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Billing itself as a ‘Jewish deli with cocktails’, Mishkin’s is another feather in the cap for serial restaurateur Russell Norman (of Polpo and Spuntino fame). Net curtains, red booths, Formica-topped tables and exposed brickwork conjure a cosy-but-cool NYC vibe, backed by a non-kosher menu of ‘stodgy but very satisfying’ small plates, sandwiches and sliders. Favourites include the signature Reuben on rye, classic mac ‘n’ cheese and beef corn dogs with green ketchup, though daily plates such as meatballs or generous turkey schnitzel are also worth a go. Classic cocktails and malted milkshakes are our pick from the interesting drinks list, while puddings such as baked cheesecake and boozy bananas Foster pile on the calorific comfort. ‘Really friendly’ staff keep things speedy and ensure a fast turnaround, although you can book to reserve a table.


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  1. Published : Tuesday, 10 January 2012

    Rate My Bistro :: Mishkin’s – Covent Garden

    A big thank you goes out to my friend who introduced me to Miskin’s just before the Christmas break! He suggested trying this new restaurant when we decided to have a festive catch up!

    It made such a refreshing change to have some different types of food! Food that when we looked at the menu, there were no descriptions of each item. So the ones that we didn’t know what they were, had to be explained by the staff!

    From the exterior, it looks like this place has been around for a while! It reminded me of an old sort of tavern. But Mishkin’s is a fairly recent addition to Covent Garden!...
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  1. The interior took me by surprise as I was expecting a traditional cosy environment. Instead, Mishkin’s is a more modern, casual restaurant with a separate bar area should you wish to socialise and drink cocktails.

    It took me awhile to pick dishes from the menu. It wasn’t because I was being indecisive, I was confused by the portion sizes and the menu. At first glance the menu is something you’d find in an American deli with sections such as ‘Sandwiches’, ‘Hot Dogs’, ‘Sliders’ and apart from a few dishes, the menu didn’t scream ‘Jewish’...
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  1. Published : Monday, 4 November 2013

    edge and spoon :: Mishkin’s

    Mishkin’s sounds like it could be something akin to a Promised Land: big, brash sandwiches; punchy cocktails; and enough buzz to satisfy even the surliest New Yorker. Mention the word kosher and you’ll be laughed out the door – it actually offers sexed-up comfort food for the unknowing goyim. But this goy knows. Mishkin’s falls well short.

    Nevertheless, the room is a treat and a half. Russell Norman after all – a foodie sleb, of sorts (Polpo et al) – is the puppet master, and the feel is unmistakably of an American diner: chequered floor, squashy red booths, paper napkins...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 10 February 2013

    A Table For Two :: Mishkin’s

    No doubt about it, there is a buzz about Mishkin’s. It may be due to it’s location or the fact that it’s one of the few Jewish Delis around London.

    The interior is all bare brick walls and low lighting, very much in keeping with the rest of the Russell Norman and Richard Beatty empire which include the ever popular Polpo, Polpetto, Spuntino and Da Polpo. Banquette seating and closely stacked formica topped tables, provide a one way ticket away from Covent Garden into a one of New York’s little hip hangouts. However, don’t expect authentic Kosher delicacies because one thing Mishkins isn’t is truly Jewish...
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  1. Miskin’s from the exterior appearance wouldn’t really strike “WOW”, it’s more of a casual café spot and décor is bit of mismatched.

    Apparently the cocktails are really good here, and the walls were filled with Gin. My friend and I went for cream soda’s. When the cans arrived I realised it was the ones I can find in the corner shop for 50p.

    After much deliberation, I decided to settle on the Meatloaf, soft egg & mash. My friend “K” had Reuben on rye with pastrami, sauerkraut, Russian dressing & Swiss cheese. We both shared a portion of all beef corn dogs, green tomato ketchup...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 20 December 2012

    Ross eats :: Mishkins

    Mishkins labels itself as ‘a kind-of Jewish deli with cocktails’ – probably a fair explanation as while the menu contains a couple of classic Jewish staples like chopped liver, schnitzels and meatballs it feels absolutely nothing like any Jewish deli that I’ve been to (Gaby’s on Charing Cross Road, anything serving beigels in Brick Lane or further afield Katz Deli in New York). When it opened Twitter was awash with pictures of peoples reubens (and to provide a bit of a spoiler it is a damned good sandwich) but what about everything else on the menu?...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 18 December 2012

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Mishkin’s, Dec 2012

    Mishkin’s is yet another of Russell Norman’s culinary ventures. After a recent trip to Israel we were keen to see how Mishkin’s compared to some of the dining experiences we’ve had there.

    The dishes at Mishkin’s are focussed around old traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes (mainly Polish & Russian). The interior is that of a very relaxed 50′s / 60′s type jukebox bar / restaurant (…it’s as if you’re in a ‘Happydays’ episode and Arthur Fonzarelli might pop-around the corner at any moment)...
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  1. Published : Friday, 27 July 2012

    andmorefood :: mishkins, london

    great little diner in covent garden. I have to say I came with mixed expectations, as I had a great experience at spuntino but not such a great one at da polpo, and there is such a mix of reviews online about mishkins that saying I was sceptical would have been an immense understatement.

    straight up, I have to say that this was a very good meal, well-executed as the diner it is meant to be, and the food was both tasty and quite special. not too expensive as well, though the portion sizes vary quite wildly (and rather illogically). I loved the kitschiness of the place, with its bar at the front and its warehousey-type feel, and its diner-style serve-yourself-cutlery and ketchup/mustard squeezy bottles...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    Brunch etc. :: Mishkins, Fishdog and Meringue Girls @ FEAST

    After stuffing our faces at Ceviche, we made our way around the rest of the stands at FEAST: we didn't have much room left after the stew, meat skewers, and ceviche we'd already eaten, so we had to choose carefully...The salt beef muffins at Mishkins were too good to pass up on - soft doughy English muffins, buttered and toasted on the griddle, were filled with tender flaking hunks of salt beef, and finished off with a smear of tasty pickle salsa and a drizzle of fiery mustard...lovely.We passed up on Big Apple hotdogs in favour of a Hix 'Fish Dog'. Served in a soft bun with a dollop of tasty minted mushy peas and some tartare sauce for good measure, this was basically a very posh (and very tasty) fishfinger sandwich.A hot, golden, flakey fillet of fish...mmmmWe ended our 'FEAST-ing' with a visit to the stunning Meringue Girls stall, where the incredible boozy winter Eton mess quickly became the highlight of my evening. So pretty!In addition to the best meringues I have ever tasty (soft, chewy and crunchy, in perfect measure - I regret not buying a big boxful to take home with me!), this festive dish boasted segments of cointreau-soaked clementine, pomegranate seeds, flurries of whipped cream, dehydrated raspberry pieces, and crushed pistachio nuts. Boozy winter Eton mess, on the left - just WOWAnd just for the road, a couple of pictures of the uber-cool FEAST venue; the dis-used North London Mail Centre in Angel..
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  1. Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the people behind the successful eateries Polpo, Polpetto, Spuntino and Da Polpo, have produced another offspring with Mishkin’s in Covent Garden. Mishkin’s bears the trademark of the other Norman and Beatty restaurants in the sense that it is cool, hip and happening, but deviates as it steers away from their Italian tapas theme. With Mishkin’s they’ve tapped into the vein of a New York styled Jewish deli, one that also serves cocktails...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 24 November 2012

    samphire and salsify :: Mishkin’s

    Mishkin’s comes from the restauranteur legend and master of dark lighting, exposed brick and no reservations – Russell Norman. What makes this restaurant different from his others however (Spuntino and the numerous Polpo’s) is that you can book – hoorah!
    The other main difference is that Mishkin’s is ‘a kind of Jewish delhi with cocktails’. How very intriguing. The restaurant itself is a pretty little place with a bar by the entrance where you can drink, eat and admire the pretty and oh so trendy barmen shake their cocktails and stir their Negronis...
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Essential Details for Mishkin's

  • Address: 25 Catherine Street ,London WC2B 5JS
  • Telephone: 020 7240 2078
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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