Open now: fancy vegetarian takeaway

Published on 10 September 2020

Photo: Cutler & Co (credit: Kristoffer Paulsen)

Cheese soufflés, green pies of nettle and silverbeet, and many-layered eggplant Parmigianas: our city’s most accomplished chefs aren’t neglecting plant-eaters in their take-home menus. Whether you want tasting menu bites or a banquet for the whole house to share, this is vegetarian takeaway that’s a cut above.

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City

Philippe

If you feel like meat-eaters get to have all the fun, prepare to let your hair down with the Philippe menu. Lean into the cream, butter and cheese you’d expect on a French menu with the cauliflower gratin or two-cheese soufflé, or step off the well-worn path and add the vegetable tagine to your cart. Whatever route you choose, there’s Basque cheesecake, chocolate gâteau or a selection of all the desserts waiting at the finish line.

Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au

Grossi a Casa

Think of the Grossi empire’s takeaway menu as the culinary equivalent of a warm hug. Whether you’re a tortelli kind of person or all about that eggplant Parmigiana, you’re well looked after here. The rustic onion soup, spiked with red wine vinegar and cinnamon, the broccoli and grain salad and a top-notch cheese selection are also more than worth a look.

Delivery available within a 25km radius of Melbourne CBD, minimum order $50, Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, charges apply. Pick up available from 80 Bourke St, Melbourne, Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm. Order at grossiacasa.com

Cumulus Inc

At Cumulus, vegetables are treated with the same care as the meatier scene-stealers. While each week’s menu always includes a vegetarian main course (perhaps gnocchi baked with king browns and Taleggio), you could also make a very happy dinner out of the current roster of entrees and sides. Burrata with olive oil, oregano and lemon; spiced and roasted cauliflower with chickpeas in a caper and raisin dressing; red witlof, pickled persimmon, and buffalo ricotta – the riches are many. Say yes.

À la carte and set menu delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au. Set menu pick up available from Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders La, Melbourne, Sat-Sun 10am-noon. Order at cumulusinc.com.au

Sunda

Big questions precede any order from Sunda. Do you opt for the strange-flavour rolled rice noodles with cauliflower and shiitakes, pairing them with the grilled broccolini and perhaps the braised tofu with quail eggs and cavolo nero? Or do you let Khanh Nguyen show off his yellow curry paste in a broth of coconut milk bathing two kinds of potato, taro and carrot? Or do you forego any tough decisions and choose the seven-dish banquet, starting with pickles and dips and closing with a tapioca, corn and glutinous rice pudding? There are no wrong answers here.

Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au. Pick up available from Hotel Windsor concierge, 111 Spring St, Melbourne, Tues-Sun noon-7pm. Order at sundaexp.com.au

Maha

One of Melbourne’s leaders in vegetarian-friendly fine-dining, Maha continues to punch above its weight, even in these takeaway times. The vegan banquet is loaded with plant-based delights including muhammara dip and Iraqi bread, pumpkin and lentil dumplings, a dish of glazed and roasted cauliflower, and rice with apricots, parsley and toasted seeds. Not in the mood for a banquet? All these dishes and more are available à la carte.

Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au


Sunda's roti with Vegemite curry (image: Ryan Noreiks)

East

Amaru

Not content just to feed you, the team at Amaru are bringing as much of the restaurant to your home as possible. Every tasting menu comes with a link to the Amaru playlist and the option to add something from the bar, whether it’s a bottle of André Heucq Champagne, a full wine pairing or the house ginger beer. As for the food, expect fine-dining dishes that pair celeriac with marjoram and macadamia, cauliflower with green olive, turnip and spinach, or Mildura blood oranges with mint and crème fraîche.

$150 for two, $225 for three. Delivery available to select suburbs, Wed-Sat, 2pm-4pm or 4pm-6pm. Pick up available from 5/1121 High St, Armadale, Wed-Sun, 4pm-6.30pm. Order at amarumelbourne.com.au


South

Attica

If going above and beyond is the mantra of fine dining, the Attica team live and breathe it, whether you’re sitting in their dining room or your own. From the full tasting menu to go or Ben Shewry’s lasagne, if you want it without any animals, it’s yours. The stay-home souva can also be made vegetarian or even vegan, the Attica Modern menu subs out beef short-rib for mushrooms with desert oak wattle, and The Dish That Saved Attica, starring lamb shoulder, can become The Eggplant that Saved Attica in a vegetarian revision of the restaurant’s history. Hats off to you, team.

Most menus are for two to share. Delivery available to select suburbs or pick up from 72 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea, Mon-Sat. Additional delivery locations added on select nights. Find out more and order at attica.com.au/delivery.

Lûmé

Saying happy birthday, thank you or I love you to the herbivore in your life is a piece of cake when Lûmé is in charge of the menu. The five-course set menu features salt-baked beetroot steak that’s then grilled and served with buckwheat and bower spinach risotto, artichoke tart with chestnut miso, and a lasagne of celeriac and eggplant Bolognese. For a few extra bucks you can add cocktails, zero-ABV delights or a bottle of something special from the cellar.

$150 for two, à la carte also available. Delivery available within a 45km radius of South Melbourne, Wed-Sat, minimum order $100, charges apply. Pick up available from 226 Coventry St, South Melbourne, Wed-Sat. Order at restaurantlume.com.au

Atlas

Charlie Carrington is known for his far-reaching menus at Atlas Dining, changing every few months to a completely different cuisine from Brazilian to Vietnamese to French. The chef has continued that concept with his at-home boxes which come with ingredients and a series of video tutorials showing you how to make arepas, nail a moussaka or put together Vietnamese-style fish cakes. Every week’s box comes with a vegetarian option, and they cater for households ranging from one person to six.

From $49 for one. Delivery available across Melbourne and Victoria. Order cut-off is 5pm each Thursday for delivery the following week. Order at atlasmasterclass.com.au

Entrecôte

What’s charming, reliable and comes in five parts? It’s not a romance novel; it’s the vegetarian set menu at Entrecôte, available for one person or two at all times as part of its take-home offering. Savouries include mushroom, leek and Gruyère Pithiviers, pommes Anna, green salad and a baguette, while dessert is chocolate mousse or you can spring for some cheese as an add-on. Who said Entrecote was only about the steak?

Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au


Amaru's cauliflower with marjoram and macadamia (image: supplied)

West

Navi

Pumpkin and roast chestnut dumplings. Poached and pickled vegetables with smoked almond cream and artichoke crisps. Truffle and black garlic macarons. Navi pulls no punches with its four-course vegetarian menu. Sure, you’ll get a little hands-on with the preparation but it comes with the promise of great reward. And with a menu that changes each week, there’s pay-off in being part of the regulars club. Sign us up.

$110 for two. Delivery available to select suburbs, Fri-Sat, $10 charge. Pick up from 83B Gamon St, Yarraville, Fri 4pm-6pm, Sat noon-1pm. Order at restaurantnavi.com.au from 10am each Wed.


North

Faye

Pasta and other flour-forward dishes are in strong supply at this Brunswick East wine bar, but don’t expect a paint-by-numbers menu. Right now, the tortelli are filled with Jerusalem artichoke and finished with a Gorgonzola cream, while oatmeal stout and pumpkin are the backbone of a tortellini dish that also features toasted sourdough. It’s hearty stuff, sure, but it’s a welcome step up from your go-to pasta, right?

Ready-to-eat and ready-to-heat menus available. Delivery available to select postcodes, 5pm-9pm Thurs-Sun. Pick up available from 22 Lygon St, Brunswick East, 5pm-7.45pm Thurs-Sun. Order at fayebr.com

Ides

Peter Gunn’s cooking at Ides is known for pushing tastebuds into exciting new territory. And the chef and his team have lost none of that ambition with their at-home menu. For herbivores, there’s plenty of excitement among the five dishes that make up the tasting menu, whether that’s roast eggplant with preserved pineapple and black pepper sauce or a salted turnip pasta with roasted and grilled sweetcorn. Pro tip: don’t skip the cocktails or a jar of Ides peanut butter when you order.

$80 per person. Delivery available within a 20km radius of Collingwood, Wed-Sun noon-4pm, from $15. Pick up available at 92 Smith St, Collingwood, Wed-Sun noon-3pm. Order at idesmelbourne.com.au/march

Cutler & Co

Could the Cutler & Co at-home menu be one of the city’s greatest bargains right now? For $55 you get seven dishes of McConnell-quality cooking, featuring the best Victorian produce shown off in fresh ways each week. Recent highlights from the vegetarian menus include forbidden black rice with roasted hispi cabbage and macadamia; straciatella with broad beans, wild fennel, radish and juniper; a nettle and creamed silverbeet pie; and asparagus with pistachio dressing.

From $55 per person. Delivery available within a 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, Wed-Sun, $16.50 charge. Order at providoor.com.au. Pick up available from Cutler & Co, 53-55 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, Fri-Sun 11am-1pm. Order at cutlerandco.com.au.

By Emma Breheny


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