By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)
WINNIPEG — One of my favourite cookbooks is “Jerusalem.” The book is as much an intriguing story about the people who dwell together in the ancient city as it is a catalogue of excellent recipes. The book is where I first came to know the egg and tomato sauce dish known as Shakshuka. The authors of “Jerusalem” state that the dish is actually Tunisian in origin.
I first tasted the dish prepared by a French-trained, Italian chef in a little café called “The Fat Hen” in Seattle. I have also enjoyed it at a couple of spots in Winnipeg. Bermax Café and Bistro is a kosher Italian café that does a very good job with their version of Shakshuka.
I would have preferred my egg to have been slightly less firm so that I could have allowed the piping-hot sauce to finish cooking the egg. This is not a complaint as the tomato sauce was out of this world with the unusual inclusion a smoky paprika and cumin. I plan on returning so that I can enjoy that sauce on a pasta dish.
My breakfast date chose a pineapple pancake when her request for a granola pancake was not available. Sweet chunks of pineapple were mixed into the batter as well as being served on top of the pancake. The cake also came garnished with cottage cheese. Was the dish a breakfast or a decadent dessert? At home, we often enjoy pancakes with a generous scoop of cottage cheese, sliced bananas and maple syrup. My family has inherited my sweet and salty addiction!
I am actually surprised that I have resisted Bermax for as long as I have. The bistro is walking distance from my home and all my favourite foods are contained on one menu: black truffle, eggplant, artichokes, gnocchi and pizza. They even have a Shakshuka pizza.
Bermax Café and Bistro is located at 1800 Corydon Avenue. They have an extensive all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner menu available.