SHARING MEALS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Ouldammar wants to recreate the typical Mediterranean experience of sharing meals with friends or neighbours in a warm and convivial atmosphere – without any frills.
Don’t expect gastronomy here, but hearty and healthy food.
The menu is an interesting mix of different Turkish, Greek, Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines without placing too much emphasis on any one specifically. The recipes are interpretations of traditional dishes you would expect to be served at your grandmother’s, aunt’s or neighbour’s home, says Ouldammar.
He likes to spice things up or add a twist, for example we tried the artichoke-infused humus, which soon will be replaced with the more seasonal sweet potato hummus in autumn. It was delicious.
The lunchtime menu offers a choice of a meat, seafood (CHF21) or vegetarian (CHF19) ‘discovery’ platters – and the option of one dish of the day the – the kefta – on the day we visit, which incidentally is the most popular dish on the menu, alongside the ceviche.
The kefta is beef seasoned with mint, paprika powder, parsley and creole spices.
What makes the kefta so tasty, according to Ouldammar, is the fact that it is grilled first and then roasted in the oven – sealing in the juices.
My partner tried the meat platter, which had some of the delcious kefta, chicken, couscous and veggies, while I opted for the vegetable platter – with artichoke-flavoured humus, fresh Moroccan salad, grilled aubergine and couscous. We shared the food with loads of homemade pita bread.
Sweet temptations include basel-flavoured strawberry tiramisu and paprika flavoured chocolate mousse!