Father’s Day takeaway, gift ideas and more

Published on 19 August 2020

Photo: Maker & Monger's hamper of cheesy treats (credit: Kate Shanasy)

Order a hamper or some fancy takeaway, schedule that Zoom call for Sunday 6 September and open a bottle of something nice: it’s time to celebrate Father’s Day in all the ways that we possibly can right now.

Perhaps you want to treat Dad to the classics like beef or beer. Or you could buy him a gift voucher for his favourite restaurant, in preparation for when dining out is back on the cards. There’s always restaurant merch, too, if you’re looking to support our local hospitality industry.

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best at-home dining, wine and cocktail packs, hampers, gift boxes and more to tell Dad how great he is, no matter how close or far away you are. Whatever you choose, remember to order early to stay ahead of delivery cut-offs, or else shop local (like, five-kilometres local) to pick up orders yourself. 

Food on the day 

Flower Drum

Nothing says I love you like a meal at Flower Drum. And, thankfully, all the favourites now come to you, with the full menu available for takeaway plus a selection of dishes on Providoor that are ready to be finished by you. Whichever route dad prefers, there’s guaranteed to be barramundi noodles, braised wagyu cheek and delicate har gow. Get into it.

Full a la carte menu available for pick-up from the restaurant, 17 Market La, Melbourne. Order directly: (03) 9662 3655. Selection of ready-to-heat dishes available for delivery within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD. Order at providoor.com.au

Old Palm Liquor and Neighbourhood Wine

The at-home hampers these sister restaurants have made for lockdown are seriously worthy of special occasion feasting - and for a great price, too. Go for something hearty and slow-cooked, like the lamb shoulder or beef cheeks, and you’ll also get a loaf of sourdough, radicchio and butternut salad, pickles, Harper & Blohm cheese and chocolate mousse. Or choose one of the handmade pasta options and sit down to either cavatelli with rocket-macadamia pesto or gnocchi with beef shin ragu, plus an array of salads and sides. And if you’re familiar with the cellar at either venue, you’ll know that there’s no getting away with just one bottle.

Delivery available within a 5km radius of Brunswick East or Fitzroy North. Order by noon for next day delivery between noon and 5pm. Order at oldpalmliquor.com

Le Bon Ton

Lean into all those stereotypes about dads and barbecue with an all-out feast from Le Bon Ton. From the smoker, there’s brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and lemon and pepper chicken. Dad can choose the sides and whether to start with wings or fried chicken, plus you can throw in some beer or whisky to make a day of it. 

From $74 for two. Pick up available from 51 Gipps St, Collingwood on Sunday 6 September, noon-7.30pm.  Order at lebonton.com.au


Igni’s at-home menus are a rollcall of some of western Victoria’s best producers: Great Ocean Ducks, Drysdale Cheeses, vegetables from Kinsfolk Farm. And then there’s the magic Aaron Turner works. A fermented mushroom paste rubbed over beef short-rib from Cape Grim, potatoes baked in duck fat and served with goat’s curd, apple tarte Tatin and onion and honeycomb ice-cream have graced previous menus. Expect more where that came from.

Menus released weekly. Pick-up available from Igni, Ryan Pl, Geelong, on Fridays, 4pm-6pm. Orders open Sun-Thurs, restaurantigni.com

Carolina Group’s Godfather-inspired feasts

Help Dad leave the gun but take the cannoli: Joe Mammone’s stable of Bar Carolina, Marameo, Il Bacaro and Tetto di Carolina have joined forces to offer an epic line-up of dishes and drinks that are worthy of a day spent on a Godfather marathon. “Our whole team loves The Godfather,” says Mammone. “Food and eating together is what connects us and this is a major feature in the movie.” The menu includes Parmesan gelato, a seafood salad named for Luca Brasi, spaghetti with sausage and tomato, veal Marsala and, of course, a box of cannoli with drinks including a Renata Ratti Barolo, Dewar’s 18-year-old whisky and pistol-shaped bottle of vodka. With the film streaming on several major platforms right now, it seems only right to pair dad with the Don.

$150 for two, $300 for four. Delivery available within a 15km radius of South Yarra, $10 or free on orders over $300. Order cut-off is noon, Wednesday 2 September. Order at carolinagroup.store.


The Windsor restaurant has thought of everything you could need for a Sunday lunch at home, on the table with minimum fuss. Kick things off with some salumi and a round of Negronis while the osso buco warms through. Pair it with some pappardelle and eggplant Parmigiana, and then roll on through to the Tipico tiramisu for dessert. For the kids? There’s a special menu of gnocchi pomodoro and chocolate mousse.

$95 for two, $170 for four or $10 per head for children. Delivery available within a 5km radius of Windsor. Pick up available from 242 High St, Windsor, 4pm-8pm on Saturday 5 September. Order cut-off is 9pm, Friday 4 September. To order email info@tipico.melbourne or phone 9089 0768.

Oriental Tea House's dumpling box

Oriental Tea House

The team at David Zhou’s Oriental Tea House is gearing up to fill, wrap and pleat dozens of dumplings for Father’s Day. But they’re not stealing all the fun. Their iso boxes include DIY dumpling kits and instructions, as well as condiments, tea and beer from Moon Dog. If you can’t visit dad on the day, order a box for him and one for you and see who can make the most dumplings in a 20-minute FaceTime.

From $70. Delivery available to select suburbs for $10. Order between Monday 24 August and 4pm Thursday 3 September, at mryum.com/orientalteahouse or phone (03) 9826 0168.


Whether it’s dad who wants to get in the kitchen or you, Meatsmith is making the job easy with three cook-at-home boxes - and they’re all about ribs. Head to the South with either baby back pork ribs or a whole O’Connor short rib gently smoked - both boxes come with hickory chips - or feed a crowd with a kilo rib-eye from O’Connor along with mustard, red wine jus and potato daupinoise. You can add meat thermometers, booze, condiments and snacks through the Meatsmith online store, too. What are you waiting for?

From $65. Delivery available to more than 110 Melbourne suburbs, free for orders over $70. Order cut-off is Thursday 4 September. Order at meatsmith.com.au

L’Hotel Gitan

Go classic with a Sunday roast done Reymond family style. Start with L’Hotel Gitan’s smoked salmon blini before moving on to the main event, a fillet of roast beef with all the trimmings, before not one dessert but two: almond streusel with crème anglaise and apple and rhubarb crumble. 

$50 for one or $170 for four. Delivery available within a 8km radius of Prahran, $10. Pick up available from 32 Commercial Rd, Prahran on Sunday 6 September, 10.30am-1.30pm. Order by email  info@lhotelgitan.com.au or phone (03) 9999 0990.

Punch Lane and Saint Urban

If Sunday brunch is a family tradition, keep it up with a Ploughman’s Brunch Box from the folks at Punch Lane and sister restaurant Saint Urban. In this take, the ploughman goes to the States with a maple bacon waffle and a brisket and smoked cheddar pie joining the classic scotch egg. A Two Birds pale ale and a Reuben bagel round things out. If lunch is more Dad’s speed, there’s a three-course menu of duck liver parfait, 48-hour slow-roasted lamb shoulder, roasted Brussels and sticky date pudding, all ready to heat and serve.

$50 for ploughman’s, feeds one. $125 for lunch, feeds up to six. Delivery available within a 14km radius of each restaurant. Pick up available Friday 4 September (ploughman’s and lunch) and Saturday 5 September (lunch only). Order cut-off is 4pm, Wednesday 2 September. Order at punchlane.com.au.


When you can’t go to the steakhouse, let the steakhouse come to you. Argentinian pit-masters Asado are handing you (or Dad) the tongs with their cook-at-home box made up of smoked short ribs, Spanish-style tortilla topped with a chorizo crumb, charred vegetables and more snacks and sides. Plus chef Dan Szwarc gives you a few hard-won tips from the grill in a video that comes with each Father’s Day box ordered. Ripper.

$150 for two, $250 for four. Delivery available to a range of Melbourne suburbs on Saturday 5 September, 9am-5pm. Pick up available on Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 September, noon-5pm at Asado, 6 Riverside Quay, Southbank, or pick-up locations in Ballarat, Essendon, Geelong Glen Iris and McKinnon. For details and to order, visit asado.melbourne.

Mister Bianco

There’s no chance of going hungry when Joseph Vargetto is cooking. The chef has created hearty cook-at-home menus for Father’s Day that start with Sicilian-style prawn cocktails and focaccia and end with tiramisù, taking a detour via lasagne, beef cheeks and potato gratin. And the giving doesn’t stop there: every order includes a hamper filled with wine, pasta and pasta sauce, coffee, socks and a gift voucher for Aquila. Sometimes more is more.

From $150 for two. Delivery and pick-up available Saturday 5 September, noon-5pm or Sunday 6 September 10am-noon. Delivery available to a wide range of suburbs in Melbourne plus Mornington Peninsula; fees apply. Order at misterbianco.com.au and select The Italian Job Cook at Home Food.


Skip the bacon and eggs on Sunday morning and take a tour of the Levant. Shakshuka, labne made with Meredith Dairy yoghurt, tahini and chopped salads are accompanied by bagels and babka on the Golda menu designed by Israeli chef Rotem Papo. It’s a feast for sure - but we reckon dad can handle it.

$85 for four. Delivery available to within a 10km radius of Prahran, on Sunday 6 September, 8am-10am. Pick up available from 54 Glen Eira Rd, Prahran on Sunday 6 September, 8am-10am. Order at goldarestaurant.com.au.

The Israeli-style breakfast from Golda

Cookes Food

Melbourne caterers of renown, Cookes Food, are doing the heavy lifting this Father’s Day with a trio of boxes to suit his tastes. Choose from the Greek box with a centrepiece slow-cooked lamb shoulder that could feed up to four; a barbecue-friendly box where Dad does the grilling and the sides are already prepared; and a cheese and wine special that includes two half-bottles from the France-Soir cellars to go with Delice de Bourgogne, Fourme D’ambert and Comté. Who says you only have to order one?

From $95. Delivery available within a 20km radius of St Kilda on Saturday 5 September; Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula on Friday 4 September. Pick up available from 11-11a Wellington St, St Kilda. Order cut-off is Wednesday 2 September. Order at cookesfood.com.au/shop


The foolproof way to give Dad a Father’s Day to remember? Just add Attica. The menu created by Ben Shewry and his team is a mix of fine-dining and comfort with slow-cooked lamb shoulder seasoned with river mint and pepper berry, a roast beetroot salad with shanklish and pickled currants, and the pull-apart garlic bread that’s stolen Melbourne’s heart during lockdown. And that’s only half the menu. You can also add matched drinks if you’re really splashing out.

$150 for two, matched drinks $50. Delivery available to select suburbs on Saturday 5 September, 10am-6pm. Pick up available from 72 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea on Saturday 5 September 10am-3pm. Orders open  at https://www.attica.com.au/delivery

Maker & Monger

You can always rely on Maker & Monger to take things up a notch. The top fromagerie has put together an assortment of cheesy treats for dads that brings together the best of Melbourne and Spain. There’s the Jamon, Manchego and quince toastie, a perfect way to start Sunday, backed up by a mac and cheese made with Mahón curado, chorizo from Gary’s Meats, buttered leeks and roasted piquillo, and balanced by Marion’s Basque-style cheesecake. Stomping Ground beer, good Spanish potato chips and a M&M tote bag round things out.

$90. Delivery available to select suburbs on Saturday 5 September, 8am-6pm; fees apply. Pick up available on Saturday 5 September, 7.30am-4.30pm, stall 98, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra. Order cut-off is 5pm, Thursday 3 September. Order at makerandmonger.com.au

Chin Chin

If dad’s missing his regular Chin Chin fix, make his day with a special delivery featuring smoked brisket, roasted chicken wings, a turmeric and garlic prawn salad and sides including eggplant with nahm prik. To finish? The team is giving the people what they want: hot apple pie. And to sweeten the deal further, every pack comes with a growler of Chin Chin’s Shiki beer, on the house.

From $75 per person, minimum two people. Pick up available on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, noon-8pm from 125 Flinders La, Melbourne, 599 Church St, Richmond, or 98 Chapel St, Windsor. Order at chinchin.melbourne.

King & Godfree

Whether he’s a morning person or he hits his stride at aperitivo time, Dad’s every whim is covered by King & Godfree. The Father’s Day Breakfast Box will fill the house with the smell of coffee and bacon, plus there are extra goodies such as La Boqueria chorizo, Dr Marty’s crumpets and Sicilian orange marmalade. Meanwhile, the King of Antipasti Box has everything you need for a tasty spread: salumi, cheese, Sicilian olives, nuts and grissini plus a lucky dip cocktail from Everleigh Bottling Co and a bottle of Valpolicella by Monte Tondo.

$85 for breakfast box, $95 for antipasti. Delivery available to a wide range of suburbs; minimum order is $50. Shop online at kingandgodfree.com.au.

Hawker Hall

There are no bad choices on the menu when Hawker Hall is in charge of Father’s Day lunch. The team have put together a menu that opens with dumplings galore and reaches its high point with Peking duck and all the trimmings. With a selection that includes shiitake and garlic chive dumplings, wagyu-stuffed pot stickers and pork wontons with a chilli-laced black bean sauce, everyone at the table will be happy.

From $55 per person, minimum two people, includes complimentary growler of Shiki beer. Pick up available on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, noon-8pm from 98 Chapel St, Windsor, 125 Flinders La, Melbourne or 599 Church St, Richmond. Order at hawkerhall.com.au.

Peter Rowland

This is a team that knows the way to Dad’s heart. Brisket is the star of the Father’s Day lunch Peter Rowland has put together and it’s not just any brisket. Wagyu beef is slow-cooked to bring out its best, and comes with corn tortillas, chargrilled red capsicum, salsa, gherkin mayo and cos lettuce with a cold six-pack in there for good measure. 

$160 for four. Delivery available to a wide range of Melbourne suburbs between Friday 4 September and Sunday 6 September. Order cut-off is Wednesday 2 September. Order at peterrowland.com

Cumulus Inc

Marinated peas with mint and whipped feta. Asparagus and green beans paired with shaved fennel and preserved lemon. Cos hearts with buttermilk-chive dressing. Spring is in the air and it’s on the table this Father’s Day if you order Cumulus Inc. Joining the parade of greens is an O’Connor porterhouse and chimichurri, red desirees with marjoram dressing and the house tiramisù to finish. Don’t forget all the extras you can add from the cellar or the dessert trolley, either. 

$75 per person, or $200 for two people with matched drinks. Pick up available from Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders La, Melbourne on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. Order at cumulusinc.com.au

Cumulus Inc's menu (credit: Jo McGann)

Daughter in Law

Give Dad something a little unexpected this year with a banquet from Daughter In Law. The “unauthentic Indian” restaurant from Jessi Singh is all about fun and flavour which, for this menu, means Colonel Tso's cauliflower, a riff on a popular Indian-Chinese dish, plus cumin and dukkah-rubbed lamb ribs and the chef’s signature recipe for butter chicken, among other dishes. The banquet also includes all the sides you’d expect plus a growler of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. And there are vegan and vegetarian options. Ace.

$100 for two. Delivery available within a 20km radius of the CBD. Last delivery 5pm, Saturday 5 September. Order by emailing goodtimes@daughterinlaw.com.au.

Maha Go

There’s brunch and then there’s Maha brunch. Crumpets topped with taramasalata and roe, poached prawns with harissa, cured salmon tartlets, truffle-enriched fava with fried bread - and that’s just the starters. The main event is a sour cherry-glazed chicken served with pilaf, broccolini and toum. A semolina rum baba spiced with cardamom and clove is the victory lap. Order this for dad and there’ll be no question about your feelings.

$200 for two without drinks, $310 with drinks. Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD on Saturday 5 September. Order cut-off is 4pm, Friday 4 September. Order at providoor.com.au


What’s better than one Ishizuka bento box? A double-decker, of course. Up top on the special Father’s Day box is a selection of nigiri, sashimi and handrolls; tucked away underneath is a Pithivier filled with wagyu, truffle and foie gras. The luxury doesn’t end there: dessert is a trio of crèmes caramel in flavours of coffee, black sesame and oolong tea. 

$150 for two to three. Delivery available within a 14km radius of Melbourne CBD between Thursday 3 and Saturday 5 September. Pick up available at Ishizuka, basement level b01, 139 Bourke St, Melbourne. Order via email reservation@ishizuka.com.au or phone (03) 8594 0895

Firebird x Starward

Is there a more celebratory pairing than duck and whisky? Windsor restaurant Firebird and their pals at Starward are out to prove the point, with a banquet of six duck dishes paired with the Melbourne distillery’s award-winning (New) Old Fashioned. There’s duck larb, duck red curry, five-spice roast duck with fried rice, and duck-fat roasted cabbage, plus a whisky-infused chocolate tart with poached pear.

$190 for two. Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD on Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September. Pick up available from Firebird, 223 High Street, Windsor, 5.30pm-8.30pm, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September. Order cut-off is 4pm the day prior. Order at providoor.com.au


Anyone who was a fan of weekend breakfasts at Marion will tell you this crew knows how to start the day right. For Father’s Day weekend, they’ve put together two breakfast boxes that are sure to impress. Choose the baked eggs with collard greens, paired with Mimosas, or opt for BLTs and Red Snappers (the gin-based cousin of a Bloody Mary). Both boxes star Baker Bleu bread and other goodies from top suppliers.

$100 per box for four. Pick up available from Marion, 53 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, 9am-noon on Sunday 6 September. Order at marionwine.com.au


If it’s been too long between Stokehouse lunches, it’s time to celebrate: the team are firing up the burners again for this special occasion. And you’ll do a little of the cooking too, which means you can claim some credit for the Cape Grim short-rib with celeriac or the sticky date pudding with butterscotch and a vanilla bourbon crème fraîche. The menu also includes a prawn cocktail with seaweed and smoked tomato and smoked trout pâté with focaccia. Our advice is move quickly. 

$150 for two, additional $70 for wine pairing. Pick up available from Stokehouse, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, noon-6pm on Saturday 5 September or 11am-3pm on Sunday 6 September. Order at stokehouse.iwannaticket.com.au

Ocean Eight x Coda x The Ugly Duckling

A winery, a chef and a cocktail bar join forces and - there’s no punchline here, just great menus for Father’s Day. Chef Adam D’Sylva has put forward some of his most popular dishes from Coda and Tonka, paired with wines from Mornington Peninsula’s Ocean Eight, while Richmond bar The Ugly Duckling have batched the likes of chocolate Negronis and salted caramel Old Fashioneds for the collaboration. Choose from three menus featuring Coda’s red duck curry, jungle-marinated barramundi fillet, butter chicken and more.

From $180 for two. Includes three dishes, two bottles of wine and one bottled cocktail. Free delivery available across Greater Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong. Order cut-off is Thursday 3 September. Order at oceaneight.com.au

The Builders Arms

Give Dad the pub lunch he deserves with a helping hand from the good people at The Builders Arms. The team has designed a menu for Father’s Day that’s anchored by beef Wellington, with marinated artichokes and broad bean shoots, purple sprouting broccoli, and radicchio and olive salad playing supporting roles. Lunch ends with a tipsy trifle of rhubarb and cognac - and perhaps a little something special from the Builders bottle shop.

$55 per person, serves up to four. Pick up available from The Builders Arms, 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, noon-5pm, Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September. Order at buildersarmshotel.com.au

Find more takeaway options using our map of what’s open during lockdown

Wine, beer, cocktails and more 

Brick Lane Brewing

What do they say about not mixing business and pleasure? Brick Lane Brewing is breaking all the rules with a Father’s Day gift box that includes 16 signature and limited release brews as well as a pair of custom Brick Lane socks - because we all know he needs a pair. From the Supernova IPA to the enigma that is the Dark Hoppy Ale, there’s plenty to interest Dad’s tastebuds in this line-up. Thanks, Brick Lane.

$78 for 16 cans. Delivery available Australia-wide, $6.50 for Victoria, $15 everywhere else. Allow between 3 and 15 working days for shipping. Shop online at bricklanebrewing.com 

Agostino wine trios

The cellar of this Carlton wine bar is now yours for the clicking. Browse online for Italian varieties like Valpolicella or Barbera or something fresh from young Australian producers. Or you can let the sommelier do the work for you with one of the Agostino trios. The pack of Piedmontese heavy-hitters have gift status written all over them, but then again, a local heroes line-up featuring Arfion chardonnay, Eastern Peake pinot noir and Tasmania’s Delamere sparkling bodes well for Father’s Day lunch.

Delivery available in a 10km radius of the CBD; minimum order is $50. Shop online at kingandgodfree.com.au.

Starward Whisky

Good news for fans of Australian whisky: the first batch of Starward’s powerful new whisky, Fortis, has just made landfall. In a first for the Melbourne distillery, Fortis cracks 50 per cent ABV, promising a powerful drink that still has some of those mellow Starward characteristics that come from ageing in American oak wine barrels once used in the Barossa. It’s great neat, but you can rely on the Starward crew for a couple of killer cocktail recipes, too.

$129 for 700ml. Delivery available Australia-wide, free on orders over $60, otherwise $10. Recommended order cut-off is 20 August. Shop online at starward.com.au

Whisky & Alement

Say it with whisky. Or, in fact, a flight of three different whiskies, a boilermaker or a virtual tasting. All this and more are available from Whisky & Alement, the city bar which has nimbly shifted to a slick operation that puts a new spin on whisky-a-go-go. For Father’s Day, take a look at the specially created flights with themes like Chesterfields and Scotch Fingers, Deconstructing Dad’s Chivas, and Dad’s Wine Cabinet featuring expressions aged in wine-barrels, or make a date of it with two tickets to an upcoming virtual tasting.

Delivery available Australia-wide. Shop online at whiskyandale.com.au.

Marionette’s Godfather Pack

The Don’s presence is writ large upon Father’s Day 2020. The folks behind one of Victoria’s most interesting distilleries, Marionette, have dreamed up the perfect one-two hit for dad’s home bar. He’ll be mixing Godfathers in no time with a kit that includes Marionette’s amaretto, made with almonds grown by the Murray in Victoria, and The Gospel’s solera rye whisky, matured in new American oak and Australian wine barrels. It also includes a beautifully designed pack of cards. Could you think of a better way to pass lockdown?

$130, option to swap amaretto for curacao. Delivery available to most parts of Australia, $9.95. Allow at least 5 business days for shipping. Shop online at marionette.com.au

The Everleigh Bottling Co

When The Everleigh crew promise a luxurious gift of four whisky cocktails, you better believe they’ll bring it. The limited-edition four-pack includes a Rob Roy, a Choker, a Tattletale and a Bobby Burns, all made with the good stuff and delivered with rocks glasses if you desire.Then there’s the core range of Martinis, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and more, plus gift vouchers for the bar itself when dining out is on the cards again.

$85 for whisky cocktail collection, price varies for other drinks. Delivery available Australia-wide. Allow at least one week for shipping. Shop online at everleighbottling.com.

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Co-Lab Pantry

The online grocer that gets you closer to the ingredients used in your favourite venues around town, Co-Lab is a must-visit for gift hampers. Build your own from the shelves stocked with goods from Meatsmith, Ides, Piccolina and Lagoon, or choose one created by the team. The Classic includes an Everleigh Old Fashioned and Entrecote’s green sauce, The Fun delivers Stomping Ground’s watermelon smash and cheeseburger dumplings, while The Cultured is a set of Market Lane coffee, Fancy Hank’s barbecue sauce, Hunted + Gathered chocolate and more.

Delivery available Australia-wide. Order by 28 August. Shop online at colabpantry.com.au

The Cultured hamper from Co-Lab Pantry

Market Lane 

Whether he’s a bean nerd from way back or is looking to build out his home-coffee kit, Dad’s caffeine needs are covered at Market Lane. There’s the set-and-forget option of the Moccamaster, hands-on fun in the form of espresso machines, Aeropress kits and pour-over gear, or perhaps he just needs a regular delivery of interesting and delicious beans - there’s a club for that. And subscriptions start from $20.

Delivery Australia-wide; allow one week for standard shipping. Shop online at marketlane.com.au

Cartilage Journals

Cartilage is a series of online journals that lets you in on the recipes of your favourite Melbourne restaurants. Whether it’s Capitano’s meatballs and focaccia, or the soured cucumbers at Embla, or the challenge of Sunda’s squid noodles, every journal features three dishes from a venue, plus a bonus recipe for a drink, condiment or treat. There are notes and tips from the chef along the way and iIlustrations from the restaurant team or their friends. And the best part is, the venues make money from every journal sold. 

$15 per journal, with $10 going to venues. Order online at cartilagelocal.com.

St Ali 

There’s more than just great coffee and brewing gear at St Ali. Present Dad with a tube of gin-infused mayonnaise, a handmade butter keeper designed for wheels of Pepe Saya (or his cultured butter of choice) or perhaps even a set 24k gold Technics turntables for a cool $9,000. Here for the coffee? Choose from beans, La Marzocco espresso machines or coffee-spiked cocktails, from a Cascara Negroni or a St Ali Espresso Martini.

Delivery available Australia-wide, free on orders over $85. Allow at least four working days for standard shipping. Shop online at stali.com.au

Harper & Blohm

If snacks are Dad’s favourite part of the meal, wait till he sees what’s in Harper & Blohm’s special Father’s Day box: Quicke’s clothbound cheddar, Will Studd’s surface-ripened Le Duc vacherin, piccalilli from Mr Wilkinson’s plus a healthy measure of charcuterie and other treats. And an Opinel knife for Dad to add to his collection. There are also gift vouchers available if he’s the kind of guy that wants to choose his own perfect hamper.

From $160. Free delivery to select areas of Melbourne and regional Victoria. Orders close 9am, Wednesday 2 September. Order at harperandblohm.com

Kuura Tea

Kuura is a Melbourne tea company that started three years ago, specialising in puer, a tea from Yunnan province that is by most measures the most celebrated tea in China. Along with the puer, there are white and black teas from Yunnan, all of them coming in specially commissioned packaging from artists and designers selected by Kuura’s founder, Ayden Graham. Plus there are playlists to soundtrack Dad’s tea-drinking ritual, whatever that may be.

Delivery available Australia-wide. Allow at least three business days for shipping. Order online at kuura.co

That’s Amore hampers

A delivery of la dolce vita could be just what the doctor ordered. And That’s Amore Cheese is only too happy to help. Choose from three hampers this Father’s Day, each one with a mix of the fresh and smoked cheeses the team are known for, as well as treats like Four Pillars Gin Marmalade, Hunted + Gathered chocolate, salumi from Puopolo, or a kit with everything dad needs to make pasta.

Delivery available across Melbourne and Victoria on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. Orders close Friday 4 September. Order at thatsamoredelivery.com.au

Notel’s gift boxes

Melbourne’s left-of-centre hotel - six Airstream trailers on a CBD rooftop - is doing things a little differently during lockdown. Purchase a gift voucher for a future date at Notel, and you’ll also get a generously packed box of treats that dad can enjoy now. Brewmanity beer, vouchers for Saluministi and Akaiito restaurants, cold-drip coffee by First Press and more Victorian-made goodies make up the No Ordinary Father’s Day box. Two gifts for the price of one? That’s really thinking outside the box.

$400 for vouchers, boxes complimentary with any voucher purchase. Delivery available across Victoria, free for metro Melbourne, $25 for all other areas. Allow at least three working days for shipping. Order at notelmelbourne.com.au

Jancis Robinson glassware

For the guy who likes the finer things but is also a pragmatist at heart, look no further than the wine glasses of top wine writer Jancis Robinson. Designed with Richard Brendon, the Jancis Robinson wine glass is suitable for everything from sparkling to shiraz, port to pinot grigio. And what’s not to like about a one glass, many drinks situation? The range also includes decanters and water glasses.

From $130 for two wine glasses. Delivery available Australia-wide, $15 or free on orders over $200. Allow at least 3 working days for shipping. Order at cellarhand.com.au

By Emma Breheny

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