The COVID-19 lockdown is a great time to support local businesses so that they will be there for us all to enjoy in the long-term.
Many inner-city cafes, restaurants and bakeries are still open for takeaway food and coffee with some now also offering home delivery services.
Here are some options for staying home, and supporting your local community, while eating and drinking well.
Vic’s Meats Direct
4 -10 Merchant St Mascot
The favourite butcher of Sydney’s top chefs, Vic’s Meats supplies the majority of Sydney’s best restaurants. Vic’s has now launched an online service offering meat delivery to suburbs throughout Metropolitan Sydney (check the website for availability in yours). This means that punters can get their hands on top quality goods previously only available to restaurants. Treat yourself to Australia’s best beef from premium producers such as Rangers Valley, Blackmore Wagyu and O’Connor Angus. Other meaty treats include Kurobuta pork from prized Berkshire pigs reared in northern NSW, Wagyu bresaola, free-range poultry, and gourmet snags. Drive-through collection is also available from Vic’s Meats Mascot store.
Unable to do dine-in, Fratelli Fresh has pivoted to home grocery delivery services, which is great news for lovers of its delicious pasta. Shop for ready-made meals, pasta sauces, DIY meal kits, dry and tinned grocery goods, fresh produce and a selection of household “essentials” including olive oil, vegemite, Tim Tams and Sonoma Bakery bread. Not to mention, booze – there’s a sizable collection of wine, beer and spirits on offer.
Alexandria local favourite, Bitton Gourmet, may be closed for dining in, but you can still pick up coffee and pre-prepared meals for takeaway or have their French-accented fare delivered to you via Uber Eats or Deliveroo. Bitton is also making smart use of its restaurant space by transforming it into a pop-up grocer where locals can shop for
Bitton Gourmet products, as well as bread, pastries, pantry staples, fresh produce and fridge essentials.
Sonoma Bakery’s legendary sourdough is now available delivered straight to your door within a 4km radius from selected stores for orders over $20. Besides Sonoma’s popular breads, you can buy flour, Pepe Sayer butter, Sonoma Granola, free-range eggs, milk, and even a homemade soup of the day.
Brickfields’ outlets in Chippendale and Marrickville are both still open for takeaway coffee and baked goods, but now you can also order online and receive a contactless delivery. Besides their delicious range of breads, cakes and pastries, Brickfields’ range of essentials includes flour, eggs, sugar, butter, soy and macadamia milks.
The team at The Grounds have been keeping busy whipping up tasty meals for home delivery with a range including sides, mains and desserts with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. There are meals to feed the whole family, such as Mediterranean Roast Lamb Leg, large pies and lasagne, as well as smaller servings to suit singles and couples.
Alexandria’s Baked & Co. is doing free home delivery Sydney-wide on all orders over $35 until the 1st of May. Treat yourself to homemade doughnuts, pastry boxes, freshly baked bread and “Grandma approved” Burek ala Baba (phyllo pastry stuffed with your choice of meat or spinach and cheese). Or how about Portuguese tarts, cinnamon buns or bagels? Carbtastic.
Erskineville locals can now get deliveries from their favourite neighborhood deli. The Deli announced on its Facebook page that it will offer home delivery of its artisanal breads, cheeses, meats, pastas and dried goods within Erskineville for just $5 based on what’s in store. There are usually tons of great goodies on the shelves and in the cabinets at The Deli, such as Kangaroo Island free-range eggs, Spanish cold cuts from La Boqueria, Pastabilities pasta and Urban Beehive raw Sydney honey.
Dying for a vino but still waiting on your Dan Murphy’s delivery? Jimmy Brings promises to deliver an icy cold bottle to your door in under 30 minutes. There’s a very decent range of craft beer, cider, wine, spirits and mixers on offer.
CBD wine bar Prince of York is bringing the party to you in these changing times. Order up complete cooked meals or ‘cook at home’ meal packs complete with a matching bottle of wine. You can also get alcohol delivered to your door, including 1L ‘ready to go’ cocktail kits for Negronis, Old Fashioned or Margaritas. If you really want to replicate the bar experience at home, they’ve even curated DJ mixes to match their home delivery meals and cocktails for the full party experience.
Feeling hungry? There are many more options to choose from. Check out your favourite cafe, restaurants and shops online and help a local business.
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