- Telephone 0141 638 8947
- Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–6pm; Fri 8am–2pm; Sun 8am–2pm. Closed Sat.
- Seasonal times Closes earlier on Friday during winter months to allow staff to return home for Sabbath
- Food served Sunday-Friday 12 noon - 3pm
- Average price £6.95 (set lunch)
- Website www.marksdeli.co.uk
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 review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This bright kosher café in the serene suburb of Giffnock, entered through the connecting shop, offers a menu with some American influences, including substantial burgers and hot dogs, but for a traditional taste opt for the salt beef. The slices of smooth, pink meat disintegrate at the touch, sharpened with pickle and mustard – accompanied by fried potato cake latkes, it's an enjoyable and flavoursome lunch. A falafel platter is neatly presented, with crispy falafels, pittas, salad and dips, allowing customers to build their own, or to share. The menu and décor are infused with nostalgia, evoking a time, place and emotion. Walls are hung with framed cartoons, photos, and ads for Jewish suppliers from Glasgow’s past, celebrating shared history, while the menu is written with a familial warmth, where Jewish Penicillin is a comforting chicken soup with noodles and dumplings.
- High point: Unique and authentic menu
- Low point: Basic décor
- Notable dish: Hot salt beef
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- 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