It’s risky business opening an American diner in Sydney, with the vast number of burger and barbecue joints setting up shop. But Bondi smokehouse, Two & Twelve, has done just that, and it’s seems they’ve landed a recipe for success.
Cajun inspired soul food is the order of the day, with Dixie-style slow smoked meats prepared by chef Patrick Killalea of Panama House fame. Think smoked pork belly with pink peppercorn and chipotle molasses, Texan-rubbed 14-hour beef brisket, and lamb ribs with BBQ sauce. Classic sandwiches, such as the Reuben, Philly cheesesteak or smoked pork, will also have you drooling. On the lighter side, there’s a selection of hearty salads, with nutritious things like quinoa, black wild rice, and char-grilled broccoli, and market fish carpaccio with lemongrass and avocado.
Now, for those who are up for a big feed, put on your eating pants and order the BBQ platter which consists of two Boudin sausages, a half rack of lamb ribs, half a chicken, 150g each of pork belly and brisket, served with pickles and soft bread rolls. Whew!
We suggest washing all that meaty goodness down with a hard drink. Braggsy Bloody Caesar is crafted with Ketel One bacon infused vodka, clamato juice with house hot sauce and citrus, finished with all the trimmings. Or, for the sweet tooths, Cookies & C.R.E.A.M sees Oreos smashed with Bulleit Bourbon, vanilla, spiced dram and a splash of milk, bottled for your drinking pleasure.
The breakfast menu is also dished up with good old American flair. There’s chicken ‘n’ waffles with mustard maple syrup, sriracha sauce and fried egg, smoked corn beef hash with chipotle hollandaise, or the healthier option of quinoa oatmeal with spiced almond and coconut milk.
So, what are you waiting for? Pull up a stool at new Sydney restaurant Two & Twelve and dig in.
Image credit: Ellie Schneider