Kepos St Kitchen – 96 Kepos Street, Redfern. http://keposstreetkitchen.com.au
What do you get when you combine a cute corner spot in the leafy side of Redfern with a couple of ex-Bathers Pavilion chefs and managers? Oh, and an owner/chef who hails from Tel Aviv. You get a remarkably charming cafe that distinguishes itself not only with its casual and laid-back atmosphere, but also creative menu that has an undoubtedly Mediterranean influence, no doubt as a result of the owner’s heritage.
Arriving at 12 noon on a Sunday morning, we had just missed the breakfast menu (only available til 11.30, even on weekends). The advantage was that we were at that cross-over point between breakky and lunch so managed to avoid a long line and ended up waiting only around 15 minutes. Kepos St Kitchen is quite a cosy cafe, so beware peak breakfast times may warrant a long wait, with queues spotted extending round the corner.
Unlike many cafes that specialise in breakfast, Kepos Street Kitchen had quite an extensive lunch menu, with a nice variety of salads, meatier options and stews. We were in the mood for something more substantial than a salad. What we ate:
- Shakshuka of gently baked eggs w tomatoes and coriander tahini ($~16): this was the daily special, however, our waitress mentioned that this was a staple on the previous menu and very popular with customers. An easy sell. It didn’t disappoint – it was delicious and loved the blend of tomato and coriander with the spices.
- Spicy chickpea and lamb shank stew, soft eggs, preserved lemon oil, toast ($19): a tasty dish, a nice combination of lamb & chickpeas. My only reservation was this wasn’t as spicy as the title sounds, could do with a bit more bite
- Fig and mascarpone tart ($4): a surprisingly refreshing treat, the standout being the fluffy pastry that lifts the dish
- Brownie w white halva ($4): another yummy treat, it’s hard not to notice the baked goods on the counter as you enter
the verdict: 8.5/10 – love the concept, food and casual vibe. a big plus is the extensive menu (breakfast, lunch & dinner) that will ensure you have a reason to come back
don’t forget to order: the shakshuka