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Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (Sea Point)

Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (Sea Point)
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Deli fare, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R35

Critic's review

John Maytham

Don’t be in a hurry if you’re planning to visit this New York-style deli owned by the Klein’s. It’s always packed, and there’s often a queue waiting for a table to free up.

Food
This is bagel and latke heaven, both for breakfast and lunch. One of the most popular items on the menu, and deservedly so, is the breakfast bagel with egg, cheese, tomato and lamb bacon – a deliciously crispy alternative to the more traditional porcine version. Also scrumptious is the latke benedict – crunchily firm potato pancakes topped by two poached eggs and a creamy Hollandaise sauce; with optional extras like smoked salmon. Hot pastrami on rye is an excellent lunch choice with smoky homemade mustard adding piquancy to the meat. The chicken soup, either with noodles or a matzo ball, is good enough to make even the most ardent Jewish mama nod in approval. Finish with the New York cheesecake with choc mint crust – richly decadent with a hint of tartness preventing sensory overload.

Drinks
The coffee is excellent; the green juice legendary; and the Bloody Mary Elixir a bracing pick-me-up after a busy Friday night. There are two red and two white wines, but from reputable producers like Warwick and Tokara, and moderately priced by the bottle and the glass.

Service
Friendly and efficient.

Ambience
It’s a tiny, chic, space with colour added by the art on the walls and by a cosmopolitan clientele.

Best for...
A leisurely light meal with good friends with great people-watching opportunities.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    Adam and Joel Klein’s tiny New York-style deli is perpetually packed with bagel-and latke-eaters. If you can’t beat them, join them, preferably with a latke Benedict. Poached eggs rest on scrumptious pulled pastrami and crispy potato latkes. The delicious house pastrami also appears in the hash with eggs. Alternatively, tuck into one of the breakfast bagels with house lamb bacon, fried egg, cheddar and tomato; or the challah French toast.

    For lunch, bagels are the way to go – try a Reuben with pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and a pickle on the side. Else there is the chicken and matzo ball soup.

    Finish with potato latkes served with not-too-sweet apple sauce and sour cream, or rugelach.

    Drinks
    The coffee is good; there are fresh juices; and there’s a bloody Mary with pickle brine, horseradish and a pickle, if it’s that sort of a brunch.

    Ambience
    It’s a bright hip little space with white walls and a beautiful wood-panelled bar. Frequent exhibitions by local artists add colour to the walls.

    And…
    There’s a new, second branch on Church Square in the CBD, and a stall at The Oranjezicht City Farm on Saturdays.

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their own meals. Read our full editorial policy here.

    (October 2017)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food

    Adam and Joel Klein’s tiny New York-style deli is perpetually packed with bagel-and latke-eaters.

    If you can’t beat them, join them, preferably with a latke Benedict. Poached eggs rest on scrumptious pulled pastrami and crispy potato latkes. The delicious house pastrami also appears in the hash with eggs. Alternatively, tuck into one of the breakfast bagels with house lamb bacon, fried egg, cheddar and tomato; or the challah French toast.

    For lunch, bagels are the way to go – try a Reuben with pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and a pickle on the side. Else there is the chicken and matzo ball soup.

    Finish with potato latkes served with not-too-sweet apple sauce and sour cream, or rugelach.

    Drinks
    The coffee is good and there are also fresh juices. If it’s that sort of a brunch, go for a bloody Mary with pickle brine, horseradish and a pickle.

    Ambience

    It’s a bright, hip little space with white walls and a beautiful wood-panelled bar. Frequent exhibitions by local artists add colour to the walls.

    And…

    There’s a new, second branch on Church Square in the CBD, and a stall at The Oranjezicht City Farm on Saturdays.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay their own way. Read our editorial policy here.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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