Situated in the leafy heart of Fish Lane’s Town Square hub, Kiki is the sibling of Southside that complements the restaurants refined appeal with something a bit more playful. The Richards & Spence-designed kiosk supplies foot traffic with an appetising mix of easygoing afternoon snacks, pre-dinner sips and perky grab-and-go options in the morning, with its laid-back beach shack-inspired aesthetic giving the laneway a breezy appeal. Those passing through on the way to work can swing by Kiki and grab a coffee from Bellissimo, a revivifying juice, pastries from powerhouse patisserie Chouquette or an indulgent doughnut from Doughluxe before facing the day. The core of Kiki’s culinary component is the humble bánh mi, the ingredients of which are prepared in the Southside kitchen and assembled to order at Kiki. Three kinds are available throughout the day, starting with the breakfast baguette (stuffed with Laos sausage, egg and Viet salad) before moving to the lunch baguette (cured pork, paté and Viet salad) and the vege baguette (grilled eggplant, garlic and salad). As the sun starts to set, Kiki’s boozy beverage list – which spotlights quaffable sips best suited for balmy days – comes into play. Expect tantalising tropical-inspired cocktails, quaffable natural wines and a selection of Asian lagers and tins of local craft beer. Kiki’s alfresco seating space boasts enough room to accomodate 50 seated patrons and 80 standing, shielded from the elements by the railway above but facilitating cool breezes even during the hottest of nights.


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