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February 28, 2022

Photos: A peek at Yafo Kitchen’s new brunch service

Unpretentious Palate readers got a first taste of the new offering

At our recent Unpretentious Preview of Yafo’s new brunch service, Unpretentious Palate members got a first taste of the new menu and heard from executive chef Shai Fargian about the inspiration behind it. (Want to be sure you’re on the invite list for our next event? Subscribe today!) The menu reflects the traditional style of Israeli brunch Fargian has often enjoyed with his family, and is unlike anything being offered in Charlotte right now. Check out photos from the event below.

Brunch at Yafo is served family style, and starts off with a traditional spread of mezzes with bread. Photo by Rémy Thurston

Mezzes include (clockwise from top left) roasted red peppers with raisins, feta with Aleppo pepper, preserved lemon spread, tahini honey halva, Kalamata tapenade, labneh with za’atar, homemade preserves, and cucumber dill salad. Photo by Rémy Thurston

Unpretentious Palate readers were the first to experience Yafo Kitchen’s new brunch service, offered Saturdays and Sundays at the Plaza Midwood location. Photo by Rémy Thurston

Chef Shai Fargian (right, pictured with UP editor Kristen Wile) shared the inspiration behind the new brunch service and answered questions from diners. Photo by Rémy Thurston

The most popular dish was shakshuka, a family-style serving of a poached eggs in a tomato-based sauce.

Chef Shai learned to make shakshuka from Dr. Shakshuka himself, a story he shared with Unpretentious Palate readers. Photo by Rémy Thurston

Diners can make their own mimosas using Yafo’s selection of juices. Photo by Rémy Thurston

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