Rockpool, Spice Temple, Saké launch premium takeaway services as lockdown bites

Hunter St. Hospitality restaurants Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple and Saké Restaurant & Bar are rolling out delivery and click and collect services in Sydney for customers to enjoy premium restaurant meals in the comfort of their home.

Rockpool @ Home launched in partnership with Providoor on Wednesday, 21st of July, coinciding with the launch of a Spice Temple @ Home service operated by the restaurant team. Saké @ Home, which launched from the Double Bay restaurant with the onset of the hospitality industry shutdown in March 2020, and initially provided a pick-up service, has expanded to include a convenient free delivery option.

Driven to accommodate Sydneysiders’ appetites for takeaway during Sydney’s continued lockdown and the desire to bring as many team members back to work as possible, the three services will see around 35 team members working across the CBD and Double Bay restaurants while NSW restrictions continue.

Rockpool @ Home is Rockpool Bar & Grill’s inaugural takeaway service, which is available Wednesday to Saturday with orders taken via the Providoor website. Customers can opt for delivery or can collect from the restaurant. Orders are currently being taken for delivery and pick-up from Thursday, 22nd July.

Culinary Director Corey Costelloe has selected a collection of classic Rockpool dishes that are easy to finish and cook at home, with simple instructions. Banquet Boxes, for two and four individuals to share, and desserts are also available.

“We have some fabulous in-house aged steaks that are just perfect to eat right now, as well as Wagyu Shin Ragu, Half Eastern Rock Lobster Thermidore, Marinated Whole Roasted Prawns, and Native Greens Spanakopita, which can be paired with our classic sides, including Potato and Cabbage Gratin, Macaroni Cheese and Wood Fire Grilled Creamed Corn with Chipotle Chilli Butter and Manchego,” Chef Corey said.

“For the team, it’s about getting back to work and doing what we love: delivering the finest of dining experiences. We’re thrilled that Rockpool @ Home now delivers the Rockpool Bar & Grill experience to the family home.”

Spice Temple @ Home is ready for delivery and pick-up, and true to Spice Temple’s share-style dining philosophy, there are banquet options, as well as a range of signature dishes, including Spice Fried Chicken Wings, Steamed Eggplant in Three Flavours, Prawn Wontons with Black Vinegar and Chilli Oil, Kung Pao Chicken and Stir-Fried Wagyu Brisket with Baby Eggplant and Dumplings.

Spice Temple’s much-loved house-made cocktails are also available in 250ml and 500ml serves. The delivery and pick-up service is available Thursday to Saturday.

Saké Double Bay has led Hunter St. Hospitality’s takeaway drive for the past 16 months, with its Saké @ Home pick-up service attracting droves of Eastern Suburbs diners. With a dearth of delivery drivers available via external delivery services and reports of long waiting times for customers during the current lockdown, the restaurant saw an opportunity to offer delivery and to bring more team members back to work.

Via the Saké @ Home website, customers can order classic dishes including Saké’s legendary Popcorn Shrimp, Miso-Glazed Glacier 51 Toothfish, Wagyu Skewers and Chicken Karaage. Sushi and sashimi are hand-made to order and are available in convenient platters and feast menus. Pick-up and free delivery are available seven days a week.

Hunter St. Hospitality CEO Thomas Pash said Sydney’s appetite for takeaway was burgeoning with the extended lockdown, and the business was keen to put as many team members back to work as possible.

“These services bring around 35 team members back to work and we hope to see Rockpool and Spice Temple ramp up, which would potentially see larger teams back to work in safe environments,” Mr Pash said.

“Just like our Saké @ Home service, the Rockpool and Spice Temple takeaway offers are likely to continue and expand beyond lockdown as dining habits change and individuals become accustomed to dining at home with premium experiences available to be delivered to their door at a click of a button.”

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