Looking for home delivery options during the Coronavirus health crisis? These restaurants, chefs and bakeries will deliver you mouth watering food right to your door! These are all new offerings not previously available prior to COVID-19 as these businesses, chefs, bakeries and tea houses pivoted and opened new channels to feed customers and keep their businesses alive.
The list below includes suppliers that used to supply to restaurants that are no longer open to the public, chefs that are no longer working in their restaurants, bakeries that now deliver freshly baked goods as well as a collective of eateries that have banded together to deliver all over Sydney.
These Sydney businesses below also deliver direct to the customer bypassing any third party delivery apps so that they don't have to pay the exorbitant commissions that eat up a large percentage of profits (often up to 35% commission).
How To Disinfect Your Delivery: Delivery or take out has a low chance of transmission of COVID-19 but you can take these steps to ensure that your house remains as virus free as possible.
1 - Ask for contactless delivery - it's safer for you and safer for the delivery driver too.
2 - Take your takeaway bags and place them in your sink or an allocated area for unsanitised items. If you have a garage area connected to your house that is a good space to dedicate to "dirty" items.
3 - Discard bags or packaging as soon as possible.
4 - Remove food from containers and heat up. Place on your plates. Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and eat.
5 - Store leftovers in new containers.
6 - Wash sink or prep area with disinfectant.
This may seem extreme but is useful for anyone immune compromised or at risk.
1. East 33
There are certain experiences that I miss and one of them is oysters eaten al fresco with a glass of chilled champagne. But you can get that vibe (albeit on your balcony, maybe with a view of a neighbouring block of apartments ha!) as East 33 has just started delivering their NSW coast premium oysters all over Sydney.
Previously they supplied to 500 Sydney restaurants and have never retailed their oysters direct to consumers before. You can choose the variety of oyster and have them shucked or unshucked. They'll even sell you an oyster shucking knife if you need one (be careful not to cut your hand cos now is not the time to go to hospital). Everything comes ready for that Instagram pic in a logo hessian sack.
Delivery: free with 2 dozen oysters starting at $59
2. The Tea Cosy
The Tea Cosy is a lovely tea room in The Rocks that takes their scones very seriously and they are now offering a very sweet delivery. Their $25 scone package includes half a dozen freshly baked scones, a choice of 3 jams from a list of dreamy sounding jams (Peach, Vanilla and Brandy or Pineapple, Rum and Coconut jam anyone?) all delivered to your door for free within a general 10kms radius of their shop (other areas available for a fee). Add more scones or jam or buy a hand knitted tea cosy (these are seriously cute). It's a wonderful gift to give someone to cheer them up too.
Delivery: free with a scone package or Mother's Day package within a certain area. $10 delivery outside this area (distance limits apply).
They say there is power in numbers and in Chatswood several eateries have banded together to create HospoMarket, a home delivery service that services all of Sydney. There are six eateries (more are being added every day) including General Chao and Hokkaido Cheese Tart along with a small convenience store offering. All of the dishes are chilled and I liked how sauces sat at the bottom of containers so that the vegetables sat on top so they remained crunchy and fresh.
I mostly ordered from General Chao and I loved their butter chicken, beef rendang pie, Penang vegetable curry and Special Fried Rice (which is one of the best in Sydney).
Delivery: Until April 30th, 2020 delivery is free (regular delivery fee $5). All deliveries have a $30 minimum order and must be made by midday the day prior to delivery.
Iikomazesoba was just a fledgling business when Covid-19 hit and Michelle Widjaja pivoted to deliver her springy, delicious noodles across Sydney. For just $12 you get 6 bundles of freshly made noodles or you can also order gyoza or croquettes for delivery. They cook in just a few minutes and you can also add on char siu, nori, sauces or other condiments to your order.
Delivery: varies according to area. Minimum spends apply or if under the delivery limit delivery is $3-$5 depending on area. Deadline for orders are 10pm each night for next day delivery.
5. Dinner By Buchnik
Merivale chef Tal Buchnik from Ms G's has started creating "Dinner by Buchnik" aka dinners for two of Middle Eastern home cooking. "For me cooking is the centre of my life. I was at home for a week and half and I thought of what would be the best way of doing it. I knew I was going to do something," says Tal.
The menus appear on his Instagram handle @buchnik and you can book and prepay online there or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org. $55 will get you a home style meal like 4 felafels with tahini yogurt, Grandpa Yossi's Chraime (Libyan braised fish), steamed couscous, Moroccan carrot salad and 2 condiments (Lybian chilli and green tahini). The menus change every week and the dinners have been an enormous success and he has plans to continue these dinners every fortnight after COVID-19 restrictions are over.
Delivery: $10 for the Eastern Suburbs or you can pick up from Coogee Courtyard.
6. Get Fish
Get Fish is the online arm of De Costi seafood and offers fish, caviar, sashimi, oysters, crustaceans. We ordered some sashimi (and split the order with friends to qualify for delivery) and the sashimi was very well priced starting at $17 for 200g.
You can get your sashimi pre-sliced or whole and it comes with soy sauce and wasabi. I recommend the Ora King Salmon sashimi and slice it yourself (the pre-slices are quite thin).
Delivery: $100 spend for free delivery, otherwise $10 across Sydney
7. La Renaissance
If you're looking for something sweet and the idea of making your own croissants seems to burdensome at this time La Renaissance in Waterloo and The Rocks delivers cakes and freshly baked croissants to your doorstep with free delivery with a very reasonable minimum $35 order.
The surprise was when they took my order the day before they asked if I wanted my ham and cheese croissants and sausage roll heated and they arrived nice and hot like they had just come out of the oven! My favourites were the sausage roll, ham & cheese croissant, Goya and Mille Feuille. There is also a range of Mother's Day gift boxes.
Delivery: free above $35 within a 25km radius of Waterloo and Sydney CBD. Free delivery over Mother's Day weekend across Sydney as far as Parramatta and similar distances.
All deliveries except for East 33, Tea Cosy and Hospo Market were independently paid for.
So tell me Dear Reader, are you getting much delivery? Which delivery sounds the most appealing from the above?