159 Brick Lane
Tel: 020 7729 0616
Date of Last Visit: Sunday, March 5, 2006
The Victims: Kristi and Adrien
After finishing up brunch at the Giraffe (see previous post), K&A and I wandered around Spitalfields and then eastward to Brick Lane. They’d never been so we did the touristy thing and wandered aimlessly. I had one destination in mind potentially…
The Brick Lange Beigal Bake
Now, let me just take a short walk down memory lane. I am from Long Island, New York. It’s a nice place. Don’t believe what you hear. I grew up 1.5 miles from the ocean. Did you? (I also had never swam in fresh water until I was 22 years old. That was weird.)
Anyhow, we always got our bagels and bialeys from Cherrywood Bagel on Jerusalem Road, next door to Kwong Ming. It was fantastic. Gotta love a salt bagel and some veggie cream cheese. Or an Everything bagel. Or an Egg bagel. Or a Super Egg bagel. Delicious. Looking back, what I find so interesting about growing up on Long Island is that when the bars closed, we went for a late night bagel. Yes, it’s 2 a.m. and you need a snack. You get an Everything bagel with Veggie Lite.
So for the last two years, I’ve thought about the Brick Lane Beigal Bake and what it would be like. Finally, I had my time.
It was very Long Island-esque in the attitdues of the workers. No nonsense. Place your order and move on. Very good. It was also super-crowded, which was very fun. And it was also super cheap, which was a joy to behold. 81p, I believe, for a plain bagel. 1.50 for one with cream cheese.
However, there were no salt bagels. This made me sad.
So–we got our bagels, but given that I had just eaten my fab tostada, I wasn’t particularly hungry. So I tried a bite or two, but knowing that bagels get better with age, I was content to eat the rest later.
Which I did. On the Eurostar to Paris. And it was perfect. Dense and chewy. Not as good as Cherrywood Bagel, but delightful and filling and delicious nonetheless.
The Verdict: One of these days, I’ll get ’em for the whole office.