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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published October 23rd 2014
Deli with amazing range and cheap prices

Visiting Bunnings in Middleborough Road recently I followed nearby sandwich board signs to a little shop called The Melbourne Deli.

Except for the signs noting their specials there would be nothing to alert you to the fact that this food paradise exists.

It is off the main road and in the midst of various warehouses, a kind of industrial horse shoe shape. Great for local workers who can go in and buy strong European take away coffee and sandwiches stuffed full of gourmet fillings.

Tucked away secret indeed. I live around the Box Hill area and sorely miss the fact there doesn't seem to be a great deli. Now I know that this is it. And it's been discovered!

First thing to note about this place are the exceptional prices. I did a double take at the fridge which said three lots of dips, cheeses or small goods for $12.

I had promised to take family some lunch as it was their moving day, so this was a great place to buy a smorgasbord of international delights.

Cheeses were from all over the world and included French camemberts, Turkish, Danish and Bulgarian feta, NZ cheddar, Netherlands caprakaas, English stilton to name a few and basically good sized pieces for around $4 a pop.

I bought a feta and spinach pie ($8.50) and knowing how fiddly and complicated these spiral creations are to make, the price was a blessing. It browned up beautifully in the oven.

This place would be great for anyone into health or super foods. There was a range of organic preserves, chai seed, raw cacao, kale, goji berries nuts and seeds. The kg packs of frozen berries were a steal at around $7.50 a pack. I bought some Brazil nuts and they were so good and cheap I won't buy nuts anywhere else now.

As for gourmet cooks you will find some fantastic olive oils, condiments, oils, olives and a brilliant selections of herbs and spices. I bought a large bunch of dried oregano, which is now hanging in my kitchen. I may not be a brilliant cook, but at least now I look the part.

I particularly like their free range eggs which are huge and under $5 for a dozen. I also stocked up on Italian Lavazza Coffee Gold (Ground) 250g because at $5.50 this was one of the cheapest I had seen on this side of the city.

This is also a family run business run by a lovely young couple Xenia and Peter with help from various family members. Most of the goods are cheap because the couple buy in bulk and then package up everything themselves.

They also have a mobile caravan where you can buy their goods at the Latrobe University market each Sunday between 9am and 1pm. At present they aren't doing any other markets.

You can however buy their goods online and they deliver in the Melbourne metropolitan area. If your order is over $100 the delivery is free.

If there are goods you find hard to get elsewhere, especially at these great prices, it would be perfect chance to stock up the pantry.

Xenia says people often buy goods they find it hard to get elsewhere as they don't have a good deli locally. Some people stock up for example on packages of Greek Evripos Mountain Tea.

It is hardly surprising that his start-up business with its great foods and cheap prices is gaining such a loyal following. Soon they won't need those sandwich boards - you will simply have to follow the traffic.

It sure beats shopping at supermarkets with their increasingly narrow range and high prices.
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Why? Great foods at great prices
When: Tue - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: (03) 9898 2351
Where: Factory 16, 277 - 289 Middleborough Road Box Hill, Victoria 3128
Cost: Great prices
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