A Turkish delight in Noordheuwel

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Good food, great prices and friendly staff make for a great restaurant, but throw in the new and exciting genuine Portuguese and Turkish tastes and you get the Bircan Brunch Cafe.

The new restaurant can be found in the Noordheuwel Pick n Pay centre and opened a month ago. This new and exciting restaurant is the brain child of Abdul Rezzak and Levent Kilig who met by chance, and became friends and later partners by choice.

Abdul hails from Algeria and told the News he started working at the age of 16. By 19 he had opened his first bakery in Algeria. He came to South Africa ten years ago and have had a number of businesses here.

Spinach and feta pie. Photos: Natasha Pretorius.

Levent moved from Turkey to South Africa at the end of 2000 and said he opened South Africa’s very first Turkish bakery in Midrand in 2013, adding that he was the first one to bring the Simit burger to South Africa. A Simit burger is a circular bread encrusted typically with sesame seeds.

He said many other Turkish bakeries opened after his but he did not mind the competition because this is how Turkish food will grow and become more popular.

“I want to keep introducing South Africans to Turkish food. If I can make good food I don’t mind the competition.”

Abdul explained that they prepare everything they sell and that the dishes are made fresh. They make their own rolls, yogurt and juice, and pride themselves on providing fresh, tasty food.

When visiting this restaurant you can look forward to their mixed grill, and Manti, which is pasta with mince and a special sauce and yogurt on the side. One of their favourites is the Iskender kebab – a beef Shwarma on top of dried butter bread with tomato sauce and yogurt.

Levent Kilig and Abdul Rezzak are the owners of the Bircan Brunch Cafe.

You can even have your pick from desserts like various baklavas, kataifi, chocolate mosaic cake, rice pudding and cheese cake.

And if you want to stop by to quench your thirst, you have to try their Sherbet drink that consists of 15 different flavours and gives a natural energy boost.

“Their homemade lemonade is also one of the best I have ever tasted,” said News journalist, Natasha Pretorius.

So if you want to try authentic Turkish food, do pay them a visit.

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