Two Tall Chefs, Carlton North
For this weekend’s brunch fix, a friend and I headed northwards to Two Tall Chefs, a well-rated cafe establishment in the picturesque Nicholson Village area of Carlton. For us, Two Tall Chefs without doubt lived up to this high standard with impeccable service, great ambience and two solid meals. The staff member had suggested plating each dish separately for sharing purposes and this was a most ideal suggestion to get a taste (exactly half!) of each choice.
First up was the savoury choice. This was the Two Tall Chefs’ Pork belly ‘Bubble and Squeak’ ($19) with roasted pork belly, chorizo, peas, carrot, broccoli, egg and white pudding on potato rosti. I adored the meatiness of this dish, great savoury flavours blended tastefully with the vegetable ones. Would have preferred slightly more on the pork belly front, the chorizo was a bit overpowering (not necessarily in a bad way). Potato rosti was tasty and all in all, a great start for things.
We both went nuts for the second, sweet option. This was the Gingerbread pancakes ($16) with fresh strawberries, spiced honey and creme fraiche. The pancakes were delightful with a pleasant sweetness and clear gingerbread influences. In fact it was almost like a cookie-cake execution and we ate it right up. We were warned about the addictiveness of the pancake candied crust and this apparently rang true (missed on my plate). The fruit and creme fraiche were thoughtful additions to balance out the overall sweetness of the dish.
The seperate plating was a successful means for us to get to try each others dishes (wish more places would do this yeah?) and the person serving us was very chatty and interesting too. Great neighbourly vibes and worth checking out for some of their cheese and events as well.