I always love that anticipation when you walk past a construction site, and after taking a peek, you realise it’s a commercial spot for a future restaurant or cafe. And then you find out that it finally opened, and discover it’s a quaint cafe with so much potential. You schedule in your first visit. You take a seat, marvel at the cute and crazy 60’s wallpaper that reminds you of the Beverley Hills Hotel, pick up the beautiful gold cutlery, and order your coffee. You take a look at the menu, one side for breakfast served all day, the other for lunch (from 11am onwards). You look at your watch. It’s 1pm, so definitely lunch (although I have no issues over having bacon and eggs at midday).
Two Sis Pyrmont is the sort of place you expect to find lots of millenials who are crazed-up about their Instagram feeds, and you do find them there. I can’t blame them. The place is cozy, pleasantly designed, and with lots of good lighting for that money shot. But what keeps me coming back is the food and the service. Mem, one half of the 2 sisters, serves the best coffee and cake made in house, and the food is not only presented beautifully, but tastes amazing too. The Asian influence seeps through the dishes, and you only have to look at the menu to spot some classic comfort food: Quinoa Goreng, Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, and the Poached Salmon Bowl with salad and an amazing Ikura & Wasabi Vinaigrette dressing. We returned the following week for the breakfast menu, and the humble bacon and egg roll did not disappoint.
I’m ecstatic that a new cafe opened just minutes from my front door, and one that serves great food and gives amazing service. This one is definitely for keeps.
Two Sis and Co Cafe
306 Harris St Pyrmont
Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm and Sunday 7.30am – 5pm
Are you jam first cream second, or cream first and jam on top?
With scones, that is.
It’s one week away from the end of winter, and we’re enjoying 8 degrees, gail force winds, and a forecast of snow up in the mountains. It’s also a Sunday afternoon and raining outside, and I’m in the mood for some baking. Luckily, I managed to buy all the ingredients that I needed from the shops this morning – fresh butter, self raising flour, milk, cream and jam. And let’s be honest: my go-to scones recipe does not need a lot of ingredients. The key here is to use fresh ingredients. I tried making this a few weeks ago, but using flour and baking powder from my pantry, and somehow they failed to rise and the taste were just not right. Today’s batch were a million times better: these babies have a golden brown crispy outside, but buttery and fluffy inside. Not too crumbly, not too doughy.
Simple this recipe may be, but I know that I’m only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes away from warm, soft scones and happiness on a Sunday. Oh, and I’m jam first, cream on top kind of girl. 🙂
3 cups self raising flour
150g cold butter, cut in cubes
1 cup cold milk
Whipped cream (or better, clotted cream) and jam of your choice
Pre-heat the oven to 160C.
In a bowel, mix the butter and flour together by using your fingers. “Press” the butter cubes into the flour until you reach a sand-like consistency.
Create a well in the middle of the bowl, and pour the milk in. Using a small, blunt knife, mix the flour roughly into the milk.
Sprinkle a bit of self raising flour on a flat surface. Place the flour and milk mixture on top.
Roughly knead the dough together, but do not overwork the dough. Tip: instead of using a kneading technique, I “fold” the dough in itself around 5 times maximum. What you’re trying to achieve is a soft, slightly crumbly finish with layers thanks to the roughly mixed butter and the “folding” technique.
Cut small rounds and place on a pre-floured baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
First official day of winter 2016, and it’s everything it promised it to be: cold, cloudy, drizzly 1st of June. I’m stuck at home with flu, feeling sooky and sorry for myself and often drifting off to Codral-land. It makes me think back to when we went to the ‘burbs in summer, when it was warm and balmy, with Mr J eagerly visiting his beloved bike stores, and me? Expect me to hunt the best cafe around town, with alfresco dining earning bonus points.
In comes Wolfe & Co – a lovely, bustling cafe in a quiet corner in the Hills District. Wolfe & Co prides itself in using and sourcing local produce, including some local Hawkesbury suppliers. The coffee is Five Senses, and the sauces, preserves, jams, granola and muesli are all housemade. Yes, there is life beyond the Inner West and Inner city areas of Sydney, people! Yes, this is a pretty good find in suburbia (a pretty popular stop for cyclists too!). Do they make good coffee? Yes. Is the food nice? Oh yes. Is the service good? You bet. Unfortunately, they ran out of their infamous Creme Brulee French Toast when we arrived, however it could only mean one thing: another visit is a must to try them out next time!
Wolfe & Co
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW
Open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm; Saturday from 7am-3pm; Sunday from 8am-3pm