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Soul Deli

Try a variety of kimchi, browse wares from local Korean designers or sit down for a hearty brunch at this new Surry Hills cafe-deli.
By Ben Hansen
February 17, 2021
By Ben Hansen
February 17, 2021

From Nutie and Bourke Street Bakery to Paramount Coffee Project, Surry Hills is home to an overwhelming number of cafes. Opening a cafe in Surry Hills would be a daunting task, but the area's newest spot, Soul Deli, is offering something different. Soul Deli is a Korean cafe and deli, offering up fresh and packaged deli goods, cafe food to have dine-in and takeaway, and a range of products made by local Korean community members.

Soul Deli is the second venture from husband and wife team Daero Lee and Illa Kim following Soul Dining, a contemporary Korean restaurant located a few blocks away in Surry Hills. With Soul Deli, the couple is offering Sydney's inner city a unique cafe, deli and shopping experience.

From the deli, you can purchase a vast variety of kimchi, pickles, sauces and snacks. Pick up vegan kimchi ($15), seaweed crackling ($10) and Soul's 'goes with anything' fermented chilli sauce ($13). A range of home barbecue kits, including spicy pork belly and beef short rib, are also available if you're looking to bring the flavours of Soul home with you.

Jiwon Kim

For those who want to dine-in or pick up an morning meal, the menu stretches from cafe classics like the bacon and egg ($13) or Korean fried chicken ($18) rolls, to exciting creations from Lee, such as kimchi cheese pork belly sandwiches ($24), a soybean stew with house-made organic tofu ($16) and a giant pork loin schnitzel with mushroom sauce ($26).

"We find pride and joy in introducing as yet unknown aspects of Korean culture and bringing them together with the Australian way of living," Kim said in a statement.

Potts Point's Primary Coffee is served for those looking for their morning caffeine fix, as well as Korean green tea, Simon Says juice ($9) and Korean soft drinks. Korean spirit sool and a range of Aussie wines are to be offered once the deli's liquor licence is approved.

While you're picking up your locally sourced coffee or pork belly sandwich, you can also shop the range of products that line the walls. Browse ceramics, pottery and clothing all from local small businesses and artists, including Bysin, Misty Island and Woochang Kim.

Soul Deli is currently open 7am–4pm Wednesday–Sunday, with expanded dinner dining hours on the cards in the future.

Images: Jiwon Kim

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