Bustling favourite in the Glasgow suburbs, filling up happy locals with brunch classics and Italian-influenced specials.
The main drag in Clarkston has long played host to some pretty classy places, and Eat Deli is no exception. A row of tables face a long counter heaped with prime local produce, authentic Italian ingredients, organic chocolate wine and craft beer, while staff bustle round a huge burnished coffee machine. A wide-ranging menu takes in satisfying brunches such as the Stornoway stack – black pudding and perfectly poached eggs on a muffin all smothered in hollandaise – and main meals with a distinctly Italian slant, with the odd nod to the Middle East. The roast salmon salad is a beautiful dish, a plate of fresh leaves, marinated veg, avocado, grilled asparagus and chunks of pink fish. Tempting cakes crowd the counter, bakewell tarts dusted with icing sugar come served with fresh raspberries and whipped cream, while the spiced almond tart, filled with the warm flavours of cardamom and cloves, is absolutely delicious.
- High point: Lovely cake with real whipped cream
- Low point: 2.70 for a large black coffee!?
- Notable dish: Stornoway stack
There’s something of the ‘high street café’ about Eat Deli – a welcoming step inside from the cars whizzing up and down Busby Road. And there’s a crisp, continental feel, too, with Portugese tarts at the counter, Italian wines on the shelves, and fresh, hot pasta dishes from the kitchen. Food is simple and effective, like a chorizo and warm chicken salad bound by just the right amount of balsamic, or king prawn linguine, with no more than a bit of chilli, olive oil and garlic so the quality and freshness comes through. The ‘Stornoway Stack’ (black pudding, poached egg, hollandaise on a muffin) is a regulars’ favourite for breakfast, as is a comforting ham and cheese panini with chilli jam at lunchtime. Corney & Barrow supply the wines and there are beers from WEST and Williams Bros – nice little touches all round. And these make Eat Deli a pleasant early evening destination also.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Frank Sinatra
- Capacity: 30 (4 outdoors)
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
Reviews & features
Table Talk: Kathryn Hamilton Knight on the Southside Scene16 Sep 2015
Glasgow’s eat café and eat deli's co-director talks about diners and the local food and drink scene
In early 2000 when we moved to the Southside, the food scene seemed to be trailing behind its West End or city centre neighbours. As we were in the trade, we wanted to fill that gap in the market. So, in 2002, eat deli opened and was enthusiastically…
Down under - Glasgow's South Side10 Sep 2009
The West End might shout louder and jangle its designer bracelets more ostentatiously, but for its many residents, the gigantic, sprawling mass of the South Side is the true heart of Glasgow. As many local historians and geographers have observed…