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Mishkin's

25 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS

£36.00 Jewish , North American Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £17.00
  • Champagne: £66.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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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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    25 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS
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    Joey G.
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    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 1

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    Mrs Findlay
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 6

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    Grumbling Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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    Richard E.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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    Paul D.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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    William R.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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    Jon G.
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    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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    Victoria B.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 6

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    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  1. Published : Monday, 4th 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Published : Sunday, 10th 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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  5. 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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  6. Published : Thursday, 20th 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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  7. 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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  8. Published : Wednesday, 12th 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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  9. Published : Saturday, 24th 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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  10. Published : Friday, 27th 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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  11. Published : Tuesday, 10th 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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  12. Published : Friday, 2nd December 2011

    Caviar Girl :: E.Mishkin

    Russel Norman has created a brand...E.Mishkin'sI am not sure if this was the mission, but inevitably with the opening of their fifth restaurant, Mishkin's, the little empire has picked up even more wind in its sail. It is now safe to say, that the new space of Mishkin's has a "Norman-y" feel about it; everything from the low hanging lights over the shiny bar, to the New York diner layout.  Mishkins though,  is still unique in its own right, with the un-treated wooden panels, pastel blue splashes of colour and the awesome retro soap. Lots of Yiddish and aged Eastern European elements. The "brand" will now be hard to beat, and anyone who tries will probably be seen to have been influenced by "R.Norman" - signed, sealed, delivered!The food of course, is the most important part, apart from the cool cocktails that is, which are all Gin based. Some such as the "London Cup", are served in jugs and drank from jars (!) that probably double as "speakeasy" prohibition glasses (?). Well, that's what they look like, but jars are probably just used because it is different... edgy.After some deliberation about the best combinations of the menu (mostly Jewish/Eastern European influenced), we decided to order the Reuben Sandwich, Pickled Herring, Cod Cheek popcorn, meat Loaf, mac & cheese, a side of sauerkraut, and a dessert to share .The cod cheek popcorn and the side of sauerkraut didn't hit the mark for me. Yes the cod was soft and the batter crispy, but overall there was no "wow" factor, no amazing flavours, rather bland. The sauerkraut it seems was missing the "sour" from the kraut, no kick that I normally crave from this food to cut through the other flavours on the plate.Cod Cheek Popcord (Picture thanks to @theskinnybib )The rest of our dishes were very tasty. The herring was sweetly marinated which was perfectly complimented by the beetroot and the dill. In fact, this was one of my favourite dishes; it being light and tasting of spring.The meatloaf, perfectly cooked on the outside and warm enough (just) on the inside to pass the tar-tar stage. The hearty flavours of the mince were spot on, and the perfectly runny egg in the middle, well, that was just rich and creamy (technically perfect). Take the very cheesy- crispy on the top Mac & Cheese – and you have a perfect “feel good” party for the taste buds meal. Think rocklette and cream, and add maccaroni!Herring on bed of beetroot (Picture thanks to @theskinnybib )And then we come to the Reuben sandwhich from the "sandwiches" section of the menu (Note, not everything in this section is strictly a sandwhich, just that it may not have a place in other places of the menu) This was a guilty pleasure, but possibly not a "dinner" item. However it is nice to know that I can always call on the Reuben any time of the day/night. It seems the origins of this sandwich date back to USA/New York around the 1914-1920's time.  A Reuben sandwich is a hot sandwich of layered meat, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, with a dressing. This has got to be one of the best sandwiches. Mishkin's portion requires both hands and a big bite! It's just a great sandwich (did I say that?), and brings out the 'Eastern European' flavours of Mishkin's.The ReubenTotal bill came to £87 for two, which includes drinks, dessert and service. We rolled out of there full to the brim.Service was attentive, but at times it fluctuated from extremes i.e. too much attention to too litte when it came to getting the bill and other small requests.Overall,  from an objective point of view, i.e without any influence from the other massively successful restaurants, Mishkin's stands on its own. If i walked into Mishkin's tomorrow for the first time, I would be excited about the concept.As my good friend @Madolyn_Grove said "Norman has manged to do what any great artist does, hes made his mark on a booming industry.. as I dare say, an avant-garde restaurateur perhaps? He certainly has become his own brand''Have a listen to the 9pm atmosphere as the blinds on the windows are drawn and Mishkins becomes even more intimate... Mishkins (mp3)Russel Norman now has a Venitian cook book out! Something I must invest in soon. Check it out Thanks for reading :)
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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)
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area

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