From Cairo to Croydon – Is Egyptian the Next Big Thing?
Is Egyptian the next big thing? If Koshary Kitchen’s bold new menu is anything to go by, we think so. The Croydon-based restaurant in outdoor Boxpark has cashed in on its unique space and is seeing a big rise in demand.
The concept is simple. Take Egypt’s National dish – Koshary (white rice, lentils and macaroni) and serve it in a Poké style with toppings of the customer’s choice. Think salads, caramelised onions, chilli and pomegranate seeds.
“The concept was actually my dissertation at university,” owner Rami Amir told us. “ I studied event management and I wanted to write about this street food concept. Before I knew it I had a template for my first restaurant and I opened it in Boxpark, Croydon.
“The idea makes sense because it takes something Egyptian and homely and marries it with other Middle Eastern flavours in a style that is oriental. So it has that fusion feel.
“ We do a classic, a hot pink based around salmon in a Tunisian spicy sauce, a sweet chick using a tagine preparation of prune and walnuts and a beef meatball with spicy harissa.
“it’s been incredibly popular and because Boxpark is an outdoor space we’ve been busy since April.”