Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont St South Yarra, VIC 3141
Two Birds One Stone is among Melbourne’s most popular cafes, and it’s no wonder, considering the team behind it is also responsible for the likes of Liar Liar and Three Bags Full. Located just off Toorak Road in the heart of South Yarra, it’s hard to miss – just look for the big sculptures of the precariously stacked rocks. Inside, the café is spacious and brightly lit, thanks to their wall of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the street. High communal tables and cozy booths fill the simple space, with more seating outside for those wishing to enjoy the start of the warm weather.
The coffee menu is quintessentially Melbournian – cold drip, aeropress, espresso, pour-over – there’s something to suit the predilections of any diner. For me, a simple hot skinny flat white is plenty, but K definitely appreciated the choice, even though he ended up with the cold drip, as always.
The food selection at Two Birds One Stone reads much like any other – the tried and true formula of smashed avo, ricotta hotcakes, French toast and variations of eggs on toast. There’s nothing spectacularly innovative about the menu, but their saving grace is that the classics are delivered to a very high quality.
A slight Asian flavour twist on the always-popular soft shell crab burger. The salad was crispy and fresh, a great contrast to the fried soft shell crab and fluffy buttery bun. Even though there are no sides to the burger, it’s a reasonable size, and I was particularly impressed with the amount of meat in the body of the crab, which was very juicy and tender.
I’m not usually one to go for the vegetarian option – in fact, I always avoid it at all costs. But, I’d read good things about this particular dish at Two Birds One Stone so I thought I’d break my own rules just this time. The dish was very pretty to look at, pops of green and red and brown, all bathing in the goats cheese cream. I absolutely loved that there were so many different types of mushrooms, including some fried enoki, which added a very nice crunchy element. The eggs were poached perfectly, and even the brioche, which wasn’t very impressive to look at, was rich and delicious. Both K and I really liked this dish – the mushrooms had enough umami flavour that it didn’t even feel vegetarian – would definitely recommend it to those who decide to visit.
Overall, an enjoyable café experience – there’s definitely some good food here. Looking forward to returning to try some more of the menu!