When cousins Jonathan Ioannou and Terrence Farrugia decided to start a business that combined a love of coffee and a passion for pork, they saw only one solution: a cafe that specialises in both.
Two Little Pigs in Brunswick is as cosy as nonna’s kitchen. The cafe-deli hybrid combines hanging deli meats and an elegant simplicity throughout – the open space has an unmistakably cheery atmosphere.
“You can sit down, like at any other cafe, and have a meal that involves any type of charcuterie in it as well,” says Farrugia.
The extensive menu offers decadent breakfast and lunch fare that includes a wheat and grains section covering gourmet breads, along with a choice of a small or large charcuterie platter. With options such as jamon and hollandaise, and pork belly waldorf, the high-end yet highly affordable options will leave meat-lovers spoilt for choice. It’s not a destination for vegetarians, but between the rhubarb waffles, bircher muesli and maybe a cheeky peanut butter and banana smoothie, they will still be well satiated.
A must-try on the menu is the hot jam doughcakes; a cross between doughnuts and pancakes filled with hot jam and served with homemade, caramelised bacon ice cream. It will leave your tastebuds pleasantly surprised.
Ioannou has put together an impressive coffee selection, including single-origin options, filtered and pour-over coffee, alongside its staple Two Little Pigs house blend.
Farrugia says, “I think they’re really ready for this around here. We want to stick to the plan of good produce, not just slapped on the plate, at an affordable rate.”
Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind
146 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(03) 9939 4042
Mon to Fri 6am–4pm
Sat & Sun 7am–4pm