Type of Venue: Cafe
Cuisine: Modern Australian, Indian fusion
Highly Recommended: Real Rose Panna Cotta, Pancakes, Smashed Avo, Lassi
Having just celebrated their one-year birthday, Two Young Boys cafe is making their mark on the suburban cafe scene with cleverly plated brunch dishes that deliver on flavour as much as aesthetics. Owned by two brothers, the concept of their first venture together is to focus on good quality food and drinks, served in a family-friendly ambience (complimented by the fact that they hang customers’ kids’ drawings on the back wall).
A cleanly modern fit out sets this cafe apart from the surrounding op shop-like retail stores, with thick straw ropes and a timber-lined coffee counter contributing to a seafaring vibe that ties in well with the boyish theme and title of this cafe. Offering a menu that seems pretty standard across most trendy cafe’s in Melbourne these days, some of their Indian-influenced dishes are promoted as a point of difference, such as their Bombay Potato (with onion strings, coriander and a fried egg) or Grilled Tofu Tikka (the vegetarian version of Tandoori-spiced chicken tikka). A handful of lassi flavours entice those who enjoy the traditional creamy yoghurt drink, with the Mango Lassi tasting sweetly delicious, cut through by subtle sour tones and refreshing mango flavours.
Mango Lassi ($6.50)
A current menu special on their menu that will soon become a permanent item, Real Rose Panna Cotta is delicately wobbly and light, with a beautifully feminine pink colour that gives off an attractive shine. Served with a house blend of addictively crunchy granola, candied papaya, fruit and meringue kisses, the plating style takes advantage of the presentation benefits that negative space can provide.
Real Rose Panna Cotta ($15.90)
The Smashed Avo arrives on a seeded sourdough toast, sprinkled with Bulgarian feta, crispy kale, quinoa and pepita seeds. The addition of quinoa and pepita seeds, along with crispy fried kale, adds a good crunch that breaks up the fresh yet monotonously smooth textures of the smashed avocado. A perfectly simple breakfast or brunch, more value could potentially be gained from adding another element to the dish, such as the poached egg, mushrooms or grilled tomato we decided to add, to create more of a satisfyingly filling meal.
Smashed Avo ($15.00)
+ added Egg ($2.00), Mushrooms ($4.00), Grilled Tomato ($3.50)
A signature dish that will attract those with a sweet tooth, Pancakes are stuffed with dollops of Nutella, surrounded by a mixture of fresh fruits, a berry compote, real brownie crumbs, pure maple syrup and ice cream. Appropriately portioned and arriving in a stack of three, the pancakes are deliciously fluffy, though their level of decadence could be further enhanced by ensuring the Nutella inside the pancakes remains gooey, as the ones we received lacked a mouthwatering ooze when cutting through the pancakes.
Although their Indian-influenced offering is small in comparison to the modern Australian-fusion options they provide on the menu, Two Young Boys nevertheless offers local Greensborough a taste of the urban brunch scene through their contemporary presentation styles and simplistically delicious and quality food and drinks. With a focus on modern, healthy and organic food and drinks, it is clear that the local community ambience within this small venue is something that the owners and staff are immensely proud of.
Note: I was invited to dine at Two Young Boys Cafe. Thank you to the owners and staff for their generous hospitality throughout our experience.
Two Young Boys Cafe
2B/118 Main Street
Ph: (03) 9424 4764
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am-4pm.