I've always found Newtown and Enmore to be such a delight to visit: the carefree atmosphere, quirky boutiques, spontaneous graffiti and the general positive environment the city encases; perhaps not the sporadic, clamorous noise from the traffic but everything else is so dynamic. Besides the liveliness of the cities, restaurants and cafes are included in my list of why these cities are creative and energetic. Shenkin Kitchen infuses Middle Eastern and European cuisine, using the 'highest quality local produce' and making all dishes fresh daily.
Since the 'kitchen' isn't the most spacious restaurant, my companion and I had to wait for 15-20 minutes to be allowed at a table. Once we were seated, we glanced at the menu and I see that there are many meal choices which was certainly means the options aren't 'restricted' but, I found myself spending 15 minutes deciding what to eat. The waiters were extremely attentive and were constantly coming to our table to check if we were ready to order and if not, politely left us more time to decide. I ordered the 'King's Meal' and my companion, the 'Aussie Breakfast'.
Since the meals were cooked with top quality ingredients, it did take longer for it to arrive compared to other restaurants. However, our waiter did check on us regularly to see if our meals had arrived. The wait had taken near 20 minutes but once it was served, I immediately noticed how full and plentiful the food on the plate was. Digging in, my companion thoroughly enjoyed her meal though she commented on the over-sweetness of the sauce. Overall, I found my dish to be delicious but the eggplant was too smokey/flavoursome for my personal tastes.
Overall, it was a great experience to have a mix of European and Middle Eastern cultures in one dish! Service was commendable with flavoursome food and I would definitely return to try the other dishes.
ALTERNATIVES: If the line at Shenkin Kitchen is too long, West Juliet and Scrambled are highly rated cafes/restaurants which are close by.
TIPS: When we were first seated, the waiter led us to a counter height table which offers a great, elevated view of the street. However, it was too hot to be seated so we asked if we could sit outside after one couple was finished with their meal. Don't be shy to ask for a table swap, our waiter was very kind to let us have the table.