There are two things that could really do with our support right now: Sydney’s local restaurants and our immunity system.
So, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the city’s health-giving restaurants and cafes sticking it out during these weird times of uncertainty.
From Bondi and Woolrich to Surry Hills and Willoughby, we’ve tracked down some of the eateries providing wholesome delivery and takeaway options over the next several weeks. And if you’re home isolating elsewhere, we’ve got healthy takeaway guides for for Melbourne and Brisbane too.
Let’s be clear. We’re certainly not telling you that you can’t have your Cadbury chocolate bar or glass of red wine – god knows you need it. However, we do urge you to support Sydney’s local hospitality scene and give your immune system a little boost along the way. What do you say?
Treat your immunity to these healthy takeaways…
Many of us around Sydney wonder what we ever did to deserve a place like SHUK. Influenced by their Israeli roots, SHUK’s menu is a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines where the freshest produce is used to create healthy flavour-packed dishes. The restaurant’s Bondi, Elizabeth Bay and Chatswood branches are currently open for takeaway and deliveries.
You can’t go wrong with ordering nutritious meals at SHUK, but if you’re wanting an optimum immunity-boosting dish we suggest going for the spiced sweet potato salad. First off, sweet potatoes are abundant in beta carotene and vitamin A – with heaps of antioxidants that’ll ward off any signs of the sniffles. SHUK adds lentils (high in zinc, iron and vitamin B6), leafy greens, cucumber, tomatoes, almonds (vitamin E rich) and an option to layer on some salmon – our favourite vitamin-D providing pal.
Ironwood Coffee Company
Housed in a charming brick building in Sydney’s Woolrich, Ironwood Coffee is a treasured local coffee roastery and restaurant. Well known for roasting certified Fairtrade and organic coffee on the daily, Ironwood is also loved for its wholesome menu that heroes local farmers and growers.
For the greatest start to the morning, order Ironwood’s acai bowl which is topped with roasted oats, bananas, strawberries and a good scoop of peanut butter. Your immune system will thrive off the antioxidants from the acai and strawberries, zinc and selenium from the oats (hella important minerals for warding off diseases) and the peanut butter’s vitamin E kick. We think you’ll be feeling pretty damn good after this feed.
Named after one of Lebanon’s most beautiful regions, Zahli restaurant pays homage to their Middle Eastern heritage. There is nothing quite like dining outdoors at Zahli and enjoying their delicious mezze in the Surry Hills sunshine. While that’s not possible at the moment, they’re offering the next best thing with a delivery and pick up service. And, trust us. You’re going to need a banquet of hearty Lebanese goodness to get you through these trying times.
The Zahli menu is designed to share (with your home isolation pals, of course) so go to town on the array of cold and hot mezze. Our picks would be hummus, makdous (stuffed eggplant with capsicum, walnuts and garlic) and the cauliflower and tahini. The chickpeas in the hummus as well as the tahini will take care of your zinc intake, capsicums and cauliflower provide tonnes of vitamin C, there’s vitamin E in walnuts and garlic is an obvious immunity booster.
The Incinerator is where Sydney folk go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Complete with a lush garden space and stunning interior, the cafe is housed in the iconic 1930s Willoughby Incinerator building. The sophisticated brunch offering is one of our absolute faves – and we’re thanking our lucky stars that these guys are sticking it out with takeaways during this uncertain period.
They also know a thing or two about putting together an anything-but-boring salad. The Incinerator’s Green Breaky Bowl comes overflowing in tasty goodies to boost your immune system. Pack on the vitamin C, folate and calcium with kale and baby spinach. Then, back it up with avocado antioxidants, beetroot hummus, quinoa amino acids, toasted seeds, coconut and an egg for added protein. Okay, you’re now ready to take on the world.
Just because the world has decided to shut down, doesn’t mean you have to cancel all fiestas. Luckily Bad Hombres, the coolest Mexican restaurant for miles (which also happens to be fully vegan), has you sorted. These guys are currently putting together a hot new delivery and takeaway menu. It’ll feature alcohol too – but let’s stick to immunity foods for now, shall we?
There’s a lot to love about the menu at Bad Hombres. So much so, that even hardcore carnivores and cheese freaks aren’t missing their meat and dairy. The restaurant replaces any trace of animal with hearty natural ingredients. Cashew crema steps in for the cheese and braised black beans give mince a run for its money. You’ll find these immune boosters in dishes like Chilli NON Carne and Papa Rellena.
How to order: Keep an eye out on Bad Hombres Instagram for the release of their new takeaway and delivery menu!
Over to you!
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