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Breakfast Feast at Kazbah, Balmain

I remember coming to Kazbah many many years ago and enjoyed it. I was certainly due for a revisit. I was catching up with two awesome photographers, one whom I have gotten to know reasonably well and the other, his brother. There were six of us, their respectively wives and another friend of theirs, G. D1 made a reservation and we all ordered the breakfast feast. I haven’t had the breakfast feast but have read and seen many photos and it looked wonderful!

We were all looking forward to the feast. We sat outside, as it was a rather warm-ish day and were all ravenous, well I certainly was!

We all ordered our drinks – I, skim flat white, it was smooth but a little too watery for my liking. The juices, Ruby Grapefruit and Mango and Mandarin were a little sour but refreshing.

Three large bowls were placed in front of us. Started with warm rice pudding with saffron poached pear and hazelnuts – soft cooked rice with saffron poached pear, dusted with sugar, cinnamon and crushed toasted hazelnuts. I am not a huge fan of rice pudding nor cinnamon but surprisingly this was ok, in small dozes of course. I couldn’t eat a whole serving of this, but a couple of spoonfuls were ok.

Next the banana porridge with date compote served with brown sugar and warm milk. It was creamy and thick and a little tasteless I thought. The date compote was sweet but not nearly as sweet enough.

Sweet couscous, mixed nuts and dried fruits served with stewed rhubarb and cardamom milk was not a favourite of mine. It was a little dry and rough, but with the stewed rhubarb it was slightly tastier.

I did enjoy the stewed rhubarb though – LOVE rhubarb!

The breakfast tangines are Kazbah’s signature dish. I recall having one of their tangines here before and enjoyed it. A large tangine was placed before us, a combination of roast pumpkin and lamb mince breakfast tangines. The roast pumpkin tangine consists of roast pumpkin, spinach, roast capsicum, roast tomato caramelised onion, feta and eggs and the lamb mince breakfast tangine consists of lamb mince, sucuk, roast capsicum, roast tomato, caramelised onion, feta and eggs both served with turkish toast and lebanese bread.

I wasn’t a fan of the lamb mince, but only cause I am not a fan of lamb, however, the pumpkin tangine was delightful. Tender succulent roast pumpkin with caramelised onions and several eggs over the top and baked.

We were all getting rather full by now but wait… there’s more food!

Eggs three ways, scrambled, poached and fried served on turkish bread and the hot breakfast plate – bacon, roasted tomato, haloumi, potato hash and lamb merguez sausages. Unfortunately, the meal was lukewarm, getting on the cold side actually. I didn’t enjoy the lamb sausages, the haloumi were over cooked. I don’t think D1 enjoyed this either.

With the hot breakfast plate, we were presented with baby spinach, mushrooms and baked beans. I enjoyed the mushrooms and baked beans more than the not so hot breakfast plate.

We were stuffed but there were more of course! Dessert. Unfortunately, we waited a good 1hr and 20 mins for dessert to come. We had to chase them several times, and each waiter gave us a different answer. ‘Its on the way’, ‘It’s been called away’, ‘I’ll come back’ except they never came back and some ‘even shunned eye contact knowing that we’d ask them about our dessert’. Dessert was pancakes with ice cream – D1 claims that ‘my blind grand mother can whip them up in 5 minutes – not that hard’ and I have to agree.

I have to say, it was a surprisingly HUGE pancake – strawberry pancake with double cream and maple syrup topped with chocolate ice cream. The pancake was thick and I love the crusty exterior, however, I do prefer normal thin pancakes. The chocolate ice cream was creamy and absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, the wait was not worth it.

The service was ordinary that day, I know it was a busy day but still. We asked for ice and we all couldn’t believe that they all ran out of ice, considering it was the weekend of 40+ deg day in Sydney. You would think that they would have unlimited ice?

Lastly, when D1 walked up to the counter to pay, with money in the bill-fold, one of the waiters not in uniform, stood there, putting money in the till took one look at him with his outstretched hand and continues to count money, and ignored him. No wonder it took forever to pay – we were all wondering what was going on.

The breakfast feast was $25 per person, however, food was ok and service awful. I enjoyed the tangines but that was pretty much it. It was a little disappointing as we have all heard raving reviews and were looking forward to a wonderful feast.

I asked D1 if he would go back, his response: ‘are you kidding? Of course not! What a let down.’

Definitely a shame though. The company however was fantastic! IT definitely made up for the crappy service and ordinary food.

GA’s rating: 5 / 10

D1’s rating: 5 / 10

Kazbah

379 Darling Street

Sydney 2041

Ph: +61 2 9555 7067

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  1. February 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Ahh, the famed Kazbah brekkie, so loved by many, but not yet enticing enough for me. I don’t think your review is going to change my mind although it does seem like pretty good value for all that food.

    • February 15, 2011 at 1:05 am

      ya dont think i will be back anytime soon unfortunately. it used to be better from memory!

  2. February 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Wow that’s so disappointing. I’ve had really awful service there too… but I was really hoping it was an isolated incident, especially since so many other people seemed to have had such good experiences. Boo.

    • February 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

      hey mel, yeah it was really disappointing! think they may have new waitstaff?

  3. February 15, 2011 at 1:22 am

    love the plates and little glasses, but boo boo to the unpleasant experience 😀

  4. February 15, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Oh, what a pity as I’ve heard people rave about this place. I’d give it a try, but not for the banquet as not much of the food appealed to me (not a fan of porridge or rice pudding). No excuse though having to wait all that time for dessert.

    • February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

      try the tangine! that was good… but like you – not a massive fan of rice pudding or porridge 🙂

  5. February 15, 2011 at 7:59 am

    aww looked like you came on a bad day 😦 I had a bad service too when I went there for the banquet (very busy day) but the food was amazing still…

    btw are you going to any march into merivale events? let me know if you need any dining companion ;P

    • February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am

      I enjoyed the tangine, not sure if i like the rice pudding though…

      keen to do a couple of the merivale events. will definitely need a dining companion 🙂

  6. February 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Oh no, that’s no good about the service! That’s a huge wait just for dessert! 😮

  7. Kevin
    February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I thought I told you that I went there whilst in Sydney for breakfast at it was not nice!! Had the breakfast tangines & it was very oily. Disappointing!!

  8. Kevin
    February 16, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Horribly disappointing!! I also tried a so called “summery” drink that the waiter recommended…not good at all.

    • February 16, 2011 at 9:53 am

      i know what you mean! heard so many good things about the restaurant also *sigh*

  9. September 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I can’t believe this. I tried the breakfast package in June 2010. They were just being named as the best brekkie in Sydney at that time and so I thought perhaps the busy-ness was created by the rave and we just simply having misfortune of having the “bad” service.

    Totally agree with you. I probably will even be harsher and give it 1/10 simply because there’s no way to have waited for your food for 1 hr and 20 min? Food wise? Nothing special at all… as a matter of fact, I felt sick after leaving this restaurant … and sworn will never ever coming back to this restaurant.

    • September 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      hey shanshan 🙂 thanks for dropping by! i dont understand the rave either, but some people absolutely love it! i dont get it… some of the food were ok, but some were just meh……

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