The term delicatessen comes from the German word delikatessen, meaning delicacy – and that's exactly what you'll find there. The variety of foods found in a deli runs the gauntlet. From fancy cheeses and meats to fresh baguettes, the only thing these items have in common is that they're all delicious! Try these Brisbane delicatessen's for a gourmet treat.
The word 'institution' is thrown around a lot but when it comes to Brisbane delis, well, The Deli New Farm (900 Brunswick Street) really is a Brisbane institution. The establishment opened in 1977 and has a twenty-five year history of serving gourmet goods to Brisbanites. In the years since, the venue has added a cafe and catering business. If you haven't done a Sunday breakfast at the Deli Cafe, do so immediately – there's nothing better for a hangover than bacon and eggs with grilled tomato and onion. And with breakfast available until four in the afternoon, you can still enjoy a sleep in.
When a deli is frequented by Italian nonnas, you know it's got to be pretty good. Samios Foods (36 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba) is one of those authentic little hidden spots. The selection of cheeses and olives is sublime and there's a massive range of glace fruits at Christmas time – I'd have no idea how to use them, but they look and smell great!
Black Pearl Epicure (Baxter Street, Fortitude Valley) is a deli for those with champagne tastes. The fine foods importer has a retail store that sells a selection of high end treats like truffles, caviar, saffron and French butter (and once you've had French butter, you'll never be able to go back to the regular stuff!) Black Pearl is also a cooking school that offers instruction in a variety of different cooking styles.
Purchase fresh, delicious delicatessen goods from the comfort of your own home with Audrey and Marco Online Delicatessen. Visit the website to place your order – there is a huge range of pre-made treats and cooking components to choose from. Orders to Queensland are charged at a flat $9.90 delivery fee.
Or skip the cooking and head straight to a deli cafe. Spoon Deli is a franchise with stores in New Farm, Festival Towers, Paddington, East Brisbane and Fortitude Valley. Dine in, take away or arrange catering for a party or function. Or, have the deli come to you – My Little Deli (Shop 1, 119 Leichardt Street, Spring Hill) offers free delivery. You can check out their menu online.
I hope to visit their new premises soon. btw as well as the Italian nonnas mentioned, there are sure to be many Greeks frequenting the new Samios. After all the Samios family are Greek. :) Thanks for the mention and the link/s.
By rosha - reader Tuesday, 27th of November @ 12:17 am
Thanks rosha. I mentioned the nonna's cause my friends nonna and her friends always go there!
By Carly Ogborne - senior reviewer Tuesday, 27th of November @ 02:59 am
Who am I to discriminate :)
By rosha - reader Tuesday, 27th of November @ 03:43 am
Thanks Carly for your great article. Audrey and Marco Online Delicatessen is really good. I also advise francegourmet.com.au/ for great quality and affordable delicatessen products.
By Anonymous Thursday, 21st of March @ 04:28 am
Samios have moved. no longer on Annerley Road, I believe they are in Cooparoo.
By lorra - reader Saturday, 15th of March @ 12:17 am
Does anyone know of any good delis on the northside of Brisbane including Sandgate/Redcliffe/Morayfield areas?????
By lorra - reader Saturday, 15th of March @ 12:19 am