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