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Kepos Street Kitchen - The Paleoish Review

This is going to be the first of many reviews. Eating out can be tricky and expensive when going Paleo. Purely because many cafes serve mainly bread and pasta to fill you up. If you're trying to be good, you may be left hungry. Hence we're starting reviews on how Paleo friendly is a cafe. We're going to call this "The Paleoish Reviews". Obviously when eating out you can't be a Paleo Nazi. However there are options and there are "better" options. And even if you feel like a cheat meal, they better be worth it. Unfortunately finding cheat meals that are worth it is becoming scarce. To reduce disappointment, our mission is to filter out those we think is worth the visit. Whether you're trying to be Paleo or looking for "The" cheat meal :)

Cafe: Kepos Street Kitchen
Location: 96 Kepos Street, Redfern NSW Australia
Open hours: Tues - Sun (with Sunday only Breakfast + Lunch). Takes dinner bookings. BYO
Coffee Beans: The Grounds of Alexandria
Paleo Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. Depends on what you select. 0 if you select the tempting wagyu burgers :)
Value for Money: Good
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Kepos Street Kitchen is a cosy and buzzing cafe in leafy redfern/Surry Hills. The cuisine is Mediterranean with a Middle Eastern twist thanks to owner and chef Michael Rantissi who originally comes from Israel. Michael Rantissi is no newbie on the block. He and partner Kristy Frawley both worked at Bather's Pavilion, only one name from a list of impressive restaurants. With Kristy's hospitality skills and Michael's passion for food, the partner team cooks up storm.

When going Paleo you often find things are too sweet, too salty or too creamy however Kepos makes it just perfect. We had the Tunisian Styled Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with Eggplant, tomato, cucumber, egg, potato and harissa sauce. Not 100% Paleo with potatoes however it's not too bad. The tuna was perfectly seared. Yummicilous as we like say!

Next we had the famous falafel. OK this is not Paleo but is one of the best falafel you can have. Whether it's worth the cheat meal depends on how well your body processes chickpeas and broad beans. At least it's served with Tahini sauce which is paleo. We ordered it as an entree to share so it wasn't too bad.

The soft baked eggs and tomato shakshuka is just as good however our favourite was still the seared tuna. Without eating the sourdough this dish may be on the small side. For non-paleo eaters, the size it's totally fine.

Be prepared to queue. We arrived around 2pm on a Sunday thinking it's late so there should be no queue. The good thing is, at least it's orderly. You can leave your name and number and know that in due time you'll get in. The fight for your table (canteen style) and fingers crossed you'll get a table is getting all too popular. This is a refreshing change or rather no change. This is most likely attributed to Kristy's hospitality skills gained from days spent at the Le Meridien Piccadilly in London and The Regent in Sydney. If only more cafes were like this. Sometimes traditions are "traditions" for a reason.

For the 80/20 Paleo or Non-Paleo eaters Kepos Street Kitchen is a great find. Great flavours, cosy atmosphere and good service means that it will only get busier. The only negative? The coffee is passable but nothing to rave on about. With Campos around the corner it's hard to beat.

You can follow Kepos Street Kitchen on Facebook or Contact No. 02 9319 3919

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