Two Birds Brewing, 136 Hall Street, Spotswood. Phone: 9762 0000
It’s taken us ages to check out Two Birds Brewing.
As soon as we amble through the doors of this Spotswood brew emporium, we regret that has been the case as we take to the place with alacrity.
There’s a bar/servery at the front and an attendant and cosy drinking/eating area.
A nice, happy mid-week buzz is going on and there’s quite a good crowd.
It’s warm, but also busy and way too dark for comfortable photography.
So we are very happy to keep on marching through to the brewery proper, which has another area with tables, chairs – and heating.
It’s all very cavernous and industrial, but we love it – what a place to enjoy a meal and a drink!
CTS doesn’t normally do booze, but this being a brewery it would seem somewhat inappropriate to go without, so I have a very nice schooner of the Two Birds Taco ale, while Bennie is happy to go with his usual Coke stuff.
We are very interested to see how the food will shape up, having checked out the menu before we departed home.
On the one hand, we are delighted to see a list that is so deeply into hipster food of the American style yet unlike anything else we’ve seen in Melbourne.
On the other, we wonder if this will be bar food that is really snack food – we fret, just a little, that we will spend a packet yet nevertheless leave without feeling fully satisfied.
There prove to be so no such problems for us at Two Birds – we enjoy a fine meal and consider the pricing just right.
House-made pickles ($8) are superb.
Carrot, green beans, celery, zucchini, onion – here is a wonderful fantasia of colours and textures, with each of the vegetables evincing different flavours.
Croquettes ($10 for four, top photograph) present as gorgeous-looking crisp orbs – we can’t wait to grab them.
Their promise is fully realised – inside each of them is lipsmackingly good and gooey mix of macaroni, cheese and pimento, all with just the right level of spice heat.
We move on to the “bigs” portion of the menu …
By this time we are happy and relaxed in the sure knowledge that the Two Birds experience will leave us well fed.
The one remaining issue to be resolved surrounds what was always going to be Bennie’s main choice – the smoked pork hot dog.
As Bennie himself puts it: “How good can a hot dog be for $17?”
With its fine sausage and dressings of bacon, paprika mustard and ketchup, it hits nice heights in terms of flavour and eating pleasure.
Bennie enjoys the heck out of it, but he does make unfavourable comparisons to the $5 versions to be had at the Wiener Wednesdays at Littlefoot in Footscray.
I tell him that’s harsh and very much a case of comparing apples and oranges.
As he wraps up his meal and licks his fingers, he ponders this.
“I’d happily pay $12 for that,” he says.
Fair call, I reckon.
The kipfler potato salad that accompanies his hot dog is very fine.
The only problem with my chicken schnitzel “on brioche” is that there is, so far as I can tell, nothing even remotely “schnitzel” about it.
Instead, this a regal, sooper dooper chicken burger that makes me very, very happy.
Around a nice slab of chook are, according to the menu, nothing more than “special sauce, American cheese and lettuce”, yet the flavour impact is way greater than that suggests.
With a lovely dob of that same potato salad, I enjoy my meal and consider it good value for $17.
Check out the Two Birds Brewing website – including menu – here.