Michael Almagor and Justin Kony. No doubt, these two names are lost on some. Meanwhile, for others, these two lads are well known for being two of the finest barista’s serving out honest coffee at a range of Melbourne’s top cafes over recent years. With a combined experience of over a decade, Almagor and Kony have worked at; Eden, Gattica, Hobba and Dukes (to name a few). If you had ever spoken with these two upstanding chaps at any stage during their careers, it was never a moment of, ‘if they would open’ their own baby, it was only a matter ‘of when’.
In September 2013, this long-time coming goal of Almagor and Kony became a reality when they decided to bring the good people of Windsor their first venture – Two Lost Boys (TLB). Hidden in Maddock Street (a mere stone’s throw from Chapel Street), the premises is positioned opposite bustling Windsor Train Station. As all the loyal chommies (chom groupies) are aware – side streets, lane-ways and hidden are my scene – this is exactly that.
The space is; bright, open, inviting and warm. All key features that The Chommery is looking for when searching the ultimate dining experience in Melbourne. In this instance, we sing praise to Nathan Ruttner. A recent graduate of Interior Architecture at Monash University, Ruttner has created an environment that has left a plethora of customers astounded that this was his first solo gig following the conclusion of his studies. Looking forward to seeing more of this gentleman’s work around Melbourne in 2014 and beyond.
Coffee beans have been carefully sourced from specialty coffee roasters’ – Monk Bodhi Dharma (202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava). No beating around the bush here; Monk Coffee totally rocks. Customers are spoilt for choice with a house blend and two ever-changing single origin blends. Combining Monk’s terrific blend with Almagor and Kony’s expertise – the proof is in the mug (see above) – try for yourself!
To kick-off the food options, we had the Knafeh - crispy Mediterranean-style pastry, kadaif hair filled with ricotta and halva, crowned with rosewater syrup, crushed pistachio and Egyptian fairy floss ($10.00). A sickly-sweet dessert, perfect to throw in the middle of the table and share after (or before) your meal.
Ham Benedict ham hock, poached eggs, wild spinach topped with spiced hollandaise ($15.00). A great take on one of the old time classic breakfast options. Putting my request on paper (virtual paper that is), for the guys to start jarring the hollandaise and retail it out to the public.
Sweet Potato & Beetroot Fritters with house-cured salmon carpaccio, spinach, horseradish & walnut cream served with a poached egg ($16.00) + an egg ($2.00). A creative take on one of Melbourne’s more recent favourite breakfast dishes. The cured salmon is some of the best I have eaten in a long time.
Baked Eggs with French style white beans, topped with goats cheese and herb crumbed crust served with sourdough toast ($14.00). Beautifully presented on the wooden board with the egg concoction inside the porcelain dish – this option has very quickly become a Lost Boys classic.
Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes with mascarpone, slivered almonds, topped with date molasses ($14.00). Evenly shmear the mascarpone on each of the pancakes, and enjoy each fluffy and light mouthful.
There you have it; Two Lost Boys – Windsor’s coolest new cafe to hit the scene in 2013. I think it is now time to lose yourself in Maddock Street and let the boys shower you with exceptional service, great coffee and honest cafe fare.
Hope you all have had a Happy New Year and all the best for 2014.
The Important Details…
Cuisine: Cafe Fare
Suitable for: All
Dress: As you like
Price: $15 – $20 per head
My View: An instant Windsor hit
Address: 20/2 Maddock Street, Windsor
Phone: (03) 9939 9313