Bakeries & Delis

Hector’s Deli Has Just Launched Its Second Sanga Store In South Melbourne

By Simon Cassar
28th Oct 2021

A photo of a Hector's Deli South Melbourne sandwich with mustard and roast beef

There’s plenty of good news about, especially if you happen to reside in the surrounding regions of South Melbourne. Hector’s Deli, the long-running Melbourne deli sandwich landmark in Richmond has just swung open its doors to a second fresh-faced sandwich store just off Coventry Street, South Melbourne. 

They're one of the first deli sandwich outposts to put a serious chef and kitchen focus on the handheld food category. After opening in 2017, their tucked-away lunch haunt quickly rose to fame for their inventive and quality-made sandwiches in Richmond. 

We spoke to Dom Wilton, one of three founders, who spilled the beans about the miracle of the first store “Hector’s Deli is in itself a fucking anomaly, it shouldn’t work, there’s no foot traffic, there’s no public transport it’s in the backstreets of Richmond, it shouldn’t work," said Dom. But work it did, largely to their community and local focus which is what’s behind the team’s vision for the second iteration in South Melbourne.

Hector's Deli South Melbourne

In a space that is almost seven to eight times the size of the original store, Dom and the team were drawn to the authentic charm and history of the building and the South Melbourne area, “South Melbourne, much like Richmond gives us that awesome opportunity to integrate our way into what is an old strong Melbourne community,” said Dom. 

With the bigger space there’s more of a focus on creating things in-house, with a team of chefs helmed by Jack Muir-Rigby formerly of Embla and Etta experimenting with some pickling and curing of their own. The menu will keep the five long-standing Hector favourites like the incredibly photogenic ‘chicken’ with a crumbed schnitzel that escapes out of both sides of the steamed potato bun with tarragon butter, iceberg lettuce & house-made pickle mayo. 

In addition to the five core hot sangas are five new fresh ones, all based around Hector’s new signature sourdough Turkish bread recipe that they’ve developed in partnership with Flywheel. You can get your hands on a rare roast beef sanga with horseradish mayo, French’s mustard, pickled white onion, and parsley and vinegar salad on the white sesame seed top bread as well as a couple of classic salads. 

Hector's Deli South Melbourne

There's more space in South Melbourne to sit in and the store has a laid-back dining feel, especially alongside a couple of‘ Lunchtime Lagers’ a beer Hector’s has developed in partnership with Stomping Ground Brewery. The new Coventry Street store is now up and running head, so drop in now. 

You can now score $5 parking in the CBD, find out more over here

Image credit:  Hector's Deli (supplied)

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