Up the far end of Enmore Road, past the Enmore Theatre and not so far away from Cow & The Moon the third instalment in the Shenkin cafe set welcomed customers for the first time on Tuesday this week.
The work of brothers Din and Bar Haikin, with recipes and kitchen know-how from dad Arie, it’s the latest addition to a thriving hospitality business that includes the original Shenkin in Erskineville, Shenkin Espresso on King Street in Newtown and now Shenkin Kitchen on Enmore Road.
Revamping the spot that used to house Pickwick’s restaurant, the space has been deftly refitted to include a cosy back courtyard, raw timber finishes, communal style tables and a friendly view to the kitchen where the team makes everything in-house, as per Arie’s recipes.
“We wanted to focus on some new things here,” says Bar, pointing out that Enmore has been a little bereft in the cafe stakes.
And this won’t be any old café. On weekends, they will have Jachnun on offer, an Israeli bread and egg dish cooked for 12 hours overnight. “About 65 per cent of the dishes on the menu at Shenkin Kitchen are new. They’re dad’s recipes of course.”
Dinners will be on offer in the future (a chance to revisit Shenkin Erskineville’s stunning evening menu), but for now breakfasts include house Belgian waffles, crepe blinches, traditional shakshuka and the distinctive sabih, complete with smoky eggplant, boiled egg, hummus and coriander sauce, all rolled up in house-made pastry and cooked to order. Mecca coffee is the brew at hand and flaky burekas are a signature too.
The Kürtosh chimney cake cafes are also the work of the Haikin family (brothers Tom and Ben) and the family has a 48-year-old bakery still running in Israel, so it’s clear that these boys have a firm footing in hospitality, and they’re certainly doing something right.
129 Enmore Road, Enmore
(02) 9550 5511
Dinners to follow.