The store opened in Leicester in June 2016 however the original branch, in Nottingham, has been around since 2005.
Delilah took the place of a former bank hence its high ceiling and beautiful clean architecture.
The setting is perfect for an independent fine food store and wine merchant. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed which I like. In the summer you can dine Al Fresco too. I have always felt welcome by the staff and they have been helpful and attentive.
I remember when I went for the opening I was impressed at how brilliant the Deli section was and the range of locally sourced items the store sold.
If I could, I would do a lot of my grocery shopping from the Deli. I do go in there for a treat or when hosting that special dinner, especially when it comes to the tasty meats and unusual chutney. It is also perfect place for food hampers and gifts.
A few weeks after the opening, I went for lunch and have since been there several times.
Food & Drink
A lot of thought and care has been taken into each of the dishes the Deli serves. It caters for every meal including the all important Brunch.
This menu is extensive and seasonal too. Their food is freshly prepared, ingredients are locally sourced and this comes through in the quality. It is not the cheapest of places for a sandwich but due to the quality of the ingredients and the flavour it is value for money. Also being an independent and supporting local trade is a bonus.
Delilah have an good coffee and wine list too if you fancy nipping in for that chilled wine or hot latte.
Some of my favourite dishes have been:
- Their festive board: We shared this between two but it was enough for three I think. The platter had warm toast, baked camembert with cranberries, glazed chantilly carrots, pig in blankets, stuffing, some turkey, salmon and avocado. Even thinking about it is making me hungry. There was a good variety and we could stop saying “Mmm this is nice”. The board paired with their mulled wine definitely got me into the festive spirit and gave me the energy to do my shopping.
- Polenta fries are something I tried at Delilah first. They were full of flavour and the chef was kind enough to tell me how they made them. I was able to buy the flour from the Deli section and have made them at home a few times since.. simply delicious.
- I am working my way through their breakfast and brunch menu. I always seem to be gravitated to avocado dishes however recently I had the Delilah brunch: Lincolnshire sausage & chorizo slow cooked with tomatoes. Served with scrambled eggs & toast. It was rather nice and a good change to having poached eggs and avocado.
On a recent visit I tried out their Beetroot Latte. I think this is my new favourite drink. It was not how I imagined it to be..just better. With a bit of spice from the ginger and a warming taste from the cacao mixed in with the beetroot powder, I will definitely be having more of these.
If you love food, coffee, wine or all three keep an eye out on their social media for future events or just pop in store and tuck into one of their items from their menu or have a bit of a shop in store for that treat.
Do you like going to your local Deli?
Cheerio for now..