Salt beef on rye is a joy to behold and even more so to savour.The unimaginatively named Salt Beef Bar is located in Temple Fortune, an irreproachably bland area that’s sandwiched between Golders Green and the loveless North Circular.
This little unassuming café has been around for as long as I care to resolve and it was certainly there ten years ago when I lived in Finchley.
I’ve come to accept that a Salt Beef sandwich is never going to be cheap, except perhaps the bagel variety found at Brick Lane Beigel Bakery.
To date this wonderful place serves a sandwich that’s as good as my reference standard at Selfridges’ Brass Rail.
There’s absolutely nothing to comment on the tiny restaurant inside, it’s a caff; one goes in and munch and exit in no time, nothing more and certainly nothing less.
The assured sandwich that’s worth a pilgrimage. Despite the unadorned nature of the plating, the beef was quite literally lip-smackingly delightful. Although belying its simplicity, the triumvirate of the beef, rye bread and loads of mustard (English please!) figures in my top five for fast and equally comforting food.
The must order side of potato latkes completed the lunch nicely. The ones here are more like croquettes, generously seasoned with pepper and lovingly crunchy on the outside.
Great snacking grub.
Do pay this place a visit if you’re passing by, I’m confident you’ll love it.
NB Don’t turn up on Fridays, as they’ll be shut with the Shabbat being observed. Secondly this place is not supervised, i.e. not Kosher.