It's only six months since Paddington Deli & Epicure opened its doors in the Paddington Antique Centre building on Latrobe Terrace.
Deli owner Antoinette Pease has expanded her original offering with the assistance of key new staff including Stu from Stu's Smoked Sauces and a pastry chef.
The shop is now a cave of delights with shelves full of high quality produce and cabinets showing food that demands to be eaten. The only problem is what to choose.
We worked our way through the new breakfast menu with includes Stu's toasted muesli which comes in a generous serve with strawberries and grated apple, crisp potato rosti with smoked salmon topped scrambled eggs dotted with capers and gluten free zucchini and corn fritters accompanied by avocado salsa.
The Big Deli Breakfast is the menu star and includes slices of chorizo that had K2 demanding more, along with herb-stuffed mushrooms and blistered red cherry tomatoes.
There were also a couple of new lunch items to try - Pedro Ximenez Sherry vinegar dressed Middle Eastern spiced crispy skin chicken salad and beef brick pastry cigars with eggplant kasundi.
With a family history of food intolerances, Antoinette is experienced in creating food with fabulous flavours that won't upset delicate stomachs. You'll also find the ingredients used in the dishes on the deli shelves so you can recreate dishes at home.
All the menu items use the same high quality ingredients that you'll find around the deli's walls. Of course this shows in the flavours which are mouth-watering.
Bottom line: Breakfast prices range from $12.90 to $18.50. The servings are well sized.
Best tip: I'm heading back to the deli for their new twilight offering on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8pm which has a series of platters straight from the deli cabinets for $35-$45, and serve two. Corkage is $5 per bottle and there's a huge bottle shop next door.
Disclaimer: Ed&bK was a guest of Paddington Deli & Epicerie