Tuesday ~ Friday 7:3o am ~ 3:oo pm
Saturday ~ Sunday 8:oo am ~ 3:oo pm
|Location| Kepos Street Kitchen, 96 Kepos Street, Redfern
|Price| $20 ~ $30 pp
Located near the residential streets of Redfern, Kepos Street Kitchen is a pet / kids / pram / wheelchair friendly cafe / bistro.
Serving breakfast from 8.oo am ~ 11.3o am on a weekend, you can choose from the outdoor everything-friendly setting (with less than half an hour wait) or a cosy indoor atmosphere.
We got seated down and were immediately amazed by Kepos’ breakfast menu as they had a very wide range of choices. Kepos also had a great range of drinks – coffee by the grounds, mocktails and organic tea from rabbit hole.
Drink #1 – Cappuccino ($3.5o small or $4.5o large)
The small cappuccino with the beautiful latte art flower came quite quickly as we were seated right by the coffee station. Kepos’ cups and saucers had the notable imprints of “The Grounds of Alexandria” on them. Taste wise, although the cappuccino was slightly bitter but we reckon you don’t need add any sugar in their cappuccino.
Drink #2 – Mocktails – Strawberry Rosewater Fizz ($9.oo) ❤
At first, I was quite hesitant on getting a mocktail so early in the morning but we ordered a mocktail anyway from the Kepos’ Drinks Menu but boy! was it amazing!
As soon as the mocktail came to the table, you can smell the beautiful rose flavour come through.
From the first sip, you can feel the soda water fizzing inside your palette from the strawberry mocktail. The drink was rich and full of strawberry juice and once you begin slurping through the drink it was irresistible to stop. With every sip you take from the Strawberry Rosewater Fizz, you can also taste and bite on the little strawberry seeds – a drink that’s perfect to give you a much needed kick start to your day.
Food #1 – Kepos Benedict – smoked salmon, green tahini, poached eggs, steamed leek, milk bread ($19.oo)
Kepos Benedict came 5 minutes after our drinks arrived. The whole dish was beautifully presented with vibrant spring-like colours from the top garnishes to the bottom slice of milk bread.
We love it when restaurants do their own creative take on typical traditional dishes and Kepos Street Kitchen did exactly just that. They replaced the traditional Hollandaise sauce with a slight twist. The green tahini had the right consistency of smoothness and its flavours blended in well with their eggs. Hidden under the smooth green tahini were two beautiful poached eggs and smoked salmon. For me, the green tahini also acted as a great “dipping” sauce for the soft milk bread at the bottom of the dish.
Food #2 – Moroccan lamb and pine nut cigars, watercress, poached eggs, goats cheese ($17.oo)
The second dish Moroccan lamb and pine nut cigars was different to what we had imagined. The cigars were essentially “spring rolls” filled with moroccan lamb and pine nuts.
The moroccan lamb mince filling was flavoursome and did not have the distinctive taste or smell of lamb. There was a small serving of watercress salad, two poached eggs and soft goat cheese. Again the eggs were poached beautifully but the dish would probably be better if it had more salad. If you are looking to have a full breakfast to kick start your day, you might want to reconsider choosing this dish.
LUNCH TIME !!!
On a separate occasion, we also came back to this restaurant the second time to try out their lunch menu. The line was still an hour wait but they do serve top notch food. They start serving the lunch menu from 12.oo pm on the weekends so make sure you get here at about 11.3o to get seated for lunch 🙂
Whilst you wait in line for your name to be called, Kepos has a range of desserts for you to snack on and the range is different every time you go. It varies from Chocolate & Cheese Brownie ($4.oo), Lemon Slice ($4.oo), Chocolate, Cream & Caramel muffin ($5.oo), Lemon & Poppyseed cake ($5.oo), New York Baked Cheese cake ($6.oo) Ricotta, Pinenut & Cranberry cake GF ($6.oo).
All the desserts were too tempting and only wished we could have chosen them all. We wanted something that was not too overly sweet, so we opted for a slice of the lemon & poppyseed cake. The lemon & poppyseed slice was great to get your tastebuds starting. The lemon cake with crunchy poppy seeds topped off with zesty lemon cream cheese frosting is perfect if you’re not a chocolate fan so early in the morning.
One thing to suggest is that they should serve larger slices as we demolished it almost instantaneously but nevertheless give this a try !
Drink #3 – Mocktails – Mango & Date Crush ($9.oo)
We opted for the mango and date crush since we fell in love with the strawberry & rose fizz last time. This mocktail had a fuller and richer texture probably because of the amount of mangoes they’ve added to it yummm yummm 🙂 Since mangoes are not in season at the moment, Kepos Street Kitchen probably used “dates” to add to the sweetness.
Food #3 – Tunisian style seared yellow fin tuna, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, egg, potato, harissa dressing ($19.oo)
Our first lunch item at Kepos Street Kitchen was the Tunisian style tuna. The presentation was simply amazing !
The main element – yellow fin tuna sits nicely sliced up on top of the salad which included a mixture of eggplant, tomato, cucumber, egg and potato. The harissa dressing drizzled in the salad was slightly chilli and generally used as a main condiment in Tunisian dishes especially for fish and meat dishes. The tuna was nicely seared on the outside but firm, thick and juicy on the inside.
The helpful staff at Kepos Street Kitchen also asked us whether we would like to add any condiments for our dishes and we suggest that you put some pepper on top of tuna to bring out more of the flavour.
- Tip: Make sure you finish the dish quickly as the oil from the harissa dressing tends to make the salad oily towards to the end of the dish
Food #4 – Southern fried chicken sandwich, middle eastern coleslaw, chermoula mayo ($18.oo)
As you can tell, we love fried food AND burgers and Kepos Street Kitchen has put our two favourites in the one dish – Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich!
As a Mediterranean restaurant, Kepos Street Kitchen adds a Mediterranean twist to the burger with middle eastern coleslaw and a Moroccan mayonnaise (Chermoula Mayo). The coleslaw is crisp and fresh which helps bring out the flavour of the Fried Chicken in the burger. Chermoula Mayo also worked really well (!) but we only wished they had a little more mayo in the burger!
The fried chicken in the burger was crispy and had a good ratio of batter vs chicken because it didn’t have alot of fried batter on the chicken pattie. This Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich dish also came with a small serve of chips on the side which was an added bonus, the only thing missing though, was probably a bottle of coke ! 😛
Overall, we loved Kepos Street Kitchen, here’s why:
(+) Mediterranean twist; Wide range of food from breakfast, lunch, dinner to dessert; attentive & helpful staff
(-) The wait in line, this might be a slight turnoff so make sure you’re patient because we thought this was well worth the wait 🙂
Tip: Get here a little earlier before the crowd comes for lunch as you’ll probably have to wait about 45 minutes to be seated.
Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂