My first brunching experience in Sydney was at Kin by Us, the cutest Asian-style eatery owned by former My Kitchen Rules contestants Uel and Shanelle. There was a miso salmon dish that I was dying to try — and so on our second day here, Tony and I took the trains all the way out to Macquarie Park in search of this little gem.
Little did I know that this place would turn out to be my favourite brunch place from our trip. For anyone visiting Sydney and doesn’t mind a bit of travelling out north, I’d say that this place would be well worth your time.
I hadn’t realise that Uel (left) was behind the prepping table the entire time ?
When I first set foot here, I was completely unaware of the fact that it was owned by one of my all-time favourite MKR couple. This information was only brought to my attention after I had already left — by a friend who recognised Uel as being one of the chefs working away diligently in the background of my snaps.
Then it all clicked in my head: Kin by US. Us, as in Uel and Shanelle! *Mind. Blown.*
Knowing this made me fall in love with the place just that little bit more. Which was not hard to do given that the decor here reminded me a lot of my favourite Asian-style cafe back in Melbourne, Baba Sus.
Root Beer Float $6.0
Tony started off with a root beer float. I absolutely loved the design of the menu here at Kin by Us (as well as their slightly punny names)! From some of the menu options, you could tell that the flavours were designed to pay homage to their Uel and Shanelle’s Asian roots and heritage. Durian affogato anyone?
Still recovering from last night’s overload of a dinner at Mr Crackles, Tony could only bring himself to order the banana bread here (with nutella and honey butter) — adorably listed as Banananella on the menu hehe!
Miso Yummy $17.0
While I decided to make it more worth our time by getting what I originally came for: this delicious Miso Yummy dish that I had been eyeing for ages. This dish came with miso salmon, onsen eggs (which is my new favourite thing ever btw) on sourdough and a garnish ball of sesame spinach.
The salmon was cooked to a pinky medium rare in the middle. The meat was so soft and I loved the salty miso flavour throughout the fish! These eggs were also absolutely divine to eat — slow cooked to perfection and a treat to cut into and watch as the yolk oozed out slowly everywhere.
I thought that the little sesame spinach ball felt a bit out of place as it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the flavours, however it was still nice and I didn’t mind having it there.
Golden Gaytime Shake $10.0
A bit steep at $10, but oh so worth it was this Golden Gaytime milkshake made with chocolate, toffee ice cream and little honeycomb bits on top. This drink had everything you could ever want in a Golden Gaytime shake. Right flavours? Check. Little crunchy bits? Check. Overly sweet to the point of taking you back to those after-school summer days where you would have Golden Gaytime as a treat? Double check!! ?
Tip: have the little honeycomb balls while they’re still at the top! Trust me on this, I tried to (unsuccessfully) suck them up from the bottom using only the straw.
Overall Kin by Us. has won me over not just by their delicious food and cute decor — but also by the humble, down to earth nature exuding from the lovely people working there. It’s easy to say that I would be more than willing to make the trip out here again the next time that I am in town 😀
The cutest asian-style brunch cafe owned by former My Kitchen Rules couple Uel and Shanelle
KIN by Us.
2 Saunders Cl,
Macquarie Park NSW 2113