Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Living in central London, with a lot of great restaurants in my doorstep, I rarely venture outside of zone 1 for dinner.

Therefore, I rarely find myself in Hampstead, which is a real shame as it’s such a lovely little pocket of London, with restaurants to match.

Case in point – Delicatessen.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, HampsteadA hidden gem of a restaurant, with white-washed walls, wooden tables and a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ (we are at the heart of French London after all!) making it utterly charming.

And it’s not one of those ‘style-over-substance’ sort of place – no surprise here considering Delicatessen is headed by former Ottolenghi head chef Or Golan.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Offering a fully-kosher menu, Delicatessen defines itself as a place to explore modern middle-eastern rich & diverse culinary culture and the mezze-style starters are an excellent reflection of the restaurant’s bold and colourful style of cooking.

In true middle-eastern style, they’re designed to be shared – which in my opinion is the absolute best as it gives you an excuse to order up a feast.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Highlights included the Golden cauliflower, served with tahini, nuts & smoked chilli.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Mini salt beef schnitzels with kohlrabi salad.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Hummus loaded with confit lamb and crackling.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Some absolutely divine sea bass carpaccio with loads of herbs and nuts, and a tiny bit of truffle oil.

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And a delightful, still-warm Yemenite kubaneh bread to mop it all up before moving on to mains!

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A lot to love amongst the larger plates as well – for example a delightfully moist chicken thigh shawarma plate, pilled high with seared laffa, sumac onions and pea shoots.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Seared duck breast with celeriac puree, heritage carrots and glaze sauce – as moreish as it is photogenic.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

My favourite dish of them all: chicken meatballs with fresh globe and Jerusalem artichokes and lemon.

Not quite as photogenic but when the chef himself has an artichoke tattooed on his forearm, you know you’re onto a winner – and a winner it was indeed!

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Chicken pastilla – a timeless classic.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

And of course, this beast of a mixed grill with chicken thighs, kebabs, lamb chops, merguez & rib eye steak, plus bone marrow and grilled veggies thrown in for good measure.

The menu says it’s for 2 people (!!) but in my opinion, it can easily feed 4, making the £70 price point much more appropriate.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

The Israeli-oriented wine list is also full of little gems, like this veeeeeery easy to drink Dalton Canaan white, which we were recommended to have with the mezze, but I found lovely alongside the meatier dishes too.

Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Dessert in middle eastern restaurants can sometimes feel like an after-thought. But not at Delicatessen, where the team is working hard to offer a wide range of dairy-free options.

They’re not all succesful (the chocolate mousse was very much not my thing).

But the malabi (pictured above) and the basbousa (semolina) cake are both great proof that vegan puds have nothing to envy to their dairy-filled counterparts.

And if like me, you rarely venture in Hampstead, that last one alone is almost enough to make your way there… But once you’re there, you might as well have it all (and then some!)

Delicatessen, 46 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NH

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Kosher Feast at Delicatessen, Hampstead

Market Porter, Battersea

Those last few weeks, I had been working really hard on blog scheduling, trying to make sure I balance content to make sure you guys don’t end up reading 7 restaurant reviews one week, and then none for weeks.

It was all going well, but then I visited the newly-opened Market Porter in Battersea and everything tumbled down.

Forget being organised and planning content ahead, there was no way I was keeping this one from you for one second!

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Nestled in the still-being-built Embassy Gardens luxury development right by the river, finding Market Porter is still a bit of a challenge…

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But it’s well worth the effort as Market Porter is the cutest café / deli I have ever seen.

Worthy of my Paris’ favourites!

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Quite small, but so very charming and welcoming, just like the people running it!

People who love wine, cheese and charcuterie are always the best people anyway.

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And true to its roots (Market Porter is the first off-line venture of Meatporter.com, famous for delivering exceptionally high-quality meat cuts right to your door), Market Porter focuses on the quality of ingredients.

Only the very best, carefully sourced with both taste and ethics in mind, is to be found on the shelves.

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The artisan deli selection of course includes some of Meat Porter‘s gorgeous own produce, usually only available through their website.

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Along with a fine selection of wine, coffee, cheese as well as other high-quality British food and drink products.

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You can of course take all those beautiful things home and turn them into the most beautiful of picnics.

Or you can turn to the man behind the bar and trust him to come up with something wonderful.

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Like this Green Peppercorn wild boar salami on sourdough with spinach and roasted red peppers.

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Crunchy toasted sourdough, spread with a touch of the very best mayo, fresh baby spinach leaves, paper-thin, smoky and delicate salami, soft peppers, simply drizzled in fragrant olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, this beauty shines by its simplicity.

But when everything that goes into a dish is that good, nothing more is needed to create something absolutely stellar.

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Both picture and taste-perfect and one of the best lunches I’d had in a while.

So if you happen to be in the area, go give them a go (and get me some of this salami when you’re at it!).

Market Porter, 5 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens London SW8 5AJ Market Porter Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Market Porter, Battersea