Corn fritters with house smoked salmon, avocado, and snow pea tendrils.
At Two Birds One Stone, South Yarra.
Snugly tucked away on Claremont Street just off the busy bustle of Toorak Road, Two Birds One Stone is well populated for a weekday. From office workers to leisure brunchers, Two Birds One Stone caters with an extensive and familiar menu.
From the crew that brought Melbourne APTE, Three Bags Full, and Liar Liar (plus the soon-to-be-opened Top Paddock), this café pedigree certainly sets some expectations.
The corn fritters (and there are some sort of fritters everywhere these days), at $17, was surprisingly more corn than floury fritter, which was a much welcomed difference from most places. The outsides were pan-fried to a delicious golden crunchiness, and accompanied by slithers of house-smoked salmon (sadly nothing special whatsoever about this), a generous serving of avocado cubes, and some slightly-dressed fresh snow pea tendrils.
Bluntly, there is nothing inventive about this dish. And yet, such a commonplace dish was made well - much better than most. In fact this probably sums up Two Birds One Stone - its menu may be nothing inventive, but every dish is done well. The coffee is good, and the usual array of baked goodies line the display cabinet. Simplistic-chic décor makes for some nice comfortable brunching, and whilst parking is a hassle, that is always the case in the South Yarra / Toorak area. Not bad all in all, although one should expect nothing less from such an experienced crew.