Published on 17 August 2020
Single dishes, family-friendly banquets, vegan menus and weekly specials: is there anything that Maha can’t do? This is takeaway that requires a bit of audience participation – you might be heating things up or even finishing off the cooking and assembly – but the quality is the pay-off. You can expect your manti to be hot, the kataifi wrapped around your prawns to be crisp, and your cos to be freshly dressed, not sad and soggy.
Delivery available within 35km radius of Melbourne CBD, which covers most of Melbourne. Order at providoor.com.au
Has it been too long between intimate wagyu stews? Is there a steamed cauliflower-shaped hole in your life? Or are you hanging out to try Miznon’s famed Shabbat feast, which has become an essential Melbourne experience? Miznon is open for business and delivering to more suburbs than ever before, covering a 20km radius from Hardware Lane. And as well as favourite dishes from the restaurant, there’s a new section for cook-at-home supplies, so you can also stock up on the likes of falafel mix, tahini cookie dough and portions of the wagyu stew to heat whenever a Miznon craving strikes.
Delivery available within 20km radius of Melbourne CBD. Order at miznonaustralia.com
Very Good Falafel
Late breakfast, afternoon snack, dinner or lunch – the falafel from this Sydney Road shop are great any time of the day. And they’re not the only things that are Very Good: take the ktzizot, small lamb meatballs come with a feisty zhoug, or the rotating line-up of salads that’s sold with or without the falafel. But is there any question of not ordering the namesake item?
Pick-up only, 629 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Pre-order available at shukiandlouisa.com
Rumi has been keeping Melbourne happy for more than a decade, with its ridiculously tender advieh-spiced lamb shoulder, its shatteringly crisp haloumi cigars, and its deft touch with dishes of eggplant, cauliflower and beetroot that are main events in their own right. Thankfully, none of that has changed in lockdown.
Bekka knows how to keep the troops happy. From wraps stuffed with Lebanese sausage or falafel and haloumi to the mixed grill accompanied by a table-full of mezze, this is a menu that’s got hungry families written all over it.
Delivery to select suburbs or pick up from 22 Hall St, Moonee Ponds. Order online.
Make a beeline for this tiny but mighty café in Carlton North if boreks, Turkish condiments and Persian love cake float your boat. With a new online store, there’s the option of getting your moussaka for the family delivered, or you can stock up on Turkish cheeses, simit, babaganoush and other goodies for the pantry.
Delivery available within 15km radius of Carlton North, or contactless pick up from 713 Nicholson St, Carlton North. Order at babajan.com.au.
The owners of this cosy Brunswick East spot are still doing what they do best during lockdown: Lebanese soul food inspired by the cooking of ther grandmother, Mona. That means crowd favourites like falafel or lamb cigars glazed with pomegranate molasses, as well as the likes of lamb fatteh, the grain-heavy vegetarian stew makhlouta and an update on the holy trinity of chicken, rice and almonds that involves quinoa and wild grains.
Delivery to select suburbs or pick up from 100a Lygon St, Brunswick East. Order via Deliveroo or phone (03) 9380 6680.
Making the weekends even better, this new restaurant in Prahran is trading on Friday and Saturday nights for now, offering its mix of bright and flavour-packed dishes from Israel and beyond. Pomegranate-glazed beef cheeks, vegetable dishes such as Mizrahi zucchini and a cauliflower shawarma, and malabi for dessert mean plenty of tough choices. For that, there’s the banquet.
Delivery and pick up available from 162-164 Commercial Rd, Prahran. Order at goldarestaurat.com.au
Lentil soup spiced with cumin. Warm Turkish bread to swoosh through hummus. And a chicken roasted until golden, with a mix of spices rubbed into the skin. If Tulum’s at-home menus don’t sum up comfort food, we don’t know what does. Order a set menu for two or four, or mix and match the dishes you love. And, if you’re game, add the Anatolian Fire cocktail to your order.
Delivery and pick up available from 217 Carlisle St, Balaclava. Order at tulumrestaurant.com.au
By Emma Breheny
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