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Sofia Levin’s top picks to spoil dad on Father’s Day in lockdown

Ross and Russel
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You might not be able to see your dad on Sunday September 5, but you can make sure he gets a decent feed and support restaurants in the process.

Here are some suggestions.

Savoury Picks

Providoor, the restaurant finish-at-home delivery service born from Covid lockdowns, has a huge selection of Father’s Day packs from some of Melbourne’s best venues. Think Rockpool, Di Stasio, Maha and David’s yum cha. It’s reliable and delivers all over Melbourne, as well as to the Mornington Peninsula, Bellarine Peninsula, Gippsland, Ballarat, Bendigo, and Geelong. Orders placed before 4pm arrive the next day, or you can schedule a date in advance –

Food writer Dani Valent has collaborated with Cookaborough to deliver artisan pies. Technically they’re for the footy finals and delivered on Fridays, but they can be refrigerated and enjoyed Sunday. Get your order in by Wednesday night for Friday delivery or pick up. Next weekend it’s a Westside pie collab between Cobb Lane and Bar Romanee (ale braised beef cheek, caramelised onions and gruyere; a medium serves two for $40 and a large four to five people for $65), or a vegan jackfruit curry pie from lockdown startup Magnum Pi. You can also add Maker and Monger cheese platters, St Gerry’s doughnuts and drinks –

Italian restaurants Saluministi (city and Docklands) and Postmistress Eatery (Brunswick West) are joining forces to create a Father’s Day Feast that feeds four and comes with a bunch of goodies that will last well beyond when the meal has been digested. It’s $200 for a bottle of wine, focaccia calabrese, antipasto, two pizzas, braised octopus, pork and fennel sausages, grain salad and desserts. Dad will get to keep a denim tote bag, pizza stone, Saba Organics deodorant and a mini bottle of amaro with a glass. Order online for delivery within 20 kilometres of Melbourne on September 4. Plus you’ll go into the draw to win a Lavazza A Modo Mio SMEG coffee machine –

The Lucas Group restaurants are also offering a bunch of prizes to accompany their two-person, finish-at-home meal boxes, delivered Friday and Saturday next week. Chin Chin’s $150 dish favourites box comes with the chance for two dads to win a limited edition Webber BBQ kit valued at $749 each. Baby Pizza and Hawker Hall also have meal packs for two (both for $120) – the first comes with a chance to win a family polo class valued at $700, while Hawker Hall will award one lucky dad a whisky pack from Starward with plenty of merch. Delivery is to Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mornington Peninsula –

Saul’s Sandwiches is doing $79 DIY reuben kits for pick up on Father’s Day between 7am and 10am at the Carnegie store, and 9am to 11am in Hawthorn. They include 500 grams of smoked brisket, four Martin’s Potato Rolls, pickles, horseradish mayo, Newman’s English mustard, swiss cheese and sauerkraut –

Sweet Tooths

Piccolina is bringing back the cremino for a limited time, their gelato-filled take on a layered chocolate dessert from Piedmont in northern Italy. They come in a box of four, each individually wrapped in foil and filled with pistachio, Nutella, torrone and chocolate gelato, each coated in different chocolates and nuts. It’s $32 for the box, which you order online and pick up from any of the Hawthorn, St Kilda, Collingwood or Richmond locations –

Cannoleria has launched a special DIY Cannoli Kit for Father’s Day. You pipe the shell with coffee-infused ricotta swirled with Averna, and then garnish it with candied orange peel and icing sugar. Kits are $25 for a taste of Sicily and make six large cannoli. There’s also a QR code leading to a YouTube how-to, so you can’t screw it up. Pre-order online up until September 4. Pick up on Saturday or Sunday, or get yours delivered for $5 within 15 kilometres of the stores, which covers most of metro Melbourne and Geelong –

Boozy Dads

There’s a great new hidden wine bar in Werribee where you have to push a secret button to enter through a wall of wine, but until you can get there in person, it’s a great option for presents delivered free within 10 kilometres of the venue (or to the rest of Melbourne and Geelong from $8). For between $60 and $120, you can send dad two wine glasses and a bottle from the extensive list, or swap the glasses for an extra bottle. Add-ons include cheese and charcuterie boards. Orders are via Instagram (@corkedwb) or email –

Byrdi is probably Melbourne’s most underrated cocktail bar. It’s in Emporium and ships all over Oz. The bottled cocktails are incredible, whether a paperbark martini, wattleseed negroni or the “lamington” made with Aussie sugarcane spirit, cocoa butter, coconut oil and raspberry vermouth. The Mixed Bag is a great deal: $150 for four of the cocktails of your choice, a bottle of pet nat, bag of coffee beans and a four-pack of cider in a Byrdi tote bag, plus shipping –

Ross and Russel