Two Little Pigs Charcuterie & Grind
146 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC 3056
03 9939 4042
I remember being pretty titillated by this cafe’s cute little name. And then once I clued in that they specialise in pork belleh and charcuterie platters, I was even more galvanised about making a visit.
It seems my food-loving compatriots had the same idea in mind. So when Ashley, Fakegf and I decided to have a triple date with our partners one Sunday, all Fakegf had to do was suggest this place and everyone replied with a resounding “OMFG PORK BELLY YESYESYESYES!!!”
PORK BELLY WALDORF $16.90
Roast pork belly, celery, royal gala, granny smith, walnuts, egg yolk mayo, preserved lemon
And that’s how THIS happened. Crispy pork belleh… ROOOOAR!!
I must say I went on a bit of a tangent in terms of brunch dish selection. Despite it still being Winter, that particular day was sunny enough for my body to be fooled into thinking it was Summer, hence this light and crunchy waldorf salad…
Earl Grey Tea $4.00
…paradoxically paired with a pot of tea instead of my usual hit of coffee. Crispy pieces of pork belly aside, the salad still managed to look and taste healthy (with lots of apple). But the portion size was pretty big and I almost could not finish!
SOY CHAI LATTE $4.00 | PEA & HAM $16.50
Crisp roast pork belly, poached free range eggs, green pea veloute served with sourdough toast
Meanwhile, both Fatbee and Fakegf picked the winning dish for the day. The pea veloute was incredibly tasty and it went very well with all the other components. My companions wanted to mop up every last drop of it with their sourdough toast.
I thought this was a perfect dish choice for winter… delicious and comforting. The pork belly had excellent crackling on it, and being just the one slab, it was a lot more succulent than the smaller slices of pork belly that came with my salad.
TWO LITTLE PIGS $19.50
Free range eggs, thick cut bacon, san jose chorizo, duck fat mushrooms, spinach, hashed potatoes, apple chutney
The boys (Brad and The Angmoh) behaved predictably and went with Two Little Pig’s classic big breaky, which I much say should be renamed into “two not-so-little pigs”. That’s a crazy amount of goodness all crammed into that huge plate!
Needless to say, the boys were happy. And they did not skimp on quality either… I had a nibble of bacon from The Angmoh’s plate (he couldn’t finish everything) and it had great flavour.
DUCK FAT FRIES $7.50
Parmesan & tarragon mustard aioli
To help balance out the (omnipotent) presence of all that muuurt, here’s something ‘vegetarian’ that the six of us shared… *koff*. I loved how the fries came hot, flaky and crisp, the parmesan worked wonderfully with it and even the aioli was good.
BUBBLE & SQUEAK $16.50
Poached free range eggs tomato chutney, chickpea fritter of braised beef, caramelised onion, truffle oil & corn kernels
And our final savoury dish was Ashley’s, who picked something slightly less ‘meaty’ with chickpea fritters filled with corn and braised beef.
I kept catching whiffs of truffle oil from her dish wafting across the table to me… it gave me food envy!
By this point, even though we were all suffering from food surfeit, there was one particular dish on the specials board that was too good to pass up. So we decided to share it amongst the six of us.
w strawberry butterscotch icecream $13.50
Now you understand why? Ha ha!!
And so we learnt that they do sweet brunch dishes here pretty well too. The doughcakes were fluffy and ‘half-baked’ moist, and instead of the nutella being incorporated into the batter, they actually served it as plain doughcakes with hot and melty nutella inside… Perfection!
Sometimes having a brunch spot hit all the high notes with me has its downsides, and that’s because it makes my post come across as unnaturally ‘gushy’. But the truth is what it is: the brunch fare here is good. And seeing that we haven’t sampled the charcuterie platter here, I have a feeling I’ll be back pretty soon.