Options are aplenty when it comes to breakfast in Balmain, and two spots I really really like are Kazbah and Pizza e Birra.
Over the last few years, Kazbah has become rather renowned for its breakfast banquets where for $25 per person (minimum eight people), you are fed like kings and queens. But if you can’t round up seven other people for the feast, you can still get a bloody good breakfast.
Freshly squeezed juice of the day is a dear $6.50, which is hard to justify when I have my own juicer at home. There are two juices of the day on offer this time. Watermelon with ginger and pineapple with mint and lime. They’re both really good despite the glass being very small.
I also have a tea ($4) and others have the mocha ($4.50).

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - drinks

The flavours at Kazbah are inspired by the exotic aromas of the Middle East and Northern Africa. It’s a complete experience, from the colourful Moroccan plates to the Middle Eastern brass lighting fixtures.
The breakfast lamb tagine ($18.50) is an exquisite combination of lamb mince, sucuk (spicy sausage), spinach, roast capsicum, roast tomato, caramelised onion, feta and eggs. To be eaten with Turkish bread and Lebanese bread, it is scrumptious and full on flavour.

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - breakfast lamb tagine

The chakchouka scrambled eggs ($18) is tasty with bits of onion, tomato and capsicum and a side of smoked salmon.

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - Chakchouka Scrambled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Turkish Toast

We also share the chickpea fritters ($21) which comes with a miniature awesome pork belly shish kebab – with crackling and all – labne, baby spinach, roast tomato, poached egg and a capsicum sauce.

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - pork belly and eggs

Last but not least, the French toast ($18) featuring bacon, glazed figs, double cream and an apple cinnamon syrup. Not for the faint hearted!

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - french toast

Kazbah - Balmain, breakfast - airy ambiance

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Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling St, Balmain NSW
Phone: (02) 9555 7067
Web: www.kazbah.com.au

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While Kazbah has been serving the neighbourhood for 13 years, Pizza e Birra has only been open in Balmain for a few months.
The Balmain branch is the third for Pizza e Birra. I haven’t had dinner here yet but it’s ever so popular sister restaurant in Surry Hills tells me that there is lots to look forward to. Breakfast here is just fabulous.
The big bicicletta breakfast ($16) is a sumptuous serving of eggs, Italian sausage, bacon, mushrooms, sauteed spinach and roast tomato.
And you can’t go past the omelette ($14). It is delightfully fluffy with mushrooms, spinach and melted asiago cheese blanketed within. The perfect breakfast to start a lazy Sunday…

Pizza e Birra, Balmain - breakfast omelette

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Pizza e Birra, Balmain
332 Darling St, Balmain NSW
Phone: (02) 9810 5333

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.