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A New York-style deli and grill that's so concerned about serving up the authentic NY experience that they cure their own salt beef and pastrami. Plus, they're open from morning till night, so you can stop in for a sarni and a shake at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Venue name: Delisserie
Address: 1 Belmont Parade
Finchley Rd
NW11 6XP
Opening hours: 9am-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Golders Green
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This place is just ridiculous. Ridiculously good!

I've been visiting the Delisserie for a number of years, in Temple Fortune, Stanmore, Mill Hill, Hatch End and Borehamwood, but last week I visited the Temple Fortune branch again.

You enter the Delisserie through a rotating door, which has a lot of character - it looks like it's straight out of the 1950's! And then you enter the restaurant, which looks like a mix between a 1960s American Diner, and a modern restaurant - booths, but with slightly more modern artwork. 

I would hasten to add at this point, that you must book in advance to avoid disappointment - I've turned up without booking before, and been turned away as it's been fully booked. 

The staff here are lovely and attentive, and give you as much or as little time as you need to decide what you'd like to eat. 

The portions here are so big, so I would advise only getting a main, and maybe a side. If your main doesn't come with fries, then order some...they are the best fries I've ever tasted in my life. I asked them how they made them, and they told me that they were freshly cut in their head office, and then sent to each branch individually. I don't know what exactly they do to them, but they are delicious!

The choice in this place is insane, with everything ranging from breakfasts to combo sandwiches and wraps, deli classics to grill classics, and everything in between. They even have about 15-20 different mac and cheeses (my favourite!) that you can choose from... the nicest (in my opinion) being the Bluechick - blue cheese, hot sauce and chickek, within the mac and cheese. Mac and cheese costs around £9 for a portion that is so large, you'll end up taking half home for the next day's lunch!

The Delisserie are known for their salt beef, and it's pretty clear why, from the first bite. It's moist, delicious, tasty and melts in your mouth. The salt beef platter is served with fries or latka (a fried potato cake), and coleslaw and a gherkin...but you can also have it with chopped liver and crackers too, which is delicious! This platter costs just under £13, and is worth every penny....and so big!

The portions of chips are gigantic - definitely enough for two to share....and so are their sandwiches. A salt beef reuben can easily be shared between two people with normal appetites. But get some chips on the side!

A lot of people who visit the Delisserie talk about the 'blooming onion'. I've never had it, but it does look spectacular - a whole onion, fanned out, coated in batter and deep fried each individual segment. I really do need to try it next time I go!

If you have room for dessert, they all look scrumptious, but I've never had room to have one yet....I won't stop trying though!

Drinks-wise - there's a good choice, including freshly squeezed juices and milkshakes. I've often had a beer, glass of wine, or freshly squeezed apple juice, and they're all reasonably priced. 

For a meal for two (one course) with a drink each, you're probably looking at between £24 - £34 altogether (not including tip). I could not recommend this place enough, but please remember to book!

I love it, my kids love it, my wife loves it - who doesn't love it? I could happily eat there every day.

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