A group of food bloggers and I arranged to meet up at Kazbah in Balmain for their banquet. The famed Kazbah brunch has been on my “to-eat” list for a very long time and I was very much looking forward to it. If you have a group of 8 or more people you can enjoy 4 courses of feasting at only $25/person!
After throwing half a jug of water everywhere whilst half asleep I decided I needed a strong coffee to get things started.
I selected the Turkish Coffee ($4.50) and out came a gorgeous little coffee cup and saucer and a copper pot, with a thick, syrupy liquid inside.
The coffee was strong, very strong, with a subtle smokey flavour and was amazingly delicious.
Our first course arrives and it consists of banana porridge with a date compote and stewed rhubarb, sweet couscous with dried nuts and fruit and a warm rice pudding with saffron poached pears and hazelnuts. The rice pudding and banana porridge were both delicious and I would have been happy to polish either off, however I knew there was a lot of food to come so I kept my portions small. I didn’t get to try the sweet couscous as it contained almonds, so I just glared at it.
Our next course was a deliciously fragrant lamb tagine. It featured lamb mince, Sucuk (a spicy Turkish sausage), spinach, roast capsicum, tomato, caramelised onion, feta and eggs.
Next up were 2 platters covered in food which made all our mouth’s drop. One board contained a variety of eggs - poached, scrambled and fried, and the other had sausages, hash browns, haloumi, roasted tomatoes and bacon. IT WAS AMAZING.
By this stage we were all pretty stuffed. Kazbah seemed pretty understaffed that day and it took them a while to clear our plates and even longer for our final course to arrive – however this proved fortuitous as it provided ample time to clear some stomach room for pancakes!
Our first pancake was chocolate & raspberry with butterscotch sauce and chocolate fudge ice cream. Amazingly rich and decadent, this wins the award for best pancake I have ever eaten.
Our second pancake was strawberry with double cream and maple syrup – it was also amazingly delicious however it was a tough act to follow after the chocolate pancake!
This is not so much a pancake but more of an actual cake – it was over 2cm thick and you had to cut a big wedge out to serve. The inside of the “pancake” was deliciously moist and fluffy while the outside edges were crunchy and caramelised.
We waddled happily out of Kazbah, completely stuffed and satisfied. Because I am cray cray I decided to walk down to the water and do the Bay Run straight after to burn off some of this indulgence – it was such a beautiful day!
I had a fantastic time at Kazbah and will definitely be returning, hopefully with a large group of friends so I can do the banquet again!
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