Too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Take Thai food, for example. Sydney is positively saturated with it. There’s more Pad Thai’s in this city than you can poke a stick at. Just close your eyes and a new local Sydney Thai takeaway joint is likely to appear before your eyes. What I would give for a good local Vietnamese, Turkish or Moroccan restaurant, but no, we have about 20 Thai restaurants instead.
To help salvage my jaded taste buds from Thai overkill, I treated them to something different this weekend – Israeli food. There’s this charming little cafe up at Bondi Junction that makes my heart swell with happiness. It’s called Savta and it dishes up the most delicious Israeli food you can imagine. Not that I’m an expert on Israeli food, but believe me, if this cafe is anything to go by, then it’s worth ditching your green chicken curry for.
Savta is one of those blink-and-you-miss-it cafes as it’s hidden at the back of a mall. What it lacks in location, it more than compensates with food and service. The owner is one of the friendliest and warmest guys around and always has a big smile on his face. And did I mention value for money? The servings at this place are huge and you’ll pay half of what you cough up on Campbell Parade.
The only issue you’ll have is deciding what to order. The brekky menu is equally as good as the lunch menu. They do a great mezze plate. Paul swears by the kefta sandwich with gherkins. Then there’s the awesome Israeli breakfast that is guaranteed to fix the worst hangovers – chopped tomato and cucumber salad, dark olives, labneh (a soft cheese made from yoghurt), omelette and pitta.