Navigate your way through the queues, prams and telegraph-tied dogs outside Kazbah and you’ll be rewarded with an open, sunny dining room and the pinnacle of Moroccan/Middle Eastern breakfasts in Sydney. Yes, they do an impressive lunch and dinner too, but it’s the saffron-infused spin on the first meal of the day that has made Kazbah the Balmain institution it is today.
Breakfast tagines and the glazed fig French toast are executed sweetly, but the signature Foul Medammas – chickpeas, fava beans, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, boiled eggs and shallots – really exemplifies owner Zahi Azzi’s interest in faithful yet innovative interpretations of Arabian cuisine. Similarly, the bisteeya with prawn, chorizo, kasseri and roast peppers modernises a Marrakesh classic.
The usual Sydney cafe muesli and flat white throw-down is turned on its head here. This is a meal to be savoured over a couple of hours with friends and family, amid the blue and white earthenware and smell of spices.
With 10 or more people you can try almost everything on the menu for $25 per head. And if you can’t get a booking in Balmain, try their other premises in Darling Harbour or Ryde.