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|Address:||Bevis Marks Synagogue, Bevis Marks, London EC3A 5DQ|
|Tel:||020 7621 1701|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £82.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30-10am 12N-2.30pm Tues-Thurs 6-10pm|
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1701 was the year the adjacent synagogue was built. The restaurant does a very modern take on Jewish staples from around the world and is a revelation. The décor is plain, the atmosphere respectful (the clientèle is becoming broader as the secret gets out) and the food is superb. The restaurant wasn't too busy and service was impeccable, both knowledgeable and friendly.
For starters we had a take on pastrami ( a New York delicacy) with tiny cauliflower florets and hazelnuts and my guest had pastilla, that's confit pigeon in filo pastry ( a Morroccan speciality). Mains were deep fried fish with artichoke and for me a sous vide duck with bok choy, a little sauce, some piquant pumpkin relish and tiny circles of sticky rice adorned with confit duck – incredible and as good a dish as any restaurant that I have been to.
As it was lunchtime we just went for a water though there is enough variety in the wine list for most tastes (and they do wine by the glass). And the best bit… the bill including service and an excellent amuse bouche of borscht with a horseradish foam … was just under £100.
My only concern in writing this review is that word will get out! If you have time beforehand allow half an hour or more for a tour of the synagogue which is fascinating (modest charge for this and men are provided with a kippah or skull cap).