While it may feel like the world has stopped turning, there are still plenty of ways to have fun or celebrate at home. If you’ve got an upcoming birthday or anniversary, or simply want a special date night, there are some great local businesses that can help give you a fine-dining experience at home.
So, ditch your loungewear, get dressed up and set the mood with some great music and candles. And all while digging into some restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your home.
Yes, you read that correctly – the 2018 20th best restaurant in the world is now doing takeaway. For the uninitiated, Attica is an inventive fine-dining restaurant based in Ripponlea. While its dining room is closed for now, it’s offering Attica ‘Classics at Home’ packs with a matched cocktail and wine to start. Its carefully balanced flavours and experimentation helps bring some life and excitement into your home dining experience.
If you’re looking for something equally delicious but perhaps a little less fancy, Attica is also serving up family meal packs, with pull-apart garlic bread, salad and lasagne. For a special dessert, top it off with a decadent fresh-baked cheesecake – with mascarpone, pouring and cream cheese.
Check out Attica at Home.
Bellota Wine Bar, South Melbourne
Italian food and celebrations are a match made in heaven. Bellota Wine Bar is bringing its delicious dishes home with you, with its special takeaway range. These carefully constructed meals can be reheated at home for a special dining experience. It’ll be like you have your very own chef in your kitchen.
Seafood, indulgent roasts and cheese platters make the list, along with Bellota’s signature confit duck leg, with slow-cooked mushroom ragu and sautéed spaetzle dumplings.
All dishes come with instructions on how to heat. You can pick up your order between 12 midday and 9 pm or get it delivered between 12 midday and 6 pm.
If you’re going in, be sure to grab a bottle of wine from the Prince Wine Store (right next door), too.
See what Bellota’s cooking on their website.
Ciao Cielo, Port Melbourne
If chilli spanner crab spaghetti and braised lamb shoulder ragu is up your alley, you’re in luck. Port Melbourne’s Ciao Cielo is delivering locally, with takeaway available to surrounding suburbs.
For something a little different, give the Sardinian-style braised goat leg a go. With crumbed polenta dumplings, wild olives, lemon, funnel and much more – this is sure to spice up your at-home date night. There are also plenty of great gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Check out their online menu and call 03 9676 9938 to order.
Lûmé, South Melbourne
Since opening in 2015, Lûmé has been the rock star of the Melbourne upmarket dining scene. While it’s pressing ‘pause’ on its usual 14-course dine-in tasting menu, your taste buds can now rock out at home with their take-home boxes.
Get it delivered within an eight kilometre radius, these take-home boxes can be ordered ahead or during usual restaurant hours. Grab a vegan sharing set menu for $95 or a pescatarian one for $145. The seafood option includes the likes of BBQ honey bug lobsters and prawn pappardelle, with rosella and burnt butter. Yum!
There are also plenty of mains to tickle everyone’s fancy. If that’s not enough, Lûmé is also serving up pre-batch cocktails, beers and wines to-go. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Explore Lûmé’s take home boxes.
Check out other restaurants in the City of Port Phillip that are open for business and need your support – this dedicated page shows what’s open in each suburb. Also keep an eye out for more blogs on our Explore Port Phillip website.