Restaurants & Bars

Bevis Marks - The Restaurant

Michael Krantz | Jul 31, 200301:10 PM

I understand that it has been open for two weeks and is under the supervision of the Sephardi Kosher Authorities. The advent of a new kosher restaurant is always of interest, but this one also happens to be attached to England oldest synagogue - Bevis Marks - to the east of The Square Mile.

A friend and I decided to try it. To describe the food, it was Modern British with a few haimishe favourites like chicken soup with dumplings and chopped liver thrown in to add some 'Jewish' verisimilitude, disappointingly there were no Sephardic items on the menu. The surroundings are cool and modern and there are a few tables in the courtyard.

Since my friend had already had lunch, he didn't have a starter. I was a bit too ponderous in my selection of starter and asked for chicken soup - changed my mind and asked for chopped liver and got chicken soup. I decided to keep the soup which was hot and chickeny but not in any way exceptional.

For main courses I had the special which was braised duck on onion mash with a berry sauce. It was very good. Whilst my companion had grilled salmon which looked good. We both had fruit salad for desert. I didn''t see the bill but I expect it was in the order of £50-60 for the two of us with a couple of bottles of water.

All in all an unexceptional experience that left me feeling happy that we had patronized a restaurant that is attempting to breath some life into the the hitherto non-existant kosher food scene in the City of London, but sad that the food in so un-distinguished, un-sephardi and un-jewish.

OK, it may attract some of the traders that work in the area and are looking for a kosher lunch, but to survive, it needs to woo the larger population and to do that it needs its own identity.

Link: http://www.bevismarkstherestaurant.com

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