Richmond residents rejoice: there’s a new corner shop on Buckingham Street and it’s selling spruced-up sangas.
The creation of Edward Ring and former Stokehouse chefs Dom Wilton and Jason Barratt, Hector’s Deli is already a hit: churning out luxe sandwiches and artisan coffee to ravenous locals. Paying homage to the classic Australian deli, the menu is no frills but solid. The sandwiches are the star, featuring ham and cheese toasties for the foodie century. Think moreish layers of deli-carved ham and tangy chutney squished together in sourdough with melty mortadella, provolone and mozzarella. These aren’t the kind of toasties you share. They’re the kind to cling to, like Jake’s perfect sandwich.
There are other classics on the menu too, such as chicken schnitzel rolls, plus eggplant focaccias and smoked trout bagels with Yarra Valley caviar for the gourmands. Whipping up hot and cold brews of Axil coffee is barista Zac Kelly, who can also help you out with an iced chocolate or steaming tea. Pull out a stool and down that cuppa in the toasty cafe or the quiet of suburbia.
A collection of local smallgoods and a deli service will also be available, with the gleaming white-washed space paying homage to the Italian delicatessens of 1970s Victorian suburbia.
Serving up all-day breakfasts, lunch and food to go, Hector’s Deli is as much a win for Richmond residents as it is for the humble sanga.