On rainy weekends, all we want to do is stay in bed and relax. After all, that’s what weekends are for. The only thing that will get us out of bed? Our friends and food. Especially a combination of the two. And our friends know that we don’t do brunch before noon!
If you’ve never had a Turkish brunch, you are missing out. And the brunch at Barbounya is worth leaving the house for on a rainy weekend. What makes it so great? Simple. With the order of your main dish, every table is given a traditional Turkish starter.
The board is filled creamy kaymak, similar to clotted cream, drizzled with honey, a mix of marinated olives, nuts and dried fruit, as well as homemade jams and chocolate spread and a refreshing tomato salad with salty ricotta. All this is served with warm bread which is conveniently refilled before you even run out! You can easily be satisfied with this alone, but the mains are too delicious to skimp out on.
While potato croquettes sound like a simple dish, it’s anything but. The potato croquettes were crunchy on the outside and as the Firm said, they were as light “as little pillows” on the inside, with a crispy crust. Served with vegetables and a poached egg for that breakfast feel and richness, the dish was surprisingly filling.
Roasted chicken is not something you usually see on a brunch menu so we were curious to try this dish. The chicken was tender and once the yolk of the egg was broken, there was a richness added to the dish that went well with the crisped potato wedges.
The lamb sausage was made into meatballs and that was fine by us! The lamb was flavourful and paired wonderfully with the braised vegetables that included fennel and fava beans with cherry tomatoes that added little pops of colour and flavour. A little bit of thick yogurt mixed with the yolk of the poached egg, again, added creaminess that was divine.
If you haven’t tried Barbounya for brunch, you will soon be making it one of your go-to spots. It’s a change from the usual dishes we have at brunch and sometimes, a little change is good!
Our Rating: Splendid
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