The Gen­er­al is one of the final­ists in the UNO. Mag­a­zine Out­stand­ing Café cat­e­go­ry of the annu­al Bay Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Awards. Dan­ger­ous­ly close to our office, it’s an irre­sistible break­fast spot.

The name: Cil­bir (or Turk­ish Eggs)

The price: $17.50

The Secret: Some of the spices used in this dish are not even found in New Zealand! The house-made and pressed yoghurt gives Cil­bir just the right tex­ture.

The Sto­ry: The Gen­er­al’s founder Malika Gan­ley: “I first tried some­thing sim­i­lar in a tiny place in Istan­bul. It was a won­der­ful taste expe­ri­ence — one of a few small dish­es, and the kind of taste explo­sion you can only get in places with a deep his­to­ry of cuisine. I then tried some­thing sim­i­lar in Mon­tene­gro and want­ed to try and recre­ate the dish.”

Cre­at­ing the menu for The Gen­er­al, Malika felt the dish need­ed some­thing more to cut through the com­bi­na­tion of the won­der­ful rich­ness and spice, and won­dered whether zuc­chini fries might do the trick. And there it was! All those flavours again togeth­er, it was mag­i­cal. The zuc­chini fries now also have a bit of a cult fol­low­ing just like the Turk­ish eggs.