Restaurants & Bars 8

Mishkins [London]

brokentelephone | Nov 27, 201103:42 AM

I tried the new Jewish/NY restaurant from the guys behind Polpo, Sputino, etc., on Friday (their opening day).

Began with a matzoh ball soup which contained one of the finest matzoh balls I've ever eaten (freshly made, probably w/schmaltz, with thyme and other fresh herbs) but unfortunately served in a very bland broth. Shared a half&half of fries and onion rings which were good, the onion rings better than the fries, but both quite nice.

I had a reuben sandwich (pastrami, sauerkraut, russian dressing) which was ok, but seriously in need of a bit of work. The pastrami itself was the best I've tried in London (which isn't saying much but still) as it had a great soft texture and was quite flavourful, but there was far too little of it on the sandwich and WAY WAY WAY too much sauerkraut. If you envision an American reuben you'd imagine a few inches of pastrami with a little sprinkling of sauerkraut over the cheese and dressing, but this was the opposite. The bread itself was fine, but the sauerkraut turned it into a soggy mess (and to nit-pick, I'd have sliced it a bit thinner). I presume making pastrami is hard work and expensive for a new place, but a more generous helping would have really improved this sandwich.

Fiancee had the steamed burger which was very good -- thinly sliced onions fried crispy on the top of a good patty on a chewy bun.

All in all, I'd definitely go back. It was the first day and it ran as if it had been in business for 10 years. Excellent service, food came out on time, and overall a great atmosphere.

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