When my mom came to town last week she knew exactly where we were heading for breakfast: Kadbanu, a bright Persian café on the corner of Dundas and Markham. The space is delightfully sunny and fresh with blue and white decorative tiles and shelves of pickles and preserves for sale. I'm looking forward to going back in the next few weeks to enjoy their outdoor terrace on the east side of Markham Street.
We started with a couple servings of bottomless black tea...
... and perused the descriptive menu:
A bonus not written on the menu is that all egg dishes are served with a side arugula salad.
My brother went for a traditional Middle Eastern stew that cooks for seven hours before being served. A mix of oats, barley, and meat give it savoury substance and a cinnamon, sugar, and drizzled butter garnish add a sweet twist. It's an unusual combination of ingredients that work together to create a warm and comforting breakfast porridge.
My mom and I opted for the same dish: Mirza Ghasemi. A stew of smoked eggplant sautéed with garlic and tomatoes and topped with an egg sunny-side-up. Another rich and comforting dish that's well balanced with the freshness of the salad.
With its big windows and flavourful food, Kadbanu is a beautiful place to spend a sunny weekend morning. If anyone has a chance to check out their dinner menu, leave me a note and let me know what you think!