Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Corned beef hash. Such a simple dish combining potatoes and corned beef, yet it can be difficult to find the version of your dreams. I recently tried the version at Brent's Deli in Northridge figuring if they had one of the best corned beef sandwiches in Southern California, that they would have one of the best corned beef hashes. Alas, corned beef hash nirvana is not to be found in Northridge, or at least not at Brent's Delicatessen.
While their corned beef sandwich vies with Langer's for the best in the region, the corned beef hash was lacking. The portion was large and it was served with a side of potatoes, so the issue was certainly not leaving without enough food, as my waitress noted that nobody leaves Brent's hungry. Rather the ratio of potatoes to corned beef was off as there was not enough potatoes. Even worse, the corned beef was pureed, giving it no texture. The dish came out more like a corned beef patty than corned beef hash.
The poached eggs on top were perfectly cooked and ran wonderfully over the hash. There was ample choices of bagels and my egg bagel with butter that was served with the corned beef hash was also quite good. It was sadly the main event that fell short. I'll still keep Brent's in my Jewish deli sandwich rotation, but my search continues for the best corned beef hash. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments.
Brent's Deli: 19565 Parthenia Street between Tampa and Corbin Avenues, Northridge. Phone: (818) 886-5679. Website: www.brentsdeli.com