I managed to make it to Will's Deli before the snow hit, but if I hadn't beaten the weather, it would still have been an excellent choice - the menu at this veggie-friendly cafe is eminently suitable for a chilly day. While there are plenty of salads available, there's also a wide range of hot dishes, from chicken fricassee to vegetarian lasagne. A couple of my friends chose the tofu massaman curry, which smelled rich, spicy and warming (although, as one of them found out, not a very good pairing with grated cheese - lesson learned).
I chose the goats' cheese rarebit, served with a choice of two salads - red cabbage and a mixture of raw broccoli and peas, in my case. We all squeezed into one of the booth tables, noting that the cafe was already filling up despite it being fairly early in the lunch hour.
My rarebit was a bubbly, savoury delight. Made with crusty sourdough bread and topped with cheese and a mixture of roasted vegetables, it was grilled to perfection and was a great accompaniment to the fresh, crunchy salads. I forewent the grated cheese and opted for spicy roasted seeds as a topping, which added a subtle, salty note to the meal.
Food isn't the only area in which Will's Deli has a good range of options. I chose a lemonade to drink with my meal, but one of my friends browsed their range of teas and opted for the Lapsang Souchong. According to her, it was a very good brew, and the delicious smoky scent that I could smell across the table seemed to confirm this.
Run by the same team behind Alpha Bar and the Vaults and Gardens, Will's Deli faces a lot of competition from the many other delis near Little Clarendon Street, but more than holds its own, as proven by the number of happy customers I saw during my visit. The snow may have melted (for now), but it's still worth a trip to have a high-quality, warming meal that will chase away the winter chill.