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Where to Order Takeaway and Delivery in South East London

The best food for lockdown 3.0 in London’s SE postcodes

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Get ready for the novel coronavirus pandemic trilogy: lockdown 3.0. The U.K. government has officially ordered to close all cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants in England for the next month, possibly until Wednesday 31 March.

Once again turning the restaurant and bar industry upside down, but at least this time everyone’s a bit more prepared and knows what to expect. London’s restaurants, cafes, and bars are pivoting back to delivery or takeaway options. Many are offering pickup on-site, orders via phone, text or social media, while others are using third-party delivery services, as well as restaurant meal kits and premium at-home restaurant experiences. London’s hospitality lives to fight on. Many are still open and ready to serve hungry Londoners stuck inside.

Here’s the pick of restaurants in south east London.

Note: Due to the changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic this list will be updated continually. Have a tip, on your own restaurant or another? Email london@eater.com, or use the Eater London tipline.

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La Chingada Mexican Food

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Bad news: the Mexican taco joint that’s the talk of the town has closed for dine-in customers and takeaway. Good news: it’s slinging out London’s best tacos once again, offering online orders through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Londoners can lap up delicious carnitas, chorizo quesadillas and tostadas from the comfort of their own home. Plus, plenty of deals for one or two persons and Sunday specials. 

The residents of South East London will be pleased to know that Indian restaurant Babur lives to serve another day. It’s been going since 1985, and is now delivering high-quality Indian takeaway to the residents of SE23. The team has adapted the menu and enhanced the service for the duration, but expect traditional favourites and regional specialties such as dhansak, diced chicken or lamb chettinad, and Goan fish curries.

This family-owned Taiwanese restaurant will still be serving the good people of Peckham throughout lockdown everyday. Order up a medley of fluffy, cloud-like filled baos such as 24-hour marinated fried chicken, slow-braised beef brisket and new mushroom and tofu for veganuary. Buns aside, father and son duo, chef and owner Frank and Joe Yeung, will be running their local frozen dumpling delivery service on Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Or, alternatively email: tables@mrbao.co.uk with name, type preference and amount. Now’s a better time than any to stock to fill freezers full with pork, chicken or veggie dumplings.  

Cafe Mama Pho

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Nothing says “it’s going to be alright” quite like a big bowl of pho noodles. Luckily, this no frills traditional Vietnamese joint Cafe Mama Pho in Surrey Quays is still here for south-east Londoners on Deliveroo and a proprietary app. Accepting contactless payment and local deliveries only to minimise social contact, Depfordites can enjoy a hug from within and slurp up the comforting goodness from their pho tai chin, a 8-hour fresh beef stock topped with rare beef and fragrant herbs. Other must-order classics should include cánh gà chiên bơ, fried chicken wings with garlic butter and lemongrass, and chả giò, shatteringly crisp deep fried spring rolls filled with pork and prawns. Plenty of other vegan and vegetarian options, too.

M.Manze

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London’s oldest pie shop is still going strong and still only serves three things: pie, mash and eels. The 1927 Peckham institution has been proudly serving up the same recipe (the only addition being a vegetarian version of their legendary pies). Light, flaky crust filled with minced beef and gravy, and fluffy mash smeared round the edge of the plate, topped with luminous-green liquor. Opt for either chilled or hot deliveries, both on the website and on Just Eat or Deliveroo. Take this opportunity to stock up freezers: the bigger the order, the bigger the discount.

Kailash Momo

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Family-run Tibetan restaurant Kailash Momo’s namesake dumpling might get all the glory, but its rice set lunches and generous multi-dish thali sets with an assortment of meat curries, traditional lamb stews and black lentil gravy should get a look in. For those who want the plump wrapped stuff, diners can take their pick of steamed, fried or spicy momo fighters, the chilli pork and steamed mutton dumplings are amongst the best. Order online via Deliveroo and Just Eat or visit in-person for takeaway orders only, and be sure to kill two birds with one trip and take home a portion of frozen vegetable and chicken momos to save for a rainy day.

Maya DD's Restaurant

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Woolwich is home to a small, vibrant Nepalese community and Maya DD is one of the area’s outstanding Nepalese restaurants. Known for their iconic steamed or fried Tibetian momos, with plenty of options for vegetarians and carnivores, but their special jhol momo served in curried tomato soup is like a hug from within. Their melt-in-the-mouth paneer chilli bites and succulent chicken sekuwa skewers straight from the grill are other highlights worth shouting about. Get £15 off first orders on Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats. 

The Golden Chippy

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There’s one chip to rule them all and it’s from small, neighbourhood fish and chips restaurant The Golden Chippy. Choose from a choice of fried cod, skate, haddock, plaice or scampi; all fish can be grilled for an extra £2. Best served with a mountain of hand-cut chips — light, crisp exterior and soft, fluffy potato interior — no sign of being drowned in grease in sight. Don’t miss the expertly battered banana fritter. The sit-in area is closed but takeaways are still up-and-running, letting in only two customers at a time; locals can get fresh fish and chips left on their doorsteps for a mere £3 to cover delivery charge.

40 Maltby Street

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The famous railway arch wine shop/bar/bistro is back and they’ll be kicking things off with a mighty fine lockdown lunch to help everyone ease back into forced hibernation. Greedily devour sandwiches like brawn leek fritters, pickles mustard in focaccia, cauliflower cheese croquettes and crab mayo and watercress. Shop smart and stock up for the long winter ahead bulk buy provisions, wines, vegetables and freezable dinner items such as braised cuttlefish, shepherd’s pie, broths and soups. Plus, they’re also offering their Heat at Home menu, which is available for collection only from 12-5pm Wednesday to Saturday. Relive the festive feasting season (because what else is there to do?) with cheese straws, pigeon and prune terrine and three poached meats.

Flor / ASAP Pizza

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Head chef Pam Yung and team will be slinging next level New York-style sourdough slices and whole pies out of Flor’s hatch once more. The pizza gang’s back together again and fans can expect Spice Grrl — a tomato, ‘nduja sauce, caciocavallo, honey and sicilian oregano red base pizza to return and new 2021 wildcard flavours to feature on the menu, too. Aside from pizza, Flor will also offer breads, pastries, cakes and hot coffee from midday on Thursday-Saturday. Head down for take away orders or pre-book collections via Deliveroo and Slerp.

Mei Mei

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Chef and owner Elizabeth Haigh’s Singaporean kopitiam will be reopening from 7 January as takeaway, pre-order and delivery via Deliveroo and Big Night from Borough Market. Order comforting signature dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice, gado gado, captain’s curry, as well as a whole new range of dishes on the menu. Stock up pantries with sambal chilli pastes, kaya jam and meat rendang spice mixes available on their website and Borough market online. Plus, hungry Londoners can have a go at making nasi lemak and chicken curry at home with Mei Mei meal kits, Haigh and the team will have prepared ingredients and step-by-step instructions for a foolproof dinner. There’s free delivery for orders above £60.

Artusi/Marcella

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Carbs makes everything better and the neighbourhood restaurant from the team behind Artusi and Marcella in Peckham and Deptford certainly delivers on the pasta front. Both sites are currently closed for dine-in and takeaways, but will be operating deliveries from the Artusi restaurant from 13 January. Championing seasonal Italian food, their at-home feast for two meal kit menu (veggie options available) will be updated weekly. Dishes may include pumpkin, hazelnut and mozzarella lasagne and braised featherblade in a deep red wine sauce with potatoes and turnip tops. Pick and mix lockdown goodies such as fresh pasta, cheese, an array of Italian desserts and soon-to-be launched grocery delivery boxes. There’s a minimum order of £35 before shipping charge and deliveries will be nation-wide via 24-courier.

Eat Vietnam Bar B Grill

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Fire up the barbecue and let Eat Vietnam bar-b-grill do all the work. A barbecue specialist that’ll go down a storm in any household. From sườn heo nướng (whole rack of baby back ribs glazed in a sticky secret house sauce) to bún thịt nướng (barbecued pork marinated in lemongrass, wrapped in lettuce and herbs), without a doubt this is one of London’s best Vietnamese joints. There’s contactless takeaway and home delivery within 1.5 radius from the restaurant — with a £25 minimum order in place.

Nandine - Camberwell Church St

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Nandine is back in full force after months of renovations. Chef and owner Pary Baban and family are back open for business for takeaway and delivery on Deliveroo from both Church Street and Vestry Road sites. Order a Kurdish feast to-go or at home including mezze meal deals, kubba dumplings, baharat fries, falafel, mixed grill platter and lula kebabs.

Tacos Padre

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Ex-Pujol chef-owner Nick Fitzgerald’s Tacos Padre reopens from midday on 8 January and will be open for business from Thursday-Saturday. Serving an array of mouthwatering tacos and totopos with salsa for takeaway. New lockdown regulations means that customers must eat their food orders off-site. Currently, the taqueria isn’t selling alcoholic beverages in-person for now, but there’s a bigger menu available for delivery on Big Night including taco packs for two people on weekends.

La Chingada Mexican Food

Bad news: the Mexican taco joint that’s the talk of the town has closed for dine-in customers and takeaway. Good news: it’s slinging out London’s best tacos once again, offering online orders through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Londoners can lap up delicious carnitas, chorizo quesadillas and tostadas from the comfort of their own home. Plus, plenty of deals for one or two persons and Sunday specials. 

Babur

The residents of South East London will be pleased to know that Indian restaurant Babur lives to serve another day. It’s been going since 1985, and is now delivering high-quality Indian takeaway to the residents of SE23. The team has adapted the menu and enhanced the service for the duration, but expect traditional favourites and regional specialties such as dhansak, diced chicken or lamb chettinad, and Goan fish curries.

Mr Bao

This family-owned Taiwanese restaurant will still be serving the good people of Peckham throughout lockdown everyday. Order up a medley of fluffy, cloud-like filled baos such as 24-hour marinated fried chicken, slow-braised beef brisket and new mushroom and tofu for veganuary. Buns aside, father and son duo, chef and owner Frank and Joe Yeung, will be running their local frozen dumpling delivery service on Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Or, alternatively email: tables@mrbao.co.uk with name, type preference and amount. Now’s a better time than any to stock to fill freezers full with pork, chicken or veggie dumplings.  

Cafe Mama Pho

Nothing says “it’s going to be alright” quite like a big bowl of pho noodles. Luckily, this no frills traditional Vietnamese joint Cafe Mama Pho in Surrey Quays is still here for south-east Londoners on Deliveroo and a proprietary app. Accepting contactless payment and local deliveries only to minimise social contact, Depfordites can enjoy a hug from within and slurp up the comforting goodness from their pho tai chin, a 8-hour fresh beef stock topped with rare beef and fragrant herbs. Other must-order classics should include cánh gà chiên bơ, fried chicken wings with garlic butter and lemongrass, and chả giò, shatteringly crisp deep fried spring rolls filled with pork and prawns. Plenty of other vegan and vegetarian options, too.

M.Manze

London’s oldest pie shop is still going strong and still only serves three things: pie, mash and eels. The 1927 Peckham institution has been proudly serving up the same recipe (the only addition being a vegetarian version of their legendary pies). Light, flaky crust filled with minced beef and gravy, and fluffy mash smeared round the edge of the plate, topped with luminous-green liquor. Opt for either chilled or hot deliveries, both on the website and on Just Eat or Deliveroo. Take this opportunity to stock up freezers: the bigger the order, the bigger the discount.

Kailash Momo

Family-run Tibetan restaurant Kailash Momo’s namesake dumpling might get all the glory, but its rice set lunches and generous multi-dish thali sets with an assortment of meat curries, traditional lamb stews and black lentil gravy should get a look in. For those who want the plump wrapped stuff, diners can take their pick of steamed, fried or spicy momo fighters, the chilli pork and steamed mutton dumplings are amongst the best. Order online via Deliveroo and Just Eat or visit in-person for takeaway orders only, and be sure to kill two birds with one trip and take home a portion of frozen vegetable and chicken momos to save for a rainy day.

Maya DD's Restaurant

Woolwich is home to a small, vibrant Nepalese community and Maya DD is one of the area’s outstanding Nepalese restaurants. Known for their iconic steamed or fried Tibetian momos, with plenty of options for vegetarians and carnivores, but their special jhol momo served in curried tomato soup is like a hug from within. Their melt-in-the-mouth paneer chilli bites and succulent chicken sekuwa skewers straight from the grill are other highlights worth shouting about. Get £15 off first orders on Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats. 

The Golden Chippy

There’s one chip to rule them all and it’s from small, neighbourhood fish and chips restaurant The Golden Chippy. Choose from a choice of fried cod, skate, haddock, plaice or scampi; all fish can be grilled for an extra £2. Best served with a mountain of hand-cut chips — light, crisp exterior and soft, fluffy potato interior — no sign of being drowned in grease in sight. Don’t miss the expertly battered banana fritter. The sit-in area is closed but takeaways are still up-and-running, letting in only two customers at a time; locals can get fresh fish and chips left on their doorsteps for a mere £3 to cover delivery charge.

40 Maltby Street

The famous railway arch wine shop/bar/bistro is back and they’ll be kicking things off with a mighty fine lockdown lunch to help everyone ease back into forced hibernation. Greedily devour sandwiches like brawn leek fritters, pickles mustard in focaccia, cauliflower cheese croquettes and crab mayo and watercress. Shop smart and stock up for the long winter ahead bulk buy provisions, wines, vegetables and freezable dinner items such as braised cuttlefish, shepherd’s pie, broths and soups. Plus, they’re also offering their Heat at Home menu, which is available for collection only from 12-5pm Wednesday to Saturday. Relive the festive feasting season (because what else is there to do?) with cheese straws, pigeon and prune terrine and three poached meats.

Flor / ASAP Pizza

Head chef Pam Yung and team will be slinging next level New York-style sourdough slices and whole pies out of Flor’s hatch once more. The pizza gang’s back together again and fans can expect Spice Grrl — a tomato, ‘nduja sauce, caciocavallo, honey and sicilian oregano red base pizza to return and new 2021 wildcard flavours to feature on the menu, too. Aside from pizza, Flor will also offer breads, pastries, cakes and hot coffee from midday on Thursday-Saturday. Head down for take away orders or pre-book collections via Deliveroo and Slerp.

Mei Mei

Chef and owner Elizabeth Haigh’s Singaporean kopitiam will be reopening from 7 January as takeaway, pre-order and delivery via Deliveroo and Big Night from Borough Market. Order comforting signature dishes such as Hainanese chicken rice, gado gado, captain’s curry, as well as a whole new range of dishes on the menu. Stock up pantries with sambal chilli pastes, kaya jam and meat rendang spice mixes available on their website and Borough market online. Plus, hungry Londoners can have a go at making nasi lemak and chicken curry at home with Mei Mei meal kits, Haigh and the team will have prepared ingredients and step-by-step instructions for a foolproof dinner. There’s free delivery for orders above £60.

Artusi/Marcella

Carbs makes everything better and the neighbourhood restaurant from the team behind Artusi and Marcella in Peckham and Deptford certainly delivers on the pasta front. Both sites are currently closed for dine-in and takeaways, but will be operating deliveries from the Artusi restaurant from 13 January. Championing seasonal Italian food, their at-home feast for two meal kit menu (veggie options available) will be updated weekly. Dishes may include pumpkin, hazelnut and mozzarella lasagne and braised featherblade in a deep red wine sauce with potatoes and turnip tops. Pick and mix lockdown goodies such as fresh pasta, cheese, an array of Italian desserts and soon-to-be launched grocery delivery boxes. There’s a minimum order of £35 before shipping charge and deliveries will be nation-wide via 24-courier.

Eat Vietnam Bar B Grill

Fire up the barbecue and let Eat Vietnam bar-b-grill do all the work. A barbecue specialist that’ll go down a storm in any household. From sườn heo nướng (whole rack of baby back ribs glazed in a sticky secret house sauce) to bún thịt nướng (barbecued pork marinated in lemongrass, wrapped in lettuce and herbs), without a doubt this is one of London’s best Vietnamese joints. There’s contactless takeaway and home delivery within 1.5 radius from the restaurant — with a £25 minimum order in place.

Nandine - Camberwell Church St

Nandine is back in full force after months of renovations. Chef and owner Pary Baban and family are back open for business for takeaway and delivery on Deliveroo from both Church Street and Vestry Road sites. Order a Kurdish feast to-go or at home including mezze meal deals, kubba dumplings, baharat fries, falafel, mixed grill platter and lula kebabs.

Tacos Padre

Ex-Pujol chef-owner Nick Fitzgerald’s Tacos Padre reopens from midday on 8 January and will be open for business from Thursday-Saturday. Serving an array of mouthwatering tacos and totopos with salsa for takeaway. New lockdown regulations means that customers must eat their food orders off-site. Currently, the taqueria isn’t selling alcoholic beverages in-person for now, but there’s a bigger menu available for delivery on Big Night including taco packs for two people on weekends.

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