21 Leicester Road, Salford, United Kingdom
+44 871963 9375
Cafe Sheli Salford Reviews
A Little Bit Kosher on the Side Jun 09, 2009
I am currently staying with a friend who has recently moved to a Jewish area within Salford, Manchester. There are a number of kosher restaurants/coffee shops nearby including one called Cafe Sheli. I have not really been familiar with a great deal of Israeli cuisine in the past. However, I have been on a number of occasions and also tried their takeaway menu once or twice, and I have been very pleasantly surprised.
The cafe has a very contemporary feel about it with bright pastel colours and pleasant pictures on the wall. The waitresses are always very friendly and often stop to chat for a little while. The owner also regularly escapes the kitchen and comes out to spend a few moments interacting with his guests. It always seems extremely popular and being relatively small and intimate, usually full, sometimes requiring the visitor to wait for a table to become free. It is especially busy on a Sunday, the day after the Jewish Sabbath.
The options on the small but, varied menu include various pizzas, falafels, smoked salmon tagiatelle, shashouka, a spicy egg and tomato dish, mushroom blintzes which are like a savoury pancake and a variety of Jewish kosher dishes. There are also plenty of options for side dishes, such as pita bread, Israeli salad, normal salad, couscous and even chips!
A great little option is the Israeli platter, which is a sharing starter, but big enough for two as a main course if you are not too hungry, especially if you add a portion of chips to your order. It consists of falafels, garlic mushrooms, vegetable pancake rolls, Moroccan cigars, served with Israeli salad, couscous and pita bread, it’s a great way to try a few dishes all at once. There are usually a number of daily 'specials' posted on boards around the cafe.
There is a limited choice of desserts I am afraid girls, but there are a few, including tiramisu, which means I for one will always be happy with the dessert menu!
The prices are pretty reasonable too, and if I think that you can be sure that it is not expensive! There are usually 'package' deals, which comprise of a combination of dishes which sold together are cheaper than when bought individually, these are advertised on the boards around the cafe.
The coffee is not too bad if not actually great but there are also a wide choice of soft drinks, some of which are fruit juices with some unusual flavours. The only complaint I do have is that the menu is a little small, and they often seem to run out of some of the dishes, thereby limiting the number of choices available still further to just a handful of dishes, but this is just a minor gripe as they are usually very good.
They have recently started advertising that a hot breakfast is now available which unfortunately I have not tried yet, when I do I will update the review and let you all know about it.
Salford may not be high on most peoples list of places to visit, and to be honest it certainly was not on mine, but if you do find yourself in this part of the world, you could do a lot worse than giving Cafe Sheli a try! If you have not experienced Israeli cuisine before, I can recommend that too, go and look around for some kosher food.
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