Kazbah, Balmain (Dec-15) (♦♦♦)

Kazbah, Balmain (Dec-15) (♦♦♦)

Kazbah, Balmain (Dec-15) (♦♦♦)

Great brunch, please bring the car around” was my departing remark to the missus. Satisfied and happy.

In a turbulent society where ancient customs are nearly forgotten, Obi Wan Kenobi will dine at Kasbah for brunch. Both are stubbornly old-school but still powerful with the force fork. It’s the force of the flavours that matter and Kasbah’s powers are true.

Jug is self-pouring, shown below.


In the non-pancake section, World Famous Tagine is circled in red. Red inspires hunger, just ask Ronald McDonald, the Rooster or Colonel Sanders.

Other selection is an exotic sounding Chakchouka, written in black. Black is slimming and so I’m worried.

Bird's Shot 2

Pumpkin Tagine with mushroom, spinach, capsicum, tomato, feta, onion and eggs – $22.50

Pumpkin Tagine and Turkish Bread

We’re beside ourselves with excitement seeing a tagine pot on a board.

Not the type of sauce that is tomato-based. Kasbah’s version is more reliant on a slow cook-down of the vegetables. Semi-viscous yolk runs rampant over slowly roasted pumpkin.

Pumpkin Tagine

Similar to SW Episodes 1-3, bread is best left collecting dust. I’ve never seen a good episode of Turkish bread and the lifelessly dry pieces remind me why.

Scoring is high, noting great flavour ‘baked’ into the price.

Side of hummus – free?


Very un-ANZAC but my hummus bypasses Turkey and ends up in the mouth. Silky smooth, delicious by itself. Minor step below Kepos Street Kitchen (Sydney’s best).

Chakcouka scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and salmon roe on toast – $21

Scrambled Egg

Wife wastes 20 min jousting folded eggs and smoked salmon mounted on toast. She is outmatched by the dark arts of deception in a leaf with 8 balls. Why this is added is beyond me…

Salmon Roe

I like the seasoning and careless layering. DYI reverse engineering – turkish bread from Coles, large plate from IKEA, caged eggs from Aldi. Forgettable and enjoyable.

With a low starting bar, the upside is considerable:

(♦ = terrible, ♦♦♦♦♦ = superb)

Food (♦♦♦♦) – as true to Morocco flavours as you can find in Balmain.
Value (♦♦♦) – over $20 pp but generous serves with a fall back option on (bad) bread.
Other (♦♦♦) – $3.80/hr street parking and no valet.
Overall (♦♦♦) – surpasses my low expectations with good flavour and a food coma.

If you believe Harrison Ford is better in the pre-2000 era than today, then Kasbah is worth a visit.

Will I be returning?
Yes, happy to dust off the video player again. I don’t show my photo in bad reviews so here I am.


Disclaimer – I’m quite excited about the new Star Wars Episode 7.

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