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, Sydney's high-end restaurants have had to re-write their menus from scratch.

Here are the restaurants doing it the best. Some come pretty close to replicating their dine-in menus, others take a different direction: using their supremely talented staff to prepare lockdown-friendly comfort food.

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.

Bentley Restaurant & Bar

We never thought we’d live to see this one: Brent Savage’s brilliant fine-diners Monopole, Cirrus and vegan Yellow are now serving under one banner as the Bentley Group At Home. Each restaurant is offering its own decadent multi-course dinner for two, Wednesday to Sunday. Pair with French drops from Jura, Beaujolais and Burgundy. Also available on Providoor.

27 O'Connell Street, Sydney
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LuMi Bar & Dining

To this day, Federico Zanellato’s lightbulb idea for a Japanese-Italian restaurant still feels like a stroke of genius. Lumi’s heat-and-serve takeaway meals, on the other hand, are comforting winter classics. Think whole-roasted spatchcock; lentil, kale and chilli soup; and lasagne made from mushrooms and layers of carasau, a Sardinian crispbread. Throw in a 20-gram nugget of fresh black truffle for liberal shaving. Pickup only, Thursday to Saturday.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

Porteño

The servings at Porteño are generous at the best of times. Suffice to say, its dinners for two are no less lavish. On Fridays and Saturdays, you could be feasting on eggplant parma, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with chimichurri, plus a vibrant salad and those life-changing brussels sprouts on the side. And for dessert? Bastardo’s tiramisu. There’s heaps of wine, pasta and sweet stuff available from the Humble Bakery, too.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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Bistrot 916

This exciting new bistro by chefs Dan Pepperell and Michael Clift and sommelier Andy Tyson was offering just one thing: burgers. But now the luxe takeaway menu includes a duck dinner for two (duck parfait, duck rilettes, duck cassoulet, duck-fat caramels), a massive seafood platter limited to 10 per night, caviar with buckwheat blinis, and a whole mudcrab with mayo and lemon.

22 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

Cho Cho San

The intimate, low-lit vibes of this well-loved Potts Point restaurant will be tough to match at home. But you can give it a shot with hibachi-grilled prawns with kombu butter, colourful sashimi platters and thick-sliced Kurabota pork-loin tonkatsu. Japanese lagers, house-made yuzushu (yuzu liquer) and cocktails for two will assist. Order here.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Fred’s

We could all use a bit of warmth from the roaring wood-oven at Fred’s right about now. Luckily, the team is putting together select dishes for takeaway, every Saturday. Last week it was murgh makhani (butter chicken) with pickled onion and wood-fire flatbreads. Danielle Alvarez’s famous lasagne might make an appearance this week. Comforting stuff.

380 Oxford Street, Paddington

Nomad

This Surry Hills favourite is running Nomad at Home: a pre-order only dinner banquet. You might have an Italian feast with black-garlic bread; pumpkin, chestnut and sage arancini; eggplant caponata; oxtail ragu lasagne; and cannoli to finish. When you come to pick up your pack, you can also grab a wine from Nomad's excellent cellar.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
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Saint Peter

Mr Niland, Saint Peter's lockdown spin-off, is back. Each day Josh Niland's team at Fish Butchery prepares a different meal for takeaway. Each meal serves two people and comes with everything you need, including cooking instructions. Order here.

362 Oxford Street, Paddington

Alpha

Following an extensive renovation, this Greek diner had just reopened before the current lockdown. Its takeaway menu stars favourites from the old menu, as well as plenty of soon-to-be classics. Get excited for spanakopita, roast lamb, moussaka, baklava and more.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
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Arthur

From Wednesday to Sunday, you can now get Arthur To-Go. This Surry Hills gem is running a different set menu between Wednesday and Sunday for the duration of this lockdown. That might mean a duck lasagne or beef short rib tacos one night, or Sichuan chicken dan dan noodles the next. Each meal comes with sides and a dessert. Throw in some vino and a hand-poured Arthur-branded candle for the best date at home.

544 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Sang

Sang serves contemporary Korean food with big flavours. During lockdown the family-run eatery is opened for takeaway from 5pm to 9pm each day – place your order and then drop by and pick your food package at the front door. Start with a tray of mandu (pan-fried dumplings) and kimchi jeon (a delightful Kimchi pancake). If you feel like rice go for the bibimbap, and you have to order the KFC – some of Sydney’s best Korean fried chicken. Find the menu and book here.

98 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Hartsyard

Hartsyard's takeaway menu is back. It's bringing back a bunch of faves from last time, plus a few newcomers. The pick of the litter is a wood-fire yabby and truffle jaffle. But really, it all sounds pretty great. Takeaway cocktails are available too.

33 Enmore Road, Newtown
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Sixpenny

Sixpenny is once again a general store. It's open from 9am–3pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (from Friday July 2). Hopefully all of the delightful sandwiches from last time will return.

83 Percival Road, Stanmore

Ormeggio at the Spit

Last lockdown, this Mosman institution took the time to reinvent itself into a southern Italian-style osteria. This time, it’s doing trattoria versions of its signature dishes: lobster spaghetti, handmade piadina with prawns, and a braised whole lamb shoulder. A family box for $250 feeds four to six people – for a day or two at least. Lasagnes and hand-rolled gnocchi by Chiosco, plus Ormeggio’s epic gelato are also available. Order here.

D'Albora Marinas The Spit Spit Road, Mosman

Chiswick

Enjoy Chiswick at home, including Matt Moran’s duck, chicken and pea pie; woodfire flat-bread; and a spiced apple and rhubarb crumble to finish. Order here.

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
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Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool’s takeaway menu ranks among the city’s best. Put together your own menu or streamline your options with the banquet box for two – it’s got two prime beef cuts (450-gram rib-eye on the bone, 250-gram eye fillet), plus a couple sides and desserts for $170. There are weekly specials, too. Check the website for pickup times and ordering.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney
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Sean’s Panorama

North Bondi’s pink, salty jewel is offering an impromptu daily takeaway menu. And though we’ll miss the restaurant’s inimitable decor, these meals will be tantamount to a much-needed hug from owner Sean Moran. Follow his personal Insta-gram to see what’s cooking – one day, it might be fish and shellfish curry with kumara, kale, finger lime and rice. The next, pumpkin and almond ravioli.

270 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Mr Wong

For the finest lockdown dim sum, barbeque duck, and special fried rice, look no further than Mr Wong’s jazzy takeaway offering. Dan Hong’s institutional Cantonese joint is forging ahead with all of the above, plus more highlights from the dine-in menu. There’s also a smart list of wines to-go. Pick up for lunch (12pm–3pm) and dinner (5pm–9pm) every day.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Spice Temple

The moody CBD eatery is doing a bunch of the regional-Chinese dishes it’s known for. Get dumplings (including har gow and prawn wontons with black vinegar), its famous chilli-heavy fried chicken, thick-cut rice noodles with your choice of protein, stir-fried Wagyu brisket, kung pao chicken and fried rice. There are banquets for two to four, and its aromatic cocktails have been bottled. It’s doing click-and-collect, as well as delivery to the CBD, inner-east, eastern suburbs, lower north shore and inner city. Details [here.

10 Bligh Street, Sydney
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