Moving times for the Bevis Marks diners

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

The restaurant at Bevis Marks is moving from the historic East End of London synagogue and reopening on Monday in new premises a few minutes away.

"It is going to be the most glamorous kosher restaurant in London," claimed Kenny Arfin, owner of Bevis Marks the Restaurant, as it will continue to be known.

"The reason we are going is that we wanted larger premises.


Restaurant pops up for a roast

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2011

A pop-up restaurant serving a kosher version of the traditional Sunday roast is being planned in London by foodie Amy Beilin and her friends.

The Kosher Roast will open in Kensal Rise on the first two Sundays in December for up to 60 diners on each occasion.

They will receive a three-course meal "with all the trimmings", including sausage rolls for starters and roast beef to follow.


Tillman serves up food empire

By Candice Krieger, November 3, 2011

Restaurateur Mitchell Tillman has obviously not read the financial menu. While many businesses struggle to cope with the impact of the downturn, his First Restaurant Group is expanding with trade better than expected this year.

"London's eating-out market is growing," says Mr Tillman, 36.


Arrests after kosher restaurant fight

By Robyn Rosen, July 13, 2011

Two men have been arrested following a brawl outside Reubens restaurant in central London.

The 56-year-old and 26-year-old, who have been released on bail, were arrested on Monday night on suspicion of actual bodily harm after they were involved in an altercation with a 37-year-old man following allegations of non-payment at the kosher restaurant in Baker Street.


Bloom's restaurant closes in Golders Green

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

Bloom's restaurant in Golders Green has gone into liquidation.

It has been closed since Sunday and a notice on the door asks creditors to contact insolvency firm David Rubin and Partners. A creditors' meeting is being held on June 25.

The iconic Bloom's restaurant in Whitechapel opened in 1920 and closed in 1996. The Golders Green branch opened in 1965 and was renovated in 2007.

An Edgware outlet launched in 2007 lasted only a year.

A Bloom's waiter, who asked not to be named, said he had not been paid for six weeks - and some colleagues had gone unpaid for longer.


New catering firm on menu

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2010

Attention all foodies. There is a new kosher catering firm on the block. Chef Adam Zeitlin has launched Zeitlin & Co, a private kosher catering and events company. The firm is up and running but it is not yet certified by the London Beth Din.


The kosher wine bars of New York, Paris and Hendon

May 21, 2010

Paris and New York may be lead the culinary world, but in one respect at least, London is setting the trend.

In 2008, Europe's first kosher pub opened in Hendon, when Fernandez (formerly Fernando's) took over the White Bear and offered a BBQ chicken grill and a wide variety of drinks.

Last November, Paris upped the ante by opening a swanky kosher wine bar, Yayin, in the 17th arrondissement, a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe.


We're taking Giraffe to new heights

By Candice Krieger, March 11, 2010

Juliette and Russel Joffe, the founders of restaurant chain Giraffe, might be sticking their neck out when they say business is doing well. But then they have every reason to be bullish, even in the current climate.

At a time when many restaurants struggle to cope with the impact of the economic crisis, the Joffe's family-friendly business reported positive like-for-like sales for 2009 - up five per cent on the previous year. In fact, the recession, says Mr Joffe, has "been positive for us".


Analysis: A hypocritical stance

By Lisa Goldman, December 17, 2009

Last Passover, at a restaurant in Rishon Lezion in central Israel, the holiday special was fried calamari dipped in matzo meal instead of flour.

This combination — treif food with a nod to the Jewish festival — was not considered at all strange. In most parts of Israel, outside of Jerusalem and a few other Orthodox enclaves, the majority of Jews define themselves as secular or traditional.


Row over kosher-only policy at Israeli ministry

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 17, 2009

An internal regulation saying that Israeli diplomats hosting foreign visitors must eat with them only in kosher restaurants has provoked a protest by Tel Aviv restaurateurs.

Israeli government agencies are mandated by law to operate only kosher catering facilities.

As a matter of tradition, Israeli ministers will eat only kosher at official meals, in Israel and abroad, even if they do not keep kosher at home.

At the Foreign Ministry, this extends to a regulation forbidding its employees to entertain visiting dignitaries at restaurants that serve non-kosher food.