- Telephone 0141 638 7123
- Food served Mon–-Thu & Sat 8am–-6pm; Fri 8am–7pm; Sun 8am–5pm
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Website www.eat-deli.co.uk
Bustling favourite in the Glasgow suburbs, filling up happy locals with brunch classics and Italian-influenced specials.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
If the high street is dying, no-one seems to have told Clarkston about it, as the Glasgow suburb positively bustles with independent operators. At the heart of this is the much-loved Eat Deli, where every table is taken on a midweek lunchtime while a stream of workers pop in to grab chipotle chicken ciabattas and Italian sodas to go. Famed for its daily brunch – a Stornoway stack which adds top-class black pudding to a classic Benedict or veggie-friendly avocado-topped huevos rancheros – but don’t overlook what’s on offer on the specials blackboard, with an umami-packed bowl of linguine carbonara that would put many a Glasgow trattoria to shame. Eye-catching home-baking including glazed pistachio muffins and a tart-then-sweet rhubarb and custard cake will only add to your groaning waistline. Any high street would be lucky to have an Eat Deli on it.
- High point: Quality, high street baking
- Low point: £2.75 for a flat white is pretty steep
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: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30 (4 outdoors)
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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