In an area saturated with choice, it's all polish and sophistication at Two Birds One Stone. If you've been to sister cafes Three Bags Full or Top Paddock — and, let's face it, if you're a true Melburnian you must've by now — be prepared to expect the same levels of effortless service that always make for a thoroughly pleasant experience.
With a fit-out that features just the right amount of Scandinavian acumen, Two Birds One Stone blends seamlessly into its southside habitat. Placed at the bottom of an apartment block designed by Elenberg Fraser, it was always destined to be somewhat of a tasteful secret. Panelled wall features juxtapose intimate booths, providing literal light and shade — you'll feel airy and light upon entering, but turn a corner and you'll find yourself in a cosy corner instead. Accents of green succulents and on-trend hanging plants finish off a space that matches sleekness with just the right amount of personality.
Five Senses provides the majority of beans of offer. Divided into white and black, in our city it's a good sign when a cafe is happy to offer quality, milky flat whites against more showy cold drips and pour overs. For this, Two Birds One Stone's menu contains a satisfying array of reliable breakfast fare and interesting lunchtime combinations, including a genuine housemade Bircher with poached pears, pistachio and cranberries ($11.50). If you're feeling more adventurous, the charred polenta, shiitake mushrooms, gorgonzola cream and asparagus ($17.50) brings pizazz to your midday meal.
If you're looking for a quiet place for breakfast, Two Birds One Stone isn't the place to do it. Staff are skilled at weaving through the buzz with prompt friendliness and, come the weekend, be prepared for your name to hit the waiting list. Rest assured the wait is worthwhile; before you know it there'll be a coffee in your hand to sip and occupy your time. Now that's hitting two birds.