The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - The salmonpacked Detox Box is a saintly treat

BA C K I N t h e day, a v i s i t t o a shop­ping mall was never about the food. When the old lady of north-west Lon­don — Brent Cr o s s S hop­ping Cen­tre — opened her doors, there was barely a sand­wich in sight. How things have changed — now there is a ded­i­cated food court and tempt­ing kiosks ev­ery few paces to keep the shop­pers on site.

As many of us will be spend­ing more time than usual in shop­ping cen­tres over the next few weeks, we will prob­a­bly be hav­ing a mall-bound meal or two. So here’s a sea­sonal guide to some of the top places to eat/rest/en­ter­tain the chil­dren/hus­band while you are hunt­ing for Chanu­cah gifts — whether you are try­ing to stay healthy or want to sur­ren­der to fes­tive in­dul­gence from the minute you set foot on the mar­ble floors.

Af­ter a re­cent facelift, Brent Cross an­chor store Fen­wick has more than its fair share of worth-a-visit eater­ies. Tucked away on the third floor of the glam fash­ion store is Patis­serie Va­lerie, home of flaky, Bel­gian patis­serie and show­stop­per gateaux — a per­fect spot to plan your shop­ping strat­egy over croissants and café au lait. Or, to sus­tain a full on­slaught on the shops, en­joy a cooked break­fast from Three, Fen­wick’s own wait­erser­vice restau­rant next door, or Carluccio’s down on Fen­wick’s lower-ground floor.

Per­haps you just fancy a juice or smoothie from ShakeTas­tic (also on Fen­wick’s third floor) — bet­ter known for its huge range of milk­shakes made from al­most any choco­late bar, bis­cuit or sweet treat you can think of. Fairly quiet on term-time morn­ings, in the af­ter­noons it is of­ten throng­ing with thirsty, uni­formed chil­dren.

You could cure the mid-morn­ing slumps with a shot of caf­feine from the Tonino Lam­borgh­ini Caffe, at the foot of the es­ca­la­tor to the food court. Truly the best cof­fee this side of Roma.

By lunchtime, you will be look­ing for a place to park your shop­ping bags. Lighter-biters will make a bee­line for Waga­mama, Yo Sushi or new Ja­panese kiosk Youme­sushi (at the foot of the cen­tral es­ca­la­tors).

Youme­sushi sells in­ter­est­ing sushi plat­ters (the salmon-packed Detox Box is a saintly treat); sal­ads (check out the Su­per Sea­weed), fruit pots and a hand­ful of hot dishes, in­clud­ing miso salmon and a panko-crusted vegetarian tofu.

Ob­ser­vant shop­pers can fuel up at The Kan­teen — the fam­ily-owned, kosher, deli-style restau­rant of­fer­ing a huge menu, from break­fast bagels and shak­shuka to piz­zas, pasta dishes and omelettes, sand­wiches and sal­ads.

If you’re still at Brent Cross mid-af­ter­noon, a cup­cake at Lola’s café will be hard to re­sist. Cup­cake milk­shakes and sun­daes will surely be an in­cen­tive to

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