EVERYONE KNOWS IT, EVERYONE LOVES IT. NAJIBI CENTRE’S DELILAH’S IS THE EPICENTRE OF SAAR’S COMMUNITY. AND WITH ITS NEW RENOVATION, PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING THERE FOR A SPOT OF BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER NOW MORE THAN EVER.
Saar’s Najibi Centre has always been the heartbeat of expat life. Whether on a Sunday morning or Thursday afternoon, there’s always a convivial buzz in and around Al Osra supermarket, where you’d be hard pressed to not bump into someone you know! And one of the main reasons for that is Delilah’s, opposite the popular supermarket. Formerly the Great Deli Café, the new bistro style “is not just a café” says Spanish Chef Juan Gomez, it’s a “destination place rather than a convenience place,” he tells us. What used to be an open and clinical space has been transformed into a friendly, elegant and Provence inspired set up, with much more privacy courtesy of the various little nooks and corners available for customers, the French style windows and princely pillars punctuated in the small but roomy arrangement.
We’re told that the aim of the renovation was to put a more feminine feel to the place, via its colour scheme (deep pinks, corals and light reds) and sophisticated seating – the calligraphic ‘D’ from the logo is etched into the backs of every seat – a really authentic touch.
Walk into Delilah’s and you’ll be surrounded by animated chatter. It’s THE go-to place for a morning coffee but better still, a proper sit-down.
The menu brims with crowd-pleasing dishes. Their all-day breakfast offering has all the hallmarks of a hearty feast. First up, the Eggs Benedict. The creamy hollandaise sauce and part crispy, part soft bread bun underneath the poached egg was a superb mouthful with so many flavourful layers. That runny yolk is something else – the best part of the experience.
And for ladies who lunch you’ve got to try their Australian Angus Beef Rib Eye Organic Salad. Packed with tender slices of beef on a bed of fresh spinach, dressed with their signature Pomme vinaigrette cucumber, soya sprouts and fresh green apple julienne. The beef was top quality, easy to chew and balanced nicely with the tang of the apple strips. It’s light enough to keep energy levels up and filling enough to not feel hungry right after.
Up next were some more signature dishes: Slow Roasted Lamb Shank served with mashed potatoes and gravy. With the change in weather, this is a sure-fire dish to keep cosy and warm. We could cut into the lamb with no issue; it was tender and not stringy like lamb tends to be. The mashed potato was smooth and stodgy – just the way you like it. Adding a Middle Eastern element to it, Chef Gomez adds: “there’s a real lemony coriander zest to it.”
Now we love risotto as much as the next person and Delilah’s Roasted Pumpkin and Truffle Risotto is heaven in a deep bowl. Creamy Arborio rice cooked with roasted pumpkin, diced zucchini and black truffle essence, crowned with shavings of Parmesan, this dish has a luxurious taste and a fusion of light and dense flavours. As for desserts, Delilah’s is on trend with their gluten-free options. We got a glutenfree (made with rice flour) brownie which, for any chocolate enthusiast, is basically a golden treat. The super fun and stylishly dressed staff warmed it up and all that gooey goodness flowed out after we cut into it. It’s the perfect, guilt-free, way to end a meal, we say.
GO: Visit Delilah’s at the Najibi Centre in Saar. Call 1773 9726 for more information.