). Start with oysters, charcuterie and pate before moving onto the heartier mains. There's also a variety of proteins with sides to choose from. They include roast chicken, beef short rib, roast duck and roast lamb. Finish off with a classic tiramisu and some bottled Negronis.

49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton

Tonka

Eat like you’re on Flinders Lane, minus the crowds. Heat-and-serve options from this modern Indian diner (and sister restaurant Coda) include butter chicken, lamb curry, chicken tikka and tandoori spatchcock. Order here. Meals come vacuum-sealed, which makes Tonka a great option for freezer-filling.

20 Duckboard Place, Melbourne
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Ides

Peter Gunn's fine diner was one of the standout takeaway stars of 2020. Ides at Home has returned for this lockdown. Both set courses sold out last weekend, but Gunn's signature black box dessert, is currently available to order. If lockdown gets extended, expect Ides to return with another menu this weekend.

92 Smith Street, Collingwood

Navi

Navi has resumed its Dinner for Two set menu on Fridays and Saturdays. It sold out quickly last weekend, and it may not go ahead this weekend – lockdown depending. But if you're a Navi die-hard, keep your eyes peeled on Instagram. This is one of Melbourne's best at-home dining experiences.

83B Gamon Street, Yarraville
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