The food at Simple Café in Williamsburg reveals chef Samia Behaya’s French and North African influences. At brunch, you can order up Algerian tchoutchouka—scrambled eggs spiked with harissa, garlic, cumin, onion and tomato ($11)—or a croque madame, the classic French sandwich of ham, swiss cheese and bechamel sauce topped with a fried egg ($12). For the evening meal, you might want a light meal of the citrus-mint quinoa salad with feta, tomato, mushroom and eggplant ($12) or the couscous with chickpeas, vegetables and lamb sausage ($15). Carnivores can order steak frites with a red wine reduction ($16) or go even more international with a bowl of Vietnamese pho ($12). Several other Southeast Asian dishes also make an appearance, like bun thit nuong cha gio, a dish of grilled pork served with spring rolls and fish sauce–dressed vermicelli rice noodles ($12).
Simple is known for baking their own bread called “krsra”. The recipes are inspired by Chef Samia’s family and their natural technique of cooking. Along with the homemade bread, simple and seasonal ingredients are at the heart of her menu. Some favorite signature dishes include; babaganoush, lamb couscous, chorba (Algerian soup), & tchoutchouka.
Also, the weekend brunch buffet is a must if you're in the neighborhood.
It originated with a tasty, healthy menu and as a place for regulars to gather and exchange experiences within their community. Don’t let the word “cafe” fool you though, with it's international flavor and unique spatial set up (including the super cute retail shop, the Marquet) it's surely got something for everyone.
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|Venue name:||Simple Café & Restaurant|
346 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
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