A ‘deli -cious’ experience-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THE term “deli” is derived from the German word “delicatessen,” which means a place that sells and serves fine food fare,
such as cured meats, pickled vegetables, cheeses, wines, cold cuts and other hard-to-find specialty items.
A concept that originated from Europe, a deli can nowadays be spotted in different corners all over the world.
Offering this kind of experience in Cebu is the newly opened Michel’s Deli & Cafe. It is owned by illustrious entrepreneur Michel Lhuillier, who is also the man behind La Vie Parisienne. While the popular La Vie is focused on French products, the deli offers an international variety: wines from Spain, beers from Germany, chocolates from Switzerland, biscuits from Malaysia and many more.
Indeed, a heavy assortment is in store for whoever walks into the deli’s homey and modern interiors.
Lined up in one side are the freezers housing imported sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. In the center aisle are the dry goods such as olive oil, marinade sauces and chocolate. And tucked in one corner are the house wares, toiletries and cosmetic items. At the far end is the wine cellar, which has a mixed selection of Michel Lhuillier wines and other brands.
Sales director Aloi Magos said that unlike most similar shops, Michel’s Deli & Café is a direct importer and so it can offer products at a comparably lower price.
As the name suggests, it also has a quaint café, where shoppers can conveniently dine, and take their pick from tapas, salads, sandwiches, European entrees, as well as authentic pizzas from the Lhuillier-owned Michelangelo’s Pizzeria next door.
Michel’s Deli is along Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Rd., Banilad, Cebu City. It is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2013.