‘Shuk’ is the Israeli term for marketplace and this cafe, deli and bakery with its large corner position serves as a fantastic meeting spot for locals. As co-owner, Yoni Kalfus says: “The food we offer is inspired by what we grew up with in Israel, where the cuisine available is one of the largest melting pots on the planet, with food coming from a variety of cultures that migrated to the country from 130 different countries in the past 50 years. The menu is directly influenced by Arabic,Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines”.
The atmosphere is very family friendly and when we visited for brunch, nearly all the tables were occupied with families and children of different ages. On a nice day, their newly revamped backyard with fenced kids play area is the place to dine. Bring your pram, bring you toddler, bring any child and the whole family will have a great time! Children are also very welcome inside with highchairs and its relaxed welcoming vibe. The kids eggs on toast for breakfast is $7. At lunch, kids schnitzel and chips is $12 or simple chips with sauce is $7.
Shuk is know for their Shakshuka and believe me you will not be disappointed! It is definitely worth driving across Sydney for. Their Shakshuka consists of perfectly baked eggs in a rich spiced tomato sauce that must be mopped up with their signature fresh sourdough. Add kale or chorizo for extra flavour. If you are dining with a group at dinner, you can’t go past the Family Shukshuka – La Familia ($59). For something sweet (and gluten free), try their signature Teff pancakes made with Ethiopian Teff flour, ricotta, sweet dukkah, maple and apple/pear compote.
Just up the road past the shops is a great little park for children to run off some steam!