Kepos Street Kitchen
96 Kepos Street, Redfern NSW 2016
(02) 9319 3919
Ever since the ‘For Lease’ sign went up on what was formerly ‘Strangers with Candy’ on Phillip Street, I’ve been watching to see what would happen to the corner cafe on Kepos Street in Redfern. A few weeks ago the sign was taken down and fit out started, followed by the posting of a green note on the window stating that mid-November cafe-restaurant ‘Kepos Street Kitchen’ would open it’s doors.
Today, after much anticipation, I popped into the cafe, which opened just yesterday morning for the very first time. White chairs with wooden seats and pale wooden tables fill the cafe, which still faintly smells of varnish. The decor is simple and fresh, with yellow blossoms in glass vases atop striped grey upholstered benches. Light streams in through large windows that frame the greenery at the end Kepos Street.
I’m here in between meals, but the Mediterranean-influenced Middle Eastern menu looks appetising. I order my organic tea, which is supplied by The Rabbit Hole, and it arrives in a delicate, glass Athena teapot that actually pours without spilling. I resist the temptation of ordering something sweet and make a quiet plan to come back to try some of their baked goods, after waitress Laura tells me that their cakes and slices are all freshly baked at the cafe.
The breakfast menu puts a smile on my face; ‘dad’s favourite breaky’ includes falafel, hummus, labneh, dukkah, hardboiled egg, tomato salad and schiacciata bread. There’s options such as toasted granola with iranian spiced poached dried fruit and nut compote with house set yoghurt. It seems to me that this menu is as much a personal story, as it is a professional one, and I am not surprised to learn that ‘Kepos Street Kitchen’ is in the hands of the former Bather’s Pavillion sous-chef Michael Rantissi.
I leave making plans to come back here with friends for a sunny spring day with coffee and cake… As I sneak in a rose water mini merengue on the way out, I know that I have already added this place to my list of favourite local cafes and my regular visits to Danks street will see some diversions to Phillip street…