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Nov 12, 2007 10:54 AM

Uzbek/Bukharan Jewish food in London?

Hello there,

Inquiring mostly for a friend this time but I'm curious as well. He only eats kosher and he wanted to know if there are any kosher Bukharan Jewish/Uzbek Jewish restaurants in London of worth. Hell, I'll take a non-kosher Uzbek place happily, but he's 100% kosher so that's an issue. Something on par with Cheberechnaya, Salute, Registan, etc.

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  1. JFores, you seem to have a talent for unearthing huge deficiencies in the London eating scene!

    My knowledge of kosher restaurants in London is not entirely exhaustive, but I have never come across a Bukharan or Uzbek establishment and definitely not in the style of Cheberechnaya etc.

    Just to make sure, I have in front of me a copy of the 2006/2007 (corresponding to 5769) Beth Din Kosher Food Guide and there does not seem to be any listings that meet with your requirements.

    Of course, there may be restaurants registered with other Kashrut authorities.

    But I doubt it.

    The Jewish community in London is quite small compared to New York, although it doesn't always feel that way. Largely Askenazi, most of our families originate from Russia, Poland, Germany etc

    There are a few Sephardic places in NW London which you might care to explore. A good source of information on what exactly is available would be The Jewish Chronicle or their web site

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    1. re: loobcom

      What part of NW London? Do you know of any kosher Iranian places? My friend is an Iranian Jew and he wants either kosher Iranian or kosher Uzbek. Oh well. He also needs a kosher butcher hehe... Going kosher seems difficult in London. It's not exactly the most fun eating pattern in NY, but it's easy and convenient if you're in the right place. What is the Orthodox community like in Golders Green? Are there any stereotypical schmaltz and chicken liver places around there? I'd definitely like to get some chicken liver. If a non kosher place is better than suggest that one because my friend hasn't mentioned a desire for anything but Sephardic, Israeli, Iranian and Uzbek specialties.

      1. re: JFores

        I think the largest Iranian, Jewish population is now found in Los Angeles... a far way to go. That said (for no good reason), I've found 'Jewish food' in the London area to be very disappointing, but I haven't really sought it out. We've been to Golders Green and the only thing that warmed my heart was Carmelli's bakery. There was chicken liver next door at the deli people sometimes talk about, but I didn't taste it as I would just as well make my own.

        The Orthodox community is just that... Orthodox and it extends around the Golders Green area and also Finchley Central - many synagogues and shops.

        Tell your friend that there are different ex-pat sites on the web that give out information about where to find things in London. He could try that for Jewish delicacies, Iranian might be difficult to find.

        1. re: JFores

          As well as Golders Green and Finchley, the community also extends to places like Hendon, Harrow, Stanmore and Edgware. There are kosher butchers in each of these places.

          If your friend wants schmaltz with his liver and tzibbeles, he may just have to make it himself. In these health conscious times, schmaltz has become a no-no.

          1. re: loobcom

            I can even find challah at the M&S in Weybridge. I use it to make a great bread pudding with mushrooms, eggs, onions and some other ingredients.

            1. re: loobcom

              Really? Schmaltz is that hard to find now? Howabout chicken fat for cooking?

              1. re: JFores

                There's always goose fat - in every supermarket just waiting to clog the arteries.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Ok I'll use that. I need to go to supermarkets more. I've been living at markets.

        2. As other posters have indicated, there is not the breadth you get in NY, but that's not to say it doesn't exist.

          Specifically for Persian food, tell them to try Olive, which is in Finchley. I got take away from there once and wasn't massively impressed, but have heard good things from others so am willing to reserve judgement.

          My personal favourite kosher restaurant in London is Dizengoff. Typical Middle Eastern food, but well executed and great salads. Since Solly's burned down, it can get v busy.


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          1. re: Silverbrow

            Excellent. I'm sending him the links. Thanks.

            1. re: JFores

              J - just curious to know if you've tried any indigenous british food since you've been here, such as pie and mash, jellied eels, spotted dick, sunday roast etc

              1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                Jellied eals and Sunday roast. Both were very good. I've also had blood pudding and stuff in the past during my trip up north. The Sunday roast was at a friends house in South London and it was excellent. I had an OK roast at the pub near their house which we went to for every rugby world cup game. Otherwise, I really go for ethnic food. Even back home, the chance of me having a burger was pretty much nil. Cheaper that way, too.

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