| 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

FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂

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| Izakaya Kuroki |

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|Date| Thursday  o8.o5.2o14
|Time| 19:oo ~ 21:oo
|Location| 300A Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
|Price| approx. $25.oo per person
Japanese has always been one of our most visited cuisines e.g. sushi train, ramen shops, etc but we would like to introduce you to a moderately-priced Japanese restaurant – Izakaya Kuroki in Chatswood.
Located opposite Chatswood Chase on Victoria Avenue, Izakaya Kuroki has a cosy environment to suit private bookings.

Kuroki Shop Front | Izakaya Kuroki |

Their menu speaks for itself because the food that you order, is exactly the same as those that are in the photos. (You can view the dinner menu on their official Facebook site here)

Menu | Izakaya Kuroki |

Once we placed the order in, the service was extremely efficient because the food almost came instantaneously.

Small Tapas

Small Tapas #1 – Tuna Wasabi Tartar

First off, we ordered the Tuna Wasabi Tartar (Small Tapas), the soft tuna mixed with a hint of wasabi mayo works quite well with a crisp water cracker as an entree.

Tuna Wasabi Tartar | $10.8o | Izakaya Kuroki |

Small Tapas #2 – Colourful Carpaccio

The next small tapas – colourful carpaccio, was exactly as the name has described it. Consisting of tuna, kingfish, prawn and salmon as the carpaccio, it was too pretty to separate them with your chopsticks. The carpaccio had a consistent thickness in every piece and the marinade also worked well together.

Colourful Carpaccio | $20.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Small Tapas #3 – Kuroki Skewers (Miso) 

We also ordered 2 pieces of the miso flavoured Kuroki skewers. These were absolutely spot on with the flavouring – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! Adding mushroom to the Kuroki skewers, it also enhanced the sauce and juiciness of this small tapas. The skewers were also not too burnt so did not give a bad after taste and also added piggie points for this dish.

Note: Kuroki skewers also come in salt and soy flavour, so if you have room in your stomach, you may like to add these to your dinner too 🙂

Kuroki Skewer – Miso | 2 Pc – $8.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Main Tapas

Main Tapas #1 – Ethnic Style Simmered Pork Belly 

Although the bread was not enough for the amount of pork belly but overall the pork belly was very soft and tender and had a good proportion of the meat vs fat. As the pork belly was so flavoursome, the sauce was not necessary but does add to the overall appeal of the dish’s presentation.

How to eat this dish: Place 2 pieces of pork belly on the soft bread and enjoy!! 🙂

Simmered Pork Belly | $26.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Close up of the juicy and tender pork belly … yummm yummmm

Simmered Pork Belly | $26.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

Main Tapas #2 – Moro-Miso Baked Chicken

If you didn’t have enough of the miso flavoured skewers, this Moro-Miso Baked Chicken plated up on pasta (not rice) also does the trick!

 

Moro-Miso Baked Chicken | $18.oo | Izakaya Kuroki |

 

Yes, as you can see, we only managed to have two bites of the first entree before everything else came all at once, very efficient service.

Efficient Service with food all over the table | Izakaya Kuroki |

Noodle

Noodle #1 – Kuroki Ramen

haha yes and as piggies, we ended up having another bowl of Kuroki ramen. This ramen is a tad bit chilli for those that can’t take chilli but for those that love chilli, it’s blended very nicely into the soup base.

Kuroki Ramen | $14.8o | Izakaya Kuroki |

 

Ratings
FOOD 
SERVICE 
AMBIANCE 
VALUE 

Drumroll………. Overall rating 8.5 / 10 🙂

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