Delifonseca is wonderful last-chance saloon for the clueless gift-giver. The downstairs deli on Stanley Street offers wonderful ingredients that make great gifts – and are great for picking up a key ingredient or two for dinner on the way home.

Or, alternatively, it’s a great destination for for a pleasant, unfussy and affordable tea after work. We took an out-of-town client out for lunch there recently and they were very pleased with the refined American diner-style ambiance, food and wide selection of excellent beer from local breweries served by accommodating host Angus (too accommodating in the end; the 9am meeting the next day is lost to the mists of time). Just knowing it’s there is comforting.

We were there again recently, on a fairly quiet weekday night with a group of three. As ever there were so many great-sounding dishes on the wide-ranging specials menu we were spoiled for choice, but we went for a chicken katsu with asian greens (pictured, above) in the end. Sometimes you’re entitled to bypass the ox cheeks and go for something familiar and comforting.

Wagamamma’s chicken katsu is a kind-of guilty pleasure. The classic iteration is a chicken breast breadcrumbed and fried, presented with something fairly close to a chip-shop curry sauce. It’s a meal to enjoy in the same way that you would a chippie, a pizza or even a takeaway kebab and costs somewhere in the region of eight quid.

Delifonseca’s is rather different, swapping a chicken breast for two legs with some tasty, brown meat wrapped in tasty, crispy breadcrumbs. There are some rather droopy green veg on the side, some boiled rice and a splash of fruity curry sauce. There’s not a lot to it and at £11.95 it feels, frankly, like very poor value for money.

We also have a salmon fillet with mussels in a veloute (also £11.95, pictured, left), which is overcooked and comes with a watery sauce that our dining partner constantly cracks her teeth on – there are shards of shell in it. It didn’t come with any bread for the thin sauce so some bread and oil costs at £3.25. £3.25!

Luckily the third meal – herby fishcakes (£9.95), an old stand-by – were very nice; well-balanced flavours, plenty of fish and nicely cooked with some lovely chips. As ever the service was good and the choice of beer probably the best in any Liverpool restaurant.

We very much like Delifonseca – and we’ll go back again because we know that it’s capable of excellent food; the Po’ Boys are among the best meals it’s possible to eat in Liverpool. Funnily enough we’ve never had a bad meal at Delifonseca Dockside; but the Stanley Street restaurants has had a couple of off days when we’ve been.

Any restaurant can have an off-day, but at high prices for rather mean, cheap meals the latitude for getting it wrong narrows. We’ll be back to Delifonseca again – and again, beause we’re glad it’s there. Maybe next time we’ll stick what we know though – and order those Po’ Boys with our Shipwreck IPA.

Stanley Street

7 Responses to “Review: Delifonseca, Stanley Street”

  1. Hi, it would be really helpful if you could include the reviewer’s name on reviews. Over time you come to trust, or distrust, some reviewers, without names it’s hard to know what to make of them.

  2. I agree with Peter! It feels odd not to know who is doing the writing – when you say ‘our verdict’ did you all write a bit? Does someone have a background in restaurant reviews, is it just personal opinion?

    How can we take the review seriously without feeling informed about the actual writer?

    All pieces should be attributed to a writer – good journalism always works best that way – otherwise people think what’ve you got to hide?!?

    I often read SevenStreets and often think who wrote this (in a good way – we’re not all monsters) It’d be great to know a bit about your writers!

  3. Sorry guys, for the time being that’s how it is. Take your comments on board and we may revise it in the future but thats how we decided to do things when we conceived the site. You can make your mind up over two years of reviewing all sort of stuff in Liverpool whether you trust us or not. Two people write the vast majority of our reviews – you can probably work out who they are.

  4. Well if it is just two of you and you are probably one of them, what’s the problem? I agree with the other commenters above and would like to know who writes the review.

  5. I don’t agree that pieces have to be attributed to a particular writer. From reading the feature it’s obvious that the reviewer is offering a balanced and well informed view.
    Why would anyone need a ‘background in restaurant reviews’ to make their opinion deemed more trustworthy or valid?
    Personal opinions are the only recommendations I listen to when considering trying out new places to eat. I certainly wouldn’t want to listen to some PR organised, sit-on-the-fence type thing that offers no substance what so ever.

  6. I have eaten at the Delifonseca Stanley Street restaurant on numerous occassions and I agree, non of the newer dishes seem to be able to rival the hearty fishcakes or the classic po boy sandwich.
    The restaurant is not exceptional but the food is to a decent standard and not too pricey for what you get.

    The downstairs deli however is very overpriced, many of the items can be found on the shelves of Matta’s at a more reasonable price or brands can be found online at a fraction of the price. I have on accassions noticed out of date products and vegetables past their best.

    Delifonseca is certainly, in my opinion, very overratted.

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