Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: U&Co., Kaleen Shops

Emily Morris 19 April 2016 3

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.

uandco breakfast

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.

UandCo pizza

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.

All in all a good little suburban find.



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3 Responses to Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: U&Co., Kaleen Shops
MonarchRepublic MonarchRepublic 10:48 am 01 Sep 14

A very good selection of gluten free also available. As you can see from the OP’s pic, a good selection of GF sweets, plus a good portion of the menu can be done GF. I was told that one of the owners is Coeliac, so they take GF seriously.

If it wasn’t brought up in the other thread, their Egg and Bacon rolls are delicious, and very filling! 2x eggs, yolk still runny, ample bacon, cooked well but not crispy, and lovely tomato relish, on a nice big bun. GF version also usually comes on excellent GF focaccia or roll from a local GF bakery (available at the Supa Express next door)

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 10:19 am 01 Sep 14

We support these guys as much as possible. Their strongest point is definitely price! Cakes and coffee are good. The meals aren’t quite up to the standard of your more gourmet places – but the value for money makes up for that.

jgsma jgsma 4:07 pm 30 Aug 14

Shhhhhhhhhhh! Please don’t tell anyone else about this lovely coffee shop open 7 days, not just weekends. Very good food, very good coffee it’s been nice and warm in there this week.

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