“My wife and I are going to have at least one meal each from a restaurant per week until this is over,” a friend wrote to me on Facebook messenger. “It’s like a sofa tour of Perth restaurants. If enough people did that, do you think it would help?”
The answer, of course, is yes. Now more than ever, in fact. After a week of limiting guest numbers in venues, the government has now restricted hospitality venues to just takeaway and delivery. The ruling has forced many venues to shut their doors (just temporarily, we hope), but there are still operators doing their best to feed and water the city during these self-isolating times. (Not to mention doing their best to keep staff employed).
Here are some of the local businesses doing their bit to make staying-in a little more delicious. And following the introduction of a new occasional liquor license, venues offering takeaway and delivery can also sell alcohol to-go, making it even easier to organise a very luxe meal-deal.
State Buildings launches delivery
That wondrous broccoli salad from Petition. Handmade gnocchi from Post. Curries and som tum from Long Chim (plus some of the bar’s most popular cocktails to-go). These are just some of the dishes available with State Buildings’ new home delivery service, which operates daily from 12pm to 9pm (last order at 8.30pm). Pick-up is also available from the Cathedral Avenue entrance.
Get Perth’s best gelato delivered
While it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll be able to hit Chicho Gelato in person again, owners and gelato barons Carly and Chez de Bartolo have made it easier to get our Chicho hit at home with a new next-day delivery service. The minimum order is five choc-tops or a litre pack of gelato or sorbet. Chicho has also joined forces with gun Wembley pizzeria Monsterella to offer a meal-deal with a large pizza and a half-litre of gelato for $35 (plus $5 delivery fee).
On the topic of pizza: now’s as good a time as any to reacquaint yourself with your local neighbourhood pizzeria. If I lived near Cottesloe, I’d be hitting Canteen Pizza and taking advantage of the new licensing changes by getting a bottle of something lo-fi and delicious to go with my order. (For other kinds of Italian comfort, such as pasta and antipasti, consider hitting up parent company Il Lido.) Closer to the city, consider King Somm in Bayswater for sparsely topped pies or Pappagallo in Leederville for biscuity Roman-style pizzas. If you’re south of the river: I often dream of the excellent pizza that Kenny McHardy does at Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, even if going to McHardy’s house of earthy cooking and produce just for pizza feels a bit like going to Disneyland just to use the bathroom (so get the baked-to-order flatbread, too, and really do carb-loading right).
An all-time beef Wellington
Don’t look at Heritage Wine Bar’s new ready-to-cook menu on a hungry stomach. The CBD venue has pivoted to gourmet provedore, so you can enjoy winners such as stuffed lamb-racks, vegetarian pies and the wine bar’s all-time beef Wellington at your kitchen table. Dinner packs are available for delivery or pick-up twice a week, along with an edit of wines from the restaurant’s deep, deep cellars.
Carb-loading the natural way
While it’d be impossible to replicate the good times of William Street natural wine bar Wines of While at home, it is possible to enjoy the bar’s chewy sourdough for lunch. The bar’s transformation into a mini grocer means guests can purchase bread (including rye and fruit loaves); house-made pasta; biscuits; eggs; jams; and other pantry staples. Wines, as always, remain available for takeaway enjoyment.