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Pier Street: home of the peninsula's best Shakshouka

December 10, 2018

What is Shakshouka, you ask? Well, it's just one of the famous middle-eastern dishes available daily at this local Dromana café and restaurant. It oozes flavour and character, just like it's birth mother: Pier Street Kitchen. Set away from the hustle and bustle of Dromana's 'main drag' on Point Nepean Road, Pier Street Kitchen stands out with it's white café front, open windows and welcoming scent of cooking food. 

 

It's menu is one-of-a-kind, and I gotta say, unique food is my favourite kind of food. It's the way of the future. It's the way you are going to dine on your next visit to Dromana, because there's only so many times you can have eggs Florentine or the big breakfast, right? Exactly. That's why we are so blessed to have a venue like Pier Street Kitchen, which offers a middle-eastern twist on some of our most loved dishes. While I have been lucky enough to try most of the menu- yes, I am a little piggy, the Shakshouka is still, and I think always will be my all-time favourite. It warms you from the inside out, leaving you all sunny and fuzzy, and just plain satisfied! Even though this is a breakfast dish, I could indulge in it's flavours any time of the day, in any season. 

 

Picture this: baked middle-eastern salsa with spinach, chèvre, two poached eggs (to perfection), and warm pita bread to soak it all up with. Just writing that has made my tastebuds dance. This, my friends, is Pier Street's shakshouka.

 My most recent visit, however, consisted of a little dabble within the lunch menu...after I demanded my dining guest ordered the Shakshouka, obviously. After a few bites of their meal, I tried the middle eastern fried chicken burger. Sounds pretty standard. Pretty normal. Just a burger. Ha- wrong! The avocado mash/sauce inside this burger is like a sauce sent down from the heavens. Partnered with my all-time favourite herb- coriander (spare me the coriander hate if you are one of those people.... it's the best!), exotically seasoned chicken, chunky chips and aioli. Sounds a lot like your next meal, hey? It was simply delicious. Now I need to bring two people with me every time I visit so I can have this middle-eastern burger AND the shakshouka, and whatever else it is I want to try. My sights are set on the mushroom and truffle croquettes I think. God, being a foodie is damn hard...

 

 With a brand, spanking new summer menu and fabulous local wines available for enjoyment at the table, and take-home purchase as well, Pier Street Kitchen is a must fo your peninsula to-do list. The space is light, bright and comfortable. It oozes comfortable, causal dining without closing you off from outside, either. With tables in the sunshine, tables by the window, tables in little nooks and tables by the wine wall- I am sure they'll have the perfect table for you- now, how's that for a sales pitch ha ha. In seriousness, though- if I was asked to describe the general vibe of this Pier Street Kitchen, I think I would be left saying it is just so... peninsula. It's welcoming, supports local, and provides it's visitors with wholesome food made with love. My last dining experience lead to me meeting so many of you beautiful people within our community, and having a whole lotta laughs over shakshouka. I feel like I am welcomed into the pier family every time I visit, and have no doubts you will too. 

 

SO, whether it's for breakfast, brunch, lunch or an early dinner- Pier Street has you covered. Check out the menu here: https://www.pierstreetkitchen.com.au  and if you love it so much you want to share it, don't forget that the Pier St team also offer catering for your special events.

 

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