On a beautiful Saturday morning in Sydney, we started our day with breakfast at the popular Kazbah restaurant in Balmain. You have to have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of this Middle Eastern/North African inspired restaurant – especially their famous breakfast/brunch menu. Everyone has been telling me to brunch there for a few years now, so I was super excited to finally try it. My expectations were very high. But the menu, food, service and location exceeded those expectations. My experience with them started in the car when they were gracious about keeping our booking when I called them to say we were running very late.
We shared a bisteeya (on the left) which is prawns, chorizo, kasseri (a type of cheese), roast peppers wrapped inside some kind of pastry similar to that used for baklava with labne (yogurt) and avocado salsa on the side. We also shared a lamb mince tagine with spinach, roast capsicum, roast tomato, caramelised onion, feta, sucuk (spicy sausage) and of course eggs. The food came out super fast and was just popping with flavours and spices – I couldn’t stop, I was scraping the bottom of the tagine pan at the end, savouring every last bit of spicy goodness. We washed it all down with refreshing juice, sweet Morrocan mint tea and comforting Yemeni sweet milk tea (called Chahi and very similar to a chai latte). It was all too delicious and I can’t wait to go back there soon.
The service was warm and attentive and the decor was very Middle Eastern-inspired with beautiful antique mirrors, cabinets and mirrors. It would have looked even prettier at night time, I think.
If you haven’t been to this amazing restaurant yet, please make a booking for this Saturday – I’m going again so I might see you there.
Afterwards, we strolled along Darling Road to Adriano Zumbo for some famous Zumbarons which are meant to be the best macarons in Sydney. We filled our box with an interesting assortment of flavours such as salted butter caramel on toast, pecan danish and caramel banana balsamic to name a few. We took our macarons – sorry, Zumbarons – all the way to Cremorne Point and devoured them while looking out at my pretty Sydney. The macarons were pretty delicious – if not, just a little better than the Baroque macarons which I bloged about here.
What a perfect day. Hope you try Kazbah and Zumbarons in Balmain soon!