It's rare that I get to enjoy morning tea with my friend and I have been thinking about where we should go for a while. We rather like trying out new places, so I had picked a new cafe in Greensborough off the main stretch. I told Lesley that we were visiting the 'Three Brothers Café', which in turn I had been telling other people about. But when we arrived she noticed the sign: 'Two Young Boys Cafe'. She looked at me and laughed about the name to which I apologised quickly for over estimating the number of males involved and the relationship between them.
In fact, the two male owners are not brothers and really not that young, but lovely men who are mates and brave enough to embark on opening this fabulous little cafe. Between them, they have two decades of experience in the hospitality trade.
TJ has been a chef for 10 years on the south side of town and Aeri also has 10 years experience in hospitality. In my books, that makes them masterchefs, as they demonstrated! Everything that they serve is cooked on site, including the candied fruit in the toasted bread I ordered.
The friendly and efficient manager, Lena, was very helpful. She didn't flinch when I said I liked my hot chocolate very hot, rich and not too sweet. How often do you get a response like this? She said that they had just got in a new hot chocolate so 'Just try it and if you don't like it I'll make you another one'. I'm pretty fussy about hot chocolate and this one was delicious.
Lena recommended the Blueberry bread. It is gluten-free with a similar texture to a cake with a delicious contrasting lemon-scented custard, and served with homemade meringues and golden almonds. We also ordered the Tutti-frutti bread, which was different to other fruity bread I've ever tasted. It was light and tasty.
Other menu items looked equally appealing with great prices to match. Today's special was House baked banana bread, French toast, warm caramel, orange custard and walnuts ($13). I noticed they have Chia pudding which is so popular at the moment. Their one has tapioca pearls, coconut chips, fruit and rainbow meringue ($12.50). They have many other interesting meal options.
Tutti Fruitti... even the candied fruit is made on site
The lunch dishes are not much more expensive. For e.g. Buttermilk fried chicken spare ribs with sriracha mayo and bitter greens for only $12.50. I like the sound of the Tofu kofta skewers with Tandoori spice, tomatoes and curry dressing ($15.50) and one of my personal faves… potato gnocchi. There is served with field mushrooms, spinach and grana padano for $18.
The Two Young Boys Café' is located close to the Greensborough station on the way to the centre of town, not quite as far as Savers. Its location is potentially an advantage because it's away from other things, but it's also not one that you would notice when you're out shopping. Word of mouth is so important to them.
I asked a couple of other customers if they had ever been to the 'Two Young Boys Café' before. One of them said that she had previously bought the coffee there and because of the quality, she come back with a friend of hers. I asked what they ordered and I was able to tell them that their choice of the Blueberry bread was a good one. The other lady said somebody else had recommended that to her too. They like the fact that this was away from the other cafes and that there was an outdoor eating area.
The two boys work rigorous hours every day of the week. On Monday to Friday they are open 7am-4pm and start at 7.30am Saturday and Sunday. I feel like an all-day breakfast coming on this weekend.
The cafe was pretty quiet when we went this morning which is a real shame given the stylish decor, great service, unique and tasty food. I recognise that all of this comes with considerable effort and passion. So I'm going to suggest that you support the boys and tell a few of your friends. You've probably got a better chance of getting the name right than me. So remember it's called the 'Two Young Boys Café' and it's behind the main street in Greensborough near the station. But don't tell too many people because I want to be up to get a seat next time I go… and I already know what I'm going to order.