On the bright side of Auckland being in Alert Level 3, we still have so many opportunities to support local businesses – all while remaining smart about stopping the spread of COVID-19. As well as this being the perfect time to get a head start on those chores around the house and get back into an active routine, it's also a great time to stop, breathe, and treat yourself to a slice of luxury in a panicked time. One of the best ways to do this, is through good food. We've rounded up some of Auckland's most grand dining spots, who are also opened for takeaways in Level 3, so you can treat yourself to a pampered night at home.
We'll be updating this list throughout Level 3. If you know a spot that should be added to the list, please let us know here!
You'll recognise the great culinary icon Sid Sahrawat from Sid at the French Cafe, SidArt, and Cassia – all phenomenal in their own stride, but for this lockdown you'll only be able to experience Sid's talent at Cassia with their contactless takeaways. You can get your Cassia fix 7 days a week with their pickup and delivery options (for a 5km radius). Their heat and eat options have proved popular, with signature dishes such as their caramelised duck leg, Ora King salmon, and lamb Seekh kebab curry. Meals are available from 2pm daily, with easy online ordering. Click here to view the menu and place your order. PS. They're accepting Cassia gift vouchers at this time too!
Hooray! Elmo's burrata bar is open for takeaways! The beloved pizza bar on Ponsonby Road are continuing to supply authentic Italian dishes to the people of Auckland with their contactless pickup system. You can indulge in their wood-fired pizzas, burrata dishes, pasta bar, and - our personal favourite - their crispy potato skins topped with parmigiano-reggiano, parsley and served with a crunchy sage and onion dip. Are you drooling yet? View their entire menu and place your online order here. They even have tiramisu for dessert!
With the return of Alert Level 3 also comes the return of Amano's grocer – a grocery store you wouldn't mind lining up for. With their easy online ordering, you can opt for contactless pickup or delivery available every Saturday or Wednesday. At the grocer you can pick up freshly baked pastries from Amano's in-house bakery, seafood, organic produce from Amano's farmers, fresh pressed juice, and a range of Amano kitchen dishes, including tagliatelle bolognese, cacio e pepe bucatini, and fresh pasta. Take a virtual tour around the grocer and place your order here!
The popular Viaduct eatery is usually buzzing with crowds on any given night, but the party is on hold while Hello Beasty has had to turn to contactless takeaway during Level 3. On the menu (which is available for delivery and pickup on their doorstep or curbside) you'll find a range of their signature dishes including their wagyu beef potstickers, katsu sando, karaage chicken, and vegetarian & vegan savoury pancakes. As a special treat for Level 3, they've also added kkwabaegi – Korean twisted donuts with chocolate fudge and miso caramel drizzled on top. View the whole menu and place your order here, available Wednesdays to Saturdays!
Jervois Steak House
Jervois Steak House knows how hard it is to perfect a steak at home, so they're taking the pressure off us and continuing to serve up perfectly cooked steak in Level 3. The takeaway menu is short and concise, allowing a quick and easy decision to be made. Opt for one of their four light entrees before moving on to the steak section which you can then pair with a sauce of your choosing and side dishes including their whipped potato and JSH creamed spinach. Orders can be made by phoning them on 09-376 2049 for contactless pickup Tuesdays to Sundays. View the whole takeaway menu here.
Paris Butter has gone the extra mile to create a menu of their favourite dishes for Level 3. Opening seven days a week for contactless pickups, they're offering their gourmet three-course meals for only $45 pp with extra truffle butter and potato velouté available. This weeks' menu sees their Dry Aged Duck Breast with truffle broccoli and chocolate délice with miso caramel or their Gnocchi with mushrooms and parmesan sauce with carrot cake with cream cheese – both set meals coming with sourdough and truffle butter as a starter. Ordering is fast and easy with their online system available here.
Get your fix of fresh Italian food with contactless takeaways from Andiamo Eatery in Herne Bay. In Alert Level 3, Andiamo is operating with contactless pickup and delivery for nearby areas (Herne Bay, Freeman's Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Westmere) from 5pm Tuesday to Sunday On the special takeaway menu you'll be able to order Family Feasts, feeding up to six people, with your choice of pasta dish including bacon & chilli macaroni and cheese, rigatoni with seven-hour veal, or gnocchi ‘cacio pepe’. Andiamo is also offering individual meals in the form of their most popular dishes such as their free-range chicken parmigiana with garlic greens and Buffalo mozzarella. To place your order, give them a call on 09-378 7811 and view their entire takeaway menu here.