Review: John’s Shophouse Deli, Onnut Soi 2, Phra Khanong, Bangkok

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If you’ve ever been to a true New York deli,  you’d expect a well-stocked refrigerated case of cold meats, a variety of spreads, egg and chicken salad, plus all kinds of fresh breads and bagels. John’s Shophouse Deli has none of that. It’s a pub. Talk about a cultural misunderstanding!

Andy had the Philly Cheese Steak, and while it was bulging with meat, it was very skimpy on the American cheese, the prime ingredient of a cheese steak. I ordered the mince pie with peas. The pie was flavorful enough (the usual suspects: just salt and pepper). Although the mashed potatoes were made with real potatoes, they lacked the flavor that comes from milk and butter. The gravy was a gelatinous brown. What more can I say? And the peas were of a dull green that announced “we’re canned, folks!”

Two stars for an original name.

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