Image by Natalia Petrou

On a blustery, winters morning, we went on a journey to find the best Jewish restaurant to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

As soon as we arrived at Brackman’s Bakery we were met with a perfectly formed queue which led outside of the entrance. We thought to ourselves this is a sign of impeccable and worthwhile food, or less than competent staff. Thankfully, it was the prior.

As we queued, we took the opportunity to speak to the locals to find out their Brackman favourites and to educate us on the tradition of doughnuts during Hanukkah. Although we were impressed at the sheer friendliness and kindness of fellow customers, the staff needed to put a form of structure in place as the queue quickly descended into chaos.

Originally we had waited on one side to be served for 20 minutes but as we approached the till, the woman behind it called out to us that the queue began on the other side, making us last in line, which we found to be rather negligent.

However we took the benefit of the doubt, as after all it was an incredibly busy and bustling atmosphere, tables were filled with happy, smiley customers enjoying their lunch and staff were rushed off their feet. As it is the first day of Hanukkah and bang on lunch time, busyness was to be expected.

The extensive and diverse menu caters for all, they had everything we could of asked for, bagels, jacket potato, salads, fresh bread, coffee, a bakery section and so much more to enjoy.

Photo by Sadie Newson
Brackman’s food menu

When our time came to order, we decided to use our new found knowledge of doughnuts on Hanukkah to buy some and honour the tradition.

We also opted for the most amazing salmon and cream cheese bagel we’ve ever had. The bagel itself was ideal, soft but crisp on the outside, the ratio of salmon and cream cheese was perfectly placed alongside the added lettuce, tomato and pickles. All together, made the most refreshing, light and satisfying sandwich.

We bought two different types of doughnuts, one traditionally jam-filled with a sugar-coating and one chocolate covered with a white icing drizzle.

Own image, by Sadie Newson
Brackman’s doughnuts

As I am not a huge doughnut fan myself, I lack the vital experience necessary to make judgement, however, my fellow colleague and doughnut lover, Natalia Petrou, commented: “They taste nice, but if it was just the doughnuts we queued 45 minutes for, I’d be disappointed because the woman we spoke to recommended them highly. If I had to pick, I would definitely choose the chocolate one though.

“The bagels on the other hand, are one of the best I have ever tried.”

The symbolism of fried foods and Hanukkah is due to the miracle that the Maccabees experienced whilst regaining control of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Maccabees were a small group of Jewish rebels who freed Judea from the Syrian Greek occupiers.

When the Maccabees were in the temple, they found a jug of oil that was only enough fuel to keep all the lamps lit for one day. However to their surprise, the oil lasted them eight whole days, representing the eight-day celebration.

As a result of oily foods symbolizing the miracle of Hanukkah since the first ever celebration, doughnuts have become a popular treat amongst the community. Other fried foods are also enjoyed during the eight-day celebration, such as fried cheese, pancakes, chicken and much more.

@salfordnownews We went to try Brackmans in Broughton to review the Bagels and Doughnuts on the first day of Hanukkah #salford #broughton #bagel #doughnut #hanukkah ♬ original sound – Salford Now

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