When I say ‘Braybrook’, what do you think?
Melbournians: probably industrial warehouses, shipping containers and car yards.
Non-Melbourne people: possibly something relating to a donkey or a river which is honestly what I what was thinking as I tapped it into Google Maps (my brain may be wired differently to most).
Either way, delicious pan Asian cuisine is probably not top of your list — UNTIL NOW. INSERT DRAMATIC MUSIC.
Last week I was lucky enough to score an invite to West of Kin’s Winter menu launch dinner and holy cow, Braybook is now on my radar of tasty things. Sister restaurant to Prahran’s Kin, this new Western sibling has been open just shy of six months.
The dinner was kept nice and intimate, with around 12 food, fashion, and lifestyle bloggers at the table. It was a lovely chance to meet some likeminded creatives (and discover a whole host of tasty new Instagram feeds to follow)!
The gorgeous Susie welcomed us warmly and lead us through the evening, explaining and giving a bit of background on each dish as they came out. The Abalone congee was a collective favourite on our end of the table, abalone apparently being a first for many that night, though familiar fare for any true Tasmanian ;) I’d never had congee before, however — abalone or otherwise — and absolutely loved it. Definite new favourite.
It was a totally delicious evening in every sense of the word, and I highly recommend a trip out to Braybrook and West of Kin for any food lover! More info after the jump:
Abalone congee, fried shallot, fried garlic, XO, master stock egg
Summer kimchi, trace of nashi pear & pistachio
Deep fried flounder, pipis in black bean sauce, crunchy wild rice, can nouc
Taiwanese pineapple cake, yuzu granita
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Looking for some new Insta accounts to stalk? These clever people were also in attendance: @leiladyleiblog, @imsohungree, @closet_affairs_melbourne, @thegirlwholivedforclothes, @nikkipash, @achronicleofgastronomy, @journeywithjezriel, @andreamichelleindy, @foodiemelbourne, @melbourne_food_finds, @mrnobodyui