Friday, 8 April 2011

Deli Chicchi, Mount Claremont

Looking at the above photos, I realise that I have managed to take photos of Deli Chicchi without a single person in them! How I managed that I don't know, because on this Friday morning there was a respectable crowd of customers, and staff, enjoying the relaxing atmosphere, inside and out (for the record, there is a slither of a person in the middle photo)! We used to come here with our friends, sisters Kristy and Sam. Now that they are living in London and New York, it is just ourselves today!

We grabbed a seat in the booth next to the large windows which wrap around the street corner. Tallulah enjoyed kneeling on the booth, looking out the windows. Later she snuggled up to rest between us on the booth - we got to eat together! No more strange looks from waitstaff wondering why one plate is polished clean and another untouched. We like booths. Here is a picture of a baby in a booth.

She's wearing a bat top. But that's not the point of this blog; you can read all about that in Renee's renosslah blog. This is about the breakfast, and Deli Chicchi know what's good. The diligent waitstaff brought us a menu after seeing us try to scan the blackboard menu. Among the offerings are sweet brioche French toast with raspberry coulis, fresh banana and marscapone ($18.90) and medley of fresh tomato and avocado on toasted olive bread with ricotta and fresh herbs ($18.90). I chose the omelette with chorizo, aged cheddar and spinach, which came served with some rocket on top ($18.90 - a different version also comes with caramelised leek and goats curd) and Renee picked zucchini and haloumi rosti with smoked salmon, rocket, poached eggs (sorry we missed the price for this one, but it's around $18-20). Both of our meals were delicious - full of flavour and difficult to fault. The rosti was rich and tasty- Renee was in heaven it was such a great flavour combo. My omelette was heading towards the consistency of a quiche, and the chorizo really brought it to life. Good, good, good.

 rosti above and omelette below

Baby Fact #27: nursing babies are generally intolerant to cow's milk; thus soy flat white is the new flat white. While I'm not nursing, I have a y/fw as well out of principle. After all, when you think about it drinking out of another animal's teat is kinda weird (though delicious in the case of the cow). Deli Chicchi know how to make a a good soy flat white; these ones were creamy and rich, and the soy flavour much more subtle than when done elsewhere. Good, good, good. While on the topic of drinks, I like the choice of mint- or lemon-infused water, or plain water that they offer at Deli Chicchi.

We left the delicious-looking cakes, muffins, tarts and other lunch items behind to have hot chocolates at the much-talked about Koko Black - this was generally regarded by us as a bad move, and we agreed that we should have stayed at Deli Chicchi!

The Verdict:
Coffee  4.5/5
Eggs (the meal!)  4.5/5
Service  4.5/5
Atmosphere  4/5
Total  17.5/20

Baby T's score: 4/5 (Baby T likes booths!)

Would we go again: yes yes yes its good good good!


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Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

This place is worth battling the (erm, seemingly invisible? ;)) crowds for. Last time I went I had the tomato and avocado on olive bread and it was glorious. Probably got them to add poached eggs to it as well though, I'm a bit of a protein pig, though it's a costly way to be :(

Anyway, thanks for the reminder, it's been a while between visits here.

Ross said...

Thanks Conor, I promise that there were people there!

Jennifer Tiangco said...

I love looking at their counter and their kitchen. I dont know why! hehehe Maybe because there's a lot of stuffs I see on the pic. However, the food looks nice, looks delicious. Should probably recommend it to myself and to my friends. Thanks