I finally made it to Shenkin! Funny thing is that I don’t live in the area anymore, but I still go close enough once a week most weeks.
The cafe is located in a quiet corner on Erskineville road and offers standard cafe fare plus Israeli specialties. The specials blackboard announced the apparently popular house wraps (which are massive, by the way) but I spotted something more interesting in the menu: the shakshuka: 2 eggs poached in a rich tomato, capsicum, garlic & onion sauce served w/ fresh home-made pita bread. The standard shakshuka costs $16 and there are a few other versions with add-ons.
I chose the chorizo shakshuka, which didn’t take long to arrive. It was served in a clay pot that sat on a wooden board, along with two freshly made bread rolls. They were chubbier than regular pita bread and looked great, but I skipped them. Instead, I grabbed the provided spoon and happily ate my flavourful and spicy meal. The sauce was thick and rich, with bits of whites from the perfectly poached eggs, and a generous amount of sliced chorizo. The heat of the chillies was right for me, not too mild but not tongue-numbing.
Chorizo shakshuka ($19.00)
I also had a short black to keep me awake for the rest of the day. Great tasting coffee, strong and robust.
Short black ($3.00)
Because I was on my own I couldn’t sample more dishes, so I guess that entitles me to go back again and again until I get the menu pretty much covered.
53 Erskineville Road
Erskineville NSW 2043
(02) 9550 5511