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Minamishima's chirashizushi
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Premium restaurants that are offering delivery

Dress up for your dining table, because these top-tier restaurants are doing takeaway

By Time Out editors
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Well, here we are again. Lockdowns might come and go, but one thing is set in stone, and that are those milestone dates. You might have had to skip out on your long-awaited dinner reservation, or you might not need any reason to celebrate other than being alive, which is why we've put together this guide. Here are some of Melbourne's best premium diners to order from when you're feeling fancy. And for something sweet? Here are Melbourne’s best desserts you can get delivered.

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Food at Di Stasio Citta
Food at Di Stasio Citta
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Di Stasio Citta

Restaurants Italian Melbourne

Do you want some of Melbourne's best pasta dishes delivered straight to your door? Well, if you order Di Stasio's food online, you can – especially since both the Citta and St Kilda stores are delivering across Melbourne. If you're not so into pasta, the roast chicken, braised beef and even chicken soup is available too – plus daily specials on crudo, roasted tomatoes and gnudi. Check out the full menu and order here.

Minamishima
Minamishima
Photograph: Supplied

Minamishima

Restaurants Richmond

What is arguably Melbourne's best sushi restaurant has come up with an at-home menu that is both playful and luxe (check out the deconstructed rainbow of sushi that is chirashizushi). It won't be cheap so to speak, but it will be memorable, with dishes like sencha-smoked duck breast and A5 wagyu shabu shabu on offer. Head online to check out the full menu and to order.

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Entrecote steak frites
Entrecote steak frites
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Entrecôte

Restaurants South Yarra

Entrecôte feels a bit like Lynch’s clubbish charm has taken a holiday to Paris, where it’s swooning like a tourist over how French everything is. When the lockdown is wreaking havoc and you seek certainty, this is where you can find it, in the form of steak frites, made with Hopkins River grass-fed porterhouse that arrives dripping in a good herby sauce. Pair it with a crusty baguette, and end the evening with a crème caramel. This is French opulence at its finest. Order via Providoor.

Pasta dish at Grossi Florentino
Pasta dish at Grossi Florentino
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Grossi Florentino

Restaurants Melbourne

There's nothing quite as comforting as a hot bowl of carbs – and upscale Italian institution Grossi Florentino's take-home spin-off Grossi a Casa certainly delivers on the warm and cosy front. It's equal parts special and approachable with dishes like classic, silky Tuscan wild boar ragu with thick ribbons of pappardelle or Grossi's fail-safe lasagne. Order through their delivery platform here.

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Steak at Palermo Melbourne
Steak at Palermo Melbourne
Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen

Palermo

Restaurants Barbecue Melbourne

Palermo (one of the San Telmo Group's beloved venues) has your evening in sorted with four-course meal options and barbecue packs for those looking to sear marbled cuts of wagyu or marinated chicken. Are there empanadas? Sure there are! Fat pockets of fried fun, crisp and bubbled, spilling melted mozzarella and corn punctuated with a mild jalapeño kick. What more could you want? Order via Providoor

Lagoon Dining cured fish
Lagoon Dining cured fish
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Lagoon Dining

Restaurants Carlton

Lagoon Dining takes foods from across the world and transforms them into contemporary, Chinese-inspired dishes, all the while drawing upon Japanese and Korean influences, too. The shared Feed Me menu (which can be made vegan) is an ideal date night or birthday feast and the best part is that you can add on the venue's range of condiments to your purchase as well. Order via Providoor

 

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Philippe roast chicken
Philippe roast chicken
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Philippe

Restaurants French Melbourne

Chef Philippe Mouchel's inner-city French haunt, Philippe, has you sorted on the charcuterie front (hello, terrine, saucisson and pickles), the mains front (duck breast with jus, anyone?) and the dessert front (mais oui, zesty crepes Suzette). The venue is dishing them up individually so you can DIY a three-course or four-course meal. Order via Providoor

Food at Matilda
Food at Matilda
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Matilda 159 Domain

Restaurants South Yarra

It's a near-rite of passage for any celebration to commence with oysters. And not just any oysters but creamy, petite Sydney Rock oysters that you can now have delivered to you by Matilda. And not just that, Scott Pickett's flame-driven venue is also offering a set menu licked by an open-fire and hot coals – think flatbreads with Fraser Island spanner crab, duck with hay-smoked potatoes and seaweed butter and more. Available to order via Providoor

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Maha Go dips
Maha Go dips
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Maha

Restaurants Melbourne

Shane Delia and Maha have taken out our Time Out Food Awards People’s Choice category before and there's a reason it currently sits on our list of Melbourne's 60 best restaurants. You can order Maha's acclaimed soufra tasting menu and dot your dining table with enough Middle Eastern food to feed a small nation. Order via Providoor here

Looking for more takeaway?

Big bowl with the injera bread at Sabas Ethiopian
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Restaurants and bars now doing takeaway in Melbourne

Restaurants

The government has announced closures of restaurants and bars, but takeaway and delivery services are still currently available. This is a list of restaurants and bars still able to offer you food from their menus, rescue packs and even produce boxes that can get you through these tough times.

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