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Kazbah On Darling Review: Balmain Breakfast Food Safari Moroccan Style.

I just love the occasional catch up with friends for breakfast on weekends. This Saturday was just one of those perfect starts to the weekend with Mrs E, whom I believe is a ‘Au Natural’ Food Blogger arranged for a Breakfast Food Safari at ‘Kazbah’ in Balmain. ( One of my all time favourite suburbs in Sydney – so quaint and so close to Adriano Zumbos…*sigh* Oh to wake up each morning and have a macaroon….)

Anyways, I was just so excited to wake up that morning knowing we were going to Balmain and to sample the Morrocan/North African food for breakfast. I had been intrigued to go ever since I had read on ‘Not-Quite-Nigella’s blog for the Breakfast Banquet Menu  ($20 pp to stuff you full of breakfast!) The amount of food seen on her blog was just insane… I was full just feasting on it with my eyes on the screen!

Kazbah's table decor - use of large white paper and some happy crayons. Keeps the diners happy and creative! Noticed that most people have drawn flowers for some reason on their tables... Interesting!

Kazbah's table decor - use of large white paper and some happy crayons. Keeps the diners happy and creative! Noticed that most people have drawn flowers for some reason on their tables... Interesting!

We arrive at 10.30am on a Saturday morning arriving to a bright and happily filled restaurant. There was a buzz in the air. I was excited for this Moroccan breakfast feast and the light and airy atmosphere of the decor only added to my excitement! As dining with Mrs. Tealily who is an extraordinary gifted photographer (www.tealilyphotography.com) she comments on the beautiful natural lighting that streams over us from the sky light on the roof. Perfect for food photography bloggers I say! :)

We pick up our menus and scan for the food. ( I had a peek on their menu online and sort of decided what I wanted to pick – thanks Lorraine @ Not-Quite-Nigella for the heads up!)

I order the freshly squeezed juices for both myself and the Hubby. I wanted to ‘clean’ my palate for the lamb tagine which was on the list of food to be ordered…. The pineapple, lime and ginger was very ‘zingy’ and had no trouble waking up my taste buds! Hubby’s Watermelon and ginger juice was sweeter than mine, although I examined the ‘freshly squeezed’ juice and discovered there was no sign of ‘fresh froth’ from the watermelon juice. We then assumed perhaps it was ‘pre squeezed’… Oh well.. it was minor, especially when the food we spied on the tables arriving next to us looked amazing!

Mrs. E arrives and we order. As you can see from the pictures below, we had a ball… Delicious!

Mrs. E slurpping her delicious Lemon and Rose water frappe ~ if only I knew, I would have ordered one of these beauties...although my fresh pineapple with lime and ginger wasn't too bad either :) This frappe reminds me of a frozen turkish delight!
A bird's eye view of the Lamb Targine. A change from an egg benedict.

A bird's eye view of the Lamb Targine. A change from an Eggs Benedict.

FrenchAlthough it wasn't the most 'Moroccon' dish on the menu, it was what captured my attention first...Mmmmm thick eggy bread with lots of goodies on top....French Toast, Bacon, Glazed Baby Figs, Double Cream, Apple Cinnamon Syrup

Although it wasn't the most 'Moroccan' dish on the menu, it was what captured my attention first...Mmmmm thick eggy bread with lots of goodies on top....French Toast, Bacon, Glazed Baby Figs, Double Cream, Apple Cinnamon Syrup

Lamb Tagine ~ a very moreish breakfast dish. Consists of: Lamb Mince, Sucuk, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

Lamb Tagine ~ a very moreish breakfast dish. Consists of: Lamb Mince, Sucuk, Spinach, Roast Capsicum, Roast Tomato, Caramelised Onion, Feta, Eggs, Turkish Toast, Lebanese Bread

This was probably my favourite dish order of the morning... it belonged to Mrs. E who organised our Food Safari Brekkie at Kazbah. She is a veteran and knew the menu inside out. Delicious warm rice pudding with pear and cinnamon and crunchy hazlenuts.  I must order this on my next visit!

This was probably my favourite dish order of the morning... it belonged to Mrs. E who organised our Food Safari Brekkie at Kazbah. She is a veteran and knew the menu inside out. Delicious warm rice pudding with pear and cinnamon and crunchy hazelnuts. I must order this on my next visit!

Looking almost like a 'Salmon Alien' with tentacles, this was the Feta Potato Cake, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Red Wine Onion Marmalade

Looking almost like a 'Salmon Alien' with tentacles, this was the Feta Potato Cake, Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Red Wine Onion Marmalade

Post food arriving at the table and food papparrazzi, the plate swapping frenzy began! Sharing is caring!

Post food arriving at the table and food paparazzi, the plate swapping frenzy began! Sharing is caring!

Mrs. Tealily working her photo giftings ~ love her work and the film camera too! Heart 'old skool' film!

Mrs. Tealily working her photo giftings ~ love her work and the film camera too! Heart 'old skool' film!

I have always loved Balmain. I truely would move here just to be closer to Adriano Zumbos… as I am sure I had mentioned endlessly before.
Balmain is a beautiful quaint suburb in Sydney, filled with cute little houses that line the quiet picturesque streets…best still, the quality of fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants and eatery joints… is a Food/Fashion blogger haven! (Sure parking is a bit of a pain..but we had a funny incident with that too…where our parking meter was confused with a ‘pokie machine’ and instead of sucking our money from us, it decided to replenish our coin compartment…) Thank you God for making Balmain Council so generous towards us and for the ‘free breakfast’ we had at Kazbah! ;)
Now with sampling Kazbah, I can add an extra ‘ tick ‘ next to ‘Why we should move to Balmain’ in my ‘dream section’ on my brain.
In the meantime, I will just continue to pray and just make sure we plan our weeks with a bit of Balmain added here and there! ;)

Be sure to make a visit to Kazbah. Or grab a group of 8 people or more and get the $20 pp Breakfast Feast. Book in advance and make sure you go earlier to avoid the ‘peak traffic’ ( both on the road and in the restaurant) As I was advised it gets busy and waits can be long.

Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling Street
Balmain, NSW 2041
Sydney – Australia
PO Box 289
Balmain NSW 2041
Sydney – Australia

Phone: [02] 9555 7067
Fax: [02] 9810 5355

Website: http://www.kazbah.com.au

Our Opening Hours:
Breakfast – Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays – 9:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch – Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays- 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner – Wednesday to Saturday – 6:30pm – Late

Jugemu & Shimbashi Japanese Restaurant Review: Slurppin’ good Soba and ‘Oh! Oh! Oh!’ ~ Okonomiyaki!

I love Tuesdays.

Not only do I love these second days of the week  for it’s ‘Thriftiness’ ie) ‘Super Tuesdays, Tight Bum Tuesdays at the movies….etc’ but on this particular Tuesday our usual ‘Connect Group’ meetings had been moved to Monday and we had a Tuesday night free for the first time in ages.

Originally, wanting to make the most of the Super Tuesday savings, we decided to go and see a movie with Mrs. P and her hubby, Mr. D. However, after much emailing back and forth, our choice of ‘Young Victoria’ did not appeal much to both our Hubbies and the plans was scrapped and instead I suggested that we just go and enjoy a good meal together and just ‘chillax’ :)

Pretty Japanese plates and an 'upgrade' from the usual disposable chopsticks in a deeper chocolate wood ;)

I must say, writing this entry after eating at ‘Shimbashi Soba’ in Mosman is that I am so glad we had ditched the movie and slurped on some Soba instead!

Super tasty entree ~ Kingfish Carpaccio with avocado, daikon salad and the yummiest wasabi tangy mayo.... We wanted more of this and besides the price, the only thing I can complain about this is...portion was too small and leaves you craving for more!

Super tasty entree ~ Kingfish Carpaccio with avocado, daikon salad and the yummiest wasabi tangy mayo.... We wanted more of this and besides the price, the only thing I can complain about this is...portion was too small and leaves you craving for more!

Soba noodles in warm duck broth.... Mmmmm ~ Shame the duck was just a bit on the chewy side... perhaps undercooked or double cooked. Still, its tasty and easily looked over with the soba :)

Soba noodles in warm duck broth.... Mmmmm ~ Shame the duck was just a bit on the chewy side... perhaps undercooked or double cooked. Still, its tasty and easily looked over with the soba :)

Pouring the water that the soba was cooked with to dilute the broth ...apparently it is filled with buckwheat goodness. Well it sure tasted comforting and was a perfect ending to the slurrpy soba :)

Pouring the water that the soba was cooked with to dilute the broth ...apparently it is filled with buckwheat goodness. Well it sure tasted comforting and was a perfect ending to the slurrpy soba :)

'Slurp! Slurp! Ssssssslurp!' This is Mr. D... you cannot see his face because he is an Architect who loves his soba...' :) Kinda looks like an ad for a ramen place....starting with 'W' ;)
shimbashi 7

Tasty and crispy fresh tempura of vegetables and prawns. Mmmm!

shimbashi 10

Yummy Yakisoba noodles as the last dish of our meal ~ full of al dente noodles tangled up in pork and cabbage with just the right amont of pickled ginger on the side to cut through the greasiness....Delicious! Only thing was there wasn't enough to go around!

Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable dining experience, considering it was a very ‘last minute’ decision to book here, first impression was welcomed with a restaurant that was happily filled ( considering some nearby restaurants was cold empty which my heart went out to…) The warm ambiance of the Japanese decor – I particularly loved the ‘traditional Japanese’ in-ground seating where you have to take off your shoes… (then again, you need to be wearing your best socks for these occasions! )

As I called to make a booking, I was asked ‘Which side would you like to sit in?’ Being confused about this question, I now understood as the restaurant is split into two different sides – one side for  teppanyaki and okonomiyaki (Jugemu) and the other which we sat was for Soba and sushi. ( Shimbashi)

The decor was simple and inviting and very welcoming. The service was attentive and we had the pleasure of being hosted by a lovely Japanese waitress whom had this interesting ‘English’ accent as she recommended what to eat from the menu. She was very helpful and suggested we try the Soba with the warm chicken broth as well as the green tea soba with the warm broth with smoked duck breast. She was so considerate for us who was two couples sharing – she suggested she would split up our soba into four separate portion so we could savour the different sobas. Sweet!

Would highly recommend this place for a feast of truely authentic Japanese fare on the North of Sydney.

Parking is available either on the main road ( Military Road) or I suggest the side streets for more parking.

Jugemu & Shimbashi Japanese Restaurant

246 Military Rd
Neutral Bay NSW 2089

(02) 9904 3011

(02) 9908 3820


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