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Rock the Kazbah

Aside from a stroll by the harbour, the second reason I was in Balmain was to try out Kazbah, a Moroccan restaurant on Darling Street. Lunch time was ludicrously busy, but we were already fascinated by the distinctly Moroccan table-setting.

Kazbah Table Setting

Then came the colourful drinking vessels. The mint tea was gorgeous, with not only dried mint, but warm cinnamon.

Water Mint Tea

Finally, the food came, and it was worth the wait. The chicken shish kebabs were so good that they disappeared in a flash. The octopus in the salad was nicely cooked but I wished we had ordered some rich lamb to balance the acidity of the lemon and feta. But the star for me was the vegetarian breakfast tagine, a wonderful concoction of pumpkin, feta, spinach and egg (among other things). The subtle spicing was wonderful, and so different from the in-your-face spicing I’m used to in Indian and South-East Asian cuisines.

Chicken Shish Kebab Octopus Salad Breakfast Tagine

Inner West Food Safari – Part 1

Looks like autumn is really with us, and a fine time to be searching for dumplings Shanghai-style in Ashfield. I vaguely remember going to Shanghai Night years back when I lived in the area, so it was high time that I made a return visit.

Fried fish dumplings

The pork and chive dumplings were standard in my opinion. I actually liked the fish dumplings better. The crab and pork buns were so substantial that I had to doggie bag a few. But my favourite was the new year rice noodles, gorgeous with seafood and XO sauce.

Fried new year noodles with seafood and XO sauce Crab and pork bun