Benjamin & Daughters
Almost every table at Benjamin & Daughters has toasted bagels and a few dill-topped gravlax slices. Everyone else has a Reuben sandwich or chicken matzo-ball soup. Above the tables there are pictures of red-brick delis and much-loved restaurants. If it weren’t for the Australian accents you'd think this was New York City.
That’s the idea. The McDonald family (which also used to own and run Fratelli Fresh is enamoured with New York’s Jewish delis and restaurants, and wants to bring a sense of that to Sydney.
But this is a modernised take on New York’s Jewish delis. There is flashing signage, a sunroof, leather benches and a bar overlooking the kitchen.
The recipes come from Karen McDonald’s mother and grandma; she grew up eating European-style Jewish food. For a classic McDonald meal, follow the family’s Friday-night dinner tradition. Start with matzo-ball soup, latkes (fried-potato cakes) or chopped liver; then move onto meat (roast chicken or maybe brisket with cabbage); and finish with a plate of apple and cinnamon cake or cheesecake. For a more contemporary feed, try the seasonal salads or grilled fish.