Mar 19, 2020 Food
Hospo can’t work from home, even if you can. But many venues are already figuring out how to adapt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning you can continue supporting them while following best health practice.
UPDATE 23/03/20: The Government has announced the alert in New Zealand is now at level 3, to move to level 4 in 48 hours. This means all non-essential businesses must close, which includes all cafes, bars and restaurants. Auckland’s hospitality scene has shown incredible innovation in the last week, and we look forward to seeing them on the other side of isolation.
Hospitality in Auckland is doing it tough right now. Slow nights and empty tables across the entire industry are already becoming a reality despite no official recommendation to stop eating out.
But there is strong messaging from the Government, expert sources and cautionary tales from overseas to social distance, which has resulted in many businesses here quickly developing new ways to get people their kai, and adapt to the current situation.
Many are now offering takeaway and delivery options where they didn’t previously, like Williams Eatery down in the viaduct.
Williams, as well as signing up for Uber Eats, has launched their own online ordering system, where customers can quickly duck in to pick up their food from a designated zone inside their restaurant, meaning minimal human contact. Essentially, the previously mostly dine-in eatery is flipping its service on its head, developing a new menu to support this new offering. Expect items like a breakfast burrito, burgers, pasta and Brussels sprout sides. Williams has reorganised staffing and sourced takeaway packaging to accommodate the changes. It’s a hard task, but it’s essential to do it.
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Hello from Patrick, Charles and the Williams team. With these confusing and fast-changing times we want to thank you all for letting us feed you and your family, and helping us support ours. We will be ensuring Williams Eatery is safe, hygienic and welcoming as always. We have an “A” hygiene grade with 100% food control plan compliance. We do not take our responsibilities lightly; all of our staff have been extremely proactive in raising the level of all hygiene standards throughout the cafe. We’re also working towards launching a contactless takeaway and delivery system in the coming days. Keep an eye out for this through our social media channels. Burgers and pasta at home, we got you. Lots of love, Williams
Co-owner Charles Williams quickly saw the need to find new ways to support his team and be able to provide extra shifts to make up for the slow day-trade, as surrounding businesses shifted toward having employees work from home to try and flatten the curve.
But more people in isolation or distancing created a new need, as did the fact many front line workers were suddenly working longer and more demanding days. “We want to support local residents who have been told to stay at home or self-isolate,” Williams tells us. “And we feel there’s a real need to support those doing the extra long hours. Whether in healthcare or not, we’re seeing them up early and last to leave. If we can help to provide a bit of respite at this time, then we’ve done our job.”
Like many restaurateurs we’ve spoken to, Williams remains mostly optimistic about being able to battle on through to the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I think as a whole, due to the nature of our industry, hospitality in New Zealand is resilient. There’s no doubt going to be some tough times so we are looking to our friends, family and wider community to support us through it.”
Other hospitality businesses in Auckland are also responding to the current situation by offering new delivery systems and menus – many of whom didn’t previously offer takeaway at all. Metro has gathered all these restaurants (listed alphabetically) and their new offerings below.
This list will be updated as much as possible. If your business has a new offering to shore, please email us at email@example.com or DM @metromagnz.
We also encourage you to contact your local eatery to see if they will provide alternative options to dine-in, and to continue to support places which already offer takeaway if you’re social distancing.
News 23/03/20: Ponsonby Central has now closed all its inner restaurants. This includes The Blue Breeze Inn, The Hidden Village and Olas Arepas. Some are doing curbside pick-up, stay tuned for more.
Restaurants are starting to close their dine-in service and pivoting to takeaway only, like Coco’s Cantina, Peach’s Hot Chicken, Coffee Pen and more.
New to the list today 23/03/20: Copia, The Hidden Village, Burger Burger, Foxtrot Parlour, Takapuna Beach Cafe, The Grounds, Major Tom, The Grounds, Needo Pasta, Albert’s Post Bar & Eatery
New 21/03/20: Sid at the French Cafe, Cassia, Sidart, Umu Pizza, Pizzeria Rosso Pomodoro, Seabreeze, Major Sprout, Nanam, Fabric, Mad Samurai, Pasta & Cuore, INCA, Ampersand
Albert’s Post Bar & Eatery
Albert’s are offering a takeaway service through the Regulr app, where you can order and pay for your food before pick-up. You can also call them at 09-8492557. See their website for the full menu; Uber Eats is coming sometime this week.
?911a New North Rd, Mount Albert
Hip Group giant Amano is now available for phone orders and pick-up, with reserved curbside pick-up parking. Their pick-up menu have plenty of options, including their famous scampi chitarra and steak. Call them on 09-3941416 to order.
66-68 Tyler St, Britomart
Orakei cafe Ampersand are adapting all their on-menu meals for takeaway. You can order online by emailing them here or over the phone – 09-5229503. You can pay over the phone, too.
228 Orakei Rd
Baker & Co
Free delivery for all their customers who are in self-isolation. Call them on 09-5752420.
235 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie
Baduzzi’s meatballs will soon be available for takeaway (and soon after, delivery) alongside a baked pasta dish and tiramisu. You can still vote for Baduzzi’s Karitane crayfish meatballs for People’s Choice 2020 here.
10-26 Jellicoe Street, North Wharf
Auckland’s first and only neo-bistro have developed a fast food side brand called La Cantine which you can call up and order takeaway from (09-302 2322) and will run alongside their regular menu for dine-in, too. The menu changes weekly: this week’s offerings including filet o’ fish, wagyu melt, garlic frites and this fried oyster po-boy. Follow their Instagram for updates.
146 Karangahape Rd, K’Rd Precinct
Note: Barulho is now closed.
2-16 Watt St, Parnell
Their Ponsonby site is closed for dine-in, but there are pick-ups available via curbside on the Richmond side of Ponsonby Central (you can order online). They will also be launching delivery through the country from tonight – click here to stay up to date on the details.
As of 5pm on 20 March, Café Hanoi will be offering delivery on Uber Eats. They are also doing pick-up takeaways within the restaurant – call them on 09-3023478.
Excelsior Building Cnr Galway & Commerce St, Britomart
Cassia and Sidart
Enjoy Cassia and Sidart at home for $30 per meal with the new order and pick up service from either Cassia in Fort Lane or Sidart in Three Lamps on Ponsonby Road. Double your order for $50. The menu offers items like Bhuna chicken, black pepper and coconut (GF and DF) or the Roasted cauliflower, cardamom paneer, almond korma, watercress (V and GF). Two menu options daily, one vegetarian. Available from Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Cassia: 5 Fort Lane, central city
Sidart: 283 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Runner up for our Restaurant of the Year Supreme Winner in 2019, Cazador have created a weekly menu of Cazador classics for pick-up or delivery, starting Monday 23 March. Follow their Instagram for updates.
854 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden
Drive-Thru Cibo launches on Monday 23 March, letting patrons pick-up their food with minimal contact and without coming into the restaurant. Menu available soon.
91 Saint Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Update: Coco’s is now pick-up/delivery only. You can not dine in. You are now able to order online at Coco’s Cantina, including pasta dishes (e.g. clam scialatielli and pea, mint and ricotta ravioli) or from the deli (e.g. arancini and chicken liver parfait) or dessert (e.g. tiramisu). Food will be ready to pick-up within 25 minutes, and if you require a different delivery time, call them at 09-3007582.
376 Karangahape Rd, K’Rd Precinct
Copia are offering a pick-up takeaway menu, available from Tuesday-Saturday. You can place your order from 11am each day by calling them at 09-5202234 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
236 Orakei Rd, Orakei
The full menu has and will remain available for takeaway or pick-up (note from them: sometimes tastes even better the next day!). Great way to avoid the crowds too, which can get busy at Cotto.
375 Karangahape Rd, K’Rd Precinct
All products – including their pastries, sandwiches, milk, ferments and eggs – are available for pre-order and in-store pick-up through email email@example.com. If you’re concerned about pick-up, shoot them a message and they’ll be happy to discuss another way around it.
1210 Great North Rd, Pt Chev; 16 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 8 Morrow St, Newmarket
Egg & Spoon
They have their own delivery service (order online here) and have a combo promo for all of March. Note: their delivery fee is cheaper than Uber Eats, so order direct.
113 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
Pay-as-you-feel restaurant Everybody Eats have closed their pop-up restaurant in St Kevin’s Arcade and are pivoting to takeaway only at their permanent space in Onehunga. They anticipate high demand for this new takeaway system but with less paying customers, so if you can, please consider donating directly to them here.
306 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga
Their coffee/takeaway window now has extended hours, opening from 9am-2.30pm on weekdays for a minimal-contact lunch and coffee options, including gourmet sandwiches and oven-heatable family meals.
8/3 Boundary Pt Rd, Hobsonville
Foxtrot Parlour are now offering online ordering and contactless collection or local delivery for a few of their favourite menu items + take-home meals. Customers can order online – www.foxtrotparlour.co.nz or call 09-3787268. Range of take home meals – $30 each (serves 2 people – 1kg) include coconut fish curry, Sri Lankan dahl with green beans and more.
7 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
Gemmayze St have also pivoted to takeaway, releasing a Yalla menu with some of their favourites, including the hummus, lamb shoulder, chicken shish and arnabeet. 09-6001545 to place your orders, and payment is taken via credit card over the phone.
St Kevin’s Arcade, K’Rd Precinct
The team will be launching ‘The Grove at Home’ for small groups, where kitchen and front-of-house staff will come to your home and cook there. They can do whatever you want – pre-ordered a la carte meal, five-course degustation with wine or something custom. Contact them here.
Saint Patricks Square, Wyndham Street
From 25 March, The Grounds are offering a click-and-collect takeaway option, including large meals for groups or families of 4-5 people to heat at home. Follow their Instagram to keep up to date on details.
8/14 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson
Hello Beasty can do takeaways on their food, plus a contactless exchange through their little window in-store. DM them @eatupbeasty, or text at 021554496.
95-97 Customs Street West, Viaduct Harbour
The Hidden Village
On UberEats as usual, plus they now do curbside pick-up for their food since Ponsonby Central has closed. To order, call them on 09-3600733; pick-up are at ‘grab and go’ zones on Brown Street. Menu here.
Ponsonby Central, Ponsonby
From Monday 23 March, Hugo’s Bistro will have a takeaway offering. They will accept phone payments and can then run your order out to the car. Expect lamb, harissa chicken, hanger steak and fried eggplant for $15. Add fries for $20. Call 09-3204387.
67 Shortland St, central city
Ima Cuisine x Miann
Fort Street neighbours Ima Cuisine and Miann are teaming up to bring you food and treats from each eatery via their own delivery from next week (23 March). Email your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. The weekly menu is $42 for two (in-store pick-up) and $46 delivered.
Ima; 53 Fort Street, central city
Miann; 57 Fort Street; 36-38 Galway St; 14 McDonald St
Westfield Newmarket rooftop restaurant INCA are now offering pick-ups and a full home delivery service from 23 March onwards. You can swing into 309 Broadway and a staff member will meet you curbside for your meal for the pick-up option. Give them a call at 09-2134463.
Thai restaurant Kiss Kiss have installed a new takeaway window where you can zoom through and pick up your order. Call them on 09-6003076 and, happily, takeaways are 10% off.
1 Rocklands Ave, Mt Eden
Get some of the best sourdough in Auckland at fine dining restaurant Lillius. Call up or message them to reserve some bread and cultured butter at $12.
19 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton
Chef Nick Honeyman and his team have launched “Paris Butter to go”, a takeaway option that lets you enjoy a French classic at home. Bread, a main and dessert runs at $30 and the menu for the week will be announced on social media. 09-376 5597.
166 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
The Pie Piper
This Karangahape Rd donut-and-pie bolthole is offering free delivery to a 3km radius around their stores, are on Uber Eats and arranging several pick-up points throughout Auckland, including Junk and Disorderly in Mt Eden. Delivery has always been available. 09-390 6147.
3/321 Karangahape Rd & 1/215 Kepa Rd, Mission Bay
Call 09-3799846 for takeaway (pick-up only) from Mad Samurai-To-Go, available Monday-Saturday. You can also email at email@example.com. There’s a variety of options, from tapas to sushi to mains – click here for the full menu.
23 Customs Street East, central city
Graham St cafe Major Sprout are offering contactless order and pick-up on app Regulr, which you can download on your phone.
21 Graham St, central city
For those on the North Shore, Major Tom are offering takeaway on all their menu items – benedicts and French toasts included – for pick-up. Plus, their cabinet is stocked as usual.
87 Apollo Drive, Albany
Have just signed up to Uber Eats and are offering delivery and takeaway for the first time.
262 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby
All your favourite Mexico dishes – including very good fried chicken – is now available on the go with Mexico Takeaway. You can call or email through your order. 09-3661759 for Britomart, 09-2803919 for Ponsonby, 09-4896781 for Takapuna. Find more information about their other stores (Ellerslie, Sylvia Park and Auckland Airport) and where to email them here.
Inner-city coffee shop Morsel are launching a twice-weekly home delivery service for their cinnamon buns and cookies from Monday 23 March.
16 Durham Lane, central city
Filipino restaurant Nanam are now offering a takeaway menu, with a selection of their tapas (including the wagyu sausage longganisa and taco pao), mains (crispy pata, fish of the day, among others) and sides. Give them a call on 09-4889976.
The Elliot Street container store are taking orders via text or email for store pick-up. IMessage or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them your name and order. Pick-up is at 7 Elliot St. Also on Uber Eats.
7 Elliot St, central city
Number 5 introduces a new format called ‘Number 5 Emergency’, where six traditional Italian dishes will be available every day from 11am-9pm for pick-up. They can organise delivery with 24-hour notice. They’re also launching a new private dining initative, where chef Jack Crosti and the team will provide a meal at your own home. Email them at email@example.com; text at 0220861499.
5 City Rd, Grafton
Odettes has daily takeaway specials, like this three-course meal of bread, lamb leg, chips and pudding. You can call up, pay over the phone and ‘drive through’ – that is, have a staff member run your food out to you. Call 09-309-0304. Keep an eye out on their Instagram for other out-of-the-ordinary options.
City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West, central city
Orphans Kitchen have two new takeaway menus, one between 8am-2.30pm (for crumpets, fried eggs, kumara tortillas, fried chicken amongst others) and the other for dinner, between 5pm-9pm (think quinoa croquettes, eggplant, line-caught fish and more). Call 09-3787979.
118 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Their new takeaway menu covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and pizza options. Call them direct at 09-3608133 and they can run the order out to your car.
1/18 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn
Pasta & Cuore
This sweet Mt Eden spot is one of our favourite places to dine-in for pasta – and you can take it away, too. Call 09-6309130 to place your order. Remember, you can always take away fresh pasta and sauces if you’d like to make it fresh at home. Menu for both options here.
409 Mount Eden Road, Mt Eden
Pizzeria Rosso Pomodoro
You can call ahead for some Rosso Pomodoro pizza at both of their locations, Grey Lynn and Mount Eden. Call 09-3606257 for Grey Lynn and 09-6236653 for Mount Eden. Alternatively, order online here – delivery to select suburbs available.
Parnell cafe Rosie are two weeks (from 19/03) from opening Little Rosie, in the old Blush Flowers building. This will solely focus on take-out, with an online ordering system attached to a website and app. Follow them for more details.
82 Gladstone Rd, Parnell
Download the Regulr app on your phone to order food and drinks for contactless takeaway service (pick-up) at this Metro Top 50 cafe.
184 Garnet Rd, Westmere
Sid at The French Café
At Sid at The French Café, the chefs have elected to offer an affordable take away service for their staff meals, cooked by a different chef each day and for $40 per meal that serves 2 people. Whether it’s Sam’s chicken katsu burger with chips and Japanese slaw or JK’s black pepper beef with rice (DF) available from Tuesday 24th March 2020. Menu here. Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org.
210 Symonds St, Eden Terrace
Simon & Lee
Korean food cafe Simon & Lee are offering takeaway for appropriate menu items, plus working on other methods as well. Follow for details.
115 Saint Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
Soul Bar and Bistro
From Monday 23 March, you can get your food to-go. For more information, follow their Instagram.
Lower Hobson Street, Customs Street West, central city
Customers can now go to www.tigerburger.co.nz to order Kimcheese burgers and Bibimbap slaw and everything else on their menu online. You can also call 09-2165585.
549 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
From Friday 20 March onwards, you can order online and pick-up your food in-store at an allocated pick-up zone (to minimise human contact). Options include a breakfast burger, lamb pappardelle, beetroot gnocchi and more.
Wynyard Central, G03/85 Daldy St