Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park is so much more than their namesake dish, in fact I'll be bold and just say that it's one of my favorite new Brooklyn brunch places in recent memory...
Mimi's brunch reminds me of brunch at Miriam when it first opened. Miriam was my first exposure to the wonders of the Israeli brunch--shakshuka, burekas, Israeli salad, and labne. Mmmm, labne. Lawman and I were early adopters at Miriam and it's still a favorite though the prices have creeped up over time--what once was a sub $10 brunch with coffee is now $11.95. The brunches at Mimi's don't come with coffee but the dishes are all under $11 with most going for $9.
Our first visit to Mimi's we tried the masabache ($8), a traditional hummus with chickpeas and a lemon and garlic dressing served with a basket of fluffy pita. I love me some lemon in my hummus and this one was creamy and delicious.
That first trip we had to try one of the brunch dishes and it wasn't an easy choice. We went for the Idja (or is it Aija--I've seen it spelled both ways on the menu there0 ($9) which was a "green omelet" made with dill, cilantro, parsley, potatoes, and onions topped with labne (yogurty cheese) with a side of tabouli and a toasted pita. Why have I never thought of toasting pita, drizzling it with olive oil and dusting it with zaatar?! Brilliant. You add some labne to that, it's pretty much perfect. The omelet was good, but the toasted pita, labne and tabouli really made it for me and gave me a good idea for an easy make-at-home breakfast.
Our second trip we tried another hummus, this time the mushroom one. Also very tasty, but I prefer the lemony masabache.
When a menu includes three different shakshukas, you have to at least try one. It was a tough choice, but we went for the Shakshuka Green ($10) a concoction of braised greens, tomatoes and lemon topped with two sunny side up eggs and Bulgarian sheep cheese. Bulgarian sheep cheese deserves more play. It's like a feta with more bite. Unfortunately it was so delicious and beguiling that there are no photos. Next time!
Speaking of Bulgarian sheep cheese, the best thing that we had for brunch was the Mimi's Sandwich--an open face pita with labne, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, and Bulgarian cheese ($10). It wasn't the most brunchy thing on the menu, but it was quite possibly the most delicious. Again, it's all about the cheese. The sharp, sharp cheese paired with the smokey eggplant and the roasted red peppers was heavenly. I'm still thinking about that sandwich.
I've considered making a trip to Murray's this week in search of my own stash of Bulgarian sheep cheese. Or maybe I'll just go to Mimi's for brunch...
1209 Cortelyou Road
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Open Mon-Thurs: 12pm-10:30pm
Weekend brunch, Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am until 4:00pm
For more Mimi's brunch photos, check out our flickr set.
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