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Schmaltz in Broadgate Circle: SEEN Reviews

Hurrah for the sunny weather! It meant that SEEN could get out to try Schmaltz, a food wagon that is at the mercy of the elements even in the swanky surroundings of Broadgate and Liverpool Street. If it’s raining, people ain’t buying. But no matter, with the sun upon us, SEEN joined the extensive queue at the colourful Schmaltz wagon, enlivening that side of the area, currently under wraps and preparing for a new John Lewis retail space to appear.

Don, the lovely proprietor of Schmaltz and his talented team were busy feeding the workers, many of whom they knew by name: therein lies their secret, SEEN felt. They actually care about their customers, many of whom come 3 or 4 times a week. Eschewing the characterless facades that can come with corporate food brands Schmaltz have cannily chosen to start small in these days of Brexit transition, which means they have the flexibility to seize other chances as they present themselves; a new liquor license for the evenings and a burger hatch in the bar just below them, for example. Well and good, and all strength to them but what does the food taste like?

The menu is mouth-watering: Yellow Chicken Curry with spiced squash, Chicken Leek and Mushroom Pie, a Chilli Chicken with green beans and coconut rice, a famous French dish, Coq Au Vin, an old-school Schnitzel Breast and Slaw and Confit Chicken with Fancy Mash. The new menu also sees a variety of superfood protein salads with avocado, tenderstem broccoli, petit pois and quinoa. Every dish is priced at £5 for a restaurant quality meal. The chicken is French Label Rouge after all.

SEEN is pleased to tell you it is delicious. I tried two different chicken breast sandwiches, one with mushroom and one with chilli (courtesy of Head Chef Izzy), I tried the Confit Chicken with Fancy Mash and a superfood salad. Such was their generosity that I had a large bag to carry the rest home. The chicken breasts were tender and melt-in-the-mouth juicy, sensibly enclosed in teardrop-shaped butter brioche buns, with lovely salad accompaniments. The chicken and mash was hands-down my fave – good for the body and good for the soul. The salad was a revelation, even converting this reviewer to quinoa! It is very reasonably priced too, which is refreshing in these days of austerity. Judging by the good vibes SEEN picked up from their regular clientele, Schmaltz is here to stay, hopefully in more permanent surroundings.

Schmaltz Truck
Pitch 4
Broadgate Circle