Sisters – and in neat little trios – feature prominently in Helen Kyprios’ world, with her mother one of three sisters, Helen herself blessed with two female siblings and now she’s the proud mother of three teenaged daughters.
So, it’s no surprise that when she opened her breakfast and lunch café on Port Adelaide’s busy St Vincent Street back in October 2020, she reflected on the many sisters across the generations before happily settling on the name.
She’d call it My Sister’s Deli…and it has been a wise choice too, with many patrons commenting on the homeliness of the name, which accurately reflects the simple though tasteful décor celebrating her parents’ Croatian roots and their voyage to Australia back in the early 1960s, along with the down-to-earth Croatian meals Helen prepares with so much love and passion.
The breakfast and lunch menus are very much in keeping with her philosophy that food should tell a story – and if you’re not cooking from the heart, it will show up on the plate!
Dishes like Dad’s Croatian Breakfast ooze that ‘heart’ as it pays homage to and tells the story of Helen’s father and his legendary early morning cook-ups in the family home. Fried kranskies and scrambled eggs are topped with a traditional tomato, onion and capsicum satarash – a Croatian Ragu of sorts – weigh down the plates and release inviting and appetising aromas.
It’s a firm favourite with the locals, as is the lunchtime King Tom Burger. This one, comprising a chevapi patty, bacon, egg, onion, lettuce, tomato, cream cheese and ajvar – a roasted red pepper condiment synonymous with the Balkan countries – leaves the diner suitably recharged and even feeling a tad royal knowing they’ve devoured a burger that takes its name from Croatia’s first king, Tomislav.
Always on the go, Helen hopes to soon add a liquor licence to the mix and with it, offer themed dinners of schnitzel shashliks, fish and traditional Croatian fare on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings respectively.
But for now, you can be sure the flavours My Sister’s Deli has fast become famous for – and the warm and gregarious atmosphere that fills the room – will do their very own bit of intoxicating!
Please visit My Sister’s Deli’s Facebook page for more information on opening times and dishes.