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Published November 26th 2014
Israeli-style Meal You Want to Share
There's something about finding a fantastic cafe in the most unexpected location that makes it so satisfying. It might be to do with the fact that it feels like you've stumbled upon the local's secret jewels. SHUK is a little gem tucked away in an almost-residential area of North Bondi.



Although it's off the main Bondi tourist area, SHUK seems to have built up quite a following with its delicious Israeli light meal, a deli store and a bakery all under one roof.

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North Bondi's hottest Cafe Deli Bakery


SHUK is located on the corner of Mitchell Street, North Bondi, and this chic café feels light, bright and airy on the quiet suburban street.



The quirky decorative touches on the white washed walls make SHUK feel homely, comfortable and trendy at the same time.



The cafe offers comfortable indoor sittings, sun-drenched outdoor spots and a garden oasis at the back. The menu boasts an incredible array of Israeli and Mediterranean delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The vision behind SHUK's owner, Yoni Kalfus, is to create modern Israeli meal using the freshest ingredients and a place for people to come together and connect.



SHUK has become a popular Cafe Deli Bakery spot on the Eastern Suburbs over the past year. To celebrate its success thus far, Kalfus hosted an intimate gathering to celebrate SHUK's first birthday on 20 November 2014.



The birthday bash started at 6:30pm with delightful drinks and various Israeli/Mediterranean flavoured canapes.

The lovely rose wine was exactly what we needed on the warm Spring day. We met the owner and he warmly welcomed us like a family. The friendly hospitality set us at ease almost immediately.

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A lovely Rose to start the party


While the owner attended to the bar and welcomed other new-arrived guests, the friendly waitstaff introduced the party canape bites to the rest of us.

The focaccia pizza was the first canape to arrive. It was topped with melted cheese and various toppings. The pizza tasted flavoursome but I preferred my pizza on a thin base.

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Good focaccia pizzas


The tuna skewers were beautifully seared and they delivered a velvety smooth texture. It was a refreshing and delightful canape on the warm day.

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Delicious seared tuna with aioli


My personal winner was the mini tuna sandwich which bursted with layers of flavour. The first thing I noticed was the herbed focaccia bread was so fresh, light and fluffy. Together with creamy tuna and egg salad it was just absolutely delicious and filling.

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Fantastic tuna salad sandwich


Next, we were tempted with the mozzarella and tomato skewers drizzled in light pesto oil. They were vibrant and juicy and seemed to be a winning combination of flavours among all the guests.

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Divine mozzarella & tomato skewers


It was hard to beat the Israeli-style pastry parcel. They were served warm and the fillings were terribly flavoursome with Mediterranean spices. We delved into the delicious snack and I could not resist going for a second helping.



Throughout the evening, a continuous stream of guests arrived. There were photo opportunities and we all stayed for hours to enjoy the cosy SHUK birthday celebration.

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Exceptional culinary quality from SHUK's kitchen


The party atmosphere buzzed with laughter, congratulatory wishes and merriment. It was a great occasion for the young and the old friends to come together and relax while enjoying the party spirit.

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End with a fruit punch


All the food was bright, colourful, nourishing and backed by good fresh bread and happy party spirit.

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Party in full swing!


SHUK has no pretentiousness whatsoever and overall it provides a cosy cafe space space. I noticed SHUK also offers a variety of freshly-baked pastries and breads, so I will pop in for a takeaway pastry and coffee when I am next in Bondi.
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Why? Great Cafe Ambiance in North Bondi
When: 6am - 5pm
Phone: 0423 199 859
Where: 2 Mitchell St, North Bondi NSW 2026
Cost: $20 for a light breakfast
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