Date night excellence in Melbourne’s west – West of Kin

     Having a new addition to our family has brought both joy and sleepless nights but perhaps one of the biggest changes is that we’ve lost that time we used to have to ourselves. LifeBc (life before children) afforded us so much time to just sit and be, and while I wouldn’t change a thing, it was nice to finally have a date night again just us two after having baby number two.

A bright new addition to Melbourne’s restaurant scene in the west had just opened its doors and we were keen on enjoying an evening out somewhere new. West of Kin was the perfect choice with its high quality and sophisticated Asian fusion menu and ambiance. As soon as we were greeted by our waiter and placed our order we knew we were in for a treat.

  We ordered:

– Kelp cured kingfish, smoked oysters, chogochujang, viola
– Jiangxi style chicken bao (the hubby practically inhaled his bao it was so tasty!)
– Yunnan style lamb ribs, sesame seeds, sweet and sour soy lacquer (recommended by our waiter and it was one of our faves of the night)
– New style son in law egg, steamed rice, house made Kim chi mayonnaise
– Sichuan style beef tartare, fried shallot and garlic, quail yolk
– Quail terrine, raisin relish
And that was just to start!

– Master stock shredded duck, egg noodle, xo sauce, spring onion, coriander, chilli, fried quail eggs (By the time we finished this dish between the two of us we were both full!)
– spiced panna cotta, scorched fruit, saffron syrup
– Chocolate de lice, golden leaf, hazelnut crumble (a rich chocolate flavour but oh so good!)

We loved everything we picked and having ordered nearly everything on the menu.
We initially drove straight past West of Kin because as soon as I saw that the address was Lacy street, I remembered that this street was where my dad used to work and wanted to reach the end of the street. At the end of Lacy street is a big factory warehouse where Pilkington used to be located before moving to Laverton and then later closing their operations in Australia. I remember visiting my dad with my brother when I was small and seeing all the big machines and his workmates. At the end of the street there are sloping hills and a park and playground and I remember Pilkington holding a family Christmas party one year where we got to meet Santa and it was so much fun. Funny the memories that stay in your head!

After reaching the end of the road still not seeing number 17 anywhere, I finished my little trip down memory lane, and we did a u-turn and realised that West of Kin was actually located in the unassuming but esteemed building that  on the corner of Ballarat road and Lacy street.

Spot Kenny! We bumped into him as he was also dining there that night and you can check out his West of Kin experience here.
For now West of Kin is only open for dinner but we are told that they will extend their service to breakfast and lunch as they settle in. The courtyard would be a great place to dine and relax on a nice day. A much needed addition to this area, we can’t wait to come back for a drink or two and to taste the rest of the menu!

West of Kin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato