With the closure of nearby Deli West One, Reubens is again the only kosher eaterie in the West End – and it knows it. Nevertheless, this is a reliable and predictable restaurant, so tables are packed with lunchtime diners happy with the Ashkenazi food. In the rush to serve up plates of chopped liver and salt beef sandwiches, there are few smiles; customers are dealt with, rather than welcomed. But the food remains consistent: grills, burgers and shwarma freshly cooked with appealing salads and chips.
The ground-floor cafeteria area has cold blue walls, granite tables and a wide menu choice. The basement restaurant is warmer, with linen tablecloths and some more adventurous dishes. Here, waiters bring magret of duck, steak diane, beef wellington or sushi-grade tuna. Yet the whole place still has the feel of diners discussing business, rather than food. On our visit the chargrilled lamb chops were so succulent we wanted to pick up the bones; generously stuffed lean beef sandwiches were the most popular choice.
After soup and a large main course few people have the appetite for apple strudel or lockshen pudding, but you might feel tempted by a warm chocolate fondant.
79 Baker Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 11.30am-4pm Mon-Thur; 11.30am-3pm Fri. Dinner served 5.30-10pm Mon-Thur. Meals served 11.30am-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Baker Street|
|Price:||Main courses £9-£29. Minimum (restaurant) £10|
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Average User Rating
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Very Nice to see a Reuben on a menu in London. The sandwich was pretty good though the salt beef was not the best around - it had that English corned beef taste. Service was mixed quality. The dining area is nice.
Service is extremely poor and staff is not nice. Because there is no other kosher restaurant near there, they think that they are doing a favour to the customers and tend to forget that "client is king"... Competition is on the way, try The West One Deli on Blandford Street for a change!
By the far the best Salt Beef in the country, and I've had my fair share! I tend to ask for it fatty, and they comply! Not good for the diet but a flavour to savour! Not cheap but portions are huge and I never leave hungry! Great place, great food!