Over the past few years Harrisonburg has seen a number of Mediterranean restaurants come and go, leaving the city no real authentic Mediterranean dining experience. Hopefully that has finally changed for good. With the introduction of Kani’s Mediterranean Bakery & Cafe into the local foodscape, the buzz has been building about once again having a spot to get your kabob and baklava fix.
But that’s not all. Falafel, hummus, gyros, dumplings, nan, tabouli, stuffed eggplant, the list goes on. On a recent visit I tried the lamb kabob. A plate full of meat, greens, tomatoes, onions and more, all atop a delicious homebaked circle of nan, quickly arrived at our table, accompanied by a trio of sauces. The meat was rich and succulent, flaking into my mouth in delightful contrast to the crisp crunch of the vegetables. I tried the sauces in turn, the creamy sriracha my favorite as it matched perfectly an evening already tinged with a bit of spice.
One of the most exciting things about Kani’s is the bakery. A bevy of treats line the counter, and I, wanting to try something other than the baklava, was having trouble making up my mind. Until I saw in the cooler the tray of kenafeh.
I’d never had kenafeh before, but the bright orange color intrigued me. I couldn’t help but think carrots, so was surprised to learn the shaved orange-ish topping was actually toasted phyllo dough. Which, I might add, was the perfect compliment to the the smooth, cheese-based filling. A definite winner.
If you haven’t already, take a drive over to Neff Avenue behind the Valley Mall and visit Kani’s. You certainly won’t regret it, I can almost guarantee you’ll want to go back.