By Tim Blassingame
Special to The Roanoke Times
Prakash and Sarojani Malakar opened Cafe X-press on Apperson Drive in Salem about a year ago. Prakash takes pride in his menu at this New York-style deli, explaining that he serves healthy food that contains no preservatives. He is responsible for all food preparations while Sarojani, his wife, is in charge of serving and taking care of customers, which she does extremely well.
During my travels to New York, I’ve had the pleasure of dining in some of the city’s deli-style restaurants. When I first walked into Cafe X-press, I felt like I was back in the Big Apple.
The cramped space offers six tables and four bar stools at a counter, where Prakash can be seen preparing each meal in the open kitchen. A deli case filled with an assortment of nonalcoholic beverages and cold salads greets diners at the front of the deli, which is typical of this type of restaurant.
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206 Apperson Drive, Salem