12 places that still taste as good when taken-away

As of July 9, Melbourne returned to stage-three lockdown. This means compromising our privilege of dining out with our loved ones at restaurants and cafés once again. Albeit necessary, this second lockdown has caused many restaurants to suffer a major setback in addition to the first period of lockdown. Whether you're limited to celebrating your birthday or a special day in the comfort of your humble adobe, or simply craving a scrumptious meal to brighten up your spirits during this period, here is a diverse list of 12 places that are still worth taking away. Your order will also be of great support for these businesses in such unsettling times!

1. Doughboys Doughnuts

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Looking to surprise your friends but doughnut what to send over? Doughboys Melbourne now provides house deliveries on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Boxes of 4 to 10. With unique flavours such as Hazelnut Truffle and Yuzu Berry Old Fashion, what are you waiting for?

2. Ishiya Stonegrill

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This Japanese Dining Stonegril Steakhouse offers a variety of expertly crafted dishes. From bento boxes to Omurice sets, this option would definitely fulfill one's cravings for a warm Japanese meal. Take your order up a notch by pairing it along with some Sake Sangria, perfect for this winter season.

3. Buza Chicken

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If what you need is just some Korean fried chicken to feed your soul as you binge-watch your K-drama, Buza's got you. One of the best Korean fried chickens in Melbourne, I've had this multiple times and it truly does not disappoint. A tip - queues and waiting time can get really long, so if you're opting for pick-up, do call ahead to place your order before heading down!

4. Raya Melbourne

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With the present restrictions causing this winter break to feel extra cold and gloomy, it's no doubt that one would miss +65 more than usual. Raya Melbourne will definitely help hit the spot with their Kueh Medleys and At-Home Care Packs.

5. +39 Pizzeria

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Named after the international dialing code for Italy, +39 is serving their exquisite range of both red and white-based authentic pizzas and other delicacies, straight to your doorstep. Order with them now if what you need is some really good pizza fixing.

6. Smith & Deli

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For our vegan pals out there, Smith & Deli is now taking preorders 24/7. Slowly take your pick from their deli-style sandwiches to their vegan cheeses, get your well-deserved deli-very now! You can also opt for pick-up.

7. Pacific BBQ

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Sometimes all we need is a simple and familiar hot meal to comfort our souls. Popular for their roast meats, give Pacific a go if a delicious and filling Chinese meal is what you're looking for.

8. Tipo 00

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Eat pasta, run fasta. This pasta bar not only serves fresh ready to eat pasta, but also ready to cook ingredients for those interested in whipping up your own meals. Shop their wide range of pasta options now!

9. Daughter in Law

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For those that crave for Indian, Daughter in Law is an "unauthentic" Australian Indian Bar and Restaurant - serving Indian cuisines with a twist. Open for pick up and delivery on certain dates, check out their site now for more information if you're up for a meal of interesting spices!

10. Falco Bakery

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A small-batch traditional bakery, Falco serves a variety of baked goodies and premium roasted coffee too. A good option for breakfast or even high-tea, do order and plan early as they are sure to sell out.

11. Wokks

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Saw something familiar? Available for delivery on UberEats, Wokks offers a collection of popular South-East Asian street food that is sure to bridge the distance between Melbourne and Singapore. If a nostalgic taste from home is what you need, you know where to order from!

12. Kaki Lima

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An assortment of classic Indonesian dishes in bowls, Kaki Lima is a good fuss-free option for those who looking for something easy to eat. If you happen to live near Stewart Street, cross your fingers as delivery might just be free of charge for you!

If nothing on this list catches your eye, you can also checkout Broadsheet Melbourne's live list for even more options. Do remember to wear your masks and practice social-distancing if you opt for pick-up!

If you have any questions, you can reach out to us on our Facebook or Instagram, and we would love to chat with you. Have a good winter break and stay safe and strong, fellow Singaporeans!


One of the marketing directors of Singaporeans of Victoria, Kimberly is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne. During her free time, she enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix as well as trying new cafés and food.