The green canopy over the courtyard at the Enmore Shenkin set-up really sets this version of the popular eatery apart from the five cafés and two dedicated espresso bars they’ve set up around Sydney. Here, they continue to offer a winning combination of speciality coffee and rustic, home-style meals that take inspiration from the owner’s Israeli background.
It’s also the only iteration of the family-run business offering dinner, which should be on your agenda Thursday-Saturday. It features popular dishes from the lunch menu like the shakshuka, which takes gently poached eggs and lets them swim happily in a seven-hour slow-cooked sauce of capsicum, tomato and garlic. Add cauliflower, eggplant and halloumi or chorizo to your side of pita and you’ll be on one hell of a flavour ride. These are available alongside special courses like the baked salmon kept spicy with shifka and served with chickpeas, beer battered chips and mushroom sauce.
But if you’re in for breakfast, try their signature big brekky. It replaces sourdough with pita bread, adds tang to your eggs with a dash of labne and matches salmon and avocado with a zesty Israeli salad.
Coffee lovers will be raving about Shenkin’s speciality bean blend, which balances bold caramel notes with stone fruit and smooth milk chocolate. And don’t forget to bring a reusable vessel for 50 cents off your daily caffeine intake.