EATING: Duna // CRAVE: That bread! Those dips!
So long Motze, hello Duna, where “classic peasant food” delivers rich and exquisite flavors in the Mission.
Cortney Burns and Nick Balla are experimenting with cuisines from Eastern Europe and Budapest in woodsy-modern space with ample natural light. Healthy eaters will rejoice at the many vegetarian and gluten-free options, while hearty eaters will be more than happy to dig into the many dips and plates of spatzle.
The menu offers a range of dishes made with local and organic ingredients, many of which are also gluten-free.
Duna offers two tasty cocktail options, a rye and smoked tangerine drink (first from left) and a delicious strawberry juniper High Balla (third from left).
There are several wine options, including two Hungarian wines to complement the various Eastern European offerings.
A tasty option for vegetarians is the Belgrade dish of delicious lentil croquettes, roasted spinach, cauliflower, and yogurt with turmeric spices.
The Budapest/Brooklyn salad is a healthy mix of paprika salami slices, cubes of pepper jack cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, and peppers.
Another must-get, the spatzle is made with fresh farmer’s cheese and a mound of stewed tomatoes, perfectly seasoned with hints of oregano.
One of the most engaging menu items is the smoked potato flatbread with various dips. Dips are available a la carte, letting you select from five options depending on what you’re craving.
The paprika cheese dip is rich and creamy, covered with toasted sesame seeds.
The pumpkin seed dip, sprinkled with pepitas.
Definitely grab a side of the sprouted white bean dip with slices of garlic.
If you enjoy baba ganoush, definitely give their preserved eggplant dip a try.
Dad’s Favorite (left) is a creamy, chilled buttermilk dish with cucumber, onion, dill, and apple cider vinegar. The chicken paprika and spatzle was also a stunner with mushrooms and sour cream.
Anyone who loves beets will enjoy the chilled beet soup with kefir and crunchy almond pieces.
Order a little bit of everything and try it all.
Don’t forget dessert! Choose from frozen cheesecake bars, PB&J truffles, or this tasty cherry and fennel sorbet with pistachio spread.
The interiors are warm and inviting: a mix of mellow yellows, warm woods, and twiggy accents to bring in elements of nature.
Duna sits at the end of Valencia Street, on the edge of the Mission.
This article was originally written and photographed by me for 7×7 and can be viewed here.
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