Comfort food to go: Seven top takeaway options around Melbourne

La Pinta in Reservoir was born during last year's lockdown.
La Pinta in Reservoir was born during last year's lockdown. Photo: Jason South

The best thing about lockdown is that it's so easy to do good. Get carbs delivered to your door and you're basically a saint. Head to a local restaurant and return with piping hot containers? You're a Melbourne legend! Buy everyone in your household lunch and you better be ready for your Locky D medal.

Every pho, pizza and pastrami on rye is another little calorific brick in the wall of getting us all through lockdown number four. Here are some tasty suggestions. 


As soon as I heard that chef and owner Ben Shewry was cranking up his takeaway concept again, I swear I smelt a heady waft of Attica at Home's pull-apart garlic bread.

This time around there's a luxe menu with beef Wellington and mashed turnips, or a Summer Camp souva with rotisserie lamb.

74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea,

Choc-tops at Boca gelateria in Ivanhoe.
Choc-tops at Boca gelateria in Ivanhoe. Photo: Supplied, Boca

Boca Gelato

I can tell you from ecstatic experience that if you put Boca's salted caramel gelato in your mouth, the rest of the world will hit mute and you'll be able to sink into a reverie.

This new shop is a collaboration between Tonka's Adam D'Sylva and pastry chef Monika Frkovic – there are cakes as well as gelato.


183 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe,

Great Eastern Hakka

If you're within 10 kilometres of Mount Waverley this is your friendly connection for Indian-Chinese-Swedish cuisine.

Laksa King's seafood laksa.
Laksa King's seafood laksa. Photo: Bonnie Savage

The pizzas are unique, the Manchurian dishes are sweet-sour and glossy-gleamy and the stir-fries speak of fierce wokked heat.

319 Stephensons Road, Mount Waverley, 03 9807 3388,

Laksa King

Hamed Allahyari of Salamatea in Sunshine.
Hamed Allahyari of Salamatea in Sunshine. Photo: Penny Stephens

One of the world's perfect hugs in a bowl, laksa isn't just soup, it's a checklist of food groups and emotional touchpoints.

The curry and assam laksas here are tried, true and triumphant, and there's even a vegan version with tofu and vegetables. Also in Glen Waverley and Southland.

6-12 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington, 03 9372 6383,

La Pinta

Born in lockdown, nimble and delicious, La Pinta is staying true to its mission of feeding the community whether it's at the counter or in a box and bag.

They've already sold out a round of lasagnes in reusable glass tubs – stay tuned for further lockdown developments.

791 High Street, Reservoir, 0492 818 032,

The Little Hungarian Restaurant

One bite of crunchy chicken or veal schnitzel and life is a little bit brighter. This restaurant also crumbs mushroom, fish and cheese and Elizabeth makes delightful chicken and matzo ball soups.

Dessert means blintzes (pancakes) or apricot and plum dumplings.

708 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South, 03 9523 6032

Salamatea House

Persian refugee Hamed Allahyari has brought heart, soul and family treasures to his Sunshine restaurant.

Load up on work-from-home snacks like stuffed vine leaves and falafels or make dinner easy with banquets that include fragrant chicken fesenjoon and braised lamb.

21 Dickson Street, Sunshine, 0401 034 959,