I discovered this place on Chalk Farm road whilst heading to my weekly dim sum fix at Yum Cha only to find it was closed for refurbishment. Now I’ve not been to NY and am no aficionado when it comes to bagels but I can’t recall having had better in London. I was tempted by the salt beef but plumped for the smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers on an onion bagel. The cream cheese was nice and thick with a nice sour tang, difficult to ascertain how good the salmon was as there wasn’t much of it and most of the filling was cream cheese. The capers were a nice touch, adding some bite and cutting through the richness. The bagel itself had a nice crust and the inside had a lovely soft texture and was really chewy but in a good way. The onion flavour in the bagel was subtle, maybe a touch too subtle for me.
Service was really slow though. They were woefully understaffed and I had to wait 20 mins to get my bagel to take away. They have quite a good variety of bagels so maybe just pick up a few bagels on their own rather than waiting for them to be toasted and filled.