28 August 2013
The original Mishkin's was established way back in 1931. Its current format is a little younger, having been regenerated as part of the Polpo family in 2011. The premise is the same and it's described as 'a kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails' that serves up the 'Jewish comfort food we all love eating'. It was my first foray into Jewish food (late night Brick Lane beigels don't count) and it didn't disappoint.
As it was a work thing and we were keeping it casual, we decided to order several plates and share. We opted for the reuben on toasted rye (pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss and Russian dressing), the Brick Lane salt beef sandiwch with Colman's and pickles, the salt beef and Colman's triple cheese macaroni, lamb and minted yoghurt sliders (we went for the smaller to share, as the large just doubles the patty), beetroot and feta slider with cumin salsa, and sides of half and half (chips and onion rings) and the summer radish slaw. A veritable feast with everything a mix of crunchy pickle and gloriously salted beef flavours - we just kept coming back for more.
The atmosphere was laid back, the staff friendly and attentive and the food quick to arrive. We didn't try any of the daily or seasonal specials but if you're nipping in for something sweet, go for the baked cheesecake of the day - ours was maple and pecan and to die for. We had a booth but sit at the New York deli-style bar and revel in the classic brickwork and chrome combination.
For a brilliant introduction to Jewish-style food, Mishkin's gets a moreish four out of five.
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