KEPOS STREET KITCHEN
Sydney, New South Wales

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
Sitting snugly on the corner of Phillip and Kepos Streets, Kepos St Kitchen is the perfect neighbourhood café cum restaurant. Owned by former Bathers' Pavilion sous chef Michael Rantissi, Kepos serves Modern Australian fare with inspired Middle Eastern tweaks. Perch in the window for weekend brunch, or book a table in the cosy back room for dinner.
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General info

Address:

96 Kepos Street
Redfern NSW 2016

Suburb:

Redfern

Contact:

Cuisine:

Bakery, Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Unlicensed

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DETAILS

Kepos St Kitchen sits snugly on the corner of Phillip and Kepos streets, blending almost seamlessly with neighbouring terraces on the quiet, tree-lined block. A few small, blonde wooden stools on the footpath and wide open door are the only things that give it away. The café is the first Sydney venture of Israeli born owner/chef Michael Rantissi, formerly of fine-diner Bathers Pavilion. He's kept the fit-out simple and homely, with polished floorboards, matte white metal chairs, and a stripy blue wraparound banquet. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch around the corner providing a people-watching street view, their cream wooden frames helping to retain a cosy feel. The back room has no windows, though the white walls make you feel reassuringly cocooned, not claustrophobic.

PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

The first thing you notice about Kepos Street Kitchen(KSK) is the vibe. Maybe it's the sunlight that pours through the huge front window or the lime green cups from The Grounds that are carried away by a steady stream of locals. All we know is, people here are smiling. Not the clients (they're positively beaming), but the staff. In a Sydney cafe that's pumping on a Sunday morning, that's got to be some kind of record.

We think the positive chi comes from Chef and owner, Michael Rantissi, who can be seen in the open kitchen assembling Israeli-inspired dishes like a machine as he banters with the clientele. Michael, formerly Sous Chef at Bathers' Pavilion, makes the kind of food you didn't realise you'd been craving until you see it on the menu. Middle Eastern flavours play a huge role in keeping things interesting at Kepos Street. While the rest of Sydney felt privileged to choose between having their eggs boiled or fried, we departed from cafe food altogether with "dad's favourite breaky": a dish which combines hunks of schiacciata bread, falafel, hummus, a hardboiled egg, labneh and a pretty tomato salad with mint, sesame and olive oil dressing. From the falafel and hummus to the tabouleh and baharat tomato jam, everything here is lovingly made in house by Michael and his team. The rest of the menu is a showcase of inspired Israeli twists. Think za'atar with smoked salmon or a strawberry salad dressed with pomegranate pearls, mint and rosewater yoghurt. On a scale of one to delicious, I found myself texting friends between mouthfuls of falafel to say, "Get down to KSK for breakfast. Seriously. Now."

Oh, and also, the coffee goes down a treat, but if you're after a fruity pick-me-up, the kitchen makes lemonade from scratch and mocktails that arrive in cute jam jars with handles. Cafes in Sydney, take note, this is how breakfast is done. We can't wait to come back for dinner. What's not to be happy about.
Elizabeth Fenech

Specials & Events

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Features

Award Winning / Hatted
Breakfast
Brunch
Cheap & Cheerful
AWARDS
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
One Chef Hat

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Ross Lusted on 29/09/2014
My favourite breakfast spot in Sydney is Kepos Street Kitchen. Their bacon and egg on a brioche roll is fantastic and my wife loves their falafel.
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Peter - 2/12/2012
My partner & I tried this cafe by chance last week for lunch and found the meal great - tasty & interesting. The service was a bit slow but I think they're new & finding their way. I'd go back for sure.