MENSCH. JEWISH DELICATESSEN

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666 E Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604.657.6119,

Web: https://www.facebook.com/menschdelicatessen

Twitter: @menschdeli

Advice: Closed Saturdays, limited seating.

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Located on the East side of the city, this one of a kind Jewish deli turns it up a notch by making it’s own pastrami. In fact, Owner, Nitzan Cohen brines the meat for 10 days, he then smokes it for 8 hours, steams it for 4 hours, and then hand-carves the pastrami for the sandwiches.

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Matzo ball Chicken Soup

Matzo ball Chicken Soup

Pastrami Sandwich

Pastrami Sandwich

lokshen Kugel

lokshen Kugel

Here they not only smoke and hand cut hot pastrami for their sandwiches, they also make other sandwiches, as well as a variety of different specialties. The pickles are  house-made, brined with lots of flavour and crunch. On Sunday’s they switch things up with a different menu, offering a selection of Brunch items that feature some of the same staples off the regular menu with the addition of an egg.  Over a few visits I have tried many of the different specialties which include the delicious Reuben Sandwich on fresh baked rye bread, hand-cut pastrami done old school, with sauerkraut, swish cheese, Russian dressing, rye bread, dill pickle, so very good. I have also had the Matzo ball Chicken Soup and a house-brined/smoked Pastrami Sandwich as well as the sweet Lokshen Kugel for dessert.

Hot Pastrami Latke Hash

Hot Pastrami Latke Hash

Beet Cured Lox Open Face

Beet Cured Lox Open Face

Cheesecake Blintzes

Cheesecake Blintzes

When I visited for brunch I tried a few other dishes minus the obligatory egg, Hot Pastrami Latke Hash, that starts off with a taste Latke (potato pancake) topped with Shakshuka (vegetable stew), topped with the pastrami, Beet Cured Lox Open Face minus the obligatory eggs on top of house-made Labneh cheese on top of a poppyseed bagel, and Cheesecake Blintzes with a delicious sweet cheese and raisin mix filling.  Additionally they feature Lior’s Sweets, a local baker that makes the most delicious Babka as well as other baked goods.

This is a great spot for a weekday lunch, early dinner or Sunday brunch and if you are yearning for a good ol’ Jewish deli fix, you now know where to go.

Review by: Richard Wolak