Last Saturday Bonnie and I had our last house inspection of the year. Again, no luck: the house was great, the location was not. Then we met some friends, had coffee and walked to the Indian Cottage Empire to see some (beautiful and outrageously expensive) statues. As we walked back towards the train station Bonnie and I realised we needed to get some lunch and stopped at Funky Deli Cafe.
As I’ve said before my friend Gary works there occasionally, so I’ve always thought about eating there when he’s in. Unfortunately he’s in NZ now. We looked at the outside menu anyway and decided to walk in. Bonnie had spotted the Mediterranean salad but then, after re-reading the menu, she said she felt like having only bruschetta. I thought it made sense to order both to share and so we did.
Even when it was lunch time, the place was pretty empty, I guess most people must have been Christmas-shopping. It was good for us because food didn’t took long to arrive. The tomato bruschetta was really, really good. It sounds easy to achieve but the bread must have the right amount of crunchiness (ie, not be under or over-toasted) and the topping has to be flavourful. This bruschetta met both criteria. The diced Roma tomatoes were in the peak of their ripeness, the onion gave it a nice bite without being overpowering and the pesto added the necessary basil flavour plus richness and extra moisture.
Tomato bruschetta ($8.50)
The salad’s description in the menu mentioned chickpeas, eggs, olives, tomato, Spanish onions, feta cheese, cos lettuce and herb and garlic croutons, and a lemon caper dill dressing. It arrived with celery and cucumber, too, and it was super tasty.
Mediterranean salad ($16)
Other items in the menu include classic breakfast and lunch fare: grilled Turkish sandwiches, eggs, wagyu burger, steak sandwich, potato wedges, salt & pepper squid, fish and chips, and chicken schnitzel, but it also has a noticeable Italian presence: fritatta, pasta, risotto, arancini, etc. Overall seems like a good place to eat and hang out, despite its cheesy name.
Funky Deli Cafe
256 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 9755