Kepos Street Kitchen
On the site of Strangers With Candy which I reviewed in 2010, Kepos Street Kitchen has just turned one year old so I thought it a suitable time to review this popular breakfast location. With the recent addition of a second dining room, KSK is actually larger than it looks. This is lucky because word has spread and you may find that you need to put your name and phone number on the list for five to ten minutes. There’s plenty to see in the area though so go for a stroll and they’ll call when your table is ready.
The service throughout my visit this morning was extraordinary; the staff really went out of their way to make it an enjoyable morning.
Coffee (regular $3.50, large $4)
is supplied courtesy of The Grounds
and it was superb. The cups were spotless and all of our coffees looked professional.
Apple and cherry cooler
There are a few varieties of mocktails ($9) on offer such as pomegranate virgin mojito, mango and date crush and strawberry rosewater fizz. I added the apple and cherry cooler to what became an extensive order for two people! The cherry flavour was pronounced and quiet sweet but this ice cold drink is definitely recommended for summer days – a nice addition to the menu.
Dad’s favorite brekky
My guest knew what to order as soon as she spied it on another table. The dad’s favorite brekky ($16) is an impressive board with the two main ingredients being falafel and a tomato salad. The falafel are some of the best you will find with a crunchy exterior and delicious mix of herbs within. The tomato salad tasted fresh and benefited from the textural crunch of spices such as coriander and sesame seeds. Alongside you’ll find hummus, labneh, a hard boiled egg and some schiacciata bread. The hummus, once again, was an outstanding example and the labneh made a great addition to the shakshuka…
KSK’s shakshuka ($17) is served with (or without if you prefer) chorizo which came in long pieces so you can cut to size. This was a delectable dish with a rich tomato base that was perfect for scooping with the bread. The grated haloumi on top was something I hadn’t seen before (and to be honest was taken over by the tomato flavour anyway) and overall this was a superb savoury meal.
Egg and bacon brioche roll
This egg and bacon brioche roll ($13)… this is one of the most awesome breakfast items I have had the pleasure of putting into my mouth in a long time! It’s just that good. More (crispy) bacon than you can poke a stick at, two eggs, a sweet yet savoury yet slightly spicy chilli jam, roasted tomatoes, spinach and a mayonnaise that melded together insanely well. The brioche squeezed together nicely so you’re able to get the whole thing in your mouth! There’s not much more to say, really… go and have one.
Freshly baked goods
Not only do they know their breakfast dishes but Kepos Street Kitchen also offers some mean baked goods and they’ll put together some of the best dinner meals you can find.
Other breakfast dishes worth trying include almond milk rice pudding, poached strawberries and rosewater compote with toasted almonds ($14), open omelette with spiced Persian eggplant, mint and watercress salad, raw tahini and sourdough ($17) and Middle Eastern panzanella with watermelon, feta, mint, kalamata olives, shallots and croutons ($15).
Hallway between dining rooms
So you can see why Kepos Street Kitchen has jumped to become one of my favourite spots in Redfern, if not Sydney. Strangers With Candy was onto a winner but KSK will blow you away.
Overall Rating: 22.5/25
Website: http://keposstreetkitchen.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/KeposStreetKitchen
Address: 96 Kepos Street, Redfern, 2016
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash