Babu Ji has a range of delicious Indian food. Photo: Hilary Walker
An urge for dumplings can raise its head at any time and Oriental Teahouse is now delivering its extensive menu, including fabulous dumplings, locally, so if you live in or near the city or its Chadstone or South Yarra locations, xiao long bao or shu mai are now just a phone call away. Service is top-notch, too, with beautifully packaged food, complete with chopsticks and dipping sauces, arriving fast and hot in a chic Oriental Teahouse carry bag.
Oriental Teahouse is at 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 9826 0168; 378 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 9600 4230; Melbourne Central, Melbourne, 9066 0207; Shop F015 Chadstone, 9949 2071. orientalteahouse.com.au.
In proximity: Yim Yam's papaya salad with salted crab.
If you’re lucky enough to live within three to five kilometres of one of four Yim Yam restaurants, you can leave the queues for a table behind and have their delicious toasted rice and coconut salad, a rich massaman curry, spicy soup or noodles or anything from their Thao and Laos menu - bar ice-cream - brought to you at home.
Yim Yam is at 40a Ballarat Street, Yarraville, 9687 8585; 76 Smith Street, Collingwood, 9419 3985; 415 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale, 9372 8099; and 12 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds, 9372 8585. yimyam.com.au.
Fancy a curry? Let Babu Ji bring it to you. Jessi and Jennifer Singh’s reputation for excellent Indian food means home delivery is in high demand. Delivery is to nearby suburbs only but that’s because the Singhs want to make sure their food arrives quickly, looking as good as it does in the restaurant. A few delicate menu items, such as the tandoori chicken and rainbow trout, are off the delivery menu, but there’s still plenty to keep Babu Ji fans happy at home.
Babu Ji is at 4-6 Grey Street, St Kilda, 9534 2447. Open Thurs-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun-Tues 5pm-9pm. Order online at babuji.com.au or eatnow.com.au.
ICHI ICHI KU
Fans of Ichi Ichi Ku’s soft chicken gyoza, slippery udon noodle soups, or spicy rice and noodle salads will be thrilled to know the restaurant is all set to start delivering to customers by the end of the month. Deliveries will be in a 2.5 kilometre radius only, and while not everything on the menu will be available, this news is sure to warm the hearts of its committed South Yarra fan base.
Ichi Ichi Ku is at 119 Park Street, South Yarra, 9820 9119. Open daily 7am-11pm. Order online at ichiichiku.com.au.
A superb Lebanese feast is not the sort of thing you can whiz up in the kitchen at short notice, so if you don’t want to go out and you’ve just got to have some smoky baba ghanoush or cinnamon-spiced sausages, your best bet might be a home delivery order from North Melbourne bar and restaurant Agraba. Local deliveries only.
Agraba is at 63 Errol Street, North Melbourne, 9329 0058. Phone or online orders at agraba.com.au or eatnow.com.au.