Tucked down Maddock Street next to Windsor Station, Two Lost Boys offers a rare, quiet moment down the Windsor end of Chapel Street. The first venture from Michael Almagor and Justin Kony (ex Dukes Coffee Roasters and Hobba) the space is light and open — homely almost. With recycled timber fittings and gorgeous hanging lights, the place feels like it's been around much longer than it has.
The (extremely good) coffee is from Monk Bodhi Dharma. They're serving up two single origins alongside a house blend of Brazilian Pedro and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. You'll most likely still be sipping your coffee when you make it to the bottom of the short brunch menu. But, as they say, does size really matter? In this case, certainly not. The menu might be small, but it packs its own personality. For those with a sweet craving, you can't go past the knafeh, a crispy Mediterranean-style pastry filled with ricotta and halva, topped with rose water syrup, Egyptian fairy floss — yes, fairy floss — and crushed pistachio ($10). For those after a sweet fix without the decadence, the apple and almond Bircher muesli is perfectly sweet enough with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses ($9). If mornings are more savoury for you, the sweet potato and beetroot fritters, served with house-cured salmon carpaccio, horseradish and walnut cream and a poached egg ($16) are worth writing home about.
The lunch menu, similarly, is small. A mix of salads, like the confit tempura duck salad served with watercress, orange segments and endive and orange infused confit dressing ($17) and the fattoush salad of pita, tomato, onion, cucumber and torn parsley ($14) sit pretty next to the brioche beef burger served with cheddar, beetroot relish, aioli and potato wedges ($16).
If you've still got room, head to the sweet cabinet at the counter. The hazelnut and chocolate tarts ($5.50) have your name on them.