Located on the quiet corner of Hornby and James Streets, Windsor Deli exudes a neighbourhood warmth and charm not often seen in suburban cafés.
Set back just 100 metres from Chapel Street and up the road from the local park and primary school, the location brings a diverse clientele. From mums and bubs enjoying a morning coffee, to corporate types enjoying a quick working lunch, the Deli offers fresh, home-made food to suit all tastes. Popping up three years ago, Windsor Deli was quick to develop a loyal following. New owner, Simon Sheridan, took over operations of the Deli in October 2012, and whilst he has plans to grow the business in some aspects, you can be assured that the Deli will retain all that has made it as popular as it is today.
Born and raised in Perth and the Kimberly region of Western Australia, self-confessed foodie Simon moved to Europe at a young age, where he remained for much of his adult life. Gaining kitchen experience working in restaurants in the Tirol region of Austria and in London cafés, Simon left the hospitality industry before coming back to his food dream. “Regrettably I moved out of the industry and into the corporate world in the city of London for the last ten years. Windsor Deli has been the realisation of a long term dream to be back working closer with food and running my own business,” Simon says.
A hands-on owner/operator, Simon has undertaken extensive training and now enjoys the title of head barista, also taking pleasure in working closely with the chefs to produce a delightful menu of meals and treats. Windsor Deli offers casual, but delicious home-style fare, from its breakfast/lunch menu. Brekky highlights include the SMAVO (smashed avocado with house made chilli chutney and poached free range Green Eggs), Soft tacos filled with house made beans, chorizo and cheese, and Fresh baked banana bread. For lunch, it’s hard to look past the Deli’s famous sandwiches, such as the award winning Deli Club or turkey, cranberry, Swiss cheese and rocket – available on white, rye, multi-grain or deli baked gluten-free breads.
Be sure to leave enough room for something sweet, as Windsor Deli offers some of the best cakes, slices and cookies in Melbourne. The Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies are to die for, and if you can’t fit one in after lunch, be sure to take one home for later. The take-home offerings extend beyond the sandwiches and sweets, to include staples milk, bread, newspapers, housemade jams, chutneys and more.
Quality, fresh produce is paramount at the Deli, with a strong focus on all things local. Simon said “I am aiming to have almost 100% of our produce Victorian sourced, and ideally from as locally as possible. Our honey, for example, comes from a bee keeper on The Avenue and is rumoured to be a miracle cure for local hay-fever sufferers.”
Whether you come for a coffee, a paper, or a relaxed meal with friends, walking away from this milk-bar meets café, it’s hard not to think that the world could use a few more Windsor Delis.