Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont St
South Yarra, 3141
Came here during a two-hour lunch break during uni, seeing as though reviews for the place were pretty good. Location was great as it’s right next to South Yarra station, and also on route with the no. 8 tram (from the CBD). It is also right near Melbourne High which made a little bit nervous when I realised it was year 12 muck-up day.. but it was fine in the end.
Started off as just a quiet lunch with another friend but ended up going with three others which was great as then I got to try/see more of the menu. Luckily we were seated straight away when we got there - four bar stools along the back of the cafe with the coffee machines. Was nice as we got to chat occasionally with the baristers and such. We wanted to get one of the booths but none cleared up while we were there.
The interior of the place was really refreshing and modern, compared to the buildings surrounding it which are all factory/warehouse based. It’s relatively small but has two outdoor tables as well.
Sitting right near the coffee machines made it impossible not to order a coffee, so I got a cappuccino when we sat down - which was nice and smooth and served in a cute little turquoise cup.
I ordered the Two birds: eggs, bacon, tomato, pork chili & fennel sausage, mushrooms, spinach & tomato relish ($18.50); which was the perfect amount of food and all tasted great! The sausages were the highlight for me, the right amount of seasoning in them and not fatty at all like many other sausages. The eggs were poached perfectly and everything complemented great together (except for the mushrooms - I hate mushrooms with a passion).
Ryan ordered the Braised saltbush lamb sandwich with crushed
peas, feta, chili & mint ($16.50); which he struggled to eat with the knife and fork, as you do. I tried a bit of it which was pretty nice but it was a pretty hefty serve, so much that he couldn’t finish it.
Karolyn ordered the Salt cod & potato fritter with spinach, poached
egg & a caper berry dressing ($17.50); which I didn’t get to try but I assume was pretty good cos she finished it all pretty fast.
Lastly, Morris got the Charred corn & zucchini fritter with haloumi,
guacamole & house smoked salmon ($16.00); my favourite thing out of everyone’s meals. Would have ordered it myself if I liked salmon.. shame I don’t. The fritters were amazing, I would so far to say the best corn fritters I’ve tried (maybe). The guacamole was also great (for someone that doesn’t like avocado too much) - and I assume he really liked it as he finished the fastest, either that or he was really hungry.
Overall, the place was brilliant and I will probably come back another time to try more of the menu items (cos there’s heaps of stuff) and to try and score one of the booths!