Because one can never have too much cheese.
OK, we’ve given you the best venues for cheese and wine in Brisbane, and we’ve even showed you how to pass as an A-grade wine snob, but for all those who just want to drink their pee-noh nwahr and scoff cheese, pâté and cured meats in the comfort of their own home (pyjamas and Netflix at the ready) then this one is for you. We bring you (drum roll, please), Brisbane’s best gourmet delis. Let the food comas begin.
Billykart Provisions, West End
Not only do these guys dish up one of the best breakfasts in Brisbane, they also serve delectable goodies at their deli across the way. It’s the perfect hub for manic foodies, time-poor families and basically anyone who embraces the motto “treat yo’ self”. Billykart Provisions sells house-made sweets, gourmet sandwiches, pies, pastries and take-home meals. You can also choose from their wide array of cheeses, sauces, preserves and cured meats. Pair it with one of their many boutique wines and you’ve got a spread sure to impress.
Superior Fruit & Wendy’s Kitchen, Graceville
From a massive range of fruit and vegetables to event catering and everything in between, Superior Fruit & Wendy’s Kitchen has all your gourmet deli needs covered. Just walking into the store based in Graceville will give you an idea of the passion that has gone into creating this family-operated business. And good news for loyal customers and foodie lovers alike: Superior Fruit has launched the Farmers Table Experience: How To Series, a series of workshops to help you up your foodie game.
Black Pearl Epicure, Fortitude Valley
One of Australia’s largest importers of caviar and saffron, this deli located in a quiet street in Fortitude Valley is all about the finer foods in life. A major stockist of Simon Johnson, a highly respected purveyor of quality foods, Black Pearl Epicure is home to oils, vinegars, fresh truffles, imported and local cheeses, meats, poultry, game, couverture chocolate and, of course, caviar and saffron!
Sugo Mi Groceria, Bulimba
Known for their rustic pizza, Sugo Mi has branched out and opened an everything Italian deli in the alley next door to their restaurant. Perfect for those who are after something easy for dinner or a plate for a party, this authentic deli located in the heart of Bulimba is crammed with fresh pasta, handmade sauce, Italian bread and classic antipasti as well frozen pizzas to let you experience true Italian at home.
New Farm Deli, New Farm
Since 1977, the New Farm Deli has been a go-to source of Italian cheeses, meats and all things mouth-watering. Displaying a never-ending selection of cheeses, you will spend hours trying to choose just one! Boasting the likes of pecorino and provolone from Italy, brie and d’Auvergne from France and Jarlsberg from Norway, you can literally taste cheese from every corner of the world. Complement your cheese with their extensive range of meats such as salami, sopressa and chorizo, or accompany them with their freshly-marinated or plain olives.
Amici Deli, Chermside
If you love a good antipasto platter, this is the place for you. Pick and choose from their fresh olives, cured meats, imported cheeses and condiments such as sun-dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms and eggplants. It’s a sure-fire way to add a mouth explosion to a typical platter.
Paddington Deli & Epicerie, Paddington
Did someone say salted caramel macarons? Yes. Yes, they did! This café and deli located on Latrobe Terrace is a treasure trove for all things food. We’re talking imported cheese, Spanish salami, CHOCOLATE and award-winning oils. Embracing an antique feel, you can sit and enjoy a spot of breakfast, lunch and even a cake or slice before wandering through the equally tempting parts of the deli. Try to walk away without buying something, I dare you!
The Stores West End, West End
This place is seriously a foodie’s dream. There is wine. There is cheese. There is fruit. There are cured meats. There are condiments. Everything your deli brain has ever thought of, they have. With a kitchen attached to the end of the deli, the chefs set a weekly menu based on the offerings on the shelves. Words can’t even explain how mind-blowing this place is. Just trust me and head there as soon as you get a chance. You won’t regret it.
Jocelyn’s Provisions, Fortitude Valley
Having a stellar reputation for their fine cakes, Jocelyn’s Provisions on James Street offers sweets such as brownies, muffins, tarts and cheesecakes. If savoury is more your style, dig into their sausage rolls, pies and quiches. You can even take already-made meals home if you’re in a rush!
Swiss Gourmet Delicatessen, West End
There’s only one authentic Swiss deli in West End. In operation since 1980, the Swiss Gourmet Delicatessen has become an institution for fine food. Think melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, imported cheeses and a downright delicious coffee to hit the spot.
Rosalie Gourmet Market, Paddington
Labelled a boutique food hall, this gourmet market is great for those who want to amp up their food game. Selling everything you can get at a supermarket, just with finer finesse, you can rest easy knowing your body is getting quality food at a great price. Open seven days a week, the market has an ongoing food educational program, with supplier tastings every Saturday. You can also enjoy their house-cooked breakfasts and lunches upstairs in their deli.
Loria Continental Delicatessen, Brisbane
Stocking a range of handmade antipastos, the friendly and inviting atmosphere at Loria’s will have you never wanting to leave. Selling a wide range of imported cheeses from Italy, England, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and Spain, their choice is considered legendary. Teamed with their cured meats and more unusual choices of black pudding, your tastebuds are in good hands.