Shakshuka. The delicious dish of eggs cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, chillies, onions and spices. It’s a staple of North African and Middle-Eastern cuisines, and if those regions weren't a) so far away; and b) so hot, we’d probably move there just so we could eat this for breakfast every day.
As luck would have it though, we don’t need to relocate, because there are tons of Perth cafes serving up amazing shakshuka.
Here's where to find the best shakshuka in Perth.
Secondeli in Mount Lawley is cooking up some of the best shakshuka in Perth, which isn't surprising considering Moroccan heritage of the cafe's owners. They make their shakshuka with merguez sausages, labne, poached eggs and dukkah and let's just say you'd better put this one on your brekky bucket list.
This mother-son duo set up their first Shak Shuka stall at the Subi Farmers Market in 2012 and have now expanded to more than 10 markets around Perth. Their shakshuka involves slow cooked tomato sauce with spices, garlic and two poached eggs on a bed of couscous, served with vegetables, chickpeas, fresh organic baguette and homemade spicy Harissa dip.
Little Lefroy’s do this Moroccan dish justice with their eggs baked in spiced tomato sauce, chorizo, smoked eggplant, yoghurt, green chilli oil, coriander, zataar and ciabatta. They can even make it gluten-free and dairy-free if you wish, so everyone gets to enjoy it.
La Veen not only serves up stellar coffee, they also do a mean shakshuka. Slow cooked eggs with a spicy sauce of capsicum, tomato and onion, yoghurt and dukkah – adding the optional chorizo.
If you're a shakshuka fan then get yourself to Kazoomies immediately, because they have several different types. There’s the red lamb shakshuka served with cinnamon lamb and pita; the Palestinian shakshuka of with lamb and eggplant two ways; or the green shakshuka with turmeric, eggplant and goats feta.
Nestled into the beautiful grounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre is Canvas, one of Freo’s best-kept brekkie secrets. Their shakshuka, served in a skillet, is two poached eggs in a 16-hour slow cooked tomato sauce, fresh herbs, olives, and bread with herb butter.
This beautiful Nedlands cafe never disappoints, especially if you order their shakshuka—eggs, coriander, harissa, beans, crumbled feta and sourdough to mop it all up with. Little Way, you little ripper.
May Street Larder
May Street Larder put a green spin on their shakshuka. Their Garden Green Shakshuka features kale, coriander, feta, slow roasted tomato sauce, two eggs and dukkah.
Panda & Co
Panda & Co doesn't just do epic Reuben spring rolls, they also do shakshuka with an Asian twist, serving up beef rendang shakshuka with burnt garlic butter toast. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.
Mary Street Bakery
West Leederville, Highgate And Perth
This breakfast institution does their own take on this Moroccan classic, with eggs baked in a tomato sauce with chillies, greens and a crispy chickpea yoghurt. Mary Street Bakery, you win again.
Mister Finch’s Noshery
The team at Mister Finch is renowned for their creative menu items and their spin on shakshuka is no exception. They make poached Turkish eggs with a tomato sauce slow-cooked with onions, capsicums and spices, served with dukkah and ciabatta.
Shadow Wine Bar
If you're in the mood for a boozy brunch with a side of shakshuka, Shadow is the only place to go. Their shakshuka is served beautifully in the frypan it was cooked in and it's delicious!
Pinchos isn't all about tapas you know, they do breakfast too. Their Spanish baked eggs come in a sofrito sauce with feta, roasted almonds, flatbread and fig chutney.
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Shadow Wine Bar | Image credit: Louise Coghill