Ex­otic bites to start the day

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODFUN - WENDYL MARTIN

CAPE TOWN is a city that of­fers many global cuisines. Re­cently, I was asked to find out what a Kur­dish Break­fast is. I stopped at the well-po­si­tioned Baran’s, a shop’s breadth away from bustling Green­mar­ket Square, to in­ves­ti­gate.

The Kurds are an eth­nic group from the Mid­dle East who spread across Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

As for a Kur­dish break­fast, what I dis­cov­ered was a se­lec­tion of largely cold items – a boiled egg, a beef sausage, tomato, feta cheese, black olives and toast with but­ter and jam. This se­lec­tion pro­vided a mix of flavours: the sausage was spicy, the olives bit­ter and the feta tangy. What made the break­fast fun was the ad­di­tion of Kur­dish cof­fee – a milky, sweet mix­ture served in a brass pot which filled three espresso cups and was a com­fort­ing treat.

My com­pan­ion chose a Van Break­fast. This was an omelette with mush­rooms, toma­toes and herbs for R30. He said he would have liked additional fill­ings and found it a tri­fle bland. An­other break­fast op­tion would have been fried eggs and cheese on a toasted pita bread.

The restau­rant has been op­er­at­ing for seven years and the menu in­cludes a range of mezze dishes.

Owner Baran Kalay says the Kur­dish pide, a type of pizza, is a pop­u­lar dish. Smok­ing is al­lowed out­side. If you en­joy Mediter­ranean/mid­dle East­ern cui­sine, I would sug­gest a visit: Green­mar­ket Square, the cob­ble-stoned, in­nercity mar­ket, is a charm­ing set­ting for a morn­ing bite. Twit­ter: @Wendyl­martin wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

PIC­TURE: NEIL BAYNES

KUR­DISH DE­LIGHT: Baran’s serves a cold Mid­dle East­ern break­fast.

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