Cafe Mish, London – Review

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Tim Firmager

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Café Mish, the new gourmet sandwich shop, is the latest addition to the food scene on Shepherd Street. Primarily a take-out option, ideal for a quick grab-and-go lunch, Mish has seating for six guests so, should there be room, there is an option to dine in.

Mish offers gourmet sandwiches, focussed around its offering of slow-braised salted beef from Hensons (priced from £6.75). Other options include roasted Angus and roasted lamb sandwiches (also priced from £6.75), which were, due to popularity, already sold out by our mid-afternoon visit.

Luckily it was the salted beef sandwich we had been hoping to try, which we understand is by far the most popular item on the menu. Each sandwich is available in small, medium and large. An array of freshly made cakes, snacks and premium coffee are also available throughout the day, with a special breakfast menu making a further recent addition.

All the meat used in the gourmet sandwiches is cooked daily on site, while the bread, accompaniments and sweet treats are produced fresh, daily and locally sourced – one of the concepts at the heart of Café Mish.

Cafe Mish

We ordered, managing to spot a place to eat in, and a few minutes later our salted beef sandwiches arrived – i.e., slow-braised salted beef from Hensons, sweet pickle gherkins and dijonnaise on Caraway bread, along with a large side of sweet potato fries. The bread was soft, although starting to dry slightly (perhaps due to it being towards the end of the afternoon, but nothing to complain about). The meat was flavourful, succulent and very moist. In short, a very filling sandwich that would make a delicious lunch.

Unsure whether sweet potato fries count as one of your five a day, we gorged on them anyway…just in case. Regardless of health benefits (or dis-benefits), these are very tasty and always a cheeky option to indulge in.

Other sandwich items include the Mish Pastrami (marinated beef brisket, Russian dressing, rose harrisa, sauerkraut and melted Emmental), roast chicken (using Goosenargh corn-fed chicken with avocado, romaine lettuce and Espelette tarragon mayonnaise), a smoked salmon sandwich and a vegetarian option in the form of burratta (creamy burrata with Camone and Marinda tomatoes, homemade basil pesto on toasted focaccia).

For your gourmet sandwich, Cafe Mish is located at 1A Shepherd Street, London W1J 7HJ, or visit www.cafemish.co.uk for a complete menu.

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