54A George Street, Thebarton
08 8354 4878
The Deli in George street looks like an antique shop from the outside with that quaint red-light glow emenating out the windows.
There was a booking for us and we walked in were greeted by Leigh who took us to our table out the back in the ‘beer garden’, where we were initially surprised as it was pouring with rain and very cold but he cranked up a gas heater and we were all removing our jackets before too long. There were heaters near all the other tables and he even had a chiminea burning away. Our heater ran out of gas eventually and Leigh did state that he is installing natural gas heaters this week.
Jess described the atmosphere as ‘hanging out at your cool uncle’s house where you can drink and smoke’ and she was pretty spot on. The venue snaked its way through and was decorated with eclectic art and colours. There were nooks and couches placed appropriately and it was resonating with fantastic music such as Goyte, Stevie Wonder and Portoise Head. It was dimly lit for that intimate feel and outside there were lamps, candles and blankets for all the comfort you need.
Enough about how cool it looked and felt – the food and drinks are important too and we were not let down. The wine menu was great – simply put there was a good selections of SA wines by the glass or bottle and inside (at the cutest bar ever) was a black board with such treats as jugs of sangria and espresso martinis. The food menu was simple, they do offer a large breakfast menu that is served all day until 5pm. THIS did cause some discussion but in the end it was agreed that the day ends and the evening begins at 5pm. There are burgers with gluten free options and an interesting pizza menu with combinations including chorizo and fresh pineapple, as well as a dessert pizza which we are going back to try real soon. We ordered pizza and nachos and they were great, not a scrap of pizza was left over even though we were bursting at the seams. There was no need to wait for our accounts as it was bar service but they were happy to keep a tab for individuals.
Overall we had a great time at The Deli and for a small team the staff did a fantastic job. There is not much to complain about as the name gives you an idea of what to expect but those expectations were exceeded. The only fault was that we were drinking wine quicker than they could wash glasses so you could view that in a couple of ways.. We were there until midnight and the last to leave but were made to feel very welcome.