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Kalaja Burek Restaurant, Sterling Hts [DTW]


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Kalaja Burek Restaurant, Sterling Hts [DTW]

VTB | Jan 19, 2013 01:45 PM

Tried the new burek joint on Dequindre (33874) just north of Trizest and Parrot Cove. I did takeout (always a disclaimer) on a spinach burek with yogurt, qebape (finger sausages) and pleskavica (patty sausages). This is a sparkling bright joint, with decent prices and great people.

The meats were nicely flavored (granted, I don’t know how they should taste or even be pronounced), but they lacked tenderness seemingly because they had been mixed like crazy in a Kitchen Aid. Once they were cooked, the meat proteins tightly vulcanized into their new shapes. Accompaniments simply are angel hair cabbage dressed in vinaigrette, a little chunk of goat cheese and a bland roasted pepper; not with the advertised bread. I VERY HAPPILY ate everything, and it was diet friendly.

I killed the diet aspect, though, by wolfing down a hot’n’fresh spinach burek—gorgeous pastry, with a moist and fabulously seasoned spinach filling. Try it. I would only say that it should come with a little side of yogurt. Without that, I had to purchase big cup, and much of that yummy yogurt had to go to waste. Plus, it increased my burek cost by almost 50%. The yogurt is fermented from a house culture, so that is kinda nice.

The husband cooks and the young wife runs the front end. She is a hoot, and has had a little time to adapt her Albanian schtick to American sensibilities by running a tiny burek shop in NYC before coming here (she wasn’t in NYC long enough to learn English spelling, however!). To give you a flavor of it, once my order was put in she yelled to her husband, “And hurry up!, this guy looks HUNGRY.” Then she mumbled, “Easy for me to say, my only job is (quickly motioning with her hand) sprinkling cabbage in your container.” Getting in on the fun, I said, “Don’t sell that short—you had to put on gloves… and then get them back off… right? (wink)” She responded, “I use tongs actually; we’re absolutely ‘anal’ about being sanitary (wink back).”

Anyway, if somebody tries the stuffed cabbages, let me know if they’re any good. I at least will be back for burek, either way. Not sure of the hours, given that it is just a husband/wife run place, but you can check at 586-883-6104.

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