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.
This café serves a number of delicious Jewish delicacies that aren’t seen on many menus around Glasgow. Both the café, and the attached deli, are pretty basic, but worth a visit for enjoyably different food. Try the tasty hot gefilte fish – shredded white fish, shaped into balls and deep fried. Or go for one of the platters – olives, salad, pickles, tangy tomato sauce, homemade Israeli hummus, warm pitta bread and hot falafel, for example. Other specialities include a hot salt beef sandwich served on rye bread with pickled cucumbers and American mustard; chopped liver, which is similar to chicken liver pâté; or a worsht omelette ‘like your grandma used to make’. If you haven’t heard of Jewish penicillin before, don’t worry, it isn’t a type of lab-grown mould – it’s the name given to cure-all chicken soup, including dumplings and fine egg noodles. The place may be channelling a canteen vibe, all cheap chairs and no frills – but as long as you come here for nothing more than some good value, high-quality food, and a warm welcome, you won’t be disappointed.
- High point: Not your average café menu
- Low point: School dinner hall-like layout
- Notable dish: Gefilte fish served with chyrne (horseradish sauce), salad, french fries
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing, unless you count the sound of the big industrial fridge buzzing away in the corner of the room
- Capacity: 54
- Largest group: 80 for private event
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: Deli (off-licence) price plus £2 per bottle