Two Skinny Pickles is one of the smallest cafes in Sydney. It’s just a window. But it sells flavoured kombuchas on tap (for example dill and beetroot, and blood orange and cinnamon), healthy smoothies, Somage teas, Five Senses coffee and a home-brewed nitro-coffee blend. It's a clever setup from owners Jerome Jalibat and Daniel Thaine (both ex-Nomad).

The secret to making it all is the venue’s hideaway basement, which is stocked with batches of experimental hot sauce; vats of kombucha each with a different name (there’s Louise, Trish, Cindy, Sonia and Mike Meyers); and a production line for fresh sandwiches, salads and cakes. It’s all simple, accessible, quick and healthy.

There are three sandwiches plus an nduja croque monsieur. The house speciality is the prawn bagnat with puffed rice, spicy mayonnaise, green beans and shallots on potato bread. The other sandwiches, salads and the house tart change most days.

It’s a small range that suits the station-side, hole-in-the-wall brief – a genre without a great reputation or track record.

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Updated: November 13th, 2017

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