Her dad :)

Espresso Drinks, Latin American Food and Family Recipes

Everyone has family recipes they love and those recipes are the inspiration for Manitas Cafe & Deli. The best dishes came from the kitchens of our parents and grandparents. Thank you for allowing us to share our recipes which originated from a nameless "comedor" in El Salvador. 


Serving diverse family recipes to the community makes Manitas special. If you have a family recipe you want to share, we are open to recommendations, and featuring different families and different stories would be an honor.


Featured Chef 

Chef: Turkan Gungor

Nationality: Turkish        

Dish: Karnibahar (Fried Cauliflower)



Turkan grew up in Germany, and then moved to Istanbul to continue her education. She learned to cook after marriage by practicing cultural dishes in her kitchen.


She focused on cooking vegetarian dishes, especially after her daughter became a vegetarian. She is so passionate to share her recipe and hear back from you!

Today, she lives in Istanbul with her husband and youngest daughter, and sometimes comes to SF to visit her vegetarian daughter.

Featured Chef 

Chef: Balvir Kaur

Nationality: Indian       

Dish: Chholay (Chana Masala)



Balvir was 1 of 6 sisters growing up in the village Panaam in Punjab, India. She learned to cook in her mother's kitchen with herbs and spices they grew on their farm.

She moved to the United States in 2003 to provide a better life for her children. And to share her amazing Chholay recipe with us!

Today, she lives in Fremont with her husband and mother-in-law, and lives close to her son and daughter and their beautiful spouses.  

Chef: Barbara Fleming

Nationality: Australian

Dish: French Vinaigrette Dressing



When she was 17 years old, she moved in with a doctor and his wife in France. Against the backdrop of student protests of the late 60s, Barbara learned classic French dishes from her cousin Janice. The vinaigrette traveled to the states with Barbara and she shares it with us. She adds in rice vinegar for the sweeter twist she likes.

Overlooking Lake Merrit, you can find Barabara Fleming’s international abode. A hostess with an open mind and an open heart.

Her house salad is a classic French Vinaigrette and never fails to delight.

Featured Chef