| Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern |

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|Opening Hours|
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.

| Outdoor Seating | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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.

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| Indoor Seating | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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.

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| Breakfast Menu | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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| Drinks Menu | Kepos Street Kitchen |

Drinks!!!

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.

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| Cappuccino | $3.5o | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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.

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| Strawberry Rosewater Fizz | $9.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

Food!!!

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.

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| Kepos Benedict | $19.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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.

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| Moroccan lamb and pine nut cigars, watercress, poached eggs, goats cheese | $17.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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| Moroccan lamb and pine nut cigars, watercress, poached eggs, goats cheese | $17.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

 


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 🙂

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| Lunch Menu | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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 !

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| Desserts | Kepos Street Kitchen |

Drinks!!!

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.

| Mango & Date Crush | $9.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

Food!!!

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

| Tunisian style seared yellow fin tuna | $19.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

| Tunisian style seared yellow fin tuna | $19.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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 ! 😛

| Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich | $18.oo | Kepos Street Kitchen |

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.

Ratings

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Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂

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| Kingston & Co, Chatswood |

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|Date| Saturday 24.o5.2o14
|Time| 12.3o ~ 13.30
|Location| Westfield – Level 3 , Anderson Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
|Price| $15.oo ~ $25.oo pp

Three of the newest dining in Westfield are now a hit in Chatswood – Din Tai Fung, Hurricane’s Express and Kingston & Co but first off in this post, let’s start off with Kingston & Co, located on Anderson Street right next to Nandos.

Kingston & Co has both indoors and outdoors seating depending on your liking. If you’re like us who likes:

  • the sun breeze whilst enjoying your brunch,
  • see the hustle and bustle of Chatswood
  • or just purely enjoy the outdoorsy feeling – we recommend outdoor seating too 🙂
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Shop Front | Kingston & Co |

Outdoor Seating | Kingston & Co |

Greeted with a friendly waiter, he directed us to our seats and presented us with the menu for our brunch this weekend.

Kingston & Co has a good range of breakfast options available. The lunch menu also provides a list of burgers, pasta, risotto, salads, etc. and the last page contains a drinks menu with desserts available at the counter.

Breakfast Menu | Kingston & Co |

Lunch Menu | Kingston & Co |

Dessert & Drinks Menu | Kingston & Co |

Drink #1 – Small Hot Chocolate ($4.oo)

The hot chocolate art was beautifully poured but once you take the first sip, we realised that looks can be deceiving. The barista had our drink too hot, way above the optimal temperature. Two minutes later, we tried to take another sip but it was still too hot. On another note, the hot chocolate also wasn’t rich enough (since I’m a lover of all things sweet), so overall impressions of drinks = below average.

Hot Chocolate | $4.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #1 – Kingston’s works burger – Tomato, cheese, bacon, hash brown, lettuce, relish & aioli

We decided to order a burger to try out as we’ve seen burger posters for Kingston & Co advertised around Westfield Chatswood.

The Kingston’s works burger – ordered from the breakfast menu – has all the essential ingredients in this burger. We ordered this without the chips since it was too early to have chips.

It was interesting to see that the hash brown presented itself in the burger as a patty instead of the traditional beef patty burger for breakfast. The meat component came from the bacon which was easy to chew and not too crispy. Although the burger wasn’t as juicy as we liked it to be, the tomato slices in the burger made up and also contributed to the sauce.

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Kingston’s Work Burger | $11.oo | Kingston & Co |

Food #2 – House cured ocean trout – avocado, poached egg, black sesame puffed pastry, lemon jam

The house cured ocean trout was a beautifully plated brunch that I almost thought I was at a fine dining restaurant for an entree.

It was difficult to put my cutlery and start as we didn’t want to ruin the dish. We started off with the ocean trout however it did not spark up any fire with my tastebuds.

Both poached eggs were runny but would have been better if there was a slice of bread to accompany the plate instead of the puffed pastry as the puff pastry wasn’t too filling.

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

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House Cured Ocean Trout | $19.oo | Kingston & Co |

Also before we paid for the bill, we noticed a range of dessert available at the counter including brownies, tarts, muffins, etc. so if you’re wanting to visit Kingston & Co for a catchup with friends, try out their daily desserts special.

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Desserts | Kingston & Co |

Overall the food presentation added some piggies points to this review however before we re-visit again, the food quality may need a slight improvement (purely based on our experience today).

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Drumroll………. Overall rating 7 / 10 🙂

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| Trio Bondi Beach | 2013

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|Opening Hours|
Monday ~ Friday 7:3o am ~ 3:3o pm
Weekends 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Public Holiday 9:oo am ~ 3:oo pm
|Location| Trio – 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
|Price| $25 ~ $35 pp

One of the brunch places we went to late last year that we found quite enjoyable was Trio. It’s at a really good location because it’s located just off the main road in Bondi, opposite the beach. So if you like sitting outdoors / have pets or prams / love the beach / ocean view or all of the above, then this is for you.
Even though there was a 30-minute wait to get a table, by the time you drop your name and number, have a walk around Bondi, they would have called you back and have been seated already. We got a seat outside the cafe which was perfect for the weather that day.

Trio menu | Trio Bondi Beach |

As Trio was first in first serve, their service was also first in first serve. Being a weekend, they might have been a bit busy. They weren’t able to provide efficient service but still, we managed to place our order sitting outside enjoying the beautiful beach / ocean view.

Drink – Cappuccino $4
We placed our order and the cappuccino finally came.
(+) The cappuccino was nice and not too bitter. I also liked how it had a trio logo on it representing the cafe which I thought was a great idea too.
(-) Not sure if it was because we took photos for too long or talked a bit too much before drinking the coffee, we realised the coffee could have been a little hotter.

 

Cappuccino | $4 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #1 Trio Breakfast Burrito $20

Shredded chorizo chilli, scrambled eggs with cheddar & chilli, pepper & lime salsa, guacamole & warm tortilla, served deconstructed

(+) I quite liked the cute presentation the Trio Breakfast Burrito. Instead of just having the food scooped on the square plate, the Breakfast Burrito came in two little frying pans – one with the scrambled eggs (loved how it was nice and fluffy) and the other with the salsa and guacamole (not too chilli, good for those that can only take a slight bit of chilli).
(-) The proportion for the Burrito was a little bit too much for breakfast. We didn’t end up finishing the two pans so it was a bit of a waste.

Trio Breakfast Burrito | $20 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Brekkie #2 Mediterranean Breakfast $26
Poached eggs with truffle oil on olive sourdough,served with char-grilled haloumi, crispy pancetta, semi-dried tomatoes, spinach & chorizo (Gluten Free Option available)

(+) For me, I love revealing my poached eggs on my side of bread for brunch so that it can run freely on the olive sourdough, and I wouldn’t have to madly scrape it off the plate after it’s bursted. The chorizo, haloumi and semi dried tomatoes, added a Mediterranean twist to the breakfast. The pancetta (not to be mistaken with Prosciutto) was crispy and slightly burnt but was not chewy at all.  My plate of breakfast had the right serving and is great for those that have a small appetite.

(-) I mixed the truffle oil with spinach but the full flavour of the truffle oil couldn’t come through enough. Slightly disappointed but maybe next time Trio could top it off with something else more interesting!

Mediterranean Breakfast | $26 | Trio Bondi Beach |

Money Saver Tip: Use your voucher from the Entertainment Book (Sydney – 2013|2014 edition) and save 25% off the TOTAL BILL (up to $30.00 value). The same deal will also be available in the Sydney and Sydney North – 2014|2015 edition.

We went there because we had a voucher from the entertainment book so if u guys havent used the entertainment voucher, you better use it before 1st June 2014 which is about 2 weeks awayyy !
Note: Trio puts a 10% surcharge on Saturday and Sundays so make sure you get the Entertainment Book to save you that extra bit of money
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Drumroll please…. 7.5/10

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