Delica rf-1 is an interesting experiment in Japanese deli food. It’s high-end (i.e. expensive), they use fresh ingredients and even utilize some of the vendors that reside in the Ferry Building (Cowgirl Creamery and Prather Meat Company). I was lucky enough to end up here with my wife and sister in law, so we were able to get a pretty good sampling of food between the three of us. $47 later, here’s how things broke down.
For all their talk about fresh, healthy and balanced meals, Delica’s strength is definitely in their fried foods. The Potato Croquette was really nice, but the Crab Cream Croquette is even better. Tonkatsu was smaller and bite sized since it’s made with pork tenderloin, a smaller, leaner cut of meat that benefits from being fried in panko. They’re all perfectly fried, not greasy and still crispy after sitting in the display case for awhile.
We also tried both curries — Mushroom and Ground Chicken Curry and Beef Curry served with hot steamed rice — and they were good, but they also weren’t anything special either, although the beef curry featured some perfectly cooked Prather Ranch Meat.
But the real star at Delica is the Roast Beef Sushi. A rare piece of Meyer Ranch meat on top of sushi rice and topped with baby arugula, shallots and julienned radish. It not only looked beautiful, it was absolutely delicious. And to think it was almost an afterthought because it was in a separate box from the rest of the food and we were all pretty full by the time we ate them.
We also ordered the Spinach and Sesame Salad (Goma-ae), which was very bland, but my sister in law said that that’s what it’s supposed to taste like. The Sweet & Spicy Chicken was good but nothing mind blowing, as was the Chicken Dumpling with sweet chili sauce.
I really wanted to try the Tofu Steak with Miso Sauce and Kakiage Tempura (mixture of shredded vegetables, white shrimp in a tempura batter), but we already had too much food, but I think the next time I go, I’m just going to get three orders of roast beef sushi and call it a day.
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