This bustling cafe in Redfern does a brisk trade in brunches with a Middle Eastern twist and the small, but constant crowd waiting outside is a testament to the high calibre of the dishes the kitchen serves up.
It’s a rainy Sunday when we visit and we’re glad to be seated inside the cosy front room of the cafe, overlooking the street, rather than outside on the pavement. Our chosen brunches came out quite promptly and we dug in straight away.
The Moroccan Lamb and Pine Nut Cigars were quite a sophisticated dish to have first thing in the morning, with strong, punchy spices infused through the lamb filling and crunchiness from the pine nuts and the crispy fried pastry enveloping the filling to create the “cigars” which looked more like spring rolls to me. The cigars were dressed with sprigs of watercress, dollops of creamy goats cheese and an intriguing vegemite tahini dipping sauce. Of course, it’s not brunch with a couple of poached eggs, which were cooked perfectly.
Moroccan Lamb and Pine Nut Cigars, $17
The Kepos Benedict was also a hit, featuring a green tahini drizzled over thick slivers of fresh smoked salmon, those perfectly poached eggs and plenty of garlicky flavour, enhanced by the steamed leek on top of the two fluffy milk bread slices.
Kepos Benedict, $19
If you’re willing to wait a bit for your brunch and love strong, flavoursome dishes, then Kepos Street Kitchen’s exotic Middle Eastern influenced menu will be sure to satisfy your tastebuds with something a little different from the norm.