Exciting, wholesome, vibrant, and fresh: these words come to mind when I think of Middle Eastern cuisine, and Kutchi Deli Parwana ticks all the boxes. Adelaide is an ever-growing city of culture, diversity and substance, and what Kutchi Deli brings to the table is nothing short of impressive.
Walking into Kutchi Deli is like stepping into another world; you’re hit with the beautiful blues on the walls, intricate details of the artwork, casual atmosphere both inside and out, and warm smiles from the staff ready to take your order. There’s an abundance of aroma coming from the kitchen, having you drool before stepping toward the counter. If you’ve been looking for a new favourite lunch spot, I reckon we found it.
The menu will have you tossing up between five different dishes because they all sound so delicious, and watching the food come out – as quick as ever – will make you say “ooh what’s that?” as they pass. With dishes ranging from meats to curries to dumplings and at very reasonable prices, you're spoilt for choice in the best possible way #firstworldproblems.
Highly recommended by Kutchi Deli's manager Durkhanai Ayubi was the Banjan Borani, a curry of freshly sliced eggplant, aromatic rice and house-made pickled vegetables in a lovely flavoursome sauce. It was hard to Instagram this meal before devouring it, because the smell will have you reaching for your fork before you look for your phone.
The softness of the fresh eggplant combined with the fantastic sauce had my inner vegetarian hungry for more; even the most meat-enthused person in town would turn for this dish. The spice of the rice was so bloody nice – unintentional rhymes – and the crunchy acidy flavour of the pickled cabbage and carrots gave the dish new depth and heart. This is soul food at its best, and for fourteen bucks? A cracker lunch on every level, gimme more!
We sat down with Durkhanai to talk about culture, food and the future for the Parwana franchises. The Ayubi family brings passion for wholesome Afghani cuisine to Ebenezer Place, giving the regulars of Rundle access to authentic flavours and quality meals with every order. “We’ve created an extension of ourselves and what we do at home, making traditional Afghan food available to the public without compromising quality or taste”.
Kutchi Deli is the second instalment of the Ayubi family’s vision, as they have the Parwana Afghan Kitchen in Torrensville, which is deemed quite successful. Durkhanai explains “we’re trying to extend what we’ve done in Torrensville, making our food accessible to city-goers from all sorts of backgrounds, keeping it quick, casual and cool”. They are also opening a small shop at Flinders University campus in time for the next semester, as city students have become a natural customer for Kutchi Deli. The Flinders store will offer students far from the city a taste of home cooking and quality meals, where they would otherwise miss out on the options that are based in town.
“Growth means balancing quality and freshness, and trying to keep the essence of our story alive through our businesses, that's why we’ll never stray from our authentic recipes”.
Kutchi Deli Parwana were shortlisted for the 2015 International Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, as well as being a recommended place to visit in Adelaide from the New York Times article on Adelaide this past November. Look out for the Parwana stall at the Womadelaide festival in 2016 to get a taste of the best Afghan food the city has to offer.
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Kutchi Deli Parwana is open from 11:30am til 3:30pm everyday and is located at 7 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, check out their vibrant website, Facebook and Instagram pages for more reason to go (like you need it). Special thanks to Durkhanai Ayubi and the wonderful staff at Kutchi Deli Parwana for their hospitality and kindness.
All images taken by Alexia Frangos.
Header image via Champ_Travel