More-ish kosher menu and a toast to cheese

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL -

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.

SHOW BUSI­NESS

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

FAM­ILY MUNCH

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

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