Take a walk on the wild side at Chippendale’s newest cafe, Concrete Jungle. Located within the ever-evolving Kensington Street precinct, it offers city-slickers a calming oasis in which they can enjoy a carefully crafted coffee and nourishing brunch fare.
Taking its name quite literally, the industrial yet contemporary space, designed by Guru Hospitality, is light filled, complemented with touches of vibrant greenery, hanging succulents and rose gold highlights. With concrete tabletops and a minimalistic style, Concrete Jungle has become a tranquil hideout in amongst the big city.
The kings of the jungle are Mo Mrad, founder of Kogarah’s Culture Bean, and Head Chef, Bryan O’Callaghan, formerly of Harry’s Bondi. The duo have combined their skills to create an innovative offering, promoting a cause they are both passionate about – sustainable eating.
On this quest, Bryan and Sous Chef, Iain Haywood, consulted a nutritionist to design a clean and green menu that celebrates locally sourced, seasonal produce.
The all-day breakfast menu is a game changer, with light dishes like the dragonfruit chia pudding and a bircher museli with pomegranate, grapes, fig and pistachio. However, it’s the blue majik smoothie bowl that has tongues salivating. Oozing wow factor, the dish is bright blue in colour and uses blue algae, a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
For those looking for a hearty start to the day, the house smoked salmon is served with a slow-cooked egg, sweet potato, avocado puree and mustard leaves, while the Wagyu bresola comes with poached eggs, broccolini, leek, kale and green tahini.
The lunch menu continues with the healthy yet satisfying theme. Roasted pumpkin is served with pumpkin puree, kale and savoury granola, with the option of adding scallops, while the Moroccan chicken combines quinoa, pomegranate, saffron turmeric, coconut labne and pickled apricots.
As you might have noticed, there’s no bacon on the menu. Moe wanted the menu to be halal, and as such all meats also hold that label. However, with flavour combinations this good, you won’t even notice.
When it came to coffee, Moe, Bryan and Iain opted for local roaster, Gabriel Coffee. They chose specialty blend, Calibrate, as their house blend, with the aim of producing a consistent cup that keeps regulars and first-timers returning time and time again.
Concrete Jungle brings a slice of the jungle to Chippendale, dishing up beautiful brunches that are satisfyingly healthy. Join the throes of locals who have already discovered its culinary offering – it’s a paradise worth discovering.