For someone like me whose previous experience with Japanese food has only really extended as far as sushi and tempura, the 2in1 Japanese Bakery is a fascinating experience. It's a journey into the uncanny valley where foods look and sound familiar but they aren't quite what you're expecting. And then there are those that don't even sound familiar, such as the charmingly named "Custard Platypus" (it looks like an eclair with different coloured and flavoured cream).
I ordered a wholemeal bread roll with cheese and mushrooms, a cupcake and a green tea latte.
The roll was served heated and was deliciously buttery, like a really good croissant. It was also unexpectedly sweet, which was strange with the cheese and mushrooms.
Next came dessert. There were cupcakes in all sorts of interesting flavours, including green tea, but I went with the familiar chocolate. Unlike the cupcakes I'm used to it was rectangular and had dusted sugar and cocoa instead of icing.
I don't know what that little black dot in the middle is. Maybe a warning from Long John Silver
The 2in1 name refers to the fact that they sell tea as well as baked goods. There is an array of Japanese teas such as Jin Xuan Oolong, Gen Mai and buckwheat green tea.Since it was on special offer (fifty cents off until the 25th of October) and there was a sign about it right next to the till I washed my lunch down with a green tea latte.
The idea of putting milk in green tea seemed bizarre to me but I was curious so I gave it a try. I took a mouthful and found it sweet and milky for a moment before the aftertaste of the green tea hit me, which was strange, but not unpleasant. This happened every single mouthful without me managing to get used to it. Maybe the iced tea version would seem less odd because I wouldn't keep expecting it to be milky black tea or hot chocolate.
All in all it was a good dining experience. I got some decent food as well as the fun of satisfying my curiosity.
All of 2in1's foods are baked using natural yeast, rather than the dry yeast or fresh yeast used in most bakeries. They are free from preservatives, which gives them a short shelf life but is supposed to be healthier.
The 2in1 I visited was at Indooroopilly Shoppingtown but there are also 2in1 stores in Adelaide Street, Helensvale, Chermside, Logan, Robina and Surfer's Paradise.