It’s so easy to just head up to your local Thai and get pad see ew for lunch isn’t it? And when you’re home late from work, or suffering the after-effects of too many Negronis, who doesn’t want to order a pizza? We feel you. But there's also space in these hectic times for healthy choices, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite healthy deliveries right now.
As long as you order the Thursday before, Two Good Co will deliver gorgeous lunches to your door/office the following Tuesday or Wednesday for only $12pp. For each one delivered to you, another one is delivered to a domestic violence shelter or soup kitchen in New South Wales, so this is food that’s both good for your health and good for the world. Some of Sydney’s more celebrated chefs regularly contribute recipes, including Peter Gilmore, Mitch Orr and Kylie Kwong, and all the food is healthy, nutritious and in our experience, totally delicious.
Gratia is a not-for-profit café in Surry Hills, sister to next-door eatery Folonomo. And if you live close to its 2010 locale, they’ll even deliver via Deliveroo. Most of the stuff on the menu is super healthy, but the sardines on toast is the perfect way to get your omega three during the day. It even comes with a boiled egg. Or go the Gratia Garden Bowl for a grain and veggie-studded health extravaganza.
Uber Eats are delivering Alex Lee’s Chatterbox Chicken and we couldn’t be happier. The dish sees a big pile of rice cooked in proper chicken stock so it takes on all of those deep, savoury flavours, topped with super-tender poached chicken, rich chicken broth, crunchy cucumber and tomatoes, with a heap of coriander and a spicy ginger sauce for dipping or pouring over the top at your leisure. Oh, and there is an excellent bowl of chicken soup on the side too. That’s Jewish/Malaysian penicillin right there.
Lunch Lady Lou delivers healthy lunches around North Sydney and the CBD every day of the working week. The recipes change weekly but the day we look there are plenty of tempting choices like beef broth, nutty satay salad and colourful Vietnamese chicken salad. As long as you order the day before, you’ll get a delicious feast delivered to you the following day.
Need a sweet treat but don’t want to feel weighed down afterwards? Pana Chocolate, Alexandria’s raw; organic; vegan; gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar-free chocolaterie is doing delivery via Uber Eats. There is loads to choose from, but our pick is the Vespa Wheel. Inspired by everyone’s favourite childhood confectionery, the Wagon Wheel, it contains a crispy buckwheat sandwich of coconut marshmallow and raspberry-chia jam enclosed by chocolate and cashew "cheesecake layers". It’s creamy, chocolaty, and faintly reminiscent of Black Forest Gateau.
If you want to avoid their creamy curries (what are you, an animal?) do not fear, because Chat Thai’s som dtum is packed with stomach-healing green papaya, with peanuts and dried shrimp adding crunch and seasoning. It’s available at both Chat Thai Haymarket and Chat Thai Westfield via Foodora.
Surry Hills’ Thai eatery Mama’s Buoi do a noodle bowl that’s bolstered with salad and herbs, and you get to choose what topping to bling it up with. Try the sirloin steak or whole tiger prawns to get your protein fix, or the mushroom and silken tofu if veggo is more your swag. They’re delivering on Deliveroo.
Nothing soothes the soul quite like pho, and Miss Chu are delivering via Deliveroo, so you’ll never need crave it from afar again. The beef number is comfortably classic, and the vegan pho is loaded with veggies like snake beans, carrots, mushrooms and broccoli, with some tofu in there to up the protein stakes.
Yes, the pizzas here are amazing. But maybe you could have just one slice of the pizza and bulk the rest of your order up with the trio quinoa salad? The salad sees the protein-rich seeds paired with zoodles (raw zucchini noodles), roast capsicum, goats cheese, tomatoes and crunchy almonds, tossed in a mint and lemon dressing. Come to think of it, that sounds pretty amazing alongside a pizza, actually. All of this can be yours if you order it up on Deliveroo, Foodora or Uber Eats.
Need more health in your life?
When you go out for breakfast it can be hard not to go straight for the brisket waffles. But for those days when you’re not nursing a hangover, here are the breakfasts you order that won’t make you feel guilty for the rest of the day. Here are Sydney’s eight best healthy breakfasts, none of which, you’ll be glad to hear, compromise on flavour.