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You can leave your hat on: award-winning dining you can order in lockdown

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Missing your fix of fine dining? Canberra’s hatted and awarded restaurants have you covered with dine-at-home options.

The Good Food Guide has long been the bible for Australian foodies. Before COVID slammed the brakes on its production in 2019, it doled out hats to 10 Canberra restaurants. Similarly, the Australian Good Food Guide (AGFG) Chef Hat Awards highlights the country’s best dining experiences, in which Canberra is well-represented.

And while some of the much-awarded stalwarts (Aubergine, Courgette, RAKU and Ottoman) have chosen to remain closed during lockdown, others have transformed their elevated dining experience into something more suitable for the home dining table.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to enjoy food from one of Canberra’s best restaurants—according to Good Food and AGFG—while leaving your hat (and perhaps even your ugg boots) on, here’s how.

An important note: while all listings are correct at time of publication, it’s lockdown and restaurants’ circumstances and offerings can change quickly. Please check with the individual restaurants for the most up-to-date information.

Bar Rochford

Order a meat or vego dinner pack for $55 per person alongside your favourite bottle of wine or a house-made cocktail. Roch-bottom has you covered with everything you have been missing this lockdown, available for pickup or delivery to CBD, inner north and inner south.

First Floor, 65 London Circuit, Canberra City | barrochford.com

The Boat House

For something classic and trustworthy, The Boat House is offering contactless pickup meals (pictured above) from Thursday to Sundays. Freshly shucked oysters, spatchcock and shepherd’s pie with a selection of the best French wines, this is a great option for a cosy night in. Formulab desserts are a sweet way to finish.

Menindee Drive, Barton | theboathouse.restaurant

Chairman and Yip

The Chairman Group (incorporating Chairman and Yip and Lanterne Rooms) has curated a take-home menu with two banquet options inspired by home-cooked Hong Kong family dinners. Delivering to select suburbs or available for pick-up, all you have to do is assemble, heat up, and enjoy the delicious flavours and aromas of a Hong Kong kitchen.

Lanterne Rooms, 81 Constitution Avenue, Campbell | chairmangroup.com.au/cg-at-home

Capitol Bar & Grill

With two packages created by Executive Chef, Josh Smith-Thirkell and his award-winning team available for pick-up from QT Canberra’s Capitol Bar & Grill, there’s no reason lockdown can’t be a party.

There are two packages available—the Capitol Feast Package and the Fiesta Package—and while they require some cooking, they both come complete with entrees, mains and booze, so who cares?

The Feast Package (designed for two at $220) boasts delish highlights like 45 Day Dry Age 1kg T-Bone Bistecca Fiorentina, Basque Cheesecake with Passionfruit and Vanilla, and Booming Burrata with San Danielle Prosciutto while the Fiesta package (2-4 people for $299) kicks things up a notch with oysters, smoked mortadella cheddar buns and not one, not two but four DIY cocktail kits. Cheers to that!

Order by Thursday 4 pm for contactless, drive-through pick-up at Capitol Bar & Grill, every Friday between 3 pm and 5 pm, or Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 12 pm | qthotels.com/canberra/offers/eat-drink/capitol-bar-grill-takeaway

Eightysix

Pick a range of classics (banoffee pie is a must) and updated new dishes from 86’s à la carte menu. Currently serving favourites such as hoisin duck bun, salt and vinegar potato scallop, and their famous black chicken. We recommend pre-ordering to ensure you don’t miss out. Available for pickup or $5 delivery to select areas from Wednesday to Sunday.

Corner Eloura and Lonsdale Streets, Braddon | eightysix.com.au

Italian and Sons

Put down that jar of pesto and let Italian and Sons indulge you in a night of fresh and hearty flavours. Order a wood-fired pizza, fresh pasta or a wagyu lasagna for two. Don’t forget to finish with the best tiramisu in town! Available for pickup and free delivery for orders over $120.

7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | italianandsons.com.au

Les Bistronomes

Enjoy the best  traditional French cuisine from Les Bistronomes with take-home packs for two at $150. Bring a slice of Paris to your lockdown with some duck à l’orange or chateaubriand. Available for pickup and Canberra-wide delivery (excluding Tuggeranong) and finish cooking at home.

18 Blamey Place, Campbell | lesbistronomes.net

Monster Kitchen and Bar

For your favourite vegetarian dining experience that doesn’t compromise taste, Monster Kitchen and Bar are offering  ‘Monster Inside’—a three-course, assemble-at-home pack for those looking to invoke their inner Monster chef. You can also enjoy their à la carte menu available for pick up—think spiced roasted cauliflower and chips with truffle ponzu mayo—and a range of beverage bundles.

Ovolo Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon | monsterkitchen.com.au

Morks

Morks is Thai cuisine through their modern lens—traditional flavours served with creativity and flair, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Get this delicious contemporary Thai delivered to your home, or pick it up.

Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore | morks.com.au

OTIS

Grab a cook-at-home dinner pack this weekend and enjoy a Friday roast or a truffle menu for Saturday and Sunday at $160 for two people. Truffle-infused polenta with pecorino is hard to resist. Available for pickup and new weekly menus are released every Sunday at noon.

29 Jardine Street, Kingston | otisdininghall.com.au

Pilot

Enjoy the exciting food and flavours from Pilot with lockdown dinner packs at $60 per person, available for pickup and delivery to inner north. Keep an eye out for the latest menu on their Instagram and bring a degustation to your own home.

Shop 5/6, 1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie Shops | pilotrestaurant.com

Temporada

Temporada Rápido are offering daily dinner packs and weekend special packs to assemble at home. Perfect to get inspired in the kitchen without all the hassle.

15 Moore Street, Canberra City | temporada.com.au

Vincent

Vincent is serving up takeaway pasta for dinner (think Beef Ragu Pappardelle or Caponata Conchiglie) as well as sides and a dessert.  Available for takeaway or delivery via Menulog from Tuesday to Saturday – pre-order available.

Corner of Macquarie street & Broughton Streets, Barton | vincentrestaurant.com.au

XO

Feeling romantic? Get a takeaway dinner on a Friday or Saturday night with a Love Package from XO and its sister restaurant ILY for $50 per person. 

Order by 2 pm Friday and Saturday for a weekend treat, available for pick up only. To limit travel across Canberra, both kitchens will be operating during this time. Residents of the northside will collect their packs from ILY in New Acton, while residents of the southside will collect their packs from XO in Narrabundah.

ily.com.au/menu | xo-restaurant.com.au

Feature image: The Boat House

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