Two Feet First
Sister to Highett’s The Little Elephant, Two Feet First is a bright, casual all day eatery, a few minutes walk from Chelsea beach!
Food: Green Breakfast, Chilli Scrambled Egg, Bircher, Fried eggs on Toast
Two Feet First is a large and modern cafe, right on the Nepean Highway in Chelsea. It’s an all day eatery with a liquor license. The casual vibe and upmarket finish work well for the area, as it’s a nice environment but still somewhere you would feel comfortable popping in after a morning at the beach or in the park.
The light wood gives the cafe a modern feel and it does stand out as you are walking down the street. Inside it’s surprisingly spacious, with a separate function room/extension of the restaurant if it gets busy. We were sat in one of the booths towards the back of the restaurant which was comfortable and reasonably spacious. The noise from the nearby railway crossing is a little distracting so I’d highly recommend sitting away from the front window if possible.
The service was attentive and prompt, however, there did seem to be a slight atmosphere and some staff weren’t as friendly as others. Maybe we caught them on a bad day, but it didn’t have quite the warm and welcoming feel I would have expected from a local cafe and while I would definitely give them another try, repeated experiences like this would put me off returning – which is a shame as it’s an ideal stop off for breakfast on your way down the peninsula as well as bringing some good variety to Chelsea’s reasonably limited dining options.
We ordered a range of items from the breakfast menu. though they also offer larger brunch options, providing a good range of meals. They have cakes and snacks available too if you just want to pop in for a quick bite. Food was well presented and had lots of good flavours. We felt portions were a little small for the price. I think perhaps they are taking advantage of the location here as most dishes were priced a good few dollars higher than many of my local cafes, where the food is equivalent if not better quality, but there is much more competition.
The bircher muesli was definitely the highlight. This dish was a generous portion and was carefully topped with a good variety of fresh fruit. A tasty option, and our Suzie Scribbles pick from this venue.
The chilli scramble was quite mild, with a subtle kick. More of the flavour came through from the onions and the shallots, and it was cooled down further with the feta – which worked well. Not your traditional chilli scramble, but interesting to eat.
The green breakfast was another enjoyable dish. We liked how healthy the green element was, with lots of different textures and although it sounded complicated on paper, it was a simple tasty dish. Serving it with a fried egg didn’t really suit the healthy aspect of this dish, eating the crispy healthy greens and combining this with the slightly greasy fried egg just didn’t really work. However, swap this out for a poached option and this could be a great dish.
Two feet first is establishing itself as a good cafe and it’s certainly adding to the desirability of Chelsea, raising that brunch scene bar. A few more brunch spots like this could lead to the Suzie Scribbles team making a move out that way! With a little work Two feet first won’t just gain popularity with the locals, it could also find itself being the first port of call for people on their way for a day trip to the beach!
Address: 451 Nepean Highway, Chelsea
Mon 7am to 4pm
Tue 7am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Wed 7am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Thu 7am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Fri 7am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Sat 8am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 10pm
Sun 8am to 4pm
Parking: It’s actually really easy to park. There’s a large carpark just behind Two Feet First with parking up to 4 hours.
Getting here on PT: Again, it’s surprisingly easy. Although a long journey from the city, it’s directly opposite Chelsea train station on the Frankston line.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Two Feet First, Chelsea. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting