Cheap eats at Tahina

Red shakshuka at Tahina

I do love some Middle Eastern food.  After all I’m officially Ottolenghi obsessed and my perfect breakfast is a serve of Shakshuka. So Tahina’s opening in Northcote is kind of a big deal for me.

Red shakshuka at Tahina
Red shakshuka at Tahina

Tahina serves up Israeli street food created by Tel Aviv born chef Roy Sassonkin. This is no fine dining establishment. The fit out is more reminiscent of a kebab shop or burger joint but that doesn’t matter when you get a taste of the food (and the prices).

There's not much room inside Tahina so be prepared to get takeaway.
There’s not much room inside Tahina so be prepared to get takeaway.

Shakshuka is a specialty here and you can order this baked egg dish in the traditional “red” with a tomato based sauce, “green” broccoli sauce or “white” mushroom and fennel sauce. I kept things simple and went with the classic ($15) – still wobbly eggs with a thick, rich sauce.  The shakshukas come with a serve of crunchy salad, pickled cabbage and pillowy pita bread with hommus.

Pita bread and hommus on the side
Pita bread and hommus on the side

The menu is entirely vegetarian so other options include falafels and roasted cauliflower. You can order beer and wine but I kept the healthy vibes going with a “green warrior” smoothie ($10) blended up to order from spinach, kale, coconut water and even bee pollen.  That pretty much ticks every ingredient that’s on trend right now but the end result was still delicious. 

Green warrior smoothie at Tahina
Green warrior smoothie at Tahina

I love the simple, fresh menu at Tahina and I love the wallet friendly prices even more.  My only problem is that I’ve been suffering serious Israel travel lust ever since eating there. 

Shakshuka love
Shakshuka love

Essentials
Details: Tahina, 223 High street, Northcote (Ph 03 9972 1749)
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve.
9/10 
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