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Louie's Deli & Cafe

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by Julie Mundy (subscribe)
Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog:
Published July 3rd 2012
Update June 19th 2017
This venue is renamed Stocked Food Store

Louie's Deli Cafe, Malvern (c) JP Mundy
Louise Deli and Cafe, Malvern

If your eyes enjoy the feast as much as your tummy does, Louie's Deli Cafe in Glenferrie Road, Malvern, just up from Malvern Central is worth a stop. The deli has the most delectable displays of meat, cheeses, olives, antipasti, borek, pastries, cakes and quiches. In fact the biggest problem here is deciding what to have. Further down into the shop are the lunch selections -- poppy seed bread bruschetta, gourmet mini 'pizza', foccacia stuffed full with eggplant, sundried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, salami - is your mouth watering already?

Louie's Deli Cafe, Malvern (c) JP Mundy
Louis Deli Cafe, Malvern

Louie's is popular for both breakfast and lunch. There is a good changing selection of fresh salads made daily; an extensive choice of breads and pretty glamorous fillings for made-to-order sandwiches, and a wide selection of hot foods. The coffee is also reliably good.

Louie's Deli Cafe, Malvern (c) JP Mundy
Cheese, cheese and more cheese!

The cafe is very long and quite spacious. Service is super-efficient though can be a bit brusque in that New York deli kind of way. You order and pay at the counter, tell them your table number and it arrives within minutes. The table and chairs are clean, if perfunctory, and positioned down one wall with a backdrop of the deli dry goods - all the more to tempt you to take home some glistening olive oil or exotic dried pasta. It can be a little more expensive than the usual sandwich bar (this $10 - $12 per person), but servings are generous and the food is really fresh and appealing. Definitely worth a detour.

Olive display at Louie's Deli, Malvern (c) JP Mundy
Olive Display at Louis Deli Cafe

Louis Deli Cafe, Malvern (c) JP Mundy
Take the experience home with you! Dry goods at Louie's Deli and Cafe
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Why? Because eating is a feast of the senses
Phone: 03 9576 1910
Where: 130 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern (between Wattletree and High Streets)
Cost: Lunch $10-$15
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Have been to Louies Deli on and off for 15+ years. Never overly happy. Went in today for lunch as felt like a bowl of soup. Older lady served me and my young son and was abrupt, rude and seemed annoyed w us! Soup was awful, overpriced and went down the wrong way after her attitude when serving us. $10 for a bowl of bad soup! They charge $12 for toasted foccacias! Will NEVER go back ever again. A total rip off for an 80's version of gourmet food.
by jodie (score: 0|2) 2337 days ago
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