Picture walking into a restaurant with whitewashed brick interior and wooden seats, greeted by a beautiful blue-eyed, handsome host with a light accent. You would think you just stepped into a cafe in Melbourne, Australia. Well, close enough! Two Hands, a restaurant opened by locals Giles Russell and Henry Roberts, is a glimpse of the food culture in Australia – it’s meant to serve light fresh and vegetable-focused meals. I had been waiting a while to go but I heard if you don’t go early, the wait can be a while, so one morning my husband and I went on a brunch date at 10 a.m. We liked it so much we went back with our other friends to try something else. It’s the perfect place for photo opportunities too because of the natural lighting that beams in. If there’s one thing that I think is a must and found to be the perfect bite that’s as close as you can get to the one in the land down under, it would be the espresso mascarpone banana bread topped with buckwheat seeds. It’s heavenly. The strong espresso flavor mixed smoothly into mascarpone cheese balanced well with the semi-sweet banana walnut. Add a little crunch from the seeds on top and you’re set for the day.
The other dishes we tried were all good in presentation and healthiness. Some a little more flavorful than others, some a bit strong on the salt. Here were the others we tried.
Beet cured salmon bowl – A watercress salad with capers, shallots, soft boiled egg, fennel yogurt, and beet cured salmon. The lemon juice in the middle of the avocado added a tanginess along with the refreshing salad dressing! That was perhaps my favorite part (besides the gorgeous presentation of the bright salmon popping centerstage).
The popular Brassicas bowl was a mix of some of my favorites – brussel sprouts, broccolini, avocado, kale, and hummus. It was topped with pine nuts, a soft boiled egg, and I added a side of thyme portobello mushrooms to give the salad even more flavor.
During our second time I got the mushroom toast. This wasn’t my favorite as I realize I didn’t enjoy too much mushrooms, but I did like the arugula pepito pesto spread on top of the sourdough.
A classic of the Australian dishes is the avocado toast. This one though, was a fancier version. Topped on sourdough bread, the avocados were smashed with scallions, jalapano, cilantro, pepitos and lime. The poached egg is additional, but so worth the extra $3!
You can also get it with a side of bacon (huge slices!)
My other friend Vanessa ordered this sweet potato waffle, a really unique dish in my opinion! It came with thick bacon, brussel sprouts, and soft boiled eggs.
All in all, I really enjoyed going to Two Hands and bringing back memories of my visit to Australia last summer. Though the coffee will never be the same as the ones I had there, overall it’s just a place that you can relax, mingle, and enjoy healthy good food in a laidback atmosphere. Plus… that espresso toast … I can dream about it every night!
As always, thanks for reading! Let me know if you try this place and what your thoughts are! xoxo