Kepos Kitchen, Redfern

I am getting more updates of new places to eat through my instagram feed than twitter. For me, instagram is visually impactful and it is the first thing that I check in the morning and definitely more often throughout the day. Twitter has a lot more clutter and noise and I get lost with all the various conversations. I still love twitter but it takes second place in my heart and has a different function. How about you? Which do you prefer?

I first saw Kepos Kitchen a couple of weeks ago on my instagram feed. Baked eggs, chorizo, burgers (which turned out to be named rolls on the menu), fritters and many more yummy instagram menu. Everything looks delicious but does it? This corner shop cafe is an easy cycle all the way from Bourke Street from where we live. The only thing is that bike parking is quite scarce. We were sitting outside so the bikes were just leaned against an old tree.

The cafe is opened by Michael Rantissi which is the ex-chef of Bather’s Pavilion. The Mediterranean skewed menu is small but well thought out. There is something for everyone and that means the vegetarians as well. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I think a great addition to this neighbourhood.

kepos kitchen

We caught up with Adam and Lydia for an early breakfast in the neighbourhood. 8am alarm on a Sunday means that I needed a strong flat white. The beans are from The Grounds and hence the coffee is pretty decent.

flat white from Kepos Kitchen

Mister went for Dad’s Favourite Brekky. It’s a selection of falafel, hummus, balneh, dukkah, hardboiled egg, tomato salad and schiacciata bread served on a wooden board. We were thinking if the dad’s vegetarian?  But you don’t need to be a vego to like this dish. The falafel was moist and not dry. The hummus was highly addictive and I can’t have too much of it. I love how the hardboiled eggs were dressed in dukkah and herbs. I reckon this could be a nice size for two if you aren’t too hungry.

dad's favourite breakfast

Dad’s favourite breakfast $16

Lydia went for the soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka, coriander tahini and toasted sour dough on the side. Shakshuka is a popular Maghreb dish and I can definitely understand why. The eggs were super runny and on the verge of undercooked. Maybe to many it is a undercooked. But I don’t mind too much. I had a dip of the eggs and tomato sauce. It is quite delicious. Will have to try this next time.

soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka

Soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka $14

Adam ordered a zucchini fritters with dill, smoked salmon and poached eggs. I will have liked this with a piece of toast to soak up the runny and googey poached eggs. There is a debate if the zucchini fritters is undercooked or not. There is hardly any flour used so it is not the usual doughy type zucchini fritters that holds the shape. Lydia likes it but Adam commented that “It looks good” when asked by the waitress. Looks good do not mean taste good. From the photo itself, it does look pretty good. I guess you will have to try it out and let me know?

zucchini fritters with dill, smoked salmon and poached eggs

Zucchini fritters with dill, smoked salmon and poached eggs $18

I like meat in my weekend breakfast and so went for Ajeah which is a open herb omelette, kipfler potatoes, chorizo and a side of toasted sourdough and butter. The combination of flavours are spot on. I would not mind a hint of paprika or something and maybe mint yoghurt or something like that. Great idea and one that I will steal to make it myself at home.

Ajeah

Ajeah $16

Kepos Kitchen is a nice cafe that serves good food. I love the size of the menu and it is really unpretentious. The service is a little slow but do not feel the need to rush through meals which is great. I reckon the kitchen is still trying to manage the load and there are apparent teething issues. I am sure that the food will improve once the kitchen is in gear. It is really not bad but definitely have potential to be really good.

I will be back for lunch and dinner. The Kepos Kitchen has a point of difference and that is what I like about it.

Kepos Kitchen (Facebook)
6 Kepos Street, Redfern, NSW 2016 Tel: 02 9319 3919


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