Eusebi’s Deli is one of those places that I have been meaning to go to for AGES but hadn’t gotten round to it (despite it being about a 2 min walk from Geek HQ)
Now, there is a couple of reasons for this – the first being, there are SOOOO many great places in the area now that I sometimes default to my old favourite and forget about places like Eusebi’s.
The second reason? Well I’ve been in this deli a few times to pick up a coffee/cake/lunch, and more than once I have been made to feel that I am somewhat of an inconvenience to the staff. Once a member of the management team even gave me grief for standing in his way while I was waiting to buy a coffee – No! I am not kidding!
The whole set up if you want to get take away is just confusing and disorganised. Having spoken to a quite a few people about this it seems a fairly common complaint about Eusebi’s.
But here is the thing, when people talk about how bad the take away service can be they always absolutely rave about the food. And, after hearing so many great things about their dishes I decided it was about time I gave them a try. So, I did just that last week with my buddy Briony, and I’m very happy to report it was just as delicious as I hoped it would be.
Eusebi’s Deli in the West End is a modern swanky deli, it has massive windows which not only floods the place with natural light but offers you some prime Glasgow people watching opportunities while enjoying a pretty spectacular coffee. Inside the space is dominated by a massive counter full of amazingly tempting food which will have you drooling before you even sit down. But the thing I loved most about this west end hot spot was the really busy vibrant vibe which I enjoyed.
If I had to pick a niggle with the decor at Eusebi’s, it would be that our table was incredibly close to the table next to it. So close in fact that I felt a little bit awkward that the people located at the table next to me might have thought I was listening to their conversation while I was waiting for Briony. Not a massive deal but I felt it had to be mentioned because I was really aware of it when I was sitting alone.
Now to be fair to the staff, despite my initial comments about being made to feel previously unwelcome when I wanted take away, the reverse could not be further from the truth on this occasion. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. Despite the deli being hoaching I never once felt forgotten or like we had to wait too long for staff to take our order or bring us drinks which was great.
So let chat food!
Because Briony and I both had meetings following our lunch, we decided that we would just go for a little one courses lunch so we weren’t falling asleep all afternoon. After much toing and froing over what to order, I decided to go for the Toscano Pinsa Bianca.
I didn’t have to wait long at all before a good sized drool-worthy pizza was placed in front of me. And boy, what a pizza it was – beautifully light dough cooked perfectly, which for me, struck just the right balance by being slightly crunchy at the edges and a little doughy in the middle. Gorgeous!
This was topped with melty moorish mozzarella, a nice amount of crumble flavourful Italian sausage, thin potato slices (which I just adore on a pizza), onion & just enough chili to give the pizza a little heat. It was completely up my street and right up there with one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had…..I can’t even lie, I had a full out Foodgasm right there in the middle of lunch.
Briony and I also ordered a portion of potato wedges with dill, garlic & rosemary to share, which were just fecking delicious. The wedges were large glorious chunks of golden deliciousness which were crunchy on the outside and soft in the centre, and the flavour of garlic and rosemary really came over well. The portion was big, so big in fact that we left half the wedges, which is practically unheard of at a Briony & Pam lunch date – we don’t leave food….EVER!
And although we didn’t have a dessert I feel this little review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning their cake counter, which is always loaded with creamy sweet tempting concoctions – it’s quite a sight to behold, and well worth popping in if you are in the area to grab yourself a little treat.
Including my two lattes and a bottle of water my portion of the the bill came to £21.80 which I was perfectly happy with. The pizza was a good size and you can tell that the chefs are using delicious high quality produce, so the price was pretty reasonable I felt.
I’m so pleased that I wasn’t put off by my few bad experience with the service at Eusebi’s, I thoroughly enjoyed my first sit-in visit to this cool modern deli. I will 100% definitely be back soon…in fact my next lunch date there is already in my diary.