Already known for its Sunday feast, The Ned is the go-to place when you want to spend the day indulging your inner glutton or curing your Saturday night induced hangover. Before this weekend the only decision you had to make was how much can you feasibly consume without your clothes becoming uncomfortably tight. Now, however, their Asian- Pacific restaurant, Kaia, is throwing its hat into the ring as they launch their all you can eat sushi brunch.
Taking place every Sunday between 11:30am and 4pm the brunch really is all you can eat. We can testify to that. It’s two hours of eating. Things get going with a welcome drink of sake, Ashahi, Umami Bloody Mary or Asian Teas and then you are let loose on the food. And they really have gone all out. Start at the snack station where you can pile your plate with tempura corn and shrimp, Japanese fried chicken, bao buns which you can fill with scrambled egg and bacon, miso soup and bowl after bowl of poké. Then move on to sushi, where you’ll find maki rolls, scallop uramaki and bowls raw tuna and salmon. This is before the mains. Yep you haven’t even got to the main course and by this point we were starting to feel full. But we soldiered on.
Main courses include teriyaki salmon, pork belly, lamb cutlets, udon noodles, fried rice and vegetables, you’ll say that you only want to have one plate but trust me that salmon will have you going back for more. It’s in times like this that I’m very glad we’re designed to have an extra stomach for pudding that suddenly appears when you feel like you couldn’t possibly eat another mouthful. You’re feeling a little too full and then boom your pudding stomach appears and you’re good to go. Which is handy because puddings here definitely aren’t an afterthought, the table is piled high with matcha cheesecakes, chocolate and sesame slices, fresh fruit, yuzu cheesecakes and yuzu-filled rolls.
All you can eat brunches run the risk of being quantity over quality but not at Kaia. Every dish we tried was brilliant, the tempura prawns with wasabi mayonnaise and the bao buns are an absolute must. And we challenge you to not go back for more Japanese fried chicken, it’s incredibly moreish.
The sushi brunch takes place at Kaia at The Ned every Sunday between 11:30am and 4pm and includes a welcome drink and two hours of unlimited food.