When Australia’s hospitality industry shut its doors on March 23, restaurants, pubs and cafes were some of the hardest hit businesses in the country.

Heading to the pub for a tipple, going out for dinner with the girls, or Instagramming brunch had become a weekly ritual.

Now, suddenly many businesses and their employees were left without a plan.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia reported this week that food services revenues, covering restaurants and cafes, is down by 38 per cent.

But some parts of the industry are clawing their way back by thinking of new and inventive ways to make money.

Cafes have turned into grocers, selling free range eggs and baker’s bread. Others have turned to selling their food through food apps like Deliveroo and UberEats.

But the high-end restaurants, some of Australia’s top eateries, have also found their own niche.

The chefs at Justin Hemmes’ Merivale have come together to provide Merivale at Home. You’ll get meals from some of the group’s hatted restaurants, delivered to your home. All you need to do is heat them up.

Other eateries like Ester in Sydney’s inner city of Chippendale, offer not just their famous potato bread with cod roe and dashi butter, but also a weekly Saturday meal, which has been designed by a different chef. Click here for their menu

We’ve found restaurants with takeaway menus that would cost less than dining in so you can indulge in the best food in your area and save money at the same time.

Here are some of the best high-end takeaway meals around Australia.

Sydney

Osteria di Russo & Russo

The nostalgic family-run Italian trattoria famous for their creative Italian share plates now have a takeaway menu with adapted Russo & Russo favourites.

The menu features dishes from their Duck Liver Parfait Cannolo ($4 each) to Porcini Risotto ($25), Squid Ink Gnocchi ($25), Wattleseed Pappardelle ($25) to desserts like Chocolate Semifreddo ($13).

Phone the restaurant on 8068 5202 to make pickup orders or order through Deliveroo from 5pm for delivery.

They are also offering a 50% discount on their entire wine list. They can be collected from the restaurant from 3pm each night, or they can deliver personally before 3pm or after 9pm everyday.

For people who want to stock up their freezers, the restaurant is also selling hampers of their frozen handmade pasta from $18. Pino’s famous homemade liquors like Limoncello, Arancello, Nespolino, Melograncello and Nocino is also available to take home, in 250 mLs or 1L.

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Sixpenny

Hailed as one of the best restaurants in Sydney with three illustrious hats, the inner city restaurant, Sixpenny has started a special home dining menu, as well as turned itself into a produce store. Available between Thursday through to Saturday, the menu changes fortnightly.

The meal will include a main, two sides and dessert. And if you want, Sixpenny have retained most of their staff, who will deliver the meals to you if you live locally.

Or if you’re willing to make the drive, you can pick up your order from the small Stanmore restaurant.

What you’ll find on the menu, is hearty, well-cooked food that showcases local ingredients. For example, this week’s Sixpenny Home Dining menu includes Red Wine braised Osso Bucco, Soft Polenta & Parmesan Cheese, Rosemary & Olive Foccacia, a Raddichio & Pear Salad, and to finish, a Tiramisu.

A menu for two people will set you back just $90 – a whopping difference from the $285 it costs to dine at Sixpenny. If you want to get a bottle of matched white or red, that’ll cost another $40.

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Sixpenny's Moussaka

Sixpenny’s Moussaka

Merivale at Home

Five restaurants under the Merivale empire are now delivering dinner packs across Metro Sydney once per week on Thursday. Select dinner menus curated by the executive chefs of restaurants like Mr Wong ($95), Bert’s Bar & Brasserie ($105), Totti’s ($90), Vinnie’s Pizza ($70) and Fred’s vegetarian offering ($80).

The dinner packs require some preparation with pantry staples before serving they are mostly two courses. Alcoholic beverage packs that pairs with the dishes are also offered as an add-on option.

We peeked into Totti’s dinner box and roughly calculated that it would cost you $140.50 if you ordered everything to dine in, saving you $50.50 for two people and it will be brought to your doorstep to enjoy.

This service is launched during the virus outbreak, but it has been part of the company’s long-term plans. The dinner packs are set to refresh about every month.

Merivale at home also offers delivery of alcohol and produce boxes to your doorstep. Final orders for that week must be place by Monday.

If you are looking for more traditional takeaway, Totti’s Bondi has a website where you can order and pickup your dinner from 5pm.

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Restaurant quality produce at your door

Rockpool Bar & Grill is partnering with Fine Food Vault to bring you their luxury meat cuts, delivered to your door the very same day, at competitive prices. The meats are cut by Rockpool’s butcher on order and you can choose from meats like CopperTree Farms 60 month dairy, Cape Grim 36 month grass fed, David Blackmore Wagyu.

The meats will be delivered with seasoning and cooking instructions from Neil Perry and Corey Costelloe so you can enjoy restaurant quality meats at home. Place your order on the Fine Food Vault app or website.

Martin’s seafood which supplies premium seafood to Australian restaurants are making the same selection available to the public at wholesale prices. Their online store offer seafood like Queensland yellow fin tuna at $12 for 400g and New Zealand frozen raw jumbo scampi which are 2kg for $150 each.

They have daily delivery to North West, Inner West, CBD, Eastern Suburbs, North Shore and Northern Beaches. Free delivery for orders $100 or more.

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Rockpool Bar and Grill

Rockpool Bar and Grill

Melbourne

Attica

Attica, one of Australia’s most revered restaurants and the nation’s most highly ranked on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List is offering takeaway dinners. Skip their usual three-month waitlist and with their new ‘Attica at Home’ menu.

Attica at Home currently has three set menus for food, wines chosen their Head Sommelier to match your meal, cocktails and beer.

The Attica Classic’s at Home features their signature dishes A Simple Dish of Potato Cooked in the Earth it Was Grown, The Dish That Saved Attica aka Spice Crusted Lamb Shoulder and a trifle version of Plight of the Bees.

There is also a new Attica Modern menu which just started serving this week.

Both menus are priced at $95 for pickup and $110 delivered by Attica staff, a third of their regular per head price for dine in.

The restaurant is also offering a hearty option Ben Shewry’s Family Meal consisting of Ben’s family lasagne with salad and garlic bread sides for $60 pickup and $75 for delivery.

If you’re craving second dessert, you can even order Buttermilk ice cream with a bush apple swirl by the tub along with waffle cones.

The food will be delivered to you by the restaurant’s front-of-house team. They delivering to 35 postcodes but you also have the option to arrange for a pickup order. Orders are open seven days in advance and when we checked, the earliest availability is next Monday, April 13 and close running out of slots.

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Smith & Daughters

The vegan spot is now offering a limited menu available for takeaway and delivery. Enjoy paella fritters ($15 for 4), penne carbonara ($20), garlic prawns ($20) and desserts like tiramisu and sangria trifle ($12) in your own home. The takeaway menu also includes beverages.

For orders, call the restaurant on 9939 3293 Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-8.30pm. Orders have to be placed and paid for over the phone. Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Collingwood, Carlton enjoy free delivery. Delivery charges apply for further deliveries.

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Vegan crab cakes

Vegan crab cakes

Brisbane

Montrachet

The French fine diner on King Street in Bowen Hills is offering a selection of dishes in semi-prepared takeaway packs.

To ensure the quality and freshness of each dish, the restaurant’s takeaway packs will provide you with clear instructions on how to prepare each dish after you’ve brought it home.

The menu has everything from appetisers, entrée, mains, sides, desserts, breads, cheese and beverages. Featuring duck and cognac parfait ($15), double baked souffle with crab meat and gruyere cheese ($19.50), seafood bouillabbaise ($40), opera cake with sauce anglaise ($10.50) and more.

Orders can be picked up and they also make deliveries 5km from the restaurant. Orders must be made before 7pm for collection the next day.

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Brisbane's Montrachet's take home menu

Brisbane’s Montrachet’s take home menu

sAme sAme (Fortitude Valley)

Contact-free takeaway is now available at sAme sAme which features Thai flavours. The restaurant is the evolved second iteration of Longtime and has kept quite a few of the signature dishes like Longtime chicken burger ($5.50), red curry of Angus beef cheek ($30) and banana flower salad with grilled chicken and coconut ($23). The new charcoal fire pit at the new restaurant however now allows the chicken to be grilled over charcoal for extra smoky flavour.

Takeaway is available from 5.30pm Monday–Sunday and 12–3pm Friday–Sunday

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Adelaide

Chefs on Wheels

The initiative rounded up the chefs of Adelaide’s favourite restaurants like Soi 38, Botanic Gardens Restaurant and more to deliver sealed meals to you.

The meals can be kept in your fridge for up to seven days or stored in your freezer. The deliveries are available for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week.

Paul Baker of Botanic Gardens Restaurant is offering dishes like Beef Bourguignon Pithivier ($33), Chicken and Saffron Tagine with Freekeh (from $11 for 400g). A three selection for dine in at the restaurant usually goes for $70 per person. So while the dishes are not the same as the restaurant’s, you get the chance to taste Chef’s Baker’s food for a fraction of a price.

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Chianti

The well-loved Italian restaurant with 32 years of history is one of the first restaurants in South Australia to be awarded the Ospitalità Italiana accreditation for authentic Italian dining. You can now order takeaway for pick up from their takeaway menu.

The Chianti a casa (meal for two) is priced at $70 for bread and olives, your choice of pasta, chef’s choice of Main course, garden salad and Tiramisu. You can also order a la carte, the slow cooked Adelaide Hills rabbit ragu pappardelle ($24) or cottoletta crumbed veal ($25), limoncello custard cannoli ($10).

All orders are made online. Pre-order by 10am for a lunch pick up between noon-3pm. For dinner, pre-order by 4pm for a pick-up between 6pm-8pm.

If you’d like to remain in your car for pick-up, call when you have arrived, and Chianti will bring your food to you.

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