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Award-winning chef Amre Omar is bringing a taste of the Middle East to Hamilton's Plaza Cafe.

The eatery's owners Donte Hunt and his wife Kelly have seen a gap in the market in offering dishes from Mr Omar's native Egypt.

The Middle Eastern focus has involved the restaurant, formerly known as Bistro 12, investing in a kebab roaster and a large buffet layout and bringing in four Egyptian staff.

“We wanted to give Bermuda something different and new,” said Mr Hunt, who took over the restaurant just over a year ago.

“Middle Eastern food is incredibly tasty and I'm excited that we have it. It's quick and it's grab-and-go - that's what people want.”

Mr Omar, an experienced executive chef and a long-term resident of the Island, is a good friend of Mr Hunt.

“I've known Amre for 12 years and I call him my brother,” Mr Hunt said. “He has been recognised in Bermuda and internationally for his work at the Sonesta and in helping to start up Cafe Cairo. He's a creative genius and he works from passion.”

The Plaza Cafe will also continue to sell sushi and Bermudian cuisine and will stay open until 10pm.

Mr Hunt and Mr Omar also plan to combine forces in a new business, to be known as 360 International, which will act as a consultancy for restaurateurs. They hope to be able to improve the fortunes of restaurants they advise, both in Bermuda and elsewhere.

Chef Muhammed Wafik carves the kebab at the Plaza Cafe
Plaza Cafe co-owner Donte Hunt has introduced Middle Eastern food

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Published December 16, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 16, 2010 at 7:29 am)

Plaza Cafe introduces a taste of the Middle East

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