New York-style deli with a focus on sandwiches.

Our interview

Originally published on 17 June 2021.

Dark Mofo is here!

Located at the entrance of the Hanging Garden, St.J’s Deli is ideal for your festival feeds and the biggest bonus, they are here to stay long after the festival.

The team have created a New York-style deli with a focus on sandwiches. Co-owner Ben has had the idea for this jaffle bar for 7 years and it has finally come to life right in time for the city’s biggest festival.

“It all started with a jaffle. They remind me of my childhood and everyone loves a jaffle. We are creating food for the masses,” says Ben.

So with this inspiration in mind St. J’s Deli was born. Aside from the focus on sandwiches, they will also be offering up a speakeasy-type bar space in the near future. But for now, it is mostly takeaway with four limited edition Dark Mofo sandwiches.

Ben tells us his favourite is the tuna melt which has a house tuna mix, pickled green chilli and melted American cheese on a toasted rye sourdough.

“The place is named after the Patron Saint of Jaffles, hence St.J’s Deli,” says Ben.

Coffee is on the menu with Allpress Coffee on offer. This place will fuelling you with the best goods. The team of chefs come from a broad mix of skills with experience in fine dining, vegan restaurants and Japanese. Ben himself opened up Born in Brunswick.

They are very proud of their house-cured meats such as the pastrami which was about to be smoked whilst the Hello Hobart team were there.

In the future, look out for their staple sandwiches, healthy treats, smoothies and a specials menu.

In a true ‘feeding the masses’ offering, you will find gluten free and vegan options available .

Ordering has never been easier either, the team will text you when your order is ready, so you can take a seat in the Hanging Garden, and quickly duck up to grab your food when it is good to go.