RestaurantsLondonShoreditchE1

survey result

Summary

£82
 ££££
4
Very Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Well worth the queue”, this legendary Brick Lane bakery – a rare survivor of Whitechapel’s historic Jewish community – produces as many as 20,000 beigels a week for the hungry crowd that lines up, 24 hours a day, to devour them stuffed with salt beef, lox, cream cheese or chopped herring. Why? They are so, so cheap! Other Jewish deli classics are available including onion platzels and cheesecake, and everything is “great value for money”. Top Tip: ‘beigel’ is the correct European spelling, to be pronounced as in ‘Einstein’; ‘bagel’ is the American version.

Summary

£5
    £
4
Very Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This epic, “super-cheap” Jewish deli (nowadays “obviously in overseas guide books given the numbers of tourists in the line”) has been famous forever, thanks to its “delicious home-made beigels” and “incredible salt beef”, plus its 24/7 opening (and queue). Staff “can be very rude”, but “the brutal service is part of the charm”. Top Tip – “forget the beigel and have salt beef in a superb onion platzel – at £4.50 it’s one of London’s culinary bargains”.

Summary

£5
    £
4
Very Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This epic, “super-cheap” Jewish deli (nowadays “obviously in overseas guide books given the numbers of tourists in the line”) has been famous forever, thanks to its “delicious home-made beigels” and “incredible salt beef”, plus its 24/7 opening (and queue). Staff “can be very rude”, but “the brutal service is part of the charm”. Top Tip – “forget the beigel and have salt beef in a superb onion platzel – at £4.50 it’s one of London’s culinary bargains”.

Summary

£6
    £
3
Good
1
Poor
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Salt beef and salmon – what more could you ask for?” say fans of the epic filled beigels, sold at prices seemingly unchanged from the 1980s, at this famous, if dead grungy, 24/7 East End bakery. Service is of the unsmiling, Soviet-era variety.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Pudding
£5.30 £1.10
Drinks  
Filter Coffee £1.00
Extras  
Bread £1.50
159 Brick Ln, London, E1 6SB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑12 am

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