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Supporting Local Eateries

With the introduction of new restrictions this week requiring all non-essential activity to be shut down in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, many local small businesses have either had to close their doors for now or if they are able to, are adapting to the regulations. It’s up to us, the local communities and customers, to support these businesses where we can.

Small businesses are essential for our economy, bringing growth and innovation to our communities and providing employment. Local eateries and businesses are often deeply entrenched in their community; they know their customers by name; they are our neighbours and friends. They are what make our communities special and unique.

With the introduction of new restrictions this week requiring all non-essential activity to be shut down in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, many local small businesses have either had to close their doors for now or if they are able to, are adapting to the regulations. It’s up to us, the local communities and customers, to support these businesses where we can.
These are some of our favourite local haunts throughout Stonnington, Boroondara, Bayside and Port Phillip who are still open for business and need our support:

A favourite of the Marshall White team, High Society café has been fuelling the days of our Armadale team for years! The coffee here is always spot on and every item on their all day dining menu is as appealing as the next, from breakfast classics like smashed avo, grilled haloumi stacks and sweet corn fritters to blue corn tacos filled with cilantro and lime pulled chicken and a number of healthy salad options like grilled calamari, green bowls, supersalads and Moroccan chicken, there is something for everyone. The entire menu is now available for takeaway or you can order home delivery via Uber Eats between 7.30am and 1pm. See the full menu here.

Renowned for pioneering speciality coffee in Hawthorn, Liar Liar café remains a hub for coffee enthusiasts. Serving an extensive drinks list including espresso, cold drip and pour over coffee, matcha lattes and hot chocolate, it’s the perfect place to order a mid morning or afternoon pick me up while you’re working from home. On the food menu, there’s an assortment of granolas and fresh fruits, an array of egg dishes with customisable sides plus some lunchtime favourites like the BLAT, toasted pides, burgers and salads. Everything on the menu is available for takeaway and the team at Liar Liar are continuing to trade their normal hours Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm and on weekends from 8am to 4pm. See the full menu here.

A favourite for groups of all sizes, renowned restaurateur Joe Mammone and his team brought Bar Carolina on Toorak Road to life in 2017. Head chef Paolo Masciopinto’s menu is filled with traditional Italian classics with a contemporary twist. Stand out dishes include tantalising antipasti like a salumi platter, handmade duck filled ravioli, barramundi baked in herb and salt crust and the showstopping tiramisu. You can also stock up on fresh pasta and sauces. Offering takeaway Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 9pm with free delivery for orders over $100 within a 3 kilometre radius, lunch and dinner is sorted. Check out the full takeaway menu here.

Just a stone’s throw from Toorak Road, Tivoli Road Bakery is renowned for fresh baked goods and delicious coffee. In response to the strict new regulations, they have released a new takeaway menu including their famous sourdoughs, sweets, sandwiches, frozen pies and sausage rolls. They have also introduced ‘Emergency Kits’ complete with all their classic favourites like sourdough, pastry, granola, eggs, milk, butter and fresh vegetables plus there’s a roll of toilet paper included! These kits are available for next day delivery within a 10 kilometre radius. In addition, they are offering basic groceries like milk, butter, fresh vegetables, granola and jams. Find out more about their takeaway menu here.

With neon pink graffiti wall art and an industrial style outdoor deck, St. Cloud is hard to miss. Boasting some of the best contemporary Vietnamese food in Melbourne, it’s easy to see why it’s been a firm favourite amongst locals since opening its doors in 2015. Chef Franky Pham’s vision for St. Cloud is a fusion of traditional Vietnamese dishes with a modern Australian approach to dining and is a celebration of the diversity and subtleties of Viet cuisine. Under the current lockdown restrictions, St. Cloud’s kitchen is continuing to operate for take away orders and deliveries. While stocks last, they are also offering a free roll of toilet paper with orders! Dishes include Vietnamese duck donuts with shiitake mushrooms, edamame beans and ginger, turmeric and coconut pancakes with ginger, spring onion oil, fresh herbs, cos and nuoc mam with smashed crackling and dried shrimp and caramel chicken wings with cubes of sticky rice, burnt onion, pickled ginger and herbs. Additionally, you can order takeaway small batch wines and purchase gift vouchers to be redeemed at the restaurant at a later date. Takeaway and delivery is available on Mondays from 5.30pm to 9pm and Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. See the full menu here.

Boasting a simple menu with a focus on fresh, locally sourced Australian produce, The Kettle Black has long been a firm favourite amongst locals. Serving classic breakfast dishes with a twist, you’ll find options like apple and cinnamon Bircher muesli with buffalo yoghurt, ricotta hotcakes with seasonal berries and chilli scrambled eggs with Mooloolaba crab and sourdough on the menu. You can also get slow cooked salmon served with salt baked beetroot, whipped fetta and poached eggs or a delicious vegie bowl full of nourishing goodness like roast pumpkin, grilled broccolini, shaved zucchini and brown rice, while their night menu includes dishes perfect to eat while cosied up on the couch like fresh lasagne and buttermilk fried chicken. The Kettle Black are continuing to operate daily from 9am to 9pm with their all day breakfast and takeaway dinner menu available for pickup. Delivery options are coming soon. View the full menu here.

With a focus on wholefood ingredients and an emphasis on local, organic and seasonal produce, Brighton Schoolhouse has firmly established itself as a local hot spot. The menu offers all day breakfast options, superfood smoothies, waffles, fresh fish and quinoa salads and caters to all, including vegans and lactose and gluten-intolerants. The team are busy working on their brand new takeaway menu to be released this week. Stay up to date with their new hours and takeaway menu here.

A Brighton institution and staple for locals, 10 Greek Plates was established by Billy Solos, who wanted to bring the taste and soul of Greece to Bayside. They pride themselves on authentic recipes, fresh produce and simple yet beautiful flavours that make for truly memorable dishes. Now offering an ‘in house delivery service’, the front of house team members are working as part of their delivery service with dinner delivery available Monday to Thursday, lunch delivery available Wednesday and Thursday and all day dining available Friday to Sunday. Delivery is available within a five kilometre radius of Brighton with pick up also available. Check out their brand new home dining menu here.

Since opening the doors of their Middle Park Village store in 2009, the team behind Gum Tree Good Food have established themselves as a one stop shop for the best produce in and around Melbourne. With additional stores now in Albert Park Village and on Toorak Road in South Yarra, they offers fresh fruit and vegetables direct from growers, Noisette sourdoughs, Peter Bouchier meats, chef prepared meals, cheeses, pastas and more. They’ve been busy ensuring their shelves are stocked and they’re managing to keep the good vibes going in store. When you next need groceries or a ready home cooked meal, support local and pop into your nearest Gum Tree Good Food store.

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