The name Ballaboosta has been mentioned by a few of our friends, all with positive association so it’s been on my list for a while. One Sunday we were on Halifax Street and decided to have breakfast there. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Middle Eastern x Mediterranean cafe but I knew they had a wood oven and mum cooking. That was enough.
Ballaboosta actually means the perfect wife/mum/homemaker and sure enough they had one cooking in the kitchen with dedication and love. As for the front of house staff, service was friendly and warm.
I decided to start with a Lemongrass & Ginger Tea while Mr Foodie had his usual Latte. A beautiful coffee. When it came to the menu I was tempted by wood fired pita and dips (especially hommus) but eventually settled on the Wood Fired Baked Eggs. With ham of course. Two eggs baked in the oven with tomato, mushroom, herbs and spices (plus my ham). This was served with Labneh and pita. The pita was my favourite thing to eat, I just kept dipping pita in labneh, I really should’ve just ordered the dips!
Meanwhile being a pizza guy Mr Foodie ordered the Ballaboosta Breakfast which was like a breakfast pizza with ham, cherry tomatoes, egg, herbs and mozzarella. The dough isn’t pizza dough, it’s their signature flatbread which was delicious. The next time I looked up Mr Foodie had almost finished his meal.
If you have a sweet tooth make sure you look at the sweets on display. I haven’t tried one but they look really good. While I was there I had a nosy of their lunch/dinner menu. I have to say it was rather appealing to me with things like Fattoush Salad, Kebbi, Zaatar Flatbread and of course Pizzas. It’s a good place to share good food and wine, you feel like you’re just at home.
289 Halifax Street
08 8232 1853