The Epicurean Delicatessen
For whatever reason, The Epicurean Delicatessen had slipped off my breakfast radar of late. We decided to remedy this before our long weekend road-trip, and I'm so glad we did. Some places just radiate warmth, and it doesn't have to be freezing outside (it was!) to feel this when you walk through the door. The Epicurean feels like family without even knowing the owners. I wish I worked close enough to stop in every lunch time because I'll guarantee they know their regulars by more than just name only, the staff are all smiles and as Luke put it "the service is excellent without trying to be." I also love places that rotate their menus based on season so there's always something new to try, but at the same time they know their classics which never leave. There is so much to look at that you'd be forgiven for not even being at your table when breakfast arrives! The inclusion of menu options written in Italian as well as English is just one small touch that hints at the pride & tradition that I have no doubt is behind every recipe. Loved it, not just for breakfasts but I've taken home many a pasta as well. Sometimes I stop in and spend way too much time trying to choose which little cakes & sweets to take away for a visit to my Nan (who is the only other old-school sweet tooth in my family, it must be where I get it from). The Epicurean has returned to front and centre in my mind for next time we're debating brunch options, and it truly deserves to be.