#navbar-iframe { display: none; }

« Home | Sydney Writers' Festival » | EoMEoTE #7: bill's corn fritters » | Dine & Dish #2: Queen of Cuisine » | Upcoming events » | Crystal Seafood, Strathfield » | Park your stubbie » | IMBB#15: Marshmallows rolled in toasted coconut » | Ben Lee @ The Metro, 18 May » | Lemon sour cream cake recipe » | What's cookin', good lookin' »

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Cyril's, Haymarket

Merely approaching Cyril's and catching sight of the goodie-laden baskets outside, is enough to quicken my step and tantalise my tastebuds whenever I'm in the area.

This quaint and traditional European deli has been on Hay Street since 1956. Its owner, Cyril Vincenc, is a permanent fixture behind the counter, offering advice to customers in English, Russian, Polish and Czech. Back in the 1970s, Sydneysiders were apparently fascinated with the exotic smoked goods within. These days Cyril is best buddies with all matter of chefs--a picture of him with Neil Perry sits proudly behind the counter.

I love to have a quick browse in here whenever I get the chance. The stock in the baskets outside changes regularly, and can hold anything from Norwegian celeriac salad, to Danish jams to 1kg tubs of Dijon mustard. Inside it's a flashback to old-fashioned delis, where canned and bottled goods line the back wall, loaves of bread sit on the counter and smoked goods hang in the window.

The cheese table is always a treasure trove of goodies. There are lots of reduced cheeses (although I've found the bries and camemberts tend to be very over-ripe), pate, dips and other delicious morsels.

Tubs of marinated baby octopus are always delightfully tender, the chunky nut pesto is very more-ish and in the fridges you can get 500g packets of smoked salmon for $9.95.

There's half a wall of imported chocolates and gourmet biscuits, our favourite Wild Game pate (in the shape of a pig) in the display chiller, and plenty of mascarpone-stuffed figs.

Look, smell, see, touch. Ahhh... they don't make delis like they used to.

Cyril's Delicatessen
181 Hay Street, Haymarket, Sydney
Tel: 02 9211 0994.
10 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 6/02/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 6/03/2005 1:23 am, Blogger eat stuff said…

    1 vote from me too :)

  • At 6/07/2005 7:43 am, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Drool..drool ..drool... :)

  • At 2/01/2008 2:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Been going to Cyril's for over 30 years. Now that we are living up the coast first port of call when in Sydney is Cyril's.

  • At 2/18/2008 1:53 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - A lovely story to hear :) That's quite a shopping trek!

  • At 5/24/2010 4:46 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The thing I most liked about Cyril's, was that you could walk in there and ask for a sandwich, and he would put on it whatever he had to hand (always including some salad veges). Liberation from choice! I hope it's still there in June.

  • At 6/01/2010 1:28 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Cyril's has such a strong and loyal following and yep, it's still there. Hope you enjoy your sandwich!

  • At 5/22/2011 9:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    does cyril sell frozen perogies?

  • At 5/31/2011 1:08 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - Sorry, I'm not sure. Best to give them a call on the phone number above and check with them directly.

  • At 4/10/2012 12:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Qld and for a few years commuted to Sydney weekly for work. Cyril's was a regular stop for me then - sometimes once when I arrived to get supplies for the week and again when I was flying home to stock up the pantry & fridge at home.

    Now I got to Sydney once or twice a year and I always stop there on my last day to see what treats he has in store for me. I'm heading down in a few weeks mainly to stock up at Cyril's!

  • At 6/17/2013 3:01 pm, Anonymous jane said…

    I know a lady who lives in the blue mountains now and she remembers when they opened and was a regular customer and still talks about cyrils and the food she loved from there and wishes she could travel to there again!


Post a Comment

<< Home

      << Read Older Posts       |       >> Read Newer Posts