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Culinary Stardust at Kafe Kooks

Culinary Stardust at Kafe Kooks

Roti. Image by Younseok Jang

Roti comes in all shapes in Sydney

Andrew and the Kafe Kooks team
Andrew and the Kafe Kooks team. Image by Younseok Jang

Culinary Stardust at Kafe Kooks

In a culinary tribute as flamboyant as the star who inspired it, Kafe Kooks bursts onto the scene. Conceived by Andrew Ray, whose devotion to David Bowie knows no bounds, this establishment is more than just an eatery—it’s a shrine to the chameleon of rock. Denied a personal audience with his idol, Ray instead poured his fervour into an homage that captures the essence of Bowie’s spirit. His choice of namesake? “Kooks,” Bowie’s whimsical 1971 ballad, perfectly encapsulating the eatery’s eclectic charm.

Learning to make roti at Kafe Kooks
Learning to make roti at Kafe Kooks. Image by Younseok Jang

Roti is elevated to culinary heights

At the heart of Kafe Kooks lies the roti, that modest yet transformative canvas, elevated here to dizzying heights of culinary artistry. Imagine a dough, rich with velvety ghee, its every knead and fold a testament to the alchemy of cooking. This dough doesn’t just rise; it ascends, anointed generously with more ghee until it shimmers scandalously under the kitchen lights.

The Roti Master at Kafe Kooks
The Roti Master at Kafe Kooks. Image by Younseok Jang

The transformation from dough ball to finished flatbread is nothing short of theatrical. Each roti is stretched and flattened, enduring the sweet torment of creation, until emerging puffed and flaky, as if a dowager’s wig had survived an especially spirited encounter. Victor Thapa, a maestro fresh from the gourmet battlegrounds of Rockpool, presides over this frenzy alongside Surish Rajandran, the “Roti Master” from Malaysia, known for his mystic command over flatbread. Together, they unleash a tempest of taste that Bowie himself would have lauded.

Try the roti cradling eggs like jewels for breakfast

The menu is a symphony: roti paired with curries that dance fiery tangos on the tongue, sambal that stokes the fires deeper still, and for the morning rebels, roti cradling eggs like jewels. Those with a penchant for sweetness can revel in banana-infused delights that promise bliss to the sweet-toothed. And for the aficionados, the “Madtarbak” bursts forth with fillings as diverse as Thai beef and Cuban concoctions, each bite a discovery.

But Kafe Kooks offers more than just gustatory pleasure. It’s a place where even the four-legged gourmets can partake in the revelry, and where the strong coffee and invigorating cocktails flow as freely as the conversations.

Kafe Kooks
Kafe Kooks. Image by Younseok Jang

A stone’s throw from where Bowie’s China Girl video was filmed

Set just a stone’s throw from where Bowie’s “China Girl” video was shot, Kafe Kooks does more than serve food—it serves memories, a fitting tribute to the Thin White Duke. Dining here isn’t just eating; it’s an experience, a celebration of life’s infinite flavours, all under the watchful gaze of Bowie’s legacy. For those who step into Kafe Kooks, it’s not merely a meal; it’s a feast for the soul, seasoned generously with the essence of stardust.

Kafe Kooks is located at 63 Mountain Street Ultimo

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