With a selection of pita, falafel and other Mediterranean dishes, Kam-Moon is bringing a taste of Egypt to Halifax.
Hossam Ramadan, business operations manager at Kam-Moon, is this week’s midweek mugging recipient.
“We wanted to incorporate new food and at the same time be healthy,” Ramadan said.
Located at 2013 Brunswick St., Kam-Moon is a family business owned by Hossam’s father, Mohamed Ramadan. Customers are able to take their food to go, or sit inside at one of the many tables in the brightly-lit store. Kam-Moon also offers catering options.
Many of the dishes are made with traditional Egyptian pita bread.
“We love our bread, we’re very fond of it. It’s similar to the Lebanese pita bread but a little thicker, bit more doughy,” Ramadan said. “There’s nothing like it here in Halifax, so we decided you know, it will be a great opportunity for us to start introducing people to our type of bread.”
Kam-Moon offers halal, vegan and vegetarian options. One of the store’s most popular dishes is their falafel pita, Ramadan said.
“Our falafel is a little bit different than other places,” Ramadan said. “In the mixture we don’t put any wheat at all, so it’s gluten free...and instead of chickpeas in the mix we put fava beans, which is more traditional to Egypt,” he said.
For those craving a more savoury option, Ramadan recommends the Greek chicken pita. The chicken is marinated souvlaki-style and can be topped with tahini, garlic or crushed olives.
Kam-Moon also offers items that Halifax locals may be less familiar with, such as a popular Egyptian dish called koshary.
“It’s basically rice cooked with caramelized onions, and then we mix it with some lentils, chickpeas, little bit of elbow pasta, and then we top it off with tomato sauce and fried onions,” Ramadan said. “It’s served very hot and it’s really, really good for those cold days. We found people absolutely love it.”
Ramadan studied at Saint Mary’s University and worked abroad and in Calgary before returning to Halifax to start the restaurant with his father.
He said the restaurant sees a mix of tourists, students, and business people from the area.
“I love talking to people,” Ramadan said. “Sometimes I’ll take a break off work during lunch and I’ll sit down in the seating area just talking to people, asking them how their day was. That’s probably the best part of my job right now, just doing that and making those connections with people on a daily basis.”