Chef Sima Qatanani’s Kafta Burgers pop-up at EatsPlace have been wildly popular, and she’s not stopping at burgers. She expanded her menu to include middle eastern-inspired snacks, fries, and more vegetarian-friendly options. One of the great things about food incubators is the time it allows chefs to fine tune their culinary concepts.
To broaden the burger list, Quatanani added a falafel sandwich. Topped with sumac-caramelized onions and tahine sauce, the sandwich is a great option for falafel aficionados, and can be made as a vegan platter. Quatanani learned to make the tasty fritters from a Palestinian falafel professional and hand makes the chickpea mixture for the patties. She even has a custom-made falafel press to shape the patties, which she fries to a delightful crisp:
For a lighter dish she added cauliflower salad. Cooked to smoky perfection and laid on a bed of lemony arugula, the veggie takes center stage with its crunch and nutty flavor. There are also the fun to eat “munchees”. The snack consists of cucumbers and pita chips with a dipping trio of citrusy lentil, creamy labneh zaatar, and smooth roasted carrot hummous dips.
For the more traditional burger accompaniment, batata, aka Middle Eastern fries, are now on the menu, and yes, they are as amazing as they sound. Crispy fries are tossed in a fresh garlic cilantro lemon sauce; the sauce packs a punch that makes these fries. These babies are guaranteed to amp up your fry game!