Balmain locals have been buzzing about the latest offering from the Sydney icon Shenkin lately. The space is rustic, discreet and perfect for feasting on delicious Middle Eastern cuisine with your nearest and dearest. You’ll find all your favourite Shenkin classics in this chic Sydney suburb, and whether you’re in for food or drinks this Darling Street cafe will delight your taste buds. One thing though, Shenkin Balmain is a little bit hidden so be sure to head straight up the stairs, past the dry cleaners and you’ll easily find this fab spot with its stunning view of the harbour. Reserve your spot now!
Delicious food and great service. We had a wonderful time. We tried almost all the dishes on the menu and it was very reasonable in terms of price.
Beautiful, flavoursome food with a decidedly Ottolenghi influence. Fabulous for vegetarians, vegans. Meat-eaters won't even notice the lack of meat. Four of us shared five medium-sized dishes plus 4 x desserts and the bill was incredibly reasonable. Recommended!
So, we know Shenkin Balmain has the perfect view of the Sydney harbour with a cool layout featuring the classic rustic decor that lovers of Shenkin can’t get enough of. But is the menu up to scratch? Well, of course it is! For breakfast, we can’t get enough of the Middle Eastern-style big breakfast brimming with eggs your way, labanne, avocado, salad, smoked salmon and freshly baked pita. While those with a sweet tooth should be sure to order the pancakes topped with vanilla creme, date molasses, strawberries and banana. All of which goes down perfectly with your morning cup of coffee.
Now, feel free to order any of the dishes at any time of the day while you’re at Shenkin Balmain. They, like us, are big fans of all-day breakfast and anytime lunches... Who needs time constraints when you’re eating, right? The signature Shenkin dishes are perfect for this – particularly the Shenkin reuben loaded with tomato, pastrami, lettuce, sauerkraut, pickles and Dijon mustard; hummus plate with your choice of topping or the famous Shenkin shakshuka with seven-hour slow-cooked tomato, poached eggs and garlic sauce. Whatever takes your fancy, you won’t be disappointed at Shenkin Balmain. You’ll find this Sydney Middle Eastern haven on Darling Street – just be sure to arrive hungry.