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A Chinese banquet of char sui pork, sashimi rice and dumplings on a white table cloth
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Sydney's most luxurious dining experiences you can have at home

Pull on your fancy pants and indulge in dinner at one of Sydney's best restaurants, without ever leaving the house

Elizabeth McDonald
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Elizabeth McDonald
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The end of lockdown has come and gone and yet, while we're now technically allowed to go to a restaurant, surging case numbers and vague regulations have understandably left some of us scratching our heads and wringing our hands. But worry not, hungry Sydneysiders, we've got the next best thing to a night out. 

Sure, you could carry on surviving on packets of two-minute noodles and dry toast. But we reckon a better solution is to treat yourself with one of Sydney's more luxurious dining experiences, delivered straight to your door. So, whether you're unable to get a vaccination, aren't quite ready to re-enter the world, or simply want to avoid the crowds, there's no reason why your house can't be the hottest diner in town.

Dress up for your dining table because these top-tier restaurants are taking takeaway to fancy new heights.

Looking for something a bit more casual? Check out a bunch of other eateries doing takeaway here.

Sydney's most luxurious dining experiences you can have at home

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 2 of 4

Bondi favourite, CicciaBella, swing effortlessly between snacks, pasta and tasty numbers from the wood oven with a heavy lean on natural wines from home and abroad and thankfully, it translates to an at home experience too. The whole a la carte menu is available for pick up and delivery so dinner at home just got a whole lot fancier. Cheeses, cured meats, anchovies, olives and pickles prove that sometimes it's best not to mess with the classics.

 

  • Restaurants
  • Barangaroo

Not content with just opening Lotus Double Bay, the Lotus Group has also planted its flag in Barangaroo with a fine-casual eatery inspired by the spicy Sichuan flavours of Beijing's 'Ghost Street' street food. 

With a heavy emphasis on smoke and fuel cooking, Chi by Lotus's at home banquet is definitely one for the carnivores. Serving four, you'll get a meaty smorgasbord of lamb, pork belly and beef skewers to share for your next dinner party. There are three banquet packs to choose from and thanks to a partnership with Providoor, you can flex your most basic of kitchen skills and finish the dishes off at home.

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  • Restaurants
  • Woolloomooloo
  • price 2 of 4

Residing on the historic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, China Doll is delivering the ultimate Sydney dining experience to guests. Showcasing premium and ethically sourced produce, the menu presents a modern take on culinary traditions from China, Hong Kong, Japan and South East Asia. With generous portions and bold flavours, dishes are perfect for sharing with family, friends or colleagues be it a casual lunch or dinner or special event. Individual dishes are available to order and finish at home.

  • Restaurants
  • Bondi Beach
  • price 2 of 4

The team behind Bondi's Pacific Club are offering their awesome 'at home' experience for all customers who love to celebrate the finer things in life. They’ll be offering some of their signature small plates, snacks or large plates to be delivered straight to their door. The whole roasted John Dory is a winner, served with warrigal greens, smoked salmon roe and black garlic. Head to their website here to place your order.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Surry Hills

Bastardo is a somewhat surprising destination at the end of the Porteño group's journey. While most of Joe Valore, Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate’s venues typically have a more Argentinian lilt, Bastardo lands us right in the heart of Italy – specifically, Sicily. The tiny island is Valore’s ancestral home and the Holt Street diner, while still retaining its more Spanish, Bodega-esque heritage, gives itself away on the menu. The Porteno x Bastardo banquet menus highlight the best of both restaurants, charred octopus with n'duja, Rangers Valley ribeye and silky smooth Porteno flan will be more than enough to keep you satisfied at home.

 

  • Restaurants
  • Modern Asian
  • Potts Point
  • price 2 of 4

Ms G's in Pott's Point has been pumping for over a decade now and even a pandemic doesn't seem to be slowing them down. While the menu has been lauded as fancy stoner food, the gimmicks give way to really well made and considered dishes; the infamous cheeseburger spring rolls are of course available for takeaway but don't go past the steak tartare with prawn crackers (genius) or the chargrilled cauliflower with black garlic miso. Check out the full menu by clicking here.

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Sake - Double Bay
  • Restaurants
  • Double Bay

Ok, so when a restaurants menu has the option to filter by price (low to high, please) you know you're in for a luxe time. Saké in Double Bay has a permanent takeaway menu post-lockdown and its not doing anything by halves. Glazed toothfish, delicate sashimi and truffle by the gram? These are just some of the opulent take away options available from this fine dining Japanese establishment, check out the whole offering at their website here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sri Lankan
  • Darlinghurst
  • price 2 of 4

While you can, once again, order a la cart, the banquet menu at Lankan Filling Station was a genius lockdown move and frankly, we still stan it. The banquets here are amazing value and take the pain out of choosing. For $70pp you get three snacks, your choice of curry, vegetable mullung, rice, dahl, pappadums, sambols and a toffee for dessert. You can also add pre-made curries from their online shop to your order to keep your dream of a Sri Lankan holiday going just a little longer.

  • Restaurants
  • Enmore
  • price 2 of 4

You can get fancy Middle Eastern street food inside your four walls thanks to the takeaway option at Stanbuli. Start with carby snacks like a silverbeet gozleme, lahmacun, barbecued blue mackerel sandwich or the soft ‘soggy’ beef burgers famous in Istanbul. From there your best bet is to order the mixed grill with kofte, chops, lamb and chicken shish, and then add sides like the cauliflower with tahini, roast carrots and nutty zucchini salad. If it’s not a Turkish feast without hummus, add a mixed dips for a full Bosphorus-style banquet at home.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Sydney
  • price 2 of 4

If your home Cantonese repertoire isn’t up to scratch, let Dan Hong do the heavy lifting with Mr Wong at home. This is seriously high-end Chinese food at home, you don't even have to share the duck pancakes if you don't want to. Get around some crispy fried balmain bugs or some free range char sui pork and don't forget to grab some cocktails to go. Head to their website here to order yours.

Chiswick
  • Restaurants
  • Woollahra
  • price 2 of 4

For years now Chiswick has been delighting Eastern Suburbs sorts with their mix of French influenced modern Australian on the grounds of a converted stable. While we can't quite recreate the rolling greens of the OG, the at home banquet experience is the next best thing. For $85 a person, you can enjoy yourself a signature slow roasted lamb feast with all the trimmings.

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