Being a Sunday the perfect birthday meal for GJ was brunch! We went to "Cafe Shenkin" in Erko for a lovely Israeli meal.
"Cafe Shenkin" has three dining areas all of which were totally full. We know how popular it is so we arrived for a late brunch just after 12pm. Luckily, we snagged up the last table in the back dining area. It is owned by five brothers and is known for its amazing food especially its interesting traditional breakfast options and their vast array of chocolate desserts (one of the brothers owns the rights to the Max Brenner franchise in Australia. Need I say more!).
The rooms are lined with canvases of Israeli artwork. My favourite bit of the decor has to be the line the reaches from the kitchen to the front service area which, when pulled, a bell rings to alert the waiters that food is ready to be served!
We started with coffee and tea. The boys use Mecca coffee beans, so naturally GJ's latte was super smooth and creamy. However, it was not hot! I told GJ for future reference to always ask for his coffee extra hot to avoid this problem! The EBT's come in cast iron pots that are quite popular with cafes at the moment. KJ and I feel, however, that these pots tend to stew the tea and make it quite strong.
|Shakshuka and Spinach|
|Shakshuka with Eggplant and Haloumi|
Choosing dessert was probably the hardest task of my weekend. Everything looked delicious! The waitress recommended the chocolate croissant or the Neapolitan but I was in the mood for a big chocolate treat! We chose two dark chocolate balls filled with dark chocolate mousse and topped with pecans ($6). We also ordered a Neapolitan ($6) to take away. Due to the mix up with KJ's breakfast, dessert was on the house. Perfect!
No words describe the chocolate ball. Hard, crunchy, dark chocolate ball then when you cracked it open ... creamy, thick chocolate mousse oozed out. The pecans added a nice 'crunch' element to the dessert. The hard shell of the ball complemented the fluffy and airy mousse inside. I was very satisfied when I finished it although it was very rich so I couldn't have eaten anymore! The Neapolitan or vanilla slice was staring at us in its take-away container so naturally whilst still at the table we had to try it! Best vanilla slice I have tasted in a very long time!
|Dark Chocolate Mousse Ball|
Overall, we were extremely impressed with our experience at Shenkin. It was a unanimous decision that it is our new favourite place to eat! We will be back again very soon and probably many times in the future. Only criticism: I am not sure how their bathrooms have passed health and safety regulations!
53 Erskineville Road
Erskineville NSW 2043