The polished space of Two Birds One Stone is a bright, sophisticated cafe with a familiar sense of homely warmth. White panelled walls feature on one side of the 80-seater cafe, cosy booths and patchwork stained glass on the other. Sandblasted oak stools by Scandinavian designers Norm nestle along window-facing benches, while light fittings from local designer Christopher Boots hang above an expansive communal table.
Five Senses are providing the bulk of the beans and the menu is broken into two categories: white and black, which includes clever drip coffee, aeropress, syphons, pour overs and cold drip. They understand that while some people will appreciate a single origin pour over, others just want a really good, hot, skinny latte and that’s fine too.
Executive chef David Finlayson (Press Club Group) has developed an impressive but down to earth menu. There are stand out dishes like salt cod & potato fritters with spinach, poached egg & caper berry dressing, but if you just want bacon and eggs, that’s on there too.
They’re doing everything they can in house: smoking their own salmon and ham, making their own relish and baking all their own pastries and cakes (including their famous cheesecake brownie). Bread is from Crumbs in Ascot Vale, but they’re looking into baking their own.