Newyork plate of mind

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - FOOD with Belinda Cipriano

THE last time I ate pas­trami and rye was at Katz’s Deli in Man­hat­tan in 2010.

The eat­ing es­tab­lish­ment, a mecca for the meaty morsel and made fa­mous by Meg Ryan’s fake or­gasm and the “I’ll have what she’s hav­ing” line in When Harry Met Sally, is a must for food­ies trav­el­ling to the Big Ap­ple.

So when I heard I could have what she was hav­ing, right here in Perth, I high­tailed it to Rock­e­feller in High­gate to get a taste of NYC.

The deli is the brain­child of hus­band and wife duo Michael and Kaye Ado­nis, along with their chef friend Scotty Al­fonso. The trio started the busi­ness in Novem­ber and smoke their salmon, turkey and pas­trami and of­fer proper boiled bagels.

The night I went along, there was no go­ing past the pas­trami on rye – $22 for a nor­mal size and $36 for a NYC size. House-smoked pas­trami with spicy brown mus­tard is served with house-made crisps (yes, crisps like the ones you get in the packet but bet­ter) and pick­les.

It was good, but not amaz­ing and while I re­ally wanted to get that same feel­ing I felt at Katz’s, it didn’t quite hap­pen.

The half chook – roasted in the wood oven and served with herb and gar­lic Is­raeli cous cous ($25) – how­ever, was the win­ner.

Beau­ti­fully cooked and teamed with the Is­raeli cous cous, it was in­cred­i­ble and could not have made me heart New York more.

Fin­ish­ing the night with a slice of Mum’s baked cherry cheese­cake ($10) and a lemon with kaf­fir lime, grape­fruit and lime shrub ($8), it made me want to hop back over to the con­crete jun­gle in a New York minute.

But why would I do that when I can do it again right here.

The half chook with herb and gar­lic Is­raeli cous cous was the win­ner at Rock­e­feller.

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