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Zobler's Delicatessen at The Ned

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3 out of 5 stars

A kosher-style deli at The Ned.

Inspired by the delis of Noo Yoik, Zobler’s is one of nine restaurants set within the cavernous former banking hall of The Ned, the swanky hotel and members’ club at the old Midland Bank Building. And while marble and pastrami might sound like a weird mix (lots of marble in this banking hall) there’s something rather fun about queuing up for a sarnie where your grandpa might have queued to cash a cheque. And yes you will have to queue; in true deli style you have to order at the counter.

Zobler’s does a short, sweet menu of kosher-style classics and one of the better things on it is the reuben sandwich. A pile of salt beef, 'kraut and half-melted Swiss cheese on toasted rye, the contrast between the juicy beef and warm cheese can’t fail to please. One thing, though: they’d overdone it with a mayo-heavy take on a Russian dressing which left the bread unpleasantly wet. The soggy bottom problems continue with Classic pastrami on rye, and, most tragically, with a wonderfully salty-sweet cheesecake that, but for its over-soft base, would have been actual dessert nirvana. It’s still pretty good though, and textural nit-picks aside, Zobler’s is a solid spot to grab a deli-licious lunch.

Details

Address: 27 Poultry
Bank
London
EC2R 8AJ
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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tastemaker

I love Zobler's! It's one of the casual eating places on the ground floor of the Ned that does take-away or eat-in, New York-deli style. You go up to the counter to place an order (or take away) and then choose a table to sit. There's also a little delicatessen next to the counter that sells chocolate and cinnamon babkas, challahs or rugelach to take away.


We went on a Sunday where you can choose to have the special brunch menu with bottomless mimosas. There's even a French toast/challah bar in action on Sundays. We went for matzo ball soup, the Reuben, the Full English and the Cobb salad. The matzo ball soup was better than any I've had in New York! The salad and the full english comes with pastrami 'bacon' which makes me want to order to a pastrami sandwich on my next visit. 


The staff are lovely and very accommodating. It's perfectly relaxed on a Sunday afternoon and there's even live music playing.  We couldn't resist and left with a delicious-looking chocolate babka. Zobler's has no fault - I'll be back every weekend to try the rest of the menu. Just go! 

Tastemaker

Because a friend and I performed at the Ned as part of the opening week ceremonies, we received an invitation to dine at one of the restaurants within the gorgeous space. So, she brought her husband and I brought my best friend to come out and see what Zobler's had to offer... and we were bowled over.


First off, the staff were so funny and accommodating and just generally lovely - we were the only patrons there for a while and the banter was great. I have never had anything but praise for all of the staff I've encountered at the Ned since.


The FOOD. I was really excited to try some of the stuff because of a book I'd had when I was a kid, about a young Jewish girl who used to go and eat knishes with her friend... I had no idea what a knish was, but I knew I had to have one. AND SO I DID. Beautiful potato pillowy thing, oh how I adored it! I can't wait to have another!!! 


My main was the Reuben sandwich on rye with sauerkraut and swiss... exactly as it sounds. It was great! Great flavour and mix of textures, sour and savoury and sweet and creamy. My friend ordered "The Beefeater Strikes Back," a mix of latkes, corned beef, cheese, onions and gravy... he was very happy. The other couple had the Everything Salmon (too much green stuff for her) and the Essex St hot dogs, which her hubby was very excited about.


For dessert, we ordered one of everything to give it all a try. The black and white cookie was meh, we wished it were more crunchy than cake-y. Cheesecake was not the sweet type you might expect of most restaurants around, but it was pleasantly cheesy with a bit of compote. The best one, though, was the blintz, kind of a crêpe with cheese inside and a blueberry sauce. DELISH.


Look, I can't fault this place. I really can't. You want some good down-home Jewish noshing? Get to Zobler's.

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