As a Three Bags Full regular, I’ve been anticipating the opening of Two Birds One Stone for a while, so a trip to South Yarra was in order as soon as I had a free weekend.
Located on Claremont St, this new venue adds some much needed style to the stark, grey streetscape. The fit-out is sleek, modern and bright (Japanese or Danish influences?), a bit different from the quirky, industrial style of Three Bags. Beautiful timber furniture and detailing stands out against the white tiled and panelled walls, a painted feature wall provides a wistful backdrop to the main dining space, and the unique light fixtures will surely capture your imagination. I especially loved the lights that were integrated into the tiles. The variety of seating options demonstrates a thoughtful use of space; including a large communal table, private booths, benches by the window, as well as some outdoor tables for enjoying some fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of Toorak Rd.
S, Auntie and I secured a booth on arrival at 8am (10 minutes later, the place was full…) and proceeded to peruse the extensive menu. With David Finlayson (Press Club Group) joining the team, there’s a great variety of interesting options. For S, ‘One Stone’, having previously sampled ‘Two Birds’; two poached eggs on (gluten-free) toast, with avocado, mushrooms, spinach, house-smoked corn, an intense house-made tomato relish and soft, chewy pan-fried haloumi.
As a fellow sweet-tooth, I insisted that Auntie order the twice cooked marmalade french toast; soft, dense bricks of custard-soaked bread, baked and then fried, served with orange segments and rich vanilla mousse.
I would normally order something sweet (it’s always the sticky gingerbread at Three Bags :P) but the Eggs Benedict looked too good to pass up; two poached eggs on sourdough, with shredded house-smoked ham hock, smothered in bearnaise sauce. The soft, smoky ham was earthy and delicious (no rubbery fried ham slices here) and the sauce wonderfully creamy but with enough acidity so that it wasn’t overly rich. Best eggs I’ve had in a while.
Coffee-wise, there’s a blend and a number of single origins on offer, supplied by Five Senses. Ordering is made easy for you, with the menu divided into white, black, filter, aeropress, siphon and drip coffees. My flat white was smooth and strong, with a pleasant nutty finish courtesy of the Brazilian/Colombian/Indian/Guatemalan blend. Great crowd-pleaser IMO.
Finally, in keeping with tradition, we completed our breakfast with a cheesecake brownie ^^
Two Birds One Stone is really a breath of fresh air, with a good menu, coffee that lives up to Three Bags Full standards and a unique dining setting that breaks away from the typical ‘trendy’ fit-outs that dominate Melbourne’s cafe scene. I’m looking forward to trying out more from the menu (the braised saltbush lamb sandwich for lunch sounds awesome) and some more great coffee when the team begins to source their own beans.