More-ish kosher menu and a toast to cheese
and a heavy oak floor and tables. Supervised by Federation, Delicatessen is a restaurant, deli and catering company. The deli stock will include wines, oils, peanut butter, granola, truffles and honey, among other items.
The 35-seat restaurant has a highend menu, merging the best of Ashkenazi and Sephardi. “Yiddish” chicken soup and chopped liver sit next to chicken, saffron and nut pastille (pastry) and sea bream, harissa and coriander filo cigars in the section labelled Nishnushim (snacks) and, for the bigger appetites, a challah burger made with bone marrow shares menu space with lamb shoulder, ras el hanout skewers with lavender, freekeh and lentil broth (all one dish).
My sea bass carpaccio with lemon oil, black truffles, candy beetroot, sumac and radish was picture- and palate-perfect. A semolina and coconut cake topped with halva ice cream and halva strings was similarly spectacular.
The plan is to open all day, including for breakfast. A deli takeaway counter will offer cured meats, chicken soup and salt beef. Golan also hopes to offer a modern Israeli-menu for outside catering.
CHARITY AND CAKE FOR MUM There is still time to book, cook or buy something for Mother’s Day this Sunday. We love restaurant-reservation platform Charitable Bookings. Book any restaurant via the site and £1 per diner will be donated to a charity of your choice — at no cost to you. If you prefer to speak to a human rather than get a table online, you can call and the charity still receives your donation. Find out how at charitablebookings.org
Tea is always a good bet — which mum does not like cake? In London check out Regent Street’s Hotel Café Royal, offering afternoon tea in the Grade II listed Oscar Wilde Bar. Treat Mum to savoury and sweet goodies and more than 20 tea blends while a pianist tickles the ivories. Details at Chopped liver at Delicatessen
hotelcaferoyal.com Or try a gorgeously stylish afternoon tea at Seymour’s Parlour at the Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone. From £28 per person; more info at thezettertownhouse.com.
A fun option is the Biscuiteers’ Icing Cafés in London’s Notting Hill or Clapham, where you can have traditional afternoon tea, including beautifully iced cookies. Book at biscuiteers. com and for £10 extra you can ice your own treats before demolishing them.
I love Leon, the healthy fast-food chain. From my favourite morning toast with lashings of cinnamon-and-date butter to the healthy fish fingers they make for my children, it is a winner. The recently opened branch on Shaftesbury Avenue has something a little bit special. Same menu but, with a nod to its showbiz location, the team serves up not only food but also songs to its customers. The thrill of the grill at Cheese Bar, Camden. Guaranteed to melt your heart The 40-strong staff all hope performing at Leon will help propel them from shop floor to stage. Very Fame. See leonrestaurants.co.uk
St Albans-based Relish Real Burgers has opened a second branch in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The St Albans branch is a family favourite, with its welcoming staff and child-friendly service style (children’s food arrives in a cute individual metal tray, with milkshakes in tiny milk bottles) and plenty of games available for in-meal entertainment. Fish and vegetarian options available. relishrealburgers.co.uk
SHABBAT ALL WEEK?
April is clearly a good month for Jewish food. Two kosher-style restaurants are set to open. Monty’s Deli, previously a market stall, will be taking up residence in a former bakery in Hoxton, east London, baking bagels and serving Jewish classics. There will also be a special Shabbat-style menu every evening. The second opening — also out east — is Zobler’s Deli, to be one of seven restaurants in a new member’s club, The Ned. Again, not kosher, the Jewish-style deli will offer smoked fish, herrings, salads, cheesecake, plus all the New York deli classics, to eat in or take away. Another of the restaurants going into the building is a sister for Mayfair stalwart, the Italian Cecconi’s.
OOZE AND AHS
Opening next week is The Cheese Bar, in Camden Market. Originally a mobile business (The Cheese Truck), a crowdfunding campaign raised £130,000, allowing it a new permanent site. The menu celebrates the best of British cheese in a range of grilled cheese sandwiches and ice-creams (such as a dark chocolate sundae made with honey and Beenleigh Blue, a sweet ewe’s-milk cheese from South Devon). thecheesetruck.co.uk