Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra
If I had to name my favourite brunch cafe I’ve discovered in my short time here, it’ll probably be Two Birds One Stone which is situated right next to my first apartment in Claremont Street, South Yarra. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the Melbourne food scene and I have been fortunate to only have had very excellent experiences dining here. My coffee snob friend also attested that her best coffee was the cold drip here. Living next door I was always enticed to pop in for a coffee, but sadly these days I don’t get to venture as much since I signed my allegiance away to the North.
It’s a cafe that has a tendency to get queues if you time it wrong, but that wasn’t the case on my last solo visit, in which I splurged (diet-wise) on the twice cooked brioche french toast with banana, chocolate sauce, vanilla anglaise and macadamia nut praline. What a mouthful. And what a mouthful it was indeed. A rich, decadent indulgence that made for a sweet end to my time in flat #1. The banana kept it from being too heavy and although the praline was very sweet it didn’t take away from the dish too much.
On another brunch date I had the sautéed mushrooms with poached eggs and this was a huge plate with well seasoned, well cooked fungi that made for a nice wheat free breakfast. My only qualm is that I probably could have done with less of the king oyster mushroom, that wasn’t quite as tasty as the others. My friend ordered the Two Birds deluxe breakfast and it was a significant serving with equal excellence in keeping him happy. I probably should visit again soon.