Melbourne loves a good coffee, but these days there are far more ways than one to enjoy it. A simple espresso, cold drip coffee, aeropress, syphon, pour over. And the best cafes in Melbourne offer fantastic food to go with your cuppa. At Two Birds One Stone you can have your cake and eat it. That is, you can match a single origin pour over coffee made with Five Sense beans with a house-made crumpet, or ramp up the gastronomy with restaurant-quality dishes like the crispy pork belly with Asian slaw and chilli on brioche. And there’s no half measures taken at this vibrant cafe’s Claremont Street premises in South Yarra – if it can be baked, pickled or smoked it’s all done on site.
If Two Birds One Stone can’t pull it out of a pickle barrel, pop it from the smoker, or glove it off the oven’s rack, they turn to local producers to furnish their larder with seasonal produce. That means that this very special Melbourne cafe has a menu that’s changing constantly, with the common denominator being freshness and quality. South Yarra locals have made Two Birds One Stone a regular site of pilgrimage when it comes to breakfast, and even the late-to-the-party sunglasses-on-a-rainy-day crew can rejoice: the breakfast menu isn’t quite all-day – the kitchen does a mean lunch – but it is served until the very generous hour of 3pm. The Two Birds One Stone big breakfast is just one example, including eggs your way on toast, mushrooms, spinach, roasted tomatoes, haloumi and avo, with optional pork chipolatas and bacon.
Come lunchtime, Two Birds One Stone ratchets up their already gourmet offering to include magical dishes like yellowfin tuna cooked rare and served with potatoes, green beans, olives, tomatoes, aioli and a crispy poached egg, a satisfying crumbed chicken burger with Coney Island mustard and an Asian bok choy slaw, and an interpretation of the classic Reuben sandwich. On the drinks front, Two Birds One Stone’s Claremont Street cafe is all about exceeding Melbourne’s high standards when it comes to coffee, mostly supplied by Five Senses, boutique teas, fresh juices and organic soft drinks from Hepburn Springs. And it’s a handsome South Yarra spot, too – one side of the bird features white-panelled walls and a more open seating plan, the other patchwork stained glass and intimate booths. And it’s spacious, seating 80 – but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security. Always popular, it’s best to arrive armed with a reservation.
Amazing food. Definitely going back even if we have to drive a distance again to go to and the staff are very nice. This one stays on my list.
Amazing food. Amazing service with a huge smile. Highly recommended. Love this place and will keep coming back! Ricotta pancakes, full breakfast, ancient grain porridge and French toast amazing! Large beautiful servings. Plates arrive looking like a work of art. Brilliant! TBOS forever!
Great food, attentive service. Went there on the recommendation of a friend and it didn’t disappoint. Hard to find a good chai latte made the right way, but I will definitely go back for this one.