So I say shopping and eating at Kitchen by Mike because you cannn do both, but you’d be in a far different financial position from myself. Although one time I bought an egg cup, so there….
Anyway the real draw in going to Kitchen by Mike is le cuisine. From breakfast to lunch this man does not put a foot wrong. Everything you will taste is fresh, appropriately juicy and perfectly cooked.
I have snuck out to KbM (as the cool kids call it) for a study lunch and it was uniquely thrilling to hop in the canteen line and choose my fair. With alternating salads and meat available ranging from healthy to glutinous there is something for any mood. On this particular occasion I splashed out on pork belly – crisped to perfection- and juicy, with a great pile of cauliflower bake and fresh cucumber salad that was delicious and excruciating at the same time – like salt and vinegar chips.
Having seen the lunch spread when it was suggested we go for breakfast I had images of trays of pastries and deliciously buttery things, but my savoury preferences were pleasantly surprised when there was a cooked to order menu as well! I ordered the big breakfast and was told that the eggs were coddled. Having no idea what that meant at the time I just nodded along and said it was fine. It was more than fine, I don’t know what coddled eggs are but I LOOOOOVE THEMEMMEMEME. They are delicious and oozy and barely cooked – which it turns out is pretty much what it means, which is why on the menu they are described as “poached” eggs.
Now that Sydney is the land of baked breakfasts (often accompanied with some overdone eggs) it was such a nice relief to have soft eggs, salty bacon and squishy roasted tomatoes, which is how I imagine the eggs are generally meant to be. I loved them so much I went back and ordered the same thing… twice. In fact I’m very much looking forward to going back again, or on a non-pay week just replicating the recipe at home. Just look below at their gooey awesome runny yolk.
I am aware of a tendency for a few cynics to pop out when a place like Kitchen by Mike becomes popular, but my thoughts are you can go in and think of yourself sitting in a cold cavernous warehouse eating expensive canteen food or you can grab some family and friends huddle around the heaters or sit in the sunshine out the back and order good quality, perfectly cooked local food that just so happens to be served in a way that throws back to canteens. Personally I find comfort in the nostalgia.
Mike has just released a fabulous cookbook that I had the pleasure of viewing from afar and it is now the number 1 thing on my wishlist! xx