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

Greek Feast at The Real Greek

If you can’t go to Athens, let Athens come to you.

Which, short of the view, is just what The Real Greek does!

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Modeled after traditional Greek tavernas, The Real greek offers a wide range of inexpensive Greek mezze, all designed by Greek cooking goddess Tonia Buxton.

Perfect for a quick lunch or to linger over a few nibbles and a chilled bottle of wine with a big bunch of your favourite people!

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Over-ordering non-comulsory but very much recommended!

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Creamy Houmous, rich in tahini and delicately spiced with cumin and fresh chilli.

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Melitzanosalata, a light and fragrant blend of smoked aubergine, garlic, shallot and lemon.

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All scooped up with warm Greek flatbread!

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Crisp & morish Tiropitakia, filled with with creamy leek, spinach and feta.

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An absolute triumph!

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Zesty Revithia, a traditional chickpea salad with handfuls of herbs, olive oil and lemon.

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Hearty Gigandes Plaki, slow-cooked in a rich and herby tomato sauce.

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Beer-battered salt cod.

Perfect to replenish your stock of minerals!

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Delightful with a little squeeze of lemon!

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Tonia’s Prawns with feta

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Finger licking tiger prawns with tomato sauce, feta and a hint of Ouzo, and pretty much the essence of summer in a bowl.

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Grilled octopus with Greek oregano.

A standout dish and my absolute favourite.

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Lamb meatballs.

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Greek salad, obviously.

Classic, hearty, rustic and an absolute must-order!

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Though the Couscous salad is also a good choice and pairs especially well with grilled meats.

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Put everything in the middle of the table, pour everyone a glass of chilled Greek rosé and nibble your way through!

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And if pudding isn’t much of a thing in Greece, where sweets are traditionally eaten inbetween meals rather than at the end of them, you sure shouldn’t overlook them at The Real Greek!

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Greek yoghurt with walnuts in syrup.

Not much of a looker, but the perfect way to end the meal on an indulgent, yet healthy note.

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Greek filo custard pie is just the opposite: rich and indulgent, it’s an absolute delight!

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But nothing a big cup of Greek Mountain Tea can’t counter-act.

Full of anti-oxydants, and very delicate in flavour, it encapsulates the spirit of Greek food perfectly: super tasty, sort of healthy, perfect for sharing.

A-mezze-ing!

All you need now is getting everyone together and book a table at one of The Real Greek’s 8 London locations.

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Or you could have your own little Greek feast at home!

The Real Greek is -finally- releasing a cookbook, full of their best-sellers recipes (including all of the above), from delicious meze dishes to scrumptious feasts of lamb kleftiko and Loukaniko.

Marbleous recipes and an absolute bargain, you’d be a fool not to order it!

 

Greek Feast at The Real Greek