Going out for breakfast/brunch is really popular in Calgary and I'm definitely on board with the trend.
This past Sunday I ended up at Roni's Kitchen - a new Middle Eastern fusion breakfast/brunch pop-up that uses the Koi restaurant space solely on weekends between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for filling patron's appetites with an all vegetarian/vegan menu that amazed our group of five friends.
I started off with a Cardamom Mud Coffee - which I was told was a traditional-style of coffee as it had murky coffee grounds which settled on the bottom of the small mason jar cup (making it "muddy") and it was flavoured with deliciously fragrant cardamom. It was a tad more bitter than I prefer so added a bit of sugar and really enjoyed it.
First from the menu - the Full-on Hummus appetizer we shared! When the dish arrived it definitely was not what I expected but something slightly different and totally delicious. With cucumber and pita to dip and scoop the hummus with we all got in to it pretty quickly and had to order more pita for the large amount of hummus served. The dip was unlike any that I'd had before where I've been use to a thicker paste consistency this was more soupy and had some whole chickpeas as well as mushrooms and small bunches of parsley as a topper that quickly was mixed in throughout. Nonetheless - it was amazing and I would certainly order it again.
For my main - I ordered the Burekas and chose the vegan option filling of almond-feta, eggplant, mint & za'tar. Also, chose the quinoa salad as the side. Un-fricken-believable. The presentation was beautiful (although my photos aren't the best at showing this... weird morning angle lighting and all) and the additional sides of house-made pickles, tahini and Schug (a Yemeni hot sauce! Whoa.) really sets this place apart from the rest of the great breakfast places this city has to offer.
Lastly, and of course, we had to have dessert... it was brunch after all and chose the feature popsicle (!) of the weekend - Apricot Nectarine. I didn't get a picture as they were again house-made and had no preservatives to slow the melting process on a warm late-Sunday morning. The only thing I would critique about these would be that the popsicle sticks be a bit longer or just not frozen in to the mixture so deeply leaving maybe an inch to hold on to while enjoying this treat which made it a bit awkward. That's the only thing I could possibly complain about... and I'd still order these again.
Seriously - if you like a variety of Middle Eastern food, going out for weekend brunch and trying something deliciously different get yourself and your friends to Roni's Kitchen as soon as you can. I suspect this may become a very popular place due to it's great menu, super friendly staff and excellent location. Can't wait to visit again and try more of the menu!