It's a weird time. In the past two weeks, we've all had to readjust our rhythms, our physical interactions, our daily routines. If you're feeling anything like me, the reality of the change is just starting to set in. For those of us lucky enough to still have work, it might be an idea to order delivery from your favourite local restaurants and continue to support an industry that has had a hard knock. In Katoomba, where there is no such thing as UberEats, it's about the ingenuity of individual businesses and many restaurants have adapted in interesting and exciting ways; here are options for every mood.
The Avalon Restaurant is a Katoomba establishment and they're bringing some of their class right into your living room. It is a takeaway menu if you're feeling something fancy; offerings include antipasto platters ($20), grilled figs stuffed with blue cheese ($16), slow-roasted lamb ($29) and roast duck ($30). You can also order local craft beer and wines to accompany your meal and - most importantly - they also offer takeaway desserts. Crucial in times like these. Another possibility is the ready-made meals, such as chicken pot pie ($30) and creamy beef stroganoff with mash ($40). You have three options; you can pick up at the restaurant, you can let them know in advance you're self-isolating and they'll come and pop the food in the boot of your car, or they can deliver on Friday and Saturday nights, free of charge if your order is over $60.
Ribs. Delivered ribs. Need I say more? If you thought your social distancing was going to mean endless meals of spaghetti bolognese, think again. Bootlegger Bar pride themselves on their "low and slow" cooked ribs and you can now have them in the cosiness of your own home. Options include a full rack of pork ribs ($60), a half-rack ($45) or beef ribs ($50). Takeaway and home delivery options (for an extra five bucks) are available, and Bootlegger's was one of the first to elaborate their extensive safety procedures so you can feel completely confident in getting messy eating ribs. Their Facebook page has the most recent updates. If you're feeling like comfort food par excellence - The Petit Chalet
After years of running the hugely successful Swiss Cottage, owners Monique and Roland started a new enterprise; Le Petit Chalet, offering a unique experience once a month - the opportunity to eat at 'The Farm', a rustic and exquisite house. Of course, that option is not on the table at the moment. Instead, they are cooking meals that they will deliver to your door and they sound scrummy; examples include soups ($5), rösti with beef bourguignon and veggies ($15) and - a personal favourite after many, many years of eating from their food truck - rösti with smoked pork sausage and sauerkraut ($15). Honestly, I just ate breakfast and I could go the pork sausage right this second. They'll deliver within ten kilometres of north Katoomba and have vegetarian options. To order, just call or SMS Monique on 0405 838 824.
Sure, you can order Dominoes and there is absolutely a time and a place for Dominoes in my world. But if you're looking for something a little more special for your pizza craving, look no further than the Katoomba stalwart, Pappadinos. They've been doing takeaway and deliveries for years and will be ramping up those options in light of the cancellation of all dining in. Pizzas start at $15 and pasta starts at $20 and it is all absolutely unfailingly delicious. I haven't checked yet whether they'll deliver their seriously good steaks, but watch this space.
Canton Palace has been here forever, and now they're delivering which is awesome/dangerous. As mentioned before on these hallowed pages, I cannot get enough of their hot and sour soup ($6) and will report back as to whether I order five per delivery and start freezing them as my go-to lockdown treat. A hearty recommendation for their Crispy Boneless Duck which I always like with the orange sauce ($18). Minimum order is $30 and delivery is $5. Orders over $60 include free delivery. They are also still providing pick-up takeaway.