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FYG Deli Reviewed

Jonathan Schofield feels wholesome, content and satisfied after indulging in good food

Written by . Published on January 25th 2012.

FYG Deli Reviewed

SWEET visit this.

FYG deli - the title comes from the initials of the owners - takes up a single unit in Urban Splash's Smithfield Buildings.

There was a lovely splodge of homemade tzatziki while the halloumi grilled with chilli oil was a sharp yet flabbily good delight.

It's a handsome space with lounging seats up front, and then the dining area heading up to the counter, flanked on one side by tough looking shelves laden with deli delights which could also double up as gifts. 

If there was a controlling thought process with the food offer then it was probably the word 'wholesome'. The menu zings with salads and olives and cheeses. It's exactly the sort of food choice you'd expect from a Northern Quarter on-trend eaterie. 

Wine RackedWine Racked

For breakfast you can get scrambled eggs on toast (£3.95) with extra bits such as herby mushrooms, balsamic tomatoes and smoked salmon for 55p, £1 or £2 extra respectively. 

There's granola (£3.95) and porridge with banana and cinnamon for £2.95. The full breakfast at £8.50 comes with bacon, local sausages (maybe from the piggeries of Stevenson Square - wonder how local they actually are?), cannellini beans in homemade ketchup, baked eggs, malted or seeded bread and the aforementioned herby mushrooms and balsamic tomatoes.

The grub I put in my mouth (my friend and I conjectured whether FYG really meant 'For Your Gob') fitted the theme.

I had the excellent soup of the day - maple roasted carrot and goat's cheese. I was dubious about the maple but hey, there really was a tiny tang of Canadian national symbol.

A Damn Fine SoupA Damn Fine Soup

Then I had the 'Greek Gourmet' sandwich (£6.50 - pictured at the top of the page), a monster of a folded flatbread surrounded by a thick undergrowth of salad and olives in which I swear I saw small explorers discovering new species of lettuce. There was a lovely splodge of homemade tzatziki while the halloumi, grilled with chilli oil, was a sharp yet flabbily delicious treat.

The 'Spanish' sandwich was nearly as good and cost £5.50. The best combination here was the hot chorizo mingling to excellent effect with the red onion marmalade. 

Fyg, Chorizo, Red Onion Marmelade, And WholesomenessFyg, Chorizo, Red Onion Marmalade, And Wholesomeness

We glugged a couple of wines; my red, a Pacifico Sur Merlot from Chile, (£6.90 a large glass) being a decent afternoon pacifier.  The sparkling Breckland Orchard pear and elderflower concoction (£2.75) was a good quencher too. 

The staff were as sweet as the venue. The young waiter was looking up recipes as I approached the counter. He was cooking for his girlfriend that evening. "I wooed and won her through cooking," he said. The lad knew the name of every olive in the house, its properties, flavours, provenance and characteristics. He was Dr Olive.

Olives All With Their Own NamesOlives All With Their Own Names

The cakes and fancies weren't for us that day but are all homemade. We were recommended the serving platters by the two lady proprietors. 

We, in turn, recommended they provide some big fat chips - fatty comfort food amidst all the greens. Apparently the kitchen can't do that, there's a ban on deep fat fryers, but they might do potato wedges instead. By the way all the deli counter stuff, hams, wines, biscuits, is for sale as take home fodder. There's also a tutored wine tasting on 2 February at 7pm.

Cheese DelightsCheese Delights

And you never know what you may find in that lounging area? 

"We were tidying up the other day," said one of the owners, "and we found a magazine had been left. Turned out to be full of pictures of very extreme S&M sex acts. We quickly got rid of it."

Amusing to think of the man - you've got to assume it's a fella - having a dirty peek in his mag while maybe waiting for a cake with, no doubt, whipped cream.

Then afterwards he's ten metres down the street and thinks, 'where's my mag?', then turns to return before catching himself as the thought process kicks in. There's no way he'll be going back asking those women for that. 

He should go back for the food though.

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield

FYG Deli, 42 Tib Street, Smithfield Buildings, Northern Quarter, City. 0161 478 7100.           

Rating 14/20

Food: 7/10
Service: 4/5
Ambience: 3/5

Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20, we get carried away.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Chris KellyJanuary 26th 2012.

Went last week and had the meaty cheesey platter and one of their artisan pies. All was ab fab. The staff were friendly and efficient and aided me in selecting a melting wedges of brie and a tangy roquefort with a supporting cast of lemon infused olives and a loaf of date bread. All of which was taken home and provided lunches for the weekend. Can't wait for my next visit

Sadie MJanuary 26th 2012.

I left my magazine there but the food was good

Subo87January 26th 2012.

Excellent brews, lovely service! One of the owners is a great friend of mine, and I saw FYG deli build from aspirations and ideas, into what is now a brilliant success! Fantastic to see all the hard work getting paid off, and it recieving the recognition it deserves!

callsignponyJanuary 26th 2012.

We shared a tasting platter for lunch there just before Christmas and it was delicious. The staff were super helpful and the deli selection was great. Will definitely be back!

AnonymousJanuary 26th 2012.

Kinda reminds me a bit of lovesavestheday (RIP).

Louise ScottFebruary 2nd 2012.

Def recomend FYG. My 2nd visit to FYG was this week, love this place. Had the meat and cheese sharing platter, gorgeous fresh breads, delicious meats/cheeses, homemade houmous, coleslaw, cous cous, dips, chutney and a bottle of pinot grigio blush! Great service too, v friendly. Fab deli, really enjoyed it and will be back again soon.

Daniel PitchfordFebruary 27th 2013.

Had a really nice roast beef sandwich for lunch today. The only problem was I could have sat in and had the same thing with salad and some gorgeous chunky chips at Grill on New York St for roughly the same price or at Michael Caines' for a quid less. As good as it was, five pence shy of eight quid is way over the top for a takeaway sandwich.

Chris MarsdenFebruary 27th 2013.

Had a really nice roast beef sandwich for lunch today. The only problem was I could have sat in and had the same thing with salad and some gorgeous chunky chips at Grill on New York St for roughly the same price or at Michael Caines' for a quid less. As good as it was, five pence shy of eight quid is way over the top for a takeaway sandwich.

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IanMarch 27th 2013.

So are you Chris Marsden or Daniel Pitchford?

Isabel MouratoAugust 28th 2013.

It has everything to be great but i shall never return. Bank holiday monday, we were greeted by a really nice waitress, that served us good artisan breads in the quirky alfresco area. All seemed well, until I spotted this elderly gentleman (with obvious difficulty to walk and shaking) taking a seat in one of the several empty chairs. Immediately the manager approached him to get his order and when the gentleman explained he was just trying to recover his breath, she asked (politely in all fairness) that he would move and sit on the concrete next to the alfresco area. He promptly yet in obvious effort did it. Now, this made me ill to the core. I guess she was too worried that he did not fit in with the trendy appeal of Fyg, but there is never a justification for this lack of sensitivity. I re-iterate that the gentleman did not disturb anyone and there were several tables and chairs empty. So, Fyg, you may look good on paper, but I prefer places that actually have a heart. PS- I approached the gentleman to make sure he was feeling well and check if he required any help. He was polite and thankful. One day we will all be old, and hopefully someone will smile at us and check that we are ok. As for the manager lady, karma will catch up!

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Mark GarnerSeptember 16th 2013.

well said Isabel

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