If you are a My Kitchen Rules (MKR) fan, you will definitely remember identical twins, Helena and Vikki Moursellas, from the 2014 series. Last week, the twins opened their own Greek Restaurant, TwoFold, inside the Civic Hotel in Sydney's CBD.
TwoFold at the Civic Hotel in Sydney.
TwoFold is serving up modern Australian pub fare with a strong Greek influence. In February this year, Helena and Vikki published Taking You Home, a collection of simple Greek recipes inspired by their family table. At TwoFold, diners can sample some of these delicious recipes along with a host of other meals that take your average pub food to a whole new level.
Word got around about this place and we were excited to try it. It was a cold day and some hearty Mediterranean comfort food was exactly what we were after.
The interior of TwoFold is spacious, clean and modern and the open-style kitchen allows diners a glimpse of the celebrity-chefs at work.
Vikki Moursellas serving our meal.
We were surprised to see one of the twins, Vikki, upon arrival. She greeted us warmly and enthusiastically introduced the menu to us and chatted for a while. There was no pretentiousness or exaggeration, instead we found a genuine, down-to-earth woman who is obviously proud of her achievements.
A simple cheese toastie with a touch of class.
Upon her recommendations, we made our choices quickly. We got a cheese toastie ($14) which was stuffed with gooey gruyere and haloumi cheese and a touch of black truffle.
Each portion comes with four golden toasties. The bread, from The Grumpy Baker, is delicious; light and buttery, almost like a croissant. The cheese was gooey and decadent and the black truffle, with its aromatic scent really added a touch of something special to this simple sandwich. It definitely made for a satisfying winter comfort food.
The signature burger - a treasure trove of Mediterranean flavours.
Following through with the comfort food theme, we next tried the signature TwoFold Burger ($18). The soft buttermilk burger bun contained tender pulled lamb shoulder, haloumi cheese, sweet peppers and grilled eggplant, topped with mint mayo. The burger, like any good burger, came with a side of thick-cut fries, which were crunchy and delicious, and a sweet tomato chutney which made the perfect dipping sauce.
Grandma's semolina cake.
To complete our meal we couldn't pass up dessert.The four-generation old Revani semolina cake is something I've wondered about and been wanting to taste since watching MKR last year. My wish materialised when the picture-perfect cake arrived in front of me for a mere $12.
The cake itself is perfect. It is light with just a hint of orange, and the cake is gorgeously decorated with ripe raspberries, scatted rose petals and pistachio nuts on a bed of lime mascarpone clouds. This cake certainly didn't disappoint, and I think, my dessert looked even prettier than the one I'd seen on TV over a year ago. I would return to TwoFold for this dessert alone, although the baklava ice cream sambo ($15) was pretty great too.
The beautiful semolina cake featured on MKR 2014.
The twins are on to something delicious here at TwoFold with their delicious, comforting meals and their vibrant Mediterranean flavours. We couldn't help but end our meal with a huge 'twinning' smile.
Where: The Civic Hotel, 388 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000.
Cost: $25 - $30 per person
When: Open 11am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 10pm daily.
Good for Kids: Not really.
Take away: Not currently.