Mark Cohen's kosher deli and café in Giffnock is the largest of its kind in Scotland, offering food to take away or eat in that is in accordance with the Jewish Kashrut dietary laws. Cohen comes from a long line of kosher specialists and his deli offers those hard-to-find Jewish delicacies, from gefilte fish, cholent and potato latkes to lockshen and carrot tsimmes, as well as lots more fresh, frozen and ambient groceries. The café's offerings include salt beef sandwiches, falafel and smoked salmon bagels, as well as plenty of strudel and cakes.
Passing through the kosher food delicatessen to enter a modestly decorated café, visitors are met with warm welcomes and big smiles. Mark’s Deli oozes with a homely, neighbourhood vibe, and the food invokes memories of laid-back weekend family lunches. The menu is replete with warm and comforting foods, like the Jewish penicillin soup with chicken fat – a grandmother’s go-to dish for a tummy in need. Those with a penchant for fried foods should go for the steaming latkes, gefilte fish balls or the more widely known falafel. A bent for more sour, vinegary flavours is notable, especially in dishes like the chopped herring or the horseradish and beets sauce and pickles served with the gefilte fish. For someone looking for a place off the beaten path, but avoiding over-branded restaurants chasing the new food fads, Mark’s Deli is a nice wee lunch excursion. But make sure you plan ahead, as the opening hours are quite restricted.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 54
- Largest group: 50 for private event
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: Deli (off-licence) price, plus £2 per bottle