372 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, VIC, 3185
Melbourne has a reputation as a food city, but good, small-scale delicatessens are a bit thin on the ground. Lucky, then, for this little gem. Don’t be confused by the Glenhuntly Road address, Carre Street Deli is indeed, as the name suggests, on Carre Street, in the rear of a building that fronts the busier street. It’s a bright and brisk little operation that provides something of a model for the reinvention of the old corner deli.
Happily, it also does a good coffee. Local roaster Espresso Syndicate provides the beans, and the short black is a spicy little number with an orange jam and chocolate complexion and a clove-laced aroma. A long, toffee-flavoured finish punctuates a bitter citrus brew with a truly superb creamy mouthfeel.
There’s plenty of gourmet food including authentic Greek feta and Alligator brand pasta to cook at home, or you can sit in with a Portuguese custard tart and the papers on a stool at the large front windows. Let this be the future of delis everywhere.
+613 9532 8985
mon - fri: 8.30am - 6pm sat: 8.30am - 5pm sun: 8.30am - 4pm