I complained for quite a while now to F that we never have breakfast out (never mind the fact that I find it hard to wake up early in the morning on weekends and always manage to somehow sleep in to some ridiculous hour). I think he got sick of my complaints that were made at random times and suggested that we have breakfast at this cafe he’s been meaning to try. Although I agreed and was full of enthusiasm about it, he actually had to drag me out of bed on Sunday and I sat in the car all disorientated and somewhat slightly sullen.
When we got there, I was thankfully more my sunny self but we were both disappointed to find out that the cafe was closed! For a moment we were at a bit of a loss at what to do until an idea struck me. “What if we went to Kazbah?” I asked. “I’ve been meaning to go there for ages! Come on, let’s go… pleeeeease?” I was wheedling at this point and I didn’t care, but as F didn’t have a back up plan, he shrugged and said “Why not?” Woohoo!
As we turned up without a reservation on a supremely busy Sunday morning, the next available timeslot for us was about an hour. We were about to decline the booking when an awesome looking dish went by and we simultaneously asked the waiter to book it in for us.
I have to admit that this post is a bit of a mixed bag, as waiting an hour for a table at Kazbah on Darling enabled us to check out what’s around the area.
We found a tiny shop called Ralph’s Delicatessen, crammed with all sorts of imaginable sauces, oils, jams, cheeses, cold cuts… the list goes on really. It was like the treasure cave from Aladdin, only it didn’t try to eat us when we plucked at its treasures (though I guess it’s because we had to pay for it? Hehe).
We’ve never seen a “Code Red” Mountain Dew flavour (which was cherry-cola) and a Pineapple Fanta flavour and were compelled to try them. The cherry-cola flavour wasn’t too bad and the pineapple Fanta tasted like Kirk’s Pasito pineapple-flavoured soft drink.
Both of the jams were delicious and quite sweet. While F preferred his fig jam with a touch of honey on his toast, I sided with the peach conserve with a slathering of butter.
Finally, we were seated at our table and were shortly served water. We adored the water jug and wanted one for ourselves! Anywho, I ordered the mango and mandarin juice for the sole fact that I’ve never had it and it seemed interesting. It was more on the sour side than sweet; F didn’t quite like it because of the sourness but I loved it, as it did have a hint of sweetness teasingly in the background.
Being obsessed with eggs benedict, I had to order this dish. The hollandaise sauce was wonderfully tart and creamy. It was also spiced with a bit of paprika and a smidgen of pepper, giving the sauce a slight kick at the end.
I adored the gooey, runny yolk; dipping a chunk of toasted muffin speared with some smoked salmon into the mess and mixing in a whole lot of hollandaise too. I thought the salmon roe was a nice touch, giving some mouthfuls small bursts of saltiness.
This dish was packed with a lot of flavour though admittedly it was predominantly salt and pepper. F found the lamb mince to be a bit over-salted while I thought it was a bit too peppery for my tastes.
I think F was a bit disappointed with this dish as he expected lamb chunks but instead got lamb mince. To be fair, he didn’t read the menu properly which did say it was lamb mince. F thought that if he had gotten the roast pumpkin breakfast tagine, he would have liked it better.
The restaurant was packed to the rafters, as one would say, and I was amazed at how the kitchen could keep up with the demands. Needless to say, it was fairly busy in the kitchen with the wait staff almost rushed off their feet and a bit frazzled (understandably). Despite that, the staff was always courteous to us and quite attentive.
I think we need to come back to Kazbah to try more dishes, as the serving sizes were quite generous and very filling we didn’t get to taste more things on the menu. For research purposes of course… hehe.
We couldn’t resist popping by Adriano Zumbo (it’s really just down the road from Kazbah) and bought ourselves a boxful of macarons: blueberry and lavender, mandarin, rice pudding, pear and vanilla, popcorn, feulletine (I’m sure I’ve spelt this wrong, but it’s basically a ferrero roche) and raspberry.
F’s top 3 were blueberry and lavender, pear and vanilla and mandarin, while mine were the pear and vanilla, feulletine and raspberry. Sigh. Macarons are freaking awesome.
337 Darling St
Balmain, NSW, 2041
Ph: (02) 9810 2340
Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling St
Balmain, NSW, 2041
Ph: (02) 9555 7067
296 Darling St
Balmain NSW 2041
(02) 9810 7318