Lunch for 1 without Cream Soda: £19.50
So a friend of a friend here in London who was planning a trip to New York for him and his wife for their 1 year anniversary had asked me for restaurant recommendations in NYC. I obliged with a list of the top notch eateries where the Hoi Polloi gather to nosh and was very impressed with myself and my gourmet credentials when he came back and asked for my list of favorite Jewish eateries.
This request immediately created an intense craving for Jewish food. I know myself well enough to know that left unfulfilled this craving would consume my every waking moment. So after sending off the email with my favorite places in New York to clog ones arteries with things cooked in schmaltz I set off to find some here in London.
I got off the tube in Golders Green expecting to emerge into a thriving Jewish neighborhood, only to be somewhat disappointed. I ended up wandering up Finchley road for quite some time before I found a lone (open) Jewish restaurant in Temple Fortune – Delisserie.
Delisserie bills itself proudly on its awning as a “New York Deli”. Now I’ve had some seriously disappointing experiences with “American” or “New York” style foods here in London. For example have you ever eaten a “bagel” in this town? Then there was the absolute disaster that is Harlem restaurant. You can understand therefore why I was suspicious. But at this point I was also completely ravenous.
I started with chicken soup with lockshen and kneidel – sheesh what a mouthful. You would never see these words on a menu in a NY deli, we don’t have time to read all those words in New York City. Matzoh ball soup – shorter and with the added benefit that the goyim can pronounce it.
The flavor was definitely spot on. The broth was really good, but the single matzoh ball was tiny. I am used to getting one absolutely ginormous matzoh ball surrounded by a little bit of broth – not a big bowl of broth with one eensy ball. It was good though next time I would request a few more of the itsy kneidels.
Next I had a deli platter which included chopped liver, salt beef and a potato latke. Here’s where I had another problem with the whole “NY” claim. They say they have and I quote “The best salt beef sandwich outside of New York”. I defy you to find a salt beef sandwich in New York – they simply do not exist. We have pastrami and corned beef – but salt beef – no. Nevertheless it was pretty damn good.
The pot of yellow mustard (not pictured) was the perfect foil for the beef. The latke was also delicious but shockingly they did not have apple sauce. I am sorry people but you cannot call yourself a New York deli if you do not have apple sauce for the latkes. I am pretty sure that would be against NY city law.
The chopped liver – it was fine – but I am in the fortunate/unfortunate position of having an aunt who really does make the best chopped liver on earth so I am never completely satisfied with what I get served in any deli.
It was all good and if I should ever again find myself getting dizzy from hunger in Temple Fortune again I will stop in. But a nice Jewish girl I know has recommended I head up to Edgeware so I think that is where I will be going the next time I crave chopped liver.
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