Exotic bites to start the day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KURDISH DELIGHT: Baran’s serves a cold Middle Eastern breakfast.