After having successfully run the Eire Café in Clapham, owners Zoi and Steve have taken the next step in expanding their business, along with new business partner, Paul, have revamped The Deli, which is across the road from the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton.
Adelaide Food Central was kindly invited to the launch of The Deli, where the food and drink were provided free of charge.
With a similar concept of having a community feel to their café, The Deli aims to bring the locals and the not-so-locals together in an inviting space, where they can enjoy and socialize over a cup of coffee or a hearty meal. The food that is made at the Deli is all thanks to Head Chef James Russell, who has created and designed the menu of the café.
The Deli may look like a small café on the outside, but just like the Tardis from Doctor Who, it is so much bigger on the inside. While chatting with the owners and staff members there, we realized that a lot of effort was put into creating this gorgeous masterpiece. With a cozy indoor seating area towards the entrance, two relaxing private dining areas that are located by the kitchen, and a beautiful outdoor beer garden / dining area that is surrounded by vines and allows for the cool breeze to enjoy a meal or a drink out in the fresh air. There is a lot of room in the beer garden area, so you can be assured to have a small or big party and be delivered with quality service.
Being one of the first customers at the Deli, I was lucky enough to be the first customer who got a latte from Paul Hnoudis – the Deli’s Head Barista – and thereby provided for the coffee machine being used. As a coffee lover, I would say that the machine hit the spot and gave me the caffeine fix we all crave during the early hours of the day.
We were able to sample some of the items of the menu, such as the platter with salmon, olives, and almonds. While the salmon was drizzled in a sauce that gave it a salty taste, it balanced well with the beetroot-cured egg that possessed a subtle, sweet flavour. The olives were served with large pieces of chilli, which made for a great Tapas meal. The almonds were cooked in a honey soy sauce, which provided for a crunchy and sweet flavour of the almonds mixing well with the sweet and salty taste from the sauce.
We were also fortunate to sample the pizza with prawn and pepperoni on a tomato base. The pizza crust had a fantastic crispy, thin layer and the tomato base was full of beautiful, Italian herbs that brought out the life in this pizza.
We were humbled by the family-style hospitality that we received at the Deli and are looking forward to our next visit. As the Deli is now under new management, we can see that there are big, amazing opportunities in store for this business.
Words by Fatema Sitabkhan
WHERE: 54A George St, Thebarton