“A kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails”
A small, New York style deli at Covent Garden, Mishkin’s has a down-to-earth, cosy feel about it from the moment you step inside, with its exposed red brick walls, black and white diamond vinyl flooring and comfy seating by candlelight.
The cocktail menu is original, gin-centric and very good. J and I started with a gin sour (Hayman’s Old Tom, lemon juice, sugar, orange bitters + egg white @ £8.00) and a rosemary gimlet (Boodles, lime cordial, sugar + rosemary @ £8.50) respectively.
Now it was time to find out: what’s “Jewish deli” food all about?
Well, the menu offers a range of American classics from salt beef or pastrami sandwiches to meatloaf, burgers and dogs, and macaroni cheese. And some unusual salads besides – like curried cauliflower, chickpea and preserved lemon or fennel, almond and curly endive.
I ordered a couple of sliders (supposedly ‘small’ burgers but they were quite big) – lamb, feta, pomegranate seeds and white bean hummus and spicy fried chicken with jalapenos @ £5.00 each, while J had a fish dog, sauce gribiche (similar to tartare sauce) and onions @ £9.00.
While the fish dog went down well, and the lamb slider was interesting, the fried chicken slider was fairly uninspired.
We shared a zucchini, parmesan + basil salad @ £5.00 (really good) and a portion of chunky chips @ £3.00 (pretty generous).
Specials (both cocktails and food) are displayed on the wall. The hot butter spiced rum cocktail @ £8.00 appealed so we both ordered one (spicy mulled wine style, but with a buttery rum taste – yum).
For dessert, J had chocolate bounty bites (dense chocolate squares packed with coconut) @ £3.00 and I had pumpkin pie (well it is almost Thanksgiving…) @ £6.00.
Altogether, our meal for two – including service – came to £77.06. We paid promptly as our time limit (one hour and 45 minutes) was up on the table we’d reserved.
The verdict: Despite being a small, busy diner with a quick turnover of tables (I wasn’t a fan of the 1 hr 45mins table time-limit) Mishkin’s has a relaxing, cosy and easy feel about it. Service was distinctly average but those gin cocktails will draw me back…
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: American diner, Jewish deli
~ Address: 25 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London
~ Postcode: WC2B 5JS
~ Tel: 020 7240 2078
~ Nearest station: Covent Garden
~ Website + menus: Mishkins website
~ Photos on flickr: Mishkins images
~ facebook page: Mishkins on fb
~ Location: Mishkins map
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