You don’t need another person telling you how the crew from 3 Bags Full established a suburb that thrived around it. You also don’t need to be told that it also set the benchmark for brunch in Melbourne. The brunches we have had at 3 Bags have been so consistent that they made our ‘Best Of’ list (full list here). But since then they have sold off that business and decided to move into an up and coming area in South Yarra. Hooray for me as it’s now in my neck of the woods.
Claremont Street in South Yarra is doing what many thought it could never do – become a foodie Mecca. Outpost Café (reviewed here) was the perfect place for a cup on the run or for a decent-enough brunch. Since that visit MoPho Noodle Bar has opened across the corridor, Mama Baba – George Colombaris’ fresh pasta joint starring his $20k pasta machine across the road and in the process of today having its promotional photo shoot, the soon to be open Claremont Tonic.
Be wary as you approach Two Birds One Stone as there is no signage on the outside and in a street full of construction you may easily wander past. The fit out makes the most of the space and is light and airy with sunlight pouring in through the glass doors and windows. Coffee is provided by 5 Senses and can be ordered in black, white, filter or for those wanting something a little different – Aeropress.
I visited the café on only its second week of trade but it seems like the team have been here for a year and a day. There is no fuss and swift service. There is a decent selection of small cakes on offer but what I am here for is a proper feed. The menu covers a decent range of dishes for breakfast that have an extensive list of non egg dishes to choose from. Highlights include roasted field mushrooms with toasted house made brioche and the baked beans, haloumi & coriander pesto. I will back to give those a workout another time.
I was temped at lunch via a twitter report from @NotesOfJohn who was raving about the choice of breakfast dishes like the charred corn & zucchini fritter with haloumi, guacamole and house smoked salmon. But I couldn’t go past the sound of a few of the sandwiches, with the likes of the Black Angus steak sanga and the made-for-me open chicken sanga with pork stuffing, pancetta, almond aioli, curried walnuts and snow pea tendrils.
But being the cold and windy day it was the braised saltbush lamb sandwich with crushed peas, feta, chilli and mint was the lunch of choice. As you can see there was no shortage of well cooked meat and the birds eye chillis added a delicate heat. I hadn’t encountered crushed peas in Oz yet but it was a staple at football matches and at the few Eel, Pie and Mash shops still operating in East London. It could have done with more mint but the consistency was spot on.
Returning later in the week, this time to try breakfast, we settled on the both the Two Birds and the One Stone breakfasts.
Two Birds One Stone is going to be a huge hit for those South of the Yarra. Couple this new opening with Movida Bakery and The Final Step who recently opened shop around the corner and you are going to have a foodie destination. I will be back in a few days to further test the menu but for the moment add this to your ever growing list of places to visit before a slew of new openings happen and it drops off your radar.
Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont Street
Ph. 03 9827 1228