News spread quickly that long time Bristol foodie favourite Chandos Road had an intriguing new kid in town. Aron’s Jewish Delicatessen perfectly fills a long time gap the global jigsaw of food outlets in Bristol. We were so excited about the news and the very positive early reports of the place that we headed straight to our own particular street of dreams on our return from holiday before heading home to unpack.
Aron’s is a Deli in the same way that somewhere like the famous Carnegie Deli in New York is – primarily a place to sit and eat rather than a shop. They do sell some bottled items such as pickles and you can take away food but the place has the look of feel of a restaurant / café rather than a shop.
And what a lovely friendly, welcoming place it is. In essence it's one room, nice and light thanks to its glass frontage and white walls. Some interesting paintings adorn the walls and the table are glass topped but with a range of maps underneath the glass providing an interesting diversion.
The food here is Jewish - Hungarian, taking its cue from the Jewish deli culture of New York, with a healthy dose of less familiar (well to us anyway) Hungarian dishes. The team here really, really care about the food that they serve. I don't think that I have ever eaten in place where they could tell me so much about the origin of the produce for every dish on the menu.
Of course, for most of us it's nice to know that a restaurant takes excellent care over sourcing its ingredients, the crucial factor though is - what does it taste like? Well from our experience, the answer to that is - wonderful.
All items on the menu are available all day, with a couple of specials, which appear to change on a daily basis. We kept things pretty simple. We shared a Chopped Chicken Liver starter, which was deliciously creamy and came with a beautiful purple boiled egg (boiled in Beetroot water), and Gribenes (Chicken Crackling), which was a first for us. This was a good size for sharing, and set our taste buds on alert for the next course nicely.
One of us went for the Chicken Salad with Challah Bread, the other chose 4oz Ruben Sandwich griddled on Challah Bread and with the most amazing Sauerkraut. The Salt Beef that was used for the Ruben Sandwich is cured on site and is without doubt the finest Salt Beef I have ever tasted. Succulent and oozing flavour this was an absolute delight. The Chicken Salad went down equally well, and the Challah Bread was a perfect accompaniment for both dishes.
To finish we went for the Hungarian dessert called Flodni, a layer cake featuring the poppy seeds that are ubiquitous in Eastern European cakes. Again these are made on the premises and we were fortunate to have the last two pieces that were available that evening. There were lot's more homemade desert options to choose from, looks like it will be fun working our way through the selection.
The drinks menu sees east meet west, as an array of Hungarian wines and spirits rub shoulders with an excellent selection of local cider and beer. They also offer the seldom seen Bridge Farm, Somerset Cider Brandy, which is a real treat. After a long day of driving though we opted for that classic New York deli drink, Chocolate Egg Cream, which famously contains neither egg or cream! This was tasty, but still something of a work in progress as the staff freely admitted. I'm sure that given the meticulous attention to detail that the family owners of Aron's displayed, it's only a matter time before it hits the standards of the East Village in New York.
So, a very welcome addition to this unique road. Tucked away between Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road there is no obvious reason for the succession of wonderful food eating options that Chandos Road has provided for over thirty years. We were lucky enough to live on Chandos Road for a while and are pleased to still be within walking distance. Thanks to emergence of Aron's it looks like this will become a walk that we take even more often in the future.
19 Chandos Road