salt beef bagel at Beigel Bake

salt beef bagel at Beigel Bake

You'll be hard pressed to find a cheap eat in London more iconic than the salt beef bagel from Beigel Bake on Brick Lane.

The shop front's iconic blue, white and red neon sign is recognisable to generations of Londoners who have passed through its doors since it first opened in 1974.

There's nothing particularly pleasant about the place itself, nor the counter staff, based on my experiences. But the gloriously generous salt beef bagels are the essence of comfort food - hearty, stodgy and intensely satisfying. 

Hot bread pulled straight from the even stuffed with juicy salty beef, thick slices of pickle and hot mustard, available 24 hours a day, every day. People joke they lost the key; they retort with they never had one.

I always find myself getting two; one to inhale and the second to enjoy. And for this price, doubling up barely makes a dent in the wallet. For those who are not fans of beef, both the pickled herring and the smoked salmon are winners too.

This is firmly a take away place, but there is a narrow bar that can accommodate a handful of people seated.

Words and photography | Kar-Shing Tong

159 Brick Lane E1 6SB

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Last updated | 9th Jan 2016