Sort of hidden in plain sight – surrounded as it is by high-profile Malaysian eateries and overtly public cafes – it’s easy to not notice La Delicatezza on Pin Oak Crescent in Flemington.
I was last in here several years ago for a ploughman’s lunch.
Not much has changed, though that item no longer seems available and the place appears to be now run by a whole new crew.
But it is the same in terms of being a tranquil spot to hang for a while, with its cool interior and adjacent courtyard.
Lunch here comes down to a long list of toasties and paninis, a couple of soups, canelloni, lasagne (see below).
I roll the dice and make my choice – the chicken schnitzel panini with coleslaw ($8.90) – wondering as I do if these folks know what they’re doing.
The answer, emphatically, is a rousing: Yes!!!
Let me count the ways …
The bread is gorgeous, fresh and wonderfully warmed through.
The coleslaw is just right in substance and flavour.
I’m assured the chicken is of the crumbed variety.
But so meltingly tender and superbly seasoned is it, that it comes across more as roast chook – and I mean that as a compliment.
This is an incredibly ace sandwich – a masterpiece even.
And as such, and at a price below $10, it excels in ways that many hipster joints of the kind that end up on Top 10 lists and charge way more struggle to match.
Gee, I want to try them all …