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Kazbah, Top Ryde

My first visit to Kazbah wasn’t a memorable one. The food didn’t live up to the expectation and the service was horrid. This was about 2 or more years ago now and I have not returned until recently. I was catching up with the lovely suzchef, and I suggested we go here. To be frank, we didn’t really care where we went; it was a LONG overdue catch up! I have yet to see suzchef tummy and believe me, she was looking absolutely radiant! They say some women looks well when they are pregnant whilst others might not and she is definitely one of those women that looks extremely well whilst pregnant!

We didn’t have any entrees, went straight to mains. I couldn’t go past the char-grilled grain fed scotch fillet, asparagus, Moroccan butter, chips with Kazbah seasoning. The steak was a little thin but cooked to perfection. The chips were a little soggy for my liking – I am not a huge fan of soggy chips unless I am drunk and the Moroccan butter was a wonderful complement!

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S couldn’t go past the tagines – chicken, chermoula, lima beans, potatoes, green olives served with a choice of carrot steamed couscous or rice pillaf. The tagine was tasty – the chicken tender and full of flavours. It smelt absolutely divine which made the dish even tastier!

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I have to admit, the meal was better than what I remembered it to be. I don’t know if it’s the location, or the fact that it wasn’t super busy, but service was pleasant and good. I didn’t have high expectations in the first place so that may have helped! Ha! I am willing to give their breakfast another go.

We were too full for dessert, and I had a very restless and bossy Dragon with me!

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It was so lovely to catch up with you S! Can’t wait to meet the little one.

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Kazbah

Pope Street, Top Ryde Shopping Centre

Ph: +61 2 9555 7067

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Kepos Street Kitchen, Redfern

I really enjoyed my first visit to Kepos. Even though my zucchini fritters were on the salty side, I still really enjoyed it and have wanted to come back to try more of their menu.

It was a Sunday and we went after the lunch time rush, at 2pm and even then, we waited for a good 30 minutes before seated. Any longer, I would have walked away but I am glad that I did wait a bit longer as the food was absolutely fantastic!

The apple and cherry cooler strawberry rosewater fizz was absolutely refreshing.

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So was the pomegranate virgin mojito – I have to say, it is my favourite drink here.

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I couldn’t go past the falafel, hummus, tabouleh, mint, schiacciata bread ($16) – oh my, exceptionally tasty! The falafel were deep fried, very herby and crisp on the outside and deliciously moist inside. The tabouleh was a wonderful complement that I wanted more.

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My brother really enjoyed the steak sandwich, caramelised onion jam, wilted spinach, aioli, and roasted tomatoes ($19). He said that the steak was tender and cooked to perfection.

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The wagyu beef burger, pickled eggplant, walnuts, watercress, harissa ($18) was also wonderful. Tender wagyu beef, the pickled eggplant was a wonderful complement.

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Once we ordered, food came out relatively quickly! It is the waiting for a table that took a while. We also got some desserts to take away, the brownies were deliciously chocolate-y and moist.

Hoping to come back one more time before we head back to try their other dishes, but the falafel were pretty darn tasty that I actually want some more!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Kepos Street Kitchen

96 Kepos Street

Redfern 2016

Ph: +61 2 9319 3919

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Kepos Street Kitchen, Waterloo, Sydney

Oh my how I have missed the café scene in Sydney. Rocking up to a café, having breakfast with your friends, and having a very good meal and coffee! You don’t get that at all in Hong Kong – unless I have been going to the wrong places then please let me know!

I was catching up with one of my dearest friends, and we both have read about Kepos Street Kitchen, which is located on Kepos Street (doh!) where Strangers by Candy used to be. The chef behind Kepos Street Kitchen is Michael Rantisi ex Bathers’ Pavilion. Kepos Street Kitchen is opened for breakfast and lunch and the menu has a Middle Eastern twist to it. I had perused the menu quite extensively before going, and knew exactly what I wanted.

It was a bright and gorgeous day, I love the brightness of the café inside, it was tiny though, and I think you would struggle to get a table for more than 4. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long and got a table in less than 10 mins!

I couldn’t resist the mocktail – pomegranate mojito, I love the redness of the drink, it was refreshing and perfect for the gorgeous day.

M had the soy latte which she enjoyed.

I couldn’t go past the zucchini fritters with dill, smoked salmon and poached egg ($18). The fritters were a little salty for my liking but it was still quite delicious – moist and soft, and the poached egg oozed with yolk – how I missed a simple poached egg!

M couldn’t go past the ajeah – open herb omelette, kipfler potatoes, chorizo, sourdough ($16). This was simple but yet delicious.

Service was good considering how busy it was that day and food delicious. I saw someone order the dad’s favourite breaky – falafel, hummus, balneh, dukkah, hardboiled egg, tomato salad and schiacciata bread – it looked FANTASTIC! Will have to order that next time I am back!

Great café, I sure have missed the café scene!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Kepos Street Kitchen

96 Kepos Street

Waterloo 2017

Ph: +61 2 9319 3919

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Emma’s on Liberty, Enmore

I have never been to Emma’s on Liberty, ‘The Mother’ and his friends have dined here frequently and really enjoyed it. Emma’s on Liberty can be found in the quiet streets of Enmore, a little restaurant with a big long communal table in the middle of the restaurant with a few smaller tables surrounding it.

I haven’t been so left all the order to A1 and he certainly did order well. Emma’s on Liberty serves some of the best Lebanese food, I have no expertise on Lebanese food, nor have I eaten a lot of it but was pleasantly surprised with how flavoursome and delicious everything was.

Upon arriving, we were served with some thin Lebanese bread to dip in olive oil and zatar, a Middle Eastern spice mixture. It was so hard to not fill up on just bread, olive oil and zatar!

We started with the hommous ($12) – freshly cooked chickpeas crushed with tahini, garlic and lemon. It was deliciously creamy with a hint of tang which I loved.

The traditional hommous ($16) – hommous topped with lamb, pinenuts, tomato and parsley were good but the ‘normal’ hommous was infinitely better, the creaminess, the tang, and besides, this one had lamb which I am not a huge fan off.


Felafel ($12) – four pieces of round spicy beans, herbs and spices deep fried until golden. Crispy on the outside, and full of flavour, and eaten with a bit of hommous, delightful!


I love haloumi, so ordered a serve of the grilled haloumi with sumac, chili and fresh mint ($12). Three per serving, the haloumi with a hint of chili was lovely.


The fried cauliflower ($14) we all loved, gently fried and served with a tangy tahini sauce and parsley.


I loved the oven roasted eggplant ($14) – deliciously tender and succulent, served with onion, tomato, garlic and spices.

Fried potato coriander ($12) – hand cut potato cubes with garlic paste and fresh coriander. The other diners certainly enjoyed this but the garlic was over powering.


The ladies finger ($16) – four fill pastry rolls filled with lamb, pine nuts and pomegranate molasses was surprisingly ok. It didn’t have too much of that lamb flavour and after taste, but one was definitely more than enough for me.


Moorish chicken ($19) was indeed moorish. Chicken marinated in tangy spices and wrapped in lebanese bread. It was filing and the boys couldn’t get enough of it!


I didn’t have any of the turkish coffee, it smelt quite strong and I wanted to have a good night sleep.


The turkish delight was deliciously sweet but a little mouthful was just enough for it.


Overall, it was a great evening with friends, and the food was wonderful. My favourites would have to be the fried cauliflower, roasted eggplant and the hommous – yum!

GA’s rating: 7 / 10

Emma’s on Liberty

59 Liberty St

Enmore 2042

Ph: +61 2 9550 3458

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