Sydney’s restaurants, cafes and bars have been dealt a rough hand lately, what with lockdown, social distancing and isolation measures in full force. Their response was to get creative and completely change how they do business. Each week Broadsheet Sydney’s editor Sarah Norris and assistant editor Che-Marie Trigg will pick their favourite takeaway and delivery options from across the city. And if you want more inspiration, here’s an extended live list of what’s happening in Sydney.
While it’s impossible to replicate the cool aesthetic of this handsome Argentinean-South American restaurant in your house, you can now at least eat its outstanding food at home. Main options include lasagne ($25) (which we reckon is “Australia’s national crisis dish”); eggplant parmigiana ($20); charcoal chicken ($18/$36); woodfired salmon ($32); and chorizo served with a romesco sauce ($15). Sides include woodfired potatoes with lemon and garlic ($12), and some of the best brussels sprouts in Sydney (trust us), which are crisp fried and served with lentils, mint and a mustard dressing ($16). Or you can get a dinner pack for two ($80), which includes the lasagne, chicken, sprouts, potatoes, garlic rice with lentils, and a milk flan. You can add in a bottle of vino too, starting at $20 a pop. It’s available Tuesday to Saturday from 4.30pm to 9pm for pick-up (and delivery if you’re in the area). More info here.
RaRa Redfern, RaRa Randwick, Lonely Mouth
The RaRa Ramen experts opened their third outpost, Lonely Mouth, just as the coronavirus shut down Sydney. When we published the opening story on March 17 – which feels like an eternity ago – co-owner Scott Gault said they were thinking about introducing takeaway in a week or two, “if the small kitchen at Newtown could handle it”.
Turns out it can. The vegan ramen shop is serving its hempseed-and-sunflower-based ramen ($19.50), which mimics the creaminess and umami of a pork-based tonkotsu broth. Order takeaway here and delivery here. Of course, if you just want the original RaRa pork-broth soup served at the Redfern and Randwick outposts (it’s made with a secret recipe handed down by Japanese masters), order it here.
Stanmore’s high-end Sixpenny has really come out of the gate swinging with its coronavirus evolution. It’s transformed into a general store and takeaway joint, with a bunch of baked goods thrown in for good measure. There’s a top-notch set menu for two you can order to-go, which includes a main, two sides and dessert. This week’s deal includes Moussaka, tomato-braised greens, a Greek salad and rice pudding for dessert ($90). For an extra $40, Sixpenny’s sommelier will choose a bottle of red or white to match.
The general store sells wine, passata, pancake mix, cheese, milk, eggs and produce boxes packed with fresh fruit and veg. Sixpenny is also doing triple-duty as a bakery, with cakes, hot cross buns, sourdough and muffins available in-store or for pre-order online. You can also pop in for takeaway coffees and bacon-and-egg rolls. Opening times and more here.
Double Roasters Cafe
Marrickville’s Double Roasters is another venue covering a lot of bases during the crisis – and we’re excited about it. Not only is it continuing to turn out excellent coffee, it’s also offering its classic cafe menu (including smashed avo on toast, bacon-and-egg rolls and omelettes) to take away as well. And you can grab some hearty lasagnes, soups and moussakas to take home for later. In place of the usual seating for customers you’ll find tables stocked with kitchen staples, including Brickfields bread; avocados; eggs; dairy, oat and soy milks; passata; and relish.
Like many other venues, Double Roasters is also putting together fruit and veg boxes, this time with bacon from nearby Black Forest Smokehouse. Pre-order for next-day pick up by calling (02) 9518 0771 before 1pm. More details here.
The Duke of Clarence
Devo you’re missing out on Easter Sunday lunch with your folks? London-inspired inner-city pub The Duke of Clarence has the next best thing: it’s delivering traditional British Sunday roasts across the city (literally – a huge area spanning from South Coogee to Rosebery up to Palm Beach). Choose from classic roast beef sirloin, roast chicken, roast lamb or roasted pumpkin with wild rice as your main. Every roast comes with house-made gravy, roasties, peas, Dutch carrots, broccolini and (of course) Yorkshire puddings. If you want to go full English, pigs in blankets are available on the side, as is cauliflower cheese and honey-roasted parsnips. For dessert? Sticky date pudding, and rhubarb and ginger crumble. The meals will come with instructions explaining how to finish and reheat to a restaurant standard.
Red wine is a natural match for a roast dinner, so the Duke is delivering bottles of malbec, tempranillo and shiraz, too. There are also bottles of white, rosé and sparkling, and a selection of beers. It’s also bottling cocktails, including a chocolate Old Fashioned and Espresso Martinis.
Bonus: the Sunday roast menu will be available every Sunday until the pub reopens. Place your order between 5pm Thursday and 12pm Saturday for pick-up or delivery between 12pm and 3pm on Sunday. More info here.