If you’re a fan of hand-cut pastrami and bagels with lox, this news is something to kvell about: Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen is going from pop-up to permanent, and is expanding their hours.
Mensch’s chef/owner Nitzan Cohen launched the popular pop-up in mid-July this summer, with an eye on finding a permanent spot as soon as possible. His traditional deli foods are a labour of love, and come from a deep-rooted desire to share his culinary roots and talents with a city in need of authentic Jewish delicatessen eats.
The menu will continue to boast Mensch’s signature slow-brined, smoked, hand-cut pastrami served on fresh-baked rye bread; a Reuben; beet-cured lox on a poppy seed bagel; egg salad on challah; and sweet lokshen Kugel. Of course, expect a housemade dill pickle on the side, too.
Cohen says Mensch will continue to offer Lior’s babkas on Fridays (as well as via pre-order), and special additions to the menu will arrive in time for Jewish holidays. Customers can purchase their pastrami and lox by the pound for takeout, along with their own Labneh cheese and egg salad. Customers who can’t make it in can order via Foodee and Door Dash.
The counter-service restaurant, located inside a former butcher shop and market, will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 11am to 3pm and Thursday to Friday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed for Shabbat).
Mensch. Jewish Delicatessen
Address: 666 East Broadway, Vancouver