Tuesday, 27 December 2011

B&K salt beef bar.

This is a truly beautiful place. Located in Edgware, down one of the quieter side roads leading off the busy high street, it is a safe haven from manic shoppers and frantic businessmen running for busses, offering up delectable Jewish fare in a restaurant so small you feel as though you've been invited into their living room for Friday night supper. 

I am a massive fan of the jam packed deli sandwiches New York is famous for, and am of the belief that there is nothing better than getting your teeth around one of these sandwiches from B&K - it's almost as though you've flown over there (plus you get to save about three hundred bucks on the flight - result).

It's the classic combination of lashings of that beautifully pink, wickedly savoury salt beef (which, at B&K is fantastically flavourful and has just the right amount of chew) lovingly placed between two pieces of rye bread. Hey, the Jews definitely did this right. 

Another thing that I cannot praise enough about this place is the portions - most people think they're a little too generous, but personally I think the good folks there have got it just right. After all, who wants a wimpy sandwich sporting a few lonely slices of salt beef? That's just tragic.

Of course the restaurant offers variants on this classic sandwich, as well as other traditional Jewish fare such as matzo ball soup, but really nothing can compare to this godfather of the Jewish luncheon.

So if you ever find yourself in the neighbourhood, or discover a craving for a perfectly packed salt beef sandwich, I ask you, no, I beg you, think B&K. So good, it's almost worth converting for. 

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