Fast five – our takeaway picks for the weekend ahead

Fast five – our takeaway picks for the weekend ahead

We’re almost two-and-a-half months into the pandemic lockdown and the days of going out to eat seem like a fond, but distant, memory. Although restrictions are relaxing and allowing small groups to dine in, takeaway is still the safest and most convenient option for those looking to support cafes, bars and restaurants. While we are doing our best to keep you informed of all of the spots that are making the transition to click-and-collect, we figured we’d put together a quick hit-list of venues to help make your decision-making process easier. Here are our splurge-worthy suggestions …

Phat Elephant, Brisbane City and Nundah: Craving Thai? Got an elephant-sized hunger? It sounds like you need a fix of Phat Elephant. The popular Thai concept boasts two locations (one at Post Office Square and another at UPSTAIRS at Toombul) and they’re both open for takeaway and delivery. Imagine sitting down to a banquet of culinary delights – warm roti bread, crispy salt-and-pepper calamari, bone-warming braised lamb-shank massaman curry, signature pad Thai and maybe some black sticky rice pudding for dessert. It’s the stuff dreams are made of! You can order Phat Elephant for delivery via Uber Eats, or call the Toombul location on 07 3569 7894 to place a takeaway order.

 

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Comuna Cantina, Everton Park: While Everton Plaza is slowly opening up its eateries for dine-in service, there currently aren’t enough seats to go around. Thankfully spots like Comuna Cantina are still catering to the takeaway and delivery crowd, serving up its menu of South American-inspired eats seven days a week. Those craving a taco hit have eight kinds to choose from, while burrito buffs can sink their teeth into the pillowy soft outer of marinated mushroom, pulled pork, spicy beef or grilled chicken varieties. The rest of the menu boasts loaded nachos, cheesy quesadillas, crispy arepas, hearty bowls and plenty of snacks. You can order Comuna Cantina for delivery via Bopple, Deliveroo and Uber Eats, or call ahead on 07 3355 7481 to place a takeaway order.

 

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Pablo, New Farm: While Pablo is opening its courtyard space and street-side dining for brunch, the cafe still relies on takeaway coffee and food to be sustainable. The Pablo To Go menu is loaded with hearty feeds, including signature items such as the Eggs Ledger 3 Ways, toasted cinnamon waffles, corn-and-coriander fritters and the beloved Home Alone Avo. If you’re more in the mood for something express, the brekkie wraps and breakfast trifles are your best bet. Naturally, Pablo has got your coffee needs covered, not to mention a handy array of HRVST juices, Nakedberry smoothies, kombucha and more. If you’ve also grown accustomed to avoiding grocery stores, you can still pop in and grab a bag of essentials – eggs, milk, bread and coffee beans. Check out the selection on Bopple.

 

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The Gift Shop Food + Drink, Wishart: We’re personally big fans of The Gift Shop’s wonderful selection of toasties, so if you can’t snag a seat during phase one of restrictions easing don’t fret – the crew is still serving up tasty morsels via takeaway. Not only can you bite into the likes of the Holy Ham Toastie and the Super Vege Sandwich, you can also savour true brunch winners like bacon-and-mushroom gnocchi, basil-pesto tagliatelle, roast pumpkin and chickpea fritter, and healthy salad bowls. Restrictions or no restrictions, coffee is still a must. You can order one-litre bottles of cold brew to go, as well as hot beverages (cappuccino, chai, chamomile – whatever you fancy!), shakes and even a cheeky selection of wines to sip! Have a gander at the offering on Bopple.

 

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La Lupa, West End: Throughout the hospitality lockdown La Lupa has keep the pizza ovens hot, pivoting to takeaway and keeping locals fed with its selection of to-die-for Italian fare (and watered with a selection of similarly top-notch wines). La Lupa’s menu extends beyond pizza, so fans of antipasti, pasta and mains still have plenty to choose from. Start your feast with some cured meats and vegetables before devouring a clump of burrata coated in pistachio and kale pesto, lupacchiotti with prosciutto, squid-ink spaghetti, a white-based pizza with potatoes, pancetta, and rosemary, or a red-base pizza with hot salami, gorgonzola and kalamata olives. You can place a takeaway or delivery order from La Lupa via it’s online ordering platform.

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