Providing great coffee and delicious Israeli inspired cafe food, Shenkin’s original location has been a local Sydney favorite in Erskineville for over five years now. Today, Shenkin has expanded with Shenkin Espresso Bar in Newtown, Shenkin Kitchen in Enmore and its newest venture, Shenkin Eatery just opened earlier in July in Surry Hills.
Shenkin was originally opened by Arie Haikin, after moving his family from Tel Aviv to Sydney. He brought over his long family heritage of baking breads, cakes, pastries and traditional Middle Eastern food and infused all this know-how into the cafe. Now run by his sons Din and Bar Haikin, the signature Haikin fusion of traditional Israeli and modern Australian taste and style carries on. And if this family wasn’t impressive enough, you can find Din and Bar’s other two brothers – Ben and Tom running the chain of Kurtosh bakery cafes in Randwick, Surry Hills and Crow’s Nest, famous for their traditional Hungarian pastry – the chimney cake. Did we mention they also sell cake by weight there? But that’s another sweet story…
Shenkin Eatery is already promising to be a hit. Before even officially opening, people walking down Crown Street would peer into the new cafe and seeing the door open, come in ready with their coffee orders. Even though the machines were not ready to use yet, the enthusiasm was well-received, and the staff happily invited customers to return the next day for the opening. Nestled amongst an already thriving coffee scene in the Darlinghurst/Surry Hills area, Shenkin will face competition from plenty of nearby cafes, but should have no problem attracting customers with its unique and yet familiar comfort food and the warm and inviting atmosphere.
Even if you haven’t tried Israeli food, there’s something on the menu that will appeal to all, especially the hearty breakfasts and lunches. You haven’t had a breakfast (or easily lunch) like the Shakshuka or the Shenkin Stack. The Shakshuka is a traditional Israeli dish of poached eggs in a rich tomato, capsicum and garlic sauce in an individual pan served with pita. Options mixed into the sauce include the eggplant and haloumi, bocconcini and feta or the pulled beef, but the Posse favourite is the filling and slightly spicy chorizo.
Another more delicate and delicious breakfast option includes the Shenkin Stack, sourdough toast topped with labanne (soft Middle Eastern yogurt/cheese spread), za’atar (Middle Eastern herb mixture), smoked salmon, tomato, bocconcini and fresh basil. Vegetarians will love Shenkin; our meatless Israeli faves include the burekas, flaky layers of puff pastry filled with your choice of cheese and spinach or potato, mushroom and onion or the dip boards, with plenty of hummus and pita to go around.
Shenkin serves coffee from Mecca Espresso and locally made Ovvio Tea and Sticky Chai. Don’t miss the sweet and rich coconut hot chocolate – even sweeter than normal hot chocolate! For another hit of coconut, go for the coconut milkshake. It’ll make you feel like you’re on the beach with a Pina Colada in hand. If you’re looking for a little something new to try instead of your usual flat white, the lemon and mint frappe is refreshing and looks super healthy with its bright green shade. Feeling indulgent? Good luck passing up the display of baked goods and dainty little pastries baked fresh onsite daily.
Shenkin Eatery is another delicious and cozy cafe spot that will be right at home in its new spot in Surry Hills.