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Dajkos's Küfte - Pronounced "Dye-Kos Koof-teh"

About Us

Welcome to our Balkan-style grill and eatery, a culinary haven dedicated to sharing the rich and delectable flavors of Eastern Europe with the vibrant community of New Zealand. At our Napier eatery, you're invited to step into an authentic Eastern European atmosphere, where every visit feels like a journey to distant lands. As pioneers in New Zealand, we proudly introduce the iconic Cevapi to our menu, offering a truly unique taste experience. Our roots trace back to the renowned Kilim Cafe, a beloved Turkish restaurant that has evolved into this new venture.

 

I'm Yusuf, and I'm driven by a dream -

a dream of bringing the essence of my culture to people's homes, allowing them to savor the tastes and traditions that hold a special place in my heart. For those on the move, our Greenmeadows takeaway grill ensures that even in the busiest of times, the spirit of Balkan cuisine is never far away.

About the Balkans

Nestled in the southeastern corner of Europe, the Balkans are a captivating region where history, culture, and cuisine converge. Comprising a diverse array of countries including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and a small part of Turkey, the Balkans offer a tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.

Fun Facts
1. Tesla Originated in the Balkans
2. The Balkans are home to a fascinating blend of languages, religions, and traditions due to centuries of diverse influences.
3. The Cyrillic alphabet, used in countries like Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, was created by Saints Cyril and Methodius, two Byzantine brothers.

Culinary Treasures
Balkan cuisine is a delectable fusion of Mediterranean, Eastern European, and Ottoman influences. Grilled meats, such as Cevapi (minced meat sausages) and Pljeskavica (burger-like patties), are popular staples. Burek, a flaky pastry filled with savory ingredients, and Ajvar, a relish made from roasted red peppers and eggplant, showcase the region's love for vibrant flavors. The legacy of Ottoman rule is evident in dishes like sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls) and baklava (a sweet pastry with layers of filo dough, nuts, and honey).

A Cultural Mosaic
Each Balkan country offers a unique cultural tapestry. Croatia enchants with its stunning Adriatic coastline and medieval towns, while Greece invites exploration of ancient history and idyllic islands. Serbia's lively capital, Belgrade, is known for its vibrant nightlife, and Kosovo combines medieval architecture with modern art.

Hidden Gems
Adventure beckons in the Balkans, from hiking through Montenegro's rugged landscapes to exploring Bulgaria's ancient monasteries. Discover centuries-old traditions in picturesque villages and experience warm hospitality around every corner.

A Gastronomic Expedition
A visit to the Balkans is incomplete without indulging in its mouthwatering cuisine. From the simplicity of grilled meats to the complexity of Ottoman-inspired dishes, every bite tells a story of the region's tumultuous history and vibrant culture.


The Balkans, with its diverse countries, languages, and culinary traditions, offers a captivating tapestry of culture and flavors. From vibrant festivals to a rich and diverse culinary heritage, this region promises an immersive experience that is both enlightening and delicious. Embark on a journey to the Balkans and unravel the secrets of this enchanting land where culture and cuisine come together in a truly unique way.

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