Newyork plate of mind
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.