Two Hands Detailed Review

Two Hands is an Australian cafe focused on community and Australian cafe culture. Owned by Giles Russel and Henry Roberts, two native Australians who moved to New York City, Two Hands’ first location opened in 2014 in New York City. The emphasis is placed on the breakfast and brunch menu, but sandwiches and bowls are also available. Beef, pork, and lamb come from owner Henry Robert’s farm, raised to be 100% grass fed. 

Breakfast

Two Hands’ breakfast/brunch menu is filled with a variety of egg-based dishes all with an Aussie twist. Everything on this section of the menu looks delectable. The breakfast roll, scrambled egg with bacon, shaved lettuce, and kewpie mayo, on a brioche bun is beautiful and my go to. There is also a wagyu steak and eggs, an acai bowl, waffles, and a hummus platter. To round out the menu, there is a seasonal scramble. Right now, it is served with eggplant and tomato kasundi, a mustard relish, on sourdough. 

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Sandwiches and Bowls

If you’re not coming in for breakfast or brunch, the sandwiches and bowls are your next best option. Smashed avocado toast and the two hander burger are the traditionally sound options here. But, there is also a summer tomato toast stuffed with poached eggs, parmesan cheese, and shaved prosciutto. It’s very fresh. Two Hands also brought a Tex Mex spin with their lamb torta, a carnitas-style lamb shoulder accompanied by avocado, a blackened jalapeno salsa, and lime mayonnaise along with lettuce, cabbage, and cilantro to green it out. 

There are three bowls available at Two Hands, but all are incredibly substantive and nutritious. First is the salmon quinoa bowl topped with a soft egg, hummus, and crunchy veggies. The second is the pulled chicken bowl served with barley, kale, sweet potato, avocado, and pesto. Finally, there is the miso mushroom bowl which includes quinoa, kimchi, veggies, and puffed rice.

For sides, you can order hash browns, sesame chili fries, bacon, sourdough and jam, and a table salad. 

Drinks

It wouldn’t be a good brunch spot without coffee, smoothies, and tea. Thankfully, Two Hands has all of the above. Order the traditional coffee fare with your preferred meal. There are also specialty latte options primarily focused on matcha, taro, and chai. Classic teas are also available to order. There are three eclectic looking smoothies to choose from. The green goddess smoothie is made of kale, banana, pineapple, mango, coconut, and coconut milk. The banana nut smoothie has banana (obviously), almond butter, dates, coconut oil, almond milk, and chia. Lastly, the acai smoothie is made up of, you guessed it, an acai bowl containing blueberries, banana, almond milk, and bee pollen. 

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Location + Opening and Closing Hours

Two Hands is located on South Congress. They are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they stay open until 10 p.m. Happy hours are on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. 

Reservation Process

To reserve a table, go to Google’s Two Hands info sheet and select reserve a table. From here, you can select whether you would like to eat on the patio or in the dining room and your desired time. 

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Online Order Process

Ordering online has never been easier. Navigate onto Two Hands’ website and click on the blue pickup and delivery icon. Select the Austin location. Now you can add the desired items to your cart for either pickup or delivery. 

Conclusion

As an Australian cafe, it’s hard to find anything similar to Two Hands in the Austin area. There are a few other options, but the market for Australian cafe traditions isn’t extremely saturated, yet. The menu and options are excellent, and the atmosphere is great for getting work done or just relaxing after a day.

Eva Rogers

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