Monday, January 28, 2008

Milk and Two, Harris Street, Pyrmont


Milk and Two, Harris Street, Pyrmont
Monday 28 January, 2008
From the folks that bought us Sugaroom - Greg Anderson and Patricia Nunes - comes a cafe known as Milk and Two. The cafe commands the waterfront directly next door to Sugaroom and both dining spaces share facilities.
They have a simple and cost effective strategy in place for their diners,
The menu is simple, it's easy and full of flavour. Breakfast is served until noon, (all day on weekends) and includes the milk & two big breakfast of eggs any style, mushrooms sausage and sourdough as well as baked waffles with hazelnut cream, house made toasted muesli and fresh fruit.
The food is affordable (nothing is over $20) as well as top-notch nosh, with Greg overseeing the menu. Greg believes in providing diners with great food at great prices and the menu at milk & two reflects this in every way. The food is wholesome and hearty, it is simple and casual as well as varied.
My brunch buddy and I pulled up on this lazy Monday and found poll parking spaces. Pyrmont was like a ghost town this morning so it was great to experience no traffic and plenty of parking. The huge piece of land to the right of the cafe is about to be developed into an inner city parkland with bike tracks and gardens and the cafe was open but not much else.
The cafe site is enormous with indoor and outdoor seating. We were advised not to sit in the open air seating on the right as it was far too windy, even though they had set up 6 tables for diners. The indoor seating on concrete exposed floors and surrounded by large floor to ceiling windows is set around a bar.
We sat down and watched as the 4 waiters did as little as possible. It was extraordinary. I appreciate that there weren't many customers around to keep them on their toes but the lack of service and attention was disappointing. We finally ordered coffees and then waited another 20 minutes or so to order brunch. We both ordered:
- Eggs Benedict with leg ham and a side a sauteed mushrooms
The food was OK - the toast was a little overcooked, the eggs a little watery and the coffee was too strong. But hey, it was a long weekend and we were happy to sit and chat a few hours away. The empty plates sat on our table for over 30 minutes even though 2 waiters came by to take drinks orders. To be honest we just laughed about it because it was so bad and we weren't in rush. We also watched as the staff had a few run ins which may explain the less than average service today.
If I ever return to Milk and Two I'll be having the Breakfast Summer Trifle - granola, muesli and fresh berries. It looked amazing.

Milk and Two - 1/1 Harris Street, Pyrmont - (02) 9571 5503

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