Watch out Sydney, brekky eggs have been given a facelift. Move over scrambled, poached and sunny side up, we now want them baked! Hailing from North Africa and Israel as a traditional breakfast staple, shakshuka (or chakchouka) a.k.a baked eggs have hit Sydney shores with force. We've taken one for the team putting ourselves to the arduous task (not!) of tasting the best baked eggs Sydney's got to offer.
Keep on reading for some of Sydney's best breakfasts!
CAFÉ SHENKIN | ERSKINEVILLE
Boasting a quirky, but funky interior, Café Shenkin in Erskineville is a friendly, relaxed Israeli-Australian fusion cuisine hot spot. Tuck into a top-notch coffee and their delicious shakshukas where the eggs have been baked with a number of delicious vegetarian and non-vego options (we're big fans of the chorizo shakshuka). Trust us when we say you'll need that pita bread to mop up every last morsel!
SHUK | NORTH BONDI
Shuk's name derives from the Israeli central marketplaces where people gather to share food and news with friends, neighbours and even strangers. With that in mind gather at Shuk and share your latest news over a warming shakshuka with capsicum and tomato or try the fennel, zucchini, feta, kale and olive option. It's so good, you won't want to share!
O ORGANIC PRODUCE CAFÉ | SURRY HILLS
Do your part and help support local, organic farmers whilst treating yourself to some seriously flavoursome and innovative food. At O Organic Produce Café we opt for the Turkish style baked eggs with smoked eggplant, roast capsicum, tomato, chickpeas, coriander and lime with toasted crusty sourdough. Mmm, we're hungry just thinking about it!
GRANDMA'S LITTLE BAKERY | ALEXANDRIA
Following a home-style cooking and baking concept, Grandma's Little Bakery brings to life much loved recipes from Grannies and Grandpas from all four corners of the globe. Set in a large and airy industrial space with white and red accenting, Grandma's homemade shakshukas are paired with fluffy freshly baked bread. There are plenty of varieties for every set of taste buds, from the classic capsicum, tomato and onion to spinach and feta or even minced beef with Moroccan sauce.
SEFA KITCHEN | BONDI
Set in an exposed brick dining space with cute personal touches, you'll be dining in laid-back style while doing your part for the earth – well done, you! Sefa Kitchen offers a sustainable and seasonal menu inspired by Levantine and Moorish cuisine. We strongly concur that Sefa's spicy sucuk, tomato and egg shakshuka is indeed very moreish!
CAFÉ MINT | SURRY HILLS
A small and friendly café with great service and even better baked eggs, Café Mint in Surry Hills sure plants itself firmly on our list of Sydney's best baked eggs. Choose between the North African chakchouka with capsicum, onion, tomato and Turkish za'atar toast or go Balkan style with added feta and eggplant or sucuk – yum!
KAZBAH | BALMAIN
Offering an exotic Middle Eastern, Turkish, Persian, Mediterranean and North African fusion menu, Kazbah sure has a lot to offer. As a multi-award winning restaurant, Kazbah's chakchouka scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and crispy Turkish toast is a sure-fire winner.
REUBEN HILLS | SURRY HILLS
A Surry Hills favourite, and well known for their amazing coffee, the guys at Reuben Hills also know a thing or two when it comes to baked eggs. We can never make up our minds whether to get the soft baked eggs with jamon, chorizo or goats curd and are often wishing our stomachs were big enough for all of them.
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