New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published August 23rd 2017
A Fyshwick cafe that gets the two thumbs up
Two Hands café is located in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick, approximately 10 minutes south of the city. Amongst the traffic and industry, there are some exceptional cafes and eateries that stand out in the crowd - and when you stumble upon a new one, the discovery seems even sweeter. This was the experience when recently visiting Two Hands cafe for the first time, on a chilly winter's morning in August. It's cute and quaint exterior, with an antique tricycle at the front door and colourful paint job, is a welcoming sight amongst the industrial grey setting.
When first you walk in, there is an instant feeling of familiarity and comfort. It is like walking into a cross between your grandmas' home, a cosy op shop, your brother's bedroom and a diner from the 1950's. Old fashioned light fittings adorn the ceiling, a vintage map of the world hangs on the counter, retro posters adorn the walls and a colourful montage runs along the back wall. With the smell of bacon cooking filling the air, it feels like walking into a familiar - if somewhat eclectic! - family home.
Behind the counter, men in trucker hats and their sleeves rolled up work effortlessly behind the counter, coordinating everyone's coffee and breakfast orders with ease. The service is friendly, which is just what you expect from this relaxed and busy venue. Another aspect about this café that I enjoyed, was that the tables were full of all walks of life - tradies, people in business suits, older couples, mums with kids and people sitting on their own - all enjoying a coffee and the warmth from the ceiling heater.
The menu for this small café can be found just outside the door before you walk in, as well on the counter inside. It has a great range of reasonably-priced breakfast and lunch burgers, salads, wraps, chips and baked treats. Their menu includes three vegetarian options and they often have Specials to choose from - which you can find each day on their Facebook.
Fresh, healthy comfort food at Two Hands. Image: Original photos from Two Hands Facebook
On my visit, I chose the "Breakfast Roll - avocado, roma tomato, mixed leaf, aioli, bacon and fried egg" ($11), with a cappuccino. When it arrived, the size of it was impressive, with its soft bun and stack of colourful ingredients inside. Although I enjoy a basic bacon and egg roll, I must admit that this breakfast roll with the extra salad ingredients (especially the aioli!), made this combination a delicious - and healthier - way to start the day. Their coffee was also particularly creamy with plenty of chocolate on top of the cappuccino, completing the whole breakfast experience. It is easy to see why so many people choose to start their day at Two Hands - if I worked nearby, this would easily become a regular haunt.
A generous amount of chocolate sprinkled on the cappuccino...
If you would like to see what the team at Two Hands are making and baking today (and read their humorous posts!), then check out their Facebook for their latest specials and news. If you are lucky enough to work nearby, then they have a wide range of options to try on their menu and "real" food that will fill you up for the rest of the afternoon. As they cater to the local working crowd, Two Hands is only open Monday to Friday, so if you want to become a local for a day, then visit them between 7am - 3:30pm each week day to get your comfort food fix. A recent post on their Facebook sums Two Hands up perfectly - good, wholesome real food - with a cheeky smile:
"Two Hands hasn't got the mad skills to make those Zumbo-esque cake creations - but we make a pretty damn good Country Woman's Association style slice!" - August 2017.
They sure do! Image: Original photos from Two Hands Facebook