In Short: Two Lost Boys delivers a focused menu with inventive takes on the classics. Some of the coolest named dishes you will find in Melbourne. Tip: try the Benedict pumpkin patch!
Windsor is an eclectic mix of Op shops, vintage stores, and a burgeoning number of eateries. Having visited the area a few times now, this end of Chapel St, adjacent to Windsor station, has a great energy especially in the evenings. On a Sunday morning, as the rest of the Melbourne sleeps in, Windsor is relaxed. We’re not the first to arrive at Two Lost Boys, yet, we were still able to choose our seating position in a café that’s filled with light. A Beatles sound track plays in the background, and super friendly wait-staff set the tone for a superb breakfast experience.
A modern fit-out with retro touches is what you will find at Two Lost Boys. I love the space of the café, which ensures your conversation doesn’t become your neighbour’s entertainment. A long wooden counter top that stretches across the café is where the magic coffee experience is created.
Coffee is ultra competitive in any part of Melbourne, but I can imagine the stress of Chapel Street where there are literally a dozen great cafes within a relatively small radius. As our photo shows above, there is great care taken with my cappuccino. In keeping with the café’s mantra of sourcing produce of local origin, my coffee is by micro roaster Monk Bodhi Dharma. It is frothy with earthy notes, with a caramel ending. I really appreciate the depth of flavour of the brew. It’s an easy drinking cap that goes down with ease.
The Benedict pumpkin patch is the cutest play on actor you will find on a Melbourne menu! It is comprised of sourdough with two poached eggs, sage roasted smashed pumpkin, walnut pesto, plus brown butter hollandaise. The roasted pumpkin is sweet and slides perfectly on the fork, with a sliver of the expertly cooked eggs benedict. The walnut pesto is smooth, and surprisingly light, adding that subtle nut injection into each bite. Little chunks of pistachio complement the pesto, with their distinct flavour and crunch. It’s a filling dish, and that extra side of bacon just adds another dimension of salty, sweet delight on a Sunday morning. A well thought-out dish filled with original elements.
Continuing with the cute sounding offerings, is the chikado. It is one of five types of grilled cheese sandwiches on offer. The base is a sourdough with a house cheese mix and perfectly seasoned chicken, that’s light and wispy, is mixed in with creamy avocado. It’s all bound together with oozy melted cheese that is rich, a little naughty, but oh-so-good! To top it off, crunchy toasted bread that’s been slathered with butter gives it a golden texture. OK, so maybe you’d have to do a lap or two of Chapel street to burn this one off, but I am guessing for most folks that would hardly be laborious. So indulge a little in a Two Lost Boys toastie.
All fuelled up and ready to hit the markets at Prahran, I reflect on another quality breakfast in Melbourne. It’s location next to the station must be a godsend to those who commute, and friendly service makes it a joy to take in a meal at this café. With some of the most inventive menu names, and quality to match, you won’t regret stopping in at Two Lost Boys.