Melbourne is fast becoming known for it's new wave of Cafe/Deli's. Our editors have scoured the city to find some of the best. We hope you enjoy our list of some of Melbourne's Best Cafe Deli's!
Tucked down a small city lane, with a neighbouring shoe-repair place and a sushi bar, this inconspicuous lunch spot draws inspiration from the classic Italian deli. And it has a lot of charm. Previously a nondescript pho joint, the space has had a complete makeover, turning the small space into a slick, modern eatery with art-deco style curves, wooden swivel stools and a bright neon “deli” sign above the counter.Chef Brian Narciso (La Luna, The European and Gorski & Jones) heads up the kitchen, smoking trout, curing pickles and preparing salads which fill the deli counter.The menu, put together by writer and regular New Guernica DJ Nick Jamieson, features six rotating daily salads. When we visited there was trout orecchiette, a salad of enoki mushroom with edamame, cherry-smoked chicken and farro and a zucchini ribbon salad. The sandwiches include a tonkatsu roll (crumbed pork, cheese and coleslaw), a mushroom roll or a Reuben sandwich. There is also house-made tequila-cured salmon and a selection of unusual cheeses (including the only smoked blue cheese in the world, apparently). Dine in or take these home with cured meat, pasta and a bottle of wine. Because it is licensed, Chuckle Deli also offers a small selection of international wines, the owner’s favourite spirits and some beers to have with lunch.
Smith Street Alimentari was established to expand on our existing and very popular take home or ‘pronto’ meals, already available from Brunswick Street Alimentari for the past 15 years.In addition to our pronto meals, we have introduced our French rotisserie and catering menu. We offer a huge larder section, fresh pasta bar, deli section and quality meats.Our pronto meals are all fresh, not frozen in order for you to have the option of enjoying your meal that evening or freeze for another day.Our aim is to provide quality meals for singles, couples and families at a reasonable price. Our belief is that take home meals shouldn’t be luxury purchase but a guilt free option that you can take advantage of a few times a week.You are also welcome to stop in on your way to work for a light breakfast and coffee or pop in for lunch and choose from our salad and panini bar.
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