Being a Southsider, I haven’t been to Kaleen Shops before but took a step off my well-trodden path, under recommendation of a friend, to visit U&Co. café.
I’m pretty glad I did. The café is nothing fancy to look at from the outside, but with plenty of seating both inside and out, it was bustling (even on a weekday) with a variety of clientele from mums with prams to friends meeting up for lunch and colleagues out for a quick meeting. The orange furnishings make it hard to miss.
I took along my 5 year old for company and I was made to feel very welcome.
There is an extensive menu, which includes all day breakfast, lunches and snacks along with an amply stocked cabinet of sweet treats.
I went with a special – Lockeys Breakfast, which included three poached eggs (yes, I said 3), avocado, bacon, sourdough toast and tomato. My daughter made the most of the kids’ menu (at $5 each I was pretty happy) and had a ham and pineapple pizza.
The food and coffee were good. The kids’ pizza struck me as the kind probably out of a frozen section of a supermarket, but I’m a bit of the mind that sometimes your best bet is to keep it simple and easy for kids, so it didn’t concern me, certainly not for $5.
The staff were friendly and helpful and gave the place a really nice atmosphere.
My only complaint would be that it was cold. The day was a bit bleak and the front door was open, combined with cement floors it made for chilly dining and food cooled quickly. But, give it a few weeks and that will be less of an issue.
U&Co. are well worth checking out. I didn’t venture into the cake cabinet (I may still be there if I had), but the selection looked pretty good.
The all important coffee was very good. Not served too hot and without bitterness.