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Restaurants, Cafés Gaythorne
4 out of 5 stars

The tables fill fast at Delicatezza: the breakfast-and-lunch jewel in the crown of Mitchelton

Delicatezza is everything you wish your suburban café could be. Small in stature, it smacks of greatness with its friendly service and honest café food prepared by owner-chef Peter Shaw. He's been at the helm here since 2010 so he's had plenty of time to get it right – and get it right he does, in spades.

This place is the big, fat, juicy cherry in the mostly unremarkable neighborhood strip of shops near the Mitchelton (affectionately known as Mitchy) railway station. On a recent girls’ lunch, during which Peter's chicken karaage bao with crisp lotus chips were seared into our collective food memories for all time, we left with a hunger to return. So return we did, for breakfast this time and we weren't disappointed.

The food is honest and simple but jeepers it's done well. Sweet-tooths will be delighted with French toast decorated with slightly tart rhubarb and raspberry compote and a dollop of vanilla-laced mascarpone under a blizzard of fine sugar and cinnamon. Peter prepares and bottles a range of house preserves for sale along with other select gourmet lines. His brinjal (eggplant) pickle and tomato kassundi are outstanding. The latter accompanies corn-loaded fritters with avo, lime and crème fraîche on the breakfast menu – nothing fancy, but high rating in the flavour stakes. Team these dishes with a Toby's Estate coffee or a warming pot of Calmer Sutra chai tea with honey and happiness abounds.

There's nothing that reinvents the wheel at Delicatezza and that's just fine. Plan your attack and get in early especially on weekends because this little café in the burbs is no secret and tables fill fast.

By: Karen Reyment


Venue name: Delicatezza
Address: 4/43 Blackwood St
Opening hours: ue-Fri 7.30am-2pm; Sat 7.30am-1.30pm; Sun 7.30am-midnight
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