The Epicurean Deli Bendigo
The final day of the holidays saw me wondering around down town Bendigo in search of coffee and brunch. Bendigo dining has changed a lot over the 17 years that I have been visiting it, but it has always been good, full of hidden treasures and treats and welcoming hospitality.
Back when I first started visit Bendigo many years ago, a visit to Bath Lane always allowed a reliably good breakfast or lunch and The Green Olive was our number one cafe to visit. The queues and busy tables meant we often had to wander past, but I always looked in longingly as the most amazing array of salads, cakes and dishes. Eventually the cafe passed into “new hands” still as popular as ever.
The original owners then moved to a new location that was slightly less dripping in charm, but the food and service was still wonderful. Fast forward nine or so years and I find myself again at the gorgeous Epicurean Deli Cafe.
We had meant to head to the very popular Cortile Cafe, but it was so busy and full that it was bursting onto the footpath and our table was stolen away from us just as we went to sit down. “Sorry, I need half this table for these people” said a very young and attractive waitress just as we laid claim to our spot.
We walked on a little and tried the next bustling cafe in what appears to be the new hottest part of town with it’s obvious qualifications of exposed brick and timber and a black clad, cool-looking and slightly aloof staff.
Eye contact is brief and never fully engaged. A quick flit of a glance, then back to the biznezz. Coffee is life I am sure.
Alas, they do not serve food and so when we eventually arrive once more on the doorstep of the Epicurean. We are relieved to be greeted with a friendly welcome and a comfortable table. The counter is full of excellent food and the menu reads like a dream. No one is rushing and we are not bustled, rather people quietly sip their coffee in two’s and three’s and enjoy their food laced with conversation. Ahh, Bendigo hospitality at its best.
Our brunch is amazing and perfect and I am told that the new owner has an Italian chef who is responsible for this delicious food. I could easily enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here with their amazing and well priced range of salads, cotoletta and assorted dishes.
We order three cheese omelette and nutella pancakes along with a perfectly and perfectly unpretentious coffee.
Visit for excellent, classic food made me love and care and with flavours that really deliver thanks to a reliance on great ingredients.
Be sure to take home something great to eat from the delicatessen when you are ready to leave. I am sure you will be tempted just like I was.
79 Mitchell St, Bendigo VIC 3550
Phone: (03) 5443 2699
Dani B is a food and wellness writer from Melbourne. She posts recipes, reviews, events and more. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram to learn more.