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Feed your inner Greek at Cafe Kottani in Bury St Edmunds

A Meze plate with grilled halloumi, mixed olives, hummus, falafels, stuffed vine leaves and salad with feta cheese at Cafe Kottani in Bury St Edmunds, England. There are four Meze plates for either 7.95 or 8.95 pounds ($11.25 to $12.66).

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By WILLIAM HOWARD | Stars and Stripes | Published: April 5, 2018

If you believe that Greek food is not just about the taste but also the people who make it, then look no further than Cafe Kottani in Bury St Edmunds.

The family-run restaurant is the perfect place to find healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine while strolling through the open markets in the town center on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Or visit just for the restaurant any day of the week.

I really enjoy the vegetarian options on the menu that help me fulfill a now regretful New Year’s resolution to limit my meat consumption.

Thanks to four Meze platters on the menu, I don’t have to miss eating a burger for lunch.

They each come with an array of Greek delicacies like tzatziki, hummus, grilled halloumi, aubergine imam, stuffed vine leaves and falafel for either 7.95 or 8.95 pounds ($11.25 to $12.66).

My grilled halloumi squeaked with each salty bite, the falafels were crumbly and savory, and the marinated olives were so tender I didn’t have to struggle with their pits.

It’s fun to mix and match different items on the Meze plates and discover new taste combinations.

For the carnivores, there’s homemade moussaka, pasticcio, Souvlaki lamb and sausage wraps.

There are also desserts like baklava, kantaifi, kourabiedes (Christmas butter cookies), and a selection of Greek coffees and frappes.

The owners also run Papaki’s Deli located next door, which is a great takeaway option for artisan Greek products, fine foods and sweet treats if you’d like to save some for later.

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Location: 30 Butter Market, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1DW. The restaurant is a 30-minute drive along the A14 from RAF Mildenhall. Paid parking is available nearby in front of the abbey gardens at the Arc shopping center.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays.

Dress: Casual

Prices: Breakfast, crepes and omelettes from 2.95 to 6.95 pounds ($4.17 to $9.83), sandwiches, wraps, toasties, baguettes and paninis from 3.70 to 5.95, Meze plates from 7.95 to 8.95, Greek meals from 7.95 to 11.95, and desserts from 1.50 to 2.50.

Information: Phone: +44 (0)1284 766 551, website: cafekottani.co.uk;
email: cafekottani@hotmail.co.uk

A potato, tomato, onion, peppers and oregano stuffed Kottani omelette at Cafe Kottani in Bury St Edmunds, England. Breakfast, crepes and omelettes range from 2.95 to 6.95 pounds ($4.17 to $9.83).
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