Two Bros On Blyth, 51a Blyth Street, Altona. Phone: 9398 8882
Consider The Sauce travels to Altona for a lazy mid-week lunch on the recommendation of a long-time reader who moved to the area a couple of years back.
She tells us she did, at first, miss her former Kensington home and its proximity to considerable eats depth, but she reckons things are looking up in Altona – and points to Two Bros On Blyth as a case in point.
The cafe is smallish, with communal or bench seating on the inner and three communal tables on the outer.
I find the staff and the service to be fine.
The breakfast options are many; the lunch options less so.
I choose from a display-cabinet range of jaffles and baguettes and a single salad, though a keen looking Asian salad is added to the line-up as I depart.
I opt for a baguette of ham, brie and horseradish, wondering how those ingredients will combine and figuring the $14 price tag is about right these days.
So I am surprised and delighted when my lunch arrives beautifully presented on a board with “extras” that include cornichons and a salad.
It’s the salad that lifts my repast way beyond a mere quick lunch and into the realms of something to be savoured rather more.
It’s a lovely mix of rocket, cucumber, fennel and small chick peas, all very well dressed.
I discern little or no sinus-clearing tang from horseradish, but otherwise my baguette is fine, with all the fresh ingredients making their voices heard.
My $3.50 cafe latte is very nice.
I doubt Altona will ever be a first-choice dining option for us, but with the advent of joints such as Two Bros On Blyth, ya never know!
Try Altona on a sunny weekend! Ride your bikes there and enjoy a meal/coffee on arrival. Pier Street and surrounds used to be dead on w/e years ago, there was a Greasy Joes serving ordinary coffee on the side and that was it. I always thought it was a lost opportunity. Good to see another new arrival, must try it out.