Bianca’s Deli is a rare beast, catering to both homesick South Africans and the local Jewish community. It also caters to those who simply love the fare, letting you replenish your stocks of biltong and matzo ball soup at the same time. Who knew you could do such a thing? Co-owner Brenda Gordon taught cooking in Johannesburg before coming to Sydney, where she now runs the Rose Bay deli with son-in-law Barry Borer. The biltong is housemade, which is great for the regulars, a majority of whom, says Borer, are South African. While not a fully kosher deli, the meat selection is kosher so you can buy and smoke a brisket low ‘n’ slow in good faith if that’s your fancy. They also take food and catering orders for Jewish high holidays, so be sure to get your order forms in you want Brenda’s home cooking on your table.
They may be known for baking up one of the city’s best cheesecakes, but if you wander over to the deli part of this Italian providore, you’ll be impressed by a seriously great selection of meats, cheeses and snacks. Order up hunks of rich gorgonzola, cacciatore salami, sharp pecorino romana, buttery green olives, bowls of ricotta and stuffed peppadew peppers. If you’re hosting a party these guys will also put together a mean charcuterie for you. Pop next door to buy some gelato or tiramisú and you’ve got a tasty Italian feast ready to go.