We’re several weeks into lockdown now, but the takeaway hits keep on coming. This week the Broadsheet Sydney team is lightening the lockdown load with French feasts, spice-packed Sri Lankan curries and comforting charcoal chicken (with glorious hot chips on the side).
Here are our top takeaway picks this week.
Provençal-style neighbourhood wine bar Pistou does a little bit of everything – weekend brunch, sandwiches and cheese to take away, and small plates and natural wine in the evenings. During lockdown it’s also offering a little something for everyone. It’s selling a range of pantry goods, including vinegar, mustard, salt, chocolate and jams, as well as bottles of wine and a range of pastries. It’s also offering a small and delightful menu of dishes perfect for wintery dinners. Our pick? A creamy scallop and potato pie that’s the lockdown comfort food you never knew you needed. The dish of white anchovies with burrata is also a winner, while the supremely generous Pistou Plate is loaded with cheese, dips, cured meats, crackers, pickles and house-baked bread – it’s the perfect foil for your post-work glass (bottle) of wine.
Henrietta, Surry Hills
Sometimes all you want for dinner is a good old charcoal chook with some hot chips and salad. And that’s what Henrietta is all about – the chicken is amazingly juicy, the salad is a sharp and zesty tabouli and the chips are coated in a smashingly savoury sumac and chicken salt. While just those three items, some Lebanese-style bread and lashings of toum are enough to make a tops dinner, there’s plenty more to love on the menu. The pickles are a must, and the roast cauliflower and broccoli salad is loaded with punchy dukkah and labneh.
Kisuke, Potts Point
When Broadsheet visited six-seater Potts Point omakase Kisuke earlier this year, there was a 40-day waitlist to get a seat. And while you might end up back on the waitlist once lockdown’s over, you can take solace in the fact that chef Yusuke Morita – who has devoted fans across the city – is doing takeaway. He’s putting together boxes ($65) of 13 pieces of sushi – and, in true omakase style, what you’ll be eating is up to the chef. Like its seats, the boxes are limited; there are just 25 available per day.
Aplenty x Aris Natural Wine x Nonna’s Grocer Mediterranean Pasta Kits, Online
Michaela Johansson makes generous, ready-to-serve food boxes under the name Aplenty Spreads for you to open and pop on the table for a dinner party, or on a rug for a picnic. This week she launches a very cute Mediterranean pasta kit that comes with fresh pasta ready to roll into pici (fat spaghetti) and then turn into a classic Sicilian dish, pasta con le sarde. Johansson has sourced the sardines, locally grown young garlic stems, unwaxed lemons, foraged wild fennel, raisins she’s soaked in white wine, pine nuts and a big hunk of locally made parmesan (there’s also a vego option). You can log onto a Zoom cooking class led by Johansson at 6.30pm this Saturday. To drink? A bottle of pét-nat from Southern Highlands winemakers Ari’s Natural Wine Co. The pack also includes a fabulous lemon-shaped candle handmade in Wollongong by a Broadsheet fave, Nonna’s Grocer.
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Lankan Filling Station, Darlinghurst
When seated at O Tama Carey’s Sri Lankan restaurant in Darlinghurst, we’re usually handed a paper menu and pencil to start checking off the items we’d like to warm our bellies with – potato pan rolls with fermented chilli sauce, crunchy murukku (chickpeas, pulses, spices and curry leaves) and at least one of the fiery red curries to mop up with hoppers. Right now you can play the same box-checking game on Lankan’s Bopple site, where it’s offering pre-packed curries (served cold; they can be frozen to eat later), pantry items like pineapple jam and loose-leaf teas, plus starters, curries, sambals and sides served hot and ready to eat. Lankan is also boxing up meaty and vegetarian banquets ($71 per person) so you can leave the planning to the experts. You’ll get a selection of snacks, sides, sambals and a dessert, and all you have to do is pick a curry: potato, cashew, fish, prawn, chicken or meat. While you’re there, add a bottle of amber wine – it tastes of lemon curd and apricots – to your order. The Trutta Marsanne 2020 comes from Harcourt Valley, Central Victoria, and is going for $54. Available for pick-up only.