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London is home to a very large to Jewish community with some estimates as high as 180,000. It is therefore no surprise that those visiting its myriad cultural treasures will not have to go hungry. There is a very wide range of delicious kosher restaurants to choose from.
These restaurants can be divided by location.
1. North West London (Golders Green/Hendon)
2. North London (Stamford Hill)
3. Central London (West End and the City)
Each of these areas alone can easily provide a 12 hour food stay, and in this post we will focus on the North West London which is where Golders Green and Hendon are situated.
The four most common kashurt certifiers are:
1. KLBD (London Beth Din Kashrut)
2. KF (Federation of Syngogues Kashrut)
3. Kedassia (Kashrut Division of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations)
4. SKA (Sephardi Kashrut Authority of London under the auspices of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation)
Now that you have the lay of the land we can move on to the main dish: Food!
For the most important meal of the day, head over to SoYo (94 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HB, 020 8458 8788, KF). The food is fresh, healthy and delicious. Don't miss out on designing your own salad. You can pick from one of three bases, add various vegetables and combine with toppings and dressings. It is like having a personal chef prepare the salad of your dreams.
You can see the full delights of the menu right here
. There is a special kids menu which will please the little ones in your family.
For dessert make your own froyo with a full range of toppings and add-ons. It is quite filling so one may be enough for two to share.
If you want a light lunch, look no further then Pizaza
(100 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HB, 020 8455 4455, KF). This restaurant is a dream come true for pizza lovers everywhere! You will find a wide choice of delicious pizzas to satisfy every taste.
My personal preference is the deep pan, stuffed crust pizza, but if you prefer the thin base pizza you'll find that too. What ever you eat, do not miss out on their delicious chili fries. Despite the sweet chili coating it remains crispy and you are going to love it. The pasta is decent, but stick to the food which they excel at.
For desert pick one of their many shakes, based on any one of your favorite chocolate or cookies.
If pizza is not your thing, head over to the White House Express
(102 Golders Green ROad, NW11 8HB, 020 8458 9345, KLBD).
You'll find a great choice of burgers, meat and chicken. They have a great take-out (take-away in London speak) menu; our favorite was the schwarma in a laffa. If you come for lunch, don't forget to take advantage of the lunchtime specials.
You come back from a long day ridding on red buses and traveling in the tube, and you're ready to eat! If you had a light lunch in Pizaza, head over to Mattancherry (109a Golders Green Road, NW11 8HR, 0208 209 3060, Kedassia).
I have never eaten Indian cuisine before and I was surprised at how much I loved it. My favorite was Beef Tikka, fresh beef pieces marinated overnight and grilled, but if you’re dinning with others, share your food so that you can experience all the unique flavors. You will also enjoy Mixed Sizzler which is a selection of different tandoori dishes so that you can taste a little bit of everything.
Keep in mind that some dishes can be very spicy so make sure to ask your waiter.
If you went to the White House Express for lunch, you'll enjoy supper at Isola Bella
(111A-113 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HR, 020 8455 2228, KLBD).
The Isloa Bella menu consists of pastas, quiches, salads, fish and a great Thai menu. The service is great and the portions plentiful. We really enjoyed Bourgul with Halloumi Cheese (roasted zucchini and sweet potato, radish, red onion, apple, rocolla leaves and walnuts) and from the Thai menu Danpen (vegetables in season, battered and deep fried, lightly stirred in a sweet & sour sauce, garnished with walnuts).
Who knows? You may even remember your London visit for the food…