Lunch at deli of the year!
The city’s been crying out for a good food store for quite some time so when Delilah Fine Foods rocked up, last summer it caused quite a bit of excitement and a few months ago scooped up the title of deli of the year.
The original Nottingham Delilah was opened in 2005 by Sangita Tryner and after building up the brand there, she branched out to Leicester.
Located in a derelict Victorian building which was once a former bank, the deli is in the heart of St Martin’s Square already home to a host of fab, indie cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques.
As soon as you enter the deli you notice how big it actually is. It comes with a large floor space and a mezzanine level where you can enjoy a bite to eat. The building itself has impressive high ceilings, restored stonework and a grand atrium window.
Inside it’s a mecca for foodies. The shelves are brimming with delicious goodies including chocolate from Willie’s Cacoa, Dolfin, pestos from Peckish Kitchen, sauces from the Forgaing Fox and everything from lemon curd to rose petal jelly – seriously even the Masterchef contestants would have a field day here.
There’s seating downstairs and upstairs and food here is served daily and includes breakfast, lunch platters, fresh salads, daily specials and more.
It’s bright and airy and they’ve made the most of the space so that each type of food has designated areas for coffee, sauces, chutneys, bread, olives, cheese and cakes. The place is choc full of amazing products some of which you may’ve never tasted before. Delilah claims it’s the ‘anti-supermarket’ – a place where every space is filled with special products, artisan-made with a real passion.
SCOFF & QUAFF
I ended up leaving with a few goodies too and let me tell you, it’s pretty hard to resist! As for the food, I ordered the chargrilled aubergine and pomegranate salad which came with feta, mint yoghurt, pumpkin seeds, rocket and balsamic.
Unsure if this would satisfy my ‘hangry’ state and growling belly, I added a side portion of Polenta chips and had to fight the urge to have the cheese fondue all to myself. The polenta fries were tasty but you can’t beat a good old potato chip in my opinion. Meanwhile the salad was simple, fresh flavours with added texture and crunch from the pumpkin seeds and pomegranate and something I am going to try and replicate at home.
Delilah sources products from small artisan producers both locally and further afield, they even have a ‘try-before-you-buy’ service on the cheese, meats and pate counters as they believe, tasting is the best way for the products to speak for themselves. Here here!
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Not for: Fast food and take away types.
£: All day brunch starts from £6.95, platters starts from £16.95, sides from £3.95 and there’s also a great selection of healthy tasty salads and flatbreads and homemade sweet treats.
Delilah, 4 St. Martins, Leicester, LE1 5DB, 0116 296 3554, open all week.