Easter delivered, Melbourne style

Published on 6 April 2020

Photo: Mork X Buns are one of many Easter treats Melbourne residents can order online

Easter, like birthdays, the end of daylight savings or even the weekend, feels quite different in these times of self-isolation. But stopping to take note of what’s usually a highlight on the calendar of long weekends and time with the family could be the perfect antidote to quarantine blues.

Set the table, cook something special (or let a restaurant do the work for you), and FaceTime with the fam you’d normally be breaking bread with. It might not be the same as raising a toast IRL or browsing for this year’s chocolate eggs in-store, but ordering some Melbourne goodies online for pick-up or delivery is bound to add some sweetness to your Easter long weekend. 


Chocolate

Bibelot
Always stunning, Bibelot’s chocolates are no exception for Easter 2020. Order something from the seasonal collection or their year-round range and get free delivery if you spend over $80. Pick-up from the South Melbourne store is also an option.

Ratio
Bean-to-bar Brunswick operation Ratio offers single origin bars, rocky road eggs and – so 2020! – a bunny wearing a facemask. And there’s free delivery to select postcodes in the metro area.

Hunted + Gathered
As well as offering the entire range of extraordinary flavours (Four Pillars chocolate, anyone?), Hunted + Gathered’s chocolate delivery service includes gift boxes, drinking chocolate and even cookies and brownies brought to your door. If you want the baked goods, they’re only delivered during the week but who says you can’t start Easter early? 

Koko Black
Is it even Easter in Melbourne without Koko Black? The cut-off for online orders has closed but the team are keeping their stores open over Easter and offering 20 per cent off the entire Easter collection. Plus you can browse online and phone your order ahead – all you have to do is walk in and collect. 


Chocolates in Koko Black's Easter range

Cabosse & Feve
This Castlemaine chocolatier is taking orders of eggs, bunnies and more until Tuesday 7 April for local delivery and pick up. As well as cute Easter-themed gifts, Cabosse & Feve also make a range of vegan chocolate, choc-coated nuts and single-origin barks in highly desirable flavours like coffee-caramel.

Monsieur Truffe
One of Melbourne’s finest chocolatiers is offering free shipping on orders over $50 right now. And with a range of treats that includes Black Forest eggs and single-origin bars, we think you’ll have no trouble reaching that threshold.


Buns and other treats

Mork
The maker of Victoria’s – perhaps Australia’s – favourite drinking chocolate ups its game this Easter with the Mork X Bun, a hot cross-inspired riff on the Mork cinnamon buns. You can order a pack of six online as well as a brownie-making kit, drinking chocolate for home or a self-isolation pack containing chocolate, coffee, marshmallows and more.

Lune
It’s not news but we thought it'd be worth remembering that, thanks to the lockdown, the Lune range is now available for pre-order up to five days ahead, with options to pick-up in store, do a drive-by pick up or pay for delivery. Plus, we hear that the Hot Cross Cruffin is making a comeback.

Hot cross buns
These top-drawer bakeries are all doing pre-order hot cross buns: Falco, Baker di Chirico, Wildlife, All Are Welcome, Wood Frog Bakery, Loafer Bread, Candied Bakery, Cobb Lane, Agathé Patisserie.

These bakeries are delivering to select suburbs (unless otherwise stated): Falco, Baker Bleu, Q Le Baker, All Are Welcome, Wood Frog Bakery, Dench (and has just extended its delivery area), Loafer Bread, Phillippa’s (with Express Post if you’re not in the delivery area), Cobb Lane, Agathé Patisserie, Cavallini.

T Cavallaro & Sons
Footscray's beating Italian heart, T Cavallaro & Sons, is staying open all Easter (apart from Monday) so you can swing past to pick-up a DIY cannoli kit. Each kit comes with six or 12 shells with the filling packed separately, meaning the cannoli could last up to three days. But who are we kidding? These won't last long at all. Call ahead to place your order and pay: (03) 9687 4638.

Food at home

Marameo and Il Bacaro
Easter lunch has never been easier with pre-prepared dishes from the Marameo kitchen. Choose from 12-hour lamb shoulder or lasagne (each come with sides), then decide whether to add on tiramisù, a cheese plate or a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s cellar. Everything comes with instructions on how to finish each dish at home. Pre-orders close Wednesday for pick-up Saturday. For more info and to order, contact info@marameo.com.au or (03) 9820 7822.

Bar Carolina
Marameo’s South Yarra cousin, Bar Carolina, also offers some of its favourites for enjoyment at home. Lasagne again makes an appearance (cementing its reputation as the takeaway restaurant dish of the moment), as do rice-stuffed roast chicken, a radicchio and orange salad, cannoli and colomba di Pasqua, Italy’s traditional Easter cake. Pre-orders close Wednesday for pick-up Saturday. For more info and to order, contact info@barcarolina.com.au or (03) 9820 9774.

Bar Carolina's tiramisù

Maha Go
Shane Delia’s meals for you to reheat or cook yourself at home have launched just in time for your special Easter lunch or dinner. There’s lamb, there are vegan options, there’s wine (free if your order is more than $200) and there’s a generous delivery policy that covers any suburb within 25 kilometres of Melbourne CBD.

St Ali
What can’t these guys do? Aside from keeping everyone happily caffeinated at home, the St Ali team have also come up with a hearty Easter lunch menu for four people. You get a roast chicken and choice of side plus apple-and-plum crumble for dessert with St Ali coffee ice-cream. Winner.

Estelle
That’s right, Estelle now does takeaway iterations of comforting classics like roast chicken, lasagne and more. The menu changes each day but always includes a vegetarian option, as well as dessert and wine and beer.

Saluministi
Porchetta, antipasto, eggplant parmigiana and cotoletta: Saluministi has got quite the spread planned for your table this Easter. Everything comes either ready to cook or ready to serve, with instructions on exactly what to do to make it a picture-perfect feast. All you need to organise is the wine.

Booze, delivered

The Everleigh
Bring back those weekend vibes with a package from The Everleigh featuring some of your favourite cocktails. Choose your own adventure or opt for the Happy Hour at Home pack, which has everything you need to kick off festivities.

You can also order wine and beer from one of many Victorian retailers or distributors, including Blackhearts & Sparrows, Mr West, Wine & Food Solutions, Campbell Burton Wines, or your local independent store.

For more ways to shop local and celebrate Easter this weekend, keep an eye on our Instagram Stories.

By Emma Breheny