Luckily for me, my work’s offices are located a stone’s throw from the likes of Covent Garden, Soho and Oxford Street, home to some of London’s best places to eat, with new restaurants seeming to crop up every month! As a self confessed foodie, I look forward to trying out the endless array of restaurants when I can.
One of the most interesting places I have lunched was Mishkin’s. They describe themselves as ‘a kind of jewish deli with cocktails’. They’ve got it in a nutshell. The place has an American diner feel to it from the minute you walk in, complete with leather booths and barstools, with cocktails replacing the likes of milkshakes. Here, I recommend Ezra’s Green Rose cocktail, a firm favourite at our table.
The menu here is typically Jewish, and boy is it mouthwatering. To start, we had the classic chicken matzo ball soup, beef corn dogs with cranberry ketchup, cod cheek popcorn and candied beets goat’s curd and cashew salad.
I have never tried corn dogs before, and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out on! You must get these if you go here, and if you’re on a diet, put it on hold for these.
I remember Heston Blumental introducing the nation to cod cheek popcorn in one of his programmes, so to my delight this featured on the menu here, allowing me to finally sample this tasty dish. It did not fail to impress. I agree with Heston on this one.
We all went for different deli sandwiches for our mains. I went for the smoked salmon, cream cheese and soft boiled egg bagel. Others had the Reuben on rye, and Brick Lane salt beef. To accompany this we had the macaroni cheese with salt beef and mustard. I almost never leave food on my plate, but I did struggle with this amount of delicious comfort food. You certainly won’t leave the premises hungry, I can promise you that.
The only downside was the slightly sloppy service, we seemed to be lumped with a boy who could have easily been an extra in Wayne’s World. Let’s just say, he seemed a little spaced out. But we weren’t in a rush.
On the whole, Mishkin’s is definitely somewhere to try and a place which I will want to revisit soon. This kind of food is not your everyday grub, and you will be eating outside of your comfort zone here if you are not Jewish. Go on, treat yourself, and try something different.
I’m such a sucker for crumble. Here’s a Strawberry Rhubarb skillet Crumble for your pleasure.
For a little touch of class on a Sunday morning. Beetroot Involtini, Black Trumpet Mushroom, Ricotta and Arugula Pesto. Who says presentation doesn’t matter?
Tonight I was treated by my housemate and got dinner cooked for me. In exchange for my Sunday night spicy chilli, rice and sprouting broccoli I was presented with baked chilli salmon, couscous and chickpeas and fried peppers and onions, all flavoured with delicious Indian spices and topped off with chilli flavoured seeds adding some texture.
Count myself very lucky right now. I definitely got the best deal.
Reviews of Opera Tavern and Mishkins.