Shuk’s distinctive corner cafe at the intersection of North Bondi’s Mitchell Street and Murriverie Road has become a neighbourhood institution thanks to its exciting range of Mediterranean and Israeli-inspired food. The passion project of three Israeli foodies, the kinds of cuisine available here reflect the melting-pot nature of that part of the world – whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you’re going to encounter the flavours and culinary styles of the Arabic world and the Middle East, Turkey, the Levant, and those of further-flung Mediterranean nations. With an on-site bakery turning out doughy delights daily and carefully chosen ingredients making their way to plate, as well as a fully-licensed bar meaning no BYO, Shuk’s a fresh new face on Sydney’s cafe and dining scene that’s set to stay.
Dawn to dusk, seven days a week, Shuk is attracting a growing crowd of locals and foodies from further afield seeking out new culinary thrills in the city. At first glance, Shuk’s premises on the corner of Mitchell Street and Murriverie Road speak classic corner cafe, with a bright and airy interior, streetside seating, a steaming espresso machine, and a deli counter displaying a selection of the day’s wares. But what’s creating a buzz among Sydney’s culinary connoisseurs is Shuk’s unique food offering: a blend of Mediterranean and Israeli cuisines plus a pretty incredible on-site bakery, whose wares are displayed proudly in wooden boxes stacked up high on the walls. The delicious catch is that when one speaks of Israeli cuisine, one is implicating the cuisines brought to the region from 130 other countries over the past 50 years. This is one North Bondi melting pot you don’t want to miss.
For breakfast, we heartily recommend Shuk’s almost-namesake shakshuka, a Middle Eastern specialty that’s already well-known among Sydney’s more adventurous, but elevated here to new heights. For those with a sweeter tooth, why not opt for the beghrir, Moroccan cinnamon and almond meal pancakes topped with a honey-lemon glaze and halvah. Shuk by night (its Mitchell Street premises are open later, until 10pm, on Friday and Saturday) transforms from an all-day casual cafe to a more refined but just as relaxed bistro, offering Middle Eastern dishes like traditional mezze platters and curious entrees like their snapper and mango ceviche. Mains are just as eclectic: house-made gnocchi, Mediterranean marinated roast chicken with labne and slaw, braised lamb shoulder with couscous, and the signature Shuk bouillabaisse with blue eye, calamari, mussels, vongole and prawns in a tomato bisque. Becoming increasingly popular for those looking for a North Bondi booking, Shuk is also a capable host for private functions, creating bespoke Mediterranean-Israeli canape receptions and multi-course menus for all sorts of celebrations.
We had a very good time at the Shuk. Everything was wonderful. The food was delicious,The service was fantastic and the vibe was good. It was a cold day and it was nice and warm in the restaurant.
Lovely service-all the waitresses were extra attentive. Food was good-the hummus w/ lamb was very nice, the shuk-e bowl was good but not surprisingly delicious. Very nice atmosphere.
Food was amazing so pleased to see more vegan options. Wish they would stop using plastic straws though, very poor environmentally, metal straws would be better.
The food was absolutely delicious and the menu was quite unique and extensive. The coffee was also incredible! The atmosphere was delightful. It was just a wonderful way to start the day.
Nestled in the suburban streets of North Bondi, away from the hustle and bustle of the beach, Shuk is a great little cafe. The service is a little slow and not overly welcoming, but the ambience is great, especially in the shaded courtyard, and the food is phenomenal and reasonably priced for large serves. For those dining with young children, the fenced play area is a god send and kept our little one engaged for 90 minutes. Highly recommend. If the service improved this would be the perfect brunch spot.
This cafe was wonderful and exceeded our expectations. The food is fresh and flavoursome. Staff are professional and the service is excellent-prompt, friendly and attentive. The menu provides an extensive range of foods for all culinary preferences and ages. The children were very well catered for on the menu. They had a great time in the kids play area. We will be visiting again! Thank you to Shuk for taking such great care of us.
Went here with friends- easy to book. Got a table outside in the sun which was lovely. Absolutely loved the octopus and falafel entrees. The mains we ordered were the beef cheeks and pumpkin salad. Both were fine. It nothing spectacular- the slaw was too gluggy, needed a lighter tangy dressing. The dessert was a major disappointment- lemon meringue with pineapple and coconut icecream but all you could taste was pineapple, it was basically a scoop of ice cream and pea size meringues. Service was really attentive, nice relaxed place. Note labne seems to make its way into majority of their meals.
The food at Shuck is unreal, everything was delicious from entrees to deserts. The ambience relaxing even being the restaurant almost at fool capacity and service was amazing. As locals, we've been many times for breakfast but it was our first experience having dinner and Shuck didn't disappoint
Decent consistent coffee, good variety of breakfast options-green shakshuka fantastic. Staff very friendly and efficient. Inside tables very noisy. Would definitely return to try other menu options but would ask for outdoor table. We booked and were glad we did, unfortunately the restaurant didn't receive or failed to check our amended booking but went to great lengths to accommodate us once the error was accepted.
Great location, remote from the buzz and noise of Campbell parade, super kind and organised staff, and heartwarming food. Sun-drenched terrasse and courtyard to keep you warm in winter. Kids friendly (change room included). Not for those in a rush. This is your village-vibe-type of place. Perfect for a lazy sunday brunch!