A serious contender for one of Sydney’s most ‘instagrammable’ cafes, the food at Two Sis is just as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Under the awning signage of an old building supplies store, you could easily miss Two Sis if it weren’t for the throng of brunchers-to-be waiting eagerly for a table. Despite its weathered wooden facade, the interior is surprisingly light and bright with a rainforest of dewy, green plants lining the wall behind the counter and on the opposite side, a striking feature wall printed with lush banana trees.
Today, we are here to try some of the cafe’s newest specials along with their limited edition Halloween menu, which is available until the 18th of November 2018
Halloween Salmon Pasta ($27.50)
cute spooky! little carved pumpkin with a flower behind her invisible ear, I honestly expected this dish to be a bit of a gimmick. Surprisingly, the jet black strands of pasta were delicious together with the flavoursome citrus-infused oil and toasted pine nuts. The lightly seared salmon loin tasted fresh and melt-in-the-mouth tender — an excellent accompaniment to the pasta, which was finished off with a kick of fresh chilli, a sprinkling of textural fried renkon and black caviar. Recommended!
Luckily, if you can’t make it in time, the Halloween pasta reincarnates as the ‘Salmon Aburi Pasta’, one of Two Sis’ seasonal specials.
Activated Charcoal Brownie ($8.50)
Made from sweet potatoes, coconut oil and dark cacao, the activated charcoal halloween brownie was kindly given to us on the house. With a dense and extremely moist texture, I found it slightly too wet — the kind of brownie that coats your entire mouth in one bite. Despite this, it had a wonderful, rich flavour and it’s made from sweet potatoes so that’s healthy right?!
Pumpkin Spiced Latte ($7.90)
Next, a beautifully presented drink with neat layers of pumpkin spice, chocolate and warm, frothy milk under a halo of Persian fairy floss and a Reece’s peanut butter cup bat — too cute! Unfortunately, either the ratio was off or the addition of chocolate simply overwhelmed the pumpkin spice flavour because this drink tasted purely like a hot chocolate. As a hot chocolate, it had a lovely rich and smooth flavour, however, as a pumpkin spiced latte (a $7.90 one at that) it failed to meet the mark by a long shot.
Durian French Toast ($22)
Yep, you read right — durian! The polarising and undeniably stinky South East Asian fruit features in a couple of Two Sis’ new specials. First up, the durian french toast with fresh berries, durian mascarpone and salted espresso sauce. Texturally, its one of the best french toasts I’ve ever had with its crunchy, golden coating cocooning a soft, fluffy centre. A dollop of whipped mascarpone in the centre comprises the only durian element, which in my opinion is a clever way to allow even the durian-averse to (potentially) enjoy this dish. For me, the flavour was subtle enough so that it was not overpowering at all, yet strong enough to be noticeable — perfect! Combined with the sweet salted espresso sauce and the tart, fresh fruit, I absolutely loved this dish and recommend that everyone try it!
Omakase Buckwheat Noodles ($26.90)
Another visually stunning dish, the omakase buckwheat (soba) noodles were beautifully presented with an assortment of perfectly cooked seafood: tender hokkaido scallops and fresh king prawns, a golden sous vide egg yolk, tobiko and a cast iron teapot filled with warm Japanese broth to pour over. The broth was beautiful and rich in flavour and aroma without compromising the delicate seafood and buckwheat noodles, and we also loved the popping pearls of black tobiko, which added texture to the dish.
Green Unicorn ($7.00)
The classic matcha latte is given a fantasy makeover at Two Sis, with a crown of pistachio fairy floss, toasted marshmallows, edible flowers and a dusting of raspberry pink powder. At the end of the day, however, it is just a matcha latte, so whether you’re willing to fork out an extra few dollars for the ‘unicorn’ status and a flurry of toppings is up to you! And, as far as matcha lattes go, this one had a lovely, sweet matcha flavour, however, was slightly too milky and not as intense as I would have liked. A good matcha latte, but not a great one in my opinion.
Iced Durian Mocha ($8.50)
The second option from the new durian range is the iced durian mocha. Served with a little jug of durian milk (??) on the side, diners are able to customise how much of the polarising flavour they’d like to incorporate. We decided to go all in and poured the entire jug in…
For me, it contrasted nicely with the coffee flavour and I was glad to have tried it but wouldn’t order it again. For others, one or two sips was more than enough. My advice? Start with a little at a time!
An amazing little cafe, which serves some of the most creative and delicious Asian-inspired brunch dishes in Sydney. The highlight for me was the durian french toast, which was exceptionally balanced in both flavour and texture, closely followed by the flavourful omakase buckwheat noodles. Although pleasant and beautiful to look at, none of the drinks managed to wow me considering the price point. In future, I’m likely to stick to regular drinks as opposed to specials, however, one thing is for certain — I’ll be back!
Thank you Mem & the team at Two Sis! This post is based on an independently paid visit to Two Sis Pyrmont. Any free items have been outlined in the post. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
Two Sis Pyrmont
306 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
0451 594 665
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