Two BobJune 13, 2012
Two Bob, situated in an old bank (how beautiful are old-school banks? I mean, really) in Clifton Hill, is a calming haven for locals seeking coffee and something to munch on with the morning paper. The cool cream facade of the building is mirrored somewhat in the interior design, which looks like something out of Sweden (all white, v minimalist). In one corner of the room is an old metal door leading to what used to be the money vault, a reminder of the building’s history. The high ceilings are impressive, as is the breakfast menu, which isn’t large but has much to offer by way of variety.
Coffee first – my latte was disappointingly overheated, so it tasted flat. Apparently the coffee here is quite good normally, though it was busy when we went so perhaps they struggle somewhat under larger numbers.
Fortunately their chai tea faired much better – a heady mix of cinnamon, cardamon and cloves.
I ordered the omelette of the day with ocean trout, asparagus, ricotta and chives. It was nicely cooked and the trout was sweet but I would have preferred goats choose to ricotta, which didn’t have any discernible taste. I was sorely tempted by the crumbed poached eggs with grilled asparagus, smoked salmon and toasted pine nuts which has been raved about on several other blogs – another day, my precious, another day…
R had the rather brilliant looking breakfast pide with crispy bacon, tomato, cos lettuce, jalapenos (this ingredient alone should entice someone to order this dish), chipolte mayo (ok, this one also), all topped with a fried egg. One helluva breakfast burger, though R commented “less bacon, more jalapenos!” in a declaratory fashion.
Overall I was impressed with Two Bob – the food is good and fresh, the coffee could be better but is saved by some awesome chai, and the space, with its large white walls and light blue accents, is calming and relaxing to be in.
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