Sunday, 29 July 2012

Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra

It appears cafes occupy different spaces south of the river.

In my initial search for Two Birds One Stone this (fecking cold) morning, I walked straight past its shiny glass facade and brightly illuminated interior looking for a nondescript warehouse down a nondescript alley. Although I don't have an issue with the industrial look, this makes for a nice change - there's an airy and spacious feeling with plenty of soft lighting and a light-oak-based fitout. I loved the main light fixture at the counter which resembles an organic chemistry stick diagram. E, R and L - my breakfasting companions who don't study science - greeted this observation with nonplussed expressions.

But enough of inedible objects.

The food at Two Birds One Stone is generous, beautifully presented, and most importantly, absoutely delicious.

R and E, continuing their tradition of ordering the same meal, both opted for the 'One Stone', which consisted of eggs, mushrooms, avocado, haloumi, house smoked corn and tomato relish ($17.5). Below is R's version with poached eggs, and the camera-shy multigrain toast poking out a timid corner.

For those curious cats out there, the 'Two Birds' breakfast is a carnivore's heaven, with eggs, bacon, tomato, pork chilli and fennel sausage, mushrooms and tomato relish ($18.5). No doubt most guys probably still consider that insufficient in the protein stakes, though.

L ordered the most visually attractive dish of the table: Smashed avocado and feta with capers, tomato, radish, red onion and dill ($15.5), and an additional side of mushrooms.

For moi, the Roasted field mushrooms, toasted house made brioche, Meredith feta and watercress ($15.5), which I boosted to epic proportions with a perfectly poached egg and avocado. The slightly sweet brioche toast was a lovely foil to the tangy feta. But that was nothing compared to the mushrooms, which embodied mushroom juiciness, texture and umami flavour to perfection. I'm getting all wistful just thinking about them...

For my next visit, I'm bringing a sweet tooth (either own or borrowed is fine). The sweeties cabinet was stocked with srumptious bites such as decadent flourless cupcakes with lucious quinelles of chocolate mousse icing while the Housemade bircher with honey poached pears, pistachios and cranberries on the breakfast menu looks amaze.

Based on the excellent coffees, one might hazard a guess that this cafe is a mighty good stone with which to kill both your coffee and food cravings in one fell swoop. Seems a lot of others have had a similar idea though - be prepared to wait. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as you're likely to be seduced by the lunch time offerings (think salt cod and poato fritters, braised lamb with crumbed peas and feta...)!

Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont St
South Yarra
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

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