Monty’s Deli – The Reuben



Ah, The Reuben. The staple of Jewish deli’s all over the world. A sandwich so famous, it’s named as if it was a person. And a biblical person at that. Reuben, who was the least dickish of Jacob’s sons (still a dick though, as he still was part of throwing Benjamin into a well), got his name into a sandwich, which usually has cheese, mustard, sauerkraut and LOADS of pastrami.

Being mostly a New York staple, the fact that any place in London sells a Reuben is a call for celebration. The fact that it’s this good and glorious is just icing on the sandwich (icing on a sandwich sounds oddly intriguing… should try that soon).

Pastrami here, pastrami there, pastrami EVERYWHERE. Monty's Deli - The Reuben

Pastrami here, pastrami there, pastrami EVERYWHERE

This sandwich is big. And that’s the regular version up there. There’s an even bigger one (and one crazy sounding sandwich called Meshuggener which even I think is a terrible idea, it has pastrami AND salt beef combined). It’s such a complex mix of flavours, that it’ll make a believer out of anyone. This is the kind of meal that can get people closer to religion, so I’m curious as to why it’s not served on every synagogue in the world (might have something to do with it being so un-kosher, mixing cheese and cheese).

Approach with an empty stomach, and with no vegans in your company. They will most likely be offended.

Slimy? You betcha. The bread is thin enough that the greasy ingredients will go through it, and impregnate your skin (and your soul)

Satisfying? Whoever mixed these ingredients in a sandwich should be regarded as the true saviour


Monty’s Deli
Maltby Street Market