Restaurants turn to takeaway, drive-through in tough times

Atilla Yilmaz of Pazar Food Collective will deliver meals to customers' car windows.
Atilla Yilmaz of Pazar Food Collective will deliver meals to customers' car windows. Photo: Louise Kennerley

With many restaurants introducing takeaway, Sydneysiders are finally getting a taste of hatted restaurant food at the best seat in the house.

Their own house that is. Toqued Surry Hills restaurant Arthur has joined the party, offering up $30 meals for two. Customers can preorder then pick up at the restaurant after 4pm.

While many restaurants across the city are now adding takeaway, others are taking that road exclusively.

Inner-west favourite Pazar Food Collective has shut its dining room, operating a drive-through in its back lane where meals will be delivered to the car window.

"I had bookings but the safety of my staff and the public is paramount ... I had a cafe during the SARS era of 2003 near the hospital in Camperdown and was devastated by that," owner Atilla Yilmaz explains.

The chef says his customers have been fantastic, one dropping a box of limes from their backyard to the restaurant.

Pazar will take orders and payment online and customers will receive instructions on where to park and pick up their order.