How to get your foodie on, social distancing-style

No contact, “at home” meals and social distancing, oh my!

It’s a brave new world we are entering as the Coronapocalypse descends upon our fair city. For many in the hospitality industry, these are very uncertain times, but there are a few ways you can support your local and maintain appropriate social distancing. With many cafes and restaurants now going online and offering takeaway and delivery, we have collated a selection of initiatives they have enacted to keep you fed and happy.

Leading the charge is Restaurant Labart, who have temporarily closed their restaurant altogether and are offering “Labart at home”; a nightly gourmet meal that can be ordered online through their website. Meals can then be collected from the restaurant each evening. A true gourmet at home experience!

Bento boxes are being offered by Little Itoshin, Oi Izakaya and The North Room, with each restaurant putting their own spin on a Japanese classic.

Fresh Food Friday have long been offering gourmet meals that can be collected on Fridays to enjoy at the start of your weekend. They are now offering contactless delivery to your home and a variety of frozen meals through their website.

Other restaurants that are offering take home or delivered “heat and eat” meals are Agnee Indian, Caffe Republic, Coolamon Co., Elk Espresso, Greenhouse Canteen, Plant Based Café and Taboon whilst some restaurants are selling meals that you can cook at home including Custard Canteen’s cookie dough kit, Cycho’s Buffalo Wings home wing kit, Balboa at home and survival kits at Vapianos. Cycho’s are also offering a pay it forward initiative, where you can pre-pay for an Incredi-Bowl for someone who finds themselves out of work.

Oracle Boulevard Dial + Drive-Thru means Gold Coasters can pick up delicious dishes from their favourite restaurants including Mamasan, Social Eating House, No Name Lane, The Lamb Shop, Brunch & Co, Broadbeach Pizzeria, Guzman y Gomez, Noodle Broadbeach and Orzo, from one central collection point. Simply view the menus of your favourite restaurant or cafe online, dial the establishment to place your order and arrange payment, then pick up your order at the nominated time from the designated Dial + Drive-Thru point in the middle of Oracle Boulevard.

With new regulations coming through regarding takeaway alcohol, Cambus Wallace have daily offerings of take home cocktails with any meal purchase, whilst Black Hops Brewing and Lost Palms are offering local beer delivery.

Beer not your thing? Well how about cheese! Quince Fromagerie are now delivering cheese to your doorstep, and Pepe Italia Deli also delivering their delicious wares.

There is so much love around in the community at the moment, with Blackboard Varsity giving a meal to an out-of-work hospitality worker for every takeaway meal that’s purchased. The Henchman Miami are offering free food to those who need it and  Artichoke Restaurant and Bar providing a free, one-litre serving of minestrone to seniors to take away. Joy Coffee are giving everyone who orders over 1kg of coffee a free 250g bag to give to a friend.

Restaurants and cafes offering a discount incentive for takeaway includes:

Ally Chow 15% off

Easy House Vegetarian 10% off

Etsu 20% off

Justin Lane 20% off, plus delivery options

The Kitchens Robina restaurants Mad Asian, Ari Thai and Saiko Teppanyaki – 20% off

Lola’s Broadbeach 20% off

Lucky Bao 15% off

Osteria del Mare 10% off

Rumi Persian Restaurant 20% off

The Rusty Barrel 25% off

Quan55 free spring rolls

Places that are offering their own delivery service:

Alfresco

Balboa

Donut Empire

Gallura Italian

I like ramen

Inky Squid

Little Cocoa

Little Miss Muffin

Meraki Kitchen

Platter Me Beautiful

Rabbath

Zipang

Please keep supporting local for as long as you can, the Gold Coast hospitality industry is our lifeblood and together we can come through this difficult time safely. List is current at time of writing.

Follow Catherine @goldcoastfoodie on Instagram for up to date restaurant and café information.

ARE YOU A LOCAL BUSINESS WHO IS OFFERING A DEAL OR A NEW DELIVERY SERVICE? PLEASE LET US KNOW OVER AT news@blankgc.com.au SO WE CAN UPDATE THIS LIST.

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