Two Tables is truly a family affair. Owner Alannah McFadzean, a hospitality and service-industry veteran, opened the cafe in February, 2018 with son Alex Henriksson (previously of Putia) and daughter Annie Simpson.
It’s also a place with no small amount of history, particularly when it comes to the eponymous two tables that sit in the restaurant’s front room. Henriksson points to a long, narrow bench set back from the front window, its past written in the litany of scratches and small divots that mark its surface.
It comes from the home of now-deceased Australian author and music journalist, Ritchie Yorke. The second table on the other side of the cafe was built in the 1940s and previously belonged to The Old Museum, where McFadzean has worked as a venue manager for more than 10 years.
The cafe serves home-style, plant-based food, with the exception of organic, free-range eggs and a cow’s milk option. The breakfast menu includes fluffy vegan pancakes with CocoLuscious dairy-free ice-cream, a vegetable stack cooked in miso on homemade toast and various grain bowls. Lunch is a selection of five different vegetarian and vegan burgers.
All baked goods are made in-house including the bread and bagels as well as the chutneys and sauces. Fresh produce comes from local farmers through FoodConnect. Coffee comes from Sydney’s Single O roasters.
Two Tables puts on live music on Friday nights with a full burger menu and Henriksson, a musician, can often be found writing in the cafe during slower periods. Feel like a jam? There are instruments strewn around the place so don’t be afraid to pick one up and have a play.