Whether you want pastries, pasta, fine dining, dude food, or even just a few drinks, there’s no shortage of places popping up to keep Sydneysiders well fed and watered through lockdown.
Here’s a few of the businesses we’ve been tapping into to get us through the grind:
We’re all about diversification in times like these, so we’re signing up for Happyfield’s Happy Nights, where Haberfield’s hottest daytime diner is swapping the brunch scene for Friday Night cook-alongs and Saturday feasts. Think pasta packs where you’ll whip up a feast and a ready to eat feast like Nashville hot chicken – hot fried chicken, tater tots, Southern Iced Tea and most importantly, some of Happyfield’s epic pancakes. Pancakes for dinner? Hey it’s lockdown, we can get on board with that. You can also pop by Happyfield to pick up all your brunch favourites and some new winter dishes 8am-2pm Tues-Sun. 96 Ramsay St, Haberfield
Henrietta’s Charcoal Chicken
Not all chicken shops are created equal, and if it’s a chicken and chips kind of night for you, put Henrietta’s on your meal planning radar now. Forget chico rolls, you’ll be able to pick up smoked labneh, burnt babaganoush, hummus, falafel and a few other Middle Eastern treats alongside your charcoal chicken. And the chips – sumac chicken salt takes things up a notch. Available for takeaway and delivery via Uber Eats. 1/500 Crown St, Surry Hills https://www.henriettachicken.com/
Delhi ‘O’ Delhi
Tucked into the top of Erskineville Rd, right where Newtown meets Erskineville, Delhi ‘O’ Delhi has long been the spot we visit when we want to feel a little fancy for curry night. These days you’ll need to pull out the white table cloth at home, but it’s worth it. Put in your order, don’t forget to choose a wine from their menu too. They’ve also just started at home Meal Kits if you want to whip up your own Butter Chicken or Palak Panner! 3 Erskineville Rd, Newtown https://www.delhiodelhi.com.au
From lockdown to choc-down, San Churro is keeping our socially-distanced spirits up with home delivery and click-and-collect of all its chocolatey delights. The new Winter “Cosy Comforts” menu features three new Snack Packs: Jam Doughnut Buñuelos, Cook Butter S’mores Churros and Apple Pie Churros. We tried the Apple Pie variety: crispy golden churros, thick salted caramel sauce, white chocolate drizzle, vanilla ice cream and apple pie pieces. These were like micro-pies, golden crispy balls filled with gooey apple centres, fragrant with cinnamon. To drink there’s the new Hot Choc Bombs: you get a chocolate sphere which you gently disintegrate by pouring over piping hot chocolate, only for it to release marshmallows, mini Oreos or Milo. We tried the Cookie Hot Choc Bomb which led to a gloriously sludgy thick hot choc drink. It would be fun to buy a randomised bomb and only discover the contents once you melt it – a sort of Chocolate Russian Roulette. Pick up orders or home delivery, various outlets, https://www.sanchurro.com
Head Chef and owner Jani along with partner Sabina have been capturing Inner West foodies hearts with their creative spin on Mediterranean food after a successful career in Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. Fine dining techniques twinned with their Slovakian heritage of share food is what they are all about at Ahgora. Their normal $65 banquet menu is on a lockdown special for $45 per person – Mezze, 3 mains, a selection of sides plus dessert. Think luscious, creamy sweetcorn puree topped with generous char prawns or pan fried ricotta gnocchi dotted with pepitas on a cushion of pumpkin puree. We are addicted to the haloumi ravioli! Whether it’s slow roasted lamb, moussaka or even a gourmet breakie. It’s loved for good reason.